Chris understands the critical importance of public education as the gateway to a better life for Virginia’s children. State aid for our public schools has been declining in recent years, and Chris is determined to reverse that trend – including raising teacher pay to a level that is competitive with our neighboring states. He also knows that early childhood education is key to getting kids ready to learn, so he supports universal access to pre-kindergarten schooling.
Thanks to the blue wave that brought Democrats to near-parity in the House of Delegates in 2017, the General Assembly enacted a historic expansion of Medicaid in 2018 after years of Republican obstruction, giving hundreds of thousands of Virginians access to critically needed health care. Chris is committed to protecting Medicaid expansion against any attempts to roll it back or limit its reach.
Virginians’ precious right to vote has been under assault in Richmond for years. Chris will fight to broaden access to the ballot box, including overturning onerous voter ID requirements, passing no-excuse absentee and early voting, and enacting automatic restoration of voting rights to felons who have paid their debt to society.
Chris believes voters should be empowered to pick their lawmakers – not the other way around. That means the power to redraw legislative district lines should be taken out of the hands of the General Assembly and turned over to the citizens. The Assembly took the first step toward a nonpartisan redistricting system in 2019. Chris will help make sure that process stays on track and is completed in time for the next redistricting in 2021.
EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT
For too long, Republican naysayers have prevented Virginia from ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution assuring that women’s rights to fair and equal treatment under the law cannot be abridged. Once elected in a new blue wave in 2019, Chris will be a proud and vocal supporter of ERA ratification.
These are perilous times for women’s control over their bodies. Chris believes women can be trusted to make their own health care decisions in consultation with their doctors, with no interference from legislators in Richmond. That means rolling back medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion and standing up against any new back-door assaults on women’s constitutional rights.
Chris supports legislation, long blocked by Republicans in Richmond, protecting gay and lesbian Virginians against discrimination in housing and employment. And now that the Supreme Court has upheld the right of all Americans to marry whomever they love, he supports removing the now-obsolete “marriage amendment” from Virginia’s constitution.
GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION
Virginia and the nation are suffering an epidemic of gun violence, yet Republicans in Richmond continue to block common-sense measures to stop the carnage. Chris supports a ban on semiautomatic weapons, universal background checks for firearm purchases, and a “red flag” law to take guns out of the hands of those who pose a danger to themselves or others.
Chris believes the overwhelming scientific consensus that the planet faces an existential threat from climate change – a threat that must be addressed at all levels of government. That means phasing out our reliance on fossil fuels and incentivizing renewables like solar and wind. He supports Virginia’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and opposes construction of new natural gas pipelines through the state. He pledges not to take campaign contributions from Dominion Energy, which is overly reliant on fossil fuels.
Chris believes one way to bolster Virginia’s economy is to shore up its crumbling infrastructure. So he’ll support efforts to upgrade our roads, repair failing bridges and expand broadband internet access to all parts of the state.
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