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A Monthly 97th District Update
October 2009


In this issue:


v    Message from Chris

v     Legislative Accomplishments

v     Get Involved

v   Mark Your Calendars

v     Constituent Services

v     New Media Services 


Message from Chris 
November 3rd is Election Day and I am writing to thank you for your support.  To my neighbors and constituents, it has been a tremendous honor and privilege to serve you as your Delegate to the Virginia General Assembly from the 97th District since January 2006. People often ask me why do I even want to be in politics at such a time. Some wonder why I wouldn't want a less stressful path to spend more time with family and friends. I answer them by saying I consider it a calling to serve and I can think of no other moment as important as now to be a voice for over 74,000.  I do pray that I continue to earn your trust and respect each day.  I ask for your vote again this November.
Since this message is opened by men and women from across the Commonwealth I also ask that you vote for Bob McDonnell, Bill Bolling, and Ken Cuccinelli for Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General.  In the rest of Hanover, please support John Cox for Delegate.  Del. Hargrove will be greatly missed but John's business experience and conservative values will make Hanover proud.
If you have a moment please review some of my efforts enclosed.  Thank you again for your support.
Legislative Accomplishments, Endorsements and Awards

Creating Jobs and Economic Recovery

  • Led "Help Housing Now," a bi-partisan legislative coalition to address housing crisis
  • Restructured tax credit program to apply to new home purchases as well as retrofitting existing residences so that the disabled and aging can remain in their home
  • Improved infrastructure in rural areas making them competitive for attracting business by creating opportunities for wireless broadband service on state owned towers in underserved areas
  • Worked with Agribusiness community to address shortage of large animal veterinarians

Education & Families

  • Reformed textbook adoption process and championed legislation creating new tools for improving the classroom learning environment
  • Provided at-risk children an opportunity to stay in school through alternative education programs
  • Streamlined Adoption laws to make it easier to adopt out of foster care

Energy Conservation and Renewal

  • Created tax incentives for producers of green energies

Good Government: Transparency and Accountability

  • Created taxpayer accountability for local governing bodies in their budgeting process by requiring spending plans be posted online
  • Defended our Commonwealth against increasing encroachments by the Federal government based on the federalist principles of the 10th amendment
  • Fought to prevent illegal immigrants from getting state college benefits

Safer Communities

  • Worked to reduce incidents of domestic violence through immediate reporting of protective order information
  • Advocated for greater protections for health care providers in the emergency room
  • Made our local streets and roadways safer for motorists by enabling localities to restrict solicitations in medians

Legislative Awards and Recognitions

  • Sheriff's and State Police Legislative Rookie of the Year
  • Voted "Legislative Leader" by League of Conservation Voters
  • 100% Scorecard from The Family Foundation of Virginia
  • 100% Scorecard from the Virginia Society for Human Life
  • Rated as Frequent Business Supporter by Virginia Free
  • "Top 40 Under 40" by Style Weekly magazine
  • Honored for his legislative service by the Virginia Assisted Living Association, Virginia Council for Private Education, Virginia Optometric Association
  • Endorsed by the Virginia Farm Bureau
  • A Rating from the National Rifle Association

 Elected Officials Endorsements

  • Ray Smith Campbell, Jr., Caroline County, Clerk
  • A.A. "Tony" Lippa, Jr., Caroline County, Sheriff
  • Trip Chalkley, Hanover County, Commonwealth's Attorney
  • V. Stuart Cook, Hanover County, Sheriff
  • T. Scott Harris, Hanover County, Commissioner of Revenue
  • G.E. "Ed" Via, III, Hanover County, Board of Supervisors, Vice Chair
  • Robert R. Setliff, Hanover County, Board of Supervisors
  • Yvonne G. Smith, Henrico County, Clerk
  • Wade A. Kizer, Henrico County, Commonwealth's Attorney
  • David A. "Dave" Kaechele, Henrico County, Board of Supervisors, Chairman
  • Stephen Palmer, King William County, Commonwealth's Attorney
  • E.C. Walton, King and Queen County, Sheriff
  • D.L. "Danny" Wright, King William County, Board of Supervisors
  • Sally W. Pearson, King William County, Commissioner of Revenue
  • Cecil L. Schools, King William County, Board of Supervisors
  • Wakie Howard, New Kent County, Sheriff
  • Stran L. Trout, New Kent County, Board of Supervisors
  • W.R. Davis, Jr., New Kent County, Board of Supervisors
  • Laura M. Ecimovic, New Kent County, Commissioner of Revenue
  • Joseph S. "Joe" Yates, New Kent County, School Board, Chairman
  • Terri Lindsay, New Kent County, School Board, Vice Chair
  • Thomas W. Evelyn, New Kent County, Board of Supervisors
  • C.M. "Christy" Jett, Spotsylvania County, Clerk
  • Howard D. Smith, Spotsylvania County, Sheriff
  • Frank D. Hargrove, Sr., Virginia House of Delegates, Delegate, 55th District
  • Linda L. McBride, Henrico County, School Board
  • Marty Sparks, New Kent County, Board of Supervisors
  • James B. Donati, Jr, Henrico County, Board of Supervisors
  • Lisa A. Marshall, Henrico County, School Board
  • Anthony G. "Tony" Spencer, Caroline County, Commonwealth's Attorney
  • John C. Watkins, Senate of Virginia
  • Henry "Hap" Connors, Jr., Spotsylvania County, Board of Supervisors-Chairman
  • Deborah B. Coats, Hanover County, Board of Supervisor
Get Involved

