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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Cyclist killed in crash was 52-year-old man

Henrico Police have named the victim killed June 21 when the bicycle he was riding collided with a truck on Mechanicsville Turnpike near I-64 in Eastern Henrico.

Fifty-two year-old Ray J. Freeman, of Richmond, died at a local hospital after being struck. The truck that hit him was traveling south on Mechanicsville Turnpike. > Read more.

Henrico man sentenced to 10 years in prison for dealing heroin

A Henrico man was sentenced June 20 to 10 years in prison for distribution of heroin.

Arlando Harris, 35, pleaded guilty on Dec. 29, 2016. According to the statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Henrico Police executed a search warrant at Harris' mother's residence in Henrico on March 16, 2016. > Read more.

Glen Allen HS student earns playwriting residency

A play written by a Glen Allen High School junior was selected, along with seven others, to be performed professionally this summer through a nationally acclaimed Virginia high school playwriting program.

47B, a play written by 16-year-old Glen Allen High school student Dominique Dowling, was chosen by New Voices for the Theater, a playwriting competition sponsored by the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community, from a pool of more than 150 plays by high school students in the state. > Read more.

Missing Eastern Henrico man found dead

Henrico Police have found the body of a missing Eastern Henrico man.

The body of 25-year-old Taj Rashad Bullock, who was last seen June 10 in Eastern Henrico, was found June 20 in a wooded area in that part of the county. > Read more.

Henrico Schools to participate in USDA summer food service

Henrico County Public Schools, through its Division of School Nutrition Services, will participate in the 2017 Summer Food Service Program administered by the US Department of Agriculture. The program provides meals to students enrolled in Henrico Schools summer programs or in those run by the Henrico County Department of Recreation and Parks.

Food service will be provided Monday through Thursday each week. (All sites will be closed Tuesday, July 4, in recognition of Independence Day.) Breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Lunch will be served between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., but specific lunch times will vary depending on the site. > Read more.

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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden will celebrate Father’s Day with special events June 17-18. Enjoy laid-back crafts and activities in the Children’s Garden on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Sunday, enjoy live music from the Jangling Reinharts from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and a boat display, courtesy of Southeastern Marine. Food will be available for purchase. Garden admission also includes the exhibits Butterflies LIVE! and Wild Art: A Journey Off-Canvas. Admission is $8 to $13. For details, visit http://www.lewisginter.org. Full text

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