Jason Miyares

Current Position: State Delegate since 2016
Affiliation: Republican

In November of 2015, Jason Miyares won the open seat to the 82nd District for the House of Delegates by the widest margin in the district’s history while becoming the first Cuban-American ever elected to the Virginia General Assembly. Jason Miyares has brought commonsense conservative leadership and accountability to Richmond while fighting for fiscal discipline and government transparency.

In November of 2015, he won the open seat to the 82nd District for the House of Delegates by the widest margin in the district’s history while becoming the first Cuban-American ever electd to the Virginia General Assembly. Jason Miyares has brought commonsense conservative leadership and accountability to Richmond while fighting for fiscal discipline and government transparency.

Gayle Johnson

Current Position: Music impressario
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

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Jason Miyares

Current Position: State Delegate since 2016
Affiliation: Republican

In November of 2015, Jason Miyares won the open seat to the 82nd District for the House of Delegates by the widest margin in the district’s history while becoming the first Cuban-American ever elected to the Virginia General Assembly. Jason Miyares has brought commonsense conservative leadership and accountability to Richmond while fighting for fiscal discipline and government transparency.

In November of 2015, he won the open seat to the 82nd District for the House of Delegates by the widest margin in the district’s history while becoming the first Cuban-American ever electd to the Virginia General Assembly. Jason Miyares has brought commonsense conservative leadership and accountability to Richmond while fighting for fiscal discipline and government transparency.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2016
Affiliation: Republican

In November of 2015, Jason Miyares won the open seat to the 82nd District for the House of Delegates by the widest margin in the district’s history while becoming the first Cuban-American ever elected to the Virginia General Assembly. Jason Miyares has brought commonsense conservative leadership and accountability to Richmond while fighting for fiscal discipline and government transparency.

In November of 2015, he won the open seat to the 82nd District for the House of Delegates by the widest margin in the district’s history while becoming the first Cuban-American ever electd to the Virginia General Assembly. Jason Miyares has brought commonsense conservative leadership and accountability to Richmond while fighting for fiscal discipline and government transparency.

About

Jason Miyares 1

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A New Generation of Virginia Leadership

Delegate Jason Miyares is an example of President Ronald Reagan’s “Shining City on the Hill.” His story begins with his mother, Miriam Maria Miyares, who fled communist Cuba in 1965 with the clothes on her back and no idea from where her next meal would come. She legally immigrated to the United States and instilled in her three sons a passionate love of the freedom and democracy of America. Miyares grew up in Virginia Beach, attending local public schools and growing up in a middle-class household that emphasized the values of hard work, love of country, and service above self.

In November of 2015, he won the open seat to the 82nd District for the House of Delegates by the widest margin in the district’s history while becoming the first Cuban-American ever electd to the Virginia General Assembly. Jason Miyares has brought commonsense conservative leadership and accountability to Richmond while fighting for fiscal discipline and government transparency.

In the House of Delegates, he serves on the General Laws, Courts of Justice and Transportation Committees, where he has advanced legislation on coastal flooding, improving education, transparency in government and regulatory reform. A former prosecutor (Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney) for the City of Virginia Beach, Miyares worked to keep our most violent criminals off our streets and our families safe. Prior to his service in the Virginia House, he served as a Senior Advisor to former Congressman Scott Rigell.

Delegate Jason Miyares’ passion is building the right environment in Virginia for job creation, flooding mitigation, restoring funding for Virginia Beach public schools, fiscal discipline and government transparency and repealing burdensome regulations that are hurting Virginia small business owners.

As Delegate, Jason Miyares brings common-sense conservative leadership and accountability to Richmond, while fighting for fiscal discipline and job creation. He also serves on the Board of Veterans Services (BVS) and is Chairman of the Commission on Economic Opportunity for Virginians in Aspiring & Diverse Communities (the Opportunity Commission) focusing on opening barriers of economic opportunities for all Virginians. In 2019 he was recognized as “Legislator of the Year” from the College Affordability and Public Trust for his work on transparency and affordability in higher education. The year before, in 2018, Delegate Jason Miyares was recognized as “Legislator of the Year” from the Hampton Roads Military Officers Association of America for his “outstanding and dedicated service” to Virginia’s military veterans.

