Nick Freitas

Current Position: State Delegate since 2016
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative for US House District 7

“I am first and foremost a Christian. My dedication to the belief that we all have inherent value and are entitled to liberty and equality before the law is rooted in this worldview. Principles of individual liberty, personal responsibility, respect for God and limited, constitutional government are not merely convenient political concepts, but essentials which are fundamental to our liberty, prosperity and security.” – Nick Freitas

Ann Ridgeway

Current Position: Juvenile probation counselor
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Nick Freitas 1Nick Freitas

Current Position: State Delegate since 2016
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative for US House District 7

“I am first and foremost a Christian. My dedication to the belief that we all have inherent value and are entitled to liberty and equality before the law is rooted in this worldview. Principles of individual liberty, personal responsibility, respect for God and limited, constitutional government are not merely convenient political concepts, but essentials which are fundamental to our liberty, prosperity and security.” – Nick Freitas

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2016
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 US Representative for US House District 7

“I am first and foremost a Christian. My dedication to the belief that we all have inherent value and are entitled to liberty and equality before the law is rooted in this worldview. Principles of individual liberty, personal responsibility, respect for God and limited, constitutional government are not merely convenient political concepts, but essentials which are fundamental to our liberty, prosperity and security.” – Nick Freitas

About

Source: Campaign page

Nick Freitas has been married to his high school sweet heart and wife Tina Freitas since 1999. They have 3 children, Lillyana, Luke and Alexandria. Nick and Tina have both been dedicated to conservative principles and actively worked on behalf of the Republican Party since High School. Nick’s mother was a President of a Republican Women’s organization, and Nick was walking precincts for our Republican candidates since he was 15.

Immediately following high school Nick joined the Army and served with the 82nd Airborne Division and 25th Light Infantry Division as an Infantryman. After September 11th Nick volunteered for US Army Special Forces (Green Berets) and eventually served 2 tours in Iraq as a Special Forces Weapons SGT and Special Forces Intelligence SGT. Even during that time Nick actively worked on behalf of conservative principles and the Republican Party by writing and advocating for Republican candidates.

Honorably discharged in 2009, Nick moved his family to Virginia where he began working as an instructor and Program Manager. Within 3 years Nick rose to become the Director of Operations for a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Company providing direct support to our service men and women conducting counter insurgency and counter IED operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. During that same time Nick moved to Culpeper and immediately became involved with the local Republican unit.

 

Nick was asked by then Virginia Senate candidate Bryce Reeves to lead his grass roots operations in Culpeper. Bryce Reeves went on to defeat a 28 year Democrat incumbent, with a Republican Senate candidate carrying Culpeper for the first time since it was included in the 17th Senate district. Nick went on to become the precinct coordinator for Culpeper, developing a grass roots strategy and organization that would set records in the county for volunteer hours and Republican voter turnout. Nick was unanimously elected to be the Culpeper County Republican Committee Chairman in 2014. Nick’s wife Tina served as the President of the Founding Fathers Republican Women’s club in Culpeper and his daughter Lilly was awarded the Youth Volunteer award for making over 1200 phone calls in support of our Republican candidates in 2012.

After 11 years in the Army and living in multiple places around the country the Freitas family is very happy to call Culpeper home.

“I am first and foremost a Christian. My dedication to the belief that we all have inherent value and are entitled to liberty and equality before the law is rooted in this worldview. Principles of individual liberty, personal responsibility, respect for God and limited, constitutional government are not merely convenient political concepts, but essentials which are fundamental to our liberty, prosperity and security.” – Nick Freitas

Experience

Work Experience

  • Independent Consultant
  • US Military
    1998 to 2009

    82nd ABN, 1998-2001; 25th Infantry Division, 2001-03; 1st Special Forces Group, 2004-09)

Education

  • B.S., Intelligence Management
    Henley Putnam University, CA

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1979
  • Place of Birth: Chico, CA
  • Gender: Male
  • Religion: Protestant
  • Spouse: Tina Marie Pierce
  • Children: Lillyana, Luke, and Alexandria

