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Virginia Senate District 19

Includes Montgomery County precincts A-3, B-3-4, C-1-4, D-1-5

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    Flourette Ketner
    (Dem)

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    David Suetterlein
    (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?

What solutions would you support to reduce the current level of gun violence in Virginia?

Biographical Information Flourette “Flo” Ketner a wife and mother of three young children, she has lived in the New River Valley for over 30 years. She grew up in Floyd and graduated from Floyd County High School and Radford University with a B.S. in English. Currently, she lives in Christiansburg and serves on the board of the new non-profit organization Cayambis Institute Of Latin American Studies in Music as the Treasurer. Raised by her disabled grandmother in poverty, her mother painfully lost her painful battle with drug abuse and this experience shaped her future. These years led her to a life of volunteering for her community and individuals in need. She worked as a full time volunteer for the Jessie-Peterman Memorial Branch Library in Floyd from the time she was 9 until she was 18 and went to college. She volunteered for youth support with special events for underprivileged children while she was in college and helps members of her community with transportation for medical care and simple things like hooking up a new computer. Currently, she is the volunteer chaperone/leader for the LEGO Club at her children’s elementary where children spend a morning every week working many educational skills by building with LEGO and adding to creations to present at the end of the school year.
Raising the minimum wage to a livable wage. We need to raise it to $10 with an automatic inflation trigger going forward. This is the strongest path towards a stronger economy, better schools, better property values, and more revenue in our local communities. I will work with my fellow senators and put this legislation on the floor as quickly as possible and push to pass it immediately.
I support having automatic registration. I will vote for not excuse absentee voting.
I support a Virginia Redistricting Commission because the General Assembly should not be choosing their own districts. I would also like to implement that we choose our commission based on differing appointing legislator to do our best to avoid a potential bias.
We need Red Flag Laws, High Capacity Round Ban, No Reciprocity, Required Background Checks and no Private Sale Loopholes. I would also like to ban Assault weapons.
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