House of Delegates - 56th District

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PETER FARRELL, REPUBLICAN
1. Why should residents of your district elect you?
I believe it’s important for citizens to have a representative that will work hard for them, which is exactly what I intend to do.  Virginia needs new ideas in the General Assembly that can help grow our economy.  As a small businessman, I plan to bring new ideas and new energy to the legislature. I believe I provide a perspective that embodies political, professional, and civic aspects. I have been involved with state politics for years, I helped create a small business, and I am involved in my community in a number of ways. I hope this will provide me with the ability to look at issues in a conservative and practical way rather than what is most political convenient at the time.

2. What will be your top focus if elected? I will focus on creating new jobs for Virginians within the private sector by limiting burdensome government regulations on businesses. I also want to focus on providing parents with choices for their children’s educations. As a freshman delegate it will be important to listen and learn so I am better prepared to serve the district in the 2013 session. The 56th district is unique in that it contains both suburban and rural areas. Louisa County is a large geographical portion of the district and an immediate priority for me will be making sure Louisa is able to take care of its citizens and helping them recover from the earthquake that has caused tens of millions of dollars’ worth of damage to the community

3. What is the most critical issue 1) facing your district? 2) facing the state as a whole? How do you propose to address these? Growing our economy is clearly the most critical issue facing both my district and the state. We absolutely must get our economic situation back on track both for ourselves and future generations. Also our government is at a crossroads in how it operates, our laws and codes are an evolution of decades of changes, but are they relevant today? Is the tax code clear to understand and does it enable private sector growth? Are our funding formulas reflective of the modern day economy? These are questions I intend to focus on and ask to ensure that we are always striving to improve Virginia.

4. How will you involve citizens in matters of government? One of my top priorities as a legislator is to be accessible and attentive to the needs of my constituents for both during the session and otherwise.  I intend to participate in community events throughout my district, as well as actively surveying citizens to get an idea of what is on their mind. My office is always open to citizens as this government belongs to them and they have a right to be heard on every issue.

5. What’s your favorite way to spend the weekend? It depends on the time of year. Hunting season is around the corner and that is where I will spend an early Saturday morning. A U.Va football game or basketball game is always something I enjoy if I can find the time.  

6. What personal or professional clubs or organizations are you a member of? I am a member of the Tuckahoe YMCA Board and I am currently assisting the Richmond Diocese with raising an endowment to benefit Catholic schools.  I am the vice-chairman of the Henrico GOP and I am active with the conservative group, Middle Resolution. 

7. Additional information: I enjoyed acting in college, I converted to Catholicism when I was 22, and I enjoy spending time with family and friends.
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Environmentalists say budget hurts efforts to protect bay

Environmental groups are outraged at the Trump administration’s proposed funding cuts for Chesapeake Bay cleanup programs.

President Donald Trump’s budget plan, released last week, reduces the budget for the federal Environmental Protection Agency by 31 percent. That includes a $427 million in funding to address regional pollution, such as the Chesapeake Bay protection efforts. The proposed budget would eliminate funding for the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, which received $73 million from the federal government in 2016. > Read more.

Glen Allen ES principal receives REB Award


Melissa Halquist-Pruden, principal of Henrico County’s Glen Allen Elementary School, earned the 2016-17 REB Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership. The Community Foundation presents the award to four principals annually – one each from the school systems of Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and one from the city of Richmond schools.

The award recognizes principals who go beyond the day-to-day demands of their jobs to create an exceptional educational environment. The award stresses management and communication skills, and the ability to inspire, encourage and advocate for the school. > Read more.

Grant to help Hermitage H.S. upgrade CTE program equipment


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced recently that Henrico County’s Hermitage H.S. will be among 16 high schools and technical centers statewide to receive a grant to upgrade equipment for career and technical education (CTE) programs.

The program gives priority to challenged schools, Governor's STEM Academies and Governor's Health Science Academies. Each school or center will receive $37,500 to purchase new equipment and make other necessary improvements. At Hermitage, the funds will be used for precision machining equipment. > Read more.

Virginia raises a toast to George Washington’s whiskey


George Washington is recognized as the father of our country, but with a bill signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Washington also will be recognized under another title – distiller of Virginia’s official liquor.

SB 1261, sponsored by Sen. Adam Ebbin of Alexandria, adds a “state spirit” to the list of the commonwealth’s official emblems and designations and crowns George Washington’s rye whiskey with the title.

The bill, which McAuliffe signed last week, highlights George Washington’s contributions to the culture of Virginia as “a native son of Virginia born on February 22, 1732, in Pope’s Creek”; “the first American president, commander of the Continental Army, and president of the Constitutional Convention”; and “a model statesman ... universally acknowledged as the father of our nation.” > Read more.

McAuliffe vetoes 6 more bills; GOP calls him ‘disengaged’


Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday vetoed six bills, including three Republicans said would help prevent voter fraud but the Democratic governor said would create barriers to voting.

McAuliffe has now vetoed 37 bills from the General Assembly’s 2017 session – and 108 during his four-year term as governor, surpassing any of his predecessors.

Republican legislative leaders say McAuliffe has broken his promise to be bipartisan, calling his office “the most disengaged administration we have ever worked with.” > Read more.
Community

Villa’s Flagler Housing wins national NAEH award


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.

RIR’s Christmas tree lighting rescheduled for Dec. 12


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.
Entertainment

Metro Diner to open second Henrico location


Metro Diner, a comfort food concept, will open its second Henrico location next month. The company is accepting job applications for its Libbie Place location at 5626 West Broad Street. The diner concept, known for its fried chicken and waffles, meatloaf, and shrimp and grits, will bring 100 new jobs to the region as it plans to open its doors in April.

The 3,500-square-foot diner located in the Libbie Place Shopping Center will seat more than 100 and serve classic comfort food staples with a twist, such as fried chicken and waffles topped with strawberry butter and a stuffed challah bread French toast with strawberry and blueberry compote. > Read more.

 

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