Board of Supervisors - Tuckahoe District
PAT O'BANNON, REPUBLICAN
1. Why should residents of your district elect you? I listen to the residents, I try my best to accomplish what they want, and I keep my promises. I only promise what I can deliver. My motto: “First you listen, then you read. Next you think, then you lead.”
2. What will be your top focus if elected? Henrico County will maintain our conservative fiscal course. First and foremost, Henrico’s “Ship-of-State” must be kept on an even keel, financially. When the United States Government’s credit rating fell, Henrico re-presented our case to the rating agencies, and they renewed Henrico’s triple, triple-A credit rating because of our solid financial policies. This means Henrico’s ship is in good shape to weather this financial “storm.”
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 most critical issues facing the Tuckahoe District are: the need to help small businesses, the financing of work on traffic problems at Parham and Patterson, and financing fixes to various persistent drainage problems. How to address these issues? With our 400th Commemoration activities, Henrico County began working on an initiative to expand tourism in the county. This should bring people into the county who wish to spend money with area businesses. Road improvement plans for the Parham-Patterson intersection have been re-worked, making it financially possible, helping to move the project forward. One of the most critical issues facing the county and our region as a whole concerns our ability for all fire, police and other emergency departments to be able to communicate over one compatible system, maintaining the needed frequencies/channels.
4. How will you involve citizens in matters of government? Residents’ voices will continue to be heard at my town meetings. I will continue to be available by telephone, e-mail, Facebook and whatever other methods of communication are available, just as I have been in the past.
5. What’s your favorite way to spend the weekend? Most weekends, I am working with constituents or attending constituent events. When I have a day off, I love refinishing old furniture or restoring antiques -- a green way to recycle.
6. What personal or professional clubs or organizations are you a member of? I am a member of my Neighborhood Civic Association, the Richmond Academy of Medicine Alliance, the Virginia Government Communicators, and my church, River Road Baptist.
7. Additional information: My husband John and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary this year.
St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.
Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.
Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.
Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
If the snow last weekend had you stuck at home, then you will appreciate free admission all weekend long at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! Other free options this weekend include a Classic Family Film series at Varina Library, “Crafternoon” at Libbie Mill Library and the tenth annual Richmond Jewish Food Festival taking place Sunday and Monday at the Weinstein JCC. Concert options include the 8th annual Djangoary Music Soiree at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen and Flight Risk, performing at The Tin Pan. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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CalendarGreat Aspirations Scholarship Program (GRASP) advisors will be available to meet one-on-one with students and parents to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and to answer questions about financial aid on the following dates: Jan. 12 – Fairfield Library, 1001 N. Laburnum Ave.; and Jan. 18 – Varina Library, 1875 New Market Rd. Both events are from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Registration is required. Call the library or visit http://bit.ly/2iUHRlO for Jan. 12 and http://bit.ly/2hVntPY for Jan. 18. Full text