Membership & Affiliation

Mountain View Church, Culpeper
VFW Post 2524
American Legion Post 330
Special Forces Association, Chapter 90
Heritage Foundation
NRA (life member)

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Gina Missimo-Staufenberg and Christian Heiens
Administrative Assistant During Session: Brenda Short

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1030

District Office
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Office: (804) 698-1030
Email Address:DelNFreitas@house.virginia.gov
Room Number: E421 Map It
Legislative Assistant: Gina Missimo-Staufenberg and Christian Heiens
Administrative Assistant During Session: Brenda Short
District Office
P.O. Box 693
Culpeper, VA 22701

Phone: (540) 222-7706

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Freitas became the chairman of the Culpeper County Republican Committee in 2010. In 2015, Freitas ran for the Virginia House of Delegates for the 30th district, then held by Republican Ed Scott. After Scott announced his retirement, Freitas was unopposed in both the Republican primary and the general election, and took office in January 2016. He ran for re-election in 2017 and won with 62% of the vote over Democrat Ben Hixon.

Freitas currently serves on the Militia, Police, and Public Safety; Finance; and Science and Technology committees.

Freitas sought the Republican nomination for the 2018 Senate election in Virginia. He was endorsed by Senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee.  On June 12, Freitas narrowly lost the Republican nomination by 1.7% to Prince William County Supervisor Corey Stewart.

In a speech given in March 2018 on the floor of the House of Delegates, Freitas voiced opposition to further gun control proposals following the Parkland, Florida school shooting. The speech drew over 11 million views on Freitas’ Facebook page.

Recent Elections

2019 State Delegate

Nick Freitas (R)14,69456.22%
Ann F. Ridgeway (D)11,01142.13%
Write In (Write-in)4321.65%
TOTAL26,137

2017 State Delegate

Nick Freitas (R)15,35562.14%
Samuel Benjamin Hixon (D)9,33337.77%
Write In (Write-in)220.08%
TOTAL24,710

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

FREITAS, NICHOLAS J (NICK) has run in 3 races for public office, winning 2 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $707,548.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Science and Technology
Militia, Police and Public Safety
Finance

Subcommittees

Finance – Subcommittee #1
Militia, Police and Public Safety – Subcommittee #1

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Governance

Limited, Constitutional Government

The Virginia and US Constitutions are not a list of suggestions, but a contract between the people and their government. Representatives must actively demonstrate their support for these documents by using originalism to faithfully interpret its text. The Constitution is the law which governs government and those representatives who refuse to understand this important limitation on their power are failing in their most sacred duty to the Constitution, their constituents and all of the men and women who have fought to preserve it.

Fiscal Responsibility

Government must always remember that it is spending the hard earned money of the people it is supposed to serve. TransparencyFrugalityand Constitutionality must be the hallmarks of government budgeting and fiscal management. Taxes should be collected fairly and equitably and should only be expended on LEGITIMATE functions of government. When the government experiences a shortfall, their first instinct should be to cut spending on non essential services, NOT to raise taxes. The government must always operate based on a balanced budget.

Civil Rights

Economic Liberty & Private Property

Genuine freedom is more than simply voting. In fact, without economic freedom, elections are little more than a chance for the people to select those who will be taking their property. People should be free to make important economic decisions for themselves free from intrusive and over bearing government. This means supporting low taxesopposing onerous regulations, protecting private property rights and at all times fighting cronyism, which seeks to make business beholden to politicians and bureaucrats rather than their customers.

Virginia Families

The individual and families are the building block of society, not government. The best way that state government can support Virginia families is by providing a safe and secure environment for parents to raise and educate their children. This includes fighting back against federal encroachment and defending life. A government which does not respect the sanctity of human life, is not a government which can be depended upon to protect your rights and property. That is why I am adamantly pro life and will not only fight legislation to reduce restrictions on unsafe abortion clinics, but will actively encourage, advance and patron legislation which recognizes governments legitimate interest in advancing the ethic that All Lives really do Matter!

