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Virginia House District 65

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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    Michael P. "Mike" Asip
    (Dem)

  • R. Lee Ware Jr.
    (Rep)

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 (757) 927-0588
Age 66
Twitter page @Asip4Delegate65
Facebook page https://facebook.com/mikeasipfordelegate/
Access to affordable healthcare is difficult with skyrocketing prescription drug costs! Citizens deserve to learn about less expensive drugs, including generics. Consumer education is needed, but we also need more transparency about how prescription drug prices are determined through pharmacy benefit managers. We need to learn how Medicare and Medicaid could negotiate for lower priced drugs. Access to affordable healthcare is a critical need for all Virginians!
I have advocated against any additional administrative requirements for citizens to access their right to vote, measures my opponent has supported. As we move further into the 21st century, we must explore secure, flexible options for voters, including fewer restrictions on absentee ballots. Virginia is fortunate to have paper ballot backup, but we must still ensure integrity of our systems to avoid hacking that would compromise the hallmark of our democracy, the right to vote!
1.I fully support the proposal for a redistricting commission because I believe that rather than politicians choosing their voters, voters need to choose their politicians! We must have non-political redistricting so that every vote really counts! 2.If an amendment is adopted, I would support legislation that would include a panel of non-partisan election experts, along with some partisan members. State redistricting commissions create balanced redistricting and build trust in our elections.
I fully support passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, ensuring women equal treatment under the law, with Virginia becoming the 38th state to do so. I am willing to communicate with citizens my commitment to vote in favor of this amendment and dispel some of the inaccurate fears that have recently been promulgated reminiscent of the fears we heard back in the 1970s and 1980s. Virginia and our nation must move forward with passage of the ERA!
I am a strong supporter of the 2nd amendment. In my talks with citizens, including gun owners, they recognize that universal background checks will not result in their losing their guns. Those gun owners also accept that we can keep our communities safer if “Red Flag” laws can temporarily restrict gun access from a citizen who is deemed a threat to themselves or others. Responsible, law-abiding citizens will not lose their 2nd amendment rights with reasonable gun violence prevention measures.
To promote affordable workforce housing options,Virginia could support localities’ efforts to permit inclusionary zoning ordinances. Developers could be encouraged to provide some affordable housing units at lower cost, with the developers receiving a “density bonus,” allowing more housing units than existing zoning allows. I would also consider other initiatives toward providing lower cost housing for Virginians that could enhance our rural economic development and manage growth responsibly.
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