Senate - 9th District
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.
Richmonders Jim Morgan and Dan Stackhouse were married at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Lakeside Mar. 7 month after winning the Say I Do! With OutRVA wedding contest in February. The contest was open to LGBT couples in recognition of Virginia’s marriage equality law, which took effect last fall. The wedding included a package valued at $25,000.
Morgan and Stackhouse, who became engaged last fall on the day marriage equality became the law in Virginia, have been together for 16 years. They were selected from among 40 couples who registered for the contest. The winners were announced at the Say I Do! Dessert Soiree at the Renaissance in Richmond in February. > Read more.
The Fourth Annual Healy Gala will be held Saturday, Apr. 11, at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
The event was created to honor Michael Healy, a local businessman and community leader who died suddenly in June 2011, and to endow the Mike Healy Scholarship (through the Glen Allen Ruritan Club), which benefits students of Glen Allen High School.
Healy served as the chairman of Glen Allen Day for several years and helped raise thousands of dollars for local charities and organizations. > Read more.
The Richmond Battlefield Ruritan Club is holding a Brunswick stew sale, with orders accepted through March 13 and pick-up available March 14. The cost is $8 per quart.
Pick-up will be at noon, March 14, at the Richmond Heights Civic Center, 7440 Wilton Road in Varina.
To place an order, call Mike at (804) 795- 7327 or Jim at (804) 795-9116. > Read more.
Two events this weekend benefit man’s best friend – a rabies clinic, sponsored by the Glendale Ruritan Club, and an American Red Cross Canine First Aid & CPR workshop at Alpha Dog Club. The fifth annual Shelby Rocks “Cancer is a Drag” Womanless Pageant will benefit the American Cancer Society and a spaghetti luncheon on Sunday will benefit the Eastern Henrico Ruritan Club. Twin Hickory Library will also host a used book sale this weekend with proceeds benefiting The Friends of the Twin Hickory Library. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Ichiban offers rich Asian flavors, but portions lack
In a spot that could be easily overlooked is a surprising, and delicious, Japanese restaurant. In a tiny nook in the shops at the corner of Ridgefield Parkway and Pump Road sits a welcoming, warm and comfortable Asian restaurant called Ichiban, which means “the best.”
The restaurant, tucked between a couple others in the Gleneagles Shopping Center, was so quiet and dark that it was difficult to tell if it was open at 6:30 p.m. on a Monday. When I opened the door, I smiled when I looked inside. > Read more.
Disney’s no-frills, live-action ‘Cinderella’ delights
Cinderella is the latest from Disney’s new moviemaking battle plan: producing live-action adaptations of all their older classics. Which is a plan that’s had questionable results in the past.
Alice in Wonderland bloated with more Tim Burton goth-pop than the inside of a Hot Topic. Maleficent was a step in the right direction, but the movie couldn’t decide if Maleficent should be a hero or a villain (even if she should obviously be a villain) and muddled itself into mediocrity.
Cinderella is much better. Primarily, because it’s just Cinderella. No radical rebooting. No Tim Burton dreck. It’s the 1950 Disney masterpiece, transposed into live action and left almost entirely untouched. > Read more.
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