OUR SOCIAL VISION.
Every person in Virginia should have access to effective and affordable healthcare, period. We must vigorously defend Medicaid expansion in our state to ensure that our most vulnerable citizens are not using the emergency room as a doctor’s office.
In addition to Medicaid expansion, Virginia should design a public option plan to generate competition in the healthcare market. This would dramatically reduce the cost of coverage and prescription drugs in our state. The system has been rigged for too long against middle-class and working families.
Climate change is an existential threat to our planet. This is a call to action. It’s our responsibility to ensure that the future is sustainable for our children and grandchildren. The fastest and most powerful way to do this is to implement The Green New Deal Virginia.
Virginia can position itself as a climate change leader by setting new statewide fuel-efficiency standards, investing in renewable energy, and creating green, 21st century jobs.
Your zip code or socioeconomic status should not determine the quality of your education. Every child in Virginia should have an equal opportunity to succeed and that starts with adequate funding for our public schools.
Virginia should build one of the most generous public education budgets in the country. When we invest in our children and invest in our teachers, our communities become safer and our economies become stronger.
We need to address the student debt crisis that has rapidly expanded in Virginia over the last decade. I will introduce legislation that entitles every student from a family with an annual income of less than $85,000 to a tuition-free, four-year public education in Virginia.
Rights and Equality.
As a member of the LGBTQ community, I understand the inequities that present themselves when you’re a member of a minority. I will fight every single day to ensure that all people are treated with dignity and respect.
One of my top priorities is to safeguard equality under the law. That is why I will introduce legislation to protect LGBTQ Virginians from housing and workspace discrimination. I will also push to ban LGBTQ conversion therapy for minors.
Women’s rights are human rights. A woman’s right to choose needs to be protected. That is why I will defend against legislation that cuts funding for women’s health clinics. I would also vote to repeal restrictions to abortion access.
We must restore voting rights for non-violent offenders who have been disenfranchised in our political process. Racial minorities are disproportionately impacted by this. We need to protect voting rights for all Americans and restore civic participation in these communities.
Virginia should become an Automatic Voter Registration state. We need to make it easier for people to vote, not harder.
Criminal Justice Reform.
As your State Senator, I will work to secure bipartisan criminal justice reform to ensure that taxpayer money isn’t wasted on resources allocated to non-violent drug offenses. Furthermore, I will introduce legislation that expunges the arrest records of individuals who have been convicted for marijuana possession.
It’s time for us to legalize marijuana in the Commonwealth, and use the economic benefits to invest in communities that have been neglected and under-resourced. It is important for us to tax and regulate marijuana, taking it off of street corners and putting it behind age restricted counters.
I will push to end Virginia’s “Tough on Crime” policies that have led to high incarceration rates, overcrowding, and expensive prison maintenance. I will also push to revise our parole practices to release aging individuals who do not pose a threat to public safety, which will save millions of dollars in taxpayer money.
It’s time to invest in job skills initiatives and counseling programs to create an easier transition for reentry into society.
It’s time for Virginia to implement universal background checks. If you’ve been arrested for domestic abuse, you should not be allowed to buy a gun. I am also strongly in favor of an assault weapons ban.
State representatives should not prioritize campaign contributions over the safety of our communities. These reforms are common sense.
Gun violence is one of the most urgent issues of our time. Virginia deserves a State Senator who is not beholden to the National Rifle Association. I promise to never accept a penny from the NRA.