Kathleen Murphy

Virginia Restricts Use Of Public Roads In Neighborhoods
thenewspaper.comDecember 13, 2019 (Short)

Virginia Restricts Use Of Public Roads In Neighborhoods
thenewspaper.com – December 13, 2019

State Delegate Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean) introduced the legislation making the non-resident bans possible. Her bill sailed through the state Senate on a 32 to 7 vote, and the measure cleared the House of Delegates without opposition.

“A county operating under the urban county executive form of government may by ordinance develop a program to issue resident permits or stickers to residents of a designated area that will allow such residents to make turns into or out of the designated area during certain times of the day when such turns would otherwise be restricted,” Virginia Code Section 15.2-2022.1 states.

On Saturday, the Virginia House Democratic Caucus announced their remaining elected leadership positions. The election results are as follows:

Vice Chair of Operations: Jeion Ward
Vice Chair of Outreach: Kathleen Murphy
Secretary: Marcus Simon
Treasurer: Betsy Carr
Sergeant-at-Arms: Delores McQuinn

“I am pleased to congratulate Dels. Jeion Ward, Kathleen Murphy, Betsy Carr, and Delores McQuinn on their re-election to caucus leadership positions and to welcome Del. Marcus Simon to his new role as Secretary,” said Caucus Chair Rip Sullivan.

Democrats walk away with Fairfax election, gain legislative majorities
Inside Nova , Brian TrompterNovember 7, 2019 (Short)

It would be tough to imagine a better night than Nov. 5 was for local Democrats.

Candidates backed by the Fairfax County Democratic Committee secured all but one of the 10 seats on the county’s Board of Supervisors, had a strong showing in the School Board race and beat back an independent challenger for commonwealth’s attorney.

Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-34th) received 10,004 votes (56.7 percent) to defeat Republican challenger Gary Pan, who earned 7,630 votes (43.2 percent).

Kathleen Murphy For Delegate - "Good Things"
Murphy for DelegateJune 28, 2015 (00:30)

Current Position: State Delegate for 34th House District since 2015
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Gary Pan

Current Position: Government Consulting business owner
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Kathleen Murphy 1Kathleen Murphy

Current Position: State Delegate for 34th House District since 2015
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Virginia Restricts Use Of Public Roads In Neighborhoods
thenewspaper.comDecember 13, 2019 (Short)

Virginia Restricts Use Of Public Roads In Neighborhoods
thenewspaper.com – December 13, 2019

State Delegate Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean) introduced the legislation making the non-resident bans possible. Her bill sailed through the state Senate on a 32 to 7 vote, and the measure cleared the House of Delegates without opposition.

“A county operating under the urban county executive form of government may by ordinance develop a program to issue resident permits or stickers to residents of a designated area that will allow such residents to make turns into or out of the designated area during certain times of the day when such turns would otherwise be restricted,” Virginia Code Section 15.2-2022.1 states.

On Saturday, the Virginia House Democratic Caucus announced their remaining elected leadership positions. The election results are as follows:

Vice Chair of Operations: Jeion Ward
Vice Chair of Outreach: Kathleen Murphy
Secretary: Marcus Simon
Treasurer: Betsy Carr
Sergeant-at-Arms: Delores McQuinn

“I am pleased to congratulate Dels. Jeion Ward, Kathleen Murphy, Betsy Carr, and Delores McQuinn on their re-election to caucus leadership positions and to welcome Del. Marcus Simon to his new role as Secretary,” said Caucus Chair Rip Sullivan.

Democrats walk away with Fairfax election, gain legislative majorities
Inside Nova , Brian TrompterNovember 7, 2019 (Short)

It would be tough to imagine a better night than Nov. 5 was for local Democrats.

Candidates backed by the Fairfax County Democratic Committee secured all but one of the 10 seats on the county’s Board of Supervisors, had a strong showing in the School Board race and beat back an independent challenger for commonwealth’s attorney.

Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-34th) received 10,004 votes (56.7 percent) to defeat Republican challenger Gary Pan, who earned 7,630 votes (43.2 percent).