Second Amendment Rights

Defending our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms is essential. The second amendment is not about hunting or target shooting. It was borne out of our Founders understanding that inherent to individual liberty is the right to protect ones person and property. Restrictions on our right to keep and bear arms is a direct violation of both the letter and the spirit of the law and must be opposed. While I share the concerns expressed by some about firearms falling into the wrong hands, it cannot be overstated that restricting the ability of law abiding people to protect themselves and their families because of the criminal actions of some, is not only inappropriate but completely counter productive to a free and safe society. I will be a staunch advocate of our Second Amendment rights. 

Democracy

Economy

Economic Liberty & Private Property

Education

Educational Freedom

A quality and relevant education is essential to our Commonwealths security and prosperity. Unfortunately many young people are denied a quality education due to the monopolistic practices of the government. Parents need greater freedom in determining their children’s educational needs. Teachers need more time and flexibility to educate rather than trying to constantly prepare children for their next standardized test, and we must keep Common Core OUT of Virginia education.

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Ann RidgewayAnn Ridgeway

Current Position: Juvenile probation counselor
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: Juvenile probation counselor
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

About

Ann Ridgeway 1

Source: Campaign page

nn is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a degree in psychology. As a teenager, she worked in a home for mentally ill teenagers, volunteered in a juvenile court service unit in Norfolk supporting teenagers on probation, and served as an advisor to a youth group at St. Andrews Church in Norfolk. Following her graduation, Ann began work as a juvenile probation counselor in Orange County.​

Ann was instrumental in the establishment of the Orange County Youth Commission and the Orange County Youth Council, working with a start-up research grant and a core group of citizens to create these vital public resources. As an ongoing advisor to the group, Ann helped set up “dragnet” dances for teens on Friday nights, developed the first Festival of Arts and Sciences for the county school system, created a health fair, and started an annual Law Day at the high school, and established the Outstanding Youth Advocate and the Youth Award. She coordinated with the school board and the youth council to create a new system-wide drug policy, advocated for county funding of a new Orange County Office on Youth, and subsequently helped establish the Orange County Recreation Department.

Ann has served as a substitute teacher with the Orange County schools, on the board of the Orange County Fair, and on a Virginia board focusing on teenage alcohol concerns. She set up an in-school-suspension program and later developed a program for teenagers with discipline problems called REACH for Orange High School. Ann was also instrumental in leading a community action group that successfully advocated for the relocation of a cell tower in the Locust Dale neighborhood.​

Ann has been married to her husband, Michael, since 1978. They have lived in Madison since 1980. For several years, she was a stay-at-home mom for her three children: Sarah, Katherine, and Michael. She continued to volunteer with her church, preschools, and the PTO, where she started a school newspaper, spear headed the annual fall fundraiser, and the first Orange Elementary Book Festival. At her home, Ann launched the Locust Dale Farm Riding program for children and ran a summer camp. She also volunteered with both the Madison 4-H and the Orange 4-H.

In 1997, Ann and Michael lost their six-year-old son in an automobile accident. Her husband suffered a brain injury in the accident. During this time, Ann stayed close to home with her family, supporting her husband’s recovery and raising her daughters. As her family began to heal, she resumed some of her volunteer work within the community, while also helping care for aging parents. Michael’s Gift, a charity established in her son’s name , provides financial support to children in Orange County for recreational activities and esteem building programs. The fund is managed by the Orange County Office on Youth.

A determined citizen activist, Ann believes that progress takes hard work and commitment. She offers a resourceful outlook and a firm resolve to the challenges that face the 30th District. Ann’s grassroots campaign is much like her legacy of local volunteering and hands-on advocacy—a spirited, neighbor-to-neighbor outreach effort to build support for a candidate who will represent the values and aspirations of hard-working, rural Virginians. She would be honored to represent the 30th District in the Virginia General Assembly.
 
Ann Ridgeway is a native Virginian who has worked with youth and families for much of her life. She brings a love of faith, family, community, and Virginia values to her aspiration for public office. Ann is running as a Democrat for the Virginia House of Delegates in the 30th District.

