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Virginia House District 54

The House of Delegates has legislative power, with the Senate, to enact laws. Delegates serve a two-year term and are eligible for reelection. The salary is $17,640 per year. A Delegate must be at least 21 years old at the time of election and be a resident of the district he/she seeks to represent.
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    Al Durante (Dem) Educator (Retired)

  • Robert D. "Bobby" Orrock (Rep)

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What changes in Virginia's method of drawing electoral district lines would you support?

How would you ensure voting access for all qualified Virginians?

What legislation would you propose to address issues particular to rural areas in Virginia?

How satisfied are you that the current requirements for financial disclosure and reporting by candidates and elected officials meet the standards for ethics and transparency? What changes, if any, do you suggest?

What changes,if any,in Virginia school funding methods are needed? What would you propose?

What are your legislative priorities?

education/Degrees BA-English & Sociology-New York University, MA-Photography-NYU/ICP, Certification in Teaching and Educational Administration, Phlebotomy (CPT)
experience Taught students from Pre-K to Grad School in both Private & Public School settings. Chair of the Spotsylvania Co. Democratic Committee. Advocacy Volunteer for Healthcare & Redistricting Reform issues.
hometown Fredericksburg, VA
I am in favor of voting districts being drawn by an independent non-partisan commission, but time is running out before districts will be redrawn in 2021. Currently, House majority incumbents refuse to relinquish the power of drawing their own districts, even refusing to compromise and follow specific criteria for drawing districts fairly. Proposed bills are killed in committee, never receiving a fair full floor vote. Leaving litigation, at taxpayers expense, the only option available to voters.
We need to encourage voting to assure the continued growth of our democracy. In a state where large parts of the population travel great distances for work or school, polls should be open longer to provide sufficient time to vote. We must provide more flexible voting options, such as no excuse early voting, and institute a proactive system for restoration of rights.
Rural communities must have clean water, good roads and dependable access to first responders. Assuring reliable internet access to our rural areas will expand information access for both educational and business purposes, and expand the diversity of available workplace environments, including telecommuting. Rural communities are also among the hardest hit by the lack of affordable quality health care we are currently experiencing in Virginia.
The biggest challenge to our political process is the influence of special interests on our election system. We need to limit the amount that PACS and corporate interests can donate to a candidate, or elected official, particularly in cases where that corporation could benefit from that official's position on a particular committee. We also need tighter restrictions on how campaign funds are used. Currently, our state campaign finance laws are among the loosest in the county.
The General Assembly needs to fully fund their portion of our public school budgets in a consistent and transparent manner. Funds designated for public schools must only be used for public education, and not diverted to fix shortfalls in other areas of the state budget. The legislature must also fully fund any education mandates they require of schools, and begin replacing SOL tests with a system that evaluates authentic learning to assure the more productive use of teacher-student contact time.
A fully funded and equitable educational experience available in every school across the Commonwealth.

Expanding affordable quality healthcare to all Virginians.

Improving both high and low-tech infrastructure to support economic growth and opportunity.

Protecting the rights of all Virginians, regardless of their faith, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.

Protecting access to safe reproductive healthcare.

Passing redistricting reform, to assure all of the above will happen.
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