The biannual Eggs and Issues breakfast and political forum, sponsored by the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce Dec. 4 at the Onley Town Center, gave local and state representatives the opportunity to address current issues.
Virginia General Assembly representatives Sen. Lynwood Lewis and Del. Rob Bloxom were present, along with Chairman Donald Hart, of the Accomack board of supervisors, and Chairman Spencer Murray, of the Northampton board of supervisors.
A Norfolk lawyer is challenging an incumbent from the Eastern Shore to represent a sprawling coastal district that stretches from the Maryland state line to the Wards Corner area. And he’s amassed an impressive war chest with which to wage his campaign.
Phil Hernandez Jr., a 32-year-old Democrat who lives in Willoughby, has raised nearly four times more than incumbent Rob Bloxom Jr.
State legislators plan to ask for money in the next biennial budget to advance a regional sewer project on the Eastern Shore.
Delegate Rob Bloxom said he pushed to schedule a meeting of town and county officials "now (rather) than later," saying localities "need to join the Hampton Roads Sanitation District sooner than later if I am going to go to Richmond and sell anything."
Candidates in contested races for Virginia Senate and House of Delegates had three minutes each to make their case to a packed room at a candidate forum in Accomack.
Incumbent Rob Bloxom, a Republican, is facing Democratic challenger Phil Hernandez in the Nov. 5 election for the House of Delegates 100th District.
In the stands on a Friday night at his son’s high school football game — far across the Chesapeake Bay from the Eastern Shore-based House of Delegates district he represents — Rob Bloxom isn’t especially worried about the looming election.
Bloxom’s been told — jokingly, he says — that he should spend more time in the district to knock on doors.
The lobbying arm of the National Rifle Association is holding two town halls in the region next week, including one in Virginia Beach that could be attended by a Republican state senator who represents part of the city.
The other town hall, where Del. Rob Bloxom, R-Accomack, said he is a guest speaker, will be held on the Eastern Shore.
The four delegates who have served the 100th District and the Eastern Shore of Virginia in the House of Delegates for the past 55 years were all gathered at the Eastern Shore Christian Businessmen’s Prayer Breakfast recently to hear Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, another native son of the Shore.
Starting in 1963 with the election of George N. McMath at the age of 31, then the youngest member of the House of Delegates, the seat has been held continuously by the quartet
Virginia Beach’s dredging programs are safe for now.
A package of bills aimed at clearing shoaling channels on creeks and streams leading to Chesapeake Bay is moving swiftly through the General Assembly.
The House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee gave unanimous blessing Wednesday to bills that would clear the way to pay for dredging waterways where the Coast Guard has been pulling channel markers because of the shoaling and that would ease the job of finding places to put dredged material.
Issues involving crabs, oysters and fish sometimes need to age a bit in Virginia’s General Assembly, even though the unusually large role in fisheries management it has assumed makes the questions seem familiar. So, as the couple of dozen aging holders of crab scrape licenses struggle harder to make ends meet dragging softshell crabs from bay eelgrasses, Eastern Shore Del. Rob Bloxom’s notion of letting them keep any hard-shell crabs they haul from the bottom won a nod this week from the House Agriculture, Natural Resources and Chesapeake Bay Committee.