I want to go to Richmond to be an advocate for hardworking Virginia families. As a social worker, I work closely with hardworking Virginians who work two or three jobs to make ends meet, while still being parents to their children. This was my life, too, and I want to help every Virginia family achieve the American dream. We can do this together by fighting for affordable healthcare, creating a minimum living wage, investing in high-quality public schools and fixing traffic problems in our roads and highways. As a delegate, I want to bring these concerns to the debate in our General Assembly and give families like the ones in my district a seat at the table.
What makes you the best candidate?
As a public administrator, I have experience working with government and stakeholders to address the needs and concerns of our citizens. I have managed public budgets and helped provide high-quality services to people in need every day, both in public health and in public schools. I want to bring that public servant and advocacy experience to Richmond, where problem solving has taken a back seat to partisanship. I also have the life experience to understand the needs and concerns of my community, where I lived many of their experiences. My opponent represents only 16 percent of the district and is out of touch with the issues faced by our community. I will be a delegate for every person, not just one party or the other.
What ranks as the most important issue facing the 2018 General Assembly and how do you plan to address it?
I believe affordable healthcare is the most important issue facing the commonwealth this year, and we need a delegate who sees healthcare as a human right, not a privilege. I will fight for Medicaid expansion, so we can give 400,000 hardworking Virginians access to high-quality healthcare, and defend the financial gains we could make under the Affordable Care Act. This decision will also create about 30,000 jobs and could help lowering our health insurance rates.
Please, describe the most difficult challenge you’ve faced in a leadership position and your response to that situation.
Becoming a manager, leading employees who are older than you and/or senior employees has been challenging. I believe in being prepared and using experience, knowledge and education help changing the mindsets of my staff. As a leader, I have never imposed change. I like to listen to others to learn and understand about what they do in order to work on improvements. This is an important aspect of being a delegate, and I hope to bring more this to Richmond on Nov. 7.