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Virginia Senate District 16

Duties - The Senate, with the House of Delegates, has legislative power to enact laws. The Senate has 40 members elected from separate districts.Term - 4 yearsSalary - $18,000

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    Joseph D. (Joe) Morrissey
    (Dem)

  • Waylin K. Ross
    (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?

That 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?

The top priorities for the citizens of the 16th Senate District all deal with local issues, including aging schools, streets in need of paving, stormwater runoff, crumbling sidewalks and sky-high water bills.

With regard to schools, I am going to encourage my Senate colleagues to join in and support Senator Bill Stanley’s $3 billion-dollar statewide referendum to improve and modernize all of our aging school stock in the Commonwealth.
In the current election cycle, Virginia has witnessed "mischief" during some Democratic and Republican Primaries. Both political parties – as well as their respective candidates – have endeavored to “game” the system to their advantage. I will introduce a Bill that will require all incumbents and challengers to run in District wide Primaries. There will be no more firehouse caucuses or Saturday morning conventions where voters are disenfranchised because they are unable to participate.
i. Yes, I whole heartedly support legislation adopted in 2019 that supports a Constitutional Amendment to establish a 16-member Redistricting Commission. I will support this legislation when it comes up again in 2020. ii. I will introduce legislation that will make it a Class 1 misdemeanor for an incumbent legislator to contact any Redistricting Commissioner in order to influence the manner in which they draw or otherwise reshape a district.
I will vote to support adoption of the Federal Equal Rights Amendment. Some say it is only symbolic. It may be – but it is important to take this pro ERA stand.

I am in favor of common-sense gun control measures including universal background checks, adoption of Red Flag Laws, and elimination of the Gun Show loophole. I favor the prohibition of all assault rifles including the AR-15 and AK-47 – these are weapons of war.
I have been, for over a decade, a strong promoter of workforce housing. There are some areas of my district including South Richmond, Hopewell, and Petersburg where there is a dire need for workforce housing. I have personally toured workforce housing projects which have beautiful facilities including workout gyms, swimming pools, granite tops, hardwood floors, modern plumbing and electricity, etc. Workforce housing does exactly what its name applies – it provides superb living accommodations
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