Message from Glen
I hope you are having a wonderful fall! Our Senate office has been busy with constituent meetings, community events, and preparation for the 2017 General Assembly Session.
On Saturday, October 15, Team Sturtevant and the rest of the Chesterfield Republican Delegation will be walking in the Midlothian Day Parade. My family and I had such a fun time at the Midlothian Day Parade last year and are looking forward to another exciting Saturday with our friends in Chesterfield. If you are in the Midlothian area on Saturday, I hope you will stop by and say hello!
I am thrilled to invite you to our First Annual Beer, BBQ, and Bouncy Houses fall festival on Saturday, October 22 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at Extra Billy’s Smokehouse and Brewery located at 1110 Alverser Dr, Midlothian, VA 23113. Tickets are just $25 and include all you can eat and drink and unlimited fun for the kids in the bouncy houses.
As always, I hope you will keep in touch about any matters that are important to you. I am so thankful for all the constituents who have shared their priorities and positions on legislation and policies. If you have any ideas for legislation, or would like to advocate on behalf of an issue important to you, please contact our office at 804-698-7510 or email@example.com.
2017 Election Deadlines and Information
I strongly encourage all eligible citizens to register to vote and participate in the upcoming election on Tuesday, November 8. The deadline to register to vote for the 2017 Election is Monday, October 17. You can register to vote or make changes to your address online with the Department of Elections’ Citizen Portal. Please visit http://elections.virginia.gov/ for more information or to get started.
If you, or a family member, or friend, is unable to vote in person on Election Day, voters can request an absentee ballot in person until Saturday, November 5 or by mail by Tuesday, November 1. For more information on absentee voting, please visit http://elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/absentee-voting/index.html.
The 10th District, which includes Chesterfield, Powhatan and the City of Richmond, will have differing ballots based on locality. Voters in Chesterfield and Powhatan will choose a candidate for President, the House of Representatives, and their preference on two Constitutional Amendment proposals. Residents of Richmond City will also have to choose a candidate for Mayor, City Council, and School Board. To find out what will be on your ballot, please visit http://elections.virginia.gov/voter-outreach/whats-ballot.html.
If you experience any problems registering to vote or requesting an absentee ballot, please contact my office at 698-7510. We are happy to provide any assistance to make sure all those who are eligible to vote are properly registered before the deadline on Monday, October 17.
Constitutional Amendments on the Ballot This Year
The General Assembly has referred two Constitutional Amendments to citizens for their vote this year. For your information, I have included the language and an explanation of both of these amendments below. If you have any questions about these Amendments, please do not hesitate to contact me for further information.
1. Should Article I of the Constitution of Virginia be amended to prohibit any agreement or combination between an employer and a labor union or labor organization whereby (i) nonmembers of the union or organization are denied the right to work for the employer, (ii) membership to the union or organization is made a condition of employment or continuation of employment by such employer, or (iii) the union or organization acquires an employment monopoly in any such enterprise?
Voters will have an opportunity to decide whether they would like to include a Right to Work Amendment in the Constitution of Virginia to send a strong signal that Virginia is open for business and committed to creating more jobs in our state.
2. Shall the Constitution of Virginia be amended to allow the General Assembly to provide an option to the localities to exempt from taxation the real property of the surviving spouse of any law-enforcement officer, firefighter, search and rescue personnel, or emergency medical services personnel who was killed in the line of duty, where the surviving spouse occupies the real property as his or her principal place of residence and has not remarried?
Over the last six years, Virginia voters have indicated their interest in providing property tax exemptions for veterans, veterans’ spouses, and first responders when the individual is injured or killed in the line of duty. This Amendment will allow localities to extend the personal property tax exemption, should they choose to do so, to surviving spouses of first responders who are killed while serving their community.
Senate Page Leadership Program
The Senate of Virginia is accepting applications for the 2017 Senate Page Leadership Program until Monday, October 17. The Senate Page program offers a unique experience for students to witness the General Assembly in action! Participants have unparalleled insight into the legislative process while they learn to be better leaders and more active citizens. Pages must be Virginia residents, between the ages of 13 -14 years old, and be in good academic standing.
