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Virginia House District 13

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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    Robert G. "Bob" Marshall (Rep) State Legislator

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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 A. A. Montgomery College, B. A. Belmont Abbey, M. A. California State
experience Former Teacher of English and History, former Legislative Assistant for three Members of Congress, Public Policy Consultant, Member of Virginia House of Delegates since 1992.
hometown I grew up in Washington DC and Montgomery County Maryland. Bob and Cathy (Fonseca) Marshall married in 1976, moved to Prince William County in 1980 and raised five children in the County
As much as I would like to believe that there would be a truly non-partisan way to redistrict, I honestly do not think any exists. Someone has to enter data and choose which data to input, and no person is truly non-partisan as we all have our own opinions on matters. Would legislative districts be drawn only according to turnout for various candidates? And would the only “fair” district be one which is evenly split between two different party candidates? I am excited about new redistricting technology and am open to learning more on the subject.
I would not favor increasing any taxes. A big reason we are in traffic is because localities continue to approve more development which impact our roads. I am fighting a development proposed at the corner of Liberia Avenue and Prince William Parkway which will add 15,000 trips just near the site (Kline rezoning). The Traffic Impact Analysis only looks at traffic on the perimeter of the development, so there is no impact measured for the already crowded Rt.28.
I think many efforts have been made to increase voting access by early voting both in person and absentee. I would not support allowing voters to vote online because the integrity of the ballot must be maintained if we are to truly have a representative democracy.
As far as I can tell, the system appears to be working with groups such as VPAP.org and campaign reports being available online. Perhaps we can explore ways to make it easier for voters to ascertain how much campaign funding comes from out of state for individual candidates. Highlighting that information would be helpful for voters, because it would tell whether a candidate has special interests backing the campaign. I am open to other suggestions to make the political process more transparent.
My legislative priorities continue to be fighting for my constituents! Whether it is opposing eleven story high electric power towers in the backyards or front yards of the residents I serve, in neighborhoods that had never been designated as power line corridors, or advocating before numerous transportation bodies regularly, and urging local officials to place improving Route 28 on the county’s comprehensive plan so that the road becomes eligible for funding (only Supervisors can make those changes, not delegates), I see my role as going to bat for people who often face incredible odds trying to protect their lives, their homes and their liberties.
education/Degrees -College: St. Bonaventure University (Class of 2006; B.A. in Journalism/Mass Communications) - St. Bonaventure, N.Y. -HS: Paul VI Catholic High School (Class of 2002) - Fairfax, Va. -ES/MS: All Saints Catholic School (4-8) - Manassas, Va. -ES: Loch Lomond Elementary School (K-3) - Manassas, Va.
experience I'm a lifelong Prince William County resident from Manassas who authored more than 2,500 news stories about the greater Prince William County area as the lead reporter of the Gainesville Times from 2006-2015. I also served as the news editor of the Montgomery County Sentinel from 2015-2016.
hometown Manassas, Va.
Independent redistricting done by neutral, third-party observers with the districts being drawn to be compact, continuous and in compliance with the Voting Rights Act and no regard for partisanship.
1) I support SB 1456 (2017) to plug the funding gap from HB 2313 (2013). It passed the Senate and died in the House. 2) My proposal calls for the NVTA reallocating the $300M it's set for improving the Interstate 66/Route 28 intersection after the private conglomerate that wants to toll I-66 (I oppose) puts up its $300M for the same project. We can then keep that $300M on Route 28 to replace traffic lights with overpasses in Centreville and with a southbound flyover at Orchard Bridge Drive.
I support automatic voter registration with an opt-out clause like we see in Oregon; create no-excuse absentee/early voting for 10 days like we see in Maryland; and rescinding the photo ID requirement so the elderly who lack photo IDs and birth certificates aren't disenfranchised.
As a first-time candidate, I find it odd that donations between $1-$100 are unitemized when we report our contributions. Otherwise, I support state Sen. Chap Petersen's proposal to ban utility companies from donating to campaigns and I support banning any for-profit corporation from donating to campaigns. Both of these proposals regard ethics because these are groups that often conduct business with the state and transparency because individuals can anonymously hide behind corporate donations.
-Finally fixing Route 28 by replacing traffic lights with overpasses in Centreville and at Orchard Bridge Drive in Yorkshire; -bringing high-paying jobs to Innovation Park by finding a cost-effective way to extend the VRE out to there and Gainesville from the Broad Run station and by using state grants to phase out our BPOL tax; -filling the office vacancies along Manassas Drive in Manassas Park; -raising teacher pay in Prince William County and Manassas Park so it's not the lowest in Northern Virginia; -expanding Medicaid to cover 3,700 uninsured constituents of the 13th District who earn up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line; and -working to make Virginia a more inclusive commonwealth, so no matter what you look like, where you come from, how you worship or who you love, you're welcomed here.

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