Letter: Jenkins for Petsworth District supervisor
I am writing in support of Mike Jenkins, a candidate for the Petsworth District seat on the Gloucester Board of Supervisors. Mike has always been involved in his community wherever he has lived. He served on the King and Queen County Planning Commission, was a volunteer fireman, worked with the West Point Jaycees and the King and Queen/Essex Crime Solvers.
Since moving to Gloucester over 20 years ago, he has devoted countless hours to the Gloucester County Parks and Recreation Department as a volunteer coach; he has also been involved with the Friends of the Dragon Run, and the Rappahannock Area Heath Education Center Board. Mike was appointed to and later elected twice to the Gloucester County School Board. From this position, he has invaluable experience as to school operations and can share insight into the good, bad and perhaps the not so pretty of our local schools’ budgets. Because of his honesty and integrity, I am sure that he would be a good resource in this area.
During a time when much of the national conversation is focused on jobs, jobs and more jobs, Mike Jenkins can bring his experience in professional workplace development to the board. As Executive Director of the Bay Consortium Workforce Investment Board, Inc., he has been responsible for preparing numerous budgets and ensuring that the employment training provided meets community needs. He is a graduate of James Madison University where he majored in political science. He has also served on numerous state and national boards and commissions in an advisory capacity, including the Governor’s Task Force for Welfare Reform and the Jobs for Virginia Graduates Board of Directors.
I have known Mike Jenkins for over 20 years as a Petsworth District resident. And during each of those years, he has been involved in community work and has always been a great family man, devoted to his wife and children. I believe that he would bring a wealth of varied experiences to the board of supervisors in an increasingly complex and ever-changing world where the future will belong to those who have the information, experiences and willingness to prepare to meet change and the challenges change always brings.