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Committed to Public Service

The Poquoson City Council welcomes a new member – CNU sophomore Thomas Cannella.

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Despite a vast knowledge of the issues, sophomore Thomas Cannella believed youth might hurt his candidacy for the Poquoson City Council. Ultimately, that wasn’t the case. “At most homes I visited, people were thrilled a younger person was running,” says Cannella, who at age 19 received 67 percent of the vote last fall – the widest margin ever in Poquoson.

Majoring in political science with a minor in history, Cannella served as class president all four years of high school. Active beyond campus, he coaches JV football, in addition to his public service – something that runs in the family. Binks Holloway, Cannella’s grandfather, served 16 years on the Poquoson City Council, including a tenure as vice mayor.

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