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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Reynolds CC 4-week, 8-week classes start March 7


Classes start March 7 for Reynolds Community College’s second 8-week and third 4-week spring semester sessions. Registration for both sessions is currently open and runs through the start of classes. Students can register 24 hours per day online by visiting http://www.reynolds.edu. Students can also register in-person in Enrollment Services located on each campus. > Read more.

Public comment sought for plan to reduce impacts of natural disasters

The joint Hazard Mitigation Technical Advisory Committee for the Richmond and Crater regions is seeking public comment on the draft update of the Richmond-Crater Multi-Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Hazard mitigation is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the potential impact of future disasters. The 26 localities of the Richmond and Crater regions maintain the plan to collaboratively identify vulnerabilities associated with natural disasters and develop long-term strategies to reduce or eliminate long-term risks. > Read more.

Democrat VanValkenburg kicks off Gen. Assembly campaign


Senior students at Glen Allen High School will get a personal touch when studying elections with their AP government teacher.

That teacher, Schuyler VanValkenburg, recently announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for the 72nd District seat in the House of Delegates. If he earns the nomination, he will run against Del. Jimmie Massie, R-Henrico, who has been unopposed for 10 years.

VanValkenburg, a 2004 University of Richmond alumnus who majored in history, is running for office for the first time. Although he has lived in Richmond since he began his undergraduate studies, aside from one year spent in Seattle, he said he never felt it was his time to run. > Read more.

Construction begins on JA Finance Park at Libbie Mill


School and business leaders from around the region, including (pictured, from left) Simon Hodges of Dominion Resources, Daphne Swanso(president of Junior Achievement of Central Virginia) and Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas, gathered at Libbie Mill Library Feb. 23 for the Junior Achievement Finance Park construction kickoff. > Read more.

Assembly poised to OK state budget on Friday


Finishing a day early, House and Senate negotiators agreed on a budget Wednesday that includes employee pay raises and more money for K-12 education and mental health.

The negotiators presented their budget to their fellow lawmakers in time for the required 48-hour review, which could be completed by Friday night with a chance to adjourn their 2017 session before Saturday’s target date.

Republican leaders in the House and Senate praised the spending plan’s conservative fiscal policies. > 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

Weekend Top 10


Given the warm weather lately, Saturday’s RVA Polar Plunge Winter Fest, benefiting Special Olympics Virginia, might actually be enjoyable! Other weekend events you’re sure to enjoy include the 14th annual Richmond Kids Expo at the Richmond Raceway Complex, the Richmond Symphony and The Taters in concert at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, and the Richmond Ballet Minds in Motion Team XXL performing at the Henrico Theatre. This is also the last weekend to check out HATTheatre’s production of “Bill W. and Dr. Bob.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

 

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