VA House 68 – 2109

District Description: Counties of Chesterfield (part) and Henrico (part); City of Richmond (part)
Current Delegate: Dawn Adams since 2018 (D)

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Adams beat longtime delegate Manoli Loupassi in 2017. This year she faces Coward, a political consultant and the second of two African-American candidates the party has recruited this year. Republicans say they doubt Adams, a nurse practitioner, has been helped by an unusual lawsuit filed by her former legislative aide alleging hacking.”

Dawn Adams

Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Dr. Dawn M. Adams has been an advocate for healthy communities for over 30 years. After receiving her Bachelors of Nursing degree from James Madison University, Dawn positioned herself in the center of Virginia’s healthcare system as a Critical Care Registered Nurse (RN). As an RN, Dawn saw first-hand how our state’s most vulnerable citizens continually fell through the cracks as a result of limited healthcare access and coverage.

Dawn is honored to take the lessons she’s learned as a nurse practitioner, administrator, educator, and community leader to represent her community as Delegate of Virginia’s House District 68 and is proud to represent the people of the city of Richmond, Chesterfield and Henrico counties.

Garrison Coward

Current Position: Chief Operating Officer of BizCents
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

VA House 68 - 2109VA House 68 – 2109

District Description: Counties of Chesterfield (part) and Henrico (part); City of Richmond (part)
Current Delegate: Dawn Adams since 2018 (D)

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Adams beat longtime delegate Manoli Loupassi in 2017. This year she faces Coward, a political consultant and the second of two African-American candidates the party has recruited this year. Republicans say they doubt Adams, a nurse practitioner, has been helped by an unusual lawsuit filed by her former legislative aide alleging hacking.”

Summary

District Description: Counties of Chesterfield (part) and Henrico (part); City of Richmond (part)
Current Delegate: Dawn Adams since 2018 (D)

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Adams beat longtime delegate Manoli Loupassi in 2017. This year she faces Coward, a political consultant and the second of two African-American candidates the party has recruited this year. Republicans say they doubt Adams, a nurse practitioner, has been helped by an unusual lawsuit filed by her former legislative aide alleging hacking.”

VA House District 68

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VA State House District #68

Dawn Adams

Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 68 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Candidate: 2019 State Delegate VA House District 68

For more information, see Dawn Adams’s post.

Dawn AdamsDr. Dawn M. Adams has been an advocate for healthy communities for over 30 years. After receiving her Bachelors of Nursing degree from James Madison University, Dawn positioned herself in the center of Virginia’s healthcare system as a Critical Care Registered Nurse (RN). As an RN, Dawn saw first-hand how our state’s most vulnerable citizens continually fell through the cracks as a result of limited healthcare access and coverage.

In 1989, Dawn returned to school to earn her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Virginia, and soon became a Nurse Practitioner. From there, she went on to earn her Doctorate in Nursing from Old Dominion University, where she now serves as an adjunct professor. Dawn’s research focused on identifying barriers to healthcare access for all people across the economic spectrum. For her research, she won the ODU Nursing Scholar award. As she studied and worked intimately in medicine, it became abundantly clear to her that the right to affordable public education and access to adequate healthcare are inextricably linked—both are necessary as well as critical to building a healthy, successful community.

Prior to beginning her career in education, Dawn worked alongside a nurse lobbyist. This afforded her the opportunity to engage in community stakeholder meetings concerning Medicaid expansion, lobby as an advocate for healthcare access, and attend the 2014 General Assembly (GA) session. This experience led Dawn to author a proposal for a Health Policy Fellowship for nurses. This fellowship is currently available to nurses who attend graduate programs within Virginia.

While at the GA, Dawn was approached by the Assistant Commissioner for Virginia Department for Behavioral Health & Developmental Services. He prompted Dawn to utilize her education and experience to solve the problem of inadequate community-based care. Due to Dawn’s success in this field, she served as the Director of the Office of Integrated Health. In this role, she managed a multi-million-dollar state budget and built strong relationships with state and local agencies to implement local community programs and construct public policy for individuals with developmental disabilities. She has also began work to partner primary care service providers with mental health services.

