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72nd District Republican Primary – Ernesto Sampson, Edward Whitlock


In preparation for Tuesday's primary elections, the Henrico Citizen invited the candidates for every race that impacts Henrico County to answer several questions about themselves. The responses of those in this election who replied appear below:
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68th District Democratic Primary – Dawn Marie Adams, Ben Pearson-Nelson, Mary Jo Sheeley


In preparation for Tuesday's primary elections, the Henrico Citizen invited the candidates for every race that impacts Henrico County to answer several questions about themselves. The responses of those in this election who replied appear below:
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56th District Democratic Primary – Lizzie Basch, Melissa Dart


In preparation for Tuesday's primary elections, the Henrico Citizen invited the candidates for every race that impacts Henrico County to answer several questions about themselves. The responses of those in this election who replied appear below:
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56th District Republican Primary – Graven Craig, Surya Dhakar, George Goodwin, John McGuire III, Matt Pinsker, Jay Prendergrast


In preparation for Tuesday's primary elections, the Henrico Citizen invited the candidates for every race that impacts Henrico County to answer several questions about themselves. The responses of those in this election who replied appear below:
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70th District Democratic Primary – Delores McQuinn (incumbent) vs. Alex Mejias


In preparation for Tuesday's primary elections, the Henrico Citizen invited the candidates for every race that impacts Henrico County to answer several questions about themselves. The responses of those in this election who replied appear below:
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Law requires mental health training for school counselors


More than 20 percent of children in the U.S. have or have had depression or other serious mental disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

Soon, school counselors in Virginia will be in a better position to help identify students with such problems. Beginning July 1, a new state law will require school counselors to receive more training in the recognition of mental health disorders and behavioral distress.

“Mental health can get better with intervention. Without identifying it, it will only get worse,” said Dr. Donna Dockery, the director of clinical practice in the counseling and special education department at Virginia Commonwealth University.
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New law lets schools help diabetic students

Virginia students afflicted by diabetes may receive additional support in schools thanks to a new state law.

Senate Bill 1116, which takes effect July 1, will allow school nurses to help diabetic students reinsert the tube that connects their insulin pump to their body if it becomes dislodged at school.

“This bill is for kids who need help inserting or reinserting their insulin pump,” said Devon Cabot, legislative aide for Sen. Jeremy McPike, who proposed the measure.
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State unveils Virginia Food Access Network

At the final meeting of the Commonwealth Council on Bridging the Nutritional Divide recently, First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe announced the launch of the Virginia Food Access Network. The website is an interactive tool to connect partners and share resources to end childhood hunger in Virginia and strengthen the local food system.

VFAN is committed to “bringing together state agencies, national, regional, and local nonprofits, local governments, schools, and private businesses with data sharing, research and resources," according to state officials.
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Law updates vision screenings in schools

If students can’t see well, they can’t learn well. So Virginia has adopted a new state law to improve student vision screenings. The law will allow schools to partner with nonprofit groups and use digital technology in testing students’ eyesight.

The law is the result of House Bill 1408, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe earlier this year. The legislation, sponsored by Del. Lee Ware, R-Powhatan, will take effect July 1.
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