Chris Collins

Current Position: State Delegate since 2016
Affiliation: Republican

“Chris understands what sort of leadership the community expects- principled conservatism with an emphasis on serving the needs of the public. It is vital that our leaders fundamentally understand that every dollar taken from the taxpayer must, in turn, be respected as the taxpayer’s money.”

Irina Khanin

Current Position: Child advocate attorney
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Chris Collins 1Chris Collins

Current Position: State Delegate since 2016
Affiliation: Republican

“Chris understands what sort of leadership the community expects- principled conservatism with an emphasis on serving the needs of the public. It is vital that our leaders fundamentally understand that every dollar taken from the taxpayer must, in turn, be respected as the taxpayer’s money.”

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2016
Affiliation: Republican

“Chris understands what sort of leadership the community expects- principled conservatism with an emphasis on serving the needs of the public. It is vital that our leaders fundamentally understand that every dollar taken from the taxpayer must, in turn, be respected as the taxpayer’s money.”

About

Chris Collins

Source: Campaign page

A Winchester and Frederick County native, Delegate Chris Collins has always called the valley home. He was born in Lynchburg, VA on March 22, 1971 and raised in Winchester. He graduated locally from James Wood High School in 1990 and later received an Associate of Science in Respiratory Therapy from Shenandoah University in 1992. In 1994 Chris graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2003 and is currently a defense attorney in Winchester, VA.

Chris has a longstanding history of service to his community, which began in his teen years thanks to his parents. Charlotte and Verne were Deans at the University of Shenandoah. Charlotte was Dean of the Conservatory and Verne was Dean of the University, and later Director of Development and a professor of business. His parents’ passion for serving their community got young Chris involved in volunteer work with the Apple Blossom Festival, various Shenandoah University events, the Child Advocacy Center, and the Lions Club.

Chris’s commitment to his community continued as an adult. He was on the Frederick County Board of Supervisors for the Redbud District, a local governing body for Frederick County responsible for personal property tax rates and the annual budget for education, public safety and other necessary expenses. He was also Chairman of the Code and Ordinance Committee. This Committee reviewed all new ordinances or revisions to county code. During this time Chris was a member of the Human Resources Committee, which handled all personnel in the county. Additionally, he sat on the Public Safety Committee which oversees fire and rescue as well as the Sheriff’s office for the area. Chris is also the former 3rd Vice President of the Winchester 3rd Lions Club and a member from 1994-2000.

Before becoming a delegate for the 29th District, Chris had several different careers. He served in the Army National Guard from 1989-2005, was a respiratory therapist at the UVA Medical Center Critical Care Unit, a trust officer with F&M Bank in Winchester, a Deputy of Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, and an attorney at Inger and Collins. Currently he is a defense attorney with Buchbauer and McGuire in Winchester.

In the House of Delegates, Chris serves on several committees including Courts of Justice, Education, and Transportation.

Delegate Collins continues his service to Frederick County and currently serves as a member of the Frederick County Service Authority Committee, where he deals with local water and sewer priorities for the area.

Notable legislation the Delegate was a part of ranged from “Go Virginia”, a program to create economic growth in the Commonwealth’s Districts through grants, to the formation of Drug Courts in the region. Chris also worked on legislation that provided reciprocity with other states for concealed hand gun permits. His work to support local businesses and the “Go Virginia” grant program earned him recognition as Freshman Legislator of the Year from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

Chris lives in Winchester with his wife, Therese, their son Noah, and two rescue labs, Ranger and Lola. In his free time the Delegate referees for local high school varsity football games, enjoys playing golf, and model railroading with his son.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Defense attorney
    Buchbauer and McGuire
    2019 to present
  • Deputy
    Frederick County Sheriff’s Office
    2019 to present
  • Defense attorney
    Inger and Collins
    2019 to present
  • Trust officer
    F&M Bank in Winchester
    2019 to present
  • Respiratory therapist
    UVA Medical Center Critical Care Unit
    2019 to present

Education

  • JD
    University of Baltimore
    2019 to present
  • B.S., Economics
    James Madison University
    2019 to present
  • A.S., Respiratory Care
    Shenandoah University
    2019 to present

Personal

Birth Year: 1971
Place of Birth: Lynchburg, VA
Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian
Religion: Catholic
Spouse: Therese Marie Frank (Tereze)
Children: Noah

Membership & Affiliation

  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church
  • Rotary of Frederick County
  • Winchester Football Officials Association
  • FOP
  • Mason

