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“I ask for your vote for the House of Delegates. With your support, I will thoughtfully work across party lines to solve the challenges that Northern Virginia families face – creating jobs, finding practical solutions to our traffic problems, making sure the education of our children is a top priority and supporting our social entrepreneurs who tirelessly lift up those in need.”
2.) Support the District’s localities as well as various transportation boards, authorities, and nonprofits who are coming up with innovative solutions to our transportation crisis without being properly engaged by the government.
3.) Strengthen our oversight of Metro. With multiple accidents over the last two decades due to deferred maintenance, they need to be held accountable for neglecting their duty to maintain facilities: these are tragedies that could have been avoided. Further, in Metro’s haste to expand they have failed to adequately provide for commonsense needs such as affordable parking that prevent greater use of the Silver Line.
5.) Ensure any new regulations imposed on the business community by government agencies are accompanied by an economic impact statement.
6.) Embrace private businesses, innovators, and everyday Virginians who pursue their dreams: they are the economic engine of our Commonwealth, and those who have been most impacted by the downturn here over the last four years. This will require expanding the collaborative efforts between local business leaders, chambers of commerce and legislators to promote economic growth.
8.) Reinvest a larger percentage of the tax revenue generated by Fairfax and Loudoun Counties in our schools. This includes fighting for an increase in the Cost of Competing Adjustments in order to retain the experienced, high-performing faculty and staff that parents and students in the 34th deserve. It also means supporting the District’s vibrant and diverse population by fighting for greater funding from Richmond specifically for English as a Second Language classes: every student in the District deserves the tools to succeed.
9.) Reduce red tape and bureaucracy in our schools mandated by Richmond politicians who have never taught in a classroom. More and more of our tax dollars are going to support bureaucrats in offices instead of pupils in the classroom.
11.) Verify that funding mechanisms are optimized to ensure existing funds can be allocated as quickly as possible. This includes encouraging the use of navigators to help nonprofits and other charitable institutions on the front lines provide treatment to individuals suffering from addiction and mental health issues. It is imperative that care is available to those seeking help, when they ask. A week’s wait can make all the difference in treatment and recovery. However, it is only through proper funding that same day services can be expanded for those seeking help with addiction recovery and mental health disorders.
12.) Vocalize that this is very much a problem we in the 34th District are facing: this crisis is affecting our friends and neighbors right here in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties. We must work to educate our middle and high school students, teachers, and parents about recovery from addiction and offer intervention at the earliest opportunity. Further, the empowerment of the recovery community with an emphasis on peer-to-peer counseling and mentoring, which are showing the most promising results in helping addicts get clean, will help address this epidemic.
14.) Educate our teachers and students with stronger gang prevention education programs.
15.) Engage nonprofit and faith based organizations to mentor susceptible teens. As well as further allowing for the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force to carry out its mission by providing it adequate funding.