Mitch Van Yahres

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"Mitch" Van Yahres (D)
Van Yahres, ca. 1970

Electoral District At-large
Term Start 1968
Term End 1972
Preceded by Bernard J. Haggerty (D)
Succeeded by (D)

City of Charlottesville
Term Start 1970
Term End 1972
Preceded by Gunther "Dutch" Vogt (R)
Succeeded by Frances H. Fife (D)

Electoral District At-large
Term Start 1972
Term End 1976
Preceded by Mitch Van Yahres (D)
Succeeded by Laurence Brunton (R)

Electoral District Virginia House 57th district
Term Start 1981
Term End 2005
Preceded by Thomas J. Michie, Jr. (D)
Succeeded by David Toscano (D)

Biographical Information

Date of birth October 21, 1926
Date of death February 8, 2008 (aged 81


Place of birth Mineola, New York
Place of death Charlottesville, Virginia
Spouse Elizabeth Louise Franklin
Children Michel (Mike),
Mark E.,
Keith A.,
Laura V. Ganz,
and Elizabeth A. Nave
Residence Charlottesville, Virginia
Alma mater Cornell University; NY (B.S.); Military Service: USAAF (1944-45)
Profession Arborist/Consultant
Religion Catholic

Mitchell "Mitch" Van Yahres (1926-2008), a member of Democratic Party, served as Councilor/Mayor of Charlottesville from 1970 to 1972. He represented Charlottesville and parts of Albemarle County in the General Assembly as the Delegate from the 57th House District ( 1981-2005); United Way (board of directors); International Rescue Committee (board member-Charlottesville)

During his campaign for a seat on the city council in the 1968 election, Van Yahres ran on a platform to increase fair housing. [1]

He moved to Charlottesville after graduating from Cornell University to launch the Charlottesville office of the Van Yahres Tree Company. [2]

Van Yahres remembered

Shortly after Van Yahres' death in February 2008, WINA radio host Coy Barefoot dedicated an episode to comments from area residents and officials who worked with Van Yahres[3]. Statements included:

Mitch was a Delegate who at times was known as the patron saint of unpopular causes.
former Charlottesville Daily Progress reporter Bob Gibson
His legacy with me is that I want to grow up and be like him.
long-time aide Connie Jorgenson
Mitch was always about cultivating the next generation of leadership.
Mitch Van Yahres' footprints will be seen forever in Charlottesville.

1968 election

Candidates Votes %
Joseph W. Wright Jr. (R) 2,448 42.1%
Kenneth E. Davis (R) 2,359 40.6%
Mitchell Van Yahres (D) 2,296 39.5%
Lois Mothes (R) 2,160 37.1%
Henry Floyd Johnson (I) 2,141 36.8%
Collett M. Thach (D) 2,129 36.6%
Geraldine A. Meyung (D) 2,069 35.6%
Source: City of Charlottesville[4]

Each voter could vote for up to three candidates.

Van Yahres Mitch.jpg

External links

Mitch Van Yahres on wikipedia


  1. Web. Mayorsville: Here, everybody's a mayor, Lisa Provence, The Hook, Better Publications LLC, August 10, 2006, retrieved July 3, 2020. Print. August 10, 2006 , 0532, .
  2. Web. At 100, Van Yahres Tree Co.'s long local roots continue to grow, Bryan McKenzie, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, April 20, 2019, retrieved April 22, 2019.
  3. Mitch Van Yahres remembered." Interview. Audio blog post. Charlottesville Podcasting Network. 12 Feb. 2008. 9 June 2009 <>.
  4. Web. Election Results for June 11, 1968, City of Charlottesville, retrieved September 4, 2022.