The January 18, 2024 CARMA Guest Speaker Will Be Dr. Tarron Howe
Dr. Howe is the full time chaplain of the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail.

Dr. Tarron Howe is an Overseer in the United Church of Jesus Christ Apostolic and serves as the Senior Pastor of United Family Worship Center in Hampton. He also serves as the full-time chaplain at the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail located in Williamsburg, Virginia. Dr. Howe is the instructor of theology and biblical studies at  Ascent Bible College of the Assemblies of God.  He is certified with the American Bible Society as a trauma healing facilitator and trainer.

He  has served in various ministry positions to include youth pastor and  assistant pastor. He is married to his lovely wife Renee Howe and is the father of Alaina Howe. Tarron  holds a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies, a Master of Arts in Theological Studies, a Master of Arts in Biblical Exposition, and a Doctor of Ministry.


The November 16th Guest Speaker was Jeff Ryer
Chairman, 1st Congressional District, & Press Secretary for Senate Republican Caucus

Jeff Ryer spoke to large number of CARMA members about the Virginia election just completed. He first went through a number of the discussed excuses being heard about why the GOP candidates did not do better. He dismissed the map issue, as one which is disputed by the fact that the Governor won with the existing map, and there wasn't a correlation that could be made to blame the new map. The map had actually reduced the majority-minority districts from 5 to 1. The "RNC didn't help" was also discussed and that is simply not true. They provided vendors, mailing lists, and much more. That the democrats outspent the republicans. This has been historically true for many elections and the gap was actually shrunk. That "abortion" was the single driving issue; this also by polls was not the case, and in fact, it polled as being a lesser issue for many of the targeted age and gender groups. So what happened...The secure your vote program worked. Dems were more successful in targeting mail in voters. Many elections were very close (1-3 percent) and had polled better that the Governor's race. It was realized that incumbency is not a solid win strategy. That individual campaigns matter, how they are run, what the tone of their advertising is, how many people are greeted in person, and in some ways, the integrity and smarts of the consultants being used to guide the candidates. The GOP was behind the Dem total state vote count by just 1 1/2%.

Looking forward to the 2024 election: Virginia's primary comes when almost 300 electoral votes have been determined. Voting for the letter (R or D) is a concern, and the dems do this much better than the GOP. He briefly discussed the Speaker Of the House issues, and how the attainment of a continuing resolution was the primary cause of his "no confidence" vote. He said we have to stop shooting ourselves in the foot! He said that the Governor's abortion suggestion of a 15 week period is polling quite strong. It is unlikely however, that the next couple years will see any resolution on this issue, as the dems believe it is too strong an election "plank" to lose. There were some questions about the pollsters...Jeff said he believed that campaigns cannot use different pollsters as they have different methodologies and produce different results. He said that the more paid the better the results, and that polls coming from colleges are not very reliable. Good pollsters are apparently really good "data freaks." After many topics, Jeff was thanked for his many insights, and his openness to discuss tough issues.


Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Jeff Ryer grew up in nearby Beverly, home to the Lodge family and, at that time, the closest Massachusetts had to a reliably Republican city. After fainting on the altar at the wedding of Beverly Mayor Peter Fortunato’s daughter, Jeff was dismissed as an altar boy at Saint Mary’s Star of the Sea Church, ending his plans to pursue an ecclesiastical life.

Eventually overcoming this embarrassment, he went on to be elected president of his graduating classes at Briscoe Junior High School and Beverly High School. Stunning the faculty at Beverly High, Jeff was accepted to the College of William and Mary in Virginia. There, much to the surprise of the administration and the consternation of Government Department faculty, he earned a degree in Government, while simultaneously developing lifelong loves of scotch whiskey, tobacco, and the music of Randy Newman.

Putting his liberal arts degree to use in the field for which it best prepared him, Jeff Ryer began a successful seven-year career in retail automotive sales and management, initially selling Renault, AMC, and Jeep vehicles in Newport News, Virginia.

During the 1990s, he began managing political campaigns, specializing in local and state races in Virginia. Jeff Ryer continues in that field today and is the “Broadway Danny Rose” of his profession, serving as a consultant to Virginia’s most politically challenged Republican candidates and office holders.
Since 2010, Jeff Ryer has served as Press Secretary for the Virginia Senate Republican Caucus. A member of what is now the Williamsburg-James City County Republican Committee since 1993, Jeff was elected to the State Central Committee of the Republican Party of Virginia in 2016 and as Chairman of the First Congressional District Republican Committee in 2022.

