Amanda Batten

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Summary

Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 96

Affiliation: Republican

Overview:

An active member of the community, Amanda Batten currently works as legislative aide to Delegate Brenda Pogge, representative of District 96 in the Virginia House of Delegates. She was previously employed as a fundraising manager for the Medical Society of Virginia and as legislative aide to Virginia Senator Thomas K. Norment, Jr.

Before moving to Williamsburg and working in politics, Amanda homeschooled her son and consulted for a marketing firm.

About

Source: Campaign page

An active member of the community, Amanda Batten currently works as legislative aide to Delegate Brenda Pogge, representative of District 96 in the Virginia House of Delegates. She was previously employed as a fundraising manager for the Medical Society of Virginia and as legislative aide to Virginia Senator Thomas K. Norment, Jr. Before moving to Williamsburg and working in politics, Amanda homeschooled her son and consulted for a marketing firm.

Amanda resides in Toano with her husband, Rick, and son, Troy. She is currently a board member of the Virginia Symphony Society, and she previously served on the board of the Thomas Nelson Community College Educational Foundation and the Providence Classical School Board. A graduate of Ashford University, Amanda has also completed the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Political Leaders Program and the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance’s LEAD Historic Triangle program.

For over ten years, Amanda has volunteered for Republican candidates and principles in James City County and York County. She completed three terms as chairman of the James City County Republican Committee, and she currently serves as First Vice President of the Jamestown Heritage Republican Women’s Club. She is also the Eastern Vice Chairwoman of the State Central Committee of the Republican Party of Virginia.

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Recent Elections

2019 State Delegate for VA House District 96

Amanda E. Batten (R)17,14252.48%
Mark C. Downey (D)15,14146.35%
James W. Jobe (L)3571.09%
Write-In (Write-in)260.08%
TOTAL32,666

Issues

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Low Taxes
Virginians deserve to keep more of their hard-earned dollars. I believe each individual is the best judge of how to spend his or her income, and I will fight against higher taxes. I oppose hidden fees that increase the cost of doing business as well as tax policies favoring special interests and select industries. All Virginians deserve a return on their investment of tax dollars, and I will fight for efficiencies while prioritizing the core functions of government.

Life
I firmly believe in the sanctity of human life, and I will steadfastly support efforts to ensure Virginia protects its most vulnerable citizens throughout all stages of life.  All lives are valuable and of equal worth.  Respect for life is the cornerstone of our society and the foundation for human decency.
 
Energy
Government mandates and overregulation can distort the energy market, leading to high rates and systemic inefficiencies. I believe we must continue improving our electric grid to ensure stable and reliable delivery of energy—especially in hurricane prone areas such as the Historic Triangle. 

2nd Amendment
Just as it guarantees our essential liberties of free speech, freedom of religion, and due process, the Constitution of the United States protects our right to keep and bear arms. I support this Constitutional right and do not support restrictive policies infringing on this liberty.
 
Health Care
Premiums, deductibles, and out-of-pocket health care expenses continue to soar. With monthly health insurance premiums often rivaling household expenses for housing and utilities, consumers are forced to make difficult choices. I do not believe that a government-run system will improve this dynamic. Instead, I will prioritize transparency and competition in the system as well as innovations to expand access and drive down costs for care and prescription medications.

Education
Outside of family, teachers are often the most influential people in the life of a child. Our funding priorities should reflect this reality. Dollars need to be directed toward teacher salaries and practical classroom needs—not bureaucratic overhead. Parental involvement being key to a child’s success in school, I support policies that encourage parents to play an active role in their child’s education. I also believe in keeping college affordable by establishing policies that require transparency in the establishment of tuition prices.

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