Local, state races take shape

Competition for elected positions in local and state government has picked up, with a number of candidates formally announcing their plans to seek office. The current slate of candidates includes:

Brookland District Supervisor (a special election will be held in November to fill the remaining two years of the term of Dick Glover, who died in February)

• Democrats – Courtney Lynch (the founder of Lead Star, a leadership development organization) and Danny Plaugher (the executive director of Virginians for High Speed Rail). The Democratic candidate will be selected during an April 29 caucus at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, from 10 am. to 2 p.m.

• Republicans – Ben Dessart (a researcher at Altria), Gilbert Wilkerson, Sr. (a judge's assistant in Richmond) and Robert Witte, Jr. (the Brookland District Planning Commission member). The Republican candidate will be selected during a June 7 primary election.

General Assembly – 56th District

• Democrats – Lizzie Drucker Basch (a small business owner) and Melissa M. Dart (a Henrico healthcare professional)

• Republicans – Graven Craig (a Louisa attorney), Surya Dhakar (a Henrico dentist), George Goodwin (a Louisa County Planning Commissioner), John McGuire, III (a Henrico physical trainer), Matt Pinsker (a Henrico attorney and VCU adjunct professor) and Jay Prendergrast.

General Assembly – 62nd District

• Democrats – Sheila Bynum-Coleman (the owner of a Chesterfield construction company) and Tavorise Marks (a Chester resident and state government employee)

• Republican – Riley Ingram (a real estate agency owner and incumbent delegate since 1992)

General Assembly – 68th District

• Democrats – Dawn Marie Adams (a nurse), Ben Pearson-Nelson (an educator) and Mary Jo Sheeley (a retired attorney)

• Republican – Manoli Loupassi (an attorney and the incumbent delegate since 2008)

General Assembly – 70th District

• Democrats – Delore McQuinn (the incumbent delegate since), Alex Mejias (an attorney and web developer)

General Assembly – 71st District

• Democrat – Jeff Bourne (an attorney and Richmond School Board member)

General Assembly – 72nd District

• Democrat – Schuyler VanValkenburg (a Glen Allen High School teacher)

• Republicans – Ernesto Sampson (a Henrico financial planner) and Eddie Whitlock (a Henrico attorney and Henrico Republican Committee chairman)

General Assembly – 73rd District

• Democrats – Bill Coleman (a project manager for a healthcare company), Debra Rodman (a Randolph-Macon College professor), Chelsea Savage (a nurse) and Sarah Smith (a state health employee)

• Republican – John O'Bannon (a neurologist and the incumbent delegate since 2001)

General Assembly – 74th District

• Democrat – Lamont Bagby (an educator and incumbent delegate since 2015)

• Republican – Preston Brown (a radio and television show host)
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West End apartment fire injures 1


SEPT. 25, 10:30 A.M. – A West End apartment fire injured one person Sunday afternoon.

The fire broke out in the third floor of the Chase Gayton apartment complex in the 10 block of Chase Gayton Drive, near the intersection of Gaskins Road and Quioccasin Road, at about 1:20 p.m. Sept. 24. > Read more.

Crime Stoppers’ Crime of the Week: Sept. 25, 2017


Crime stoppers needs your help to solve a double homicide that occurred in the City of Richmond in June of this year.

On Wednesday, June 7, at approximately 9:53 p.m., Richmond police officers responded to several calls for random gunfire in the 3600 block of Decatur Street. They arrived and found the victims, two males, Christian Singleton and Ketron Wells. The victims were outside on the ground lying near each other. Both victims had received fatal gunshot wounds. > Read more.

Richmond Astronomical Society to present night sky astronomy at Libbie Mill, Varina libraries


The Richmond Astronomical Society and Libbie Mill Library will host a presentation about the night sky and its astronomy Sept. 28, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Attendees will enjoy amazing views of the moon and other celestial objects with high-quality telescopes operated by members of the Richmond Astronomical Society. Guests will be able to see craters and seas on the surface of the moon with clarity and detail. > Read more.

Henrico home sales continue on strong pace


The number of homes sold in Henrico County in August rose 10 percent when compared to the same month last year, according to data compiled by Long & Foster. The average sale price of those homes – $239,975 – also rose, by about 4 percent when compared to the same average sale price in August 2016.

Henrico's jump in the number of homes sold was the largest in the Richmond region, though average sales prices in Chesterfield (8 percent increase) and Richmond (12 percent) jumped by higher amounts when compared to last August sales. > Read more.

Thoracic surgeon is first to perform 100 robot-assisted lobectomies in Central Virginia


Graham M. Bundy, a thoracic surgeon with HCA Virginia Physicians’ Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates, is the first such surgeon in Central Virginia to perform 100 minimally-invasive Da Vinci robot-assisted lobectomies (a surgical procedure to remove a lobe of the lung). The procedure is used to treat multiple types of conditions but is most often used to treat lung cancer. > Read more.

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The Open University of The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond will present Lunch and Life, a four-week series open to all persons 50+ at no charge, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Rd. Today’s speaker, Ed Slipek, architectural historian and contributing editor at Style Weekly, will present “Richmond and World War I.” A bag lunch will begin at noon, with beverages and dessert provided by the church; the speaker will start at 12:30 p.m. For details, call 355-7282 or visit http://www.tscor.org. Full text

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