VA House 94 – 2019 Election

District Description:  City of Newport News (part)
Current Delegate: David Yancey since 2012 (R)

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“You may recall that two years ago this election resulted in a dead tie that was resolved via a random drawing from a bowl. Since then, a court-ordered redistricting plan gave Democrats a much bigger partisan advantage in the district. This year’s rematch once again pits incumbent Republican Yancey against Democrat Shelly Simonds. Democrats see it as their most obvious opportunity to pick up a seat. Money is already pouring in: Simonds has raised $290,000 so far and Yancey has raised $335,000.”

David Yancey

Current Position: State Delegate since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

Overview: N/A

Shelly Simonds

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

My husband, Paul, and I moved to Newport News in 2000, when he was hired as a NASA engineer. We soon realized that Newport News was the perfect place to raise our two daughters, Georgia and Tessa. And after my second daughter turned two, I returned to the workforce as a Spanish teacher at their school, Hilton Elementary, and discovered a new passion for teaching. I had never had a workplace where I felt like I was part of a team with such purpose. We spent our lunch breaks talking about our students and how we could encourage them.

I’ve also been a longtime environmental activist. I got my start in Virginia politics as a member of the Legislative Contact Team with the League of Conservation Voters. This work is also incredibly important to me, and something that I want to fight for in the General Assembly, if elected.

Michael Bartley

Current Position: Aerospace engineer
Affiliation: Libertarian
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

VA House 94 – 2019 ElectionVA House 94 – 2019 Election

District Description:  City of Newport News (part)
Current Delegate: David Yancey since 2012 (R)

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“You may recall that two years ago this election resulted in a dead tie that was resolved via a random drawing from a bowl. Since then, a court-ordered redistricting plan gave Democrats a much bigger partisan advantage in the district. This year’s rematch once again pits incumbent Republican Yancey against Democrat Shelly Simonds. Democrats see it as their most obvious opportunity to pick up a seat. Money is already pouring in: Simonds has raised $290,000 so far and Yancey has raised $335,000.”

Summary

District Description:  City of Newport News (part)
Current Delegate: David Yancey since 2012 (R)

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“You may recall that two years ago this election resulted in a dead tie that was resolved via a random drawing from a bowl. Since then, a court-ordered redistricting plan gave Democrats a much bigger partisan advantage in the district. This year’s rematch once again pits incumbent Republican Yancey against Democrat Shelly Simonds. Democrats see it as their most obvious opportunity to pick up a seat. Money is already pouring in: Simonds has raised $290,000 so far and Yancey has raised $335,000.”

VA House District 94

District Map (PDF)

VA State House District #94

David Yancey

Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 94 since 2012
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate VA House District 94

For more information, see David Yancey’s post.

David Yancey 2David Yancey, was born and raised in Newport News. He is a 1990 graduate of Peninsula Catholic High School, and a 1995 graduate of the University of Georgia, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History.

In 2001 David returned to Newport News to work in his family’s real estate business and a few years later he started his own real estate development company.

Throughout the next decade David continued to grow his business, expanding to commercial fishing with a new business partner on the Eastern Shore.

David holds professional licenses from the Commonwealth of Virginia in Real Estate, Contracting, and Commercial Fishing.

In 2011, David was appointed to the City of Newport News Mayor’s Efficiency Task Force on city government. This one-year task force was a citizen committee designed to look at innovative ways to improve the role of government in Newport News. David worked with city employees to find ways to improve services and reduce costs for the city.

In addition, the task force looked for ways to encourage local job growth and investment in the community by small businesses.

The experiences that David had on this task force were part of the foundation for his future work in the General Assembly working to develop the economy and reduce bureaucracy for companies seeking to expand or relocate in Virginia.

Education is a key issue for David, he sees it as the cornerstone to a robust economy and improving the lives of young people. In 2011, David was also appointed to serve on the Newport News Education Foundation, where he participated in events that were designed to improve the education of students in the public schools as well as engage local businesses in the education system. The experiences he had during this time proved invaluable. Once elected to the House of Delegates, David was appointed to the Education Committee. As a result, he has been able to represent our schools in Richmond with first hand knowledge of their needs.

In the General Assembly, David serves on the House Transportation, Education, and the Commerce and Labor Committees. In 2017 he was appointed chairman of the subcommittee that oversees legislation governing the Department of Motor Vehicles.
In addition, David is the current Chairman of the Governor’s Aerospace Advisory Committee. He represents Newport News on the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization and the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission, both of which oversee transportation projects throughout the entire Hampton Roads area.

