Virginia House District 43
The Virginia House of Delegates is one of two parts in the Virginia General Assembly, the other being the Senate of Virginia. The House is presided over by the Speaker of theHouse, who is elected from among the House membership by the Delegates. It has 100 members elected for terms of two years; unlike most states, these elections take place during odd-numbered years. The annual salary for delegates is $17,640 per year.
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Mark D. Sickles (Dem)
What changes in Virginia's method of drawing electoral district lines (redistricting) would you support? (500 characters)
How would you ensure voting access for all qualified Virginians? (400 Characters)
What options would you propose to increase highway and public transportation funding? (500 characters)
What are your legislative priorities? (400 characters)
Mark was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in November 2003. He is also the former Chair of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee. Born in Arlington, he is a Northern Virginia native and has lived in Fairfax County for most of his life.
Politicians should not be choosing their own constituents. In past sessions, I have supported various methods to bring some transparency, independence, and objectivity to the process. Two years ago, I introduced a resolution that would establish the independent Virginia Redistricting Commission based on the Iowa model, which did not pass. The Virginia 2021 bill, having both political party-appointed members and non-partisan members is a good approach.
As the senior Democrat on the P&E Committee, I’ve supported legislation to help move Virginia toward a fairer and more accessible election systems. I support instituting automatic voter registration and permanent absentee voting application options. I support increasing funding to upgrade our elections systems. I am open to all legislation that increases access to the ballot while maintaining the integrity of the vote. There should be no excuse needed to vote absentee.
The 2013 transportation bill drastically increased the Commonwealth’s investment in infrastructure, but there is still considerable work to be done. If we want to restore WMATA to a world-class public transit system, we need to work with the neighboring jurisdictions and create dedicated funding sources for Metrorail after needed management and governance improvements have been implemented. We also need to institute a floor on the long-existing NOVA transit gas tax that was left out of HB 2313.
For the past 14 years, I have supported Northern Virginia’s middle-class working families, increased and affordable educational opportunities, better transportation solutions, equality, women’s rights, and economic policies to help us diversify our economy. If re-elected, I will work hard for nonpartisan redistricting reform, to expand access to the ballot, to protect the fundamental right to quality healthcare, and help build the New Virginia Economy.
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