Miyares attended elementary and high school in Virginia Beach, graduating with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from James Madison University and is a graduate of the College of William & Mary School of Law, where he served on the Honor Council. He is the Past President of Cape Henry Rotary where he was a Paul Harris Fellow, Past Chairman of the Hampton Roads Young Republicans, Founding Member of the Hampton Roads Federalist Society, Member of the Virginia Beach Bar Association, and a Member of Galilee Episcopal Church. He lives in Virginia Beach, with his wife Page Atkinson Miyares, an owner and broker at Atkinson Realty, a third-generation family owned business in the North End, their three daughters and their very lovable Golden Retriever, Buckley.

Delegate Jason Miyares is proud to have the endorsements of over twenty current and past local elected Virginia Beach officials and scores of additional community leaders and business owners.

PARTIAL LIST OF ENDORSEMENTS
Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)
National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB)
Virginia Farm Bureau Federation
African-American Political Action Council (AAPAC)
Former Congressman Scott Rigell
Former Senator Jeff McWaters
Senator Frank Wagner
Senator John Cosgrove
Senator Bill DeSteph
Delegate Barry Knight
Delegate Glenn Davis
Delegate Chris Stolle
Sheriff Ken Stolle
Treasurer John Atkinson
Clerk of the Court Tina Sinnen
Commonwealth’s Attorney Colin Stolle
Mayor Bobby Dyer
Vice Mayor Louis Jones
City Councilman John Moss
City Councilwoman Shannon Kane
City Councilwoman Rosemary Wilson
City Councilman Jim Wood
School Board Chairman Dan Edwards
School Board Member Ashley McLeod
School Board Member Kim Melnyk
School Board Member Carolyn Weems

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney

Education

  • JD
    The College of William and Mary in Virginia School of Law
    2006
  • BA
    James Madison University
    1998

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1976
  • Place of Birth: Greensboro, NC
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Latino
  • Religion: Episcopal
  • Spouse: Page
  • Children: Gabriella, Elaina, and Sophia

Membership & Affiliation

: Galilee Episcopal Church
Cape Henry Rotary (former president)
Hampton Roads Federalist Society
Virginia Beach Bar Association
Sorenson Institute for Political Leadership (former fellow, 2000)
Virginia Beach Young Life Committee (former member)
Willam and Mary School of Law Honor Council (former student member)
I’Anson-Hoffman Inn of Court (former student member)
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach (former prosecutor)

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Becky Chambliss
Administrative Assistant During Session: Pat Frasher

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1082

District Office
618 Village Drive, Suite J
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454
Phone: (757) 353-4696

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

Jason S. Miyares (R)15,77159.20%
Gayle H. Johnson (D)10,84040.69%
Write-In (Write-in)270.10%
TOTAL26,638

2017 State DelegateArray

Jason Miyares (R)16,048
Leigh Anne Bowling (D)11,174
Write In (Write-in)290.1%
TOTAL27,251

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

MIYARES, JASON S has run in 3 races for public office, winning 2 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $619,023.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Courts of Justice
Transportation
General Laws

Subcommittees

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

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Economy

Relieving Burdens on our Entrepreneurs

Our jobs agenda has one goal: make it easier for people to work. Our jobs policies aim to create a culture of opportunity where people can empower themselves and flourish in our society. This is accomplished through private job creation and entrepreneurship, healthcare reform, and modernizing education options.
That is why I’m proud to have support the business-driven initiative, GO Virginia, which facilitates greater collaboration between the business community, higher education, and local governments. The budget funds strategic and targeted investments in economic development, while promoting increased accountability and oversight in coordination with our legislative priorities. It also provides incentives for localities to work together to attract out-of-state businesses to their region. It is critical that our region work together to attract out of state jobs to our region.
I am a firm believer that a strong economy is built from the bottom-up, starting with our small business entrepreneurs who create two-thirds of all new jobs in our current economy. Unfortunately, bureaucratic red tape and over-regulation prevents too many small business owners from being able to survive and thrive. The current regulatory system is broken. Onerous Our jobs agenda has one goal: make it easier for people to work. Our jobs policies aim to create a culture of opportunity where people can empower themselves and flourish in our society. This is accomplished through private job creation and entrepreneurship, healthcare reform, and modernizing education options.
That is why I’m proud to have support the business-driven initiative, GO Virginia, which facilitates greater collaboration between the business community, higher education, and local governments. The budget funds strategic and targeted investments in economic development, while promoting increased accountability and oversight in coordination with our legislative priorities. It also provides incentives for localities to work together to attract out-of-state businesses to their region. It is critical that our region work together to attract out of state jobs to our region.
I am a firm believer that a strong economy is built from the bottom-up, starting with our small business entrepreneurs who create two-thirds of all new jobs in our current economy. Unfortunately, bureaucratic red tape and over-regulation prevents too many small business owners from being able to survive and thrive. The current regulatory system is broken. Onerous Our jobs agenda has one goal: make it easier for people to work. Our jobs policies aim to create a culture of opportunity where people can empower themselves and flourish in our society. This is accomplished through private job creation and entrepreneurship, healthcare reform, and modernizing education options.
That is why I’m proud to have support the business-driven initiative, GO Virginia, which facilitates greater collaboration between the business community, higher education, and local governments. The budget funds strategic and targeted investments in economic development, while promoting increased accountability and oversight in coordination with our legislative priorities. It also provides incentives for localities to work together to attract out-of-state businesses to their region. It is critical that our region work together to attract out of state jobs to our region.
I am a firm believer that a strong economy is built from the bottom-up, starting with our small business entrepreneurs who create two-thirds of all new jobs in our current economy. Unfortunately, bureaucratic red tape and over-regulation prevents too many small business owners from being able to survive and thrive. The current regulatory system is broken. Onerous

