Virginia House of Delegates District 48
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Richard "Rip" Sullivan
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?
What solutions would you support to reduce the current level of gun violence in Virginia?
What are your two top priorities regarding Amazon's arrival in Arlington and the challenges and/or opportunities this presents for our region?
My top priority is keeping our families and friends safe from gun violence, which is why I have introduced a number of bills aimed at curbing this growing but preventable issue. I also have been working hard in the General Assembly to increase access to the ballot, both through bills to increase the availability of early voting and bills that would expand the types of identification valid for voter ID purposes. Finally, I am co-chair of the Virginia Environment and Renewable Energy Caucus, where I have fought for measures that would reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and protect our environment to ensure that our families and generations to come have access to clean air and water.
I strongly support increasing access to the ballot. Democracy works best when the most eligible people participate. I have introduced bills that would expand early voting, increase the number of allowable voter identification methods, and pushed for redistricting reform every year that I have served in the General Assembly.
I support a Virginia Redistricting Commission, but believe that it is only the beginning of the reforms necessary to remove politics from the redistricting process. For example, I plan to introduce legislation that will specify the criteria that the Commission -- and if necessary the court -- would use in drawing lines, including specifically, "electoral districts are (i) to be composed of contiguous and compact territory, (ii) to be drawn utilizing existing political boundaries, and (iii) to be as nearly equal in population as is practicable but with variations in the size of districts permitted in order to comply with other reapportionment criteria. The amendment prohibits electoral districts being drawn for the purpose of favoring or disfavoring any political party, incumbent legislator or member of Congress, or other individual or entity."
I have carried the "red flag" bill in Virginia for the last three years, which would prevent those deemed by a judge to be a danger to themselves or others from possessing, buying, or transporting a weapon. I also introduced a measure that would have taken guns away from those convicted of misdemeanor hate crimes. Finally, I carried a bill on behalf of the Attorney General to make it a Class 1 misdemeanor for any person who is a fugitive to purchase, possess, or transport a firearm.
My top two priorities, which I believe are the biggest challenges to Amazon's arrival, are ensuring housing affordability and making sure that our transit system can adapt to user increase.
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