May 14, 2019
Stafford Democrat seeking Va. 88th District house seat
“I do not come from privilege,” Stafford County resident Kecia Evans says. “And so I am the voice of all people, not just the few.”
In 2019, change must come. And in order for change to come, everyone has to be involved, everyone has to be included at the table.
— Kecia S. Evans
Kecia Shawnette Evans
Falmouth, Stafford County
• Office sought:
88th District seat, Virginia House of Delegates.
Program operations specialist and office manager with more than 18 years of experience in “criminal justice field,” Washington-based organization, 2005-present.
Intelligence program specialist, ZKD Inc., Rosslyn, 2004-05; technical/special assistant, MVM Inc., Tysons Corner, 2000-04.
Master’s degree, cyber investigation/digital forensics, University of Maryland, 2018; bachelor’s degree, criminal justice/investigative forensics, University of Maryland, 2015; Gar-Field High School, 1996.
• Appointed office:
Stafford County Crime Solvers board, 2019-present; chairwoman special education advisory committee, Stafford County School Board, 2018-present; capital improvement advisory committee, Stafford County School Board, 2018-present; chairwoman, advisory board, Stafford County Department of Parks and Recreation, 2018-present.
Husband; 4 sons, ages 11 to 25.
• Website: evans4delegate.com
• Facebook: Click here
The first-time Democratic candidate for the 88th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates lists education, transportation and criminal justice reform among her top issues.
Kecia S. Evans, 41, who lives in Stafford County, and Jessica H. Foster, 38, who lives near Remington, will seek their party’s nomination in a June 11 primary. The winner will face Republican Del. Mark Cole in the Nov. 5 general election. A Spotsylvania deputy county administrator, Mr. Cole, 60, won his first two-year term to the General Assembly in 2001.
The 88th District includes three Fauquier precincts — Lois, Morrisville and Remington — and parts of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania and Stafford counties.
Ms. Evans, a program operations specialist in the “criminal justice field,” backs state-funded pay increases for public school teachers.
If elected, “I want to enact legislation to where the state can do it across the board,” explained the New Jersey native who moved with her family to Northern Virginia in 1992.
The parent of four sons — three of whom have “intellectual disabilities” — Ms. Evans believes more “resources” should be “allocated” to address “special education” needs, including additional classroom staff to help teachers.
State funds, including lottery money, could be used to boost teacher pay and improve the teacher-student ratio for children with learning disabilities, the Falmouth resident said.
Ms. Evans commutes four days a week, four hours per day from her Stafford home to Washington.
The candidate supports studying the possible extension of Metro train service to Prince William County.
Ms. Evans believes additional Virginia Railway Express train cars and expanded schedules would benefit commuters. More commuter buses should be added to serve Stafford and Spotsylvania residents, she added.
A criminal justice reform advocate, she backs “revamping” the state’s criminal record expungement laws.
“In Virginia, we are way behind when it comes to helping people who have made mistakes in their lives,” said Ms. Evans, who serves on the Stafford County Crime Solvers’ board. “We are so harsh. We do not have a Virginia heart. But, our motto is ‘Virginia is for Lovers’.”
She would push for legislation to allow individuals who have committed certain misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies “to seal their record within a waiting period,” provided they don’t get convicted of or get arrested for other crimes during probation.
Also, “if the government doesn’t bring charges” against an individual “within two years” of arrest, “then (the charge) is automatically expunged, because it’s just an arrest,” said Ms. Evans, who expects to earn a master’s degree in law from Virginia Beach-based Regent University by year’s end. “There’s no conviction, there’s no nothing.”
Ms. Evans, who provided a resume with at least 31 redactions, declined to identify her employer.
“I cannot disclose that, because I have an agreement,” she said of her employer’s name. “Who I work for — it’s not part of the campaign. People do not need to know where I work. What they need to know is what I’m for and what I do. That’s it.”
Ms. Evans also supports passage of the Equal Rights Amendment.
“Equal pay for equal work,” she said.
Ms. Evans declared her candidacy for the 88th District seat “to bring change.”
“For 17 years, we’ve had the same voice,” she said. “Not saying that voice is wrong. I just want to bring diversity to District 88.”
What does she think about her chances of defeating Ms. Foster, who co-owns the Manassas-based law firm Foster McCollam, in the June 11 Democratic primary?
“I would just say that we both just have to get out and knock on doors and let our voice be known, let out voice be heard and let voters decide. We are both well-qualified candidates.”
In short, Ms. Evans wants voters to know: “I am you; I am a mother; I am part of the working class; I am the average person. I do not come from privilege. And so I am the voice of all people, not just the few.”
Beverly Robinson, who lives near Bealeton, has known Ms. Evans for about 20 years.
Ms. Evans' knowledge of the area and key bread-and-butter challenges facing it —especially education ones — qualify her for the job, said Ms. Robinson, 41, a notary signing agent who primarily handles real estate transactions.
