Virginia State Senate - District 83
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Mary Person is a proud native of Emporia, Virginia, and has served as an educator in her community for the past 26 years. She began her career as a teacher of children with autism, a role which she proudly held for 12 years. Now, Mary serves as Principal of Bellfield Elementary in Emporia.
Growing up the youngest of five children, Mary learned independence and how to work well with others. As a teen, she participated in the youth council of the NAACP, which taught her leadership and tenacity, two qualities she utilizes today in her career and her community involvement.
After graduating from Greensville County public schools, Mary enrolled in Virginia Commonwealth University, earning a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Education. She also earned an endorsement in administration and supervision from Virginia State University, which allowed her to achieve her dream of serving in an administrative role within her area’s public school system.
As a Delegate for District 83, creating jobs will be a top priority for Mary. She will be aggressive in attracting more businesses and industry jobs to the area. Some businesses cite a lack of a skilled workforce as a reason they would not come to Emporia. Her other priorities include investing in public education, improving healthcare access, and creating safer communities.