Candidate’s signs tout primary election that isn’t happening

MAY 8, 10:50 A.M – Signs have popped up throughout the Fairfield District recently encouraging voters to cast their ballots in an election that isn't actually happening.

John Dantzler has announced his intention to seek the Fairfield District seat on the county's Board of Supervisors, which is currently held by Democrat Frank Thornton. In his initial filing with the county's registrar, Dantzler indicated that he would be seeking the Democratic nomination. And signs that he has erected in the district encourage voters to cast their ballots for him in a June 9 party primary, though they do not mention any party affiliation.

There's just one problem: that election will not take place.

The State Board of Elections website does not list any party primary elections for any Board of Supervisors seats in Henrico County, and Henrico Registrar Mark Coakley told the Citizen that Dantzler had changed his paperwork to indicate that he would seek the seat as an independent in the Nov. 3 general election, not as a Democrat.

"We told him three to four times 'You're not on the June ballot,'" Coakley said.

Dantzler's campaign website makes no reference to party affiliation or to a June 9 primary. Dantzler did not respond to a request for comment last night.

Though the deadline to qualify for a party primary election has passed, candidates for other local elected positions – including the Board of Supervisors, School Board, Commonwealth's attorney, clerk of court and sheriff – who are not seeking a party nomination still may file for the Nov. 3 general election anytime before June 9.

Because School Board candidates are not permitted to declare party affiliation, there are no party primaries for those seats.
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Challenger Day will get students with disabilities onto the field


Students from 22 Henrico County elementary schools will take to the baseball field Oct. 18 and learn how to field, hit and run the bases. The students will take part in Challenger Day, an annual event at the Tuckahoe Park Baseball Complex that introduces students with significant disabilities to the fundamentals of baseball. The students will also enjoy games, an art project, roaming mascots and a picnic lunch. > Read more.

Business in brief


Eisenman & Associates, Inc. employee Tracie Grady recently was named the 2017 Virginia Business Meeting Planner of the Year. Grady was chosen by a committee of industry leaders among 19 nominees. The award is a partnership between Virginia Business magazine and the Virginia Society of Association Executives. Its goal is to recognize the unsung hero of the association, non-profit, and business world, the professional meeting planner. Grady works with clients in a number of areas, including membership management, publication design, membership directories and convention/tradeshow programs. She has worked in the association industry, primarily focused on meeting planning, for more than 20 years. She is a graduate of VCU. Eisenman & Associates, Inc. is an association management and meetings consulting company. > Read more.

Lakewood to break ground on $64M expansion


A senior community in Henrico's Far West End is planning a massive expansion project.

Lakewood, located on Lauderdale Drive, will break ground on the project Oct. 19 during a celebration that also will commemorate the community's 40th anniversary. > Read more.

Henrico to hold Oct. 19 workshop on Route 5 Corridor/Marion Hill Study


The Henrico County Planning Department will hold a workshop Thursday, Oct. 19 for residents and other members of the public to provide additional input for a study of the Route 5 corridor and Marion Hill areas.

The workshop will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at John Rolfe Middle School, 6901 Messer Road. The meeting will include an overview of community input received so far and an explanation of how it is reflected in the study’s draft goals and objectives. > Read more.

Nominations open for REB awards for principals


Nominations are open for the 2017-18 REB Awards for Distinguished Educational Leadership, The Community Foundation’s yearly awards that identify, recognize and support leadership excellence in the Richmond area.

Honorees receive an unrestricted $7,500 cash grant, and $7,500 to be used for school initiatives. Nominees can be principals from public schools in Henrico, Chesterfield and Hanover counties and the city of Richmond who have served in their current positions for at least three years. > Read more.

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