Jennifer Lewis

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UNITED STATES - JUNE 23: Jennifer Lewis, Democratic candidate for the 6th congressional district of Virginia, speaks during the Women's Summit in Herndon, Va., on Saturday June 23, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Summary

Current Position: Mental health worker
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

About

Source: Campaign page

Jennifer Lewis is a mental health worker, community advocate, and leader in the fight against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. She’s been a civically active member of her community in Augusta County and Waynesboro, volunteering for various local groups, serving on boards and commissions, and fighting on the front lines for the values of the valley. 

Jennifer has volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club and Big Brother Big Sister, winning “Big” of the Year in 2009. She’s served as Chair of the Waynesboro Parks and Recreation Board for eight years and currently serves as Chair of the Office on Youth Commission. 

When Jennifer saw farms in the Valley being threatened by Dominion’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline, she founded Friends of Augusta, a local pipeline opposition group. As President, she’s organized demonstrations, rallies, and meetings with FERC and elected officials. She’s also setup fundraisers and written columns in local papers addressing the disastrous effects the proposed pipelines will have on our land, water, and air – not to mention our property rights.

Jennifer spent the early part of her professional career working in the Virginia public school system, providing mental health services to at-risk youth. She currently works with adults with mental illness who are transitioning from inpatient care back into the community.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Chair of Board
    Waynesboro Parks and Recreation
  • Chair
    Office on Youth Commission
  • Founder and President
    Friends of Augusta

    As President, she’s organized demonstrations, rallies, and meetings with FERC and elected officials. She’s also setup fundraisers and written columns in local papers addressing the disastrous effects the proposed pipelines will have on our land, water, and air – not to mention our property rights.

Volunteer Experience

Boys and Girls Club

Big Brother Big Sister Club

    Awards

    “Big” of the Year award winner in 2009

    Contact

    Email:

    Offices

    Jennifer Lewis for Delegate
    P.O. Box 431
    Waynesboro, VA 22980

    Web

    Facebook, Twitter

    Politics

    Finances

    Source: Follow the Money

    Issues

    Civil Rights

    Moving Women Forward

    We all have mothers, grandmothers, sisters, daughters – women we couldn’t live without. Don’t they have a right to pursue their dreams, to be treated (and paid) fairly at work, to make decisions about their own bodies?

    That’s why Jennifer supports providing up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave, wants to increase funding for domestic violence shelters, urges Virginia’s General Assembly to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, and wants to protect funding for women’s health centers.

    Economy

    Agriculture

    Jennifer comes from a farming family, and she understands the stress and strains endured by family farms. She wants to encourage policy that allows farms to sell directly to consumers and restaurants. Just like in other industries, corporate conglomeration and monopolization has led to large agribusiness crushing competition from smaller farms. Jennifer supports tough enforcement of antitrust laws in the industry.

    Environment

    Environment

    Jennifer opposes both the proposed Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines. She pledges to stand with landowners in opposition to eminent domain takings that favor large for-profit corporations. Jennifer also supports reforming FERC so citizens and scientists have as much influence as fossil-fuel industry lobbyists. Jennifer refuses contributions from Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power. Our priority should be green energy infrastructure and jobs. Jennifer supports legislation moving us towards 100% clean and renewable energy as soon as possible.

    Health Care

    Legalizing Hemp and Marijuana

    We need to start being reasonable about marijuana and hemp. Marijuana should be legal for medicinal and recreational adult use. Likewise, Jennifer believes we should be free to cultivate hemp legally.

    Infrastructure

    Infrastructure and Rural Broadband

    We need to increase capital lending to small businesses and expand high-speed broadband networks throughout the district. It is vital that we have rural broadband as it is crucial to the growth of the 20th district.

    Jennifer also opposes the proposed toll for Interstate 81, a main artery of the Shenandoah Valley. Jennifer supports a slight increase in fuel tax to eliminate the need for a toll on I81.

    News

    News Posts

    Jennifer Lewis announces her campaign for 20th District Delegate
    By: John Hood
    WHSV – February 11, 2019

    Jennifer Lewis’ 20th District Delegate Campaign Kicks-Off
    NBC29.COM – February 9, 2019

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