Kathleen Murphy For Delegate - "Good Things"
Murphy for DelegateJune 28, 2015 (00:30)

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Virginia Restricts Use Of Public Roads In Neighborhoods
thenewspaper.comDecember 13, 2019 (Short)

Virginia Restricts Use Of Public Roads In Neighborhoods
thenewspaper.com – December 13, 2019

State Delegate Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean) introduced the legislation making the non-resident bans possible. Her bill sailed through the state Senate on a 32 to 7 vote, and the measure cleared the House of Delegates without opposition.

“A county operating under the urban county executive form of government may by ordinance develop a program to issue resident permits or stickers to residents of a designated area that will allow such residents to make turns into or out of the designated area during certain times of the day when such turns would otherwise be restricted,” Virginia Code Section 15.2-2022.1 states.

On Saturday, the Virginia House Democratic Caucus announced their remaining elected leadership positions. The election results are as follows:

Vice Chair of Operations: Jeion Ward
Vice Chair of Outreach: Kathleen Murphy
Secretary: Marcus Simon
Treasurer: Betsy Carr
Sergeant-at-Arms: Delores McQuinn

“I am pleased to congratulate Dels. Jeion Ward, Kathleen Murphy, Betsy Carr, and Delores McQuinn on their re-election to caucus leadership positions and to welcome Del. Marcus Simon to his new role as Secretary,” said Caucus Chair Rip Sullivan.

Democrats walk away with Fairfax election, gain legislative majorities
Inside Nova , Brian TrompterNovember 7, 2019 (Short)

It would be tough to imagine a better night than Nov. 5 was for local Democrats.

Candidates backed by the Fairfax County Democratic Committee secured all but one of the 10 seats on the county’s Board of Supervisors, had a strong showing in the School Board race and beat back an independent challenger for commonwealth’s attorney.

Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-34th) received 10,004 votes (56.7 percent) to defeat Republican challenger Gary Pan, who earned 7,630 votes (43.2 percent).

Kathleen Murphy For Delegate – “Good Things”
Murphy for DelegateJune 28, 2015 (00:30)

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate for 34th House District since 2015
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

About

Kathleen Murphy

Source: Campaign page

Prior to her service in the General Assembly, Kathleen was President of Johnson Murphy & Associates – a McLean consulting firm providing strategic counseling and legislative strategies for companies and non-profit organizations. During the Clinton Administration, she worked as a Senior Advisor for International Trade issues at the Department of Commerce and handled Congressional Affairs at USAID. Previously, she was senior staff for Congressman Charlie Wilson (D-TX), where she handled Defense and Foreign Operations appropriations. Throughout her career, Kathleen has held a Top Secret Security clearance.

Kathleen helped found Salute Our Services, which was created to connect deployed service members to their families. She also helped found Kids Serve Too, an organization to honor and support children in military families. Kathleen played a critical role in Women’s Campaign International, an organization dedicated to teaching women in developing countries how to become political leaders, and was a founding member of the Congressional Wives Task Force, an advocacy group that focused on ensuring accurate nutrition labeling on food products and decreasing violence in children’s television.

Kathleen is a member of the McLean Community Foundation. She served on the Human Services Council for Fairfax County and the Fairfax County Health Care Task Force. She serves on a fundraising board for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She graduated from American University magna cum laude. Kathleen is the mother of four children. She and her husband, Bill Sudow, are long time McLean residents.

Experience

Work Experience

  • President
    Johnson Murphy & Associates
    2019 to present

    a McLean consulting firm providing strategic counseling and legislative strategies for companies and non-profit organizations.

Education

  • B.A.
    American University
    2019 to present

    Magna cum laude

Personal

Birth Year: 1948
Gender: Female
Race(s): Caucasian
Religion: Catholic
Spouse: William E. Sudow
Children: Mark, Emily Hynes, Elizabeth, Amanda, Elyse Howard, and Alyson Bailey
Membership & Affiliation: McLean Community Foundation
Fairfax County Human Services Council
Fairfax County Health Care Task Force
Cystic Fibrosis Committee
McLean Chamber of Commerce
McLean Community Association
Dranesville District Democratic Committee/Fairfax County Democratic Committee

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Adrienne Tetreault
Administrative Assistant During Session: Susan Bain

