BA - American University 2013
DDS - Boston University 2017
To me, public health isn't just about healthcare itself. It's also about the prosperity, productivity, and happiness of our communities. My top priority is improving public health by building a Virginian economy that lifts up those on the margins. While Virginia's economy continues to grow, many neighborhoods, including many in my district, are being left behind on all fronts, from good jobs to education to environmental protection. My plan to improve public health outcomes for all Virginians is to be an advocate for the working class, the marginalized, and those suffering from systemic discrimination of all kinds. That means investing heavily in our communities rather than special interests, ensuring that economic gains are felt by all, and ending decades of status quo policies (and politics) that have led Virginia to forget its most vulnerable.
The Republican Party has rigged the electoral system in their favor by making it harder for folks to vote, especially people of color. I support a suite of reforms that can modernize and protect the ballot while enfranchising as many Virginians as possible. That includes, but is not limited to, the elimination of Voter ID laws, the establishment of automatic voter registration, restoring felon voting rights, making election day a state holiday, and providing more financial support for elections to ensure polling places are accessible in every neighborhood.
A) Yes I support the Virginia Redistricting Commission, and for a very simple reason: voters should pick their politicians, not the other way around.
B) I would support legislation that ensures the commission is a hard backstop against partisan gerrymandering. That means at the very least serving as a nonpartisan advisory body that reviews new maps drawn by the General Assembly and can approve, veto, or recommend changes. What's most important to me is that communities are represented in a way that makes sense for them - geographically and socio-economically.
First and foremost, I must represent my district and my town of Herndon in the General Assembly. That means being an advocate for my neighborhood and the specific issues we face, and ensuring we aren't forgotten among all the other interests in Richmond. I also see my job as constantly working to create a more equitable government, economy, and society. While the perfect may be unattainable, the pursuit of the perfect is always worthwhile. The work of a state delegate isn't done until you can confidently say that every one of your constituents has a fair shot at prosperity regardless of there race, gender, family income, or zip code.
As a practicing dentist, I see almost everything through the public health lens. The knowledge I bring from my profession makes me an asset when it comes to healthcare policy, especially when you consider I am the only doctor of any kind currently serving in the General Assembly. Aside from dentistry, my background as a grassroots activist and advocate make it easy for me reject the status quo when I know it isn't working. Bringing an activist approach to politics is how I think Virginians can start to see historic change in our communities.
My website has a detailed page on policy across ten different categories. I encourage anyone who likes to get into the weeds on the issues to visit.
I want to address the dual problems in Virginia's economy: extremely high costs for essentials like healthcare, childcare, education, and housing, and extremely low wages and other earnings for millions of workers across the Commonwealth.