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.
Holman Middle School student Victoria Nguyen recently was named Miss Virginia American Coed Junior Teen after competing in the Miss Virginia American Coed pageant in Williamsburg. She was the youngest competitor in her division. Nguyen now will advance to represent Virginia at the 2015 Miss American Junior Teen Pageant at Walt Disney World in Florida in November. > Read more.
Companion Extraordinaire Home Care and Skilled Services will be honoring veterans and current military members May 14 at 11 a.m. The event will take place at 5311 Lakeside Avenue.
Companion Extraordinaire dedicated a hall in its new Lakeside office as a “Wall of Honor” and will be presenting 13 military service men and women with certificates as well as placing their service photos on the wall.
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Public vote open through Friday to select winner
Citizen Staff Reports
Henrico resident Haley Malloy is one of three national finalists for a $10,000 scholarship, whose winner will be determined by the vote of the public.
Malloy is a finalist for The Goddard School Anthony A. Martino Scholarship, which is open annually to any high school junior or senior who graduated from a Goddard School pre-kindergarten or kindergarten program. Applicants are evaluated based upon the work ethic and perseverance they have demonstrated – two key characteristics of Martino, the founder of the Goddard School franchise system. > Read more.
Music lovers unite! There are several great concerts this weekend beginning with Innsbrook After Hours who will be kicking off their 30th season with Foreigner, Lee Brice, and Rusted Root & The Wailers. The Richmond Women’s Chorus will present “Let Freedom Sing” at the Henrico Theatre tonight; The Taters will perform tomorrow at The Tin Pan; and the Richmond Choral Society will present “Sentimental Journey III” on Sunday at the Henrico Theatre. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Disneynature’s ‘Monkey Kingdom’ is its strongest yet
“Did you know monkeys could swim?” asks Tina Fey in Monkey Kingdom. While she’s asking, a toque macaque (a two foot-long monkey with red-white fur and great hair) breast-strokes under the surface of a pond, yanking out lily pad flowers by her teeth and dragging them ashore to munch later.
Turns out monkeys can swim. And slide down telephone poles. And do the thing from Flashdance where you bring down a cascade of water on your head and shake it off in slow-motion.
All will happen in Monkey Kingdom, the eighth film in nine years from Disneynature, Disney’s wildlife documentary outlet. > Read more.
Relax this holiday weekend with Fridays Uncorked at Southern Season – taste wines from the Roman Empire! Or at James River Cellars who is hosting “Experience Virginia” – sample Virginia wine, beer, cider and mead. And what goes better with wine than strawberries – an annual tradition in Varina, the Gallmeyer Farms’ Strawberry Fields Festival is tomorrow. Other fun happenings this weekend include: “A Little Princess” at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen; weekly dance at American Legion Post 125; and National Theatre Live’s “Man and Superman” at the University of Richmond. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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