Anne Ferrell Tata 2Anne Ferrell Tata

Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 82 since 2022
Affiliation: Republican

As the daughter of an Army Chaplain and a school teacher, Anne Ferrell knows the importance of high academic standards in our schools and will promote the safe quality of life in Virginia Beach by supporting law enforcement in their efforts to keep us all safe.

Source: Campaign page

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 82 since 2022
Affiliation: Republican

As the daughter of an Army Chaplain and a school teacher, Anne Ferrell knows the importance of high academic standards in our schools and will promote the safe quality of life in Virginia Beach by supporting law enforcement in their efforts to keep us all safe.

Source: Campaign page

About

Anne Ferrell Tata

Source: Campaign page

Anne Ferrell Tata and her husband, former Naval officer Bob Tata, raised their four children right here in Virginia Beach. She understands the importance of plentiful job opportunities and pro-business policies that make this region’s economic engine thrive.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Medical Sale Representative

    Award-winning Medical Sales Representative, inventor and patent holder, (mini) triathlete, author and speaker, and Army “Brat”

Volunteer Experience

Source

Political fundraiser for Senator Jeff McWaters, Congressman Scott Rigell, Delegate Bob Tata, and others

 

    Education

    Contact

    Chief of Staff: Gina Lane
    Legislative Aide: Gwynn Trinder

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    900 E Main Street,
    Richmond, Virginia 23218
    Phone: (804) 698-1082

    District Office
    P.O. Box 1442
    Virginia Beach, VA 23451
    Phone: (757) 213-5193

    Web

    Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter

    Politics

    Source: Government

    Committee Membership

    Education
    Communications, Technology and Innovation
    Transportation

    Subcommittee Membership

    Education – K-12 Subcommittee
    Education – Early Childhood/Innovation Subcommittee
    Transportation – Subcommittee #2 Transportation Infrastructure and Funding
    Transportation – Subcommittee # 3 Highway Safety and Policy
    Communications, Technology and Innovation – Technology and Innovation Subcommittee

    Issues

    Source: Campaign page

    Back The Blue

    Virginia Beach was just ranked the #1 safest city in America! Anne Ferrell will continue the fight to keep our communities safe; a fight that begins by giving our law enforcement the funding they need to keep us safe.

    But we have all heard what Democrats have to say on this. Their anti-police talk is not only wrong, but dangerous. As a mother, Anne Ferrell knows how important it is that we feel safe. That safety is guaranteed when we defend those who defend us, and put victims ahead of criminals.

    So while democrats are talking about “Critical Race Theory” and “Defunding the Police,” Anne Ferrell will be dedicated to keeping Virginia Beach the #1 safest city in America.

    Open Virginia Beach Businesses

    As a longtime resident of Virginia Beach Anne Ferrell is committed to growing our economy. With lower taxes and regulations, Virginia can be the place that businesses want to move and our children want to live.

    While the Governor’s inconsistent shutdowns have made a tough year for businesses even worse, the solution is no secret: new and better jobs are made – not when Government controls every aspect of our lives – but when our business leaders push us forward!

    Anne Ferrell is proud that our hometown is a place that people come to visit. Tourism will always be a part of our growth, which is why she is committed to protecting our beaches, parks, and businesses.

    Common Sense Education

    It has always been common sense that high standards are what’s best for our children. But Democrats have changed this. By focusing on race and hatred, our children have become pawns in a political game.

    But Anne Ferrell is committed to developing the talents of our children. Our colleges and schools need to be in person, where students are learning to do their best – not Critical Race Theory.

    Virginia Beach is an economy that works for everyone, and that begins in schools. Anne Ferrell is an advocate of Trade Schools, where students get hands-on experience in the fields of their choice.

    We must continue to push for high standards. This is how we develop the brightest of minds and secure a brighter future.

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    Jason Miyares 2Jason Miyares

    Current Position: Attorney General for District 82 since 2022
    Affiliation: Republican
    Candidate: 2022 Attorney General
    Former Position(s): State Delegate for 82nd from 2016 – 2021

    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.

