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.
Dr. Even Alexander, a New York Times best-selling author who has been featured on Oprah and Dr. Oz, was in town last week to promote his June 27 talk, "Proof of Heaven," at Glen Allen High School.
Alexander (pictured, at right, while Unity of Bon Air church member Harry Simmons interviews him) has written about what he considers to be his journey through the afterlife.
Tickets to this month's event are $25 and will support the new Bon Secours Hospice House being built later this year. > Read more.
The Innsbrook Rotary Club, which is celebrating its 25th year in 2015, has completed a number of volunteer projects this year and raised thousands of dollars for various organizations through three events.
The club's annual rose sale, benefit for youth live auction and Virginia Fire Games competition, combined with individual and corporate donations, have raised nearly $70,000 – money that the club contributes back to the community.
FeedMore is the beneficiary of the club's 25th anniversary project, which provides refrigerated trailers to be used for the distribution of food throughout Central Virginia. > Read more.
Chef Bryan Voltaggio will host a special three-course dinner event July 21-22 at his Willow Lawn Family Meal restaurant. The menu will consist of his favorite dishes and offer diners the chance to purchase a signed copy of his newly released book, HOME.
Voltaggio will attend and cook at each dinner, as well as share stories that inspired recipes for the book. > Read more.
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