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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.
I appreciate citizen input. I can be reached at 282-8640 when we’re not in session.  I invite everyone to visit us when we’re in session at the General Assembly building.  Our number there is 698-1073.  My e-mail is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

7. Additional information: I appreciate citizen input. I can be reached at 282-8640 when we’re not in session.  I invite everyone to visit us when we’re in session at the General Assembly building.  Our number there is 698-1073.  My e-mail is .(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


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.

Weekend Top 10


This weekend has something for everyone in your family – whether it’s improv comedy with ComedySportz or West End Comedy, or an inspirational concert from the Ezibu Muntu African Dance Company! Families will also enjoy music, games and crafts at Hidden Creek Park or reading to a therapy dog at Glen Allen Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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