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.
Three incumbents fought off challengers to hold on to their state Senate seats in South Hampton Roads Tuesday night, two of them Democrats and one a Republican.
A Democratic state senator who’s spent nearly 15 years in the General Assembly representing the rural Eastern Shore and urban Norfolk is facing a challenge from a Republican who wants to bring her experience as a small business owner to Richmond.
Sen. Lynwood Lewis, 57, is a lawyer and moderate Democrat who has championed legislation to address sea level rise in the 6th Senate District, which encompasses the Eastern Shore, Chic’s Beach, half of Norfolk and Mathews County.
A U.S. army veteran and former House of Delegates hopeful is looking to unseat the incumbent state senator representing the Eastern Shore, Norfolk, Mathews and a few thousand voters in Virginia Beach in the June primary.
Willie Randall, a Democrat who previously served on the Northampton County Board of Supervisors, has tried to defeat Del. Rob Bloxom, R-Accomack, for the 100th House District seat three times.
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
State elected officials typically report on the outcome of the General Assembly session at the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce's spring Eggs and Issues breakfast — but this year, the business of the assembly is not yet complete.
Sen. Lynwood Lewis, speaking Wednesday at NASA Wallops Flight Facility's Rocket Club before an audience of 100 or more community leaders, stated the facts:
"We don't have a budget.
Like last year, the Virginia Senate soon will get a chance to vote on a bill to ban so-called “sanctuary cities.”
Virginia doesn’t have them. GOP gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie campaigned on the issue with controversial TV ads and lost by 9 points. And should the Senate send the House bill to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s desk, he says he will veto it.
Mostly rural Republican legislators from outside Hampton Roads quickly dispatched a bill early Wednesday morning that would’ve created a regional authority in Hampton Roads to deal with sea level rise, land subsidence and coastal flooding.
The Virginia Senate passed Senate Bill 397, which would establish a HRVA Regional Coastal Resiliency Authority.
The Senate passed the bill 24-Yes to 16-No on Monday, February 12, 2017.
The bill that was passed will help with addressing coastal resiliency and flooding adaptation, according to Virginia Senator Lynwood Lewis.
The Senate passed a bill Monday that would take back money from Virginia Lottery winners if they had received Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits in the previous five years.