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Virginia State House of Delegates District 87

The Virginia House of Delegates is the lower chamber of the Virginia General Assembly. Alongside the Virginia State Senate, it forms the legislative branch of the Virginia state government and works alongside the governor of Virginia to create laws and establish a state budget. Legislative authority and responsibilities of the Virginia House of Delegates include passing bills on public policy matters, setting levels for state spending, raising and lowering taxes, and voting to uphold or override gubernatorial vetoes.Virginia Delegates are elected to two year terms.

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  • William M. Drennan, Jr.
    (Rep)

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    Suhas Subramanyam
    (Dem)

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Twitter @suhasforva
Experience Member, Loudoun Health Council Owner, S2 Impact LLC Technology Adviser, Pres. Obama's White House Healthcare Legislative Aide, Capitol Hill
Education BA, Tulane University JD, Northwestern Law School
Age 33
The top priority for my district is ensuring that our children have access to the best education possible. I plan to ensure that our schools are funded every year and that our teachers are paid what they deserve, so that we continue to attract and retain the best teachers. I also want to work with county school boards to ensure that our students of color and LGBTQ+ students are treated equally and that their histories are taught in our schools. Also, we must work with teachers and parents to work toward more communication and transparency between school administration and our families. Finally, I want to work on lifting the cap for admission to Thomas Jefferson High School and providing transportation for Loudoun students so our kids have access to the best programs possible.
I believe in instituting measures like same-day registration, no-excuse absentee voting, making Election Day a holiday, and automatic voter registration for new citizens and new adults.
I support the proposal for a Redistricting Commission, and would advocate for the Commission to be comprised only of citizens and judges, not legislators. If the Constitutional Amendment were adopted, I would fight to ensure that the commission stayed completely nonpartisan and that lines were redrawn for the benefit of the residents, not the legislators that currently hold the seats.
I see the office of the Delegate as the kind of “mayor” of the area they represent. Delegates are responsible for ensuring the schools in their district are funded, the roads are kept in good condition, and that there are policies in place at a state level that keep us safe. Delegates also handle issues related to healthcare and equal protection for all under the law. It is my responsibility as Delegate to ensure that the people I represent feel that I am responsive to their concerns and that their interests are properly represented in Richmond.
I have served on Capitol Hill, where I helped reintroduce the DREAM Act and pass the Affordable Care Act. Later, I worked in the Obama White House as a technology adviser to the President, where I helped solve some of the country’s most pressing technology challenges. Throughout my career, I have put service to my community and the country first. I have the experience and dedication to public service that the 87th district needs in Richmond.
All of my issue positions can be found on my website: https://www.suhasforvirginia.com/?view=issues
The 87th District deals with some of the most pressing traffic congestion in the Northern Virginia area. To that end, I want to work with local government to ensure that the Metro expansion coming to Ashburn is developed and managed responsibly. If we execute this expansion properly, more people will be able to use Metro services, less cars will be on the road, and traffic will become more manageable.

Also, the residents of the 87th district continually struggle with the soaring cost of healthcare and prescription drugs. In Richmond, I want to fight for prescription drug reform, and protect/expand the Medicaid Expansion so that more people have access to affordable, quality care.