Plaugher to challenge Glover in Brookland District

Longtime Brookland District Supervisor Dick Glover, a Republican, will face competition from a Democrat this November as he tries to win his eighth term on the Henrico Board of Supervisors.

Daniel Plaugher, 33, the executive director of Virginians for High Speed Rail, earned the Democratic Party nomination in late April and filed his formal candidacy paperwork last month.

Plaugher decided to run in part because of his concerns about the district's aging infrastructure, the fact that some schools in the district have not achieved full state accreditation and his desire to make the district more appealing to younger residents.

A top priority for him is reinvesting in the district and helping to redevelop aging communities.

"The district is certainly diverse, whether it's age or ethnicity, but I think that a lot of the issues that people have are very similar," he said. "Henrico is a world-class locality, but like any that's grown as much as Henrico has in the past 20 to 30 years, it's shown some wear and tear."

Plaugher said he would support increasing funding to purchase more GRTC bus service for the county, and in particular the Brookland District, where he believes significant demand for it exists.

He also believes the need for some basic infrastructure enhancements – such as building sidewalks and installing streetlights in neighborhoods that currently have only drainage ditches – could similarly become reality despite uphill odds. He believes funding for such projects could come in part from the Richmond Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and perhaps through some potential adjustments to the county's budget.

Mostly, though, he views such improvements as a positive for the community that – however funded – would repay the county over time by increasing property values. He cited a report by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, which concluded that the installation of sidewalks increased property values by 1 percent.

"You can make an aggressive effort and it's going to provide a return on investment," Plaugher said.

Plaugher has spent nearly nine years with the VHSR and said that his career with the organization has taught him that anything is possible.

"When I started eight and a half years ago, nobody really knew what high-speed rail was," he said. "Now it's a major issue."

During his campaigning so far, Plaugher said the top question he's heard from residents is "Who is my local representative?"

"Had I not been as active in government and public policy as I have been, I probably wouldn't have known either," he said.

Plaugher’s campaign reported having raised more than $10,000 during its first reporting period.

Plaugher, a Manassas native and VCU graduate, also is a graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond and the Henrico Citizens' Academy.
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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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