**If you would like to serve on my 97th District Advisory Committee please contact my office.  I need support from many people active in the communities of the 97th.  I desire input from constituents, local leaders, the business community, the faith-based community, educators, and more.  I feel that to effectively serve the people of the 97th District and the Commonwealth, it is important that I develop a clear understanding of all of the issues and how they will impact the citizens of our district and VirginiaAdvisory Committee meetings will be held on a regular basis.  If interested in serving please contact my office at 804-730-3737 or e-mail me at  or     

Norman Sulser is the 97th legislative district chair.  He can be reached at
Mark Your Calendars  




On October 17, 2009 beginning at 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Historic Bowling Green will host their 20th Annual Harvest Festival closing downtown Main Street for a fantastic day of live entertainment, food, crafts, a car and motorcycle show and displays.  Vendors line the streets providing a unique shopping experience. In the middle of town enjoy live performances on stage by talented musicians playing your favorite songs.  Children can enjoy painting pumpkins, watching tricks by magicians and clowns, riding rides, face painting and much more.  The event is free to the public and normally draws over 10,000 people each year. For more information please visit the Town of Bowling Green's website at Vendor applications are due by August 17 and registration forms can be found at the towns website as well.




Hanover County Parks and Recreation invites you and your children to the 5th Annual Hanover County Children's Festival, to be held this Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Pole Green Park in Mechanicsville. This festival is designed for kids 10 and under and is open to the public.  The event features children's rides, a petting zoo, moonwalks, the Pamunkey Regional Library Bookmobile, games, arts and crafts, face painting, live entertainment, demonstrations, and interactive displays.   The event is free and there free parking. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.  Pole Green Park is located at 8996 Pole Green Park Lane.




An Evening with Poe:  For all ages. In this spellbinding play, "Edgar Allan Poe Comes Alive!" Poe will chat humorously with the audience and present eight of his classic poems and short stories, including The Raven, Annabel Lee, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Masque of the Red Death, and more. Information: 328-4491. Free. Wed, Oct 7, 7-8 p.m., Henrico Theatre


King and Queen:


The King & Queen County Community Pride Day is held each year on the 3rd Saturday in October, October 17 which starts at the King & Queen Courthouse Green and ends at King & Queen Central High School.  For more Information, visit


King William:

The King William Ruritan Club is hosting a Stew and Q event on Saturday, October 10 beginning at 4PM at the new building at the Ruritan Park located on Rt. 30.  Call 804-769-2063 for more information. 


New Kent:


October 9 "Fore" for the Children Golf Tournament at the Royal New Kent Golf Course 11:30 am Driving Range Open, 1 pm Shotgun Start, 19th Hole Awards and Social Hour. Registration includes Cart Rental, Greens Fees, Lunch, Dinner, Awards, Range Balls, and Refreshments.  Sponsored by the New Kent Junior Women's Club.

For more information contact Debbie Richards at 804-966-7610 or Donna Gammon at 804-966-7298.




7th Annual "Stonewall" Jackson 20-Mile Ambulance Run October 10, 2009 Race Start- 7:15 AM Marshall Center, 8800 Courthouse Rd, Spotsylvania, VA. 22553.  Run.  Proceeds Go To:  Civil War Preservation Trust and Spotsylvania Emergency Concerns Association (SECA). The purpose of SECA is to help needy Spotsylvania residents who cannot be helped by the Department of Social Services.  Contact Pam Hudgins, Rick Hamm or Jenny Sorensen (540) 507-7529 or visit  Runners must average a 12- minute per mile race pace.  Race Day Registration-$65.  Parking: across the street at Spotsylvania Middle School. 

Constituent Services

I am always happy to assist residents of the 97th District in dealing with state agencies. As your Delegate, I want to make sure that your government is working for you and that your rights are respected.  While I cannot require an agency to make a specific determination on your behalf, I am happy to assist you with cutting the red tape and getting you the answers you seek.  My office can serve as a liaison between my constituents and the state.
My office takes the responsibility of serving seriously.  My staff is available during the week to assist you with your concerns; I am also readily available.  I encourage you to contact us.  Please continue to contact me whenever you have concerns or issues of importance to our community and the Commonwealth. 
I may be reached at:
                                                           Capitol Office:
                                                            PO Box 406
                                                            Richmond, VA 23218
                                                            Phone: 804-698-1097

                                                     Fax: 804-698-6797

                                                            District Office:
                                                            7494 Lee Davis Rd, Suite 16F
                                                            PO Box 819
                                                            Mechanicsville, VA 23111
                                                            Phone: 804-730-3737
                                                            Fax: 804-730-5049

 ***Please make note of the legislative e-mail address change.  To insure consistency among all Virginia government entities, the General Assembly of Virginia is changing all website and email addresses from the '' naming convention to  Therefore our new e-mail address is
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