During the year, David is a volunteer Rugby Coach for the Newport News High School Rugby Football Club and the local Rugby Foundation. He has previously served as a Board member of the Virginia Rugby Union and past President of the Newport News Rugby Football Club, where he also started coaching. As a coach, he stresses the importance of staying in school and seeking a well-rounded education to be successful in the workforce.

Shelly Simonds

Current Position: Educator, activist, and entrepreneur
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate VA House District 94

For more information, see Shelly Simonds’s post.

Shelly Simonds 1When I was in high school, I had some wonderful teachers who ignited my curiosity about the world and an excitement for learning. That curiosity has guided my life, pushing me to experience education around the world, from Spain, to Chile, to Palo Alto, California, and to Newport News, the city where I have built my life and started my family.

And it’s why I’m running to be your Delegate in the Virginia State House today. I want to bring that inspiration and passion for education to the people of Virginia.

My love of learning first emerged when I had a chance to spend a year in Spain as an AFS Exchange Student. And after graduation, I went on to study International Relations and Latin American Studies and at Bucknell University, where I also earned a Rotary Fellowship to spend a year at the University of Chile. It was there I discovered a love of writing and journalism that led me to Stanford University for a Masters in Communications.

My husband, Paul, and I moved to Newport News in 2000, when he was hired as a NASA engineer. We soon realized that Newport News was the perfect place to raise our two daughters, Georgia and Tessa. And after my second daughter turned two, I returned to the workforce as a Spanish teacher at their school, Hilton Elementary, and discovered a new passion for teaching. I had never had a workplace where I felt like I was part of a team with such purpose. We spent our lunch breaks talking about our students and how we could encourage them.

In 2012, I was elected to the School Board on a platform of support for teachers and workforce development. I still feel like I’m on the teacher’s team because I’m fighting for their resources, and I understand, first-hand, the challenges and joys of their important work in our community. Through the Virginia School Board Association, I’ve been a vocal advocate for education, and I helped write the final report for our Challenged Schools Taskforce in 2015. This report helped secure funding for extended learning programs in the Commonwealth.

I’ve also been a longtime environmental activist. I got my start in Virginia politics as a member of the Legislative Contact Team with the League of Conservation Voters. This work is also incredibly important to me, and something that I want to fight for in the General Assembly, if elected.

As a mother, an educator, an activist, and an entrepreneur, I know I can hit the ground running to bring positive change to my community when I become a member of the General Assembly.

Issues

Economy

David Yancey

David has a proven record of supporting legislation that makes it easier for Virginia businesses to operate and grow. As a business owner himself, David has first hand knowledge of how burdensome regulations and government red tape impact small businesses and their owners. That is why he introduced legislation that would require agencies to remove a regulation for each new regulation that was added. For his efforts to defend small businesses he has repeatedly received awards from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

David is also working to grow the Aerospace industry here in Newport News through his service on the Governor’s Aerospace Advisory Board and by securing $4.2 million in funding to support the expansion of Jefferson Lab. In addition, he regularly lobbies aerospace firms to locate here on the Peninsula.

Not only has Delegate Yancey supported the employees of the Newport News Shipyard by working with them to provide assistance during periods of layoffs, he also has supported legislation for the shipyard and secured funding for projects, including the current work on the foundry building.

As he continues to work on behalf of his constituents, Delegate David Yancey will continue to be a leader in improving Virginia’s economy and supporting pro-business policies to encourage growth and competitiveness.

Shelly Simonds

As Delegate, Shelly’s number one priority will be creating a Virginia economy that works for everyone. Too many of our citizens miss out on the American dream. This is why Shelly is dedicated to bringing good, well-paying jobs to Newport News, and why she strongly supports raising the minimum wage. Economic growth should benefit everyone.

And to turn that belief into a reality, Shelly is committed to developing our workforce, investing in working families, strengthening small businesses, and empowering women at work.

Education

David Yancey

As a member of the House Education Committee, David is an advocate for students and teachers. He has worked to reform the Standards of Learning so that the focus is on student learning and achievement instead of test taking and bureaucracy.

David has also supported budget items to increase pay for our teachers and funding for teachers’ professional development, because success in the classroom starts with a qualified teacher. He works with local school officials to address their needs in the legislature, including passing legislation that helped get qualified teachers in the classrooms.

