Yates announces bid for 29th District

Daily staff report

Larry Lamar Yates announced this week his plans to run for the 29th District seat on the Virginia House of Delegates.

Yates will run as an independent candidate for the seat. He will face Republican Party candidate Mark J. Berg, who defeated Del. Beverly Sherwood in the primary election Tuesday.

Yates made his announcement on the Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall in Winchester.

Yates has served as a vocal advocate for equal justice, speaking out against sentencing guidelines and in support of freeing some people currently serving lengthy prison terms.

In a press release Yates states his platform “is based on our common moral heritage of mercy and charity, as embodied by the social teachings of Jesus in the Gospels.”

The North Carolina native has lived in different parts of Virginia, including Shenandoah County, and now resides in Winchester. Yates operates a small writing and publishing business.

Yates has served as executive director of the Virginia Housing Coalition, field director of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, grassroots organizing mentor of the Center for Health, Environment and Justice and the Shenandoah Valley organizer for Virginia Organizing. The latter group gave Yates its lifetime achievement award in 2010. Yates was added the Virginia Affordable Housing Hall of Fame in 2011.