permitting requirements have made it extremely difficult, expensive, and time-consuming to do business. Not all regulations are bad or should be done away with, however, they should be transparent, fair, and impose minimal financial burdens on businesses and families. I’m proud to have introduced legislation that would require every new regulation coming out of the state Department of Professional and Occupation Regulations to report within five years the impact that regulation is having on our small business entrepreneurs, whether it is redundant, and whether it is needed. We need to cut through red tape that is hindering our small business owners so they can hire and thrive in our emerging economy.

Education

Making Kids #1

I attended public elementary through high school in Virginia Beach and my own daughters attend Virginia Beach public schools. I know firsthand the importance of public education is in our communities and the impact of my numerous extraordinary public school teachers still resonates with me today. They are the reason that our educators are some of our greatest public servants.
While in Richmond, I supported a budget to increase funding for Virginia Beach public schools by over $45 million, keeping a campaign promise of fighting for increased funding for our local schools.
I’m proud to support funding in Richmond for pay raises for our hard working teachers, and sending $157 million of lottery funds back to local school divisions without any mandates on how the funds must be spent for maximum flexibility. Furthermore, this year’s adopted budget exceeded the Governor’s investment in K-12 education by $8 million.

Education is the key to the future wellbeing of the children of Hampton Roads and investing in education is really about investing in the future workforce that will power our 21st century economy. Like you, I want my own children to be able to graduate from our

local public schools with a world class education.
Not all children in the Commonwealth today are as fortunate as I was growing up in Virginia Beach public schools. That is why I’m proud to have championed legislation aimed at those trapped in failing school districts that was passed with bipartisan support and signed into law by the Governor. My legislation allowed public charter school applications in at-risk school districts. Virginia Beach public schools are some of the best in the nation, but some Virginia school districts are falling farther behind in individual student growth. This legislation would only apply to those localities in which over 50% of the schools in the school district are classified by the federal government as Title I at risk schools. In these school districts, a charter school applicant can request that the State Board of Education review and remand to the local school board a denied application. This legislation does not remove the local school board’s ultimate authority to grant or deny any charter school application. I’m proud to say this legislation was passed and signed into law with bipartisan support.

Safety

Safe Neighborhoods & Effective Law Enforcement

Public safety should always be a foremost priority of all elected officeholders. Keeping our schools, neighborhoods and communities safe from violent gangs and drug dealers is critical to building a safer, more prosperous Virginia Beach.
In 2016, Forbes released an article stating that more Americans have died from drug overdose than car crashes. The devastation Fentanyl, Heroin and opiate addiction has had on families in Hampton Roads, many of whom I know personally, is heartbreaking.
In the General Assembly, I have introduced legislation enhancing penalties for drug dealers, has been highlighted by WAVY-10 for my legislation requiring opiate prescriptions to become electronic to cut down on prescription drug abuse, and for advocating for increased state services to combat this problem impacting Virginia.
I was honored to serve as a Virginia Beach prosecutor (Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney), where I worked hand in hand with our brave officers in the law enforcement community to get criminals off our streets and in prison. During my time in the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, I handled over 600 criminal cases and worked tirelessly keep Virginia Beach families safe and secure from