Due to the volume of applications, all applicants must complete an online application for admission consideration. To get more information about the Senate Page program, please click here: http://capclass.virginiageneralassembly.gov/PagePrograms/PagePrograms.html. I am happy to write letters of recommendation for interested students residing in the 10th District. To request a letter of recommendation, please have the applicant or a parent email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the News
Commonwealth of Virginia
“McAuliffe budget cuts include 26 layoffs, set stage for new bid to expand Medicaid” - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10-13-16
“Breast cancer more than awareness month” – Richmond Times-Dispatch, Powhatan Today, 10-14-16
“New Virginia panels vow 'laser focus' on creating higher-paying jobs” - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10-12-16
“At Va. Capitol, evangelist Franklin Graham urges thousands of voters to think about the Supreme Court” - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10-12-16
“Chesterfield school officials unveil plans for new Midlothian-area elementary school” - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10-6-16
“Unique change cuts wait time for Chesterfield residents seeking mental health-related services” - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10-12-16
“Roughly 100 people attend forum on changing school start times in Chesterfield” - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10-10-16
“Chesterfield touts $37 million impact from sports tourism” - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 9-28-16
“New PHS principal settling in” - Richmond Times-Dispatch, Powhatan Today, 10-13-16
“County honors Employee of the Year” - Richmond Times-Dispatch, Powhatan Today, 10-5-16
“Powhatan supervisors, Del. Lee Ware talk realistic goals” - Richmond Times-Dispatch, Powhatan Today, 9-30-16
“Five Richmond mayoral candidates to participate in televised debate Monday” - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10-13-16
“Richmond candidates focus on schools, transportation and river at Mayorathon” - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 9-29-16
“Blue Bee Cider grand opening this weekend at Scott's Addition stables” - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10-13-16
“Ice cream shop taking over former Quirk gallery” – Richmond BizSense – 10-12-16
We received some bad economic news on Monday when CNBC published its annual Top States for Business rankings. In the last 10 years, Virginia has tumbled from the best state to do business to an all-time low ranking of 13th in 2016.
As Governor McAuliffe and other government officials continue to praise the Commonwealth’s economic performance, independent researchers at CNBC ranked “The New Virginia Economy” as 30th worst in the country. Virginia’s real gross domestic product (GDP) grew by an anemic 1.4%, substantially trailing the national average of 2.4%.
CNBC ranks states based on their performance in ten comprehensive categories: Workforce, Cost of Doing Business, Infrastructure, Economy, Quality of Life, Technology and Innovation, Education, Business Friendliness, Cost of Living, and Access to Capital. Our state performed 36th worst in the Cost of Doing Business category and in the bottom half of states for Infrastructure, Economy, and Cost of Living.
One of my main priorities in the Virginia Senate is working to create the conditions for the private sector to grow our economy and to ensure that the Commonwealth is in a strong position to attract new businesses. The CNBC ranking reinforces the necessity to make government reforms to curb excessive spending, keep taxes and fees low, and cut the red tape for businesses operating in our state.
Last year, I introduced several tax reform measures, including lowering the personal income tax rate, waiving tax penalties for small businesses when they enroll in a repayment plan, and a tax credit for all payers when the state has a budget surplus. I will continue to introduce commonsense solutions for bolstering economic growth and measures to allow Virginians to keep more of their hard earned dollars.
The time is now for us to get serious about smart tax and regulatory reform to grow our economy and create more, good paying jobs in our Commonwealth.
Message from Glen
The summer season is upon us! I hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather and the additional time with family and friends. My family and I wish you a happy and safe Independence Day and holiday weekend! If you are looking for ways to celebrate the holiday, check out the Richmond Times-Dispatch's Fourth of July guide.
Whether you're enjoying fireworks at Dogwood Dell or cooking out with neighbors, I encourage you to check out the American Red Cross's informative safety tips available by clicking here! Safety tips include fireworks guidelines, grilling practices, beach safety, and sun protection.
