What’s Important to You
Our delegate should focus on making the lives of Virginians better, listen to his or her constituents and serve them rather than large corporate and powerful funders. Being a delegate should be a commitment to represent us, not a career. Our delegate should have at the minimum quarterly town hall meetings.
- Increase funding for transit systems such as the Virginia Railway Express and encourage carpooling.
- Let the residents of the Fredericksburg area decide on a local funding source to leverage increased federal and state dollars
- Continue to increase bike and walking trails and local transit.
- Collaborate with business, education and communications companies to make high-speed internet available in the entire area.
Virginia should have a commitment to safe and clean soil, water, and air. To achieve this, we should:
- Shift energy production to renewable resources such as solar and wind power and away from fossil fuels.
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
- Excavate and remove coal ash from sites near rivers to lined, secure sites.
- Support watershed implementation plans that protect our rivers and streams by assisting homeowners, cities and farmers to reduce urban runoff, agricultural runoff, and storm water runoff.
- Fully fund the Land Preservation Tax credit.
Virginia should have a world class education that prepares students to have successful, productive lives. To achieve this we should:
- Make early childhood a priority, in light of decades of research demonstrating how high quality, early learning programs impact lifelong success and return $7 for every $1 spent by society supporting these programs.
- Oppose for-profit charter schools, disguised as providing options for parents, while using our public dollars to make a profit and destabilizing public schools in the process.
- Invest in public school excellence by recruiting and retaining high-quality teachers and ensuring they have the tools, resources and support they need and ongoing professional development to succeed in the classroom and provide our children with an excellent education.
- Re-adjust the Virginia state school funding formula so that it reflects equity for all districts and reflects the “real cost” of appropriately operating schools and properly educating our children.
- Continue to reform the SOL program to shift emphasis from testing to education.
- Strengthen our investment in vocational, technical, and trade education and training.
- End the school-to-prison pipeline where students are put into the criminal justice system for problems that could be dealt with at the school level.
- Establish a independent, fair redistricting process to end gerrymandering.
- Enable early voting for anyone wishing to vote early.
- Remove barriers for citizens to register people to vote.
- Resist efforts to make it more difficult for people to vote.