Board of Supervisors – Fairfield District

















FRANK THORNTON, DEMOCRAT
1. Why should residents of your district elect you? Many citizens who have followed my candidacy and my record while in officer, I feel, would conclude that I have been accessible, attentive and aware of the concerns and issues they have shared and articulated to me. I have been productive in this regard. I have attempted to address and reconcile many of these concerns and issues.

2. What will be your top focus if elected? If re-elected, I will focus on economic development and stability with an emphasis on assisting and stimulating more retail and commercial impetus, which can add to additional job growth.

3. What is the most critical issue: 1) facing your district? 2) facing the county as a whole? How do you propose to address these? The downward economic spiral and a lack of job growth are essential to the improvement of the lifestyle in the Fairfield District and the county as a whole. The citizens and I as a local elected official must impress upon our state and congressional leaders the need for visionary leadership. We all must learn that we must work together for the good of county, state and federal governments.

4. How will you involve citizens in matters of government? We must listen to our citizens, first of all, and we must work together to assist our neighbors and communities in coping with the present economic climate. We may all have to learn how to live with less until the present economic situation improves.

5. What’s your favorite way to spend the weekend? I enjoy reading historical works as well as working in my yard to improve my lawn and to work with repotting various plants. I also enjoy collecting and listening to records of the “oldies and goodies” genre from the period 1955-1970.
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Free weekly 5k coming to Henrico

The Richmond metro area is no stranger to 5k races and events. To participate in most 5k events, runners must register and pay a fee. But the Parkrun organization will be providing Henrico County with a free 5k every Saturday at Deep Run Park starting June 3.

Parkrun began in England in 2004 and eventually found its way to the U.S.

The Deep Run Parkrun program will be the 10th one in the U.S., said Darrell Stanaford, the country manager for Parkrun USA. > Read more.

State Police urge motorists to #MoveOver during Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day signifies the official start of summer, and Virginia State Police officials are urging motorists to "do what’s right when they see lights" and move over.

The “Move Over” law is a lifesaving law intended to protect public safety professionals and highway workers who help to maintain the safety of the Commonwealth’s roads. State Police are using the #MoveOver hashtag on social media to promote the law. > Read more.

Henrico to hold June 8 open house on Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill study

The Henrico County Planning Department will hold an open house Thursday, June 8 for residents and other members of the public to provide input for a study of the Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill areas.

The open house will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Varina Area Library, 1875 New Market Road. The meeting’s informal structure will allow the public to attend at their convenience and to ask questions and discuss the study one on one with Planning staff. > Read more.

Henrico real estate staying strong despite low inventory

The Henrico real estate market has been relatively strong for the past month, despite a lower amount of inventory, according to data from Long and Foster Real Estate.

In the past month, 408 homes have been sold in Henrico, which is 2 percent less than were sold in the same timeframe in 2016.

Last year the median sale prices for Henrico homes was $219,975, whereas this month it's up to $232,500, a 6 percent increase. Which means half of the homes in Henrico are priced above $232,500 and half are priced below. > Read more.

Smither named director of Henrico’s Department of Finance

Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas has appointed Edward N. “Ned” Smither Jr. to serve as director of the Department of Finance, effective July 1.

Smither has served Henrico since 2013 as director of the Accounting Division in Finance. He will succeed Eugene H. Walter, who has delayed his retirement until June 30 to ensure an orderly transition within the department.
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