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1034

District Office
P.O. Box 146
McLean, VA 22101
Office:
Phone: (804) 698-1034

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Murphy is President of Johnson Murphy & Associates (2000-present), a consulting firm based in McLean that provides strategic counseling and builds legislative strategies for companies and non-profit organizations. Previously she worked as a Senior Advisor for International Trade issues at the Department of Commerce (2000-20001) and handled Congressional Affairs at USAID (1996-2000) during the Clinton administration. She worked for Congressman Charlie Wilson (D-TX)(1993-1996) where she held a Top Secret security clearance and handled Defense and Foreign Operations appropriations. She was a writer and producer at Nickelodeon and deputy director of women’s outreach at the Democratic National Committee. Murphy helped found Salute Our Services, which helped connect service members deployed overseas with their families and Kids Serve Too, an organization to honor and support children in military families. Kathleen has played a critical role in Women’s Campaign International, an organization dedicated to teaching women in developing countries how to become political leaders, and now serves on their advisory board. She was a founding member of the Congressional Wives Task Force, an advocacy group that focused on nutrition labeling and violence in children’s television.

Murphy is currently a member of the Human Services Council for Fairfax County, the McLean Community Foundation, the Fairfax County Health Care Task Force and serves on a fundraising board for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She is an active member of the Fairfax County Democratic Party and has worked as a Precinct leader for over 15 years. She graduated from American University, magna cum laude. Murphy is the mother of 4 children and 2 step children. She and her husband, attorney Bill Sudow, are long time McLean residents.

Recent Elections

2019 State Delegate

Kathleen J. Murphy (D)17,14358.35%
Gary G. Pan (R)12,21341.57%
Write-In (Write-in)230.08%
TOTAL29,379

2017 State Delegate

Kathleen Murphy (D)20,52260.9%
Cheryl Anne Buford (R)13,14639.0%
Write In (Write-in)200.1%
TOTAL33,688

2015 State Delegate

Kathleen Murphy (D)6,41951.2%
Craig Alan Parisot (R)6,09348.6%
Write In (Write-in)170.1%
TOTAL12,529

2013 State Delegate

Kathleen Murphy (D)10,82050.4%
Craig Alan Parisot (R)10,63249.5%
Write In (Write-in)160.1%
TOTAL21,468

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

MURPHY, KATHLEEN JOHNSON has run in 5 races for public office, winning 3 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $2,735,896.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Transportation
General Laws
Counties Cities and Towns

Subcommittees

Counties Cities and Towns – Subcommittee #3
General Laws – Subcommittee #4
Transportation – Subcommittee #3

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Civil Rights

Protecting Women’s Rights

Women’s rights are human rights. It has been almost 50 years since the US Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment and sent it to the States for ratification. The only right explicitly granted to women by the Constitution is the right to vote. The ERA ensures equal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex. It ensures equality in the workplace, in education, and in pay.

On average, women earn only 81 cents for every dollar earned by men. The number is even lower for women of color. It has been more than 50 years since President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law making it illegal to pay unequal wages to men and women who do the same or equal work. It is time to end the wage gap.

I believe we must protect a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions, including choices about contraception. I am a strong voice against the passage of bills that attempt to limit a woman’s access to health care or that attempt to close clinics that provide life-saving cancer screenings. Women should make their health care decisions with their doctors, not their legislators.

Protecting our Communities and our Children

Gun violence has become all too common in our society.  In the wake of recent tragedies it is clear that we need sensible gun solutions that will keep our children and communities safe from gun violence.  I support enhanced background checks and closing the gun show loophole, which allows people to purchase guns without a background check.  The NRA supported background checks after the tragedy at Columbine High School.  It is stunning that they have turned their backs on such sensible regulations.

I lost my brother to gun violence.  Two gunmen robbed and murdered him.  He was the father of five young children, a loving husband, a thoughtful son and a really fun brother.

I work with local groups, police, and concerned citizens to find reasonable regulations to help prevent these terrible tragedies. We must do our best to stop criminals and the mentally ill from obtaining dangerous weapons. And we must fund programs and services for the dangerously mentally ill.

Economy

Economic Development & Growth

Virginia has many assets that make it attractive to do business and raise families. We have excellent schools, a great quality of life, and a competitive corporate tax rate that make Virginia one of the best places to live, work, and raise a family.

