Championing the issues that matter to Virginia Beach families.
Access to affordable, quality health care is a human right, and should be available to every Virginian. I am so proud that we have finally expanded Medicaid, but we need to do more.
We still need to fight for protection for pre-existing conditions. Costs are still through the roof; we need to make care more affordable, and lower costs of prescription drugs. Republicans are still trying to take our health care coverage away, and Glenn Davis can’t be trusted to advocate for health care. And women’s reproductive care continues to be attacked, and we must protect it.
Unlike Glenn Davis, I will be a strong, reliable advocate for health care for Virginia Beach. As a woman, a mother, and a business owner, health care is personal for me. It is non-negotiable that every person in Virginia should have access to the care they need, at a cost they can afford.
A strong community begins with a strong investment in education.
As a member and Vice Chair of the Virginia Beach School Board, I have pushed for progressive reform, and we have seen the incredible results. We have implemented full-day kindergarten for our city, reached 100% accreditation, and made diversity and equity a priority in our public schools. We were able to provide Chrome Books to every Virginia Beach student, and we saw how vital an investment that was when the pandemic hit and our students now had to do school online. I’ve made education our priority in Virginia Beach, and I’m ready to take this fight to Richmond.
We are making great strides, but we still have a long way to go to fully funding our public schools. As a former educator for over a decade, I know firsthand how hard our teachers work, and we need to bring their pay up to the national average. We need to recognize that schools are not just a place for learning, but a community where our kids grow and develop. We need to fund special education, to provide mental and behavioral resources to our kids, and to support our kids with the counselors and staff they need to succeed in all parts of their lives.
Our children are our future, and our priorities should reflect that. I have done the work to improve our education in the 84th District, and I am ready to continue this work in the General Assembly
The effects of climate change and sea level rise are already apparent in Virginia Beach. Flooding has deeply impacted our community, and cost Virginia Beach residents and businesses in damages.
We need to act now. I will advocate for bringing resources back to our district immediately to support repairs and rebuilding for those already affected by flooding, and fund prevention efforts so we can be prepared for future flooding. The better we prepare, the more we save in the long run.
But we can’t stop there. In order to fully address this problem, we need to invest in a cleaner, greener future for Virginia. I am proud of the work we are doing in our schools, especially at the Brock Environmental Center, to educate students and help them envision a more sustainable future. I will continue to support innovation and progress toward a sustainable future for Virginia.
The key to recovering our economy after COVID-19, and continuing economic growth in the future, is preparing a strong workforce through education. From training and job retraining programs, to certificate programs, to partnerships with high schools and community colleges, we have a great opportunity to prepare a strong, qualified workforce. I applaud Governor Northam’s G3 plan, and as delegate I will work to continue to strengthen those efforts and expand these programs.
A silver lining of the pandemic is the great strides we made in online innovations, especially as it relates to internship, apprenticeship, and certificate programs. We should capitalize on this, and ensure we’re investing heavily in these types of programs in our high schools and community colleges.
Most importantly though, a strong economy starts with taking care of our workforce. This means access to a living wage, paid sick days and family leave, and access to affordable health care through their employer. We need to empower small businesses and support them in their efforts to give their employees these benefits through grants and small business loans. Our workers are the backbone of our economy, and we need to treat them accordingly.
We have experienced firsthand the unspeakable pain and loss from gun violence here in Virginia Beach, and the grief that we have felt is tragically familiar across our country. Our community is resilient, but we shouldn’t have to be, because the trauma and loss of this many lives to gun violence is preventable.
I want to see the General Assembly prioritize gun reform. Implementing background checks, waiting periods, and closing gun show loopholes will save countless lives. We have common ground with gun owners in these measures—they will protect those who are responsible gun owners, while keeping them out of the hands of those who shouldn’t.
We also must prohibit the sale of ghost guns. These DIY weapons are extremely dangerous and impossible to keep track of. I am proud of the Democrats in our State Legislature for making this a priority, and I am deeply disappointed that we were not able to fix it in 2020. With a protected and expanded Democratic majority after this race, I hope to join my colleagues in revisiting this crucial issue and make ban these dangerous weapons.
Gun violence is not just an epidemic in the mass shootings we’ve seen in our schools, communities, night clubs, and grocery stores. It is intimate partner violence, suicides, and murders by law enforcement. We need to take a holistic approach so that we can stop these tragedies that deeply impact our community.