Dawn’s effort to help our community extends beyond her continuous work in healthcare. Her numerous experiences, which include being the first participant in the Virginia Nurse Advocate Health Policy Fellowship, creating beneficial relationships with Virginia’s elected representatives, and developing public policy in her work as a civil servant, have helped her to identify the troubling disconnect between political maneuvering and our government’s obligation to serve the people. This is what fueled her desire to run for office.

Despite all odds, being outspent 5 to 1, on November, 7, 2017, nearly 20,000 voters in the 68th District cast their vote to bring Dawn into the General Assembly, giving her the highest voter turnout of any Democratic Candidate running against an incumbent.

Dawn is honored to take the lessons she’s learned as a nurse practitioner, administrator, educator, and community leader to represent her community as Delegate of Virginia’s House District 68 and is proud to represent the people of the city of Richmond, Chesterfield and Henrico counties.

Garrison Coward

Current Position: Chief Operating Officer of BizCents
Affiliation: Republican

Candidate: 2019 State Delegate VA House District 68

For more information, see Garrison Coward’s post.

Garrison Coward 1Garrison R. Coward, is a native of Richmond, Virginia (born at St. Mary’s Hospital), and a proud product of Henrico County’s Short Pump Middle School and J.R. Tucker High School.  He graduated from Hampden-Sydney College ‘12, with a degree in Economics; The George Washington University ‘17, with a Master’s degree in Political Management; and is currently seeking his MBA from The George Washington University’s School of Business.

Garrison is the Chief Operating Officer of BizCents, a local data analytics firm.  He served as a political advisor to Congressman Rob Wittman, and as Campaign Manager from 2015-2018.  He is the Executive Director of the Conservative Professionals Network, which aims to engage a new generation of center-right thinkers on public-policy matters.  Prior to joining Congressman Wittman, Garrison served as Political Director and Deputy Director of Minority Engagement for the Republican Party of Virginia.

In 2016, he was elected a Delegate to the RNC Convention from Virginia’s 7th Congressional District.

Garrison enjoys reading, travelling, and playing basketball.  He serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors at the Southside Community Development and Housing Corporation, the YMCA of Greater Richmond Millennial Initiative, and on the Board of Directors of the Richmond-based company BizCents. Garrison is a member of the Advisory Board of Directors of the Richmond Heritage Federal Credit Union.

Issues

Economy

Dawn Adams

In Virginia, we are fortunate to have a relatively low unemployment rate. Yet,there is still work to be done to create more jobs that enrich individuals, families, and communities.  The growth, incentivization, and development of small business are a few ways to create more jobs. We need Dawn’s demonstrated ability to work across the aisle to develop other workforce solutions that will also reduce the demands for more healthcare workers, rebuild our crumbling transportation and educational infrastructure, install state-wide broadband, and operationalize energy alternatives to meet our persistent dependence on carbon fuel through solar and wind power installation.

Garrison Coward

The Greater-Richmond Area is home to many small and medium-sized businesses that are the backbone of our local, state, and national economies.

Virginia needs economic policies that:

  • Protect our businesses from higher and unnecessary taxes and regulations. Mandates such as repealing right-to-work laws, plastic bag taxes, and burdensome food and beverage regulations simply don’t work
  • Protect families by ensuring their take-home pay is protected from taxes that hinder their ability to save or invest in their futures
  • Encourage growth by incentivizing businesses to come, stay, and grow within our communities

Health Care

Dawn Adams

Affordable healthcare coverage for all just makes sense. We can provide lower cost care to ensure all citizens receive the preventative medical, dental, and eye care that will keep them healthy, while addressing the opioid crisis, provide more comprehensive mental healthcare, and reducing the costs associated with chronic illness. At the same time, we must be prepared to take on the challenges of the epidemic of dementia, escalating needs of our aging population, the high cost of prescription drugs, and respond nimbly to the ever-changing policy demands from the federal government. We need Dawn’s three decades of diverse healthcare experience and ideas to develop affordable solutions to issues.

Garrison Coward

Virginia should focus on providing better and more affordable healthcare for everyone.
We should make it easier for:

  • Doctors and patients to be in control of their own healthcare decisions based on their needs, budgets, and wants
  • Examine prescription drug pricing policies
  • People with preexisting conditions to obtain and maintain coverage
  • Young people to stay on parent’s plans
  • More access to care through new technologies such as telemedicine
  • Recovery programs to seek and obtain funding to treat addiction

Education

Dawn Adams

All kids deserve a good education. Education is the foundation from which children can dream and young people can aspire to be the person they were meant to become. Strong public school education creates strong adults. Teachers and the supportive infrastructure to address the increasing demands and pressures impacting our youth today are critical to their success or failure as students. Additionally high school graduates deserve affordable options for post-secondary school and when qualified, guaranteed admission to Virginia State schools. We need Dawn’s academic insight and ideas to make this a reality. Dawn will continue to fight for the cost-effective solutions that will maximize every opportunity for our children.

