- Last Updated on 09:56 AM 05/31/13
- BY The Gazette-Virginian
Farmville community activist and human rights advocate Jasper Hendricks announced last week he plans to challenge Republican incumbent Del. James Edmunds II for the 60th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.
In a news release, Hendricks said he has secured the Democratic nod to oppose Edmunds.
“District 60 has been poorly served in Richmond by a representative who votes party first people second,” Hendricks said. “I see unemployment on the rise and no attempts to help small businesses grow or bring new business or job opportunities to the district.”
Hendricks was born and raised in the district and graduated from Prince Edward County Public Schools and then studied political science at Norfolk State University before entering a career in public service.
After returning home to Farmville, Hendricks was employed with Habitat for Humanity where he said he used his experience to work first hand with area residents and community organizations in addressing the housing, employment and education needs of the community that he grew up in.
He is most known as an advocate and community organizer, having served in various leadership roles including the Chief of Staff for the Virginia Jaycees in 2013, member of the governance committee for the Virginia Housing Coalition and serving on the boards of Norfolk State University National Alumni Association and the Virginia NAACP.
Hendricks said the mission in his professional and public life is, and has been, focused on fighting for the underserved and bringing people together to tackle those universal issues facing us all.
He added, “I watched both my parents forced into early retirement – my mother worked for Thomasville Furniture for 32 years, and my father spent 30 years at Griffin Pipe Industries – so the loss of jobs in the district and its impact on families is personal to me. We must turn this around, and I’m willing to fight to do that.”
He said his commitment is to revive the heart of Virginia by fighting for the needs of the 60th District.
For additional information on Hendricks, visit www.jasperhendricks.com
The Nov. 5 general election will include voting for state offices including governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general and for all 100 seats in the House of Delegates.