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Brad Veach
Administrative Assistant During Session: Brenda Short

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1029

District Office
P.O. Box 459
Winchester, VA 22604
Phone: (540) 539-1724

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

Chris Collins (R)15,53264.36%
Irina Khanin (D)8,58335.57%
Write In (Write-in)170.07%
TOTAL24,132

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Committees

Committees

Courts of Justice
Transportation
Education

Subcommittees

Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #1
Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #3
Courts of Justice – Ethics Subcommittee
Education – Subcommittee #1
Transportation – Subcommittee #2
Transportation – Subcommittee #4

Appointments

Crime Commission, Virginia State
House Courts of Justice
House Education
House Transportation
Indigent Defense Commission, Virginia
Substance Abuse Services Council
Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program, Commission on

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

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Irina KhaninIrina Khanin

Current Position: Child advocate attorney
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: Child advocate attorney
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

About

Irina Khanin 1

Source: Campaign page

For nearly a decade, Irina has been helping children in rural Virginia get through the difficult times in their lives, serving as an attorney appointed to represent them in court. She grew up in the former Soviet Union and immigrated to the United States 30 years ago and to the Shenandoah Valley in 2000. As an immigrant she understands the struggles of recently naturalized families trying to adjust to their new homeland. As an attorney who grew up in an authoritarian country — where personal freedoms were severely limited and political dissent could lead to financial and personal devastation — Irina is deeply concerned about preserving our constitutional rights. Having witnessed the Soviet government’s misuse of power, she has dedicated herself to ensuring that our government is focused on improving the lives of as many people as possible, while guaranteeing citizens their rights.
 
The issues at risk in this election are personal for Irina. Soon after her family arrived in the United States, after years of trying to leave the Soviet Union, her father was diagnosed with cancer. Being told by the health insurance company that his cancer would not be covered as a pre-existing condition seemed impossibly inhumane. Ever since that time Irina developed deep concern for ensuring access to affordable healthcare. As a child advocate attorney she saw families struggle with joblessness, health problems, and addiction. Many tried to overcome these obstacles and care for their children but the odds were against them. With her dad’s and her family’s struggles and her professional experiences fresh in her mind Irina made a commitment to advocate for affordable healthcare, including mental health services, for all Virginians. Her service on the Northwestern Community Service Board helped deepen her understanding of the behavioral health issues that face this community.
 
As a mother of two children enrolled in the Winchester City Public Schools and a board member of the Winchester Education Foundation, Irina is deeply committed to helping public schools succeed. She is convinced that there is no greater equalizer of economic opportunity than quality public education and is committed to a legislative agenda that supports public schools in their mission to meet every child’s needs, whether a child’s goal is a four year college education, a nursing certificate, or learning a trade. An educated population is also the key driver of economic success, as nothing attracts good paying jobs better than an exceptionally educated workforce.
 
Having experienced an oppressive government, Irina has worked tirelessly to support a government by the people. She has worked on over 10 campaigns, knocking on doors to listen to voters and understand their needs. Committed to democracy, she has worked as a voter protection attorney in three presidential campaigns, ensuring that every legal vote is counted. In preparation for a leadership role, she spent 2017 studying with Emerge Virginia, an organization that trains future female candidates to be successful leaders.

Experience

Work Experience

Web

Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube

Issues

Education

Career and Technical Education

We cannot build and maintain a robust economy that allows everyone the dignity of work without educating our children in a way that matches their needs and talents with the needs of the society. Our schools must both prepare kids to go to college or equip them with employable skills by engaging a rigorous and relevant career and technical education (CTE) system. CTE should be integrated with academics and be a vital component of middle, secondary, and post secondary education. In Winchester, the Emil and Grace Shihadeh Innovation Center is currently under development. The Center, a public/private partnership, will be a state of the art facility and an example for CTE centers around the country. Employers and community leaders in our district are committed to the Center’s success as it will ensure a qualified labor force. As a delegate I would make every effort to support CTE programs like this one and to expand their reach.

Teachers

Teachers make a difference. If we value our children, we must value their teachers and support a salary that allows for them to live close to the schools where they teach, as opposed to being forced to commute from other communities. The legislature’s 5% increase in teachers’ salaries in 2019 is a good start, but teacher salaries are still below pre-recession levels and as your delegate I will work to value the teachers who change our children’s lives as fully as possible.

