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.
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Beautiful fall weather is back this weekend! Don’t leave your favorite pooch at home – take the whole family to Canine Companions’ DogFest Walk ‘n Roll at West Broad Village or FETCH a Cure’s annual Mutt Strutt at Deep Run Park. Pets are also welcome at this weekend’s Central Virginia Celtic Festival and Highland Games. Halloween events taking place Sunday include the University of Richmond’s 18th annual Trick or Treat Street and Goblins and Gourds at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
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CalendarEnjoy a musical tribute to the legendary Patsy Cline featuring Debra Wagoner with pianist Anthony Smith at 7 p.m. at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd. The concert is part of CACGA’s 2nd Stage series which highlights a different musical genre on the first Friday of each month. Dinner and beverages will also be available for purchase. Tickets are $15 to $20. For details, call 261-ARTS or visit http://www.artsglenallen.com. Full text