House of Delegates - 74th District
JOE MORRISSEY, DEMOCRAT
1. Why should residents of your district elect you? I’ve represented parts of Henrico County for four years and in that time I’ve been appointed Minority Whip of the House of Delegates by my colleagues in the Democratic Party. I’m a forceful and effective debater. With me in the House, Eastern Henrico County has a strong voice.
2. What will be your top focus if elected? Automatic restoration of rights, more funding for education in Eastern Henrico County, balancing the state budget and restoring funding to VRS
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? Education funding for Eastern Henrico County schools; transportation funding for the state. As a member of the House Education Committee I am a strong advocate for adequate funding for our school systems, particularly in Eastern Henrico County. I intend to reintroduce legislation this year such as gas tax.
4. How will you involve citizens in matters of government? I’ve always made constituent service my number one priority - if there is a neighborhood or civic association meeting I make sure to attend each one. I also make sure that my office maintains constant communication with our constituents about what is going on in the district and in my office. I do this by letters, emails, phone calls, district wide gatherings and social media.
5. What’s your favorite way to spend the weekend? Boating, water skiing, running, horseback riding and cycling.
6. What personal or professional clubs or organizations are you a member of? Lions Club of Varina, Cathedral of Sacred Heart, The Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club.
DWAYNE WHITEHEAD, INDEPENDENT
1. Why should residents of your district elect you? The people of the 74th deserve better representation. The current delegate, in 2011, didn’t get a single substantive bill passed. As a pastor, I have a proven record for seeing problems and developing solutions. As a political independent, I have had tremendous success working with both parties to get good people elected and meaningful legislation passed.
2. What will be your top focus if elected? There isn’t any one issue -- the problems feed into each other. The top three interconnected issues would be education, jobs, and the preservation of neighborhoods. Better education leads to a better workforce, which leads to more businesses and higher incomes, which leads to stronger families and better neighborhoods.
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? Our district includes rural areas of Charles City, suburbs of Henrico, and an urban Richmond neighborhood. Although lumped together by political lines, we face different problems. Charles City is waiting for a library. Eastern Henrico wants a bookstore and a movie theater. Richmond worries about unemployment and crime. There’s no one-stop shopping for a solution here. I’ll need to listen to different concerns and work with local officials in three different localities. I’ll need to draw on some combination of legislative power, local influence, and community leadership to accomplish the tasks important to the people. The biggest worry for the people is unemployment. The biggest worry for the General Assembly is the budget. These issues are intertwined. We need to focus on education. We need to eliminate regulations that unfairly burden the small businesses that create local jobs. We need to overhaul our criminal justice system -- we cannot continue to dump criminals out on the streets, but we can no longer afford to incarcerate so many. We need to work out a system that takes the violent offenders off the street, but allows non-violent offenders an opportunity to make restitution for their crimes, while still fulfilling their responsibilities to their families and society. As a pastor, I’m in favor of people paying tithes to the church in which they participate. As a citizen, I’m in favor of citizens supporting the government services they expect. Strong, working families mean fewer burdens on the state budget.
4. How will you involve citizens in matters of government? My entire adult life has been spent serving people. My door is open. My phone is on. I answer e-mails. I walk the neighborhoods of my community. I attend community meetings. Being a delegate would be no different in theory, only in scope.
5. What’s your favorite way to spend the weekend? Saturdays are for family. With little ones and a teenager, we run all week. Saturday we relax together and, if we’re lucky, welcome our older kids home for a visit. Sundays are for my congregation, followed by a big meal with anybody that wants to share.
6. What personal or professional clubs or organizations are you a member of? A.M.E.N. (Alliance of Ministers Equipping Nations); Character Club; Micah Initiative
7. Additional information: My wife and I have seven children. The second-youngest of twelve children, I graduated from George Wythe High School (‘84). I earned a B.A. from American Baptist College, and a Masters of Divinity from Virginia Union’s School of Theology. I have been the Pastor of World Overcomers in Fulton Hill for nearly twenty years. Basketball is my favorite sport.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host a candlelight vigil of remembrance and hope Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the University of Richmond, outside the Cannon Chapel. The public is invited to attend and join MADD to honor victims of impaired driving crashes, while helping to remind the community to be safe during the holidays. > Read more.
Among participants at the Seventh Annual Coordinators2Inc Golf Tournament and awards luncheon Oct. 3 were (from left) Rebecca Ricardo, C2 Inc executive director; Kevin Derr, member of the winning foursome; Sharon Richardson, C2 Inc founder; and Frank Ridgway and Jon King, members of the winning foursome.
Held at The Crossings Golf Club, the tournament will benefit placement of children from Virginia's foster care system into permanent families through Coordinators2. > Read more.
Event will help kick of Marine Corps' 'Toys for Tots' campaign
All 140 A.C. Moore locations will serve as drop-off centers this year for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, and all toys collected will stay in the local communities served by the stores in which they are donated.
On Saturday, Nov. 15, the Willow Lawn location will kick off the month-long program by hosting a "Make & Take" craft event for kids. Children ages six and older will be able to make a craft and take it home with them. Representatives from the Marines will be in-store to teach customers about the Toys for Tots program. A.C. Moore team members will be on site to help with the crafts. > Read more.
The Dominion GardenFest of Lights Grand Illumination takes place tonight at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden! This year’s theme is “A Legacy in Lights: 120 Years from Bicycle Club to Botanical Garden,” which celebrates the Garden’s history. You can also celebrate Thanksgiving again – tomorrow at Henricus Historical Park. More great events – Lavender Fields Herb Farm and Wilton House Museum will both host their holiday open house events this weekend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6,’ lovable robot Baymax delight
It may be time for Olaf to step down as our nation’s reigning cartoon character. Big Hero 6, the latest animated feature from Disney, contains a challenger to the throne: Baymax (Scott Adsit), another lovably chubby white wonder, who will bring joy to children’s hearts and invade every home in America inside a six-foot pile of Disney merchandise.
Big Hero 6 (based ever so slightly on a Marvel comic of the same name) is the story of Baymax – and also his closest companion Hiro Hamada (Ryan Potter). And then also their four friends, all of whom join together to form the titular superhero team.
At first, though, it’s only Hiro, a young boy and an engineering prodigy, who’d rather spend his time in underground robot fight clubs than do something productive with his gifts. > Read more.
Bella’s feels – and tastes – like Italy should
Short Pump is known for its share of chain restaurants and strip malls, but diners looking for something more distinct can certainly find it without heading downtown or to nearby Charlottesville.
In fact, local husband-and-wife restaurateurs Valeria Bisenti and Doug Muir brought a taste of Charlottesville (and Italy) to Short Pump when they took a chance and opened Bella’s second location in the same shopping strip as Wal-Mart and Peter Chang China Cafe. (Bella’s original location is on Main Street in downtown Charlottesville.)
For a local Italian restaurant, Bella’s is as “Mom and Pop” as its gets. Valeria is Mom, and Doug is Pop. Since its opening about six months ago, diners have been eating rich comfort foods and drinking Italian wines. > Read more.
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