Pre-school/Pre-K

Decades of studies prove that kids who attend public preschool programs are better prepared for kindergarten than kids who don’t. This is particularly true for  children who come from lower income levels. Fully funding pre-K education for all gives every child the fair start they deserve in life and the legislature should make this a priority.

Environment

One of the most unfortunate realities of our current politics is that somehow protecting the environment has become a partisan issue. We can’t let this happen. Nearly all scientists agree that the Earth is warming and immediate action is crucial not only to prevent devastating changes to Virginia’s beautiful coastline but also to protect ourselves from the increasingly severe weather changes that climate change will bring. The truth is that powerful companies own today’s energy sources and make millions of dollars providing that service.  They won’t give this up easily.  They will do whatever it takes to keep the status quo and try to convince us that the scientists are wrong. They’ll tell us that we have to choose between a robust economy and protecting the Earth. This couldn’t be further from the truth and as your delegate I’ll fight those companies and promote a green economic boom that will include our rural communities. My environmental/economic priorities include:

  • Reduce the influence that Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power have on Virginia’s government. I will not take money from Dominion and I’ll encourage all of my colleagues to do the same;
  • Promote state programs that invest in wind and solar technologies and create hundreds of jobs for engineers and technicians in these fields;
  • Invest in technical education for both new graduates and mid career changes;
  • Ensure that Virginia’s farmers are protected from neighboring industries that can pollute their water supply;
  • Insist that our partners in industry do their share to ensure our environmental stewardship.

We don’t have to choose between economic success and environmental protection. We need a government that will resist corporate pressure and do the right thing for Virginians, our children, and our children’s children.

Health Care

Medicaid

With Medicaid expansion, the Commonwealth is now a major payer for healthcare services in Virginia. Along with this obligation comes the opportunity to shape treatment for the deadly chronic diseases that affect members of our district. Chronic lung disease, heart disease, and cancer are more common in the Northern Shenandoah Valley than in the rest of the Commonwealth and the rest of the United States and Medicaid recipients are likely to be affected. These diseases are difficult to treat, affect all aspects of the patient’s and family’s lives, and can be economically challenging as patients face expensive medications and many doctors visits. As your representative, I will advocate for legislation to reduce the impact of tobacco and other preventable causes of chronic disease and support the creation of Medicaid funded programs that encourage improved treatment for the victims of these deadly illnesses.
 

Mental Health

As a Board member of the Northwestern Community Service Board I can attest to the great progress that has been made in the provision of behavioral health services in our district, especially in the area of substance abuse disorders and mental health. But even this documented expansion of services and the improvement in their quality cannot keep up with the immense need that exists in this area, especially with respect to the opioid addiction. We need to fund the ongoing expansion of behavioral health services, particularly for those with fewer economic resources.

Infrastructure

I-81 Improvements

I-81 that runs through our district is both a conduit of commerce that benefits our community and a source of long standing frustration for its residents. A long and expensive study undertaken by the VDOT showed that the stretch of the interstate that traverses the City of Winchester and the Frederick County is disproportionately prone to accidents, often fatal, and long overdue for improvement. The residents have been promised improvements for years if not decades. Many avoid traveling along this road by all means possible. Despite the promise of action during the most recent legislative session of the Virginia Assembly the transportation committee of the House of Delegates reported the I-81 bill without any tangible plan for fixing this serious problem, rejecting a proposal from the Senate to pay for the repairs by instituting tolls. Yet another study has been offered to substitute for a substantive fix.

This community cannot wait another year to come up with a solution to this problem that is not just an inconvenience but poses a real threat to people’s lives. We need to identify a number of revenue sources that could help us cover the shortfall between the cost of the overdue expansion of the interstate and what the federal Highway Transportation Fund has to offer. Establishing state owned concessions within the highway rest areas, a proportionately small increase in the cigarette tax (Virginia has the 50th lowest cigarette tax in the nation), along with tolls and a gas tax increase should all be studied for its benefits and potential downsides, both as individual sources and as a package of measures. As a Delegate I would be committed to leaving no stone unturned in search for funding solutions. None of them may turn to be perfect but inaction is simply not an option any longer.

Safety

The Opioid Crisis

For nearly 10 years, the Northern Shenandoah Valley has been at the epicenter of the national opioid crisis, and the community response has been dramatic. The successes of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition in the prevention, education and treatment of substance abuse show what we can all achieve when diverse groups come together to solve difficult problems.  Using the tools at the legislature’s disposal, I pledge to support these efforts through appropriate funding and expansion of services related to substance abuse and those who provide critical intervention.

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