Culpeper Government News
On Monday, Jan. 27, the Manassas City Council unanimously named the city hall in which they were meeting for former and deceased Mayor Marvin L. Gillum who served from 1996 to 2004. The vote before a packed council chamber was followed by a standing ovation for the beloved former mayor and his family members in attendance.
RICHMOND, Va. — Delegate Hyland “Buddy” Fowler (R-Ashland) takes a moment to share a laugh with his legislative aide Dale Hargrove Alderman in Fowler’s office at the General Assembly Building in Richmond. Fowler and Alderman joyfully reminisce about Fowler’s time as a legislative aide for Alderman’s father Delegate Frank Hargrove (R-Glen Allen). After working for Hargrove for nine years, Fowler became the legislative aide for Hargrove’s successor Delegate John Cox (R-Ashland).
Key developments shook the race for the Republican nomination in the 10th congressional district as state Sen. Dick Black (R-13th) dropped out and the GOP committee determined its method for naming a candidate.
Michèle McQuigg asked to help defend Virginia's ban on gay marriage
On Jan. 15, state Dels. Michael Futrell (D-2nd), Scott Lingamfelter (R-31st) and Tim Hugo (R-40th) all took time out of their day to discuss their legislative agendas for Prince William County while fielding questions at their Richmond offices. State Del. Luke Torian (D-52nd) followed up the next day with a phone interview.
The Haymarket Town Council voted to rescind the $250 fine it set against vice mayor Jay Tobias following his arrest for public intoxication on Haymarket Day after a local judge dismissed the Class 4 misdemeanor charge against him Jan. 2.
Last Tuesday, the Quantico Town Council voted in favor of keeping its municipal elections in May of even-number years instead of moving them to November to line up with federal elections. The 4-0 vote made Quantico the third town to reject a request from the Prince William Electoral Board to change its election date over the last three months, starting with Occoquan on Oct. 1 and Haymarket on Oct. 29.
Less than two weeks after saying he intended to seek re-election, Occoquan Mayor Earnie Porta reversed himself and declared his retirement, saying he wants to finish working on his doctoral dissertation for Georgetown University and that he is weighing a run for office in 2015. While Porta reported that he is most interested in running for the Board of County Supervisors, he did not rule out running for the General Assembly in the event of a retirement by one of the two Democrats who represent the Town of Occoquan: state Del. Luke Torian (D-52nd) and state Sen. Toddy Puller (D-36th).
Opponents of the Bi-County Parkway are playing offense with hopes of gutting funding for the road this year and convincing the powers that be not to sign off on the proposed 10-mile road that would link Interstate 66 between Manassas and Gainesville to Dulles International Airport through rural western Prince William County.
Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen have been indicted by a federal grand jury for illegally accepting gifts and loans from a political donor and wealthy businessman.