    Miyares, attorney general-elect, plans thorough investigation of parole board misconduct
    Richmond Times-Dispatch, Patrick WilsonNovember 4, 2021

    Democrats and Gov. Ralph Northam resisted GOP calls this year to investigate misconduct at the Virginia Parole Board after people were released from prison without proper notification to crime victims and prosecutors.

    Republican Attorney General-elect Jason Miyares says he’s going to get to the bottom of the problems so they don’t happen again.

    “Citizens get frustrated when they feel like there’s no accountability or transparency in government,” Miyares said Thursday after taking questions from reporters at a news conference in Richmond. “I’m going to have an internal working group in the AG’s office after I get sworn in to really just do a deep dive on what happened.”

    A recap of the parole board scandal:
    Under a former board chairwoman, Adrianne Bennett, the board in early 2020 quickly released more people than typical from prison shortly before Bennett was to become a juvenile court judge in Virginia Beach. Complaints followed to a state fraud, waste and abuse hotline, and the Office of the State Inspector General began to investigate.

    The inspector general’s investigations were administrative and not criminal, and the agency found the board violated law and policy in the process by which some people were released. Senior aides to Northam in August 2020 questioned the power of OSIG to investigate, and after a meeting in which they admonished OSIG staffers, the inspector general, Michael Westfall, said he feared for his job. Westfall told the governor’s staff during the meeting that his office wouldn’t look into any more complaints.

    With just a few days until this year’s election, polls have indicated a tightening race between Attorney General Mark Herring, a Democrat, and Republican candidate Jason Miyares, a state delegate. Last in a two-part Q&A series with Herring and Miyares.

    Two of the most vivid memories Del. Jason Miyares, R-Virginia Beach, has revolve around his mother’s path to becoming a U.S. citizen after she immigrated from Cuba. Those moments shape his politics as a delegate and make him proud to potentially be Virginia’s first Latino in the attorney general’s office, he said. Miyares talked to The Mercury about his background and his plans if elected, including a crackdown on crime. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

    VM: What do you think is the proper role of the attorney general?

    Miyares: One of the key roles of the attorney general, you’re the intersection of the civil and criminal and you are there to protect Virginians but also you’re known as Virginia’s top prosecutor. Public safety is a huge mission of the Attorney General’s Office. I think a big key difference between myself and my opponent is that he’s been trained as a politician, and I’ve been trained as a prosecutor. When the murder rate in Virginia is at over a two decade high, people are concerned, so I want to go after human traffickers. I want to go after violent felons. I want to investigate school boards that aren’t reporting sexual assaults in schools as they’re doing in Loudoun. And so I think, right now, it’s clear to me that the right leaders focus on the right priorities and top priority for me is going to be safety and security for Virginians.

    How do you feel about potentially being the first Latino to hold this position in Virginia?

    It’s humbling. My story doesn’t begin in Virginia Beach. It begins in Havana, Cuba when a scared 19-year-old girl got on an airplane penniless and homeless and not knowing where the next meal is gonna come from. That was my mother, Miriam Miyares. I’d be the first elected attorney general also in Virginia history to be the child of an immigrant. So I love to say if your family came to this country seeking hope and opportunity, there’s a good chance your family is a lot like my family. It would be the biggest honor of my life to be your attorney general.

    "Pledge"
    Miyares For VirginiaSeptember 24, 2021 (00:30)
    Jason Miyares Releases Second TV Ad "Pledge"
    Jasonmiyares.com, Press ReleaseSeptember 23, 2021

    VIRGINIA BEACH — Today, the Miyares for Virginia campaign released their second television ad for the 2021 attorney general election. “Pledge” takes place in a classroom, and highlights Miyares’ personal story.

     

    Miyares is the son of a Cuban immigrant and would be the first Virginia attorney general to be the son of an immigrant if elected.

     

    [Teacher]

    The Pledge of Allegiance. Now, I want everyone to write down what that means to you.

    [Miyares]

    We teach kids the pledge.

    But I actually had to teach it to my mother

    Who fled Cuba, penniless and homeless, so she could become a US citizen.

    I’m Jason Miyares.

    The son of an immigrant, I grew up to be a prosecutor.

    And now, a candidate for attorney general.

    [Teacher]

    Ruthie

    [Student]

    With liberty and justice for all.

