Culpeper Government News
Del. Bob Marshall is entering the 10th Congressional race. Marshall has represented about one-third of the current 10th Congressional District at one time or another (Loudoun and Prince William). The seat is currently held by Rep. Frank Wolf (R), who is retiring.
Four years after his death -- almost exactly -- Marvin Gillum was immortalized by the council of the city he had run. The former mayor of Manassas is now the namesake of the Marvin L. Gillum City Hall, so named on Jan. 27 by the unanimous vote of the Manassas City Council.
The Town of Dumfries will not be the only town this year with a competitive race for mayor. Challengers have stepped up during the past week to take on Haymarket Mayor David Leake and Quantico Mayor Kevin Brown, both of whom have filed for re-election. Quantico is set to pit two well-known local politicians against each other as former Mayor Iris Tharp officially filed her paperwork to run against the first-term incumbent Brown. Tharp lost to Brown by 10 votes, 56-46, in 2012 after defeating Brown for mayor by seven votes, 58-51, in 2010.
Items scheduled to come before the Prince William Board of County Supervisors during its Feb. 11, 2013 meeting include economic development proposals and proposed amendments the Design and Construction Standards Manual (DCSM) regulate parking lot landscaping. Changes to the DCSM would require that developers place more planted landscaping in and around parking lots at shopping malls and shopping centers.
The Haymarket Town Council voted late last month to suspend its police chief, deputy police chief and another police officer late last month over a series of votes that included several overrides of mayoral vetoes. Police Chief Jim Roop, deputy chief Greg Breeden and police officer Jacob Davis all received 60-day suspensions without pay and the council also forced them to undergo workplace counseling for, among other issues, sexual harassment.
*Updated* State, county and city police searched Thursday for a fugitive wanted for murder in Johnstown, Pa., who ran out from his vehicle near the intersection of the Prince William County Parkway and Tattersall Drive this afternoon in Manassas. Prince William County Police Officer and spokesperson Jonathan Perok reported this evening that Earl Patrick Mitchell, 20, fled by foot at 1:33 p.m. after a police chase that resulted in police detaining the passenger of the vehicle. He was apprehended that night, according to an official police statement.
RICHMOND -- Virginia Senate legislation designed to give in-state tuition to undocumented childhood arrivals was defeated this past week by a Health and Education Committee vote of 6-7. Senate Bill 249, patroned by Sen. Donald McEachin, D-Richmond, and known as the Virginia DREAM Act, sparked heated rhetoric on whether state or federal legislators should be held responsible for immigration-related measures.
Last week, Dumfries vice mayor Willie Toney declared his intention to challenge incumbent Mayor Jerry Foreman in the May 6 mayoral election. Meanwhile, Quantico Mayor Kevin Brown and Haymarket Mayor David Leake filed to run for re-election, as did three incumbent Quantico council members and one from Haymarket.
There may be increased talk about marijuana legalization in Washington, but Del. Bob Marshall wants to make sure that the drug can't be used even for medical purposes across the Potomac in Virginia. The Republican from western Prince William County has introduced legislation for the current General Assembly session that rescinds the Old Dominion's little-known law allowing the prescribing of pot by doctors The medicinal statute was passed in the late 1970s, which means that practitioners can write prescriptions for the drug here – so long as they're not worried about being prosecuted by federal authorities.
RICHMOND -- Virginia’s House of Delegates is poised to vote this week on a bill allowing legislators to defend any law the governor and attorney general decide not to uphold on behalf of the state. House Bill 706, proposed by Delegate C. Todd Gilbert, R- Shenandoah, would permit a member of the General Assembly to represent the “interests of the commonwealth” in circumstances where the constitutionality, legality or application of Virginia’s adopted laws are questioned by the governor or attorney general.