Terry moved to Norfolk in 1988 as a Navy Journalist. He raised and educated his six children in all levels of Norfolk Public Schools. He is a TCC and ODU graduate in Social Science and Psychology. He is now a Director of Data Management and Analytics on multiple federal contracts in the behavioral health industry. This is his first time seeking public office.
Redistricting reform to end gerrymandering and making free voter ID’s more accessible. Currently to obtain a free voter ID you must swear under penalty of perjury that you can not access any other form of photo ID.
I would seek to minimize governmental interference between you and your doctor while providers encouraging a return to fee for service billing to increase competition between healthcare providers which will reduce costs and increase quality.
Lines should be drawn by a commission, not officeholders and without the use of racial data. We also need to redefine ‘compact and contiguous’ by requiring the use of the outermost natural and political subdivision boundaries as a primary boundary draw, then extending inward, excluding the use of district lines that produce zero voters (alleyways).
With potentially billions of dollars in needed bridge, recurrent flooding and sea-level rise projects, we must have a credible and accurate way to score them to ensure we aren’t wasting limited dollars. I will propose legislation ordering Virginia’s Modeling and Simulation Center to coordinate with state agencies and localities to create a unified framework for rating flooding and bridge repair proposals in conjunction with Smart Scale for evaluating other road improvements.
Public transit should be primarily funded through a dedicated funding stream prioritizing transit systems that move the most people the most places for the least amount of money. This funding can be supplemented by fares and advertising.
I will proactively surface and drive ideas that oppose government overreach into personal freedoms, promote economic opportunities for small businesses and families and passionately work to improve quality of life. Specifically for my district that means ending the drug war, abolishing the death penalty, and creating a unified framework for scoring flood mitigation projects to deal with sea level rise.
Jerrauld “Jay” Jones is the Democratic nominee in 89th District in the House of Delegates. Guided by his family’s example and legacy, Jay strives to make a positive impact in his community each and every day.
Jay has served as a mentor with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, and served as a tutor and mentor to local schoolchildren. Jay has significant experience with the Virginia legislature, having served as a page in the Virginia House of Delegates during the 2003 General Assembly session, and as a legislative intern to Del. Paula Miller and Del. Algie Howell.
Currently, Jay serves as a member of the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Virginia. He is also a board member of Festevents, Ltd., the Elizabeth River Trail Foundation, and the Old Dominion University Athletic Foundation’s Next Generation Board. Jay is a lifelong member of the Basilica of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception.
Jay completed his undergraduate studies at the College of William and Mary, where he was a double major in Government and History, and obtained his law degree from the University of Virginia. Upon graduation from law school, Jay began practicing law in Norfolk, where he is currently a partner with Bischoff Martingayle P.C. Prior to attending law school, Jay was an associate with Goldman Sachs where he focused on risk management and rating advisory.
Virginia must expand its citizens’ access to the voting booth. As delegate, I will support all measures that would broaden voting opportunities for all Virginians. Establishing early voting, expanding absentee voting qualifications, and making it easier for deployed servicemen and servicewomen to vote are three areas that we must address immediately. Moreover, Virginia cannot follow other states and make it harder for its citizens to vote. Restrictive voter undermine our democratic ideals.
All Virginians deserve high-quality, affordable healthcare. I have and will continue to strongly advocate for the expansion of Medicaid to Virginians under the Affordable Care Act. Currently, there are 400,000 working Virginians that would be covered if Virginia opted into the Medicaid expansion. I will work toward common sense solutions to provide access to healthcare for those that do not currently have coverage, especially those in urban and rural areas that lack quality healthcare options.
I wholeheartedly support an independent redistricting commission in Virginia. I am encouraged by the efforts of OneVirginia2021, and fully endorse their agenda. Citizens should choose their legislators – not the other way around. Redistricting reform is critical to strengthening our democracy and expanding the voice of our citizens in the political process. As delegate, I will support and any all efforts to take redistricting power from the legislators and give it to the citizens.
Sea level rise and recurrent flooding is the most pressing existential threat that Hampton Roads faces. We must look at any and all preventative measures to ensure our viability as a coastal community. I am encouraged by Norfolk’s approach in assessing all potential solutions: creating retention ponds and spillways, storm surge barriers, and flood walls are ideas that can and must be considered. I will work to secure state and federal resources so that we can address this issue head on.
I support a dedicated funding source for public transportation. The state should be responsible for providing funding for public transit – HRT currently has an overreliance on its member cities to fund its operations. A dedicated funding source would alleviate these problems and create additional revenue for the expansion of public transportation projects that our region desperately needs. As the gateway to Virginia, we various transportation options and state involvement to help our region.
If elected, I will focus on jobs, education, and criminal justice reform. As I visit with residents in the 89th District, these are three issues that rise to the top in importance. Strong schools, quality job opportunities for all citizens, and a justice system that treats people fairly before the eyes of the law are at the top of my priority list. I will work with city and regional leaders to achieve these goals in Richmond in the hopes that it strengthens our communities and our region.