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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com.
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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Friends of Glen Sturtevant
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For Immediate Release
Contact: Matt Brown
Statement of State Senator John Watkins on 10th District Race
*** Watkins Retiring After Three Terms Representing District; Has Strongly Endorsed Glen Sturtevant ***
CHESTERFIELD - With Governor Terry McAuliffe set to headline a campaign rally for Democratic candidate Dan Gecker this afternoon, State Senator John Watkins, who represented the 10th District for the last 18 years before announcing his retirement, issued the following statement on the race:
“For nearly 18 years I’ve had the honor of representing Chesterfield, Powhatan and Richmond in the state senate. I’ve learned the challenges facing this district, and I’ve been honored to play a role in addressing them, and getting results for the people who live here. That’s what public service is all about: getting results. That’s why I’m so proud to support Glen Sturtevant in this campaign. Glen cares about the people of the 10th District, and he is committed to bringing people together to get results and make life better for all of us.
Glen has been endorsed by leaders right here in the 10th District. That’s because we know Glen will keep taxes low and get spending in check. He will fight for education reforms to ensure every student gets to attend a great school, and our teachers get the pay raises they need and deserve. And he’ll make state government more accountable to its owners: the taxpayers. Glen is a voice of reason and a common-sense leader. That’s why he has earned endorsements from both Republicans and Democrats. That’s why the Richmond Times-Dispatch has endorsed him. That’s why groups from the National Federation of Independent Business, the voice of our small business owners, to the Virginia Farm Bureau have endorsed him. Glen brings people together.
I’ve been so honored to serve as the State Senator for this district. Now, I’m asking the voters of Chesterfield, Powhatan and Richmond to join me this Tuesday in voting for Glen Sturtevant. Glen Sturtevant is an optimistic, positive leader we can trust. He’s earned my vote. I know he will serve this district with honor and character."
About Glen Sturtevant
Glen Sturtevant was elected to the Richmond City School Board in 2012. While on the School Board, Glen has led the efforts to audit every department of Richmond Public Schools and similarly to support the online posting of the school system’s check register so that taxpayers can see exactly where their dollars are spent. Glen was the driving force behind moving Richmond Public Schools to a zero-based budget. Just like the private sector, Glen believes that the educational system should justify how taxpayer dollars are spent to ensure they are directed to the classroom, and not an ever-expanding bureaucracy.
He is a practicing attorney, and has been recognized as a “Rising Star” by his peers and was honored with the Virginia State Bar Service Award. Glen has undertaken efforts to provide pro bono legal services to survivors of natural disasters and mass emergencies across the Commonwealth.
Glen is a product of Virginia’s public schools, and received his undergraduate degree from Catholic University and his law degree from George Mason University. Glen has been married to Lori, a public school teacher, for more than a decade and they have three children: Ethan (6), Reed (3), and Emily (2).
To learn more about Glen and his campaign please visit: http://www.glensturtevant.com
Richmond Times-Dispatch Endorses Glen Sturtevant for Virginia Senate
Our campaign is thrilled to announce that the Richmond Times-Dispatch has endorsed Glen Sturtevant for the Virginia State Senate!
In their endorsement, the Times-Dispatch praises Glen for his “thoughtful independence" and "temperamental moderation".
To read the full endorsement, please click here.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch joins a growing group of organizations and officials from across the 10th District, and across the political spectrum, who have endorsed Glen’s campaign. This is a further indication of the vast bipartisan support and momentum behind our positive campaign as we head into the last week of the race. A full list of Glen’s endorsements are below.
With only 9 days left until the election, I appreciate all the support and encouragement you have given to Glen and our campaign throughout this election cycle. Now, let’s finish strong and win this race for the people of Chesterfield, Powhatan and Richmond!
Delegate Manoli Loupassi
Delegate Roxann Robinson
Delegate Lee Ware
Chesterfield Sheriff Karl Leonard
Powhatan Sheriff Gregory Neal
Chesterfield's Commonwealth's Attorney William "Billy" Davenport
Powhatan's Commonwealth's Attorney Richard "Dickie" Cox
Chesterfield's Clerk of the Court Wendy Hughes
Chesterfield's Treasurer Richard Cordle
Chesterfield's Commissioner of the Revenue Joseph Horbal
Former Democrat Delegate Alex McMurtrie, Jr.
Retired Powhatan Sheriff Nelson Batterson
Retired Chesterfield Sheriff Clarence G. Williams Jr.
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
Virginia Farm Bureau's AgPAC
For Immediate Release
Contact: Matt Brown
Sturtevant Campaign Launches New Spot Responding to Bloomberg Attack Ads
CHESTERFIELD- Following the news that billionaire former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has launched one of the biggest outside spending efforts in Virginia legislative election history, all in the form of negative attack ads against Glen Sturtevant, the Sturtevant campaign has hit the air to respond. In the ad, voters are reminded of how dependent the desperate campaign of Democrat Dan Gecker now is on massive spending from an out-of-state billionaire, and Glen, the father of three young children under the age of 6, speaks directly to the camera about his strong zero-tolerance policy for gun violence and his commitment to supporting mental health reforms to prevent tragedies from occurring. To see the ad, please click here or on the video below.
In addition to this new ad, local law enforcement leaders are rallying behind Sturtevant as he faces this onslaught of out-of-state big money. In a statement issued Wednesday evening, a former Attorney General of Virginia, the current sheriffs of Chesterfield and Powhatan, and the Commonwealth’s Attorneys in Chesterfield and Powhatan, and Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney of Chesterfield, stated: “All of us have served the Commonwealth in public safety positions. We are all dedicated to keeping Virginia families and communities safe. Shame on Mayor Bloomberg for spending his money trying to mislead the residents of Chesterfield, Richmond and Powhatan. Mayor Bloomberg is wrong. Those of us who have served in public safety and live here know the truth about Glen’s record, his character and his unwavering commitment to keeping Virginia families safe.”