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Vice mayor recognized by party, gov.
By Staff Reports
Aug 26, 2014, 15:57

HOPEWELL — Vice Mayor Jasmine Gore was honored by the Democratic Party of Virginia during the annual Jefferson Jackson dinner on June 21. While she was seated alongside her father and her best friend, Gore got quite the surprise. 

Gore was named as the Emerging Leader of the Year and though a few weeks have passed since the dinner, Gore remains excited yet humbled.  

“It feels good to know that my first internship was with them [Democratic Party of VA],” Gore said. “And I actually worked that dinner when I was an intern seating people.” 

The award, for Gore, represents the hard work that she has put in over the years; from being an intern with the party to sitting among the other councilors in Hopewell. 

She said she used to “push mail, do coffee runs and answer phones” while interning. She then became involved in the city by serving on various boards and commissions and successfully ran for election for Ward 4 in 2012. 

“It was an honor to be recognized by people I admire,” Gore said. “I look up to them.” 

Though honored by the award, of which she was nominated by Susan Rowland, chief of staff for Del. Lionell Spruill Sr., Gore shows no signs of slowing down but instead of pushing forward. 

“A victory will finally be to finish the strategic plan,” Gore said. “I’ve worked on that for a year. And continue to work on other things like the gateway enhancement project on Interstate 295, the communications to citizens, like the website changes I proposed. It gives me more motivation to focus on those things while I’m on council.”

The plans for her future after serving on city council are quite simple. 

“I want to be president,” Gore said. 

In July, Gore received another honor, and was appointed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe to the Virginia State Board of Medicine as a citizen board member. The Board of Medicine is a health regulatory board within the Virginia Department of Health Professionals.

Gore’s career focus has been in the fields of molecular biology and clinical genetics. In these fields her concentration has been genomic personalized medicine and next generation sequencing. Gore graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with bachelor degrees in political science and biology with an additional minor in chemistry.

Gore stated that she was excited about this opportunity and honored to serve on the state board of medicine. Naturally due to my profession I am an advocate of diagnostic genetic testing and personalized medicine, Gore said.

“I look forward to working in any capacity. I am thrilled to be serving on a board alongside such esteemed professionals, to ensure safe and competent care, as well as accurate information to practitioners and the public in the best interest of everyone’s health,” Gore said.

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