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PETERSBURG — At a voter rights restoration rally on Pocahontas Island Saturday afternoon, supporters framed the enfranchisement of 206,000 felons as not just a bold action by Democratic governor Terry McAuliffe, but another step in the fight for civil rights.

“It’s not just about contemporary times we’re dealing with here. It goes back,” said Charles Satchell, a former felon released after a 30-year prison sentence in 2006.

Eight years after graduating from Virginia State University, Del. Lashrecse D. Aird, D-Petersburg, urged the newest class of Trojans to join her as leaders in their communities.

Aird, 29, last year became the youngest woman ever elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, despite what she described as naysayers who judged her by her age instead of her ability.

Delegate Aird speaks on her upbringing, purpose, and the importance of civic engagement.

Virginia General Assembly Delegate Lashrecse Aird, a 2008 graduate of Virginia State University, will deliver the keynote address at the 2016 Spring Commencement Convocation on Sunday, May 15th. VSU expects approximately 700 graduates to participate in the exercises, beginning at 10a.m. in the Richmond Coliseum.

Delegate Aird recently appeared on "This Week in Richmond" to discuss a wide range of topics. Watch below:

PETERSBURG — At 29-years-old, Del. Lashrecse Aird was the youngest woman ever elected to the House of Delegates when she was sworn in during the opening day of the 2016 session of the Virginia General Assembly on Wednesday.

Millennials in Virginia are not wedded to the two major political parties and those in the Richmond region are particularly independent, according to a survey Christopher Newport University released Monday.

Statewide, millennials — defined in the survey as between the ages of 18 and 36 — have a tenuous attachment to the major parties, with 40 percent identifying themselves as “other” or “independent” compared with 37 percent who identify themselves as Democrats and 24 percent as Republicans.

 

The Thanksgiving season is the time of year that we acknowledge the blessings in our lives both seen and unseen. Let’s remember these blessings but also reflect on our losses, trials and tribulations as a testament to our perseverance. As we remember the challenges we face personally and recent tragedies abroad, let us reaffirm our appreciation for life and our loved ones. Let us also cherish our victories, however large or small, and appreciate those who lift us up. 

Democrats Lamont Bagby, Lashrecse D. Aird and Del. Betsy B. Carr won their party’s nominations in the area’s three House of Delegates primary elections Tuesday.

 

Bagby, a member of the Henrico County School Board, easily defeated former Richmond Mayor Leonidas B. “Lee” Young and Stephen R. Adkins, a former executive in the state personnel department, in the 74th House District, which includes parts of Henrico and Richmond and all of Charles City County.

PETERSBURG — Lashrecse Aird won the Democratic Primary on Tuesday night for the 63rd District House seat previously held by her former employer and mentor Sen. Rosalyn Dance, D-Petersburg.

Aird served as Dance's chief of staff in the House of Delegates from 2007 to 2012. Dance served her first term as senator this legislative session and also celebrated her Democratic Primary win for the 16th Senate District seat with Aird on Tuesday.

 

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