The October 19, 2023 CARMA Speaker was
Richard Anderson, Chairman of Republican Party Of Virginia (RPV)

Richard Anderson provided a summary of what the RPV is doing for this election, including their fundraising and campaigning. He described the intense efforts to support Governor Youngkin's need to gain a legislature that supports the numerous objectives set forth in his campaign. He described the Dems as making every campaign possible into a one topic "abortion" campaign. (Watch for literature on this.) He answered a lot of questions and seemed to be able to quench the angst many members had regarding the Dems lies about their accomplishments and their being the folks to initialize so much of the GOP initiated legislation. Richard was thanked for his candor and forthright responses to question from the members.


Rich Anderson was elected in 2020 to a four-year term as chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia (RPV). The following year, he presided over the Great Republican Clean Sweep of 2021 that resulted in the election of Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin, Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears, and Attorney General Jason Miyares, along with flipping the Virginia House of Delegates to Republican control.

Rich is a 30-year U.S. Air Force colonel who retired from The Pentagon in 2009 and has been a grassroots activist for 15 years on the Prince William County Republican Committee. He represented the 51st House District (Prince William County) for eight years in the Virginia General Assembly (2010-2018). While there, he chaired the House Science and Technology Committee and the Joint House-Senate Military and Veterans Caucus, the clearing house for bills impacting 800,000 Virginia veterans. He also sat on the House Appropriations Committee, House Finance Committee, House General Laws Committee, and House Transportation Committee.

Rich is a native of Roanoke and a current resident of Woodbridge, VA. He is an in-residence graduate of the Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, and the Joint Forces Staff College. His academic education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Virginia Tech and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Webster University. He has been married for 36 years to Ruth Anderson, a retired 21-year Air Force officer and former member of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors. They are the parents of three children and grandparents to seven.


The September 21st CARMA Luncheon Speaker(s) Will Be JCC Supervisor Sue Sadler;

and CARMA VP for Programs, Art Garrison

Sue Sadler has been asked to speak to the importance of the down ticket elections, including the school board and County Supervisors. With control of the county's monies and the education of @ 11,000 children, these are very important decisions. Sue will explain more about this, and while it seems the state elections are getting all of the media coverage, how critical it is to elect conservatives to these positions.

Art Garrison has been closely working with the local Republican Committee and a number of its members to track and understand the importance of Republicans being elected in this election cycle. He will explain this importance, and what some of the very key decisions that have to be made in the next 2-3 years, that will be importance for all JCC and City residents.


The August 17th CARMA Luncheon Speakers Were:

JCC Board Of Supervisors Candidate - Trevor Topping & American Majority Organizer - Josh Clark

Trevor spoke to the large group about his campaign and how he will use his financial experience to insure that the monies collected and spent are within the correct priorities for the county. He believes that insuring that essential services and the people who provide them (especially police, fire, EMS, teachers) be paid a salary commensurate with their importance to the health and well being of the county. He specifically spoke of the need to stop the outflow of talented staff from the essential service categories.

He sad he will advocate for strengthening the Workforce Development opportunities. Better paying jobs in the county to lift up the general well being and encourage our graduates to stay in the county. This includes the clean commercial jobs and industry which is lacking in growth.

Trevor Topping's Short Bio:

After graduating from East Carolina University with a degree in business management, Trevor moved back home to James City County to pursue his dream of starting a local financial business. A true Peninsula native, Trevor, his wife Jessie and their three dogs are excited about growing their family in James City County. Trevor is looking forward to the opportunity to introduce a new generation of leadership to our community.


Josh Clark spoke about the extensive work his organization id doing in seven states, but more specifically in Virginia. He spoke of the recruitment efforts for campaign workers to reach out to those targeted areas where identified to "get the conservative vote out." Josh's work with specific campaigns in Virginia is not associated with any of the other PACs or fund raising organizations, but rather through assistance to specific campaigns. They do significant data analysis and work with candidate to understand the voting profiles of districts right down to the lowest level of voting blocs. His talk was to let the audience know that where they work with a candidate it is from knocking on doors al the way to analyzing the areas accessability and determining where resources are spent, intelligently.

Josh Spoke of much of his career which was in both analysis and campaign management, either involving political races or for industry associations. He answered a number of questions and provided the CARMA members with contact information for both jobs and assistance.