Garrison Coward

Good quality of life starts with a good education. Children deserve the right to a quality education regardless of their zip code, period.

In Virginia we need to:

  • Protect our teachers by ensuring competitive pay
  • Empower parents by giving them additional viable options for their children’s education like public charters
  • Allow students to explore career fields in middle school to pique career interest earlier in order to prepare for future career and educational choices
  • Remove politics from our schools and focus on our children’s  education

Better Government

Dawn Adams

Virginia is a Balanced Budget state. This means that it is required by law that we balance the budget, and not because any one party has decided to be more financially responsible. The real question regarding the budget is how are we spending the money and collecting the revenue to prepare for the Commonwealths priorities? Dawn gets it, and her peers within the General Assembly know it. She is well aware of the General Assembly’s responsibility to be good stewards of our State’s funds and has submitted several pieces of legislation toward that end.

Garrison Coward

Government Accountability
Virginia should be run like a business.  Voters should be seen as the Board of Directors and politicians our employees.

As such:

  • Politicians should be held accountable and to the same standards as everyone else
  • The government should operate as efficiently and effectively as possible
  • We should examine ways to control conflicts of interest

Environment

Dawn Adams

Virginia is home to the pristine splendor of our mountains, green forests, expansive ocean, and beautiful array of lakes, streams, and rivers. In our District (68th), the James River runs right through our backyards. We can do more to keep this scenic resource clean and open for recreation and ensure that the Chesapeake Bay and other waterways are safe and protected for generations to come.  As a member of the Virginia House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee, Dawn understands thatprotecting these resources makes sense for our children, families, and Virginia.

Safety

Garrison Coward

We need to make sure that our communities stay safe. Henrico, Richmond, and Chesterfield have law enforcement and first responders that are second to none.

We need to do our part by:

  • Addressing road safety by ensuring that resources are being used to help with roads, sidewalks, and other infrastructure issues that have caused tragedies especially in places like Midlothian, the West End, Fan and Monument District(s)
  • Providing law enforcement officers with the resources to curb street crime
  • Encourage a meaningful community dialogue surrounding criminal justice reform

 

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Dawn Adams 1Dawn Adams

Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Dr. Dawn M. Adams has been an advocate for healthy communities for over 30 years. After receiving her Bachelors of Nursing degree from James Madison University, Dawn positioned herself in the center of Virginia’s healthcare system as a Critical Care Registered Nurse (RN). As an RN, Dawn saw first-hand how our state’s most vulnerable citizens continually fell through the cracks as a result of limited healthcare access and coverage.

Dawn is honored to take the lessons she’s learned as a nurse practitioner, administrator, educator, and community leader to represent her community as Delegate of Virginia’s House District 68 and is proud to represent the people of the city of Richmond, Chesterfield and Henrico counties.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Dr. Dawn M. Adams has been an advocate for healthy communities for over 30 years. After receiving her Bachelors of Nursing degree from James Madison University, Dawn positioned herself in the center of Virginia’s healthcare system as a Critical Care Registered Nurse (RN). As an RN, Dawn saw first-hand how our state’s most vulnerable citizens continually fell through the cracks as a result of limited healthcare access and coverage.

Dawn is honored to take the lessons she’s learned as a nurse practitioner, administrator, educator, and community leader to represent her community as Delegate of Virginia’s House District 68 and is proud to represent the people of the city of Richmond, Chesterfield and Henrico counties.

About

Dawn Adams

Source: Facebook

Dr. Dawn M. Adams has been an advocate for healthy communities for over 30 years. After receiving her Bachelors of Nursing degree from James Madison University, Dawn positioned herself in the center of Virginia’s healthcare system as a Critical Care Registered Nurse (RN). As an RN, Dawn saw first-hand how our state’s most vulnerable citizens continually fell through the cracks as a result of limited healthcare access and coverage.

