Current Position: Mental health worker
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate
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.
- Chair of Board
Waynesboro Parks and Recreation
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.
Boys and Girls Club
Big Brother Big Sister Club
“Big” of the Year award winner in 2009
- Campaign – email@example.com
Jennifer Lewis for Delegate
P.O. Box 431
Waynesboro, VA 22980
Source: Follow the Money
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.
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.
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.
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 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.