violent criminals. Most importantly, I understand that for the victims of violent crimes, making sure that their attacker is put in prison is just one step in the road of healing and recovery.
I am proud in the General Assembly to advance legislation to protect women and the most vulnerable by enhancing the penalties for stalkers, including serving as a co-patron on legislation that provides that a second offense of stalking committed within five years of a prior stalking conviction is punishable as a Class 6 felony.
Virginia Beach remains one of the safest cities of its size in the country and that is not by chance. It is due to the dedication of our brave men and women in law enforcement and the work of so many of my friends in the Virginia Beach Office of Commonwealth’s Attorney. I’m proud to have the endorsement and support of so many in the law enforcement community and to continue to be their ally in Richmond.

Flooding and Hurricane Risk Reduction

Hampton Roads and Virginia Beach are at high risk of catastrophic flooding and hurricane threats. Virginia is where Louisiana was prior to Hurricane Katrina and we are woefully unprepared; the time for action is now. If we do nothing the economic devastation to our region would measure in the billions of dollars and potentially thousands of lives lost. That is why I’m continuing to champion legislation and initiatives to tackle both flooding and hurricane preparedness in Richmond
In 2017, I carried legislation regarding the National Flood Insurance Program that requires the Secretary of Natural Resources to issue a report by November 1, 2018, listing any locality not participating in the Community Rating System of the National Flood Insurance Program and recommending any legislation necessary to encourage participation, which would lower flood premiums for our homeowners. I’m proud that this legislation passed with bipartisan support and was signed into law.
Finally, I’m am championing the Hurricane and Flooding Risk Reduction Act of 2017. Rather than wait for the next storm, this legislation is aimed at organizing state government now, rather than after a catastrophic flooding event, to prepare and tackle the host of flooding issues we face in our region. This bill establishes the Commonwealth as a Nonfederal Sponsor of Hurricane and Flooding Risk Reduction Projects. The bill also establishes the Virginia Hurricane and Flooding Risk Reduction Authority, a Board of Directors for that Authority, and a Governor’s Advisory Commission on Hurricane and Flooding Risk Reduction. This legislation is critical for Hampton Roads and Virginia Beach as flooding continues to impact our neighborhoods and quality of life

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Gayle JohnsonGayle Johnson

Current Position: Music impressario
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: Music impressario
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

About

Gayle Johnson 1

Source: Campaign page

Gayle’s sharp intellect and readiness to serve her community make her one of the inspiring women making a difference in today’s political arena. She combines creativity and analytical thinking to find new solutions. As a community activist, she listens to concerns from all sides to build a consensus and find meaningful solutions for all parties.

Gayle has always held a passion for the arts. After graduating from Oberlin she founded and led Capriole, a baroque music ensemble, which became an internationally acclaimed Ensemble in Residence at W&M and ODU.

Gayle envisions a sustainable future, but she doesn’t just “talk the talk”. She earned certifications as a Class A Contractor, LEED Accredited Professional and Certified Green Professional. In 2013, she built the first net zero energy home in Virginia Beach to inspire others to invest in energy efficient building.

Web

Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Issues

Source: Campaign page

ECONOMY
SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH
I believe that we cannot simply try to grow the economy. We must focus on creating sustainable growth that benefits all of our citizens.

 
In addition, I believe we must attract clean energy companies, such as those responsible for the manufacturing and maintenance of wind turbines, because:

 
1. A clean energy economy will provide tens of thousands of good paying jobs. 
a. Clean energy already employs approximately 101,000 Virginians, and is projected to grow 7% in 2019, according to the Advanced Energy Economy (AEE).
2. Clean energy, such as solar panels and offshore wind, is a more expensive but more sustainable long-term investment than additional investments in fossil fuels (including natural gas). 
3. A diverse portfolio of energy sources will help maintain low energy bills by offsetting the risk of price fluctuations.
4. Cheap, reliable energy will create additional incentives for businesses to relocate to Virginia, especially businesses with large energy requirements.

We already have tremendous potential in Virginia, with a massive, centrally-located port, educated and highly skilled workers, and the best business environment in the United States. We can take advantage of these opportunities to ensure sustainable growth for future generations of Virginians!

SMALL BUSINESS 
As a former small business owner, I know how hard it can be to create a business from the ground up. That’s why I believe that we must create stronger incentives for entrepreneurs and create more resources to help small business owners thrive.

