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Virginia Senate District 24

The Virginia Senate is the upper house of the General Assembly. The 40 Senators serve a 4-year term, represent over 200,000 Virginians, and receive a salary of $18,000 per year.Senate District 24 includes the Cities of Waynesboro and Staunton, the Counties of Madison, Augusta and Greene, as well as parts of the Counties of Culpeper and Rockingham.The candidates' required financial disclosures are available at the Department of Elections website at www.elections.virginia.gov/resultsreports/index.html and at www.vpap.org.

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  • Emmett Hanger
    (Rep)

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    Annette Hyde
    (Dem)

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What do you believe is the top legislative priority for your district, and what is your plan to address it?

What measures would you propose or support to ensure the rights to vote and election integrity?

Regarding fair redistricting, (1) What is your position on the proposal for a Virginia Redistricting Commission? (2) If the constitutional amendment is adopted, what legislation would you support for the implementation and work of the commission?

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

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education University of Texas at Arlington
All children should receive the best public education possible.The General Assembly should restore education funding to pre-2008 levels, adjusted for inflation. We should fully fund Universal Pre-K and full day kindergarten. I strongly oppose using public money for private schools.
Voter registration should be automatic at age 18. There should be no limits on absentee voting. I would like to abolish voter ID laws as well. Voter suppression is one of the largest threats to our democracy and must be stopped at the state levels.
Voters should choose their representatives, not representatives choosing their voters through gerrymandering. I support One Virginia 2021’s intentions, but at the same time, I believe it isn’t going far enough. They propose a constitutional amendment that requires a non-partisan commission which is the right approach. Additional legislation that goes with it should specify exactly what that commission’s job is, lest the commission get bogged down in arguments.
I believe in Second Amendment rights, and I believe in gun safety. Virginia should have universal background checks and ban bump stocks, large capacity magazines and assault weapons. Domestic abusers and the mentally ill who are a danger to themselves and the community should not be allowed to own guns. If you have to be 21 years old to buy alcohol or tobacco products, you should be 21 years old to buy any type of firearm.