Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed six pieces of legislation that would undermine support for Virginia’s public education system.
House Bill 1400
Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed House Bill 1400, which would create a new executive branch agency known as the Virginia Virtual School. This entity, governed by an independent policy board, would facilitate the provision of full-time, online education programs for students throughout Virginia.
This bill is virtually identical to HB 8 (2016). The Office of the Attorney General advised that HB 8 was unconstitutional; consequently, I vetoed it.
In establishing the Virginia Virtual School outside of the jurisdiction of the Board of Education, and
Councilwoman Gwen Mason was elected to Roanoke City Council as an
Gwen Mason & Family
Independent in 2006 and is a Democrat and member of the Roanoke City Democratic Committee. Mason has the strong backing of both Roanoke City and Roanoke County Democrats. Other possible nominees have fallen by the wayside as Mason has emerged as the strongest candidate. Fellow Council member Dr. David Trinkle stepped aside as did Rich Cranwell, son of Virginia State Party Chair, “Dickie” Cranwell.
Danny Frei who ran the “For The City” independent ticket with Trinkle, Mason, and Dowe was on hand but denied when asked if he was Mason’s campaign manager. “I’m just helping out,” said Frei.
Close by and taking good care of Mason was Drew Dunsmore along with Gena Doyle. Densmore was right by Mason’s side when she spoke to the media. Mason confirmed that she had not yet formed her campaign team.
Mason was clear in her intentions to follow a more centrist platform in the style of U.S. Senator Mark Warner and former governor of Virginia.
Mason says that “cities and counties are dependent on a strong voice in the General Assembly because so much of the revenue comes from state funding. And given recent economic issues, we can see clearly how important state funding and support will be going forward. I want to work across party lines to build consensus on fiscal and other issues, and that’s what I’m committed to doing.”
Mason is a native of Richmond and has a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Virginia. Mason worked 15 years for the Federal government in Washington, D.C., including 13 years at the Department of the Interior. She was responsible for managing personnel and budgets in three Interior agencies. Mason worked with Members of Congress, advocacy groups and citizen committees. In 2001, she was granted the Meritorious Service Award by the Secretary of the Interior . She works part-time as a grant writer for non-profit organizations and is a consultant to Orchard House School, a research-based girls’ middle school in Richmond founded by her sister, Nancy W. Davies.
“I believe that a strong business investment strategy is important, and I know that I will apply the same leadership skills that I’ve demonstrated in Roanoke to the House of Delegates in Richmond,” said Mason.