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VHHA Presents Podcast Interview Series Featuring 2021 Candidates for Virginia Statewide Office

Also, find out which one book, one movie and one album each candidate would take with them to a deserted island, LOL.


Very cool, thanks to VHHA and to Julian Walker for doing this (see below for their press release)  By the way, I just listened to Amanda Chase’s interview, and other than what you’d expert her to say (e.g., opposition to Medicaid expansion), I learned that if she could pick one book, one movie and one album to have with her on a deserted island, they would be: 1) The Bible; 2) “The Sound of Music”; 3) she couldn’t come up with an album, lol.

P.S. For his part, Pete Snyder goes with 1) “Moby Dick,” 2) “Godfather Part II”; and 3) Guns and Roses “Appetite for Destruction” or Johnny Cash “Live at Fulsom Prison.” Sen. Jennifer McClellan goes with 1) The Bible; 2) “Avengers: Endgame” and 3) “Purple Rain” by Prince. Justin Fairfax goes with 1) “Just Mercy”; 2) “Forrest Gump”; and 3) “Songs in the Key of Life” by Stevie Wonder.

Del. Hala Ayala goes with: 1) “A Promised Land” by Barack Obama; 2) “You’ve Got Mail”; and 3) Aretha Franklin’s “The Greatest Hits.” Del. Sam Rasoul goes with 1) “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates; 2) “Gladiator”; and 3) a mix of half country (George Strait’s “Cheyenne”), half R&B (Whitney Houston’s “The Bodyguard”). Sean Perryman goes with: 1) The works of James Baldwin; 2) Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame”; 3) “The Blueprint” by Jay-Z. Andria McClellan goes with 1) “Pride and Prejudice”; 2) “My Fair Lady”; and 3) “Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.” Del. Mark Levine goes with 1) a historical atlas; 2) “Titanic”; 3) something by Billy Joel. Del. Glenn Davis goes with 1) Dave Barry’s “The History of the United States” ; 2) “Secret of My Success” with Michael J. Fox; 3) “The Real Slim Shady” by Eminem. Xavier Warren goes with 1) The Bible; 2) “Shawshank Redemption”; 3) Bruno Mars. Winsome Sears goes with 1) a book of jokes by Bob Hope; 2) “Terms of Endearment”; 3) Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.” Lance Allen goes with 1) a Walter Longmire murder mystery ; 2) a James Bond movie with Daniel Craig; 3) anything by George Strait.

AG Mark Herring goes with 1) “Treasure Island”; 2) “The Mandalorian”; 3) “Fearless” by Taylor Swift. Del. Jay Jones goes with 1) “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho; 2) “The Fugitive”; 3) “The Score” by the Fugees. Jason Miyares goes with 1) “The Definitive Calvin & Hobbes Collection”; 2) “Captain America: Civil War”; 3) “Achtung Baby” by U2. Chuck Smith goes with 1) The Constitution, The Bible, Roger Stone’s “The Making of the President 2016” ; 2) nothing ; 3) nothing. Leslie Haley goes with 1) a good beach reading book by Elin Hilderbrand; 2) “Pretty Woman”; 3) Bruce Springsteen.

As a Public Service, VHHA Presents Podcast Interview Series Featuring 2021 Candidates  for Virginia Statewide Office

Limited-Run Spinoff of VHHA’s ‘Patients Come First’ Podcast Series Profiles Declared Candidates for Virginia Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General

RICHMOND, VA – With voters in the Commonwealth set to nominate candidates for

Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General this spring, the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) is launching a limited-run spinoff of its Patients Come First podcast series featuring short interviews with candidates for statewide office. All declared candidates for these offices have been invited to participate in podcast recordings to help introduce them to voters, give them an opportunity make their case for election, and to articulate their health care policy views and positions. Each episode in this series will be available on VHHA.com, and on these podcast apps: Apple Podcast, Spotify, Pandora, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, SoundCloud, Blubrry, iHeart Radio, Deezer, Podbay, Overcast, and Pocket Casts. Interviews in this series will also be featured on the radio airwaves – episodes from the Patients Come First podcast air each Saturday at noon and Sunday at 10 a.m. on 100.5 FM, 92.7 FM, and 820 AM across Central Virginia.

VHHA is conducting this series of statewide candidate interview as an informational service to the public, voters, and the hospital community. These recordings do not constitute endorsements by VHHA, and the views expressed by participating candidates do not necessarily reflect those of VHHA and its members.  

So far, VHHA has recorded and published podcast episodes with the following individuals:

“The 2021 races for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General have attracted a diverse field of candidates with unique experiences and professional backgrounds. When Virginians head to the polls this year, they will elect leaders who will govern for the next four years and influence the future direction of the Commonwealth,” said VHHA President and CEO Sean T. Connaughton. “These candidate interviews are being conducted as a public service and are being shared with Virginia voters as part of the hospital community’s ongoing effort to enhance public understanding about health care policy and the critical role of the health care delivery system in supporting and strengthening the Commonwealth.”

Listeners of this limited-run series will also hear information about HosPAC, VHHA’s political action committee that helps support candidates who will work to improve health care in Virginia and support the critical work of hospitals and health systems. Learn more about HosPAC here. This November, voters will choose Virginia’s next Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, as well as district representatives for all 100 seats in the House of Delegates. Before that, though, there are party nominating contests this spring. On May 8, Republicans will hold an unassembled convention, with voting locations across the state, to elect nominees for the three statewide offices. Participating in the process required people to apply to be convention delegates with their local GOP unit. Delegates will cast ranked-choice ballots to determine the nominees. Then one month later, on June 8, voters will select Democratic nominees for statewide offices in a primary election open to all registered voters. That same day, voters from both parties will determine nominees in House of Delegates district races with intra-party contests.

VHHA’s Patients Come First podcast was launched to coincide with National Hospital Week in May of 2017. Since then, the podcast has eclipsed 100 episodes, logged thousands of plays and downloads, featured guests from hospitals and health systems across the Commonwealth, and profiled Virginia health care professionals and public officials including Governor Ralph Northam, MD; U.S. Senator Tim Kaine; and many others. 

About VHHA: The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association is an alliance of 110 hospitals and 26 health delivery systems that develops and advocates for sound health care policy in the Commonwealth. Its mission is to achieve excellence in both health care and health. Its vision is through the power of collaboration to be recognized as a driving force behind making Virginia the healthiest state in the nation. Connect with VHHA through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Instagram. ###


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