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Virginia House District 24

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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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 legislation would you propose to address issues particular to rural areas in Virginia?

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

What are your legislative priorities?

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education/Degrees Davidson College BA Duke University PhD
experience professor of economics and public policy, Washington and Lee University
hometown Lexington, Virginia
I support a major overhaul of the electoral district lines by an independent commission to ensure equal representation.
The attorney general should enforce laws against discrimination and promote voting access. Polling places need to be accessible and open to all qualified voters.
Our state government has been rendered dysfunctional by gerrymandering and the Republicans who control our Legislation. Virginians can hope that this form of cheating can one day be eliminated. At the present time our state government is dysfunctional. Following the election of Barack Obama, the Republicans in Congress vowed to sabotage every Obama initiative and then used attack ads to blame him.This strategy worked,as our present situation proves.The Republicans have used their power to do the bidding of the one percent.
I am not satisfied with the current requirement. We should include transparency. Our elections are heavily funded by the SuperPacs. Rather than weaken our rules and standards for ethics as Bob Goodlatte has attempted, we need to reaffirm our support for ethical standards.
In Virginia our funding does not adequately support those children in rural areas. More of our funding should go through the State Department of Education and be distributed on the basis of the needs of the children in the District.
My first priority is to eradicate gerrymandering and thereby get rid of the malignancy in our Legislature. I have a progressive agenda that focuses on education, health care, and job creation. My agenda will be possible in a fair two-party system. I believe my progressive agenda is shared by most Virginians.

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