In 1989, Dawn returned to school to earn her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Virginia, and soon became a Nurse Practitioner. From there, she went on to earn her Doctorate in Nursing from Old Dominion University, where she now serves as an adjunct professor. Dawn’s research focused on identifying barriers to healthcare access for all people across the economic spectrum. For her research, she won the ODU Nursing Scholar award. As she studied and worked intimately in medicine, it became abundantly clear to her that the right to affordable public education and access to adequate healthcare are inextricably linked—both are necessary as well as critical to building a healthy, successful community.

Prior to beginning her career in education, Dawn worked alongside a nurse lobbyist. This afforded her the opportunity to engage in community stakeholder meetings concerning Medicaid expansion, lobby as an advocate for healthcare access, and attend the 2014 General Assembly (GA) session. This experience led Dawn to author a proposal for a Health Policy Fellowship for nurses. This fellowship is currently available to nurses who attend graduate programs within Virginia.

While at the GA, Dawn was approached by the Assistant Commissioner for Virginia Department for Behavioral Health & Developmental Services. He prompted Dawn to utilize her education and experience to solve the problem of inadequate community-based care. Due to Dawn’s success in this field, she served as the Director of the Office of Integrated Health. In this role, she managed a multi-million-dollar state budget and built strong relationships with state and local agencies to implement local community programs and construct public policy for individuals with developmental disabilities. She has also began work to partner primary care service providers with mental health services.

Dawn’s effort to help our community extends beyond her continuous work in healthcare. Her numerous experiences, which include being the first participant in the Virginia Nurse Advocate Health Policy Fellowship, creating beneficial relationships with Virginia’s elected representatives, and developing public policy in her work as a civil servant, have helped her to identify the troubling disconnect between political maneuvering and our government’s obligation to serve the people. This is what fueled her desire to run for office.

Despite all odds, being outspent 5 to 1, on November, 7, 2017, nearly 20,000 voters in the 68th District cast their vote to bring Dawn into the General Assembly, giving her the highest voter turnout of any Democratic Candidate running against an incumbent.

Dawn is honored to take the lessons she’s learned as a nurse practitioner, administrator, educator, and community leader to represent her community as Delegate of Virginia’s House District 68 and is proud to represent the people of the city of Richmond, Chesterfield and Henrico counties.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Director, Office of Integrated Health
  • Nurse Practitioner

    DNP, ANP-BC

  • Adjunct Professor
    ODU

Education

  • Post-master’s certificate: FNP
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    1999 to present
  • M.S., Nursing/Community Health and Organizational Planning
    University of Virginia
    1989 to present
  • B.S., Nursing
    James Madison University
    1986 to present

Personal

  • Place of Birth: Naval Air Station Pensacola, FL
  • Gender: Female
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: N/A
  • Spouse: Margaret J. Constante (Maggie)

Membership & Affiliation

American Association of Nurse Practitioners
American Nurses Association
Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners
Sigma Theta Tau

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Maureen K. D. Hains
Administrative Assistant During Session: Smokie Crews

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1068

District Office
P.O. Box 25331
Richmond, VA 23260
Phone: (804) 698-1068

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

In 2017, Adams challenged Republican incumbent Manoli Loupassi for the 68th district seat in the House of Delegates, ultimately winning by 336 votes of the 40,000 cast in the district.[4] Adams is Virginia’s first openly lesbian member of the Virginia General Assembly,[5] and became part of a record high with 25 women elected to the House of Delegates that year (the previous record had been 19).[6]

Her committee assignments include the House Militia, Police and Public Safety, and The House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committees.[7]

She is up for re-election in the 2019 United States elections on November 5, 2019.

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

Dawn M. Adams (D)20,89754.60%
Garrison R. Coward (R)17,32945.27%
Write-In (Write-in)490.13%
TOTAL38,275

2017 State DelegateArray

Dawn Adams (D)19,76150.4%
George Manuel Loupassi (R)19,42549.5%
Write In (Write-in)460.1%
TOTAL39,232

Finances

ADAMS, DAWN M has run in 2 races for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $368,727.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources
Militia, Police and Public Safety
Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources – Subcommittee #2
Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources – Subcommittee #4

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Source: Campaign page

Dr. Dawn M. Adams holds a life-long passion for helping people achieve what each of us most desire from life: secure and healthy lives for ourselves and our families. Over her years as a resident of District 68 and as a nurse in Virginia’s healthcare system, Dawn has witnessed first-hand the struggles and heartbreak caused by poverty, inadequate living conditions, and limited healthcare access and coverage. As your Delegate, Dawn will work tirelessly to ensure that members of this community and all Virginians can live in safe, secure, and healthy communities.