Josh Clark's Bio:

Joshua Clark has been a lifelong resident of the Virginia Peninsula, where his family established themselves nearly 100 years ago when his great grandfather Lauchlin McDonald, a scottish carpenter, moved to Williamsburg to build homes in and around Colonial Williamsburg and William and Mary in the late 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s. Josh’s grandfather grew up and lived in the house that his father built and still stands today, right behind the old torn down Tioga Motor Court on Richmond Rd. He attended and graduated from Matthew Whaley when it was a K-12 school, before joining the military and serving a tour of duty as a Marine in Korea.

Joshua however grew up outside of Williamsburg in Hampton, where he lived with his parents who both worked in local law enforcement. He attended Kecoughtan and Phoebus high schools, and went to TNCC and Old Dominion University, studying economics and political science. While at ODU, Clark was awarded an internship working for two Republican legislators in Richmond, leading him to run his first paid political campaign in Virginia Beach in 2008. Before this first paid opportunity, he volunteered for campaigns on the Peninsula, not knowing this path would drive him to work in advocacy throughout the country, many years down the road.

Joshua has managed over 35 campaigns in Hampton Roads and throughout Virginia, and he's worked as regional director for organizations like Americans for Prosperity, the 60 Plus Association and as state director for the Virginia Tea Party Alliance. Joshua eventually left campaigns to serve as the Vice President of Government Affairs to the Tidewater Builders Association in Chesapeake, where he worked with policy makers to develop local, state and national housing policy. He would ultimately be hired to serve as the CEO to the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City, one of the largest of its kind in the country. In Kansas City he established the Home Builders Foundation Fund, and built a nationally/regionally recognized workforce development initiative that raises awareness about the paramount importance skilled tradesmen provide to local economies. Here he also defeated costly legislation and restrictive regulations that increased the price of housing, which had the unfortunate effect of forcing thousands of homeowners out of the already expensive Kansas City housing market.

After serving in KC, Joshua would briefly return home to help his long time friend Shannon Kane run against democrat Kelly Fowler in Virginia Beach, and then traveled to Florida to serve as EO to the Brevard County Builders Association, all before permanently returning home to Hampton Roads in 2021. Clark and a partner recently founded the Hampton Roads Association of Micro Business last March. HRMBA has the ability to provide valuable resources to members of the area's microbusiness community who are unfamiliar with navigating the complicated nuances of local government. Josh is currently serving as the regional coordinator for AMA on the peninsula and is looking forward to getting re-established with the community that helped build his career nearly 20 years ago

American Majority Action is a conservative 501(c)4 organization that encourages freedom-minded  voters to support candidates who put America first. They deploy local issue activism to strengthen the conservative movement around the country, and believe that through these efforts to advocate for candidates who identify with this ideology, preserving the American dream for future generations is within reach. AMA is currently working to elect conservatives running for offce in the 24th Senate District.


The July 20th CARMA Luncheon Speakers Were:

John Curran - Berkeley District & Barbara Null - Stonehouse District

John Curran's Comments To CARMA Luncheon Group on 7/20/23 - Summary

John has many years experience working in political campaigns and in offices in both DC and other states. He has been a point person for a number of presidents, as well as for specific campaigns. He grew up in Fairfax, VA and was there for many years where he personally witnessed the uncontrolled growth, and resulting issues with schools and traffic congestion. He wants to stop this from happening any further in JCC. He believes that establishing a larger base of clean business can leverage both tax stability as well as the rampant growth affecting schools and the provisioning of community services. He wants to create an economic atmosphere that keeps military veterans here, and attacts others from outside the area to move here. He believes we should strive to attract high tech companies, both start ups and new branches or divisions of existing companies. He believes that recognition that China is a worldwide competitor for all industries and we must win that battle. He would like to see a firm future plan for water supply in JCC. We should "figure this out" before it becomes a massive issue. He plans to be more available than his incumbent, and doing more communnity outreach also. He would like to see the schools institute and enrich programs for non college bound students; especially in the highly needed guilded crafts areas.

John Curran - Bio: 

John is an active community member, dedicated father, husband, and proud Navy veteran who cares deeply about the issues facing our community and is focused on improving the quality of life for his neighbors in James City County. Mr. Curran served in the U.S. Navy where he was stationed at Naval Telecommunications Command in Washington DC. During his time there he was detail to the Armed Forces Inauguration Committee to support President Reagan’s second Inauguration.

Afterwards, John was requested for temporary duty to the President’s staff at the White House. During this time, Mr. Curran was transferred to the Pentagon to support the investigation and response to the Johnny Walker Spy case. Mr. Curran was then transferred to the Chief of Naval Operations where he served with Counterterrorism Team. He then served onboard the USS Kittiwake, where he was involved in the recovery of the Space Shuttle Challenger after it exploded on Take off. Mr. Curran was also involved in multiple actions in South America and the Middle East. After being honorably discharged, Mr. Curran served in the US Navy reserve for an additional two years.

