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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

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


Grab the kids and check out these fun family-friendly events taking place this weekend! Speed over to the Henrico Theatre for the film “Turbo” or watch “Dumbo” under the stars at Clarke-Palmore House Museum. Little ones can meet Thomas the Tank Engine at CMOR-Central or play at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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.

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