Ian Price

RICHMOND (November 9, 2019) — After winning a 55-45 seat majority in the House of Delegates on Tuesday, Democratic delegates and delegates-elect met on Saturday to elect caucus leadership. 
In a history-making vote, Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn became the first woman to be nominated by their caucus for Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates. She will also be the first Jewish Speaker. 
“It has been my great honor to serve as House Democratic Leader in this momentous year, and I am so grateful for the support of my colleagues. I look forward to working with every single member of the House of Delegates, Democrat and Republican, to move Virginia forward,” said Speaker-designee Filler-Corn
The full House of Delegates will officially vote to confirm a new Speaker the first day of the 2020 legislative session.
DelegatCharniele Herring will be the new Majority Leader, becoming the first woman and the first African American to serve as Majority Leader in the House of Delegates. She previously served as Caucus Chair.

“I could not be prouder of our members–both those celebrating re-election and those we are welcoming to the House for the first time. We have a lot of work to do and promises to keep, and I look forward to serving as Majority Leader in the first Democratic-led House in a generation,” said Leader-elect Herring.

Delegate Rip Sullivan will serve as the new Caucus Chair.

“I was proud to serve our caucus as the Campaign Chair during the 2019 cycle which gave me a terrific opportunity to meet and get to know all of my new colleagues. I am proud to be helping to lead them as Caucus Chair and am looking forward to the important work we will be doing as a majority,” said Chair-elect Sullivan.   
House Democratic Caucus voted to elect all three leadership positions unanimously by acclamation.
“Not only did Virginia just elect the most diverse House of Delegates in its 400-year history, but House Democrats have made history again by nominating a diverse leadership slate to truly represent Virginia,” said House Democratic Caucus executive director Trevor Southerland. “Finally, we will be able to move forward with a House for All Virginians.”

A Wallet Hub list of the best colleges and universities across the country includes two local schools – but they aren’t ranked in the top half. WFIR’s Ian Price looks at why:

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Top 10 Ranked Colleges & Universities in Virginia

  1. University of Virginia
  2. College of William and Mary
  3. University of Richmond
  4. Washington and Lee University
  5. Virginia Military Institute
  6. Virginia Tech
  7. James Madison University
  8. University of Mary Washington
  9. George Mason University
  10. Bridgewater College

Find full results by clicking HERE

There was a big turnout for the Wildlife Warriors fundraising bake sale on Saturday. We told you about it last week, a bake sale to help pay for legal fees the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center has incurred fighting a challenge from its neighbor – Roanoke County Board of Supervisors candidate Stan Seymour – over the placement of a bird aviary. Maribeth Crook co-founded the Facebook group “Wildlife Warriors for the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center” – which went from 1,900 to more than 5,000 members at the this was posted. She said this about Stan Seymour’s comments during an interview here on WFIR when Seymour claimed that those running the Wildlife Center would not sit-down with him several times forcing him to take legal action:

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Crook says people should visit the Facebook group’s page or go to the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center website to see the paperwork for themselves. You can find that Facebook group by clicking HERE. Both of Seymour’s opponents in next week’s board of supervisors’ race attended the bake-sale Saturday. If you would like to hear the full Stan Seymour interview click HERE