GILBERT – The Mingo County Democratic Executive Committee (MCDEC) met Monday evening and unanimously voted Gilbert Mayor Vivian Livingood as Democrat of the Year for the county.
Livingood will represent the county at the annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner at the Charleston Civic Center on October 2.
“She is a tireless worker and public servant and a distinguished Mingo Countian and West Virginian and I was pleased that the committee chose Vivian for this honor,” said MCDEC Chairman Truman Chafin.
Livingood is a 1975 graduate of Gilbert High School. She is married to Randy Livingood and they have two sons, Jeremy (Adrienne) Livingood of Gilbert, and Justin (Ashley) Livingood, of Huntington. She has two grandchildren, Tanner and Katelyn Livingood, with Evelyn Grace Livingood planning to arrive this November, which will make three loves of her life.
Livingood went to work straight out of high school, working at the Bank of Man for several years. She took several college courses and worked as a bookkeeper and accountant for Gilbert Bookkeeping and Tax Service. She then went to work for Mingo County Schools, where she retired after working there 30 years.
Linvingood had a desire to help her community and was elected as Stafford District Committeewoman where she served her district for 20 years, being re-elected at each four-year term. She was elected as Town of Gilbert Council Member in 2005 and then was appointed as Mayor in 2008 where she finished a vacant term.
She was elected as Mayor of Gilbert in 2009 and again in 2013, where she serves today.
“Vivian has tried to place Gilbert on the map by promoting tourism and keeping the town clean,” Chafin added. “She works diligently to make Gilbert a safe and improved community and has the mindset to run the town just as she would her own business.”
Vivian has served on numerous boards and committees throughout the years and currently serves on the ARH Advisory Council, a board member for Mingo CAP, President of the Gilbert Regional Development Partners, and President of the Gilbert Convention and Visitors Bureau. She will now represent Mingo County as Democrat of the Year at the Annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner to be held in Charleston on October 2nd.
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)