Born in Fredericksburg, Ann is the daughter of Thomas G. Faulkner Jr., an Episcopal minister, and Mary B. Faulkner. Her parents were dedicated community activists and advocates for the underprivileged. They worked in a team ministry, fostered several teenagers, and starting numerous area programs to benefit youth, the elderly, and families in need. Mary Faulkner also started the Fredericksburg Interfaith Council. Both of Ann’s parent were active in the civil rights movement, inspiring Ann from an early age to work for social and economic justice for all.

Experience

Work Experience

Contact

Email:

Web

Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Issues

Education

As the mother of three children who attended Orange County Public Schools and as a former teacher in the same system, I am well aware of the need to increase funding and resources for rural schools to provide our students with a high-quality education. The school systems, staff, teachers, and school board members in the 30th District are dedicated to giving their students the best education they can deliver, and we owe them our support.

Teachers in our region need incentives to stay in a rural school system. As a teacher’s family grows, they often realize that they need to move to another county that will increase their pay and benefits. Those who love the rural area will sometimes stay in the county and commute to a higher paying county. Virginia has one of the highest pay gaps for teacher salaries in the country, well below the average salary for college graduates.

Many of our school buildings require significant upgrades and modernization to improve the learning environment for students and teachers, while ensuring their wellness and safety. Infrastructure upgrades must include advanced technology to prepare our students to meet future employment requirements. Teaching a lifelong love of learning and helping our students develop critical thinking skills are required for success in today’s job market; while most educators agree that simply “teaching to the test” will not prepare them for the future. All Virginia students should have the opportunity to the same excellent education regardless of where they live.​

Students starting school in the 30th District need full-day preschool to prepare them to take full advantage of a formal education. All of our students need the opportunity to excel not only in academics but also in vocational and technology training that will meet the needs of the future and ensure job opportunities. I believe that the state should support county efforts to enable all students in the Commonwealth to have an equal educational opportunity. 

Environment

We are all members of a global family, part of a living planet in a universe that is constantly changing. As a part of this earthly family, we all need to be aware of what we can do each day to keep our planet and its environment healthy.​

Clean water and air are important to all living creatures. What happens to the water happens to all of us. We need to protect our streams and waterways. Our farmers need water to grow crops and the food we eat. I have never met a farmer who did not respect the land and soil. They live their lives out of doors and develop a love of nature and the rhythm of the changing seasons. Farmers have to work with nature in order to grow their crops and raise livestock—nature is the one constant that cannot be controlled.​

Plastic is everywhere, we all need to work on reducing the use of “one use” plastics, straws, cups, tableware, and take-out containers. What we see floating in the oceans is a small part of the big picture, tiny micro-plastics are being found in the deepest parts of our oceans. Changing behavior is the only way to reduce plastic use—what we do does matter.

Global warming is real and our government must address this and establish the changes that will protect the lives of our children and grandchildren. Action needs to be taken now to reduce our carbon emissions. We need to develop renewable energy sources and work toward becoming less dependent on oil. We need to fund alternative energy programs and support companies that are developing solar and wind energy. We must work together to leave our children a safe and secure environment and a promising future.

Health Care

Mental and Behavioral Healthcare

For too long, people have struggled with the stigma that mental health issues may bring to their family and loved ones. Mental and behavioral health is a subject that we are all aware of through our relationships in our own families and with others we care about.

The shootings at Columbine High School, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook Elementary School, and more recently in Parkland, Florida, have made students, school personnel, and parents fully realize we are all at risk. Close to home in the 30th District, the opioid crisis is something that has enabled us all to understand that no one is immune. One would think that given the findings of these threats and their connection with mental health issues, funding for counseling and therapy would be at the forefront of a budget debate.

When I began working in Orange County in 1977, the Orange Mental Health Clinic was staffed with a full complement of counselors and psychiatrists who worked to help the people of Orange. I was able to refer a family in need and get an intake within a week. Madison County and Culpeper also had fully staffed clinics. There were group homes and other facilities that I could use to refer my probationers to address their needs. Yet now that we find that the needs are far greater than in the past, our mental health system has NOT kept up with services. It is no wonder that people who have emotional and mental health issues are not being referred for services, when the system is so lacking. When discussing this with doctors or social workers, they can only express their frustration—the problem is so large and services simply not available.

