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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.


Community

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden raises admission $1

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.

The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Weekend Top 10


Take in a show at several locations this weekend! West End Comedy will provide laughs at HATTheatre; the production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes” will close Sunday; and the youth theatre company CharacterWorks will present “Footloose” at The Steward School. Another show perfect for the kids – “Despicable Me 2” is playing at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center tonight. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

Is there an Echo in here?

‘Earth to Echo’ aims to become this generation’s ‘ET’
It’s no secret that all found-footage genre movies are the same. Grab a couple of characters, give one of them a camera, and expose them to something supernatural that’s content to lurk just off-screen until the last five minutes. Everything else will just fall into place.

But that formula isn’t particularly family friendly, if only because that thing waiting a few feet to the left of the cast is usually plotting their violent doom.

That’s what sets Earth to Echo apart from the pack. It, too, follows a group of characters armed with a camera and a tendency to encounter unknown life forms. But all those familiar parts have been rearranged just enough to make it suitable for a much younger audience. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


An eclectic array of events are taking place this weekend throughout the county. In the West End, we have the Richmond Wedding Expo, the Under the Stars Family Film Series and Henrico Theatre Company’s production of “Pump Boys and Dinettes.” In the eastern part of the county, we have a blood drive at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, Gallmeyer Farm’s annual Sweet Corn Festival and an origami workshop at Fairfield Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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