John brings more than 30 years of business experience in government contracting, construction, environmental and alternative energy as well as economic development around the world. Mr. Curran founded his own Consulting business where he provided direct consulting services.

Since then, Mr. Curran has provided support for President Clinton for his Welfare to Work efforts, President Bush on the efforts after 9/11, President Obama on his efforts with Gang and Drug Warfare, President Trump on his efforts with Alternative Energy infrastructure and Veterans Choice programs.

Mr. Curran then started Agri-Based Biofuels. The company started converting trash to fuels, primarily focusing on US military clients. This expanded into all types of alternative energy sources and integration. As the CEO Agri-Based then merged with Eco-Integrators that worked in agricultural fields as well as D3 a business that provided Economic Development support to small and developing countries around the world. Mr. Curran quickly became a known subject matter expert, and he was called on by the US Congress to testify multiple times on Energy and Environmental matters as well as the economic impact in those areas. Mr. Curran sold off the business to a Trust in Europe Union in 2018.

At this point Mr. Curran continued to consult with business and governments, mostly in transition. Mr. Curran also during this time completed his bachelor’s degree in political science and his MBA in Economics. John is committed to supporting parental rights in schools, protecting our children from violence, bullying, and supporting our teachers. He is passionate about ensuring public safety in James City County, free from violence by supporting our first responders with proper equipment and training.  Mr. Curran is focused on our water resources and supports a proactive approach to increasing supply through new technologies and cost-effective solutions. Maintaining the beauty of James City County balanced with enhancing the amenities valued by residents is an area of great interest to Mr. Curran and key to maintaining property values and owners’ rights.


Barbara Null's Comments To CARMA Luncheon Group on 7/20/23 - Summary

Barbara spoke to a near full house about the issues of open lands, rural lands, and the issues before the Board Of Supervisors that would severely impact much open land in the Stonehouse District, and in other parts of JCC. As a member of the Planning Board in JCC, she has seen and reviewed applications which would create massive solar fields in Stomehouse District. The issues of these fields are just becoming understood as the maintenance can severely destroy the land for any future use, as they are maintained to prevent any possible growth. The harsh chemicals used are a long term detriment to the soil ever being fertile. He 20 plus years of experience both in JCC and before moving to JCC has positioned her well to be an immediate, and active BOS member. Unlike her opponent who has close business ties to JCC and would have to recluse herself from many voting issues, Barbara can be a 100% full time member of the Board, and vote freely and unprejudiced on any issue. She answered questions and the group was very pleased with her common sense, conservative answers.

Barbara Null - Bio:

Barbara Null, who represents Stonehouse District on the James City County Planning Commission, today announced her candidacy to represent the Stonehouse District on the James City County Board of Supervisors.  She is seeking the Republican nomination to succeed Supervisor Sue Sadler, who has announced her retirement and is endorsing Null.

“Having represented my neighbors in Stonehouse on the James City County Planning Commission for the past three years, I know the tremendous influence those serving in local government can have on our county,” said Null. “Those who serve on the Board of Supervisors, as well as citizen panels like the Planning Commission, have the ability to shape the future of our beautiful county, affecting the quality of life for all of us. And, ideally, their decisions rely on citizen input.

“The entire Planning Commission, with input from the residents of the county, worked tirelessly on the Comprehensive Plan for 2045. Our goal was to protect our county’s rural character, and the Comp Plan does that. Our citizens spoke and this is the Plan they wanted.
“As Supervisor, I will continue to be a voice for the citizens of Stonehouse District. I will stand up to protect their property rights and keep our taxes low. I promise to take every decision seriously and ask for citizen input to help make my decisions. I will work for you, not the larger overreaching government. As a fiscal conservative, I will vote for protecting the rights of the citizens and will stand up against tax increases and demand fiscal responsibility of our county.

“Our county is one of the most beautiful and, certainly, most historic in the Commonwealth and the nation. My aim is to keep it that way. I will work to keep it a great place to live, preserving its beauty for the future while maintaining its affordability for the present. And, I will always be available, accessible, and responsive to my neighbors in Stonehouse, actively seeking their input and suggestions to ensure our county remains a great place to live and work for generations to come.”

