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VaNews for Jimmie Massie

From the classroom to the campaign trail: Candidates push education agenda

By DEBBIE TRUONG, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

As a history and civics teacher in suburban Richmond, Schuyler VanValkenburg has seen his class sizes climb over the years. When he began teaching more than a decade ago, he averaged 25 students in a class. Now it’s 30. And it even reached 35 once.

VaNews November 5, 2017

VanValkenburg campaign falsely says Whitlock voluntarily represented sex-assault suspect

By PATRICK WILSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

The campaign of Democratic state House candidate Schuyler VanValkenburg falsely stated — on Facebook and in a news release — that GOP rival Eddie Whitlock volunteered to represent a man accused of sexual assault.

VaNews October 27, 2017

Education drives debate between VanValkenburg, Whitlock for open House seat in Henrico

By MICHAEL MARTZ, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Education is driving the debate over who will fill an empty House of Delegates seat in Henrico County, but the two candidates are using different road maps. Democrat Schuyler VanValkenburg and Republican Eddie Whitlock agree that education is a vital issue in the election to succeed retiring Del. Jimmie Massie, R-Henrico, in the 72nd House District, but they disagree on how to get there.

VaNews October 26, 2017

10 Virginia House races to watch as Democrats make their Nov. 7 push

By PATRICK WILSON, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Donald Trump's surprise election to the presidency generated the Women's March protest nationally and a wave of first-time Democratic candidates for office in Virginia. Democrats hope that translates into making gains against the 66-34 Republican majority in the state House of Delegates on Nov. 7, when all 100 seats are up for election.

VaNews October 5, 2017

House candidates cautious on Confederate monuments

By GRAHAM MOOMAW , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

When the topic of Confederate statues came up in the campaign for a semi-competitive House of Delegates district in suburban Richmond, it was hard to tell the Democrat from the Republican. Dawn M. Adams, a health care professional running as a Democrat in a district that covers part of Richmond’s storied Monument Avenue, answered a question at a candidate forum last week by saying many people find the monuments “hurtful,” but many see them as history and “pieces of museum-esque art.”

VaNews September 18, 2017

Shut Out Of Power In D.C., Democrats Try To Make Inroads In Virginia This Fall


Knocking doors on a steamy summer day, Schuyler VanValkenburg looks like any other politician running for office but his presence in the northern suburbs of Richmond is unusual: He's the first Democratic candidate to run in this district for a decade.

VaNews August 31, 2017

Two Republicans seek nomination to run for retiring Del. Massie's seat

By DEBBIE TRUONG, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

One has lived his entire life in Henrico County, the other is a transplant who says he represents the county’s rapidly changing demographics. Eddie Whitlock, a lawyer and chairman of the county’s Republican committee, and Ernesto Sampson, a financial adviser who lives and works in the Innsbrook area, are the two Republicans seeking the party’s nomination in a June 13 primary to run for the seat of retiring Del. Jimmie Massie, R-Henrico,

VaNews May 22, 2017

Eight House of Delegates Members Won't Seek Re-Election; Seven Republicans and One Democrat


Eight House members won’t be running again, seven Republicans and one Democrat. Of those seven open Republican seats, Hillary Clinton won four of those districts — an indication that they might be pickup opportunities for Democrats. Quentin Kidd at Christopher Newport University says those four open Republican seats are part of a larger set of races Democrats are intensely focused on.

VaNews April 7, 2017

Republican Del. Jimmie Massie won't seek re-election in western Henrico district

By GRAHAM MOOMAW, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Republican Del. Jimmie Massie announced Saturday that he will not seek re-election to the Virginia General Assembly this year, creating an opening in the suburban western Henrico County district he has represented for nearly a decade. Massie, a businessman who has represented the 72nd House of Delegates district since 2008, announced the decision Saturday afternoon on Facebook, calling his time in the House of Delegates “the greatest honor of my professional life.”

VaNews March 20, 2017

Amid Trump resistance, Virginia Democrats see surge of candidates for House of Delegates

By GRAHAM MOOMAW, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

After retiring from her environmental law career, Mary Jo Sheeley spent much of her newfound free time volunteering for the Hillary Clinton campaign. Upset by President Donald Trump’s victory and shaken by the feeling that the things she believes in could no longer be taken for granted, she vowed to stay active. She marched with hundreds of thousands of other women in D.C., then got together with small groups of other activists to talk about what to do next. “It’s so clear what we need to do,” Sheeley said. “We need to look at what is going on locally. And we need to change the balance of power in the General Assembly.”

VaNews March 13, 2017