One example of his assisting a local school is when he helped the PTA at R.O. Nelson Elementary School PTA receive a $1,500 donation from CSX Railroad. David encouraged the school to apply for Beyond Our Rails, an outreach program the company. He then reached out to CSX to help expedite the process and get the funding to the school in time to meet the student’s needs.

Shelly Simonds

As a Newport News School Board member and former Spanish teacher, Shelly has the experience to fight for the highest quality education for our children. She is a longtime advocate for excellence in public schools, and will bring bold ideas and meaningful programs to our children’s education.

Shelly is focusing her efforts on investing in teachers, connecting students to careers, and closing the achievement gap.

Environment

David Yancey

David recognizes the impact that rising waters in Hampton Roads have on the community, particularly in the Hilton section of Newport News. In response he introduced language in the budget to provide funding for storm water runoff. He also has introduced several pieces of legislation supporting the solar industry in Virginia. As a result of this legislation being enacted, he has received awards from the Sierra Club and from a regional Solar Energy Association.

Shelly Simonds

Shelly got her start in politics as an environmental activist working with the League of Conservation Voters. As Delegate, Shelly will be a staunch defender of our environment, and will fight to make Newport News a green city with a bright future.

She will focus her efforts on fighting for sustainable, green communities, supporting clean energy, funding City Farm, and reducing traffic by expanding transit solutions.

Infrastructure

David Yancey

As your Delegate, David understands that the more time we spend sitting in traffic the less time we get to spend with our families. He also knows that to keep business growing on the Peninsula, there has to be a good transportation network. When he ran for office his priority was getting I-64 on the Peninsula expanded, and he has delivered on that promise. The expansion of I-64 is on schedule and on budget and when other politicians have tried to reallocate funding from the Peninsula, David has fought to keep the funding in place. Once completed the project will expand I-64 to three lanes in each direction all the way to Williamsburg.

Last year David led a regional effort to allocate $4.4 billion for a project that will add an extra lane in each direction to the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel. To accomplish this he had to work with public officials from the region as well as with administration at Hampton University. One of his top priorities was protecting the historic areas of the university and ensuring they were involved in the entire process. This project will be complete in 2024 and will help alleviate traffic congestion on the Peninsula.

Moving forward David will continue to work with others to ensure that the Peninsula gets its fair share of transportation dollars, and helping to reduce traffic congestion on the Peninsula.

Shelly Simonds

Safety

David Yancey

David understands the impact crime can have on a person’s life. He has experienced it first hand when his father was assaulted while walking home one evening. As a result he has worked with the local police department and victims organizations to introduce legislation that helps them do their job and put criminals behind bars. He successfully passed a law to provide victims of human trafficking privacy when they are working with law enforcement. He introduced legislation that would impose higher penalties for crimes committed by gang members selling drugs. Both of these initiatives were a direct result of his meetings with police administration and ride-alongs with the police.

Shelly Simonds

Shelly knows criminal justice reform in Virginia needs to be a bipartisan effort, and she looks forward to getting to Richmond to work with Republicans on this crucial issue. Virginia has the 8th highest incarceration rate in the country, with many people convicted for nonviolent drug offenses. We spend $25,000 per inmate per year—money that could be used to fix our roads and bridges and invest in our children’s’ future. We as a state can reduce crime and save money on incarceration if we work together on adopting reforms that have already worked in other states.

Among Shelly’s priorities for Criminal Justice reform are advocating for preventative reform, and strong community policing.

Civil Rights

Shelly Simonds

Shelly is a strong advocate for civil rights and will always stand up to defend vulnerable members of our community. We need stronger leadership in the General Assembly to stand up to hatred and bigotry now more than ever.

Shelly is committed to addressing racism and religious bigotry, as well as LGBTQ rights.

Racism and Religious Bigotry
As a longtime member of the NAACP, Shelly knows we need a leader in Richmond who isn’t afraid to stand up to racism in all its forms. At a time when racism and religious bigotry are on the march across America, getting too close to home, Shelly knows we need a Delegate who will stand up to prejudice, divisiveness and hatred. Shelly will always stand strong with our minority communities and will always vigorously oppose and protest efforts to sow division based on race or creed.

LGTBQ Rights
Shelly believes members of the LGBTQ community must have equal rights before the law. She’ll always defend non-discrimination protections in the workplace. She knows how important it is that we work to create a society where our LGBTQ youth are happy and healthy, instead of disproportionately affected by mental health issues and suicide. In Richmond, she will support LGBTQ anti-discrimination bills in public service and housing.

Health Care

Shelly Simonds

Shelly believes healthcare is one of the defining issues of our time. Too many Virginians don’t have access to the care they need and drug prices are too high.