Our office has been busy participating in community events and meeting with constituents about important issues. With the help of small business owners in Chesterfield, we had a successful small business roundtable discussion on ways to help local businesses grow and prosper. I also attended the American's for Prosperity Path to Prosperity Tour in Chesterfield, met constituents at ChamberRVA's SummerFest at Sunday Park, and met with grassroots volunteers for Congressman Dave Brat's Volunteer Day. For a full recap and pictures of our activities, check out the Recent Events section below!
Incoming Chesterfield County Administrator Dr. Joseph Casey was sworn in on Friday, June 17 and will assume his role leading the county today, July 1. Dr. Casey is a dedicated public servant who is committed to working hard on behalf of all Chesterfield residents so that the county continues to be a world class community.
On Monday, June 27, the Supreme Court unanimously vacated former Governor Bob McDonnell's convictions, stating that "the jury was not correctly instructed on the meaning of 'official act'." In the decision, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, “There is no doubt that this case is distasteful; it may be worse than that. But our concern is not with tawdry tales of Ferraris, Rolexes, and ball gowns. It is instead with the broader legal implications of the Government’s boundless interpretation of the federal bribery statute. A more limited interpretation of the term ‘official act’ leaves ample room for prosecuting corruption, while comporting with the text of the statute and the precedent of this Court.” (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 6-27-16). For more information on the decision, please click here.
Economic Outlook Using Unemployment and Underemployment
One of my main priorities in the Virginia Senate is working to create the conditions for the private sector to grow our economy and to ensure that the Commonwealth is in a strong position to attract new businesses. During the campaign, you may recall my discussion of the unacceptable and stagnant economic growth rate. The Commonwealth's economic growth rate has improved only marginally since the recession and we still have a long way to go repair and restore our economy.
I continue to hear from constituents who are concerned about the economy. We often are told that our economy is rebounding, but many Virginians still don’t see it. While Governor McAuliffe cites low unemployment rates, many Virginians are still struggling to make ends meet and are not yet seeing the signs of economic growth in their lives. Governor McAuliffe, among others, frequently cites the “U3” unemployment rate, a very narrow interpretation of unemployment that provides a limited snapshot of the job market.
A more insightful assessment of our economy is the Bureau of Labor and Statistics’ "U6" measurement of unemployment and underemployment. This is a fuller analysis of our labor market, and includes those who are unemployed and actively looking for a job, working part-time instead of full-time to make ends meet, and those who have given up or been discouraged from continuing to seek employment. The "U6" measure of unemployment is still extraordinarily high in Virginia at 9.7%. The Washington Post recently had an informative article about how high underemployment harms our economy and masks societal hardships with seemingly low unemployment. Click here to view this article.
Virginia's high underemployment needs to be addressed so that everyday Virginians can see the benefits of a strong economy in their lives. We need to make Virginia more competitive with neighboring states and in the global marketplace, reduce the regulatory burden on small businesses, and keep our taxes and fees low. It's time for us to get serious about smart tax and regulatory reform to grow our economy and create more, good paying jobs in our community.
Update on Felon Executive Order
Since news of Governor McAuliffe's Executive Order to unilaterally and automatically restore certain rights for felons, Virginia prosecutors and the media have continued to uncover more negative consequences of the Governor's action.
By removing transparency, public input, and the legislature from the process, mistakes have been made and continue to be uncovered almost weekly. To be sure, many non-violent offenders who have paid their debts to society and their victims and have demonstrated contrition for their crimes deserve the opportunity at a second chance, but we must be careful to restore rights in a way that is legal, responsible, and that is respectful of the victims of the crimes committed. Governor McAuliffe's action that lumped all offenders together—including sex offenders, human traffickers, and killers—regardless of the type of crime committed, has serious implications.
