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.
Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.
At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.
Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.
The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.
Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 09/15/2014
Henricus Historical Park will commemorate its anniversary during Publick Day, a signature annual event that celebrates the establishment of the second successful English settlement in the New World. In September 1611, Sir Thomas Dale, along with soldiers, tradesmen and farmers, ventured from Jamestown to create the Citie of Henricus. Leaders of Henricus developed the first English hospital, chartered the first college in North America, established tobacco as the first cash crop in Virginia, and created a place where Pocahontas lived and met John Rolfe.
Publick Day will take place Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and parking is $5 per vehicle. > Read more.
Paid extras are being sought to appear in the AMC television series TURN: Washington's Spies, which will begin filming its second season in the Richmond area at the end of September and continue through February.
No experience is required, but producers say that extras must have flexible availability, reliable transportation and a positive attitude.
Arvold Casting is holding an open call on Sunday, Sept. 21 and is seeking men, women and children who are Caucasian, African American and Native American, with thin to average builds and who can realistically portray people living in Revolutionary War times. Long hair is a plus but not a must. > Read more.
For our Top 10 calendar events this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Check out these three B’s in Henrico this weekend: books, bluegrass and “Born Yesterday.” Other activities to participate in – and feel good about – are the 15th annual James River Regional Cleanup and the 5th annual Richmond Out of the Darkness Community Walk. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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CalendarDeep Run Recreation Center, 9900 Ridgefield Pkwy., will host Generation Z Games – Water Play! for ages 6-12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy water-themed games, relays and other… Full text