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Posted October 29, 2013 | comments Leave a comment

Letter to the Editor: Vote for Roy Boyles

Editor:

As a lifelong Front Royal citizen, I would like to ask residents to support Roy Boyles for Commissioner of the Revenue. Boyles and I have been very close friends since we were in the same first grade class at E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School. In all of the years that followed, I have been proud to see him become an outstanding citizen and public servant.

He has served on dozens of organizations that have benefited thousands of our citizens, including being a member of the Warren Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society, president of the United Way, and chairman and president of the Salvation Army Board. He also served nine years on the Warren County School Board, including four years as president, and is president of the Virginia School Board Association. He has twice been named Citizen of the Year of Front Royal and Warren County, and he was recognized as Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the Boy Scouts of America.

In addition to his civic contributions, Boyles has faithfully served the Commissioner of the Revenue's Office for 19 years.

John Smedley, who was also a lifelong friend before his untimely passing, came to me over 19 years ago and asked me to approach Boyles about coming to work with him at the Commissioner's Office. I arranged a meeting, and at that meeting Smedley offered Boyles the job. Also at that time, Smedley asked Boyles to give him his word that he would not run for the commissioner's job until Smedley had made the decision to retire. Boyles gave Smedley his word and kept it, even when he was approached by some of Smedley's political opponents who urged him to run. Boyles' integrity speaks volumes about his character and his devotion to Smedley and his job.

Smedley's widow Doris has endorsed Boyles for revenue commissioner. Please vote for Boyles on Nov. 5. I have been proud to call him my friend for over five decades, and I will be equally proud to help to elect him commissioner.

Mike Silek, Front Royal


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