I support the following:
1. Create delayed-interest loans for certain types of small businesses and start-ups. 
2. Create additional tax breaks for small business owners seeking to purchase solar panels or other cost-cutting investments. 
3. Improve access to resources such as low-interest loans, grants, and training programs.

TAX POLICY
I believe that our state tax policy can be used to effectively incentivize beneficial behaviors and choices that might otherwise be inaccessible due to cost. That is w.y I propose creating tax incentives for the following

1. Tax breaks for homeowners, business owners, and developers who use pervious materials to offset flood damage and decrease the strain on public storm drain system.
2. Tax breaks for solar panels.
3. Tax breaks for certain electric vehicles, scaled based on income. For example, a family making $40,000 per year buying a $20,000 electric vehicle would receive a greater tax break than a family earning $100,000 buying the same vehicle. 
4. Tax breaks for companies deemed to be sustainable sources of employment (e.g. wind turbine manufacturers).

To offset the cost of these tax incentives, I propose that we legalize recreational marijuana for adults over the legal age, which would be overseen by a state-owned monopoly similar to VA ABC stores. This would generate additional tax revenue, create thousands of new jobs, and help decrease spending on our prison programs.

CLIMATE CRISIS
CLIMATE CHANGE
I am increasingly concerned about the impact of climate change on District 82. We are surrounded by water on three sides – the Atlantic to the East, the Chesapeake to the North, and the Lynnhaven River to the West. Rising sea levels as well as increasingly frequent and powerful storms pose an existential threat to our community, as even a few feet of sea-level rise can disrupt our economy and destroy our infrastructure.

 
I propose creating tax incentives for Virginians and companies who invest in sustainable strategies to mitigate climate change: 
1. Use pervious materials to aid water runoff and mitigate flood damage.
2. Implement sustainable building practices, such as those set forth by the LEED program, that create more energy-efficient buildings. 
3. Purchase solar panels, electric cars, and other energy-efficient technologies.

I also support measures to fine individuals and companies who engage in activities that undermine the public good, such as developers who build homes in high-risk flood zones or homeowners who destroy natural flood barriers on their properties (e.g. trees and wetlands). This would help offset the cost of rebuilding homes and businesses destroyed or threatened by flooding or sea-level rise.

ENERGY POLICY
I believe the best energy policy is a diversified energy policy. We need multiple sources of power to keep our energy cheap and sustainable. Let’s increase renewables like solar and wind while transitioning away from fossil fuels. This will offset the risk of price fluctuations, natural disasters, or supply chain disruption while moving us toward a cleaner, more sustainable future.
 
I am against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which is being constructed to transport natural gas to the coast. While Virginians might benefit from this pipeline over the next ten years, it is unclear how much of the natural gas will be used here and how much will be exported for profit. I also believe it is unwise to sink so much money into an extractive resource. Natural gas reserves may be extensive but they are certainly not infinite, and that means that the uses of this pipeline are incredibly limited. Given the cost, I believe that the public money used for this project would be better used elsewhere, especially in education programs.

EDUCATION
PUBLIC SCHOOLS
We must create a fair system for determining teachers’ salaries and expand teachers’ benefits to ensure that Virginia’s public schools continue to employ and retain high-quality teachers. 
I support the following:

1. Increase our state budget for education to return to pre-Recession levels
2. Restore a defined benefits pension plan
3. Protect continuing contracts
4. Tie teacher salary to per-pupil spending requirements. 
5. Create incentives for teachers to earn certifications from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRADE SCHOOLS 
I support controlling in-state tuition to keep higher education accessible to our youth.

We cannot expect every single student to pursue a traditional college degree, nor can we ignore the need for high-skill laborers in all fields. That is why I propose expanding vocational and skills training courses for our middle and high school students, and improving access to quality vocational training for adults.

HEALTHCARE
I believe that access to affordable healthcare is a human right, and that is it our state government’s responsibility to guarantee access to healthcare for all citizens of the Commonwealth.

I support the following to improve access to healthcare in Virginia:

1. Protecting expanded Medicaid/Medicare in the Commonwealth2. Supporting access to healthcare in low-income communities 
3. Working with pharmaceutical and insurance companies to keep prices low 
4. Holding healthcare companies accountable for unethical and illegal behaviors (e.g. lying about the addictive nature of new opioids) 
5. Creating a public option for health insurance

HUMAN RIGHTS
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
I believe that we must immediately address Virginia’s discriminatory and unnecessary criminal justice system. The systemic mass incarceration of young men from minority communities, especially African Americans, is a blight on our society.
 
