Sally Hudson

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Summary

Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 57

Affiliation: Democrat

Overview:

Sally Hudson understands that so many challenges we face are economic at their core, from the rising cost of housing and health care to the red tape holding back clean power production. She’s running for Delegate to deliver innovative reforms that secure genuine opportunity for all.

Sally also knows that real progress on policy requires fixing our democracy itself. That’s why she’s been a dedicated election reform advocate. Sally founded FairVote VA, a cross-partisan coalition working to advance ranked choice voting in Virginia. She is also an active volunteer with OneVirginia2021, the statewide anti-gerrymandering campaign, and a grassroots leader in Indivisible and Women of the Fifth.

About

Sally Hudson

Source: Campaign page

Sally Hudson is a teacher, economist, and community organizer in Charlottesville, Virginia. As an Assistant Professor at UVA, Sally teaches statistics and studies some of the most pressing economic challenges we face, from workforce development to student debt. She advises public and non-profit agencies across Virginia and the country and consults for leading philanthropic groups like the Bloomberg and Buffett Foundations.

Sally understands that so many challenges we face are economic at their core, from the rising cost of housing and health care to the red tape holding back clean power production. She’s running for Delegate to deliver innovative reforms that secure genuine opportunity for all.

Sally also knows that real progress on policy requires fixing our democracy itself. That’s why she’s been a dedicated election reform advocate. Sally founded FairVote VA, a cross-partisan coalition working to advance ranked choice voting in Virginia. She is also an active volunteer with OneVirginia2021, the statewide anti-gerrymandering campaign, and a grassroots leader in Indivisible and Women of the Fifth.

Prior to joining the UVA faculty, Sally studied economics and math at Stanford University and earned her PhD in economics at MIT.

Experience

Education

Contact

Email:

Offices

Campaign Office
PO Box 2375
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone: (434)214-0280

Web

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State Delegate for VA House District 57

Sally L. Hudson (D)21,36596.11%
Write-In (Write-in)8653.89%
TOTAL22,230

Finances

HUDSON, SALLY L has run in 1 race for public office, winning 0 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $198,293.

Source: Follow the Money

Issues

Civil Rights

Dismantle mass incarceration

Nowhere do we fall further short of “liberty and justice for all” than our criminal justice code. We need reformers in Richmond to dismantle mass incarceration.

  • permanently end drivers license suspensions for unpaid court debt
  • reform our cash bail system to decriminalize poverty
  • legalize marijuana and end the War on Drugs

Virginia spends $100,000 a year to incarcerate a juvenile. Just imagine what we could achieve if we re-route those public resources toward support services that help our communities thrive.

Democracy

Voting rights act

When corporations write the rules and politicians pick the voters, all other progress gets sidelined. Virginia needs a modern Voting Rights Act that empowers every voter:

  • make voting convenient with same-day and automatic registration, early voting, and vote by mail
  • ban corporate campaign contributions and promote public financing so that every voter has a voice
  • empower an independent redistricting commission to end gerrymandering so that every vote counts
  • permit ranked choice voting to promote competitive elections and end partisan gridlock

Economy

Housing

Our housing shortage is straining so many families: first-time homebuyers and long-time residents, local renters, and commuting workers. With more funding and flexibility from Richmond, our local leaders can expand housing options for all those who call this community home.

  • permit localities to use inclusionary zoning as a tool for promoting affordable construction
  • re-invest in the state housing trust fund to develop and rehabilitate affordable units
  • prohibit housing discrimination on the basis of means of payment, sexual orientation, and gender identity
  • promote progressive state income tax reform so localities aren’t forced to rely on more regressive revenue sources

Education

Resources & funding for schools

As an educator, I know strong schools are the backbone of a strong community. I’ll be a champion for all our students and the resources they need to thrive:

  • expanding universal pre-kindergarten so that every child gets a strong start
  • raising salaries for teachers and the vital staff in all our schools
  • investing in the arts and after-school programs that keep kids engaged
  • expanding apprenticeships and technical training for modern careers
  • restoring state support for public colleges to reverse rising tuition prices

As an economist, I know all these programs cost money. Good schools are worth it. I’ll work to raise the revenue it takes to fund them.

  • support progressive income taxation in Virginia, where our top tax bracket currently treats millionaires and minimum wage earners alike
  • adopt “combined reporting” so that corporations that do business in Virginia pay their fair share

Environment

Energy

We need leaders who invest in clean energy at the pace that climate change requires.

  • join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to ratchet down emissions
  • empower clean, local power producers to compete with large utilities by lifting caps on net metering and meter aggregation
  • support utility scale-solar installations and offshore wind turbines
  • end fracked gas pipeline construction throughout Virginia

Health Care

Medicaid & Affordable Care Act

Medicaid expansion was a strong first step, but too many families still lack access to quality care. Here in Central Virginia, we’ve seen the highest health insurance prices in the country. States can work now to shore up the Affordable Care Act.

  • support a statewide public option so that all patients can purchase affordable insurance no matter where they work
  • empower nurse practioners and physician assistants to provide primary care, especially in underserved regions

News

In the News

New wave: Two women, two generations head into the 57th primary stretch
By: Lisa Provence
May 22, 2019

The reliably Democratic 57th District rarely makes for an exciting horse race. Once a delegate, always a delegate, as David Toscano and Mitch Van Yahres before him proved, each easily holding on to the seat representing Charlottesville and the Albemarle urban ring as long as he chose.

Newcomer Sally Hudson upended the tradition of politely waiting until the incumbent decides not to seek reelection, and jumped into the race before House Minority Leader Toscano announced in February he was retiring after this term.

This election pits Hudson, 30, an economist who moved here from Boston three years ago, against Galvin, 63, an architect who has lived in Charlottesville 35 years.

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