Democrat Repp to seek 12th District Va. Senate seat

The winner of Tuesday's hotly contested Republican Party primary for the right to seek the 12th District Virginia Senate seat will compete with Democratic nominee Deborah MacArthur Repp in the Nov. 3 general election.

Repp, 66 and the president and CEO of Henrico-based geriatric nursing care management practice Mature Options, earned the party's nomination during a caucus June 3. She described herself as a lifelong Democrat who would work to support the expansion of Medicaid in Virginia; roll back government involvement in women's reproductive health; institute a living wage standard in Virginia; support alternative energy production and conservation measures; and eliminate or significantly reduce the business, professional and occupational (BPOL) tax on Virginia businesses.

“Despite the Richmond Times Dispatch assertion that this seat is the property of the winner of the Republican Primary to be held June 9th, I am determined to win this seat for the people of Henrico and Hanover counties," Repp said in a statement. "As a business owner, I’ve met over a thousand payrolls, created 150 new jobs, and made the difficult decisions necessary to survive the recent recession without laying anyone off and still paying my employees a living wage. During my seven years working as policy director for Lt. Governor Don Beyer in the Senate of Virginia, I’ve tackled the hard issues of reforming welfare, creating laws to address child sexual assault, and building public-private partnerships to make more start-up money available to emerging Virginia businesses.”

Repp previously served as nursing director of MCV’s 5 Emergency Rooms and Trauma Service and in 1987 was appointed by then-Gov. Gerald Baliles to write Virginia’s Emergency Medical Disaster Response Plan. She then served as Beyer’s policy director for the next seven years.  She directed the Virginia Welfare Reform initiative and negotiated the bill’s passage  with the Allen Administration.  

Repp is a native of Canada who immigrated to the U.S. as a child, when her father took a job with NASA. She graduated from McGill University in Montreal and earned a master's degree in health policy at VCU. has a Master of Public Administration degree majoring in health policy from the Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University.
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Henrico Master Gardener training program accepting applications through Oct. 27


The Henrico County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for its next volunteer Master Gardener training program, which provides instruction in all aspects of horticulture.

Applications for the 2018 training program will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 27. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 16 through March 22. > Read more.

Henrico Schools to host Oct. 30 job fair


Henrico Schools will host a job fair Oct. 30.

The event, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fairfield branch library, is designed to attract potential full-time and substitute registered nurses, instructional assistants, bus drivers and school nutrition workers. > Read more.

Henrico Police to participate in ‘Tip a Cop’ Oct. 21


Henrico County Police Division and the Virginia Division of Capitol Police are participating in “Tip-A-Cop” to Support the Special Olympics Saturday, Oct. 21.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. that day at Red Robin, 11784 West Broad Street, members of the two agencies will be working for tips as a donation to the Special Olympics. > Read more.

Participants sought for ‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’


The Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, at Markel Plaza in Innsbrook, and the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Richmond is seeking participants.

The event, one of three walks the association will hold in its service area this year (the Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck walk was held Oct. 7 and the Fredericksburg walk Oct. 14) raises money to help the association fight the disease, which affects more than 26,000 people in the metro Richmond region. > Read more.

Fairfield meeting Oct. 25 to focus on cybersecurity


Henrico County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman and Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Wednesday, Oct. 25 to discuss cybersecurity.

Thornton also has invited candidates who will be seeking election to local offices on Tuesday, Nov. 7 to introduce themselves. > Read more.

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