This summer seems to be zipping by quickly. Joining our office this year are two young ladies from Community Builders Network. Destany, a rising 8th grader and Naja, a rising junior have had an opportunity to assist in the office and attend events where they were able to meet elected officials. They seem to be enjoying themselves.
Governor Ralph Northam and his wife Pam visited and toured Hampton Downtown Child Development Center. They were totally impressed by the young scholars. After being serenaded by the preschoolers, the governor signed Executive Directive 4, which directed state agencies to expand access to early education for all at-risk 3 and 4 year-olds.
New Hope Baptist Church hosted Senator Mark Warner’s Legislative Update. The senator highlighted some of the issues being discussed in the U.S. Senate and it was followed by a question and answer session.
I enjoyed dinner with U.S. Navy Retired Master Chief, Dionne Archibald and fellow veterans. They lead Dimes for Vets, Active Veterans With Answers and Vet Girls Rock. It was exhilarating evening.
Virginia celebrated the 400th anniversary of the first meeting of what would be known as the House of Delegates in Jamestown.
There was an equally important event hosted by the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus held at Lumpkin’s Slave Jail in Richmond. This commemorative event acknowledged the nation’s history of racial oppression and disparities. This has been an issue since the first enslaved Africans reached the shore of Point Comfort by the James River. It was an honor, though emotional, to be one of the speakers.
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