A native Virginian, Barbara Null was born in Arlington. She is the daughter of a United States Navy WWII Ace pilot who perished in a carrier accident in 1952. Wanting to make her dad proud, Barbara became a commercial pilot many years ago. Continuing the family’s history with the Navy, Barbara’s son is a Navy veteran who served in Special Warfare at Dam Neck and her daughter-in-law is a Chief Warrant Officer 2 with the Navy, now stationed in San Diego. Barbara has two grandchildren, ages seven and nine.

 A 36-year employee of United Air Lines, Barbara Null worked as a supervisor, purser, and flight attendant. During her career, she received her commercial pilot rating and became Chief Pilot for Executive Aviation at Capital City Airport (HAR) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Along the way, she was a foxhunter, skydiver, and skier, as well as devoting time as a volunteer and activist.

A current member of the James City County Planning Commission, Barbara Null served for five years on the Architecture Review Committee for Colonial Heritage and previously served on the Planning Commission for Oxford Township, Pennsylvania. She is a Volunteer in Police Service with the James City County Police Department. She is a former member of the Hanover (Pennsylvania) Medical Board.

Barbara Null has served as an officer of elections in James City County and in Charlottesville. She is an associate member of the Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute and was an associate member of the Fraternal Order of Police Associates in Charlottesville. She was a volunteer at Habitat for Humanity in Charlottesville.

Barbara Null is a former chairman of the Williamsburg-James City Republican Committee and the Charlottesville Republican Committee, and former president of the Greater Williamsburg Republican Women.



The June 15th Luncheon Speaker was:

Senator Ryan McDougle

Senator McDougle's district covers Eastern Hanover, New Kent, a part of JCC, Gloucester, and a few other small sections of adjacent counties. To review the most recent legislative session he basically said that there was little progress because the two parties were rejecting each others bills because of the party conflicts, while in his mind many bills made sense, there were rejected without consideration.

He stated he thought that there were some very important bills proposed to keep drugs out of the hands of children, keep them from killing minors from overdoses. More children were killed from drug overdoses than from guns and automobile accidents combined. He believes that crimes must be punished, but the Dems would not agree to any further laws that would punish drug dealers, even when it involved children. The GOP members tried to rescind the California copied rules regarding electric car mandates, but they were voted down by the Dems in the Senate. Some of the rules regarding this begin next year. Proposed legislation to allow parents a voice in determining what their children are taught was also voted down. Other items the dems killed were: photo ID to vote, limits on early voting time period, and curtailing biological males in biological girl's restrooms, and participation in female sports.

He said that this years election is critical if any reform to the above matters and many more "far-left" bills the dems passed is possible, then the House must remain republican controlled and the Senate must see a switch. There is apparently no possibility of working together as the two parties simply do not agree on anything.

He recommended the usage of the permanent enrollment in the absentee program. It is a tactic that the dems use to there benefit. It's legal and gives voters the chance to do it from home at their leisure. He believes that the Dems, because of donors like George Soros, will probably have 50-100% more money to spend on the election that the GOP. Remember Senator Monty Mason's quote about parents input to the schools "...parent's input is garbage, only the professionals know what should be taught." He said that personal interactions work, such as door knocking and small group meetings. He said the Republican members of both houses believe that a portion of the current state surplus should be returned to the taxpayers, however, the dems will not consider it.


As a lifelong resident of Hanover County, Ryan understands the interests of the local community while seeking to maximize individual freedoms and conservative principles.

Ryan's commitment to public service is influenced by a grounded and humble upbringing. He quickly learned the value of hard work through his mother's small business, Sandy's Plants, at a young age. He went on to attend James Madison University before attaining his Juris Doctor degree at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law and The College of William and Mary.

Upon graduation, Ryan worked as a prosecutor for the Hanover County Commonwealth Attorney's Office, where he specialized in prosecuting domestic violence and family abuse offenders. His professional work on behalf of children grew into a personal commitment that resulted in the creation of the Hanover County Child Advocate Response Team.

Ryan began his legislative service in the House of Delegates in 2002 and went on to win a special election in 2006 for a vacant 4th Senate District Seat, where he currently serves. Ryan is Chairman of the Virginia Senate Republican Caucus. He is honored to be a member of the Judiciary, Privilege and Elections, Rehabilitation and Social Services and Rules Committee.

Ryan currently operates his own law practice, McDougle Law Firm, P.C. in Hanover. When he is not practicing law, working downtown at the Capitol, or visiting with constituents in the 26th District, Ryan spends his time with his wife Dr. Robyn McDougle and their daughter, Reagan.



