Issues that Matter

Healthcare

Quality, affordable healthcare is critical.  Yet, many people I speak with in the 21st District tell me that their healthcare costs are too high, healthcare coverage is too limited, and prescription drugs are too expensive.  Turning down federal funds designed to help the most vulnerable citizens of the Commonwealth is both inexcusable and economically foolish - especially considering Virginia’s tax dollars are being exported to other states in lieu of helping our own citizens.  

I will:

  • Support expansion of Medicaid in Virginia
  • Work to ensure that insurance, health care, and prescription drugs are affordable for all Virginians
  • Work across the aisle to end the opioid epidemic and to provide addiction services and overdose response training for healthcare professionals, first responders, and law enforcement
 

Jobs and the Economy

I am a small business owner and I lead a team of women in real estate.  I recognize the importance of small businesses Virginia, including those that are owned by women and minorities, and I am dedicated to helping those who wish to attain the American dream by starting their own business.

I will:

  • Facilitate economic roundtables with small business owners to give them an opportunity voice their concerns and bring their ideas to Richmond

  • Work on both sides of the aisle to encourage our local universities and colleges to examine the long-term impact of losing military infrastructure, which is so important to Hampton Roads economy

  • Balance the need for raising the minimum wage to a living standard while protecting small business owners who feel the pinch when wages increase

 

Education

As a former Virginia Beach public school teacher and parent of school age children, I know first hand how important it is to invest in our children.  We must provide the necessary resources for early childhood education in order to prepare students to be responsible citizens and equip them with the knowledge and skills to compete in the new economy. Educated, highly skilled public school graduates contribute to a thriving economy.

I will:

  • Fund critical staffing areas identified in 2016 by the VA Board of Education. 

  • Make teacher pay competitive and keep up with inflation. We currently rank 46th out of 50 states in competitiveness of teacher salaries. 

  • Target resources to high poverty school divisions to give equal opportunity to success in classrooms. 

  • Work towards effective implantation of the WIOA (Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act). Examples: Translation service and workforce training. 

  • Invest in higher education being affordable especially 2 year community college degrees. 

 

Gun Violence Prevention

I hold a concealed carry permit from the state of Virginia and have respect for gun ownership.  I also believe that common sense gun safety laws are an important part of our 2nd Amendment rights.  

I will:

  • Support background checks with a waiting period

  • Support closing the Gun Show Loophole and cracking down on straw purchases

  • Support efforts to keep guns out of the hands of those who are severely mentally ill and increase access to mental health care.

  • Support a ban on assault weapons

Environment

Our natural resources are vital to Virginia's economic future and our quality of life.  We must preserve and conserve Virginia's natural resources and promote renewable energy and green jobs.  I support funding for open space and land conservation initiatives, innovative programs that encourage the preservation of farmland for agricultural use, and state and local efforts to encourage efforts that discourage suburban sprawl.  I will:

  • Work to protect the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries

  • Explore public and private partnerships to create long-term solutions to preserving green space in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake

  • Prioritize renewable energy production and fight for Virginia’s growing green economy

  • Help our coastal communities prepare for the effects of increased flooding and property damage

  • Encourage the use of reusable and recyclable goods which will reduce the amount of land necessary for new landfills.

Good Governance

Democracy thrives when government is inclusive, responsive, transparent and accountable to all its citizens. These values foster public trust, participation, and collaboration. Virginians have a right to know how their Delegate votes and know that those votes are not being influenced by campaign contributions from interest groups.  

I will:

  • Support legislation that would require all committee and subcommittee votes to be recorded to promote transparency in governance

  • Support legislation to ban the use of campaign funds for personal benefit

  • Support campaign finance limits

  • Introduce legislation to adopt Governor Terry McAuliffe’s blue ribbon ethics and integrity commission’s reforms, including granting the Ethics Council the authority to randomly audit ethics filings, receive and investigate signed complaints, or refer findings for prosecution.

  • Support independent commissions to re-draw Virginia’s political district boundaries to fairly represent communities and are not determined by partisan interests

Transportation

The gridlock on our roads threatens our quality of life.  Traffic and congestion decrease the time Virginians can spend with our families, decrease our productivity at work, result in higher gas and auto maintenance costs, and it contributes to the pollution of our air, rivers, and bays. Fixing transportation is an economic necessity that requires development of long-term, forward-thinking solutions.  

I will work to:

  • Provide tax incentives for companies to allow their employees to work from home or telecommuting centers

  • Encourage smart growth by ensuring that impacts of future development on our transportation infrastructure are fully evaluated and addressed; discourage suburban sprawl

  • Support regional transportation efforts. 

Veterans and the Military

As a real estate broker, my team specializes in helping military families relocate to our area.  We are their first friends and we make sure they have support whether it is in the form of stocking the fridge for their arrival, or cleaning up after severe storms.  

I look forward to representing and advocating for our men and women in uniform and will:

  • Look for ways to cut down on wait times and red tape at the VA for veterans who need care now
  • Advocate for services needed by those on active duty and veterans who struggle with PTSD
  • Provide support systems to military families when a loved one is deployed.
  • Provide job opportunities and a welcoming community to enable military families to set down roots in Hampton Roads
     

Women

I was inspired to run for Delegate after having attended the Women’s March in Washington DC in January 2017. #WomensRightsAreHumanRights  I support the right to choose, equal pay, non-discrimination in the workplace, and strong laws that stop violence against women.

Women make up 51% of the US population but comprise a much smaller percentage of representatives throughout our nation’s statehouses and our Congress. I am proud to be one of 43 women running for the House of Delegates this year. I will:

  • Fight for the right of women to make their own health care decisions in conjunction with their physicians

  • Fight for paid family leave for women and men of Virginia

  • Push to expand Medicaid in Virginia

Criminal Justice Reform

My husband is a law enforcement officer and I have the utmost respect for the men and women who serve in this profession. However, the laws of the commonwealth must be applied fairly to all its citizens. Further, I believe that those who have served their sentences in the criminal justice system should have the ability to learn the skills they need to re-enter society and take their place as full citizens.  

I will:

  • Focus Virginia's criminal justice systems on rehabilitation to prevent recidivism
  • Support the decriminalization of marijuana, and allow our police force to concentrate on keeping people safe
  • Dismantle the privatized prison system which profits from keeping people locked up
  • Support the restoration of rights to nonviolent felons who have served their sentences, streamline the restoration process, and make it more transparent
     

LGBTQ Equality

I believe our community must be a place where all people are safe be open and honest about their sexual orientation and gender identity at school, work and within our communities.  We must work together to create a truly inclusive environment where individuals are welcomed and valued, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.  No one in Virginia should lose their job or be evicted from their home because of who they love. I will be a strong voice in Richmond for the LGBT community.  I will support:

  • Efforts to repeal the unconstitutional Marshall-Newman Amendment to the Virginia Constitution

  • Family Life Education and guidance programs in public schools that offer age-appropriate, non-judgmental information on sexuality, tolerance, sexual orientation, gender identity, sexually transmitted diseases, and contraception

  • Legislation that classifies harassment of LGBTQ students as a form of bullying, and directs schools to end bullying in their facilities

Immigration

Propaganda based in hate and fear runs counter to our values as Americans.  We are a country built by immigrants and we should support those who look to us as they try to fulfill their American Dream.  I believe that:

  • Those brought here as children should not be classified as illegal immigrants and should have a clear path to citizenship

  • Children born here are citizens and their parents should have a clear path to citizenship

  • State and local law enforcement should not do the job of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

  • The harassment or bullying of anyone who came to this country, whether legally or illegally, runs counter to American values