House of Delegates - 72nd District
JIMMIE MASSIE, REPUBLICAN
1. Why should residents of your district elect you? Residents of the 72nd House District have the benefit of my life-long residency in Henrico County. As a husband and a father I share their daily family concerns. I understand the importance of jobs to put food on the table and pay the bills. I value quality education as a means for job opportunity and family stability. My business experience in the middle of this economic crisis allows me to contribute strongly in my role on the Appropriations Committee and accomplish a balanced budget without increasing taxes. In addition I learn a great deal from my interaction with my constituents. I am fortunate to represent a very engaging and involved community of citizens and consistently maintain an open door of availability so that their voices and needs are heard and addressed.
2. What will be your top focus if elected? My primary focus during the 2012 Session will be the economy and jobs by minimizing tax burdens, reducing non-core essential government spending, and eliminating regulatory disincentives for jobs growth,. Secondarily, my focus will be in the area of education. I will reintroduce an educational improvement scholarship bill which will provide scholarship assistance to students who would benefit from an alternative to public education. Virginia, and in particular Henrico County, has wonderful public schools. However, not all aspects of public education are right for every child. This bill will empower families to have alternatives and to choose, competitively, the right educational environment for their child. For students with autism spectrum disorder, I will reintroduce a bill that requires the professional aides, that support their daily learning, be trained in behavior management so that learning, rather than behavior, is the emphasis of the student-teacher interaction.
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? Issues numbers one, two and three are jobs and the economy. Jobs are at the heart of family financial security and the well being of the Commonwealth and her citizens. Getting Virginians back to work will provide income/revenues that will pay bills. Minimizing tax burdens, eliminating wasteful spending, increasing market incentives and decreasing regulatory disincentives will bring jobs to Virginia.
4. How will you involve citizens in matters of government? As a businessman I believe that my constituents are my customers. To do my job well I need to hear what is important to them and what they believe will continue to make Virginia the best place to live, work and raise a family. I consistently practice an open door policy for constituents. Additionally, during the legislative session, I reach out to my constituents via surveys and telephone town hall meetings. I welcome all constituents to visit during the General Assembly Session to participate in the process.
5. What’s your favorite way to spend the weekend? My personal pleasure is to spend the weekend enjoying outdoor activities with my wife and children.
6. What personal or professional clubs or organizations are you a member of? My family and I are members of Third Presbyterian Church. When I first ran for public office four years ago I stepped down from my Trustee responsibilities at Church, my officer duties with The Family Foundation and my board position at the University of Virginia so that I could devote more of my time to representing my constituents.
The Central Virginia chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) hosted its annual Walk Like MADD fundraiser April 12 at Dorey Park in Varina. More than 20 teams of walkers raised money from individual donors by participating in the walk, and in total the event generated more than $26,000 in donations for the organization. > Read more.
The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.
The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)
The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.
For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.
The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.
Do the Bunny Hop over to Meadow Farm on Saturday for an introduction to all the farm animals there! An introduction to “Global Sounds” – featuring Japanese, Indonesian, West African, Indian, and Brazilian music and dance performances – can be found at the University of Richmond. The University of Richmond will also host the annual Spider spring game, as well as the inaugural Spiders Easter Egg Hunt. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.
‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise
Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.
They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.
As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.
Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.
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