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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.

7. Additional information: I serve on three House of Delegate Committees, namely, Appropriations, Education, and Health, Welfare and Institutions. I believe that my business expertise is well aligned with these assignments, thereby putting me in a great position to represent my constituents. I encourage my constituents to participate in the legislative process and share their concerns and insights by contacting me at P.O. Box 29598, Henrico VA 23242, (804) 698-1072 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
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

Journey to mediocrity

‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ fails to capitalize on tasty concept
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a curious little Romeo and Juliet of a film. A family, forced out of their native India, begins a trek across Europe.

The family’s sole mode of transportation sputters and dies in a sleepy little French town, but the town’s food culture is high, and that’s a perfect place for a family of restaurateurs to settle down. There’s only one problem – the family’s rustic “Maison Mumbai” is right across the street (a hundred feet away, if the title didn’t clue you in) from a prestigious French bistro with a Michelin star, run with an iron fist by the dreaded Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren, pictured).

It’s here that a particular Romeo and Juliet story begins to develop, with Hassan (Manish Dayal) on the Indian side and Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) on the French side. > Read more.

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.

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