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Virginia House District 7

Includes Montgomery County precincts B-1,3,4; C-2; D-1-5; E-1-3; F-2

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  • Nick Rush
    (Rep)

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    Rhonda Seltz
    (Dem)

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?

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Biographical Information Rhonda Seltz is a native of Pulaski County and has lived in Riner for the past 18 years. She paid her way through college at Virginia Tech and through graduate school at California State University. Rhonda is a long-time advocate with 37 years of experience in health and human services and has helped thousands gain access to healthcare.
I believe that access to affordable healthcare is the main priority for my district, the state of Virginia and our country. We cannot wait for change at the federal level and must act now to improve healthcare access at the state level by creating a state-based marketplace exchange. Those states that have implemented state versus federal exchanges have up to 22 percent lower-priced insurance policies and more options for coverage. The need for dental, mental health and addiction services is especially critical to ensure that we have a healthy labor force so we can attract new businesses and build a stronger economy. Current Affordable Care Act federal marketplace policies and Medicaid programs include mental health and addiction services and have limited dental coverage. I will ensure that state marketplace plans also include these specialty services and will advocate for expanded dental services for adults through state-based marketplace plans and through Virginia's Expanded Medicaid program.
I will support paper ballots and making risk-limiting audits a nonpartisan part of standard election procedure. Using random sampling allows audits to be cheaper and faster. I do not support on-line voting or voting through text due to documented dangers of threats from hackers, including those from foreign nations.
I support the proposal for the Virginia Redistricting Commission and feel that it is long overdue. Gerrymandering has occurred on both sides of the aisle and it is time to draw maps that serve the voters' interests instead of party interests. I would support legislation that includes women and minority members and offers a reasonable and fair selection process.
I support commonsense gun laws that will protect our Second Amendment rights. Like most Americans, I also support universal background checks. Individuals convicted of domestic violence and other violent crimes should not be allowed to have guns. Gun owners should be provided education and incentives to keep guns and ammunition away from children, teens or adults struggling with depression or anger issues. Careless and irresponsible gun owners should be prosecuted. When a mass shooting occurs, the shooter's name should not be made public and every effort should be made to deny the shooter recognition of any kind, especially through the media, including social media. We cannot just deal with gun regulations to address gun violence. We must also address social and economic factors including poverty, education, housing and livable wages. When people feel helpless and when they feel they have no options, they become desperate, they give up and do desperate things.