“She’s somebody that wants to make a difference,” she said. “I think it’s awesome” that Ms. Evans decided to seek the Democratic nomination. “Some people don’t take the initiative, because they don’t want their backgrounds exposed.
“They don’t want to let people into their lives, because it’s a bird’s eye on you. So I commend her for stepping out and going for.”
Ms. Evans also would bring a different perspective as a delegate, she added.
“It’s growing, it’s changing,” Ms. Robinson said of the 88th District. “And, I just think having fresh ideas is imperative.”
Ms. Evans also puts the interest of others ahead of her own, she suggested.
“Kecia is family-oriented and very goal-driven. She’s very caring; she’s very supportive. There isn’t anything she wouldn’t do for anyone. I guess the word would be unselfish.”
Ms. Evans has as good chance of capturing the Democratic nomination next month and winning the seat in November, Ms. Robinson said.
“I support her 1,000 percent and will support and root her on and pray for her along the way.”
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Cammie Rodgers · May 18, 2019 at 7:01 am
If a person is going to run for public office, the least they can do is release their tax records or who has given them money to keep their businesses afloat. Yes, it is common sense, but here we are with a huge conflict of interest all the way to the top. If that person can do it, why not everyone else? Why have any rules or oversight?
Rover 530 · May 16, 2019 at 7:30 pm
If a person is going to run for a public office funded by the taxpayers, the very least they can do is reveal the identity of their employer. It's common sense. The particular and personal details of their employment can be protected. How is the electorate to know if a genuine conflict would exist if the person serves in the public office?
Mark House · May 16, 2019 at 11:10 am
DonkeyFarmer - you are correct. I should have never dirtied this article with that criminals name.
Savefauquiercounty2019 · May 16, 2019 at 7:26 am
DonkeyFarmer · May 16, 2019 at 4:38 am
@Mark House- What does Donald Trump have to do with this article? I think you are suffering from a serious case of TDS.
Mark House · May 15, 2019 at 3:05 pm
Mark House · May 15, 2019 at 2:16 pm
DonkeyFarmer - How many redactions and secrets is the POTUS keeping over 400 pages of the Mueller report, plus tax records covering years, and is scared to let anyone see? Supposedly Trump is working for the public, yet more and more it looks like he is working for the private wealthy sector of the Russian government.
Give the woman the benefit of the doubt.
BKS - you are a propagandist that Hitler would have been proud of spreading your half-truths.
Jim Griffin · May 15, 2019 at 8:02 am
While "BKS" -- or whomever is behind the curtain using the name of the day -- may want you to believe partisan politics is the answer to immigration, you can read Ronald Reagan's lips to know it isn't true:
Yes, the Gipper advocated open borders, principally because employers like workers who will work for less.
If Republicans hold the immigration keys, why did they do nothing for two years while they held the White House, House of Representatives and the Senate? Is it because Republicans value the employers who support the party?
Illegals leave money behind in un-refunded withheld taxes, an economic positive that could help fund schools (although school funding is inherently local money, less state or federal in nature). They are afraid to take benefits that require revealing their location and status.
It is plain dishonesty to suggest either party proposes a right to vote for illegals, especially after noting proof of citizenship is required to register to vote.
If you think either party has a monopoly on good behavior, you are lost to partisan politics and irretrievable. If you have the good sense to realize it comes down to people and their policies, not party politics, you'll choose your candidate with clear eyes, an open mind and a full heart.
DonkeyFarmer · May 14, 2019 at 10:53 pm
Maybe she is CIA?
DonkeyFarmer · May 14, 2019 at 10:48 pm
She submitted a resume with 31 redactions and is keeping her employer a secret? And she wants to work for the public? Is she kidding?
BestKeptSecrets · May 14, 2019 at 3:40 pm
A vote for any democrat is a vote for illegals, their employers and enormous loss of funds to support their corruption. It is long overdue to use American tax payers funds to increase teacher's salaries,fire fighters and police officer's salaries and better technology and devices, vehicles to protect them.
Delegate Mark Cole, born in 1958, attended Western Kentucky University and graduated with a bachelors in civil engineering, Germanna College, and University of Mary Washington with a bachelor's in computer science.. Served in the United States Navy and Reserves. HE does sponsored House Bill 1598 requireing those register to vote to SHOW PROOF of Citizenship and it passed in Feb 2017. Don't let the illegal invasion dictate illegals having the right to vote. They are dishonest and so are their employers. The democrats have gone too far.
NO one on either side wants anyone denied because of pre existing conditions. This has been long settled since the late 90s. However, the democrats have abuse our resources towards illegal's health care while ignoring seniors and veterans. Seniors are paying over $7000 a month for long term care that IS NOT covered by Medicare. Don't be fooled by their corrupt tactics.
Support Delegate Mark Cole. Send donations to Mark Cole for Delegate, PO BOX 41965, Fredericksburg, VA 22404. Please volunteer.
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