The May 18, 2023 Luncheon Guest Speaker was:

CHAD GREEN, Candidate for Delegate

Chad Green was born in Newport News and has lived nearly his entire life on the peninsula. He is a graduate of the Hampton Roads Academy and is a graduate of the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) Chad earned his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and is admitted to practice in Alabama, Virginia, and the United States Supreme Court.

Chad is also a licensed commercial waterman, boat captain and a published author.

Since 2015 Chad has served on the York County Board of Supervisors, where he has held the line on taxes, ensured our police have the resources they need to keep our community safe, and supported an end to unscientific mandates in our schools. During his time on the Board, he served as Chairman for two years and Vice Chairman for one year.

On the Board, Chad has been Vice Chair of the Yorktown Fourth of July Committee, served on the Colonial Criminal Justice Board, Transportation Safety Commission, the York County Chamber of Commerce, York County Youth Commission, and the Williamsburg Tourism Council.
Outside of his service as an elected official and electing conservative candidates to office, Chad is active in his community. He is a founding member of the peninsula chapter of Ducks Unlimited, which supports wetland and duck habitat conservation. Chad is also the past President of the Grafton Kiwanis Club, Board of Directors of the Victory YMCA, conducted fundraising for the Boy Scouts of America Colonial Council, volunteered for the Virginia Living Museum, and served on the Board of Directors for the York County Waterways Alliance. He is also a lifetime member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Chad resides in Seaford with his wife, Ashley, and his two children, across the lane from where his grandfather once lived. He attends Zion United Methodist Church.


The April 16th Guest Speaker was:

Delegate Amanda Batten

Delegate Amanda Batten

Delegate Amanda Batten spoke of the previously and almost completed legislative session in Richmond. While almost 800 Bills were passed they were mostly for items which had very little political interest. Those that were passed by either party, in either house, were almost entirely rejected by the other party, if their was political content or controversy. So while there were many controversial topics covered in the newspapers, practically none of the bills ever made it out of the senate or house because of the opposition to all things reasonable and unreasonable by theopposing parties. It was a most difficult session, as there were many very good bills that never were discussed solely because of the party that originated them.

Delegate Batten is the GOP House Caucus Chairperson, and as such has the responsibility to keep all members informed each day as to what actions are being taken and what will be discussed of importance to the GOP. She also serves on a number of committees including theCommerce and Energy, Rules, Education, Publics Works. She has a number of affiliations including the jamestown/Yorktown Foundation. All these make her life very busy. She spoke of the thin GOP margin in the House of Delegates (52-48) and how with every seat up for election this fall, is it vital that a GOP majority continue in the House. The Senate has a slightly bigger Democratic majority (22-18), but all of those seats are also up for election and the opportunities for party changes are huge.

She went on further to describe how 33 seats in the House of Delegates are losing the incumbents, some due to the redistricting that put multiple candidates in the same area, or some just decided to retire or move on to another phase in their lives. This also creates great opportunities, but also a MAJOR brain drain from the legislature. The Senate in her opinion is being effected greater than the house with the lose of significant experienced members.

She then opened the luncheon to questions from the members. Many were asked revolving about what she thought would be the key issues on which each party would base their platforms on in 2023. She decribed many issues, but in general she expected the GOP to work on and discuss substitive issues primarily, and theDems to be more inclined to be pushing liberal social agendas.

Cleaning up voter rolls was a question asked, and Delegate Batten said this remained a very important issue, and one where the 45 day voting period offers many opportunities for issues. Asked about how the contracts for both Amazon and Lego were worked out, she replied that these have been being discussed for a while, and that Virginia must do preliminary investigations into having mega sites to offer. More of these clean operations must be attracted.

Delegate Batten was thanked for her candidness, and for once again coming to CARMA with so much information the gentlemen wanted to know about.


The March 16, 2023 Guest Speaker was:

Michael Lavin - Director of Collections and Conservation at Jamestown Rediscovery

Michael Lavin's Talk:

Michael Lavin did a PowerPoint presentation for the lunch group.  He explained the configuration of Jamestown, showing the boundaries of the 3 entities that control parts of what is all called “Jamestown.”  He went through a brief history of the founding, and the lack of any funding by Virginia or Fed for the Rediscovery portion; and how fundraising for the preservation of the site, has become a major importance.  The area associated with Jamestown Rediscovery is about 22.5 acres.
It was first protected from waterway intrusion in 1907.  This seawall has since proved to be inadequate during storms and the increasing water height of the James River.  Flooding and the resulting need to protect the buildings and museum are a major concern.  Large rocks known as “armor stone” have been put in place, but it still isn’t enough to stop flooding and the endangerment of the 1607 birthplace buildings and the archeological dig sites.  The armor stone was at a cost of 2M, but much more is needed to be done at this time.
Two new exhibits were opened in 2022.  They further display and explain some additional finds and artifacts from the site.  When deciding to dig, they must then follow all of the James City County rules and regulations and permitting process before anything may be done.  Michael described the finding of burial sites and how the process of identification is made.  (It was quite amazing!)  The identification of medals and military rank, and the metals used was another very interesting part of his presentation.
With over 3.5 million artifacts now identified, the exhibits are constantly being updated and enhanced.  Human remains, with probable names and the person’s position in the colony, was all explained to the group.
Michael asked (almost begged) that when considering giving gifts to Jamestown, that Jamestown Rediscovery become the first choice, as they are not funded any other way.

