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Virginia House District 62

Duties - The House of Delegates, with the Senate, has legislative power to enact laws. The House of Delegates has 100 members who are elected from separate districts.Term - 2 yearsSalary - $17,640
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    Sheila Bynum-Coleman (Dem) Real Estate Agent/Owner of Construction Company

  • Riley Edward Ingram (Rep)

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What are the most important changes needed in Virginia to ensure election integrity and voting access for all qualified Virginians?

How would you promote health care coverage--physical and behavioral--that is adequate, affordable, and accessible for all Virginians?

In the Richmond region a police officer or nurse must spend over 30% of their income to rent the average home. What policy initiatives or investments would you support to meet housing challenges for working families in the region?

Two additional states are needed to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Will you vote yes or no on a resolution in the General Assembly to ratify the E.R.A.?

What is your position on rail transportation in Virginia?

What are your legislative priorities?

Campaign Phone (434) 987-9672
Age 45
Twitter page https://twitter.com/sheilabcoleman
Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/sheilafordelegate/
I believe that the Commonwealth should establish a system of early voting. I think that we must have automatic voter registration, and we must eliminate barriers to voting. I want to simplify and streamline the system for the restoration of rights.
I firmly believe that Virginians should have access to accessible, affordable healthcare. We should expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Under the ACA, the Commonwealth can expand eligibility for Medicaid using a federal funding to those earning up to 138 percent of poverty, or around $26,000 for a family of three according to the Commonwealth Institute. This would expand coverage to over 400,000 Virginians. There should also be additional funds available for mental health.
In order to address this issue, we need to increase take-home pay. We can do this by increasing the minimum wage. We can start paying our law enforcement and teachers in a manner that is competitive with other states. Virginia is lagging behind in teacher pay. Virginia is lagging in law enforcement pay. We also need to lower the cost of housing. I think we can address this through a refundable tax credit.
I believe that men and women are equal, and this should be enshrined as an amendment to the United States Constitution. Women have fought for centuries to be on a equal footing with men. There have been legislative victories such as the Equal Pay Act and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. However, female wages have lagged behind that of men. This is precisely why we need to pass the ERA amendment.
Rail transportation is vital to Virginia's economy. We are able to connect workers from Richmond to Washington DC, getting workers to their jobs on time. This industry is vital to creating good-paying jobs in construction and engineering. Unfortunately, most American passenger trains run at speeds that are far slower than the superfast European and Japanese trains that can travel at 200 miles per hour or more. The main reason is lack of investment. We need to tackle this issue.
My top three issues include: criminal justice reform, education, and the economy. We need to tackle the school-to-prison pipeline. We need to focused on restorative justice, not mass incarceration. Our schools and teachers need adequate funding. Our SOLs need to be reformed so that teachers spend time actually teaching instead of test prep. We need to cut regulations and taxes for small businesses and increase access to capital. It is vital that we raise the minimum wage for working families.
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