Henrico County Board of Supervisors district elections

10/31/2019, 6 p.m.
Candidates and Q&A's for Henrico Board Of Supervisors

Fairfield District

Delta R. Bowers

Address: 101 Chickahominy Bluffs Road, Henrico, Va. 23227

Age: 58

Education: Bachelor’s in economics; master’s of general administration in financial management; and doctorate of management in organizational leadership occupation: Professor, entrepreneur and executive director

Civic/Community Activities: President, Northern Henrico Civic Association; president, National Coalition of 100 Black Women Richmond Metropolitan Area Chapter.

Email: friendsofdeltabow... Telephone: (804) 266-1492

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Voters should support me for Board of Supervisors Fairfield District because: As president of the Northern Henrico Civic Association, Chickahominy Bluffs Homeowners Association and community advocate for over a decade, I have been advocating for Fairfield District residents’ safety and security, speed limit reductions, parity relative to property values, infrastructure improvements, new housing developments, community maintenance, beautification initiatives, blighted properties and economic development to ensure that the district is on par with other districts in Henrico County. I interfaced with my opponent, Mr. Thornton, the county manager, Henrico County Police Department, other Henrico County officials and the Virginia Department of Transportation.

What do you see as the top two issues facing the district? Lack of economic development and schools accredited with conditions. The district does not have major corporations to support residents who live in poverty and others who are forced to drive more than 20 minutes to their jobs. Currently, the district has several schools not fully accredited, subpar real estate assessments, a 15.1 percent pov- erty level and many underperforming communities because of lack of employment or poverty level wages. Hence, families do not have the financial resources to supplement the resources needed by their children prior to enrolling in school and thus are ill-equipped to be successful in school.

How I plan to address those issues: My plan is to work with corporations and provide incentives to bring them into the Fairfield District. This will be done in collaboration with the county manager, other members of the Board of Supervisors, the Henrico County Economic Development Office, the com- munity and the local Chamber of Commerce. Once residents are given the opportunity to be trained and work in corporations that pay livable wages, they can afford to live in regular housing communities or pay for the homes in which they live and acquire the supplemental resources required to ensure their children are successful in school.

Frank J. Thornton

Address: 724 Carldan Road, Henrico, Va. 23227

Age: 78

Education: Bachelor’s in French education, Virginia Union University; master’s in French 20th century literature, American University occupation: Retired assistant professor of French at Virginia Union University

Civic/Community Activities: Past president of the Henrico County Civic League; received award from the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities

Email: thornpar2@gmail.com

Telephone: (804) 264-5363 Website: www.frankthornton...

Voters should support me for the Board of Supervisors Fairfield District because: I have been fighting in Henrico for inclusion, equity in education, supporting programs for our seniors and youths, more citizen engagement, improved public transportation and better quality in the building of homes in the East End. I am proud of the Henrico PAL program for our youths and the REAP program for our senior citizens that of- fers tax incentives, depending on family income. Take a tour of the Laburnum Gateway to notice new businesses, including the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, a new health facility, the new Fairfield Library and the soon-to-be-completed Aquatic Center.