BIO INFO - Michael D. Lavin joined the Jamestown Rediscovery team in 1995 after attending Christopher Newport University and then College of William and Mary. Mr. Lavin’s initial responsibilities were processing artifacts and using his archaeological conservation skills to stabilize fragile items for research and display. In 2017 he was made Director of Collections and Conservation and is now responsible for the care of over 3.5 million artifacts that have been recovered, cataloged, archived, and exhibited from the James Fort excavations.

In addition to contributing to Jamestown Rediscovery publications, he is also responsible for capital projects, new museum gallery installations, and co-directing research. New museum exhibits include: “Gentlemen Soldiers” (2022), The Short and Sad Life of Richard Mutton (2022), “Fort to Port” (2019), “Religion at Jamestown” (2017), “Influence and Industry, Robert Cotton” (2017), "World of Pocahontas, Unearthed"(2015), and "Jane, Survival Cannibalism" (2013)


The February 16th Speakers were WJCC Board of Education Candidates for
the Stonehouse & Roberts Districts

and Cameron Boone, Candidate for Commissioner of the Revenue for JCC

Mike Hosang - Candidate for BOE - Stonehouse District

In Mike Hosang's discussion with the luncheon group he said that parent should have input into the teaching of their children and that includes what text books are chosen, when that occurs, and that the BOE should be willing to listen to the voices of the parents and voters. Merely listening and not responding to parents and voters he does not believe is responsible management of the school district. He discussed the issues surrounding the CRT and SEL (social emotional learning) in WJCC. He gave some personal examples of issues he has faced with the BOE and administration. He has been active for a few years and has many ideas for ways to better manage community input.

BIO INFO - Mike Hosang is running for the WJCC School Board, Stonehouse District.  He is a transplant from Northern Ohio having settled down in Williamsburg in 2000 to start his family after leaving active duty.  Mike stayed in the reserves and retired in August, 2020 as a Lieutenant Colonel after 27 years in the Army.  He served for a year in Afghanistan as the Deputy Commander, Legal Command/Officer in Charge, Detainee Review Boards, CJIATF 435 and three years as a prosecutor with the Military Commissions prosecuting detainees in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  He is currently an Associate General Counsel with the DOJ, US Marshals Service, mainly representing the Agency in labor disputes in administrative and federal courts, after spending over 17 years with the Department of Defense in the same capacity.  

Mike started attending school board meetings over two years ago when schools were forcing the students into virtual learning and wearing masks.  He has spoken on various topics at the school board meetings including the school board duty to make their own determination regarding masks and in-person learning and not blindly following the governor or health commissioner, the school system's teaching/use of CRT/SEL in the classrooms, inappropriate purchasing of textbooks, pornographic materials in the school libraries, and the inappropriate display of a gay pride flag in a high school history classroom.   Mike wants to bring power back to the parents (ie, having parents opt-in and not have to opt-out of certain activities/assignments); value back to the voter (giving a voice to the voter, even if they do not have a child in the school system anymore, contrary to recent school board comments), and accountability of the school board itself for its actions/inactions (removal of superintendent for lying to school board regarding CRT/SEL; removal of books from school libraries.)  

Mike is married and has two daughters who have both gone through/are still going through the WJCC school system.  His oldest daughter is a sophomore at W&M and was recently elected as the President of the College Republicans on campus.  His youngest daughter is a junior at Warhill High School.  Both daughters compete in Irish dancing and play the harp.  Mike's wife is a stay-at- home mom and works hard at keeping everything moving along peacefully.


