Retiring delegate Jim Dillard represented the district whose border is just two blocks from me. I had the chance to work with him a little on the education initiatives and would seek his advice, which he gave it candidly. And he always fought for his beliefs, especially for public education.

“People say to me, `Dillard, are you a liberal?’ Sometimes they ask, `You a moderate?’ and others say `Are you a conservative?'” Dillard said. “I say I’m not really any of those. I’m a Virginian.”

The Assembly will miss this moderate but passionate Republican voice. Good luck, sir.