The Henrico Candidate Forum for the Brookland and Varina districts

September 25, 2019

Hear from your representatives at the 2019 Candidate Forums

ChamberRVA’s Cabinets host candidates of local elections

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – Candidates for local and statewide office are speaking at a series of forums this fall hosted by the ChamberRVA Business Cabinets for General Assembly candidates and local elections in Hanover and Henrico counties. In addition, the ChamberRVA Business Cabinets are partnering with the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce and the Chesterfield Observer to host two candidate forums for the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors and School Board in October. The moderated forums, which started in mid-September and continue through October, serve as a fair and unbiased opportunity for candidates and incumbents to speak publicly in their locality. The candidate forums have been held every election cycle for over ten years.

The forums will be held over the course of six weeks in a variety of locations throughout the region:


October 1 – Virginia 72nd and 73rd House Districts, at JA Finance Park

  • 72nd House District – Henrico
    • Schuyler VanValkenburg (D) and GayDonna Vandergriff (R)
  • 73rd House District – Henrico
    • Rodney Willett (D) and Mary Margaret Kastelberg (R)

October 9 – Virginia 66th House District and 10th Senate District, at Channel 23 VPM News

  • 66th House District – Chesterfield
    • Kirk Cox (R) and Sheila Bynum-Coleman (D)
  • 10th Senate District – Chesterfield, City of Richmond, Powhatan
    • Glen Sturtevant (R) and Ghazala Hashmi (D)

October 18 – Virginia 12th Senate District, at Channel 23 VPM News

  • 12th Senate District – Hanover and Henrico
    • Siobhan Dunnavant (R) and Debra Rodman (D)


October 17 – Board of Supervisors, presented in partnership with the Chesterfield Chamber and the Chesterfield Observer, at John Tyler Community College – Chester Campus, W.H. Talley III Center for Workforce Development

  • Bermuda District
    • Murti Khan (D) and Jim Ingle (R)
  • Clover Hill District
    • Chris Winslow (R) and Debra Gardner (D)
  • Dale District
    • Jim Holland (D) and Tammy Ridout (R)
  • Matoaca District
    • Shajuan Mason (D) and Kevin Carroll (R)
  • Midlothian District
    • Leslie Haley (R) and Javaid Siddiqi (D)

October 24 – School Board, presented in partnership with the Chesterfield Chamber and the Chesterfield Observer, at John Tyler Community College – Chester Campus, W.H. Talley III Center for Workforce Development

  • Bermuda District
    • Will Ares and Ann Coker
  • Clover Hill District
    • J. E. Smith, Arika Phillips, and Dorothy Heffron
  • Dale District
    • Debbie Bailey and Shedrick McCall, Jr.
  • Matoaca District
    • Ryan Harter and Denisha Potts
  • Midlothian District
    • Kathryn Haines and Patrick Regan


October 16 – Board of Supervisors, at Randolph-Macon College, Birdsong Hall

  • Beaverdam District
    • Bucky Stanley (R) and Crystal Robens (D)
  • Cold Harbor District
    • James Doran (D) and Michael Herzberg (R)
  • Henry District
    • Sean Davis (R) and Daryl Chesley (I)
  • South Anna District
    • Sue Dibble (R) and Clara Scott (D)


September 16 – Board of Supervisors and School Board, at the Henrico Theatre

  • Brookland School Board
    • Kristi Kinsella and Jackson Knox
  • Brookland Supervisor
    • Dan Schmitt
  • Varina School Board
    • Alicia Atkins, Joyce Davis, Michelle Henderson, and Kandise Lucas
  • Varina Supervisor
    • Tyrone Nelson (D) and Angela Rowe (I)

September 23 – Board of Supervisors and School Board, at JA Finance Park

  • Fairfield School Board
    • Dr. Roscoe Cooper, III and Keith Hicks
  • Fairfield Supervisor
    • Frank Thornton (D) and Delta Bowers (I)
  • Tuckahoe School Board
    • Melissa Dart and Marcie Shea
  • Tuckahoe Supervisor
    • Patricia O’Bannon (R) and Marques Jones (D)

Each forum will be moderated. The moderator will have prepared questions for each candidate and the audience will have the opportunity to submit questions. The candidate forums are free and open to the media and public, but attendees are asked to register ahead of time to ensure enough seats are available. Please register in the links above or at


About the ChamberRVA Cabinets: Championed by volunteers, the Cabinets serve as the chamber’s voice in the city of Richmond and the counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico. The Cabinets are the chamber’s advocacy arm, supporting the RVA business community by connecting business leaders, identifying and addressing key issues, serving as a liaison to local governments and providing member engagement opportunities. Learn more at

About ChamberRVA: ChamberRVA is the chamber of commerce representing the entire greater Richmond region – one city, seven counties and one town – since 1867. The chamber’s mission is to build a thriving regional community by supporting the success of members, providing a strong business voice and developing RVA’s future leaders. Learn more about ChamberRVA at

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