Daniel R Cavazos, M.D. - Lt. Col. (Ret.) USAF - Roberts District

In Dr. Cavazos discussion with the CARMA luncheon group he explained that he wants to be a part of the BOE, so he may participate in the process that educates future American leaders. He believes that students should have a moral compass, be taught honesty, be taught civics, be taught the rule of law, and what it means to become a responsible citizen. He believes that students should be taught about critical thinking. That it is necessary to be literate by the 4th grade, and to be mathematically competant by the 8th grade. He believes that students have a right to be safe, and to have the tools necessary for learning. He believes that students should be treated as individuals and respected for their individual talents.

BIO INFO - I was born and raised in San Antonio TX. After graduating from Central Catholic High School in 1971, I attended the University of Texas, Austin for one year when I was drafted into the US Army. I completed my obligated tour of duty which included graduating from the Officer Candidate School and serving in the US Army Reserves while I completed my Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Texas.

I earned my Doctorate of Medicine from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD and completed my Medical Internship at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

I completed my Orthopedic Surgery Residency Training Program at the University of Connecticut Health Sciences and began an obligated tour of duty with the United States Air Force. Our tours to Madrid, Spain and Bitburg, Germany were the highlights of our military service. A six-week Military Medical Mission to Nagier, Africa truly was a humbling experience.

My wife, Diane of 37 years and six children have extended our family with 12 grandchildren. I have been in private practice with Hampton Roads Orthopaedics Spine and Sports Medicine for the past 25 years.  

Cameron Boone - Commissioner of the Revenue - JCC

In his discussion with the luncheon group, Cameron Boone explained his role as Chief deputy Treasurer and the importance that the various departments in JCC work together as efficiently as possible. He mentioned how updates to processes and software are pretty common as state laws change and how local entities are required to collect and identify funds. He said he understands the importance of being citizen facing for customer service and would work to improve those services while making them more efficient for the county. He takes very seriously the stewardship of all the monies and funds. He said that JCC has over 100M invested at this time.

BIO INFO - I was born and raised in Suffolk, VA and moved to Williamsburg in 2008 to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Government at the College of William and Mary. After completing my education, my professional career began at a local community bank, quickly working my way up from Teller to Branch Manager. While I enjoyed my work, pride in my community and a desire to put my talents to work for the betterment of my hometown, led me to pursue a career in public service. When the opportunity to serve my fellow citizens in a public setting as the Chief Deputy Treasurer for James City County was presented, I jumped at the chance. 

I met my wife Lauren, a lifelong resident of James City County shortly after graduating from W&M. Lauren’s passion for public service led her to become a mathematics teacher at Warhill High School until the birth of our first child, Stephen. Lauren and I both enjoy serving and investing in our local community through our vocations and volunteerism to ensure James City County will continue to be an excellent place to live and work for all residents. We are active in our local church, and I am currently leading a weekly Bible study at Merrimac Juvenile Detention Center.

I am seeking the office of Commissioner of the Revenue to affect an increase in office efficiency and cohesiveness with all James City County departments and the citizens they serve, to modernize the office to match realities of the 21st century, and to ensure that customer service is the paramount mission of the office. My blended experience of private sector management and understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the Treasurer’s Office (the office that works most closely with the Commissioner of the Revenue’s Office) will be a beneficial change for James City County. 


The January 19, 2023 Speaker Was:

David Hardin, Sheriff - Williamsburg, James City County


David Hardin was elected sheriff just before the Covid-19 pandemic started in 2020. He now has over 28 years working in the sheriff's office for W-JCC. He spoke about how 2020 and 2021 were unique years because of the pandemic, and how the department had to re-invent almost everything they did on a daily basis. While separate, they have tried to align themselves with the salary ranges associated with the competition: competition which is now paying over $18 per hour for clerical staff and fast food workers. His department is still below local police salaries. When fully staffed he would have 17 officers. Currently, he is one full time and two part time staff short. The full time position has been vacant for a year. They handle all of the courthouse administration regarding prisoners and security. They also are responsible for transportation of the prisoners.

He provided a small personal bio of himself, and what many of his officers have as their bios. His officers see a steady court schedule, almost everyday of the week, and arrests for a very wide variety of misdemeanors and felonies. He also went into some significant discussion about the high number of scams which are being reported, even including scam calls that are coming directly into the Sheriff's office telephones and computers. A popular one which he discussed is the "family member in trouble, in jail, and needs bail money." Typically this is targeted at father's and grandfathers. We also discussed the online dating scam where the person only met online needs money. We then discussed the Netflix scam which is coming by way of Text messages, and requesting eventually your credit card information. These are all bad, and very few are resolved since calling numbers and emails are nearly impossible to trace, as they are shut down very quickly.

David is running for re-election this November, and thanked all the CARMA members for their support in the past, and for any help they can give this year.