In order to grow our economy we must support our schools, ensure access to affordable health care and deal with our growing transportation challenges. We also must make sure that Virginia is a welcoming community for all workers and their families.

As your Delegate I have been recognized by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, and the Virginia Chamber of Commerce for my work to promote and support a healthy and welcoming climate for business.

Education

Education

Education is an investment in our future. It is key to ensuring that our children will have opportunities to succeed and for building and strengthening a healthy economy. Virginia has consistently been rated as a leader in providing a world-class education for students in our public schools and universities.

We must take measures to ensure that our public schools remain competitive in a changing 21st century economy and promote innovative opportunities and practical solutions to improve education in Virginia.

Unfortunately, our schools are underfunded, and our teachers are underpaid. As your Delegate, I am committed to making responsible budget decisions that protect funding streams that our communities depend on to support our local schools.

Our Universities and Community Colleges are among the best in the country. An educated workforce is key to our region’s economic growth. In order to ensure that they remain among the best we need to support them financially. As financial support from the Commonwealth has decreased for our universities, tuition has gone up for our students. We need to continue working with our Universities and Community Colleges to keep higher education affordable. Our Community Colleges are a pathway to an affordable college education and a great resource for providing workforce training.

Health Care

Health Care

Affordable health care is a core necessity for all Virginians. The passage of Medicaid Expansion meant that over 300 thousand Virginians now have access to affordable healthcare. There is still work to be done to protect healthcare as a right and make prescription drugs affordable. It is essential that we tackle the problems associated with opioid abuse, including over-prescription. There should be treatment options available for these addictions to help with recovery.

I started the Rare Disease Caucus to help families who deal with the challenges of a child or family member who has a rare disease. I have offered legislation to expand coverage for several rare diseases.

Infrastructure

Transportation & Infrastructure

Northern Virginia has a transportation problem. We know that transportation, infrastructure and education together are key investments that fuel future economic growth and impact our quality of life. We waste hours sitting in traffic. We want real transportation solutions.

I opposed adding tolls to I-66 inside the Beltway. The plan adding tolls to I-66 has not adequately addressed the problems commuters are seeing, and has pushed more traffic into our neighborhoods, and acted as a tax on already stressed commuters.

I am working for efficient use of transportation funds and for Northern Virginia to get its fair share. We need to make sure these funds are allocated to the critical projects that will relieve congestion, improve intersections, and ensure pedestrian and bike safety.

For too many years we have deferred investments in our infrastructure. This has not only impacted our economic growth, it is a safety issue. Our roads, highways, and bridges are our lifeline. Rebuilding, repairing, and improving aging roads and bridges must be a priority.

Safety

Gun Violence

I lost my brother to gun violence. Two gunmen robbed and murdered him. He was the father of five young children, a loving husband, a thoughtful son and a really fun brother.

Gun violence has become all too common in our society. In the wake of recent tragedies it is clear that we need sensible gun safety solutions that will keep our children and communities safe from gun violence. I support enhanced background checks and closing the gun show loophole, which allows people to purchase guns without a background check. I support banning bump stocks and semi automatic firearms with high capacity magazines that are designed and configured for rapid fire and combat use.

I started the Gun Violence Prevention Caucus with Senator Adam Ebbin to ensure our efforts would be bi-cameral. I co-chaired the Safe Virginia Initiative and after speaking with people across the Commonwealth we authored a report on gun violence prevention and our responsibility to our communities. I continue to work with local groups, police, and concerned citizens to find reasonable regulations to help prevent these terrible tragedies. We must do our best to stop criminals and the mentally ill from obtaining dangerous weapons.This should be a bipartisan issue.

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Gary PanGary Pan

Current Position: Government Consulting business owner
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: Government Consulting business owner
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

About

Gary Pan 1

Source: Campaign page

Gary has been a resident of Northern Virginia for more then 30 years.  He and his family have lived in the Virginia’s 34th House of Delegates District for over 20 years.

Following graduation from Weston High School in Weston, Massachusetts, Gary earned a BS in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Legal Studies from Lehigh University.