We now know that many felons still in prison have had their rights restored. The Washington Post found that 132 sex offenders civilly committed in Nottoway County had their rights restored even though they've been deemed too dangerous to be released from confinement. In Botetourt County, the Commonwealth's Attorney found three violent gang members in federal prison had had their rights restored (Roanoke Times, 6-4-16). Governor McAuliffe's response to these controversial mistakes is concerning as well – he took rights away with the stroke of the pen just as quickly as he had granted them. From the beginning, this has been a troubling use of government power
The Virginia Supreme Court will hold a special session to hear the legal challenge to the Governor’s Executor Order on July 19.
Brandermill Fourth of July Celebration – Monday, July 4th at 10:00 AM. The parade will begin at Swift Creek Middle School and end at Sunday Park. Following the parade will be a celebration with music, food, face painters, and more. A fireworks display is scheduled for 9:15 PM.
Independence Day Celebrations & Fireworks at the Diamond – Monday, July 4th from 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM at 3001 N. Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia, 23230. Come out to The Diamond to celebrate Independence Day with the biggest fireworks show around. Tickets are $8-$12.
Brandermill Fourth of July Race – Monday, July 4th at 7:30 AM. The 7.4k race will take start from the Clover Hill High School parking lot at 13301 Kelly Green Lane. The proceeds will go to the Connor’s Heroes, a local charity that helps children and their families while they receive cancer treatment. $35 for adults, $30 for youth.
Chesterfield Fourth of July Celebration – Monday, July 4th at Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, 10300 Courthouse Road. The gates open at 5:00 PM with fireworks at dark. There is limited parking and the roads to the fairgrounds will be closed at 8:30 PM. The event includes a play area for children, food vendors, and special entertainment. Free and open to the public.
Powhatan Farmer’s Market – Every Thursday from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Flatrock Village Shopping Center, 2470 Anderson Hwy (Rt 60). Enjoy the Powhatan Farmer’s Market, which offers fresh produce, baked goods, seafood, poultry, herbs, soaps, flowers, and more!
Bob the Builder visits the Children’s Museum of Virginia – Saturday July 16th at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 2:00 PM at 2626 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220. The Children’s Museum kicks off their Summer Series with Bob the Builder as he takes a break from building to meet with children and families! Free with museum admission.
Village Vibes – Friday, July 17th from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM at Powhatan Volunteer Rescue Squad grounds, 3920 Marion Harland Lane. Come out and enjoy a part of the Powhatan Chamber of Commerce Summer Concert Series, Village Vibes, with a special performance by a classic rock country band, The Illibillys. Free and open to the public.
National Parks Adventure showing in the Dome – Daily from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM until August 31st at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond. Explore and experience America’s wilderness through a virtual off trail journey of the nation’s national parks in the Museum’s dome theater. Tickets are $11 for adults, $10 for children and seniors.
Showing Stars in the Dome – Daily from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM until August 31st at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond. Tickets are $11 for adults, $10 for children and seniors.
Barefoot Puppets at Powhatan County Library – Thursday, June 30th at 6:00 PM at 2270 Mann Rd, Powhatan, VA 23139.
Rockin’ at Independence Concert Series – Thursday, June 30th from 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM at 600 Founders Bridge Boulevard, Midlothian. Come out to Independence Golf Club’s concert series and listen to a performance by Jackson Ward while enjoying food and beverages that are available to purchase. Free admission.
The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall – July 14th to July 17th from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM at Blessed Sacrament Huguenot Catholic School’s Barham-Sowers Field, 2501 Academy Road, Powhatan. The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall is making a visit to Powhatan. Come out to honor the 58,195 service members whose names are listed on the wall. At 6:00 PM on July 14th a ceremony will be held, hosted by retired Marine Corps Major Clyde Childress.
I enjoyed discussing important reforms essential for economic growth with constituents at the Americans for Prosperity's Path to Prosperity tour in Chesterfield.
Thanks to the Albemarle Republican Committee for hosting Ed Gillespie, Delegate Steve Landes, and me at their monthly meeting!
