School Transparency – Sales Tax Holiday – Cox Interns – Job Fair

Special Note: National Night Out (NNO) is next Tuesday, August 4th. NNO is a cohesive effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, and neighborhood camaraderie. Several Chesterfield neighborhoods are hosting events. I will be riding around with local police to visit with constituents during their celebrations.


In this update, I want to alert you to an opportunity to provide input to the Department of Education on school report cards, provide dates for the upcoming sales tax holiday, introduce you to Team Cox summer interns, highlight Congressman Forbes’ August job fair, and report on some of my activities around the district.

Request for Input: School Report Card

The Virginia Department of Education is asking parents to provide feedback as they develop the new school report card system.

The General Assembly created school report cards in order to improve transparency and accountability in our schools. Parents should be able to easily understand how their child’s school is performing in key areas.


The report cards are part of a multi-year effort we’ve made to strengthen our public schools. We’ve also given teachers two pay raises in three years, improved the SOLs by reducing the number of tests students are required to take, reformed the teacher evaluation process, and eliminated unfunded mandates on local schools that limit flexibility in the classroom.


You can submit your feedback to the Department of Education by clicking here.

Strengthening our schools and giving our students the opportunity to succeed is one of my top priorities in the General Assembly. We will continue those efforts in 2016 and beyond.

Sales Tax Holiday


Previously, Virginia had 3 separate sales tax holiday days for school supplies, emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star and WaterSense items. Legislation enacted by the 2015 General Assembly combines Virginia’s three existing sales tax holidays into one three-day holiday beginning the first Friday in August at 12:01 a.m. and ending the following Sunday at 11:59 p.m. This year’s sales tax holiday is August 7-9.

The change means that during the sales tax holiday period, consumers can purchase qualifying school supplies, clothing, footwear, hurricane and emergency preparedness items, and Energy Star and WaterSense products without paying sales tax. This includes qualifying items purchased online, by mail or over the phone.

To read more about qualifying tax-free items, click here.


Summer Interns

Summer Intern pic

This summer, Arius Aibara, a 21 year old Chesterfield resident, is interning at my district office. Arius has helped draft constituent and veteran updates as well as press releases, compiled important data and information from local elections, and taken part in several community outreach programs. He’s proud to have worked local polls for the first time and has really enjoyed learning first-hand how to run a successful campaign and the out of session work required to represent the 66th House District in the Virginia General Assembly. Arius will enter his 4th year at George Mason University this year while he studies Government & International Politics, Economics, and Information Technology. After undergraduate school, he plans to work to eventually pursue a dual Masters in Government and Business.

Summer Intern pic #2

Jessica Jubran is a 21 year old Chesterfield resident also interning in my district office this summer. She is a student entering her 4th year at Coastal Carolina University. She is majoring in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies. Jessica has been assisting my office with many projects such as door-to-door efforts, press releases, and constituent outreach. After undergraduate school, she aims to attend graduate school to pursue a Master’s degree in the Political Science field at the University of South Carolina. Jessica was one of my students at Manchester High School. Jessica’s favorite part of interning is building connections and learning more about her home state and the 66th district.

I am pleased to report that both of these young students are bright, hardworking and have added great value to our efforts to represent the citizens in the 66th District. They bring the total number of interns that have worked with us to some 40 students. We look forward to new interns from our area working with us in the future – both in session and during the summer.

Forbes Announces Job Fair

Forbes announces Job Fair pic

Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) announced that he is hosting a job fair in Chesterfield County in August. The job fair, held in Chesterfield at Lloyd C. Bird High School, is free and open to all constituents who are interested in learning about available jobs with area businesses. Advanced registration for constituents is encouraged but not required. You can register by clicking here.



A job fair hosted by Congressman J. Randy Forbes to provide information on available employment with area employers and other resources for job seekers.


Friday, August 7, 2015

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Lloyd C. Bird High School

10301 Courthouse Rd

Chesterfield, VA 23832
Registration for employers is required. Employers for Chesterfield must register online here. For questions or inquiries call Ron White at (804) 318-1363.

 Around the District

Around the District pic #1

Talking with Highlands resident and fellow former Manchester teacher Timothy Gilbert.

I enjoyed visiting with constituents in the Highlands, Woodland Pond, and Stoney Glen neighborhoods of Chesterfield the last few weeks. Moving into August, I look forward to continuing to knock doors in Stoney Glen and in the Gates Bluff neighborhood.


Around the District pic #2

Volunteers are a pivotal part of my office. They help with several of my outreach efforts. We had a full house the other day with 2 of my regular volunteers, Carol Spalek and Pat Ewen, teaching some of the younger volunteers, Bryson Lodge and Heather Ewen, the process of putting together a Colonial Heights Republican Committee newsletter.

Around the District pic #3

Thank you to Dr. Sam Galstan of Chesterfield and the Southside Dental Society for hosting a fundraiser with several local area dentists at Swift Creek Mill. I appreciated the opportunity to catch up with several friends and meeting other oral care providers from the area.