As Delegate, Shelly will make a priority of defending Healthcare and reducing drug prices, and making sure we protect women’s healthcare rights.

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David Yancey 1David Yancey

Current Position: State Delegate since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

Overview: N/A

About

David Yancey 2

Source: Campaign page

David Yancey, was born and raised in Newport News. He is a 1990 graduate of Peninsula Catholic High School, and a 1995 graduate of the University of Georgia, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History.

In 2001 David returned to Newport News to work in his family’s real estate business and a few years later he started his own real estate development company.

Throughout the next decade David continued to grow his business, expanding to commercial fishing with a new business partner on the Eastern Shore.

David holds professional licenses from the Commonwealth of Virginia in Real Estate, Contracting, and Commercial Fishing.

In 2011, David was appointed to the City of Newport News Mayor’s Efficiency Task Force on city government. This one-year task force was a citizen committee designed to look at innovative ways to improve the role of government in Newport News. David worked with city employees to find ways to improve services and reduce costs for the city.

In addition, the task force looked for ways to encourage local job growth and investment in the community by small businesses.

The experiences that David had on this task force were part of the foundation for his future work in the General Assembly working to develop the economy and reduce bureaucracy for companies seeking to expand or relocate in Virginia.

Education is a key issue for David, he sees it as the cornerstone to a robust economy and improving the lives of young people. In 2011, David was also appointed to serve on the Newport News Education Foundation, where he participated in events that were designed to improve the education of students in the public schools as well as engage local businesses in the education system. The experiences he had during this time proved invaluable. Once elected to the House of Delegates, David was appointed to the Education Committee. As a result, he has been able to represent our schools in Richmond with first hand knowledge of their needs.

In the General Assembly, David serves on the House Transportation, Education, and the Commerce and Labor Committees. In 2017 he was appointed chairman of the subcommittee that oversees legislation governing the Department of Motor Vehicles.
In addition, David is the current Chairman of the Governor’s Aerospace Advisory Committee. He represents Newport News on the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization and the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission, both of which oversee transportation projects throughout the entire Hampton Roads area.

During the year, David is a volunteer Rugby Coach for the Newport News High School Rugby Football Club and the local Rugby Foundation. He has previously served as a Board member of the Virginia Rugby Union and past President of the Newport News Rugby Football Club, where he also started coaching. As a coach, he stresses the importance of staying in school and seeking a well-rounded education to be successful in the workforce.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Self-employed

Education

  • (B.A., Political Science and History
    University of Georgia, GA
    1995

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1972
  • Place of Birth: Newport News, VA
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Roman Catholic

Membership & Affiliation

Rotary International
Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
Newport News Rugby Football Club

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Gretchen Heal
Administrative Assistant During Session: Karen Imes

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1094

District Office
P.O. Box 1163
Newport News, VA 23601

Phone: (757) 897-3953

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, YouTube

Politics

Recent Elections

2017 State DelegateArray

David Yancey (R)11,60148.5%
Shelly Anne Simonds (D)11,59148.5%
Michael David Bartley (L)6752.8%
Write In (Write-in)29
TOTAL23,896

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

YANCEY, DAVID E has run in 5 races for public office, winning 4 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $2,916,215.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Chair: Transportation
Education
Commerce and Labor

Subcommittees

Education – Subcommittee #3
Commerce and Labor – Subcommittee #2
Transportation – Subcommittee #4

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Source: Campaign page

Where David Yancey Stands on the Issues Important to All Virginians

As your representative in the Virginia General Assembly, I have worked hard to stand up for the people of the 94th District. I will continue to support legislation that reflects the values and needs of my constituents and be an independent voice for our area.

I am always eager to hear from constituents. I believe that government only works when citizens are engaged in the process. If you have any questions or concerns, or would just like to share your opinion with me, please email me at Info@DavidYanceyForDelegate.com.

Economy

David has a proven record of supporting legislation that makes it easier for Virginia businesses to operate and grow. As a business owner himself, David has first hand knowledge of how burdensome regulations and government red tape impact small businesses and their owners. That is why he introduced legislation that would require agencies to remove a regulation for each new regulation that was added. For his efforts to defend small businesses he has repeatedly received awards from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

David is also working to grow the Aerospace industry here in Newport News through his service on the Governor’s Aerospace Advisory Board and by securing $4.2 million in funding to support the expansion of Jefferson Lab. In addition, he regularly lobbies aerospace firms to locate here on the Peninsula.

