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                                       E. Dana Dickens
                                Candidate for City Council
                                          PO Box 6150
                                     Suffolk, VA 23433

Dear Friend:

With encouragement from many people throughout the Chuckatuck Borough and the City, I have decided to run for reelection to Suffolk City Council.  During my tenure on Council,  remarkable progress has been made in Suffolk and I want to "CONTINUE THE PROGRESS."

Beginning the first campaign for Council, I wrote a letter saying Suffolk was at the proverbial "fork in the road."  I suggested we put in place the mechanisms to take the "road less traveled"…the road of managed growth, the road of improved educational opportunities, and the road of aggressive economic development.

You elected me to city council and we took the road less traveled.  We put in place mechanism to manage growth, improve education and bring new jobs and capital investment to our City.  It was not easy…nothing of great value ever is…but we were successful.

We have a nationally acclaimed Comprehensive Land Use Plan and ordinance giving us a blueprint for future development.  We have new schools, competitive teacher salaries and dramatically improved SOL scores.  We have produced 3700 new jobs and $330 million dollars in capital investment in our City.  And, we have turned a decaying "tax dollar using" central business district around and it's fast becoming the "tax generating economic engine" it can and should be.

Much has been done to protect our quality of life, improve our schools and to increase our tax revenue through economic development…but there is much more to be done.  We have made great strides in Parks and Recreation with our new Master Plan…but there is much more to be done.  A reliable, long term water supply is critical to our prosperity and as Chairman of the Western Tidewater Water Authority, I am working to that end…but there is much more to be done.  We have plans for new libraries and public safety buildings…but there is much more to be done.

Together, we can "CONTINUE THE PROGRESS." Your financial help is critical to getting our message to voters - please send a contribution today. We also need you in our campaign - tell us how you will help by returning the enclosed card.  And most importantly, tell us what you want to see done in the next four years. Thank you for your support…in the past and for the future.


E. Dana Dickens

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