House of Delegates - 73rd District
JOHN O'BANNON, REPUBLICAN
1. Why should residents of your district elect you? I have worked hard over the last 10 years for the citizens of the 73rd House district. I’ve tried to use my healthcare experience to make Virginia healthier and safer. I have abided by the “Part-Time Citizen Legislature” model and continue to work in my neighborhood. I think Virginia and Henrico County are a wonderful place to live and work and I’d like to continue representing this district in the House of Delegates.
2. What will be your top focus if elected? My top focus this year will continue to be the economy and jobs growth in our region. We have worked on this now for the last two years. While we have made some progress, we still have a long way to go to get things back to where they should be.
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? I believe our most critical issue is jobs growth. We must work to keep our region’s competitive edge in low taxes, a well educated workforce, a stable “Right to work” status and strong economic development. More jobs will improve the housing market and the other things slowing economic recovery. I’ll be working with Gov. McDonnell to bring more new business and industry to Henrico.
4. How will you involve citizens in matters of government? We hold citizen “town hall” meetings at least twice a year. We have also held telephone town hall meetings, which work very well. Our office is open for constituient meetings all year, and I’m accessible by phone as well. I’ll be carrying some pieces of legislation this year which are specific requests of citizens.
5. What’s your favorite way to spend the weekend? I enjoy fishing and boating.
6. What personal or professional clubs or organizations are you a member of? I’ve belonged to the River Road Church since 1978. I am a member of the Glen Allen Ruritan club and the West Richmond Rotary club. As a physician, I work in the hospitals in this area including Henrico Doctors Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital.
Citizen Staff Reports 01/29/2015
The Henricus Historical Park in Chesterfield this weekend will portray "Arnold's Raid on Richmond," which took place in 1781 when British General Benedict Arnold took his small British and Loyalist forces and raided Richmond as Governor Thomas Jefferson watched from the safety of Manchester.
The event will take place Jan. 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Period-dressed historical interpreters will occupy the bluff overlooking the James River.
Visitors are invited to join the American militia, British regulars, Hessians and Loyalists in camp. > Read more.
Hundreds of 'tweens' and their moms will attend the Secret Keeper Girl Crazy Hair Tour at West End Assembly of God on Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m., a popular Bible-based tour geared toward building and strengthening relationships between mothers and their daughters (typically ages 8 to 12).
The event will feature a full fashion show, oversized balloon sculptures and confetti cannons – all in the name of inner beauty, Biblical modesty and vibrant purity. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 01/15/2015
OutRVA and Say I Do! have collaborated to offer LGBT couples an opportunity to win an all-expenses-paid wedding at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Robins Tea House on March 7.
In September, Richmond Region Tourism launched OutRVA, a campaign designed to show people Richmond’s strong LGBT community and highlight the area as a travel destination.
The winning couple will say "I do" in a ceremony coordinated by event designer and floral artist Casey Godlove of Strawberry Fields Flowers & Gifts and marriage concierge, Ayana Obika of All About The Journey. The couple will receive wardrobe and styling, a custom wedding cake, florals, an overnight stay at the Linden Row Inn (including a suite on the day of the wedding for preparation), and a post-wedding brunch at the Hilton Garden Inn on Sunday, March 8. > Read more.
There are a bunch of unique events just for kids this weekend in Henrico! Virginia Repertory Theatre’s production of “The Maggie Walker Story” opens tonight at The Children’s Theatre at Willow Lawn. On Saturday, Walkerton Tavern will host a tea party and the Children’s Museum of Richmond-Central will celebrate the Lunar Year of the Goat with several exciting activities. Ages 11-13 are invited to an “Introduction to Volleyball” workshop on Sunday at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
CAT Theatre will hold auditions for Quartet on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 22, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Auditions will be held at the theatre, located at 319 N. Wilkinson Road in Richmond. Quartet will run May 22 through June 6 and will close out CAT’s 51st season.
Director Laurie Follmer is seeking two males, ages 50-70 and two females ages 50-70. British accents are required for roles and are requested for auditions. There is no actual singing in the show. Singing ability and experience is not a requirement. Audition sides are available at http://www.cattheatre.com on the Audition Page. > Read more.
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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CalendarAges 8-12 are invited to Lessons from the Past: A Tea Party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Walkerton Tavern. “Tea” refers to a small refreshment or snack to… Full text