Current Position: Analyst for Chesterfield County
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate
Source: Campaign page
Lindsey Dougherty has made the public sector her life’s work. She believes the lives of Virginians can be improved through strategic investments in the local economy and will work to build up our communities through new opportunities. In Lindsey’s professional career she has worked extensively with at-risk youth in Juvenile Justice, partnering with community organizations that built both life and job skills. She has worked with state and local governments to increase access to better health through recreation and art. Lindsey currently works in the Budget and Management Department as an analyst for Chesterfield County, providing fiscal oversight and working with community facing departments on their operating, capital improvement plan, and long term budgets.
Lindsey is originally from Knoxville, TN. After completing her BA at the University of Tennessee, she and her husband moved to the Raleigh area in North Carolina to complete their respective graduate programs. Lindsey has a Master’s in Public Administration from North Carolina State University. She moved to Virginia in 2017, with her husband and two children, to pursue new job opportunities and set down roots in the community. She has been an active volunteer with many meaningful organizations and wants to engage with her neighbors in House District 62 as a candidate with ‘every-day, real world experience’, sometimes working multiple jobs at a time to make ends meet, while also attending school full-time, and raising a family. In Lindsey, you will have someone champion your goals and turn them into action at the state level, improving the lives of all 82,000 constituents in the district.
Lindsey believes that communities do better when everyone is safe, healthy, and is engaged with their neighbors. She is excited to get to work, to meet with you and your families, building a community everyone is engaged in. Lindsey’s goals for this campaign are to improve the local and state economies, increase access to all types of jobs, enhance the health and well-being of our citizens, create access and affordability to all types of education, all while increasing civic engagement so that everyone in the district has a voice and is heard.
Source: Campaign page
Lindsey is focusing her campaign on areas that will build up our diverse communities in Chesterfield, Hopewell, and Prince George, while directly improving the lives of our neighbors that live here.
- Offer free community college classes AND trade school programs to in-state students.
- Streamline course credit acceptance across the state college and university system to minimize costs to families.
- Reduce barriers to families with special needs children in public schools, allowing access to comprehensive services sooner.
- Universal Pre-K programs available to all 3 and 4 year old children.
ECONOMY & JOBS
- Improve pay for Virginia teachers and school support staff; raising starting and experienced pay levels to above the average for mid-Atlantic states.
- Raise the state minimum wage to better support all Virginia families.
- Assist families struggling with care-giving costs for children and/or seniors through subsidy programs while also improving options for families that need flexible care schedules.
- Promote affordable housing initiatives.
- Review and strengthen financial consumer protections.
HEALTH & WELL-BEING
- Improve access to quality and affordable mental healthcare; including substance abuse and addiction programs.
- Expand access to emergency beds for acute mental health crisis patients.
- Work to transition military personnel and their families, from active duty roles to veteran roles in the community.
- Implement commonsense gun safety solutions that reduce gun violence across our communities.
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT & CIVIL RIGHTS
- Move the commonwealth forward with new criminal justice reform legislation, including the decriminalization of marijuana.
- Implement in-person early voting schedules for general elections.
- Pass the Equal Right’s Amendment (ERA).
- Advocate for women’s right to improved healthcare outcomes and protect all reproductive rights.
- Environmental policies that increase use of renewable energies, bolster protections and water quality to the tributaries of the Chesapeake, and commit to education programs that will reduce waste and increase recycling rates/compliance.