Last Updated: Jun 9th, 2017 - 16:10:14


63rd District Election
By LYNDON GERMAN
Jun 9, 2017, 16:06


HOPEWELL – Hopewell residents will vote on their representative for the 63rd District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates during the Democratic primary on June 13. Incumbent Delegate Lashrecse Arid will face challenger Gerry Rawlinson for the second time in a head-to-head campaign.
Last year Delegate Arid rose above the completion in the 2016 Democratic Primary battling against four other candidates: Larry Brown Sr., Atiba H. Muse, W.H. “Mouse” Jones Jr. and of course Gerry J. Rawlinson. Despite amount of combatants Del. Aird gained a large majority of the vote with 40.16% of the vote. Rawlinson received 20.82% of last year’s vote and hopes to capitalize on the level playing field.
Rawlinson was born in North Carolina, receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1982 and a Master of Science in Nursing from UNC-Greensboro in 1987, but has become a grounded Virginian. With 34 years of service as a registered nurse, she hopes to use her knowledge and experience of the health care system to influence Virginia legislation. She’s also striving to promote positive growth of jobs and the economy, support small businesses, improve academic performance, and so on. Her campaign slogan “real leadership and real change” is the approach she’ll take to legislation if elected.
Incumbent Del. Aird is equally dedicate to improving the 63rd district. She is the youngest woman ever to be elected to the Virginia House of Delegates but that hasn’t stopped her from making an impact on legislation within the General Assembly.
Del. Aird currently serves on eight committees in the Virginia House of Delegates. She serves the committees of Health, Welfare and Institutions, General Laws and Appropriation and while also serving the subcommittees of Elementary and Secondary Education, Transportation, General Laws and Health, Welfare and Institutions subcommittee.
Delegate Aird earned her undergraduate degree from Virginia State University in 2008 and is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Political Leadership Program; a graduate of the American Council on Education Virginia Network for Women in Higher Education’s Senior Leadership Seminar; and a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Minority Political Leadership Institute. In addition, she has completed coursework at Virginia Commonwealth University toward a Master’s in Public Administration.
Delegate Aird has been recognized with numerous awards and honors, including being named to the Virginia Leadership Institute’s Top Ten Leaders under Forty; Virginia Commonwealth University’s Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges; and the recipient of Virginia State University’s Young Trojan Distinguished Alumni Award for two consecutive years.
This primary race will be closely contested and it’s up to the residents of the 63rd district (Hopewell, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie and Prince George County) to decide who will best represent their interest for the better. Contact your local voting office to see where to cast your ballot.

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