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Virginia House District 18

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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    Wilton King (Grn) Retired Federal Law Enforcement

  • Tristan D. Shields (Dem) Performer/Small Business Owner

  • Michael J. Webert (Rep)

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What changes in Virginia's method of drawing electoral district lines would you support?

How would you ensure voting access for all qualified Virginians?

What changes,if any,in Virginia school funding methods are needed? What would you propose?

How satisfied 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 suggest?

What are your legislative priorities?

education/Degrees Liberal Arts w/concentration in Weapons of Mass Destruction.
experience Navy Veteran, Federal Police Officer (U.S. Capitol Police, Federal Air Marhsal)
hometown Bealeton, Va
I will support any redistricting laws that do not favor either of the legacy parties but support the opportunity for independent or 3rd party candidates. An impartial committee that all recognized political action committees and both legacies can agree upon.
Eliminate programs such as cross-check. One government I.D. Per person is only requirement.
Revoke the Dillon Rule. Allow the state to provide the same dollar amount per student state wide. Return control of all funding to local board of supervisors. Show transparency in budget records.
My first election, all requirements are open and transparent. VPAP is a strong medium for showing disclosure.
Education: reform K-12 under the Standards of Learning, make Community College more accessible by taking away parents financial history as a factor, increase vocational and trade opportunities. Environment: oppose all pipelines, fracking and support renewable energy expansion. Tax credits for hybrid/electric vehicles. Increase electric car charging stations Agriculture: Legalize Hemp. Support conservation easements and best management practices (BMP's) Veteran Care: stop veteran homelessness
education/Degrees Bachelors of Arts, College of Charleston
experience I know how hard it is to be an entrepreneur in this area. Young people leave and rarely come back. We need to keep our talent here by expanding opportunity. I am one of the few younger people in this region who came back to run a business. It’s a primary reason why I decided to run for office.
hometown Rixeyville, Virginia
Gerrymandering is a huge problem. Unfair redistricting is undermining our democratic process. It allows politicians to pick their own voters instead of voters picking their politicians. I support non-partisan redistricting because we need fair elections for a healthy rural Virginia. Guess how many Democrats from rural Virginia districts currently sit in the VA House of Delegates? Zero. Guess how many incumbents lost their Delegate seat in the last election? Zero. This is due to gerrymandering.
Just like Gerrymandering, voter suppression is hurting our communities in a fundamental way. My opponent has repeatedly voted for Bills that would make it harder for people to get to the polls. Expanding early voting so you can vote early for any reason is a step in the right direction. We are also the only state, except New Jersey, that has off-off year elections. Eliminating this fluke in our system would boost voter turnout, especially among young people, and provide balanced representation.
Virginia lags behind the national average in teacher pay by almost $7,000 because of the current legislature. It’s worse for school districts in rural areas like District 18. We repeatedly lose our teachers to our richer district neighbors. We need to fix this and become more competitive so we can attract and retain the talented teachers we need. Rural districts need additional funding from the state.
Virginia has some of the most lax campaign finance rules of any state in the country. The way we pay for political campaigns is another huge, fundamental problem in Virginia. The first thing I would change is to put a limit on how much an individual can donate to a candidate. This is standard in national elections. I also would love to see some kind of fund matching program (similar to the one in New York) so that smaller campaigns have a chance to be heard in “safe” partisan districts.
My legislative priorities are to expand Medicaid and get the over 400,000 Virginians that qualify, the healthcare they need. These monies can help with the opioid epidemic, mental health and disabilities. I will also focus on rural communities, like the 18th District, to build the infrastructure needed to keep and attract young talent and businesses. This means better skills training through our community colleges and affordable high speed internet to areas that have been neglected for years.
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