I propose the following policies to address mass incarceration: 
1. Legalize marijuana for adults of a legal age.2. Expedite the pardon of those incarcerated for non-violent drug-related offenses and create a program to reintegrate them into society. 
3. Treat drug use as a public health problem, not a criminal violation, and create new programs to help treat drug users rather than put them in prison. 
4. Decrease the number of people who are kept in prison while awaiting trial.

WOMEN’S RIGHTS
I am a strong advocate for implementing strong legal protections that guarantee women’s rights. While we have undoubtedly come a long way in the fight for gender equality in my lifetime, there is more that must be done.

 
I support the following to create a more equitable Virginia: 
1. Ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to enshrine the protection of gender equality in the Constitution of the United States.
2. Creating stronger enforcement mechanisms for the Equal Pay Act (EPA) and its state equivalent to help close the pay gap.
3. Ensuring sufficient access to women’s reproductive healthcare, especially for low-income communities.

LGBTQ RIGHTS
I have been a lifelong supporter of the LGBTQ community, and believe it is imperative that the Virginia state government protect all of citizens regardless of their sexual orientation.

 
I propose the following to uphold and protect LGBTQ Rights: 
1. Creating an amendment to the Virginia state constitution to guarantee the right to marriage equality.2. Passing laws prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

ETHICAL GOVERNMENT
CAMPAIGN FINANCE
I believe that our political system has become completely unsustainable. Both parties require their candidates to raise obscene amounts of money, which allows special interests to functionally buy candidates for office. The people are no long in control of their own future, and this cannot continue.

That is why I propose creating a fixed cap on how much money each campaign may spend, based on the umber of voters that each type of campaign needs to reach. For example, someone running for the House of Delegates may only need to raise $50,000, while someone running for U.S. Congress may need to raise closer to $1 million to effectively reach out to their constituents.

GERRYMANDERING
I believe that the current system for redistricting is completely unacceptable, since iGt allows the party in control of the Virginia Legislature to redraw districts based on their own political goals rather than the needs of the people.

I propose that we create a non-partisan committee responsible for drawing new districts based on census data with the stated goal of creating more competitive political races. We cannot allow so many districts to remain uncontested.

GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION
I firmly believe that we need to create more comprehensive laws that make everyone safer, gun owners and non-owners alike. 
I propose the following measures: 
1. Create tax incentives for gun owners to purchase gun safes, which should keep guns out of the hands of unsupervised children and decrease the likelihood of suicide by gun, since it is often a spontaneous decision that can be avoided with simple obstacles; 
2. Increase access to gun safety courses for all gun owners.
3. Support measures to require universal background checks and close the “gun show” and “boyfriend” loopholes in existing laws.

COST OF LIVING
HOUSING
Housing is inarguably essential, but increasingly costly. That is why I propose tying state tax incentives for companies providing affordable housing to more realistic goals. Specifically, I propose defining low-income housing as housing that costs no more than 30% of what an individual or family can make working full time at the minimum wage.

For example, if our minimum wage was increased to $15 an hour, an individual working a full-time job would expect to bring home around $2,600 per month before tax. In that situation, an apartment would only qualify as “affordable” if its rent was 30% or less of an individual’s total monthly income (~$720).

LIVING WAGE
As of 2019, Virginia has the lowest minimum wage in relation to the cost of living in the United States. I am strongly in favor of increasing our state’s minimum wage to provide a living wage to all Virginians. I believe that we should aim to increase our minimum wage to at least $15, in addition to addressing rapidly rising costs of living .
INFRASTRUCTURE
NET NEUTRALITY
I strongly support implementing state-level protections for net neutrality. I believe that it is our responsibility to protect the rights of our citizens, especially when the Federal government fails to do so.

FLOOD MITIGATION 
It is important for Virginia to maintain and upgrade its infrastructure in order to retain its reputation as business-friendly and competitive. That is why I will vote to increase spending on infrastructure maintenance, and why I support making improvements to our public infrastructure.

Our infrastructure program must begin to account for the dangers of flooding and sea-level rise. While pervious concrete and asphalt is not necessary in most areas of Virginia, our largest population centers are near rivers and the Atlantic coast. It is therefore essential that state legislators include funding for flood-mitigating technologies such as pervious concrete and asphalt in affected communities.

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