Not only has Delegate Yancey supported the employees of the Newport News Shipyard by working with them to provide assistance during periods of layoffs, he also has supported legislation for the shipyard and secured funding for projects, including the current work on the foundry building.

As he continues to work on behalf of his constituents, Delegate David Yancey will continue to be a leader in improving Virginia’s economy and supporting pro-business policies to encourage growth and competitiveness.

Education

As a member of the House Education Committee, David is an advocate for students and teachers. He has worked to reform the Standards of Learning so that the focus is on student learning and achievement instead of test taking and bureaucracy.

David has also supported budget items to increase pay for our teachers and funding for teachers’ professional development, because success in the classroom starts with a qualified teacher. He works with local school officials to address their needs in the legislature, including passing legislation that helped get qualified teachers in the classrooms.

One example of his assisting a local school is when he helped the PTA at R.O. Nelson Elementary School PTA receive a $1,500 donation from CSX Railroad. David encouraged the school to apply for Beyond Our Rails, an outreach program the company. He then reached out to CSX to help expedite the process and get the funding to the school in time to meet the student’s needs.

Environment

David recognizes the impact that rising waters in Hampton Roads have on the community, particularly in the Hilton section of Newport News. In response he introduced language in the budget to provide funding for storm water runoff. He also has introduced several pieces of legislation supporting the solar industry in Virginia. As a result of this legislation being enacted, he has received awards from the Sierra Club and from a regional Solar Energy Association.

Infrastructure

Transportation

As your Delegate, David understands that the more time we spend sitting in traffic the less time we get to spend with our families. He also knows that to keep business growing on the Peninsula, there has to be a good transportation network. When he ran for office his priority was getting I-64 on the Peninsula expanded, and he has delivered on that promise. The expansion of I-64 is on schedule and on budget and when other politicians have tried to reallocate funding from the Peninsula, David has fought to keep the funding in place. Once completed the project will expand I-64 to three lanes in each direction all the way to Williamsburg.

Last year David led a regional effort to allocate $4.4 billion for a project that will add an extra lane in each direction to the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel. To accomplish this he had to work with public officials from the region as well as with administration at Hampton University. One of his top priorities was protecting the historic areas of the university and ensuring they were involved in the entire process. This project will be complete in 2024 and will help alleviate traffic congestion on the Peninsula.

Moving forward David will continue to work with others to ensure that the Peninsula gets its fair share of transportation dollars, and helping to reduce traffic congestion on the Peninsula.

Safety

David understands the impact crime can have on a person’s life. He has experienced it first hand when his father was assaulted while walking home one evening. As a result he has worked with the local police department and victims organizations to introduce legislation that helps them do their job and put criminals behind bars. He successfully passed a law to provide victims of human trafficking privacy when they are working with law enforcement. He introduced legislation that would impose higher penalties for crimes committed by gang members selling drugs. Both of these initiatives were a direct result of his meetings with police administration and ride-alongs with the police.

Veterans

David has fought to get one of two new Veterans centers in the state located in Hampton Roads. He has supported local veterans from wars ranging from WWII to the current conflicts by assisting them with their VA claims and attending their events and meetings. He has also authored and passed legislation which allows Virginia Community Colleges the ability to award academic credits to any student who has successfully completed a military training course or program as part of their military service that is applicable to the students certificate or degree requirement. He is honored to say that his grandfather’s uniform from WWII is displayed at the Virginia War Museum in Newport News.

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Shelly SimondsShelly Simonds

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

My husband, Paul, and I moved to Newport News in 2000, when he was hired as a NASA engineer. We soon realized that Newport News was the perfect place to raise our two daughters, Georgia and Tessa. And after my second daughter turned two, I returned to the workforce as a Spanish teacher at their school, Hilton Elementary, and discovered a new passion for teaching. I had never had a workplace where I felt like I was part of a team with such purpose. We spent our lunch breaks talking about our students and how we could encourage them.

I’ve also been a longtime environmental activist. I got my start in Virginia politics as a member of the Legislative Contact Team with the League of Conservation Voters. This work is also incredibly important to me, and something that I want to fight for in the General Assembly, if elected.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

My husband, Paul, and I moved to Newport News in 2000, when he was hired as a NASA engineer. We soon realized that Newport News was the perfect place to raise our two daughters, Georgia and Tessa. And after my second daughter turned two, I returned to the workforce as a Spanish teacher at their school, Hilton Elementary, and discovered a new passion for teaching. I had never had a workplace where I felt like I was part of a team with such purpose. We spent our lunch breaks talking about our students and how we could encourage them.