Congressman Dave Brat had a big turnout for Volunteer Day at his campaign headquarters! I was happy to support my friend Dave and talk with grassroots volunteers!
I had an informative meeting at the Faison Center learning about individualized programs for children and adults!
Supervisor Leslie Haley, from Chesterfield's Midlothian District, hosted an informative community meeting for constituents and stakeholders on the use of facilities at Robious Landing Park. Our office was excited to see so many passionate student athletes interested in Chesterfield parks and recreation!
We had a productive round table discussion in Chesterfield with small business owners to discuss ways to help small businesses flourish.
ChamberRVA's Summerfest was a blast! Thanks to all those who came out!
We had fun at the Greek Festival, a Richmond Tradition for 41 years!
In the News
Commonwealth of Virginia
"Hundreds of new laws set to take effect Friday" - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 6-26-16
"McAuliffe taps Haymore to succeed Jones as Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade" - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 6-23-16
"Sex offenders who are still locked up may have won right to vote again in VA" - The Washington Post, 6-15-16
"Editorial: More questions about McAuliffe's order on felons" - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 6-16-16
"McAuliffe administration prepped activists for felon voting order that surprised election officials" - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 6-25-16
"Editorial: Conservatives: Not psycho after all" - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 6-11-16
"Kaine says 'Don't believe the hype' about his vice presidential chances" - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 6-26-16
"Chesterfield County: 4th Fastest Job-Growth of Counties in the U.S.A." - Chesterfield Business News, 6-9-16
"At swearing-in, Chesterfield's new administrator pledges to hold himself to high standards" - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 6-17-16
"James Lane sworn in as superintendent" - Chesterfield Observer, 6-29-16
"Local firm unlocks new HQ" - Richmond BizSense, 6-23-16
"Lost in the Village: As Wegmans reshuffles traffic, Sycamore Square struggles to fit in" - Chesterfield Observer, 6-15-16
"Grimaldi’s tests its appetite for Richmond" - Richmond BizSense, 6-21-16
"Brandermill tosses cold water on sports park: Community seeks to delay adventure park off Genito" - Chesterfield Observer, 6-25-16
"Flat Rock celebrates with Mini-Relay for Life" - Powhatan Today, 6-24-16
"Community christens food pantry" - Powhatan Today, 6-17-16
"Positivity shines as state athletes compete in Special Olympics" - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 6-11-16
"Marker unveiling commemorates 'Richmond 34'" - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 6-28-16
"Richmond's once-neglected police memorial moved to Byrd Park" - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 6-24-16
"$12M Science Museum addition taking shape" - Richmond BizSense, 6-20-16
"New restaurant in the works in Woodland Heights" - Richmond BizSense, 6-24-16
"Richmond gets a Lyft" - Richmond BizSense, 6-24-16
"Where the Middle Class Is Shrinking" - New York Times, 5-12-16
Message from Glen
May was a busy month despite all of the rain! Our office has spent time in the community, discussing important issues with constituents, and attending local events.
It was a real honor to be recognized by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce as the Freshman Legislator of the Year. Each year, the Chamber ranks legislators on their voting record on legislation that contributes to private sector economic growth and business development in the Commonwealth. I was proud to be recognized for my commitment to supporting policies that will help the private sector grow the economy and create more jobs for Virginians.
In the spirit of transparency and greater public involvement in government, I was happy to participate in the Virginia Public Access Project's (VPAP) Annual, "Lighten Up! It's Just Politics!" Luncheon. This year's theme focused on the General Assembly from a freshman's perspective, and Delegate Lamont Bagby and I enjoyed our attempts at stand-up “comedy” with poking a little fun at the General Assembly and its members. The event was emceed by Beau Cribbs, the host of RVA Tonight. You can check out some of the highlights on VPAP's website by clicking here.
As our office gears up for summer, please don't hesitate to reach out to me if I may ever be of assistance to you. I encourage you to email me about your group and community organization's upcoming events to be featured in next month's newsletter!
