Thank you to everyone who took the time to sign my petitions, and especially to my super volunteers who went door to door and to many events in our community to gather many of those 32 pages of signatures.
I am eager for another successful campaign and look forward to running with my colleagues in November here in our wonderful region of Fairfax County in the Mount Vernon and Franconia magisterial districts.
In addition to the House of Delegates and Senate seats up for election, this year’s “off-off-year” election will include very important local races, including the Board of Supervisors, School Board, and Soil and Water Conservation District Directors. Also, on the ballot will be candidates for the offices of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, the Clerk, and the Sheriff.
During my four terms in office, I have passed 53 bills to improve life for Virginians including expansion of voting access, protecting the hard-earned income of Virginians from wage garnishment, establishing a statewide Sex Trafficking Response Coordinator position to combat the growing problem of sex trafficking within the Commonwealth, reforming charitable gaming and gambling in the Commonwealth to ensure that Virginians who game can do so safely and responsibly and are at least 21 years old, and numerous public safety initiatives to protect our first responders.
As I wrote earlier this month, turnover in the General Assembly will be very high this year as many of my colleagues continue to announce their impending retirements from the legislature. It will be incumbent upon those of us who plan to remain to take over more leadership roles and mentor the scores of incoming freshman members. My position of seniority will allow me to best serve our community with key committee positions. I currently serve in the following House committees: Appropriations, General Laws, and Privileges & Elections. My position on Appropriations affords me a unique opportunity to fight for the funding our district needs. I also serve as the House Democratic Caucus Labor Chair, working with labor leaders to champion worker rights and protections across the Commonwealth.
I look forward to continuing the momentous progress we have achieved in the years ahead.
I hope I can earn your vote this November. If you are unsure if you live in the new 16th district where I am running, you can visit https://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/ and type in your address. It’s an honor and a privilege to represent you.