3 vie for Democratic nomination for 74th District Va. House seat

Stephen Adkins, Lamont Bagby and Leonidas Young II will compete June 9 for the Democratic nomination to see the 74th District Virginia House of Delegates seat in the Nov. 3 general election. Bagby and Young responded to the Citizen's candidate questionnaire, and their answers appear below. Responses from Adkins will appear here if they become available.

LAMONT BAGBY
1. Why should residents of your district select you as the Democratic nominee for the 74th District seat?
As a product and lifelong member of our community I have developed a genuine understanding of not only the needs of the community but also a genuine understanding of the people of our community. I have served this community as a coach, business teacher and administrator and currently as the school board representative. I have diligently worked to bring smart, innovative and effective approaches to impact educational opportunities for our youth and the most vulnerable members of our community.

2. What would be your top focus if you ultimately are elected to the seat in November?
As delegate for the 74th House District I will be focused on finding and funding quality solutions that break cycles of poverty. Supporting education will be a critical component. We must properly compensate our teachers or we run the risk of continuing to lose quality educators to other professions, particularly in our schools that are serving students that live in our most impoverished communities. We must also ensure that individuals that are struggling with mental health and substance abuse receive the quality care that would afford them an opportunity to positively contribute to our society. I will be committed to education, mental health and substance abuse treatment in an effort to prepare our citizens for jobs as opposed to jail.

3. What is the most critical issue: 1) facing your district? 2) facing Henrico County? How do you propose to address these?
The most critical issues facing Henrico, Richmond and Charles City are the academic achievement and services provided for our youth. We must adequately fund public education including after-school programs and behavioral support. This will require a team approach and I plan to be a leader in this effort.

4. How will you involve citizens in General Assembly matters?
I plan to administer quarterly surveys. I also plan to remain visible and responsive to the constituents of the district.

5. What's your favorite way to spend a weekend?
I enjoy youth sports. You can’t beat the family and community atmosphere you find at the fields and gyms across our district. I also enjoy visiting churches to fellowship and worship with members of our community.

6. What personal or professional clubs or organizations are you a member of?
I serve on the Henrico Preschool Committee, Henrico Police Foundation Board, MathScienceInnovation Board, Henrico Too Smart 2 Start Board (past chair), Norfolk State University Board of Visitors and Henrico Recreation and Parks Commission.

7. Additional information
I currently serve as the Director of Operations at Peter Paul Development Center. Peter Paul’s transformative programs provide year-round support for youth and senior citizens in the most impoverished areas of our state. I encourage you to visit lamontbagby.org if you have additional questions. There you will also be able to contact me directly.

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LEONIDAS YOUNG II
1. Why should residents of your district select you as the Democratic nominee for the 74th District seat?
I should be selected as the Democratic nominee because I am the most experienced, having served eight years as a Richmond city councilman and two years as the mayor of the City of Richmond. I also have a passion for community in serving others of all demographics as a pastor and in the ministry needs we serve in our community.

2. What would be your top focus if you ultimately are elected to the seat in November?
My top focus if elected would be the automatic restoration of rights for non-violent offenders, including incentives and programs (job training, employment opportunities) to lessen rates of recidivism. I will also focus on ensuring quality education for all students, including free pre-K programs for all children in the district and making sure that no funding is returned for children with special needs.

3. What is the most critical issue: 1) facing your district? 2) facing Henrico County? How do you propose to address these?
Education is a critical issue. Too many of our schools are on the verge of losing their accreditation as a result of failing test scores. Both students and teachers need all the help and resources they can get in changing this unfortunate state. I want to additionally look into the possibility of giving tax breaks to individuals who have suffered a loss of property value as a result of the economy.

4. How will you involve citizens in General Assembly matters?
I will involve citizens in the General Assembly by holding quarterly open meetings to encourage citizen input and participation and to share with the community current legislative issues that are important to them.

5. What's your favorite way to spend a weekend?
Spending time with my wife and family.

6. What personal or professional clubs or organizations are you a member of?
I was formerly a member of the Richmond Airport Commission and Richmond Renaissance Board. I am currently pastor of New Kingdom Christian Ministries in Richmond.

7. Additional information
As a public servant, I established East End City Hall to provide easier access to services for Richmond residents; I fought to save feeding programs and I sponsored the C.A.R.E. Revival to raise funds for ex-offenders to receive field training through the Richmond Technical Center. With these same principles, I would like to restore security by supporting health care reform and Medicare and Medicaid awareness, restore integrity by working to provide a world class education to all students in the Commonwealth regardless of their economic status or geographic location and restore hope to individuals by restoring their place in society.
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McShin Academy expanding to St. Joseph’s Villa


Two Lakeside-area nonprofits are partnering to create what is believed to be the first recovery high school in Virginia.

The McShin Academy will be a joint effort of the McShin Foundation (a recovery community organization based at Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church in Lakeside) and St. Joseph's Villa (a 183-year-old nonprofit on Brook Road that provides a variety of services for children with special needs). > Read more.

Reynolds CC dedicates student center


Reynolds Community College recently celebrated the dedication of the Jerry and Mary Owen Student Center, named for longtime supporters of the college who have made numerous investments in it.

Jerry Owen served on the Reynolds College Board from 1984 to 1988, and he and his wife support the college’s scholarship fund and created an endowment for the Reynolds Middle College, which helps students earn a high school equivalency and transition into a degree or workforce credential program. > Read more.

Capital One sponsors ‘Coders Experience’


Capital One hosted its “Coders Experience” event in Richmond and a number of other state locations Oct. 14. The events attracted hundreds of middle school girls, who learned how to create their own mobile apps, hone problem-solving skills and gain software development knowledge. A second day of Coders Experience events will take place Oct. 21. More than 500 Capital One volunteers are participating in the 10 events. > Read more.

Hermitage band member named All-American


The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Presented by American Family Insurance Selection Tour will visit Hermitage H.S. Oct. 19 to recognize Truman Chancy as a 2018 U.S. Army All-American. Hermitage High School will honor Chancy before his classmates, bandmates, family and friends at the high school’s band room during band practice, and he will be presented with his honorary All-American Marching Band jacket. > Read more.

Crime Stoppers’ Crime of the Week: Oct. 16, 2017


This week, Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers is asking for the public to assist the Richmond Police Department in the identification of wayward artists that were using buildings as their canvas.

In the early morning hours of Sept. 14, four people were recorded on security cameras vandalizing multiple properties in the area of the 2500 blocks of West Main Street and Floyd Avenue. The suspects (pictured) were walking north on Robinson Street and spray painting the properties as they meandered along. > Read more.

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