Local, state races beginning to take shape
Citizen Staff Reports 03/24/17
In Henrico, a number of candidates are expected to pursue the Brookland District seat on the Board of Supervisors during a special election in November. (The seat opened when longtime Republican board member Dick Glover died at 82 in February). The winner of that election will serve the remainder of Glover's term, which expires at the end of 2019.
Republicans Robert Witte (the Brookland District member of the county's Planning Commission), Gilbert Wilkerson, Sr. (a judge's assistant in Richmond) and Ben Dessart (the Brookland District magisterial chair of the Henrico County Republican Committee), are among the candidates seeking the party nomination, which will be determined during a June 13 primary. Brookland District School Board member Beverly Cocke has opted not to seek the party's nomination but may consider a run as an independent in the general election.
Henrico Democrats will select their nominee for the seat earlier – on April 29 – during a caucus at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Absentee voting will take place April 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Glen Allen Library).
In 2015, party nominee Danny Plaugher, the executive director of Virginians for High Speed Rail, lost to Glover in the general election but earned nearly 40 percent of the vote. He announced last week that he will seek the nomination again this year.
In the General Assembly, two delegates who represent portions of Henrico – 56th District member Peter Farrell and 72nd District member Jimmie Massie – announced recently that they would not seek re-election this year.
Henrico Republican Party Chairman Eddie Whitlock will vie for his party's nomination to replace Massie, while Democrat Schuyler VanValkenburg, a Glen Allen High School teacher, previously announced his intention to seek his party's nomination for the seat.
In the 56th, attorney and Henrico native Matt Pinsker is seeking the Republican nomination. Other candidates are expected to emerge.
In the 73rd District, three Democrat challengers have announced plans to seek the party's nomination in an attempt to unseat Republican Delegate John O'Bannon, who has held the seat since 2001.
Democrats Bill Coleman, an IT project manager; Chelsea Savage, a nurse; and Sarah Smith, a state health employee, will compete for the nomination and the chance to challenge O'Bannon, a neurologist.
Disclosure: Brookland District School Board member Beverly Cocke is employed as a business development manager by T3 Media, LLC, the parent company of the Henrico Citizen.
By Amelia Heymann, Capital News Service 03/24/2017 Features
MAR. 23, 12 P.M. – Hello Kitty fans, rejoice. On Saturday, the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck, described as “a mobile vehicle of cuteness,” will make its first visit to the region.
The truck will be at Short Pump Town Center, 11800 W. Broad St., from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. The vehicle will be near the mall’s main entrance by Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn.
The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck has been traveling nationwide since its debut at the 2014 Hello Kitty Con, a convention for fans of the iconic character produced by the Japanese company Sanrio. > Read more.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Thursday vetoed several bills that Republicans say would have increased school choice but McAuliffe said would have undermined public schools.
Two bills, House Bill 1400 and Senate Bill 1240, would have established the Board of Virginia Virtual School as an agency in the executive branch of state government to oversee online education in kindergarten through high school. Currently, online courses fall under the Virginia Board of Education. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 03/23/2017 Education
Individuals and organizations wanting to help George F. Baker Elementary School students and staff recover from a March 19 fire at the school now have two ways to help: make a monetary donation or donate items of school supplies.
The weekend fire caused significant smoke-and-water damage to classroom supplies and student materials at the school at 6651 Willson Road in Eastern Henrico.
For tax-deductible monetary donations, the Henrico Education Foundation has created the Baker Elementary School Emergency School Supply Fund. > Read more.
Citizen Staff Reports 03/23/2017 Business
ChamberRVA is seeking nominees for the annual IMPACT Award, which honors the ways in which businesses are making an impact in the RVA Region economy and community and on their employees.
Nominees must be a for-profit, privately-held business located within ChamberRVA's regional footprint: the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent and Powhatan; the City of Richmond; and the Town of Ashland. > Read more.
Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer announces the sale of the former Friendly’s restaurant property located at 5220 Brook Road in Henrico County. Brook Road V, LLC purchased the 3,521-square-foot former restaurant property situated on 0.92 acres from O Ice, LLC for $775,000 as an investment. Bruce Bigger of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the seller. > Read more.
St. Joseph's Villa’s Flagler Housing & Homeless Services was one of three entities to earn the National Alliance to End Homelessness' Champion of Change Award. The awards were presented Nov. 17 during a ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
NAEH annually recognizes proven programs and significant achievements in ending child and family homelessness.
Flagler completed its transition from an on-campus shelter to the community-based model of rapid rehousing in 2013, and it was one of the nation's first rapid re-housing service providers to be certified by NAEH. > Read more.
Richmond International Raceway's 13th annual Community Christmas tree lighting has been rescheduled from Dec. 6 to Monday, Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m., due to inclement weather expected on the original date.
Entertainment Dec. 12 will be provided by the Laburnum Elementary School choir and the Henrico High School Mighty Marching Warriors band. Tree decorations crafted by students from Laburnum Elementary School and L. Douglas Wilder Middle School will be on display. Hot chocolate and cookies will be supplied by the Henrico High School football boosters. > Read more.
CAT Theatre and When There’s A Will director Ann Davis recently announced the cast for the dark comedy which will be performed May 26 through June 3.
The play centers around a family gathering commanded by the matriarch, Dolores, to address their unhappiness with Grandmother’s hold on the clan’s inheritance and her unreasonable demands on her family.
Pat Walker will play the part of Dolores Whitmore, with Graham and Florine Whitmore played by Brent Deekens and Brandy Samberg, respectively. > Read more.
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