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Virginia House District 53

The Virginia House of Delegates is one of two parts in the Virginia General Assembly, the other being the Senate of Virginia. The House is presided over by the Speaker of theHouse, who is elected from among the House membership by the Delegates. It has 100 members elected for terms of two years; unlike most states, these elections take place during odd-numbered years. The annual salary for delegates is $17,640 per year.
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    Mike S. Casey (I) Software Engineer

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    Marcus B. Simon (Dem) Small Business Owner & Lawyer

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What changes in Virginia's method of drawing electoral district lines (redistricting) would you support? (500 characters)

How would you ensure voting access for all qualified Virginians? (400 Characters)

What options would you propose to increase highway and public transportation funding? (500 characters)

What are your legislative priorities? (400 characters)

Biography Mike Casey was born and raised in Fairfax County. A graduate of TJHSST and Virginia Tech, Mike is an engineer who has worked in satellite communications, telecommunications, and currently works for CHAP, a health services non profit.
Campaign Phone (703) 798-6307
Twitter @casey4delegate
I support establishing a commission, independent of the legislature to handle redistricting. Non-partisan would be ideal, but we can come close by ensuring the commission has a balance of both partisans (from both sides) and independents. The process must be as transparent as possible to restore and maintain faith in our democratic process.
An easy way to increase voter access and participation is to make it so people can vote early. Right now in Virginia, you can only vote early if you have an excuse that fits a list. There’s no need for such a restriction, and I support removing it.
VDOT leans very heavily on earmarked funding, from gas taxes, tolls, and portions of sales taxes. Such earmarking makes it politically easier to tax, but provides little practical benefit. Obviously, we could increase the gas tax, and in particular the regional gas taxes, but I would support pooling those taxes in the general fund, and determining funding based on what we need rather than what we can get out of a specific stream. I support focusing that funding on mass transit solutions.
My top priority is election reform. I support an independent commission for redistricting, ranked choice voting, and restricting how much money candidates can take from corporations. Next would be investing in mass transit in Northern Virginia, and third is reforming our healthcare system to ensure that all citizens receive a basic level of care.
Biography A lifelong resident of Fairfax, Marcus and his wife, Rachel, have two children, Emily and Zach. After law school he joined the US Army JAG Corps and then started a small business. Marcus was first elected to the House in 2013.
Campaign Phone (571) 327-0053
Twitter @marcussimon
Voter’s must be allowed to pick their elected officials. Not the other way around. I support a bi-partisan or non-partisan redistricting commission be empowered to draw legislative maps starting with the 2021 redistricting process. The criteria they use should include competitiveness as a goal to avoid packing that may result from self-segregation.
Since my first term, I have introduced and supported legislation to make it easier for Virginians to vote. Automatic registration, same day registration, no-excuse absentee, expanding the time frame for in-person absentee, automatic voter registration, and pilot programs for voting by mail and voter centers are just some of the bills.
The 2013 transportation legislation was a long overdue compromise, but more can be done to ensure adequate transportation funding. Our tax system should be reviewed to more accurately reflect the times we live in. This means a harder look at the subsidies and credits we offer (particularly to dying industries) as well as raising the gas tax. Given the traffic issues in Northern Virginia, our long-term plans need to include multi-modal options, like bike trails, metro extension, bus lines.
I will continue my work on campaign finance reform, addressing the student loan debt crisis, prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, raising the minimum wage, expanding Medicaid and mental health reform, and advocating for gun violence prevention policies.

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