Governance

Fiscal Responsibility

Virginia is a Balanced Budget state. This means that it is required by law that we balance the budget, and not because any one party has decided to be more financially responsible. The real question regarding the budget is how are we spending the money and collecting the revenue to prepare for the Commonwealths priorities? Dawn gets it, and her peers within the General Assembly know it. She is well aware of the General Assembly’s responsibility to be good stewards of our State’s funds and has submitted several pieces of legislation toward that end.

Economy

In Virginia, we are fortunate to have a relatively low unemployment rate. Yet,there is still work to be done to create more jobs that enrich individuals, families, and communities.  The growth, incentivization, and development of small business are a few ways to create more jobs. We need Dawn’s demonstrated ability to work across the aisle to develop other workforce solutions that will also reduce the demands for more healthcare workers, rebuild our crumbling transportation and educational infrastructure, install state-wide broadband, and operationalize energy alternatives to meet our persistent dependence on carbon fuel through solar and wind power installation.

Education

All kids deserve a good education. Education is the foundation from which children can dream and young people can aspire to be the person they were meant to become. Strong public school education creates strong adults. Teachers and the supportive infrastructure to address the increasing demands and pressures impacting our youth today are critical to their success or failure as students. Additionally high school graduates deserve affordable options for post-secondary school and when qualified, guaranteed admission to Virginia State schools. We need Dawn’s academic insight and ideas to make this a reality. Dawn will continue to fight for the cost-effective solutions that will maximize every opportunity for our children.

Environment

Virginia is home to the pristine splendor of our mountains, green forests, expansive ocean, and beautiful array of lakes, streams, and rivers. In our District (68th), the James River runs right through our backyards. We can do more to keep this scenic resource clean and open for recreation and ensure that the Chesapeake Bay and other waterways are safe and protected for generations to come.  As a member of the Virginia House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee, Dawn understands thatprotecting these resources makes sense for our children, families, and Virginia.

Health Care

Affordable healthcare coverage for all just makes sense. We can provide lower cost care to ensure all citizens receive the preventative medical, dental, and eye care that will keep them healthy, while addressing the opioid crisis, provide more comprehensive mental healthcare, and reducing the costs associated with chronic illness. At the same time, we must be prepared to take on the challenges of the epidemic of dementia, escalating needs of our aging population, the high cost of prescription drugs, and respond nimbly to the ever-changing policy demands from the federal government. We need Dawn’s three decades of diverse healthcare experience and ideas to develop affordable solutions to issues.

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Garrison CowardGarrison Coward

Current Position: Chief Operating Officer of BizCents
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: Chief Operating Officer of BizCents
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

About

Garrison Coward 1

Source: Campaign page

Garrison R. Coward, is a native of Richmond, Virginia (born at St. Mary’s Hospital), and a proud product of Henrico County’s Short Pump Middle School and J.R. Tucker High School.  He graduated from Hampden-Sydney College ‘12, with a degree in Economics; The George Washington University ‘17, with a Master’s degree in Political Management; and is currently seeking his MBA from The George Washington University’s School of Business.

 

Garrison is the Chief Operating Officer of BizCents, a local data analytics firm.  He served as a political advisor to Congressman Rob Wittman, and as Campaign Manager from 2015-2018.  He is the Executive Director of the Conservative Professionals Network, which aims to engage a new generation of center-right thinkers on public-policy matters.  Prior to joining Congressman Wittman, Garrison served as Political Director and Deputy Director of Minority Engagement for the Republican Party of Virginia.

In 2016, he was elected a Delegate to the RNC Convention from Virginia’s 7th Congressional District. 

Garrison enjoys reading, travelling, and playing basketball.  He serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors at the Southside Community Development and Housing Corporation, the YMCA of Greater Richmond Millennial Initiative, and on the Board of Directors of the Richmond-based company BizCents. Garrison is a member of the Advisory Board of Directors of the Richmond Heritage Federal Credit Union.

