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DONALD MCEACHIN, DEMOCRAT
1. Why should residents of your district elect you?
I ask for the votes of my constituents because I want to continue to work hard to make the Ninth Senate District and the Commonwealth of Virginia the best it can be for people to live and raise their families. We need good-paying jobs, excellent public schools, an adequate transportation system, mass transit, a clean and healthy environment and opportunity and justice for all Virginians.

2. What will be your top focus if elected? In these troubling economic times, the focus has to be the budget. We need to find ways to reprioritize so that citizens get the services they need, our schools get sufficient funding, our bridges, roads and tunnels are repaired and maintained and our health care system ensures that everyone can get care when needed.

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? In my district, as in all of Henrico, the most critical issue is jobs. We need to ensure there are well-paying, good jobs for all citizens who want to work. We need to make sure our students have the skillset to get these jobs. When citizens are working, they not only can feed and take care of their families, they can pay their fair share which allows us to do what we need to do for the common good of the community. I will work with local officials and the administration to recruit corporations to my district. I will also implement policies to support small businesses. Finally, I will continue to advocate for the best public school system, vocational training and public higher education to create the best workforce.

4. How will you involve citizens in matters of government? My door is always open. Whether during the General Assembly Session or the rest of the year, I am always happy to meet with and help constituents. My law office is in the heart of the district so constituents can come by with any problem, suggestion or concern. I will continue to attend community association meetings and any other gatherings. Finally, as I always have, I will communicate by both personal letter and newsletter throughout the district.

5. What’s your favorite way to spend the weekend? My favorite way to spend any weekend is with my wife and three wonderful daughters. Whether it’s watching TV, playing a board game or even shopping, spending time with them and watching them grow up is truly a joy.

6. What personal or professional clubs or organizations are you a member of? I am a life member of the NAACP, a member of Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, a Board member of POFEV (People of Faith for Equality), a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and a vice-chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia.
Community

Author, child abuse survivor to speak at Henrico event

To help celebrate twenty years of service to advocating for abused and neglected children in Henrico County, Henrico Court Appointed Special Advocates, Inc. (CASA) will host an evening with bestselling author K.L. Randis on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Belmont Recreation Center in Lakeside.

Randis is best known for her bestselling novel, Spilled Milk, which tells her painful – but ultimately triumphant – personal story of abuse and of child abuse prevention. The book is her first novel.

The event is free to the public, but seating is limited Reservations may be made by e-mailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Belmon Recreation Center is located at 1600 Hilliard Road. > Read more.

Philippines ambassador to the US visits Filipino Festival in Henrico


The Ambassador of the Philippines to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. attended the Ninth Annual Filipino Festival at Our Lady of Lourdes Church earlier this month. Cuisia (pictured above with festival performers) was welcomed by County Manager John Vithoulkas and Brookland District Supervisor Dick Glover (below) at the church, which is located in Lakeside.

While enjoying some of the cultural performances at the festival, the ambassador and his wife had a private lunch with Vithoulkas, Glover, Eldon Burton (an outreach representative from U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner’s Office) and Father James Begley, the pastor of OLL. > Read more.

Dragon boats invade the James

Hundreds of spectators filled the banks of the James River to watch two dozen teams of competitors in the Walgreen’s Richmond International Dragon Boat Festival at Rocketts Landing Aug. 2. The event included a number of races, as well as several cultural performances. The sport is billed as the fastest growing water sport in the world.(Photo by Roger Walk for the Henrico Citizen) > Read more.

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Entertainment

‘Planes’ sequel crashes

‘Fire and Rescue’ proves too predictable, boring

Planes: Fire and Rescue opens with a dedication to the hero firefighters of the world. It’s an admirable notion, and it makes sense, given that this is a film about planes that fight fires.

But here it might be a little out of place, as Planes: Fire and Rescue has a few things on its mind besides supporting the men and women who routinely throw themselves into burning buildings.

Like money. Lots and lots of money – into the 11-figures-and-counting range. In case you weren’t aware, 2006’s Cars was the biggest moneymaker Disney had in decades – not because of how much green the film printed at the box office, but because a combination of toys, games and snack foods stamped with the Cars seal of approval routinely pulls in tens of billions of dollars per year. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


This weekend in Henrico, you can learn about fall herbs or mad science. Enjoy some laughs from West End Comedy or Three-Penny Theatre’s production of “The Rivah Home Companion.” For music lovers, Jennifer Nettles is in concert tonight and the fifth annual GWAR-B-Q takes place tomorrow at Hadad’s Lake. 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.

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