The Supreme Court of the United States sided with Virginia Democrats and let stand a lower court’s decision that found the Virginia House of Delegates map drawn by Republicans earlier this decade was unconstitutionally gerrymandered. Implications of their decision will be discussed in a future newsletter. Stay tuned!
Now that the primary elections are over, it’s time for me to hit the road. There are approximately 19 weeks before General Election Day, November 5. That may give me just enough time to focus on one precinct a week. That sounds pretty ambitious, but with your help, I may be able to accomplish this goal. If you would like to host a Meet and Greet in your neighborhood or if you would like to walk your neighborhood with me, please call my office and arrange a time. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
I was pleased to meet Hampton City Schools 2019-2020 Teacher of the Year, Sherry Murphy. Ms Murphy in a Success 101 teacher at Bethel High School. She is known for her creativity in the classroom. Congratulations and we wish you all the best in the years to come.
It was an honor to attend Insight Enterprises, Julia E. Holloway Benefit Gospel Gala with Charles Stanley, Sheila Jones and Eric Taylor and Dr. Christian. Ralph Shelman has been a phenomenal advocate for people with disabilities. It was a wonderful evening.
Last Saturday, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church celebrated the installation of 440 solar panels on their roof, which is actually a 147 kilowatts of energy system.
Rev. John Grace, senior pastor, led the dedication service. He explained that our taking care of God’s creation, is an act of gratitude. I was honored to be a part of the celebration. Mayor Tuck also shared thoughtful remarks. It was a wonderful occasion.
Traveling around the district from one event to another has always been quite adventurous. Last Friday’s event certainly fit that bill. U.S. Navy Retired Master Chief Dionne Archibald was honored by Evan Williams’ 2019 American Hero with her story on the bottle of Evan Williams bourbon.
She was also presented with a check for $10,000, which she will use for her favorite charitable veteran organizations. Active Veterans With Answers, Vet Girls Rock and Dimes for Homeless Vets, are just a few. It was certainly a first for me.
The thermometer read 90°, but it was cool and comfortable as I visited Camp Parkitan on the campus of Sarah Bonwell Hudgins. The camp gives intellectually disabled citizens an opportunity to socialize with each other in a fun and accepting atmosphere. I had an opportunity to tour the housing facility. They are similar to what one would expect to see on a small college campus. There is a common area where residents can relax, play games or watch television. Each resident has his or her separate rooms that they can decorate as they wish. It is a beautiful campus with wonderful living arrangements. I had an opportunity to speak to some of residents and they all agreed that they like living there. I have no doubts that the do. They even gave me a t-shirt.
Graduation day is one of the happiest and most memorable days in a child’s life and that of their families. It is also a special day for “the village” who share in the celebration. School Leadership, School Board members, City Council members and State Legislators all joined the celebration. Students earned over $55,000,000 in scholarships and awards. Congratulations to all of the students and their families.
As always it is a pleasure to serve you in the 92nd House District. Thank you.
Delegate Jeion A. Ward
Virginia House of Delegates
Ninety-Second House District