VaNews for 2017 House of Delegates - District 68 - Regular General and 2017 House of Delegates - District 68 - Regular Primary



AFTER LOSS, DEL. MANOLI LOUPASSI REFUSES TO GO QUIETLY

By JIM MCCONNELL, Chesterfield Observer

His successor has assumed the duties of delegate-elect of the 68th House District, attending meetings and agreeing to co-sponsor a bill during the upcoming General Assembly session that would open the Virginia Supreme Court’s criminal court database to public scrutiny. Before Dawn Adams is sworn in as the newest member of Chesterfield’s legislative delegation, however, Manoli Loupassi says he wants to make sure the votes that apparently ended his tenure in the House of Delegates were tallied properly.

VaNews December 8, 2017



DEL. LOUPASSI CORRECTS CAMPAIGN EMAIL AFTER FALSELY CLAIMING RICHMOND FREE PRESS ENDORSED HIM

By PATRICK WILSON , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Del. G. Manoli Loupassi sent his supporters an email on Sunday falsely claiming the Richmond Free Press, the region’s influential black newspaper, had endorsed him. He then sent a second version of the email that withdrew that phrasing and apologized for the first email.

VaNews November 7, 2017



RICHMOND SCHOOL PLAN, HEALTH CARE LOOM OVER RACE BETWEEN LOUPASSI AND ADAMS

By RICHMOND SCHOOL PLAN, HEALTH CARE LOOM OVER RACE BETWEEN LOUPASSI AND ADAMS, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Dawn M. Adams was shadowing a veteran health care lobbyist during the 2014 Virginia General Assembly session for her doctoral degree in nursing at Old Dominion University. Adams was required to spend only a day or two at the Capitol, but that was the year of a prolonged political showdown over Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s bid to expand health insurance coverage through Medicaid. So, she came back day after day.

VaNews November 3, 2017



LOUPASSI AND GOLDMAN: PASS THE CHARTER CHANGE, FOR CHILDREN'S SAKE

By G. MANOLI LOUPASSI AND PAUL GOLDMAN, Published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

On November 7, Richmonders will have the unprecedented opportunity to directly cast a ballot for a bipartisan education initiative focused on the modernization of our city schools. It is widely understood that we are in a crisis as it relates to the condition of our school infrastructure.

Paul Goldman is a former chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia.

VaNews October 17, 2017



HOW SOME CANDIDATES ARE TAKING ON LONGSTANDING STATE LAWMAKERS

By MALLORY NOE-PAYNE , WVTF

A hundred state lawmakers are up for election this November. They’re the ones who decide how much to pay teachers, whether to expand Medicaid, or if marijuana should be legal. Last time they were elected, only 29-percent of registered voters turned out.

VaNews October 10, 2017



HOUSE CANDIDATES CAUTIOUS ON CONFEDERATE MONUMENTS

By GRAHAM MOOMAW , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 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



CHALLENGER PRESSES LOUPASSI ON EDUCATION, MEDICAID EXPANSION

By GRAHAM MOOMAW, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Both candidates running for a Richmond-area seat in the House of Delegates agreed Wednesday that the struggling city school system represents an unacceptable governmental failure, but differed on the best way to effect change at the state level.

VaNews September 15, 2017



THREE DEMOCRATS INSPIRED BY TRUMP'S ELECTION VYING TO CHALLENGE LOUPASSI

By MICHAEL O’CONNOR , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Call it the President Donald Trump effect, writ local. Del. G. Manoli Loupassi, R-Richmond, has handily won re-election in the 68th District for years, but that hasn’t discouraged three Democrats from vying for a chance to challenge the incumbent this fall in a district made up of parts of Richmond and Chesterfield and Henrico counties.

VaNews May 22, 2017



A SURGE IN FEMALE LOCAL CANDIDATES LOOKS TOWARD NOVEMBER

By JACKIE KRUSZEWSKI, Style Weekly

Mary Jo Sheeley is competing with the Girl Scouts. Outside a Kroger in Chesterfield County, she stands opposite stacks of cookies, holding a clipboard with 13 signatures. She needs 200. “Hi, I’m Mary Jo Sheeley and I’m running for the House of Delegates,” she says to one of the Saturday shoppers. “Do you live around here?”

VaNews March 15, 2017



AMID TRUMP RESISTANCE, VIRGINIA DEMOCRATS SEE SURGE OF CANDIDATES FOR HOUSE OF DELEGATES

By GRAHAM MOOMAW, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 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