Update on Felon Executive Order
At the end of April, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order to universally and automatically allow felons to serve on Virginia juries, without consideration of the crime committed, whether the felon had expressed contrition for his or her crimes, or whether restitution had been paid to their victims.
At that time, I sent an email detailing some of the consequences caused by this action, including the fact that criminal defense attorneys are now actively working to get felons on the jury of an accused cop killer in Dinwiddie. You can read more from the Richmond Times-Dispatch on this issue by clicking here: "Attorneys for man accused of killing state trooper seek eligibility of convicted felons to serve on jury."
We also just learned today that Gov. McAuliffe, apparently by accident, restored the rights of violent felons still serving their sentences in prison. You can read more about this issue by clicking here. This is one of the reasons why the Governor’s actions were so misguided. Removing transparency, public input, and the legislature from the process results in significant mistakes being made, and this is just one.
Most of us agree that for non-violent crimes, we should have a much more streamlined process for helping individuals re-enter society as productive citizens once their sentences are completed and their debts are paid to the victims, society, and the courts. Governors Bob McDonnel and Tim Kaine both made positive steps towards restoration for non-violent felons through appropriate Constitutional channels.
We are a country of second chances and redemption, however, it is extraordinarily important to not forget about the victims of felonies--especially violent felonies. While a felon may complete his or her sentence on a date certain, the victims must live with the consequences for a lifetime through no fault of their own.
Virginia General Assembly Republicans have hired Chuck Cooper, named one of the 10 best civil lawyers in Washington D.C. and Assistant Attorney General under Ronald Reagan, to challenge McAuliffe’s Executive Order before the Supreme Court of Virginia. Past legal opinions on this matter support our claim. Governor Kaine’s lead counsel in 2010 said universal orders automatically restoring rights were not a “contemplated use of executive authority” and would be a “rewrite of the law.” A bipartisan committee established by the Attorney General’s office in 2013 concluded that the governor did not have the authority to institute an automatic, self-executing restoration of rights.
On Wednesday, the Virginia Supreme Court announced a special session to hear the case. The hearing will be on July 19 at 9:00 AM. I will keep you informed as the process continues.
The Greek Festival - Thursday, June 2 through Sunday, June 5 at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 30 Malvern Avenue, Richmond. This family friendly festival features endless Greek food, culture, and fun. New this year on the menu is lamb sausage and meatless dinners offered through the drive thru!
Dogwood Dell’s Festival of Arts - Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4 at Dogwood Dell starting at 8:30 PM, featuring free performances by the Richmond Ballet.
Broad Appetit - Sunday, June 5 on Broad Street between Henry and Adams Streets from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. This year's Broad Appetit is bigger than ever, featuring hundreds of different sampler plates from 70 Richmond area restaurants! There will also be live music, and craft beer and wines.
Speed – Daily from 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond. This new exhibit explores motion and time in the newest advancements in the world of science. Tickets are $14.
The Music Tree Summer Music Festival – Saturday, June 11 from 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM at The Music Tree School, 3046 Stony Point Rd, Richmond, VA 23235. This festival will showcase live music performed by students and instructors from the Music Tree School and food such as BBQ, pizza and more.
Steam Bell Beer Works Grand Opening – Saturday, June 11 starting at 1:00 PM, located at 1717 E Oak Lake Blvd, Midlothian, Virginia 23112. The opening will feature a large selection of craft beers, live music, and great food.
This session, I sponsored a resolution to recognize the St. Gertrude High School Robotics Team on their hard work and success with their robot “Ellie”! I was happy to present the resolution to the Team at St. Gertrude's End of the Year Awards Ceremony.
I enjoyed listening to the Senior Seminar presentations at Maggie L. Walker Governor's School and hearing about our session intern Sunita's research!
Thanks to the Mill Quarter Republican Woman's Club for inviting Congressman Dave Brat, John Adams, and me to join their monthly meeting!
My wife Lori and I enjoyed celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Virginia Society for Human Life with the organization's founder, Geline Williams.