After his graduation from Lehigh, Gary moved to Northern Virginia to gain valuable experience in the government consulting industry.  He has led two successful small businesses that have been recognized by Inc. Magazine as among the 100 fastest growing private companies in America.  While working full-time and raising his young family, Gary earned his MBA with a concentration in International Management from the Pamplin School at Virginia Tech.  Demonstrating his belief that it is important to continue to learn and grow, and to further his understand how to effectively move organizations forward, Gary completed his coursework towards a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership at the University of Phoenix.

Throughout Gary’s career he has been passionate about investing in our youth and our community.  Gary has been an active adult volunteer for many years in youth athletic and leadership programs.  He has also served as a leader for many civic organizations in our community.

Gary has served as a Boy Scouts Scoutmaster and uniformed adult leader for more than 14 years for Troop 55 and Venturing Crew 364, both of Great Falls, Virginia.  He has recently founded an all-girl Scout Troop in order to enable girls to benefit from the Boy Scout program.  During the Summer of 2018, Gary led a group of ten scouts on the Eagle Scouts Cycling Across America trek on a 4,100-mile, two-month bike trip from Seattle, WA to Washington DC.  In 2017, in appreciation of his years of work preparing local youth for a life with moral, character and leadership skills, Gary was awarded Scouting’s highest adult leader recognition, the Silver Beaver.

In addition to his work with Scouting, Gary serves as a founder and Camp Director for the Wolf Trap First Time Campers Program.  This semi-annual multi-level learning opportunity provides underserved 5th and 6th boys and girls from throughout Fairfax County with a unique camping experience where campers gain skills, confidence and self-reliance through camping, nature, and the great outdoors.  In recognition of Gary’s hard work in support of local youth, he was honored as the 2017 VolunteerFairfax Volunteer of the Year and the Wolf Trap First Time Campers Program was acknowledged as the 2017 VolunteerFairfax Youth Program of the Year.

Gary is an active business leader and community advocate.  He has served on the boards of numerous local organizations such as the Great Falls Citizen Association, Great Falls Grange Foundation, Rotary Club of Great Falls, Northern Virginia Technology Council, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, National Multiple Sclerosis Society of the National Capital Area, the Entrepreneur Center @ NVTC, and Junior Achievement of Great Washington.  In his leadership role, Gary has worked with state and local officials to further the interests of our local citizens.  For his dedication and accomplishments, Gary was recognized by the Dranesville Board of Supervisor, John Foust, as a Lord Fairfax Honoree in 2017.  In addition, Gary was a recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2014 and 2019 for his impact in bettering our community.

Gary has been married since 1992 to his wife, Wendy, who is equally committed to giving back to the community. Their three sons, Garrett, Wesley and Mitchell, are all Eagle Scouts.  Garrett recently earned two Master of Science degree (Bio-Engineering and Applied Information Technology) from George Mason University.  Wesley is currently a pre-med student at Virginia Tech where he also serves in the Corps of Cadets and is on the Rugby team.  Mitchell is a Naval ROTC Mechanical/Aeronautical engineering student at Penn State where he competes nationally on the alpine ski race team.  Gary and Wendy have resided in Northern Virginia for over 30 years and Great Falls, Virginia been the Pan family home for over 20 years.

Community and Civic Leadership:

Great Falls Citizen Association, Board of Directors (2015 – 2019)
Wolf Trap First Time Campers Program, Camp Director (2015 – Present)
Great Falls Grange Foundation, Co-Chair (2016 – Present)
Rotary Club of Great Falls, Charter Member (2011 – Present)
Northern Virginia Technology Council, Board of Directors (1998 – Present)
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Board of Directors (2008 – 2014)
National Multiple Sclerosis Society of the National Capital Area, Board of Directors (2001 – 2011)
Entrepreneur Center @ NVTC, Co-Chair (2008-2016)
Junior Achievement of Greater Washington, Board of Directors (1998-2010)
123Club Member (2012 – Present)
Lehigh University Engineering Advisory Council (2013-Present)
BSA Crew 364 Advisor (2010 – Present)
BSA Troop 55 Scoutmaster (2009 – Present); Assistant Scoutmaster (2005 – 2009)
BSA World Scout Jamboree 2015 Advisor
BSA National Jamboree 2017, 2013, 2010 Advisor and Scoutmaster
BSA High Adventure Advisor: Seabase, Philmont & Northern Tier

 

