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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Memorial Day signifies the official start of summer, and Virginia State Police officials are urging motorists to "do what’s right when they see lights" and move over.

The “Move Over” law is a lifesaving law intended to protect public safety professionals and highway workers who help to maintain the safety of the Commonwealth’s roads. State Police are using the #MoveOver hashtag on social media to promote the law. > Read more.

Henrico to hold June 8 open house on Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill study

The Henrico County Planning Department will hold an open house Thursday, June 8 for residents and other members of the public to provide input for a study of the Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill areas.

The open house will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Varina Area Library, 1875 New Market Road. The meeting’s informal structure will allow the public to attend at their convenience and to ask questions and discuss the study one on one with Planning staff. > Read more.

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The Henrico real estate market has been relatively strong for the past month, despite a lower amount of inventory, according to data from Long and Foster Real Estate.

In the past month, 408 homes have been sold in Henrico, which is 2 percent less than were sold in the same timeframe in 2016.

Last year the median sale prices for Henrico homes was $219,975, whereas this month it's up to $232,500, a 6 percent increase. Which means half of the homes in Henrico are priced above $232,500 and half are priced below. > Read more.

Smither named director of Henrico’s Department of Finance

Henrico County Manager John A. Vithoulkas has appointed Edward N. “Ned” Smither Jr. to serve as director of the Department of Finance, effective July 1.

Smither has served Henrico since 2013 as director of the Accounting Division in Finance. He will succeed Eugene H. Walter, who has delayed his retirement until June 30 to ensure an orderly transition within the department.
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State honors EMS officials this week

There were nearly 1.5 million emergency medical services calls and 4,063 incidents per day in Virginia just last year.

This week, May 21-27, declared as National EMS week by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, recognizes the more than 34,000 EMS personnel and 631 agencies in the state and commends their efforts and commitment to Commonwealth citizens.
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The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks and Senior Connections will once again sponsor Senior Party in the Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. There will be health screenings, vendors, carnival games, entertainment and music. For ages 50+. Admission is free. For details, call 652-1408 or visit http://www.henrico.us/rec. Full text

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