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Virginia House District 51

The House of Delegates has legislative power, with the Senate, to enact laws. Delegates serve a two-year term and are eligible for reelection. The salary is $17,640 per year. A Delegate must be at least 21 years old at the time of election and be a resident of the district he/she seeks to represent.
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What changes in Virginia's method of drawing electoral district lines would you support?

What options would you propose to increase highway and public transportation funding, and what methods do you support to solve congestion issues?

How would you ensure voting access for all qualified Virginians?

How confident are you that the current requirements for financial disclosure and reporting by candidates and elected officials meet the standards for ethics and transparency? What changes, if any, do you support?

What are your legislative priorities?

education/Degrees BA/Political Science (Virginia Tech); MA/Public Administration (Webster University); Air War College; Air Command & Staff College; Armed Forces Staff College; Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia
experience Chair 7 Committees: House Science & Technology Cmte; Joint Commission on Technology & Science; General Assembly Military & Veterans Caucus; Virginia War Memorial Board; Virginia Geographic Information Network (VGIN) Board; Virginia Commission on Civics Education; General Assembly Aviation Caucus
hometown Roanoke, VA
As intended by the Founders, redistricting and the levy of taxes is an inherent legislative function. I believe that a truly non-partisan redistricting commission is impossible to achieve, and I support the adoption of criteria that districts be compact, are linked together in communities of common interest, and don’t split voting precincts. In 2017, I co-patroned a constitutional amendment to “prohibit any electoral district from being drawn in order to favor or disfavor any political party.”
INCREASED TRANSPORTATION FUNDING: We must reduce current federal regulatory requirements that slow economic growth and the production of revenue. We must also reform the tax code at the federal and state levels to broaden the tax base and generate increased revenue. CONGESTION RELIEF: We must permit Virginia’s new SMART SCALE process to mature and achieve its stated goal of targeting transportation funds to projects that produce the greatest congestion relief in Virginia localities.
Having served 30 years in the U.S. military, I believe strongly in the right of all qualified voters to cast ballots for their candidates and issues of choice. Expanded access can be achieved through the use of vote centers in primary elections (I twice patroned such bills), additional satellite locations for absentee-in-person voting, the use of enhanced technology to speed voting, and better procedures to accommodate mobility-challenged voters—all with the goal of reducing time at the polls.
Virginia levies stringent requirements for financial disclosure and reporting by candidates for public office. During each two-year election cycle, candidates must file a total of 10 reports with the Virginia State Department of Elections to ensure transparency on receipt and disbursement of campaign funds. While I think that reporting requirements are sound, I also believe that succinct requirements must be levied that guide the expenditure of campaigns funds for non-campaign activity.
(1) Craft a balanced, cautious, and sound state budget; (2) foster a climate that permits the private sector to create jobs and grow businesses across Virginia; (3) strengthen Virginia’s economy through private sector business growth that decreases our dependence on federal dollars; (4) increase funding for public education; (5) care for 800,000 Virginia veterans; and (6) ensure that NoVA tax dollars return to our area through the SMART SCALE process for use in reducing traffic congestion.
education/Degrees graduate of Woodbridge Senior High School and the University of Phoenix
experience over 17 year career with the U.S. Coast Guard at the Department of Homeland Security
hometown Woodbridge, VA
I am in favor a non-partisan redistricting process, in which an independent and impartial commission would take the lead in drawing our General Assembly districts.
I support legislation to study the prospect of extending Metro lines into Prince William County. Our community is losing out on business and federal contracts because of metro-accessibility, which would help with the funding issue. There is a serious impetus to figure out if public transit can work for us. In the meantime, we need to invest in the VRE and PRTC, so commuters will have viable alternative transportation options. We should further incentivize carpooling and expand existing transit.
The process of voter registration should be streamlined and made easier. I support online voter registration. At the ballot box, I support getting rid of restrictive voter ID requirements, no-excuses absentee voting and same day voter registration.
Richmond is certainly in need of ethics reform, given the declining public faith in elected officials. I welcome discussions with members of my community about potential improvements to current campaign finance regulations.
I am concerned about the lack of resources in our local schools provided by the Commonwealth and will fight to strengthen them, including raising teacher pay and decreasing class sizes.

I will also move to alleviate the terrible traffic congestion that commuters like me and my neighbors experience on a daily basis.

Third, I would support expanding Medicaid, so 400,000 Commonwealth residents can have affordable access to healthcare.

Lastly, I have long advocated for equal pay for equal work. We can even the playing field through a combination of measures, such as prohibiting employers from retaliating against workers for discussing salary and wages or tracking employees into lower paying positions and failing to provide information about promotion or advancement opportunities.

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