I’ve also been a longtime environmental activist. I got my start in Virginia politics as a member of the Legislative Contact Team with the League of Conservation Voters. This work is also incredibly important to me, and something that I want to fight for in the General Assembly, if elected.

About

Shelly Simonds 1

Source: Campaign page

When I was in high school, I had some wonderful teachers who ignited my curiosity about the world and an excitement for learning. That curiosity has guided my life, pushing me to experience education around the world, from Spain, to Chile, to Palo Alto, California, and to Newport News, the city where I have built my life and started my family.

And it’s why I’m running to be your Delegate in the Virginia State House today. I want to bring that inspiration and passion for education to the people of Virginia.

My love of learning first emerged when I had a chance to spend a year in Spain as an AFS Exchange Student. And after graduation, I went on to study International Relations and Latin American Studies and at Bucknell University, where I also earned a Rotary Fellowship to spend a year at the University of Chile. It was there I discovered a love of writing and journalism that led me to Stanford University for a Masters in Communications.

My husband, Paul, and I moved to Newport News in 2000, when he was hired as a NASA engineer. We soon realized that Newport News was the perfect place to raise our two daughters, Georgia and Tessa. And after my second daughter turned two, I returned to the workforce as a Spanish teacher at their school, Hilton Elementary, and discovered a new passion for teaching. I had never had a workplace where I felt like I was part of a team with such purpose. We spent our lunch breaks talking about our students and how we could encourage them.

In 2012, I was elected to the School Board on a platform of support for teachers and workforce development. I still feel like I’m on the teacher’s team because I’m fighting for their resources, and I understand, first-hand, the challenges and joys of their important work in our community. Through the Virginia School Board Association, I’ve been a vocal advocate for education, and I helped write the final report for our Challenged Schools Taskforce in 2015. This report helped secure funding for extended learning programs in the Commonwealth.

I’ve also been a longtime environmental activist. I got my start in Virginia politics as a member of the Legislative Contact Team with the League of Conservation Voters. This work is also incredibly important to me, and something that I want to fight for in the General Assembly, if elected.

As a mother, an educator, an activist, and an entrepreneur, I know I can hit the ground running to bring positive change to my community when I become a member of the General Assembly.

Web

Campaign Site, Twitter

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

Shelly A. Simonds (D)11,56357.72%
David E. Yancey (R)8,07040.28%
Michael D. Bartley (L)3761.88%
Write-In (Write-in)250.12%
TOTAL20,034

Issues

Civil Rights

Shelly is a strong advocate for civil rights and will always stand up to defend vulnerable members of our community. We need stronger leadership in the General Assembly to stand up to hatred and bigotry now more than ever.

Shelly is committed to addressing racism and religious bigotry, as well as LGBTQ rights.

Racism and Religious Bigotry
As a longtime member of the NAACP, Shelly knows we need a leader in Richmond who isn’t afraid to stand up to racism in all its forms. At a time when racism and religious bigotry are on the march across America, getting too close to home, Shelly knows we need a Delegate who will stand up to prejudice, divisiveness and hatred. Shelly will always stand strong with our minority communities and will always vigorously oppose and protest efforts to sow division based on race or creed.

LGTBQ Rights
Shelly believes members of the LGBTQ community must have equal rights before the law. She’ll always defend non-discrimination protections in the workplace. She knows how important it is that we work to create a society where our LGBTQ youth are happy and healthy, instead of disproportionately affected by mental health issues and suicide. In Richmond, she will support LGBTQ anti-discrimination bills in public service and housing.

Economy

As Delegate, Shelly’s number one priority will be creating a Virginia economy that works for everyone. Too many of our citizens miss out on the American dream. This is why Shelly is dedicated to bringing good, well-paying jobs to Newport News, and why she strongly supports raising the minimum wage. Economic growth should benefit everyone.

And to turn that belief into a reality, Shelly is committed to developing our workforce, investing in working families, strengthening small businesses, and empowering women at work.

Education

As a Newport News School Board member and former Spanish teacher, Shelly has the experience to fight for the highest quality education for our children. She is a longtime advocate for excellence in public schools, and will bring bold ideas and meaningful programs to our children’s education.

Shelly is focusing her efforts on investing in teachers, connecting students to careers, and closing the achievement gap.

Environment

Shelly got her start in politics as an environmental activist working with the League of Conservation Voters. As Delegate, Shelly will be a staunch defender of our environment, and will fight to make Newport News a green city with a bright future.

