April will fight for:
Strong Public Education
Access to Quality Healthcare
In 2018, Virginia’s General Assembly finally approved Medicaid expansion. My opponent fought against expansion for years, trying to prevent 400,000 of our fellow Virginians from gaining access to reasonably priced healthcare services. I will work hard to ensure that the expansion is implemented fully and fairly.
An End to the Opioid Crisis
Most of us have a family member, friend, or neighbor who has been devastated by the opioid epidemic gripping Virginia and the nation. I am dedicated to stemming the availability of dangerous pills, educating medical professionals about more effective and less habit-forming pain management, and making Naloxone widely available. I will also work to address the root causes that lead people to abuse these drugs in an effort to end the suffering caused by opioids.
Clean Energy and a Stable Climate
The green-technology industry is growing rapidly, generating many new, well-paying, stable jobs in solar and wind energy. I want to bring more of these jobs to the Shenandoah Valley. We will phase out the use of nineteenth-century fossil fuels, which are harmful to human health — the dirty the air we breathe and water we drink. Expanding the use of renewable resources is vital to creating a healthy, stable climate on which we can all depend. Read more about my love for the earth on the blog and hear about it on my interview with the WMRA. You can also hear my statement about the environment and the importance of preserving it for children in Virginia, the USA, and the world here.
A Fair and Ethical State Government
Virginia has earned a D from the Center for Public Integrity. That means that, when it comes to lobbying disclosure, ethics enforcement, political financing, and public access to information, Virginia’s current government is not doing a good job of serving us, the citizens, fairly. I will work hard to institute enforceable ethical rules that ensure our state government is working for the people, not the big-monied interests.
April will also fight for:
- Farmers. Shenandoah Valley farmers work hard to provide the food products we need, and their efforts form an important share of our area’s economy. I will work with them to ensure the state government helps rather than hurts the land and water under their stewardship.
- Criminal Justice Reform. I will work to combat crime while also ensuring that our justice system treats all Virginians with fairness and compassion. I support the full restoration of voting rights for felons who have paid their debt to society.
- An End to Gerrymandering. I support the establishment of an independent, non-partisan commission to draw district lines. Voters should be able to choose their politicians, not the other way around.