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"The next several years are crucial to the progress of Newport News. Our leaders must possess vision, drive and commitment to ensure future prosperity." - Bert Bateman

Editorial Endorsement from the Daily Press ~ April 28, 2010

"In 12 years on the City Council and a stint on the School Board, Bert Bateman has gained an understanding of the city's needs and potential and he has contributed constructively to the give and take of budget and policy decisions in trying times. He particularly understands the needs in economic development, and has helped the council make decisions that have made Newport News the envy of surrounding communities when it comes to new business, new jobs and new private investments.

Even with its development successes helping to grow the tax base, the Newport News City Council must exercise a strong hand in restraining public spending and in making city government more efficient. Bateman knows how to do that in a way that yields a city with more going for it than just a pared down budget. "