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Virginia House District 63

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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    Lashrecse D. Aird
    (Dem)

  • Larry C. Haake III
    (I)

Biographical Information

What do you believe is the top priority for your district, and what is your plan to address it?

What measures, if any, would you support to ensure the right to vote and election integrity?

Regarding fair redistricting (1) Do you support the proposal for a Virginia Redistricting Commission and why? (2) If the constitutional amendment is adopted, what legislation would you support to implement the commission?

Do you support the Equal Rights Amendment? If yes, what are you willing to do to ensure ratification by the Virginia General Assembly?

What solutions would you support to curb gun violence in Virginia?

In a recent public opinion poll, 82% of Virginians believe that people should be able to afford to live in the community where they work. What programs or policies would you support to promote workforce housing in Virginia?

Campaign Phone (804) 452-7076
Age 33
Twitter page @delegateaird
Facebook page @airdfordelegate
The top priority in my district is access to training and jobs. Since my election to the House of Delegates I have prioritized job training and access to credentials, leveraging our two-year and four-year institutions. In addition to job training, I have focused on and will continue to introduce and support policies that provide incentives and/or tax credits to attract new businesses, especially communities that are less fiscally sound.
It is long overdue for the General Assembly to lift its ban on voting for people convicted of felonies, especially when we have a broken criminal justice system that adversely impacts minorities greater than any other group of people. Furthermore, once you have paid your debt to society, you should not continue to be punished. I support the automatic restoration of rights; have carried bills and continue to support no excuse absentee voting and the continued use of paper ballots.
Although the Virginia Redistricting Commission is a hypothetical improvement of the current process, it does not allow for minority representation to be guaranteed a seat at the table. Losing the ability to guarantee representation, along with the fact that if the commission fails to come to a consensus, the maps will be decided but the strongly Republican-leaning Virginia Supreme Court, means that this commission could potentially disenfranchise more voters that our current system.
Yes, I completely support the ERA and its purpose to serve as a constitutional backdrop to more specific protections of gender equality, and as an ongoing basis for challenging discrimination in the courts. I will continue to work with citizens and my fellow elected officials to ensure that the ERA receives a floor vote in 2020 and that it passes the House of Delegates.
My district is a truly diverse district, with the largest portion being urban, then rural and also suburban. In the urban part of my district poverty is a direct linkage to gun violence and all of the factors that cause concentrations of poverty to exist, must be addressed. Furthermore, I also support universal background checks, banning dangerous high-capacity magazine weapons and community-based violence intervention programs.
Along with the 82% of Virginian’s, I agree that being able to afford housing near where I work is important. However, in my district where there is a significant concentration of poverty I choose policies that keep people in their homes, and have passed eviction reform laws, and I choose policies (min. wage and jobs) that strengthen the economic viability of individuals and families so they can afford the housing options in the community. I am open to learning more about workforce housing.
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