    [Miyares]

    I’m running for attorney general because I believe liberty and justice for all is what every Virginian deserves.

    Summary

    Current Position: Attorney General for District 82 since 2022
    Affiliation: Republican
    Candidate: 2022 Attorney General
    Former Position(s): State Delegate for 82nd from 2016 – 2021

    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.

    News

    Miyares, attorney general-elect, plans thorough investigation of parole board misconduct
    Richmond Times-Dispatch, Patrick WilsonNovember 4, 2021

    Democrats and Gov. Ralph Northam resisted GOP calls this year to investigate misconduct at the Virginia Parole Board after people were released from prison without proper notification to crime victims and prosecutors.

    Republican Attorney General-elect Jason Miyares says he’s going to get to the bottom of the problems so they don’t happen again.

    “Citizens get frustrated when they feel like there’s no accountability or transparency in government,” Miyares said Thursday after taking questions from reporters at a news conference in Richmond. “I’m going to have an internal working group in the AG’s office after I get sworn in to really just do a deep dive on what happened.”

    A recap of the parole board scandal:
    Under a former board chairwoman, Adrianne Bennett, the board in early 2020 quickly released more people than typical from prison shortly before Bennett was to become a juvenile court judge in Virginia Beach. Complaints followed to a state fraud, waste and abuse hotline, and the Office of the State Inspector General began to investigate.

    The inspector general’s investigations were administrative and not criminal, and the agency found the board violated law and policy in the process by which some people were released. Senior aides to Northam in August 2020 questioned the power of OSIG to investigate, and after a meeting in which they admonished OSIG staffers, the inspector general, Michael Westfall, said he feared for his job. Westfall told the governor’s staff during the meeting that his office wouldn’t look into any more complaints.

    With just a few days until this year’s election, polls have indicated a tightening race between Attorney General Mark Herring, a Democrat, and Republican candidate Jason Miyares, a state delegate. Last in a two-part Q&A series with Herring and Miyares.

    Two of the most vivid memories Del. Jason Miyares, R-Virginia Beach, has revolve around his mother’s path to becoming a U.S. citizen after she immigrated from Cuba. Those moments shape his politics as a delegate and make him proud to potentially be Virginia’s first Latino in the attorney general’s office, he said. Miyares talked to The Mercury about his background and his plans if elected, including a crackdown on crime. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

    VM: What do you think is the proper role of the attorney general?

    Miyares: One of the key roles of the attorney general, you’re the intersection of the civil and criminal and you are there to protect Virginians but also you’re known as Virginia’s top prosecutor. Public safety is a huge mission of the Attorney General’s Office. I think a big key difference between myself and my opponent is that he’s been trained as a politician, and I’ve been trained as a prosecutor. When the murder rate in Virginia is at over a two decade high, people are concerned, so I want to go after human traffickers. I want to go after violent felons. I want to investigate school boards that aren’t reporting sexual assaults in schools as they’re doing in Loudoun. And so I think, right now, it’s clear to me that the right leaders focus on the right priorities and top priority for me is going to be safety and security for Virginians.

    How do you feel about potentially being the first Latino to hold this position in Virginia?

    It’s humbling. My story doesn’t begin in Virginia Beach. It begins in Havana, Cuba when a scared 19-year-old girl got on an airplane penniless and homeless and not knowing where the next meal is gonna come from. That was my mother, Miriam Miyares. I’d be the first elected attorney general also in Virginia history to be the child of an immigrant. So I love to say if your family came to this country seeking hope and opportunity, there’s a good chance your family is a lot like my family. It would be the biggest honor of my life to be your attorney general.

    “Pledge”
    Miyares For VirginiaSeptember 24, 2021 (00:30)
    Jason Miyares Releases Second TV Ad “Pledge”
    Jasonmiyares.com, Press ReleaseSeptember 23, 2021

    VIRGINIA BEACH — Today, the Miyares for Virginia campaign released their second television ad for the 2021 attorney general election. “Pledge” takes place in a classroom, and highlights Miyares’ personal story.

     

    Miyares is the son of a Cuban immigrant and would be the first Virginia attorney general to be the son of an immigrant if elected.

     

    [Teacher]

    The Pledge of Allegiance. Now, I want everyone to write down what that means to you.

