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Trammell: ‘I represent a broader bandwidth of people’

7th District candidate discusses education reform, broadband, business, compromise, immigration, basketball – and vampires?
Democrat Jack Trammell declared his candidacy for the Seventh District Congressional seat in May and earned the Democratic Party nomination for the seat June 8. At the time, most assumed that he stood no chance of winning a victory in the highly Republican district against House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. That evening however, Trammell’s colleague, fellow Randolph Macon College professor Dave Brat, upset Cantor in the Republican primary for the seat. Trammell’s campaign instantly gained credibility, as he was now facing an equally unknown opponent with a similar background and budget.

In July, Brat spoke with the Citizen about his historic victory over Cantor and his vision for the Seventh District. In August, the Citizen's Ryan McKinnon sat down with Trammell to hear his perspective:

Henrico Citizen: I’m sure it was crazy accepting the nomination and thinking you were going to be going up against Eric Cantor, but then finding out you were going against your coworker. Tell me what that was like.

Hazelett honored by VCU

Retiring Henrico County Manager Virgil Hazelett was honored today by Virginia Commonwealth University’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs for his contributions to government and community. Hazelett was one of six individuals and groups honored as part of the eighth annual "Excellence in Virginia Government Awards" ceremony at the Richmond Marriott.

Henrico earns stormwater grant

Henrico County was among more than 100 localities in Virginia to receive funding recently through Virginia Locality Stormwater Program Development grants. More than $2 million will be disbursed statewide to help localities develop locally run programs to reduce stormwater runoff from developed lands.

New signage planned in Lakeside corridor

Two corridors in Northern Henrico soon will receive new permanent signage to welcome travelers.

Signs are expected to be erected by the end of the month at points on both ends of Lakeside Avenue and one location on nearby Brook Road. The county’s Department of Community Revitalization has spearheaded the efforts to design and purchase the signs.

The Lakeside signs – each eight feet tall and made of aluminum – will display the Lakeside “wheel” logo that has been used in recent years by the Lakeside Business Association.

County implementing ‘Code Red’ emergency alert system

Henrico County is implementing a new multi-faceted alert system that will warn residents of emergencies faster than its current system while saving the county about $50,000 a year.

The “Code Red” system, operated by a private company, will be able to send warning messages by phone, text and e-mail countywide or to specific groups of residents in certain geographic areas as warranted, Fire Chief Anthony McDowell told the Board of Supervisors during a work session Nov. 27.

Three Henrico veterans honored

U.S. Congressman Eric Cantor (at right, standing, third from right) presented the 2012 Congressional Veteran Commendation to eight local residents, including three from Henrico, during a Veterans Day ceremony at Clover Hill High School.

Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Walter George (standing, fourth from right), Capt. Donald Bloomquist (standing, second from right) and Sgt. James “Jimmy” Ray (standing, far right) of Henrico received the commendation from Cantor.

County pitches meals tax to legislators

Henrico County officials made their pitch for a 4-percent meals tax to the county’s General Assembly delegation last week, telling the group that the proposed tax was their last resort to create revenue and close an $18-million shortfall in next year’s budget before raising real estate taxes, cutting services or laying off employees.

Henrico lacks the authority to implement such a tax on its own, so officials want the General Assembly to grant it that authority, with the provision that the county’s Board of Supervisors must unanimously support it.

Nominations sought for Community Champions, Outstanding Youth awards

Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services and the Henrico Too Smart 2 Start Coalition are seeking nominations for the 2012 Community Champions and Outstanding Youth Awards.

The Community Champions Award salutes adult volunteers and professionals for work to build a healthy community for young people through a variety of prevention and education programs. Previous honorees have worked to reduce risk factors for youth and helped them develop skills to become productive citizens.

Henrico to celebrate rehabilitation, sale of home on Fayette Avenue

A rehabilitated home at 629 Fayette Ave. will be sold this month to a first-time homebuyer following an extensive improvement project guided by Henrico County.

Representatives of the Henrico Department of Community Revitalization, Southside Community Development & Housing Corp., Better Housing Coalition and others will gather at the home on Thursday, Nov. 15 to celebrate its transformation.

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