Q. If elected, what would be your top three priorities for your district?
A. I will oppose government overreach into personal freedoms, promote economic opportunities and passionately work to improve quality of life. That means ending the drug war and abolishing the death penalty, and creating a unified framework for scoring flood mitigation projects deal (sea level rise).
Q. What actions would you take on a woman’s access to reproductive healthcare?
A. I would minimize governmental interference between you and your health care providers. Access to reproductive healthcare has been a frequent target of Republicans and I will oppose future efforts to restrict it while seeking to overturn laws currently in force.
Q. Virginia is currently a part of the U.S. Climate Alliance. Do you plan to continue to support efforts towards fighting climate change?
A. Yes, I do. Flooding occurs more severely/frequently. We cannot bet our future on the chance of finding a way to reverse climate change. We need to focus on adapting to successfully protect our property, quality of life and future. Limited funding requires a framework to score and prioritize spending.
Q. The Constitution of Virginia gives the Governor the sole discretion to restore voting rights for individuals seeking restoration. Would you support legislation changing this policy?
A. Yes. I would support an amendment for automatic restoration of rights pending completion of prison sentences and payment of fines and/or restitution.
Q. What would you do to ensure that Virginians wanting to pursue higher education can do so without the burden of unaffordable student debt? How would you help graduates manage their student loan debt?
A. Encourage throttling education plans based on means/repayment budgeting and projected earnings after graduation. I went to college later in life, in fewer classes per semester, incurring as little debt as necessary. Now, I have five children in post-secondary following the same advice.
Q. Medicaid provides health coverage for some low-income people, families and children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Do you support the expansion of Medicaid, why or why not?
A. Access to healthcare by those currently covered by Medicaid is currently heavily restricted by a dwindling supply of providers. I would not consider expanding Medicaid and worsening that problem until we can better provide for those already participating in the program.
Q. Virginia is ranked as one of the most gerrymandered states on both the congressional and state levels based on lack of compactness and contiguity of its districts. Would you support a constitutional amendment to change the way Virginia draws political district boundaries?
A. Yes. I would support an amendment creating a nonpartisan redistricting commissions using compactness and communities of interest as the main factors.
Q. What advice would you give your 18-year-old self?
A. Use the good dishes. Live like it is your last day, plan like it is not.