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Healthcare

Quality health care is critical for the well-being and success of everyone across our Commonwealth. I’ve heard too many stories of people whose only healthcare provider is the emergency room, or who put off going to the doctor for critical care because they cannot afford to go. Virginia’s health care crisis is very personal to me: my husband and I lost our son to mental illness and addiction. I am committed to working as hard as I can to make sure that no other parent must go through what we did.

I support:

  • Healthcare for ALL Virginians. Healthcare is a human right, and I will support efforts toward universal coverage in Virginia.
  • Increased funding for mental health services.
  • A multifaceted approach to the opioid crisis that both discourages the needless prescribing of opioids without punishing the chronic-pain patients who need them.
  • Increase funding for women’s health services, which have been dramatically neglected in the 33rd District.
  • Eliminating costly and wasteful Medicaid work requirements and redirecting the money we spend on monitoring Medicaid recipients toward expanding coverage


Education

As a former school teacher, I know the importance of public education. If the children of our district are to thrive in a changing economy, we must make education a higher priority. I will be a voice in Richmond that will make sure our schools in the 33rd District get the attention they deserve and see their fair share of education funding and resources.

I support:

  • Increased investment in our classrooms, our teachers, and their support staff. To empower the next generation to succeed, we must make sure our children receive the highest quality education the Commonwealth can deliver.
  • Ensuring teachers are included in discussions of school policy. Our teachers know what our children need best – we must endeavor to treat them like the professionals they are and listen.


Jobs

Our district features enormous income inequality, yet too often our Commonwealth seems to focus on making the rich richer. I stand with Virginia’s workers and will fight for your rights and opportunities in Richmond.

I support:

  • Prioritizing policies that support the success of small businesses like our local family farms, microbreweries, vineyards, construction companies, and boutique stores, rather than support corporate welfare.
  • Subsidizing jobs training programs to allow our residents to increase the opportunities available to them in this changing economy.
  • Raising the minimum wage in our Commonwealth to $15 an hour.
  • Repealing right-to-work policies that prevent workers from organizing for higher pay and better benefits
  • Legislation to provide paid family leave


Infrastructure

District 33’s infrastructure lags behind the rest of Virginia, and the rest of the country. Whether it’s inadequate internet speed, badly congested roads, or electricity that goes off after every storm, our infrastructure has been neglected. You deserve better.

I support:

  • State funding for our district’s atrocious roads, and ensuring that the funds we allocate to our roads actually get spent on our roads
  • Investing in broadband internet service in our state's rural areas
  • Incentivizing wind and solar power to allow us to become self-sufficient in energy, retain the natural beauty of our communities, and create new jobs.
  • Fighting the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines that jeopardize the beauty, resources, and health of our great commonwealth.


Campaign Finance

In Virginia, large corporations and PACs can finance any politician’s campaign for limitless amounts of money. We have entrenched office-holders in Richmond who are beholden to these outsiders. As a result, our politicians have underfunded education, jeopardized Virginians’ health, and ignored our aging infrastructure.

  • I will support reforming our weak campaign finance laws and push back on corporate overreach in our Commonwealth.
  • I will refuse any campaign contribution from Dominion.


Dignity and Justice for All

I believe the most foundational responsibility of any elected official is to fairly and honestly represent the best interests of all her constituents.

I support:

  • The passage of the Equal Rights Amendment to enshrine women’s rights in the US Constitution.
  • Prohibiting on-the-job discrimination against LGBTQ+ Virginians.



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