As a longtime teacher and educational leader with a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy, I have a rare combination of policy expertise *and* practical classroom experience. I will work to make our public education system stronger and more equitable for all students. Investments in our educational institutions are investments in our students and investments in our future. I support:
I believe that healthcare is a human right. I will work to ensure that we all have access to healthcare and that healthcare, treatments, and medications are affordable. As a mother of children with Type 1 diabetes and other disabilities, I know how important it is that ALL Virginians have access to the medications they need and access to medical health providers when they need them. I support:
We must live within our energy means and preserve our environment for our children and grandchildren and take meaningful action before it’s too late. As a legislator, I will uphold my commitment to environmental preservation, to passing legislation to conserve land and resources, and to making renewable energy sources affordable and viable industries. I support:
The people of the 59th District want to be treated fairly. They want public safety networks that serve and protect them and that are representative of their communities. I will work to remove current burdens on law enforcement agencies and shift them, with funding, to where they belong: mental health and social services. I support:
ALL Virginians deserve to have access to meaningful employment that pays living wages. ALL Virginians deserve to be compensated fairly for their labor, to have safe working conditions, reasonable benefits, and job security. Furthermore, our tax dollars should not be subsidizing corporations who don’t pay living wages or offer benefits, relying on the taxpayers to support their employees. I support:
I support honoring all kinds and types of families. Just because someone’s marriage or family is not exactly like mine doesn’t mean it should be invisible or be banned. I will represent ALL constituents of the 59th District, from all types of families. I will support policies that support families, including:
We must support responsible gun owners while keeping our communities and children safe from gun violence. Gun violence, deaths from gun accidents, and deaths by suicide with guns are a public health crisis. I support:
I was raised in a home where civic engagement is expected, where voting is not just a right but a duty. I’ve never missed an election. I will ensure that my constituents never miss one, either, and will work to stop current efforts to disenfranchise Virginians and to undermine free and fair elections. I support:
High-speed internet is essential and should be treated like a public utility.
In districts like the 59th District, especially in our more rural areas, it’s not sufficient to subsidize internet bills; we must establish full infrastructure for high speed internet. Without it, our students, families, and small businesses will struggle and will be left at a disadvantage.
I will do whatever it takes to help all residents of the 59th District get affordable broadband access. To start, I support increasing funding to the Virginia Telecommunications Initiative to help defray costs of broadband access. I will also push the electric utility companies in the 59th to do their part to provide broadband access.
I am a proponent of tax reforms, so that the Commonwealth is accessing every viable and reasonable source of revenue possible, while removing some of the burden on the working and middle classes.