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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

Agencies combine on new entry point to Chickahominy


Canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts soon will have a new access point to the Chickahominy River. VDOT, the James River Association and Henrico County Parks and Recreation are teaming up to establish a new site in Eastern Henrico.

The James River Association negotiated the deal with VDOT to procure official access to the area located just east of I-295 on North Airport Road in Sandston. The site includes a park-and-ride commuter lot bordering the Chickahominy River and has been an unofficial launch site used by paddlers for years. > Read more.

Equestrian clinic planned July 7-8 in Henrico

Henrico equestrians interested in deepening the bond between themselves and their horses have the opportunity to attend a two day clinic, held at Steppin’ High Stables on July 7-8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The clinic, “Become Partners with your Horse,” will be taught by multiple world champion equestrienne Terry Preiser and will focus on how riders and horses can work together to achieve more. > Read more.

Henrico school bus driver honored

The Henrico-based Hephaestus Society recently awarded its first annual community heroes award (the Hephaestus Award) to Hicham Elgharouch (pictured, center) for what it termed his "selfless acts of caring" in his duties as a Henrico County Public Schools bus driver. Henrico County Director of Pupil Transportation Josh Davis, joined Hephaestus Society President Travis Gardner, in presenting the award and an accompanying $1,500 check to Elgharouch last month.

Elgharouch was selected for his clear and demonstrated patience and for his infectious positive attitude, according to the society. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Don’t party too hard on the Fourth because a whole weekend of fun events await! Enjoy a classy date night without the kids at James River Cellars Winery’s second annual Smoke and Vine Festival. Another date night option is at the Richmond Funny Bone, where comedian April Macie will perform all weekend. The kids have their own options this weekend as well. Choose from storytime at Tuckahoe and Twin Hickory libraries or family-oriented karaoke at Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House – I hear they have hits from Disney’s “Frozen.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


This weekend has something for everyone in your family – whether it’s improv comedy with ComedySportz or West End Comedy, or an inspirational concert from the Ezibu Muntu African Dance Company! Families will also enjoy music, games and crafts at Hidden Creek Park or reading to a therapy dog at Glen Allen Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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