I will work to get the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services the funds that are needed to help our citizens with the mental health and drug addiction services that should be in place. Having a lack of services creates major problems for families, neighborhoods, communities, and the state. Law enforcement needs to have the backing of a strong mental health system to help them address the difficult issues of drug addiction and mental health problems that are endangering our communities.

I believe healthcare is a human right. I support the Virginia Medicaid expansion that has provided nearly 400,000 Virginians with much-needed access to healthcare, while also relieving our hospitals from having to cover uncompensated and expensive emergency room care. I also support the highly effective Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the vital services this program supports for Virginia’s children. I will work to protect Medicaid expansion and fully fund the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS).

I support women’s access to safe reproductive healthcare, and respect the rights of women to make healthcare decisions with their families and without intrusive government intervention. I also strongly support the availability of affordable birth control for men and woman to prevent an unplanned pregnancy.

Many Virginians are having a difficult time paying the high premiums of their healthcare insurance as well as high deductibles they have to pay out of pocket. The cost of some prescription drugs are much higher in the United States than other countries. I will give a voice to the Virginians in the 30th District who are struggling with these barriers to safe and affordable healthcare.

Infrastructure

Rural High-speed Broad Band

The 30th District needs access to high-speed rural broadband. Our students need broadband for educational purposes, with many textbooks and resources available online. Colleges offer online courses that are difficult for many students in our district to access. Many employers rely on online job applications. Farmers need to use the internet to keep up with the demands of the agricultural business. Many companies allow people to work from home, which can open up more jobs and increase the tax base for our community if broadband were available. Companies that can offer jobs for our citizens are not interested in coming to an area that does not offer access to high-speed broadband because this is a requirement for all aspects of business and marketing.​

It is not acceptable for 30th District residents to be left behind in the age of information. I will focus on funding and strategies to bring high-speed broadband to our communities and give everyone affordable access to the internet.

Safety

Gun Violence

I am a common-sense person. I am also a gun owner. As I’ve been meeting with residents of the 30th District over the past several months, I have talked with gun owners who are concerned about their guns being confiscated. Simply put, that is not going to happen—no matter which party is in power at the state or federal level. The 2nd Amendment guarantees the right to own a gun and the Supreme Court has upheld that Constitutional right.

I will always side with law enforcement on safe gun legislation. These men and women risk their lives daily for our protection. We must support them by passing safe gun legislation in our Commonwealth. Many measures to prevent gun suicide and other forms of violence with firearms are overwhelmingly supported by law enforcement agencies nationwide. 

In Virginia, an extreme risk protection order or “red flag” law, would help prevent suicides and violent attacks such as the Parkland murders. Limits on high-capacity magazines, suppressors, and assault weapons are also measures that we should carefully consider, as are universal background checks. The Virginia Senate and House of Delegates must put their partisanship aside and work together on common sense gun legislation reform. Many states have already begun to see positive results from legislation enacted to date. Maryland, Connecticut, and Indiana, for example, have seen reductions in gun suicides and violence as a result of red flag laws that are strongly supported by law enforcement agencies. Maryland law enforcement officers, for example, have documented the prevention of several potential tragedies through the temporary, court-approved removal of guns from unstable individuals.

We must act to address the gun violence crisis in our state and nation and support our police and those who serve to protect us.

Veterans

In fulfilling their oaths to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, veterans and their families have made sacrifices unimaginable to most Americans, I am committed to working with all agencies at the federal and state level to ensure that Virginia’s veterans receive the care and support they deserve from a thankful nation. ​

The top issues faced by veterans are access to quality health care through, including mental health treatment and family support to reduce suicides and PTSD. Improvements to the Veterans Administration are vital. I will strive to see that current veterans’ transition to civilian life is seamless through credentialing, education and job training. It is the least we can do.

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