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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.
Community

Celebrating 106 years

Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.

YMCA breaks ground for aquatic center

YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.

Rotary donates to ‘Bright Beginnings’

The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Bottoms up

Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.

The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.

As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.

Cultural Arts Center announces 2014 fall class schedule

The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen is now registering participants for its fall 2014 schedule of classes.

The center will offer more than 100 classes for children and adults, covering topicssuch as culinary arts, fiber arts, visual and performance arts and more. Instruction is structured to appeal to a wide range of abilities, from beginners to experts of all ages. Class sizes are kept small to ensure maximum benefit for participants with generally no more than 15 students. > Read more.

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Learn about the story of Tom and Pharoah from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Meadow Farm Museum, 3400 Mountain Rd. On Aug. 30, 1800, these slaves informed Meadow Farm’s… Full text

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