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Saraya Wintersmith has spent the last two years covering Virginia's General Assembly for WCVE. When the Commonwealth's legislature is not in session, she splits her time covering government affairs and the Richmond Metro beat. 

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Articles by Saraya Wintersmith

House of Delegates Hopefuls Pledge to Back State Single-Payer

Fifteen of the 54 Democratic candidates running for Republican-held House of Delegates seats are pledging to create a state single-payer health care system if elected.

The group held a Monday afternoon (10/2) press conference, and said the immediate cost for implementing state single-payer would be about $23 billion dollars.

At Local Church Forum, Mayor Talks Monuments, Public Safety

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said the city will take measures to ensure public safety during another potential rally over the state-owned Robert E. Lee monument. The remarks came a day after the small group of neo-Confederate protesters responsible for a sparsely attended demonstration at the Lee monument last weekend (09/16) announced plans for another event in early December. He also said the Monument Avenue Commission will continue to work toward preparing a recommendation for the Mayor and City Council regarding the five Confederate statues along Richmond's Monument Avenue.

Rally-Area Residents Deal with Doorstep Protest Zone

Dozens of Monument Avenue neighborhood residents’ homes morphed into a police-guarded protest site Saturday (9/16) afternoon as rally-goers gathered to voice their opinions on statues, neo-Confederates and racism.

The day began with public works and police officials barricading alleyways with dump trucks early in the morning.

From Vietnam to Virginia: Cultivating a Cultural Inheritance

Soon after the city of Saigon fell to North Vietnamese forces in 1975, thousands of people fled the country seeking to escape the reign of the communist government. Many refugees resettled in the U.S., including here in Virginia. In our series Vietnam: Virginia Remembers, Saraya Wintersmith has more for Virginia Currents on one family’s journey.

At Annual Sheriff's Conference, GOP Candidates Talk Retention and Funding

With just 56 days left before Election Day, Republican candidates for state-wide office addressed the annual conference of Virginia Sheriff's Association Wednesday (9/13). Saraya Wintersmith reports Ed Gillespie spoke for about a half hour at the DoubleTree in Williamsburg and vowed to prioritize officer rentention and the state’s funding disparity between local police and sheriffs.

As School Year Begins, Richmond School District Still Faces Teacher Shortage

After welcoming Richmond students back to school Tuesday (9/5), the Richmond City School Board voted unanimously to hire 24 new employees. Saraya Wintersmith reports the school district is still facing a shortage of 54 teachers and nearly half of the openings are special education teaching positions.

“Right now we have 54 vacancies in our teaching positions. 31 in our regular ed, and 23 in our special education program,” said Interim Superintendent Tommy Kranz. He made his remarks to school board members during a presentation Tuesday evening.