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Planner joins race for South Boston Town Council

The race for South Boston Town Council continues to heat up with retired businessman and current South Boston Planning Commission member Bob Hughes announcing his intention to run.

“I want to give back a little bit.  This community has been good to my family and me, too,” said Hughes.

“Unlike the bigger places, the Charlottes and Richmonds of the world, all in all it’s a caring community, and I want to be able to give back in a way that results in the growth of our town.

“It’s pretty awesome and has a lot to offer that other small towns don’t.”

Retired from the field of organizational development, Hughes serves as executive director of Tri-River Habitat for Humanity and also is an elder at First Presbyterian Church in South Boston.

Prior to working with Habitat for Humanity, Hughes worked at a South Boston soup kitchen, and he worked with at-risk youth at the high school for four years.

Currently a North Main Street resident and South Boston resident since 1960, the West Virginia native and his wife, Joanna, are the parents of two sons, Robert B. (Smokey) Hughes IV and Mitchell, both currently living in South Carolina.

Hughes joins Connie Manning, Ronnie Couch and Tina Wyatt Younger in the race for three open council seats, with two vacancies coming after Morris Bryant and Mark Morris decided not to seek another term on council.

Manning, appointed by council in December 2010 to fill the unexpired term of councilwoman Sandra Thompson, ran unopposed for that seat in November and was elected to council in her own right.

She announced recently she would seek another term on council, as did South Boston Mayor Carroll Thackston, who announced he would run for another four-year term.

Thackston has served as South Boston mayor since 2000 and served as vice-mayor for four years prior to that.

The filing deadline for candidates for South Boston Town Council is March 6.

The last day to register to vote is April 9, and the deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is April 24 by mail and April 28 in person.