She will focus her efforts on fighting for sustainable, green communities, supporting clean energy, funding City Farm, and reducing traffic by expanding transit solutions.

Health Care

Shelly believes healthcare is one of the defining issues of our time. Too many Virginians don’t have access to the care they need and drug prices are too high.

As Delegate, Shelly will make a priority of defending Healthcare and reducing drug prices, and making sure we protect women’s healthcare rights.

Safety

Criminal Justice Reform

Shelly knows criminal justice reform in Virginia needs to be a bipartisan effort, and she looks forward to getting to Richmond to work with Republicans on this crucial issue. Virginia has the 8th highest incarceration rate in the country, with many people convicted for nonviolent drug offenses. We spend $25,000 per inmate per year—money that could be used to fix our roads and bridges and invest in our children’s’ future. We as a state can reduce crime and save money on incarceration if we work together on adopting reforms that have already worked in other states.

Among Shelly’s priorities for Criminal Justice reform are advocating for preventative reform, and strong community policing.

Twitter

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Michael BartleyMichael Bartley

Current Position: Aerospace engineer
Affiliation: Libertarian
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: Aerospace engineer
Affiliation: Libertarian
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

About

Source: Campaign page

Nice to meet you!  My name is Michael D. Bartley.  I was born and raised in Ohio, and moved here to Newport News in 2000 with my wife Amanda.  I earned my BS in Aerospace Engineering from Trine University (Tri-State University) in Indiana.  I am an aerospace engineer at Eagle Technologies LLC, here in Newport News.  I am also an Eagle Scout, a Cleveland Browns fan, and an active member at Warwick United Church of Christ.

My wife Amanda is an instructional assistant for Newport News Public Schools at Marshall Early Learning Center.  Our two children, Charlotte and Emily, attend public school, in third and first grades.  On the weekends, I enjoy spending time with my family.  We enjoy exploring our local parks, spending time with our church family, and relaxing.

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Issues

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CIVIL FORFEITURE

Legalized theft by the government, also known as civil forfeiture must not be allowed.  Cooperating with federal agencies in any way for civil forfeiture will be forbidden.  I will propose legislation to make it so property can only be forfeited after a guilty verdict or guilty plea on a felony.  Restore justice to those not convicted.

Kelo v. City of New London is the worst Supreme Court decision of my lifetime.  Eminent domain should NEVER be used to take property from anybody other than for public use, and then only after compensation of one and a half times the value of the property and the costs to move.  Give property justice to ALL.

DRINKING AGE
Virginians that are 18 are old enough to vote, or die for their country, but not old enough to buy alcohol.  Students at universities are not allowed to consume alcohol in their dorms or other safe locations.  This encourages binge drinking at parties where they are more vulnerable.  If you truly care about the “rape culture” on campus then you logically must be in favor of lowering the drinking age to 18.  I will propose legislation to change this.  Give liberty to ALL.

EDUCATION
I am a father of two children, one of whom is entering first grade.  I support “Backpack Funding.” Children will be given a certain amount of money depending on their grade and special needs.  Parents will be able to choose any school they want and the funding will follow the child.  This money can be used for public education in or out of district, for private schools, or for tutors and materials for home schooled children.  It is time to let the poor send their children to the schools of their choice.  Give educational justice to ALL.

ENVIRONMENT
The Atlantic Coast Pipeline uses eminent domain for its construction, so I oppose it.  If the law allows people to trespass on land, then the law must be changed. I do not care how much of a “vitally important infrastructure project” this is, you may not use the government to take property from others for private use. This is not residential distribution of natural gas, so it is not a public use.

I would like to reduce income taxes by using externality taxes. One of the most commonly proposed externality tax is a carbon tax. It is easiest to apply at the well head, as well as when it is imported. The tax should be set to increase over a known amount over time to allow the industry time to adjust. This should also replace other pollution regulations. Taxation prevents grandfathering of pollution, and forces economic pressure to reduce pollution. Under the present system, a manufacturer must have new plants meet current environmental standards, but old ones can be grandfathered in. This encourages old, polluting, inefficient plants to not be replaced by newer ones.

GAMBLING
Right now Virginians are only allowed to legally gamble by using the lottery.  This is hypocritical; the state can profit from gambling, but we can’t have a casino.  I will propose legislation to allow casino and online gambling in the state of Virginia.  Give gambling liberty to ALL.

