Education is a bridge to success. Every child in Virginia deserves to have access to a high quality public education. With a Democratic majority, we will work to restore funding to Public Education to pre-recession levels. We will further invest in our teachers, and fight to ensure that they have the support and resources to help their students succeed. A Democratic majority in the House also believes in a bright future for all Virginia graduates. We will advocate for affordable colleges and universities, more funding towards our community college system and greater incentives for workforce development programs.
A Democratic majority believes in a Safe Virginia. We believe in a Commonwealth that has common sense gun safety laws, which have a proven track record of reducing gun violence. We will work to ensure that children have the support they need in and our of school in order to help break to cradle to prison pipeline. We also believe firmly in criminal justice reform and working to find ways we can reduce recidivism in the Commonwealth.
A Democratic majority will fight to maintain the significant gains our Commonwealth has made with the passage of the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid Expansion. We believe that people should not have to camp days before a charity medical care event to get proper health care. Democrats believe that Virginians should not have to choose between life saving treatment and basic necessities to survive.
Energy and Environment
A Democratic majority will protect Virginia’s environment. We will fight for clean air, clean water and invest in creating clean energy. We will stand up to protect the Chesapeake Bay--one of the Commonwealth’s most valuable treasures. We will work to create more resilient coastal communities facing sea level rise.
MIlitary and Veterans issues
Virginia is home to several crucial military installations and has one of the largest military and veterans populations in the country. A Democratic majority will ensure that our Commonwealth remains military and veteran friendly. We believe that military families should have access to good jobs, stellar schools and affordable housing. We will fight for affordable health care and strong workforce development programs for veterans leaving the military.
A Democratic majority will keep Virginia moving. We know that the key to Virginia’s future is a strong infrastructure. Democrats will work to improve our public transportation systems be it bus or rail. We will work to decrease the bottlenecks on I-95, I-64, I-81 and I-76 to decrease and prevent congestion. We will invest in our port.
A Democratic majority will create a Virginia that works for everyone. We will continue Mark Warner’s tradition of making Virginia the best place to start a business, and Terry McAuliffe’s advocacy to put jobs first. We will continue our tradition of being a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship. At the same time, we will also advocate for our workers have access to fair wages, safe working conditions, good healthcare and retirement security.
A Democratic majority will roll back the anti-women measures put into our code over the past 20 years. We believe that women have the right to make their own decisions over their bodies. We will pass measures that make it easier for women to balance their careers and their families and we will ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.
Democrats believe in a Virginia that extends the same rights to everyone regardless of their race, ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or ability. A Democratic majority will fight to protect these precious civil liberties. We will ensure that everyone who is eligible to vote will be able to register and exercise that right. We will continue Governor McAuliffe’s legacy of restoration of rights to those who have paid their debt to society.
We also believe strongly that Virginians deserve access to the work of their government. We will create a more transparent General Assembly.