The Capital Region Caucus of the General Assembly Elects New Co-Chairs

At last week’s meeting, the Capital Region Caucus, made up of General Assembly members from the Richmond region, elected Senator A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) and Delegate Christopher K. Peace (R-Mechanicsville) as its new co-chairs for the 2010 and 2011 calendar years. The two new co-chairs succeed outgoing co-chairs Senator John C. Watkins (R-Midlothian) and Delegate Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond). “Delegate Peace and I are excited about our opportunity to lead the Caucus,” stated Senator McEachin, adding “In what may prove to be the most difficult budget year in a generation, it will be critical for our region to present a united voice on issues that are critical to the wellbeing of our community.”

Delegate Peace stated, “Senator McEachin and I intend to use the Capital Region Caucus’ strong presence in the General Assembly to work on behalf of our community.”

Gary Rhodes, the Chairman of the Greater Richmond Chamber stated, “I am very pleased to have these two great regional leaders co-chairing our Caucus in the General Assembly. I know they will work in the best interests of our region on issues such as education and transportation.”

Robert Crum, Executive Director of the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission, asserted, “Senator McEachin and Delegate Peace have great working relationships with our local elected and appointed leaders, and the RRPDC looks forward to working with our new Caucus co-chairs.”

The Capital Region Caucus will meet weekly during the 2010 General Assembly Session. Meeting times have not yet been set because General Assembly committee assignments and meeting schedules have not yet been set. All meetings will be open to the public, and interested parties are encouraged to attend and participate.

Delegate Christopher K. Peace was elected to his third term representing the 97th District of the Virginia House of Delegates. The District includes parts of Hanover, Caroline, King William, King and Queen, Henrico, Spotsylvania Counties and all of New Kent County. ###