I had the opportunity to speak with Communities In Schools of Chesterfield, and enjoyed discussing the organization's vital work to keep our students engaged and involved in their education.
The Boy Scouts of America, Heart of Virginia Council had their 2015 Eagle Scout Commencement this month and I was honored to join them as their keynote speaker. Congratulations to all the new Eagle Scouts!
I enjoyed speaking with constituents at the Chesterfield Council on Aging and Chesterfield Triad's Joint Legislative Forum.
Thanks so much to Chesterfield County Fire and EMS who hosted me at Station 20 and for your service to our community!
My family and I had a blast at the Bon Air Victorian Day Parade!
I enjoyed talking with constituents at the Virginia Hops & Barley festival, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Powhatan.
The rainy weather didn't stop the Powhatan 4H and FFA at the Celebration of the Horse! Thanks for inviting me out!
Congratulations to Jay Stegmaier on his retirement! It's been a pleasure to work with Jay on behalf of Chesterfield County residents. His dedication and commitment to public service is inspiring. The county has excelled under Jay's leadership as County Administrator, and we wish him the best as he enjoys retirement.
In the News
Commonwealth of Virginia
"Supreme Court calls special session to hear GOP challenge on felon voting rights" - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 6-1-16
"McAuliffe in ‘shock’ over FBI investigation of campaign money, personal finances" - The Washington Post, 5-24-16
"Almost 5,000 felons registered to vote after rights restoration" - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 5-24-16
"Schapiro: Why Virginia is important this year" - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 5-31-16
"Chesterfield turns to Henrico official as next county administrator" - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 5-26-16
"Company trades Innsbrook for Chesterfield" - Richmond BizSense, 5-27-16
"Wild about Wegmans" - Chesterfield Observer, 5-25-16
"Powhatan County Fair 2016" - Richmond Times-Dispatch, Powhatan Today, 5-22-16
"With or without permission, residents pitch in to cut Richmond's grass" - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 5-25-16
"Richmond Cycling Corps featured in CNN Heroes series this week" - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 5-19-16
"Richmond named one of 50 Invest Health cities" - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 5-17-16
"Fallout over McAuliffe investigation extends to Richmond mayor's race" - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 5-25-16
Message from Glen
Our office has had a busy month wrapping up the final legislative business of the 2016 General Assembly Session. I have enjoyed the opportunity to meet with many neighborhood associations and community and service groups, and would be honored to visit with your civic group to answer any questions your membership may have about the General Assembly Session or state government.
Should you be interested, please contact my Legislative Aide, Nikki Thacker at email@example.com, to work out a convenient time in the coming months.
The General Assembly reconvened in April to consider Governor McAuliffe's vetoes and recommendations on legislation. It was disappointing to see many of the Governor's actions on bills that earned bipartisan support in the General Assembly including his decision to veto Parental Choice Educational Savings Accounts for children with special needs and a plan to create a Virginia Virtual School Program to modernize educational opportunities for our students. To see a full list of Governor McAuliffe's vetoes, click here.
Overall, however, we have made significant progress to move Virginia in a direction for greater private sector economic growth and we made substantial investments into the Commonwealth's viability as a major hub for international trade. I am proud to have worked hard towards these goals on behalf of our community.
I want to offer my sincerest appreciation to everyone who took time to reach out to me or to visit the General Assembly this session. Your advocacy on behalf of the issues most important to you is vitally important. My staff and I continue to be at your service, so please do not hesitate to contact us at 804-601-4046 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the conclusion of our business in the 2016 General Assembly Session, I would like to thank the team that helped me better serve you. I am thankful for their service in our office and to our constituents.
Asia, Susan, Glen, Sue, and Nikki
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week
Monday, May 2nd - Friday, May 6th
Thank you to all the teachers across the Commonwealth who dedicate their lives to educating our youngest Virginians.
I also want to extend a very special thank you to my wife, Lori, who has been a committed elementary school teacher for over a decade. It is with your experience, knowledge, and guidance that I have a unique and critical insight into one of our state's most valuable public servant professions.
