| Help wish Joe Bouchard a Happy Birthday! Today, the 17th of July, send Joe $17! Or if you're feeling particularly generous, send him $1 for every year, IOW $55.
And congrats, Joe, on the great job at last night's candidate forum. From the campaign media release:
Virginia Beach, VA - Delegate Joe Bouchard (D-Virginia Beach) debated his opponent, Chris Stolle, Thursday evening for the first of five joint appearances of the 2009 campaign. In early June, Delegate Bouchard wrote a letter inviting his opponent to a series of joint appearances that would engage Virginia Beach residents on the critical issues facing our community.
"Since beginning my service in the House of Delegates two years ago, I have listened to the concerns of my constituents who are struggling to make ends meet in this challenging economic climate," Bouchard said. "I am looking forward to engaging the voters in a serious discussion on how we get our economy back on track and solve our transportation issues."
The first forum was sponsored by the Third Precinct Citizens' Advisory Committee and held at the Bayside High School Cafeteria. Virginia Beach residents were encouraged to ask questions of the two candidates for the 83rd District seat in the House of Delegates.
"Delegate Bouchard is known by his constituents and his colleagues as a fiscal watchdog who has worked with members of both parties in Richmond to balance the budget, spend our tax dollars wisely, and keep taxes low," said district resident and Virginia Beach school teacher Dominic Melito. "Tonight, the voters had their first chance to stack up Joe's common sense solutions to solve our problems and his broad experience in dealing with the issues facing our city. I know Joe's support in this campaign will continue to grow as he explains his ideas to fix transportation and create good jobs right here in Virginia Beach."
Delegate Bouchard served in the U.S. Navy for 27 years, including his time as Commanding Officer of Naval Station Norfolk, the world's largest naval base. He was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2007 and serves on the Finance Committee, Science and Technology Committee, the Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee, and the Joint Committee on Comprehensive Services for At-Risk Youth and Families. Delegate Bouchard lives in Cypress Point with his wife Rita and their daughter Ellen.
(Pictured above is Delegate Joe Bouchard with Sierra Club chairman Fred Adams. As part of Share Shore Drive Day July 11, 2009, Joe rode in the 20-mile ride on Shore Drive, about half of which was in his 83rd District. About 200 riders participated!)