We Virginians are fortunate to have an abundance of natural treasures in our own backyards. Climate change puts it all at risk. As a husband, father, and tireless advocate for the environment, I have a sense of urgency that we must work together to ensure that our families and future generations can enjoy the natural beauty that Virginia has to offer. Between my work at Ocean Conservancy and Citizen’s Climate Lobby, I have made environmental protection one of my greatest priorities and will continue to do so as your Delegate. One of the first actions I took after announcing my candidacy was sign the No Fossil Fuel Pledge, because contributions from Fossil Fuel interests should not have any influence over our legislative decisions.
I will champion policies to ensure our drinking water quality regulations are robust, our solid waste planning modernized, and our water supply stable. I'll work to preserve our forests, which are vital to the quality of the air we breathe. I'm a staunch advocate for increased investment in clean, renewable sources of energy. Virginia has enormous potential to be a leader in renewable energy, and its utilization is immensely beneficial to our environment and economy. One of my top priorities will be to empower Virginians to conserve energy. We can do this through tax incentives to encourage investment in cleaner sources of energy like wind and solar, and public-private partnerships to retrofit existing buildings making them more energy efficient.
America symbolizes equality of opportunity for people of all races, origins, religions and creeds. An individual’s sexual orientation absolutely should not serve as a disqualification for that equality. While our society has become increasingly enlightened over the years, discrimination against those in the LGBTQ community still very much exists. As your Delegate I promise to stand up for the freedom to marry, fight to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in the workplace, and work to give all families a fair chance to succeed. There is no place whatsoever for discrimination in Virginia and I will proudly defend equality for all.
We need to do more for working families in Fairfax County, and I will be a champion for labor in Virginia’s General Assembly. We have an opportunity to end so-called ‘right-to-work’ in Virginia, end wage theft, pass a $15 minimum wage, secure project labor agreements to protect our workers, and make sure that all working people in the Commonwealth have the right to collectively bargain.
I'm proud to be endorsed by the Keystone Mountain Lakes Regional Council of Carpenters, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 26, the Mid-Atlantic Pipe Trades Association, the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, and the AFSCME District Council 20.
Every Virginian should feel confident that they have a voice in the Virginia House of Delegates. Unfortunately, most feel this simply is not the case. There is an huge disconnect between voters and local officials that must be bridged should we have any hope in restoring confidence in our institutions. I firmly believe that this begins with the simple act of engaging with members of our community. Whether through Town Halls, Open Houses, or social media residents of Fairfax County should be able meet with their local officials and ask tough questions in an unscripted environment. As your Delegate, one of my top priorities will be to hold public forums to hear your concerns and ideas for better governance. My success as a Delegate directly correlates with your success as a Virginian, and I promise to embrace any and all channels of communication with you.
As a proud immigrant, I will champion immigrant rights in Richmond. I have deep, substantive experience working on immigration issues as a former Staffer for the Immigration Subcommittee in the House of Representatives. In Virginia, we must create a path for all residents to obtain driver's licenses regardless of their immigration status. We must also ensure that our public schools receive full funding and that immigrant children in our public schools get the services they need.
I'm proud to be endorsed by CASA In Action, the Mid-Atlantic region's largest immigration rights organization.
It’s no secret that Northern Virginia has been ranked as the most traffic congested region in the entire nation for several years consecutively. Like many of you, my commute to work detracts a substantial amount of time that I could be spending with my family, not to mention the bills that could be paid in savings from fuel costs alone. To make matters worse, the notorious unreliability of the metro system hardly serves its intended purpose for relieving congestion on our deteriorating roads. Simply put, Virginians need and deserve a transportation system that works for them- safely, affordably, and efficiently.
Ensuring the best transportation system will, no doubt, require a multipronged approach. We can start by increasing investment in our transportation technology. Between utilization of solar road panels (i.e. smart highways) to better synchronization of our traffic lights, there are a number of readily available options that can improve our quality of life dramatically. No one can deny the condition of our roads is abysmal. In this booming region of the country, we should not be concerned for our safety every time we hit a pothole. While increased infrastructure funding is crucial, we also need to focus on ways to incentivize fewer drivers on our roads. This can be done by simple investments in bike paths or walking trails as well as through the expansion of Metro. Rest assured, I will be open-minded towards any transportation project that meets the needs for all Northern Virginians.
As a proud parent of two children, I am deeply invested in their future. Every child in Virginia deserves a high-quality education; in order to ensure that’s what they receive, it is paramount that we invest in their future. While Virginia is consistently ranked as having a world-class education system, our schools remain underfunded and our teachers overburdened.
To address this, I believe we must focus on lower class sizes to ensure our teachers can provide personalized attention to their students. It is also imperative that our children have access to modern educational facilities and technology, in addition to the most highly qualified teachers and support staff. Currently, Fairfax County only receives 32% of its base funding from the State and the City of Fairfax receives just 20%. I will work to revise Virginia’s Composite Index so our schools receive their fair share of funding and can spend that money on its intended purpose- our children. Additionally, as parents we should be actively engaged with our children’s learning experience. Let’s promote parental involvement in our schools so we can better understand the hard work of our educators and complement their efforts at home.
I'm proud to be endorsed by the Fairfax County Federation of Teachers.
I fully support women's reproductive rights. As the 2019 legislative session again demonstrated, these rights are under constant attack in Virginia. Women should not be subjected to the myriad of medically unnecessary restrictions on their access to abortion that are currently imposed by Virginia law. As your Delegate, I will fight along side my Democratic colleagues to advocate for all women in Virginia. I'm proud to have received a 100% score on NPCV PAC's uncompromising candidate questionnaire, and appreciate NARAL ProChoice Virginia's assertion that I would be "a strong advocate for reproductive freedom in the General Assembly."
Every day, 100 Americans are killed with guns and hundreds more shot and injured. Firearms are the second leading cause of death for American children and teens, and on average 52 American women are shot to death by an intimate partner each month. These staggering statistics illustrate the frequency of gun violence but the psychological toll this takes on our country cannot be quantified.
Preventing assaults, suicides, and accidents involving a firearm is a complicated issue that won't be solved overnight. We have to work together on common sense gun solutions that will keep our children and communities safer. As your Delegate, I will support universal background checks and efforts to close the gun show loophole. It is my intention to meet with families, individuals and groups affected by gun violence, as well as law enforcement officials, and concerned citizens to build a consensus on solutions to address this epidemic. I believe in an America where I can drop my children off at school, confident they’ll be home for dinner to tell me about their day.
I'm proud my campaign has been awarded the 2019 Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate distinction, reflecting my commitment to addressing the epidemic of gun violence in Virginia.
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