Our region has several fun and educational events during the month of May. If your group or community organization has events in June, please email our office with the details to be featured in the June edition of the 10th District Update!
¿Qué Pasa? Festival - Saturday, May 7th from 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM at the Canal Walk, 1512 Canal Walk, Richmond. This festival showcases the food, music and art of the Latin American communities.
Science on Tap - Saturday, May 7th from 2:00 -6:00 PM at the Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond. This outdoor festival highlights the chemistry of a perfect beer and features live music, food trucks and more. $10/festival admission, $10- $11/museum admission (not required for festival).
Carytown Farmers Market - Sunday, May 8th and every Sunday until November 21st from 11:00 AM -3:00 PM in the Wells Fargo lot located at 3201 West Cary Street. Come out to get fresh produce from local growers and support our small farmers. For more information visit: www.CarytownMarket.com
Rockin' on the Avenues - Thursday, May 19th from 6:00 - 10:00 PM at the Evelyn D. Reinhart Guest House. The event will showcase live music, food, and all proceeds will go toward helping the guest house's mission of providing a home away from home for the families of those being treated at St. Mary's Hospital. You can get more information at http://reinharthouse.com/resources/rockin-the-avenues/
My family and I had a great evening at the Powhatan Lions Club Annual Steer Roast!
Congratulations to all of the Powhatan Leadership Institute's 2016 graduates! Thanks for inviting me to celebrate with you at the County Seat, and for visiting the Capitol during the 2016 General Assembly Session!
I was honored to be a part of the Opening Ceremony of the Powhatan Farmers' Market.
I enjoyed speaking with members of the Metro Richmond Women's Bar Association at their Legislative Luncheon.
I had a great morning meeting with the Bon Air Rotary at Joe's Inn, discussing the 2016 General Assembly Session.
I had a blast chatting with 4th graders from St. Edward Epiphany School on their annual field trip to the Capitol.
Thank you to the Midlothian Chapter of National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) for hosting me at your monthly lunch meeting.
I appreciated having the opportunity to meet with the Midlothian Rotary Club and give a recap of the 2016 General Assembly Session.
I joined many neighbors and friends for a great event in honor of Congressman Dave Brat.
I am passionate about growing our Virginia economy, and was excited to hear from Richmond’s Future about important economic development efforts in our region.
Thank you to all the delegates who came out from Chesterfield, Powhatan, and Richmond to participate in the Republican Party of Virginia's Convention. Your grassroots advocacy and commitment to our political process is truly vital to Virginia's Future.
In the News
Commonwealth of Virginia
"Low unemployment, check. Low underemployment, not check" - Washington Post, 4-5-16
"Significant premium hikes expected under Obama health law—especially in VA" - Loudoun Times-Mirror, 4-30-16
"Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Lands a Kirchner" - Wall Street Journal, 5-5-16
"Dominion Virginia Power plans to lower electrical bills by 3.8 percent" - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 5-4-16
"Editorial: McAuliffe's vigilante justice on felon voting rights" - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 4-25-16
"Arts educator is Chesterfield's teacher of the year" - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 5-4-16
"Chesterfield's incoming schools chief named top superintendent in state" - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 5-5-16
"Bird High robotics team places 9th at worlds" - Chesterfield Observer, 5-4-16
"Stegmaier: County to focus on small businesses" - Chesterfield Observer, 4-20-16
"Meet the Watchdogs: In Chesterfield, the people who hold elected officials accountable have a wide-ranging impact" - Chesterfield Observer, 5-4-16
"4 city high schools rated among best in Va., U.S." - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 5-1-16
"Richmond council finds $3.6 million for schools, resumes debate Tuesday" - Richmond Times-Dispatch, 5-2-16
"Opinion: Make Richmond's Schools the Cornerstone of Our Local Wealth-Building Process" - Style Weekly, 4-19-16
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201 North 9th Street, Room 318
Richmond, Virginia 23218
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Midlothian, VA 23113
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