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Virginia House District 26

The House of Delegates has legislative power, with the Senate, to enact laws. Delegates serve a two-year term and are eligible for reelection. The salary is $17,640 per year. A Delegate must be at least 21 years old at the time of election and be a resident of the district he/she seeks to represent.
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    Brent M. Finnegan (Dem) Creative Director at the Health Education Design Group

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What changes in Virginia's method of drawing electoral district lines would you support?

How would you ensure voting access for all qualified Virginians?

What changes,if any,in Virginia school funding methods are needed? What would you propose?

How satisfied are you that the current requirements for financial disclosure and reporting by candidates and elected officials meet the standards for ethics and transparency? What changes, if any, do you suggest?

What are your legislative priorities?

education/Degrees B.Sc. in Film, University of Texas (Austin) Blue Ridge Community College Broadway High School
experience Brent helped lead the successful Bernie Sanders primary campaign in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. He serves on the Harrisonburg Planning Commission. Brent is a community activist & leader.
hometown Grew up in Broadway, Virginia resides in Harrisonburg, Virginia
Electoral districts should be drawn by people who have nothing to gain by drawing them unfairly. There are different proposals for achieving this objective. I would support the most robust and least corruptible option, and I would push to have this change made quickly since this needs to be done before the next census in 2020.
I support automatic voter registration at the age of 18 & registration at the DMV. All polling places should be fairly located & adequately staffed to minimize wait time. The restrictive process for casting an absentee ballot in Virginia unfairly disadvantages voters who work long shifts or hold multiple jobs. Therefore, I support mail-in voting for everyone. I also support changing the shameful disenfranchisement laws in Virginia by re-enfranchising individuals who have served their sentences.
In 2009, the legislature stopped helping local jurisdictions with school construction costs. Yet, the state still helps local and regional jurisdictions build jails. Virginia is investing in the wrong end of the school-to-prison pipeline and this needs to change. The state should support rural broadband and the DOE should promote online educational programs so that students in every jurisdiction have access to the full range of educational opportunities in a cost effective manner.
Virginia, like many states, has a number of holes in its system of accountability and transparency for elected officials. I support the American Anti-Corruption Act (https://anticorruptionact.org/) that was drafted by a bipartisan group of experts. Most of my legislative priorities depend on making sure that the government is accountable to its citizens and not beholden to corporate interests.
Ensuring that all Virginians have access to affordable, quality healthcare. Virginia should join other states in exploring options for providing health care for all. Protecting the quality of our air, land, and water for future generations by establishing incentives for local businesses & local governments to build a robust green economy. Which has the added benefit of creating good jobs. Investing in rural broadband so everyone in Virginia can participate in the 21st Century economy.
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