    [Miyares]

    We teach kids the pledge.

    But I actually had to teach it to my mother

    Who fled Cuba, penniless and homeless, so she could become a US citizen.

    I’m Jason Miyares.

    The son of an immigrant, I grew up to be a prosecutor.

    And now, a candidate for attorney general.

    [Teacher]

    Ruthie

    [Student]

    With liberty and justice for all.

    [Miyares]

    I’m running for attorney general because I believe liberty and justice for all is what every Virginian deserves.

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    About

    Jason Miyares 1

    Source: Campaign page

    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

    https://vimeo.com/393308407

    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

    Campaign Office
    1112 Laskin Rd, Ste A
    Virginia Beach, VA 23451
    Phone: (757) 699-1776

    Web

    Government Page, Campaign Site, Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram

    Politics

    Recent Elections

    2019 State Delegate

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

    2017 State Delegate

    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

    Democracy

    Common Sense Election Reform

    Democrats continue to oppose cleaning voter rolls and commonsense election integrity measures like showing an ID to vote. Jason supports reform measures that give the confidence for all Virginians that elections are run with integrity and openness.

    Economy

    Recreate a Pro-Business Virginia

    Small businesses and entrepreneurs are struggling with high taxation, litigation and regulation coming out of Richmond. Jason will fight to preserve Virginia’s Right to Work status and is a passionate believer in a “bottom-up” economy that doesn’t favor big corporations but instead supports the policies that allow small business owners to grow, thrive and most importantly, hire. While the current Attorney General continues to side with far left, out of state political organizations over Virginia small business owners, Jason will always stand for job creation and opportunity.

    Education

    Fight for the next generation

    The closure of schools for over a year has had an unconscionable impact on our children and most vulnerable. During a time when America was having a great debate about inequality in our great nation we shut down one of the great equalizing tools in our society; our schools. Over the past year we have seen the Virginia public education system fail our children, their parents, and in particular the most vulnerable students that struggle with learning disabilities or have an IEP. The Virginia State Constitution gives our kids the right to an education and Jason pledges to sue any school district on behalf of parents that is not fully open by the time he is sworn in.

    Immigration

    Opposing Illegal Immigration

    As potentially the first Attorney General since 1786 that would be the child of an immigrant, Jason is a passionate believer in the American Miracle and that our nation is a nation of second chances. If your family came to America seeking freedom and opportunity chances are your family is a lot like the Miyares Family.   Miyares supports legal immigration, but he will not allow illegal immigrants to take advantage of American laws and is in favor of efforts to strengthen border security.

    Safety

    Punish Criminals and Protect Victims

    The victims of violent crimes are too often ignored or forgotten in Richmond.  An out-of-control parole board has let out felons, rapists, murderers, cop killers, and child abusers out of prison and back in our neighborhoods and communities.  This failure to protect the safety of Virginia families is a fireable offense, and as a former criminal prosecutor, Jason has seen first-hand the toll violent crime has on victims, families and communities. As Virginia’s next Attorney General he will make your safety his mission to protect all Virginians.

    Restore Law & Order

    Time and time again we have seen how our current Attorney General remained silent and failed to step in when local prosecutors allowed dozens of rioters to avoid prosecution for their crimes, effectively setting them free. Jason has a record of putting violent criminals behind bars, consistently defending Virginians and if local prosecutors are unable or unwilling to prosecute violent criminals he will step in.

    Stand with Police

    It is time we stand with those that stand everyday to keep our communities safe and secure. We should be funding the police instead of defunding them, and give them the tools they need to succeed. Law enforcement officers risk their lives keeping our communities safe and they deserve to know we have their back. As a former prosecutor, Jason has worked with law enforcement and is honored to have the support of members of law enforcement, prosecutors and sheriffs throughout the commonwealth who are tired of a criminal first, victim last mindset in Richmond.

    Social Security

    Look out for the Vulnerable

    Jason Miyares wants to create the Senior Strike Force which would be aimed at protecting senior citizens from fraud. The strike force will be made up of dedicated investigators and prosecutors whose sole purpose is to put those who defraud Virginia’s most vulnerable population behind bars.

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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

    Twitter

    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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