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Virginia House, District 81

The Virginia House of Delegates is the lower chamber of the Virginia General Assembly and as such shares legislative responsibility with the Senate of Virginia. Delegates are elected for a two-year term. Each Delegate represents approximately 80,000 Virginians. The 81st District includes localities in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach.
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    Kimberly Anne Tucker (Dem) Citizen Activist, Retired Educator

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What are the most important changes needed in Virginia to ensure election integrity and voting access for Virginians?

How would you promote health care coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all Virginians?

What changes in the process of redistricting would you support and why?

What would you do to help your district adapt to increased flooding and mitigate future sea level rises?

How should public transit be funded?

Explain your top 3 priorities if elected.

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Biography Kimberly Anne is a retired educator, a cancer survivor, a military wife and mother, and a grassroots organizer. As a teacher and Assistant Principal, Kimberly had a firsthand look at our public school system, the impact it has on students’ lives, and the vital role it plays in our communities. That experience fostered her commitment to protecting and strengthening our public school system. But it was a journey through our healthcare system that inspired the cornerstone of her campaign for the House of Delegates. Kimberly was successful in a battle against cancer but understood that there might have been a very different outcome if it weren’t for the excellent medical coverage she was fortunate enough to have. That insight inspired her campaign for the House of Delegates and motivated her commitment to ensuring that every man, woman, and child in Virginia has the coverage they need. As a military wife and mother, Kimberly’s commitment to Virginia’s military families is deeply rooted and personal. Her husband of 23 years, Johnny Tucker, retired after a distinguished career as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. Her two older children — William and Brandon — served in the Air Force and Army, respectively while her youngest, Brianna, is in the Army Reserves and is enrolled in ROTC. Kimberly is proud of her family’s long and storied history in Virginia Beach, especially its enduring ties to the Seatack community. The founder of one of the largest grassroots activist groups in Hampton Roads, Kimberly has demonstrated the clear ability to channel the energy of our communities into meaningful engagement for change. Her campaign for the House of Delegates for Virginia’s 81st district can be summed up in her campaign’s motto: “I’m not running for office, I’m running for you.” The experience she brings to this race — as a teacher, administrator, cancer survivor, and change agent — will ensure that the voice of the people will finally be heard in Richmond.
Twitter @Kimberlytucker
Virginia's policies can be unnecessarily restrictive when it comes to absentee balloting and early voting. There is no shortage of "best practices" our state can explore if it wants to make voting more accessible for working people, the elderly, and the infirm. In fact, many of them have been adopted in other states on a bipartisan basis. What we need most is a genuine commitment from our state government to the expansion of voting access to everyone who's eligible.
This campaign favors a single payer solution but, like the question above, the real issue is a commitment from the state to the principle of making sure everyone in Virginia has access to quality, affordable healthcare. Canada achieves this through single payer whereas France does it though a private/public partnership. Committing to the principle of universal coverage is the real key.
I'd support an algorithmic approach to redistricting under the direction and administration of a bi-partisan commission jointly appointed by the governor and legislature. I believe that it's vitally important that the administration of our elections not be a partisan process.
There is, of course, the global issue of climate change that requires action and attention at all levels of government. Within the confines of the district, however, the concerns are more narrowly focused. State and local governments in Hampton Roads should be coordinating their efforts and partnering with the Armed Forces to identify the most pressing specific engineering challenged faced by the area.
Funding for public transit need not come from just one or two sources (though a tax on gasoline is certainly one plausible option as are impact fees from developers). Done properly, a long-term investment can and should pay for itself. The economic impact of regional public transit would be enormous.
* Access to quality, affordable healthcare for everyone in Virginia. * Keeping public money in our public school system. * Providing a voice for Virginia families who work hard every day and play by the rules, trying to make their lives better.

It's past time for VA-81 to have a Delegate who represents the families of the district instead of corporations and special interests. logo


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