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Virginia House District 72

Duties - The House of Delegates, with the Senate, has legislative power to enact laws. The House of Delegates has 100 members who are elected from separate districts.Term - 2 yearsSalary - $17,640

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  • Gay Donna Vandergriff

  • Schuyler T. VanValkenburg

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?

Do you support the Equal Rights Amendment? If yes, what are you willing to do to ensure ratification by the Virginia General Assembly?

What solutions would you support to curb gun violence in Virginia?

In a recent public opinion poll, 82% of Virginians believe that people should be able to afford to live in the community where they work. What programs or policies would you support to promote workforce housing in Virginia?

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Campaign Phone (804) 464-3461
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Education is the top priority for my district. Henrico has been expanding rapidly, as have its student populations, and the decline in state funding per pupil - 10% in real terms since 2008 - makes dealing with that expansion a heavier burden on the locality. The best way to deal with the issue is to prioritize long-term funding increases that aid localities who need it - not tightly focused one-time fixes like the teacher pay increase or tuition freeze only.
First, Virginia must expand legislative restoration of rights to felons and not rely merely on the governor. Second, we must make voting easier by instituting no-excuse absentee voting - the process of absentee approval is overly complex and has little purpose, and often disenfranchises the very young (college students) and the very old. We must also expand voter registration, helping 18 year olds register in their high schools. In the longer term, more ambitious proposals, expansion of vote by
1) I strongly support the current proposal and think a commission separate from the legislature is the only way to preserve fair, free, competitive elections.

2) The implementing legislation is very important in this process, because the Redistricting Commission Amendment itself is very short on details. The most important part of the implementing legislation will be to ban the use of political data beyond the demographics required to satisfy the Voting Rights Act in the process. Keeping that d
I absolutely think Virginia should ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. It will have my vote for ratification on the floor or in committee, and I consistently am an advocate for its adoption in caucus. My feelings on this issue are strong, rooted in the year I spent writing a Master’s thesis in history on Virginia’s first fight for ratification in the 1970s.
I support several tiers of solutions, some of which are immediately possible and others which would require more extensive legislative and administrative implementation. First, we must immediately reinstate the one-handgun-a-month law. Second, we must implement stronger safe-storage and child-access laws. Third, we must create a red flag program, especially given the number of veteran suicides by gun this would prevent in a state like Virginia with a large number of veterans. In the longer term
Virginia’s public housing agency is critically understaffed and underfunded, which complicates and hobbles its work to bring the benefits of federal housing policy to Virginians. We also don’t strongly support regional planning and transit infrastructure - look at how long I-81 took to get funded, or the long struggle to expand Amtrak service. By focusing on a better-run state housing office, transit infrastructure, and regional planning we can improve housing affordability and access for Virgi