House of Delegates - 62nd District

1. Why should residents of your district elect you?
The residents should elect me because I use the common sense approach in representing the people.  I am always willing to listen.

2. What will be your top focus if elected? Top focus if elected is economic development that creates jobs.

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?  In this district, the most critical issue is the need for steady employment.  The state as a whole is also employment and transportation.   For job creation we need to keep taxes low and give incentives to employers and industry that will relocate to Virginia.  Our unemployment rate is  roughly 6.5 percent while nationwide, the unemployment rate is more than 9 percent.  We are fortunate here in Virginia that we have a good reputation for business.  Speaking of transportation, no one wants to pay tolls and no one wants a gasoline tax increase.  However, transportation goes along with creating jobs and economic development.  When I am at different speaking engagements, I ask the public if they have a choice between a gasoline tax and tolls which do they prefer.  Their response is they will accept tolls as long as the residents of Virginia get a break compared to what the out of state travelers will pay.

4. How will you involve citizens in matters of government? I will involve citizens in matters of government by asking their opinions.  What the people of my district think is important to me.  I always encourage citizen input prior to, during and after Session.

5. What’s your favorite way to spend the weekend? On the weekends during the summer I like to go with my family to the beach or play golf.

6. What personal or professional clubs or organizations are you a member of?  I am a member of the Hopewell Rotary Club, the Hopewell Moose Lodge, the Masonic Lodge, the AHEPA, Ducks Unlimited, T.E. Peterson Chapter Wild Turkey Federation,   American Legion, the City Point Ruritan Club, a Life Member of the Hopewell Jaycees, member of the Richard Bland College Foundation Board, a member of the Jamestown-Yorktown Board, a member of the BB&T Richmond Advisory Board.

7. Additional information: I serve as chair of the House Counties, Cities and Towns Committee, a member of the House Appropriations Committee and Privileges and Elections Committee and have served as delegate since 1992. Your vote on Nov. 8 will be appreciated.
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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.

Weekend Top 10

It’s going to be a cold weekend so if you’re headed out to the James River Parade of Lights or the Richmond Road Runners Club Toy Run 5K in Innsbrook, you’d better bundle up! If you’re looking for some indoor ways to celebrate the holidays, check out Three-Penny Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story for Christmas” or “To Drive the Cold Winter Away: An Irish Celebration of the Returning Light” at the Unitarian Universalist Community Church in Glen Allen. Also this weekend – the Henrico Theatre will show the holiday classic “Home Alone." For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.



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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will present the Dominion GardenFest of Lights nightly from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 25 to Jan. 9 (closed Dec. 24-25). This year’s theme will explore "Living Color" and show how the world's kaleidoscope of colors speaks to people, impacts nature and influences culture. Visitors will see colorful translucent butterflies in flight, stained glass-inspired illuminations, sparkling white light transformed into a brilliant rainbow, floating flowers opening and reaching toward “sunlight,” fields of brightly colored blooms waving in the moonlight, illuminated spheres dancing in the sky, among other displays. The event features more than a half million lights, botanical decorations, trains, holiday dinners, family activities and more. Admission is $5 to $13. For details, visit Full text

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