Experience

Work Experience

Education

  • Master of Business Administration
    Virginia Tech
  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
    Lehigh University

Awards

Lord Fairfax Honoree (2017)
VolunteerFairfax Volunteer of the Year (2017)
The Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award (2017)
President’s Volunteer Service Award Recipient Gold (2019, 2014)
 

Contact

Email:

Offices

Campaign
PO Box 100
Great Falls, VA 22066

Web

Campaign Site, Facebook, Twitter

Politics

Finances

Source: Follow the Money

Issues

 

As Troop 55’s Scoutmaster, Gary has taught hundreds of young men and women the value of conservation, protection and preservation of nature and our environment for future generations. In Richmond, he will fight for these same principles. From conservation to stormwater management to addressing our recycling problem, Gary will fight to protect the environment in Northern Virginia. Doing what is right for today and for the future has always been Gary’s number one priority, and he will continue to fight for our environment in Richmond.

Economy

Gary sees the potential for Northern Virginia to serve as an important economic engine of our Commonwealth and nation, particularly through innovation in energy and technology. As a successful business leader, Gary recognizes that businesses do best to grow and to create jobs when taxes and burdensome regulations are reduced. Furthermore, he recognizes that it is crucial for the government to focus on providing high quality public education as well as strong transportation infrastructure to help the economy grow. Gary is a small business CEO who has started two Inc. Magazine Top 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America, employing hundreds of people. He understands how the government can work to help create a favorable economic climate to fuel growth. Gary has significant business experiences in creating jobs, growing our economy, and balancing budgets – qualities that we need in Richmond.

Education

Gary believes that in order to attract businesses to our area and to build a strong and diversified economy in Northern Virginia, we must have a strong education system. Gary’s plan for education will bring a greater focus to early childhood development, reducing class size for students at overcrowded schools, and fighting for more funding for local higher educational institutions such as Northern Virginia Community College and George Mason University. Northern Virginia has not been getting their fair share of funding for education, and Gary is prepared to fight for that in Richmond. Gary stands with parents to ensure that our children are ultimately competitive in the global economy.

Environment

As Troop 55’s Scoutmaster, Gary has taught hundreds of young men and women the value of conservation, protection and preservation of nature and our environment for future generations. In Richmond, he will fight for these same principles. From conservation to stormwater management to addressing our recycling problem, Gary will fight to protect the environment in Northern Virginia. Doing what is right for today and for the future has always been Gary’s number one priority, and he will continue to fight for our environment in Richmond.

Health Care

Infrastructure

Transportation

For years we have heard about Northern Virginia’s transportation problems, yet we have seen little progress. Fixing these problems must be a priority in Richmond. Gary will fight hard to ensure that Northern Virginia finally gets its fair share of transportation funding. Transportation funding is not enough, we need to develop smarter approaches to alleviate traffic in our area. As a business leader, Gary understands that a holistic view of the congestion issue is important to ensure that there is relief across all Northern Virginia. Additionally, Gary is concerned with the quality of many rural roads in our district. Northern Virginia cannot continue to be shortchanged with funding, and roads that are in inadequate condition must be improved to increase quality of life for commuters. Furthermore, Gary will fight to expand and improve public transit and to reduce commute times across the entire district to support the growth of our vibrant economy.

Safety

Public Health and Safety

Gary is concerned with many of the issues facing our public health system. Healthcare costs are spiraling out of control. The opioid crisis is consuming the lives of those affected by addiction as well as their families. Since 1999, sales of prescription painkillers to hospitals, doctors, and pharmacies has increased fourfold and the number of overdose deaths from pain medications has increased by 300%. We need to educate the public and the medical community on better and safer prevention and treatment practices. Additionally, Gary has met with parents who are concerned with youth mental health issues. In Richmond he will fight to ensure that there is a greater level of youth mental health awareness and resources available to help those in need. Additionally, human trafficking is an issue that Northern Virginia has been facing for years, and one that needs to be better addressed so that all Virginians can enjoy their basic human rights. Gang violence is on the raise in our area and we need to devote more resources to support a regional gang task force and to enact policies that require deportation of illegal alien gang members. To provide proper protection for our citizens and communities, we need to ensure that we have adequate support for our first responders such as firefighters, police officers, and EMTs.

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