As a lifelong public servant and advocate, my focus is to combat injustices, inequality, government overreach, and misinformation, while ensuring our Commonwealth is transparent, accessible, and representative of all Virginians.
A Working Economy for Working Families
As the father of two young children, my personal experiences as a parent motivate me to lighten the burden for other working families. According to a recent report by the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, Virginia ranks 32nd in cost of living. We need to take measures that will help to preserve the earning power of Virginians by lowering everyday costs experienced. It’s not sufficient to simply call for a one-time tax cut, families need savings that will help their bottom line on a monthly basis.
As your next delegate I’ll fight for policies that help families reduce day-to-day expenses and impact everyday lives, including:
Immediate access to paid family and medical leave.
Implement Universal Pre-Kindergarten from ages 2 and up.
Establishing a Working Families Bill of Rights, which includes a right to 40 hours of earned sick leave.
Reducing the tax burden on working families by restructuring the car tax and implementing a Homestead Deduction which would reduce real estate property tax.
Increasing funding for our educators, medical professionals, and first responders (including firefighters, emergency medical service, and law enforcement).
Establishing training programs that help Virginians find jobs or change careers.
Supporting our military service members, veterans and their families by improving housing, education, and disability benefits; offering more job-readiness training and programs; and expanding opportunities to achieve gainful employment in civilian sectors.
Strengthening Our Education System
As the husband of a Virginia public school teacher, I know firsthand the challenges our educators experience. Moreover, we have seen a record number of provisional licenses — short-term licenses granted for teachers who have not met all state requirements — being issued to stave off the ongoing teacher shortages plaguing our schools. This is largely due to low wages, increased workloads with fewer resources, and a politicized school environment. The teacher shortage has implications for our schools, and by extension, our students.
Educators and students deserve more than they get today, and in the Virginia House of Delegates, I will work to:
Increase funding for teachers, bus operators, and school staff.
Give students equal access to a quality education, regardless of how much you make or where you live.
Protect the integrity of Virginia’s education system and curriculum. History should be taught accurately and our students should receive a complete education on topics important for becoming productive members of society.
Give public schools incentives to improve teacher recruitment and retention.
Ensure that students can learn in a safe environment, free from gun violence.
Protecting Our Fundamental Rights
Republican lawmakers in Virginia are introducing legislation that would scale back our freedom and further harm the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable populations. I will work to stop any actions that would make it harder to vote, reduce access to reproductive rights, or otherwise violate the principles of equal protection for all Virginians.
You can count on me to fight for your fundamental rights. I will work hard to:
Protect the voting rights of all citizens residing in Virginia.
Defend a woman’s right to make her own medical decisions.
Help to create a fair and equitable justice system that works.
Partner with law enforcement to ensure all Virginians experience the same fundamental right to safety.
Protect LGBTQ+ Virginians and all other marginalized groups against discrimination.
Expanding Access to Affordable Health Care
All Virginians deserve access to quality health care irrespective of their race, ethnicity, income level, location, or insurance provider.
As your delegate I will fight to make sure no one is left behind through affordable care initiatives including:
The Cover All Kids initiative, which provides funding for low-income children who are currently denied health coverage through Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs.
Reducing drug prices for all Virginians.
Improving pandemic prevention and response for potential future outbreaks.
Modernizing our hospitals, with improved statistics around medical outcomes across all demographics.
Investing in Local Infrastructure
As a Virginian who commutes regularly to D.C., I know firsthand the headache of driving on I-66 during rush hour, and deciding between backed-up traffic or expensive tolls. As your delegate I’ll work to invest in initiatives including:
Addressing the issues around traffic congestion on I-66 and I-95 through pilot programs that go beyond basic roadway expansion.
Preventing unnecessary price gouging on tolls during off-peak hours and capping excessive toll fees.
Evaluating how roadway projects are impacting residents and their properties, including eminent domain practices.
Incentivizing and lowering the cost of green energy investments.
Protecting against poorly planned and invasive development, while encouraging diverse business investments.