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‘My goal is to sponsor legislation that builds on the successes of the last several years, with a laser focus on job creation, economic development, transportation, education, and military veterans’

Delegate Rich Anderson has represented the 51st House District (Prince William County) in the Virginia General Assembly since 2010. He is a retired 30-year Air Force colonel who now co-chairs the joint House-Senate Military and Veterans Caucus, the central clearinghouse for bills that affect veterans.

Two years ago, Andeson ran unopposed. In 2013, Anderson won re-election by seven points with 53% of the vote.

This year marks the first time Anderson’s Democratic opponent, Hala Ayala, is not only a female but the local chapter presdient of the National Organization of Women.

This election season, we’re asked candidates who wish to reach our readers a “why you should vote for me” email by Oct. 27, 2017. 

Anderson sent us this email: 

Over the course of our combined 51 years of military service, my wife Ruth and I wore the Air Force uniform and worked in partnership during our two lifetimes of service. After retiring from military service, we chose to continue our partnership, but this time in public service—she as the Occoquan District Supervisor on the Prince William Board of County Supervisors and me as the 51st House District Delegate to the Virginia General Assembly.

Service is the lifetime thread that ties Ruth and I to one other—and to the community, we love to serve. With that commitment to our fellow citizens, I am again a candidate for reelection in Virginia’s 51st House District.

As a native and life-long Virginian, I graduated from Virginia Tech and have been a resident of Prince William County for almost two decades. First elected in 2009, I have served in the General Assembly for eight years (four terms) and have accumulated the required seniority that permits me to pass consequential legislation on behalf of our community and Commonwealth. This year, I had one of the highest success rates in the House in passing legislation that focused on job creation, economic development, transportation, education, public safety, and military veterans. (more…)

Police seek information on two suspects in attempted robbery

From Prince William County police:

Attempted Strong-Armed Robbery – On October 30 at 8:35 p.m., officers responded to the 15700 block of Silent Tree Pl in Woodbridge (22191) to investigate a robbery. The investigation revealed the victim, a 43-year-old man, was delivering a pizza to a home in the above area.

The residents of the home informed the victim they did not place the order. When the victim returned to his vehicle, he was approached by two unknown men who then attempted to rob him. During the encounter, the men implied they were armed and demanded the victim’s property. No weapon was seen. When the victim refused to comply, the suspects fled on foot. No injuries were reported. A police K-9 searched for the two suspects who were not located. (more…)

A ticket bought in Woodbridge wins $10 million prize for Maryland man

From Virginia Lottery News:

“I just screamed in my car with all the windows up!”

That’s how Woody Simmons said he reacted to discovering he’d won the $10 million top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Extreme Millions game.

It happened in the parking lot of Optimax Service Center, 13505 Minnieville Road in Woodbridge. Mr. Simmons, who works for the Postal Service, said he often shops there. He happened to see a sign about the new Scratcher game while he was in the store.

“I thought, ‘Well, let me take a chance,’” the Hyattsville, Maryland, man said. (more…)

Suspect in Haymarket armed robbery arrested

From Prince William County police:

Armed Robbery *ARREST – On November 1, the suspect, identified as Kenneth Lewis HARRIS, who was wanted in connection to an armed robbery incident which occurred in the area of Mountain Rd and Loudoun Dr in Haymarket on October 30, turned himself into authorities at the Prince William-Manassas Regional Adult Detention Center without incident.

Arrested on November 1:

Kenneth Lewis HARRIS, 48, of the 100 block of Clubhouse Dr in Leesburg (more…)

Breakfast Links: Republicans inject cash into Marhsall-Roem race

Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William) has received a late-stage infusion of cash from Virginia Republican leaders, which one expert said suggests the state party is worried about losing the seat he has held for nearly 26 years. [Washington Post]

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, made a surprise visit to a Manassas favorite Sunday morning after dropping off their son for a flight at Manassas Regional Airport. [Prince William Times]

As a historic Alexandria church starts the long process of relocating a pair of plaques honoring two of its legendary parishioners — George Washington and Robert E. Lee — Corey Stewart is raising a ruckus about what he dubs the latest instance of “rampant political correctness. []



Stafford County Fire & Rescue teams up with Domino’s Pizza

From Stafford County Fire & Rescue:

Stafford County, VA – October 30, 2017 – Stafford County Fire and Rescue is teaming up with local Domino’s Pizza stores to remind citizens to change the batteries in their smoke alarms this coming weekend when the time changes. Domino’s customers in Stafford who order between 4pm and 8pm will be chosen at random on Saturday, November 4, 2017 to have their order delivered by Fire and Rescue personnel.

When personnel arrive, they will check the customer’s smoke alarms and if they are in working order the Domino’s order will be free. If the smoke alarms are not working, fire personnel will change the batteries or replace the smoke alarms with working ones on site. Drivers from all four Domino’s locations will be delivering reminders and 9-volt batteries to customers while supplies last.

A single lane a positive sign for E-ZPass commuters on I-95

STAFFORD — It took $50 million to build one lane, and today it opened.

The 95 E-ZPass Express Lanes have been extended just past Garrisonville Road. Now, drivers have the option of getting off on Garrisonville Road, or staying in the express toll lanes — or in this case lane — to head south and merge back into the main travel lanes of Interstate 95 before Courthouse Road.

“We know we have more work to do on I-95, as recent congestion reports have reminded us, but this Express Lanes extension is the first step in a series of projects to unlock gridlock along I-95 through the Fredericksburg region,” said Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne in a press release.

Before today, this area has been a contention point on the Express Lanes when carrying drivers south to Fredericksburg. Traffic had to merge down to one lane to exit the express lanes via a flyover ramp before Garrisonville Road, at what was the end of the toll lane facility.

The merge caused major backups in a toll lane that can cost as much as $20 or more to use, one way. 

The new lane adds capacity to the express lanes and is one of the multiple projects in the works to hopefully break up some of the congestion — recently ranked as some of the worst in the nation.

The new lane will carry drivers north in the mornings and south in the afternoons each weekday, south on Saturdays from midnight to 2 p.m., and then north from 4 p.m. to midnight. On Sundays, the lane will carry drivers north.

It will operate under the same rules as the rest of the 95 E-ZPass Express Lanes — tolled at all times by electronic E-ZPass, and vehicle with three or more occupants ride free. (more…)