Web

Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Issues

Source: Campaign page

 Education 
Good quality of life starts with a good education. Children deserve the right to a quality education regardless of their zip code, period.

In Virginia we need to:

  • Protect our teachers by ensuring competitive pay
  • Empower parents by giving them additional viable options for their children’s education like public charters
  • Allow students to explore career fields in middle school to pique career interest earlier in order to prepare for future career and educational choices
  • Remove politics from our schools and focus on our children’s  education 

Crime and Safety
We need to make sure that our communities stay safe. Henrico, Richmond, and Chesterfield have law enforcement and first responders that are second to none.

We need to do our part by:

  • Addressing road safety by ensuring that resources are being used to help with roads, sidewalks, and other infrastructure issues that have caused tragedies especially in places like Midlothian, the West End, Fan and Monument District(s) 
  • Providing law enforcement officers with the resources to curb street crime
  • Encourage a meaningful community dialogue surrounding criminal justice reform

Economic Growth
The Greater-Richmond Area is home to many small and medium-sized businesses that are the backbone of our local, state, and national economies. 

Virginia needs economic policies that:

  • Protect our businesses from higher and unnecessary taxes and regulations. Mandates such as repealing right-to-work laws, plastic bag taxes, and burdensome food and beverage regulations simply don’t work
  • Protect families by ensuring their take-home pay is protected from taxes that hinder their ability to save or invest in their futures
  • Encourage growth by incentivizing businesses to come, stay, and grow within our communities

Government Accountability
Virginia should be run like a business.  Voters should be seen as the Board of Directors and politicians our employees.

As such:

  • Politicians should be held accountable and to the same standards as everyone else
  • The government should operate as efficiently and effectively as possible
  • We should examine ways to control conflicts of interest  

Healthcare
Virginia should focus on providing better and more affordable healthcare for everyone.
 We should make it easier for:

  • Doctors and patients to be in control of their own healthcare decisions based on their needs, budgets, and wants 
  • Examine prescription drug pricing policies
  • People with preexisting conditions to obtain and maintain coverage
  • Young people to stay on parent’s plans
  • More access to care through new technologies such as telemedicine
  • Recovery programs to seek and obtain funding to treat addiction

Governance

Government Accountability
Virginia should be run like a business.  Voters should be seen as the Board of Directors and politicians our employees.

As such:

  • Politicians should be held accountable and to the same standards as everyone else
  • The government should operate as efficiently and effectively as possible
  • We should examine ways to control conflicts of interest

Economy

The Greater-Richmond Area is home to many small and medium-sized businesses that are the backbone of our local, state, and national economies.

Virginia needs economic policies that:

  • Protect our businesses from higher and unnecessary taxes and regulations. Mandates such as repealing right-to-work laws, plastic bag taxes, and burdensome food and beverage regulations simply don’t work
  • Protect families by ensuring their take-home pay is protected from taxes that hinder their ability to save or invest in their futures
  • Encourage growth by incentivizing businesses to come, stay, and grow within our communities

Education

Good quality of life starts with a good education. Children deserve the right to a quality education regardless of their zip code, period.

In Virginia we need to:

  • Protect our teachers by ensuring competitive pay
  • Empower parents by giving them additional viable options for their children’s education like public charters
  • Allow students to explore career fields in middle school to pique career interest earlier in order to prepare for future career and educational choices
  • Remove politics from our schools and focus on our children’s  education

Health Care

Virginia should focus on providing better and more affordable healthcare for everyone.
We should make it easier for:

Doctors and patients to be in control of their own healthcare decisions based on their needs, budgets, and wants
Examine prescription drug pricing policies
People with preexisting conditions to obtain and maintain coverage
Young people to stay on parent’s plans
More access to care through new technologies such as telemedicine
Recovery programs to seek and obtain funding to treat addiction

Safety

We need to make sure that our communities stay safe. Henrico, Richmond, and Chesterfield have law enforcement and first responders that are second to none.

We need to do our part by:

  • Addressing road safety by ensuring that resources are being used to help with roads, sidewalks, and other infrastructure issues that have caused tragedies especially in places like Midlothian, the West End, Fan and Monument District(s)
  • Providing law enforcement officers with the resources to curb street crime
  • Encourage a meaningful community dialogue surrounding criminal justice reform

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