GUN RIGHTS
“A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a Free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”  I will propose “constitutional carry” legislation. While still issuing concealed licenses for reciprocity, concealed carry will be allowed without a permit in the commonwealth.  Give the liberty to conceal to ALL.

LAW ENFORCEMENT
Beyond legalizing all victimless crimes and ending civil forfeiture I will promote justice for ALL by:

  • Proposing legislation that will make those unable to pay a fine, to be able to do community service instead.
  • Proposing legislation that only driving offences can result in the loss of ones drivers license.
  • Proposing legislation that the state will cover all costs (bail, attorney’s fees, and lost wages) for those found not guilty of felonies and misdemeanors.  Anybody charged with felonies but only convicted of misdemeanors will also have their court cost covered.
  • Propose legislation to increase the funding of the public defenders.
  • Police will be required to use, and the state will fund, body cameras while on patrol.
  • Police will be required to video tape all interviews with suspects.
  • Prosecutors will be instructed to prosecute perjury of state officials as a high priority and sentences will be doubled.
  • Police misconduct will be investigated by officials in other departments.
  • Police officers may not be given any incentive or quotas to arrest or cite people.
  • Teenage “Sexting” is not a crime, and under no circumstances should it be treated as such.
  • All fines will be placed in the general fund of the state.   End policing for profit.
  • Make restitution payments a higher priority than fines.
  • Make every attempt to find a place other than jail for the mentally ill.

MEDICAL
Certificate of Public Need (COPN) requires a committee to approve expansion of medical facilities, with competitors able to have an input.  This is a way for established medical organizations to prevent competition.  It allows them to keep their prices artificially high while preventing Virginians from having access to medical care.  According to Christopher Koopman and Thomas Stratmann of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University “[i]n particular, for Virginia these programs could mean approximately 10,800 fewer hospital beds, 41 fewer hospitals offering MRI services, and 58 fewer hospitals offering CT scans. For those seeking quality health care throughout Virginia, this means less competition and fewer choices, without increased access to care for the poor.”  I will propose legislation that will repeal the need for a Certificate of Public Need.  Give medical liberty to ALL.

PROSTITUTION
It is now common to call prostitution “Human Trafficking”, but the vast majority of people in the sex trade participate voluntarily.  The way it stands now, if sex workers are raped, not paid, or are robbed, they have limited access to legal justice.  I will propose legislation to legalize, tax, and regulate prostitution, thus restoring justice for prostitutes.

RESTORATION OF CIVIL RIGHTS
I am grateful to our Governor for restoring the voting rights to felons that have served completed their sentences.  I will propose legislation make this permanent and add gun rights.  Restore liberty for ALL.

If you are a convicted felon who has questions about the restoration of your right to vote, you can visit Revive My Vote to check your status and get more information.  Know your rights!

TRANSPORTATION
Right now, it takes two hours to get from 24th Street @ Marshall Ave. to Busch Gardens if you take public transportation.  Why?  Because the cities pick the layout for the bus routes.  They are about as good at this as they are at picking airlines to fly out of Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport.  We need to privatize HRT so that they can pick the routes instead and will be given a subsidy (per rider) to pick up people in low socioeconomic areas and the disabled.

The state house of Virginia has abdicated its role in state road decisions; that must change.  I will call for the repeal of House Bill 2.  I will propose parallel toll lanes for expanding roads.  Let those who don’t want to wait in traffic pay the toll, those who don’t mind the traffic wait, but all will benefit from the extra lanes.  Liberate traffic congestion for ALL.

VICTIMLESS CRIMES
When a person is arrested for a low-level drug offence their life is substantially made worse.  It deprives an individual of their liberty, and can create single parent households that put innocent children at risk.  After release, it makes their life considerably harder due to their criminal record.  The tax payers are also required to pay a significant amount of money.  Police are also diverted away from crimes that have victims; every hour a police officer spends on a victimless crime, is an hour not spent bringing justice to victims of actual crime.  Let the police bring justice to ALL.

I will propose the following legislation to change this:

  • Join the western states that are legalizing marijuana.
  • Allow doctors to prescribe anything for their patients.
  • Decriminalize personal use amounts of all drugs.
  • After the 2018-2019 legislative session and support is greater, I will propose legalization of all drugs in Virginia.
  • By expressly allowing any drug to be prescribed in the state of Virginia it will be possible for experimental medication to be given in the state, as long as it does not cross state lines.  This could put the Commonwealth of Virginia at the forefront of medical research.   Give medical Liberty to ALL.

 

 

 

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