Equal rights (Women’s, Restoration of Rights, Minority, Gun/Constitutional rights, Voting)
 

Ratify ERA
Protect Gun rights and Voting Rights (Constitutional)
Automatically Process Restoration of Rights
Protect Women’s Right to Choose her own Healthcare Decisions.
Raise Sex Trafficking Awareness and Support Anti-Trafficking Efforts

Preservation of History (Black, Confederate, Petersburg)

 

1.      Save the Names and Statues of Confederate Leaders in Petersburg

2.      Integrate and Celebrate Local Black-History Figures in the Community

 Highlight Cooperation after the revolutionary way and civil war

3.      Reopen Peabody (state's first black public school)

4.      Help Fund and Protect Virginia’s Historical Sites &  Assist with applying for Designations such as National Historic Landmarks

5.      Strengthen Public-Private Partnerships to Promote Local Tourism

6.      Reform the Readjuster’s Party in Virginia 

Preservation of History & Rights

 

The Equal Right Amendment (ERA) is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution designed to guarantee equal legal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex; it seeks to end the legal distinctions between men and women in terms of a divorce, property, employment, and other matters.

Automatic voter registration (AVR) is an innovative policy that streamlines the way Americans register to vote. AVR makes two simple, yet transformative, changes to the way our country has traditionally registered voters.  First, AVR makes voter registration “opt-out” instead of “opt-in”—eligible citizens who interact with government agencies are registered to vote or have their existing registration information updated unless they affirmatively decline. Again, the voter can opt-out; it is not compulsory registration. Second, those agencies transfer voter registration information electronically to election officials instead of using paper registration forms. These common-sense reforms increase registration rates, clean up the voter rolls, and save states money.

Election Day Registration enables individuals to register to vote or update their registration on Election Day, either at the polls or at another location designated by election officials. This reform helps boost turnout by ensuring that all eligible voters are able to cast ballots, and it is no surprise that all six states with the highest turnout in 2016 had implemented the policy

Restoration of Rights Automatically restores voting rights upon release from prison. Re-entry reform should ensure that restoration is not contingent upon payment of fees, fines, restitution, or other legal financial obligations. Citizens released from prison may not be released from liability for payment, but the debt will not preclude exercise of the franchise.

Gun Rights Protect constitutional rights of all, including the 2nd amendment – right to bear arms. Generally, I do not believe in banning firearms. However, I would support universal background checks to confirm that there are no red flags such as domestic violence convictions or severe mental health issues. Also, streamlined restoration of rights should include the necessary paperwork to petition the Circuit Court to restore that individual’s gun rights. Even if ex-felons do not wish to purchase or own a gun, fully restoring his/her rights would decrease the risk of recidivism. Unless rights have been fully restored, an ex-felon cannot lawfully be near someone with a gun – even if they’re riding in a vehicle.

Preservation of History: More than 4.8 billion artifacts are held in public trust by more than 30,000 archives, historical societies, libraries, museums, scientific research collections, and archaeological repositories in the United States, but lack of funding places a third of these items at risk of being lost. History is not something obscure or unimportant. History plays a vital role in our everyday lives. We learn from our past in order to achieve greater influence over our future. History serves as a model not only of who and what we are to be, we learn what to champion and what to avoid. We should highlight the positive cooperation that occurred after the revolutionary way and civil war. Instead of wasting our efforts on removing statues, and renaming streets, we should work harder to integrate and celebrate local black-history figures in our community. We should resurrect Peabody school – Virginia’s first public school for African Americans, and we should reopen the Pittman Vocational Center.

Tourism: The travel industry is the fifth largest employer in Virginia. The economic impact of travel in the Commonwealth has grown from $1.3 billion ($8.6 billion in 2018 dollars) in 1969 to $26 billion in 2018 with a compound annual growth rate of 6.4%. Virginia ranks 8th in domestic traveler spending among 50 states and Washington D.C. The 16th senatorial district is home to popular locations for TV and movies, such as historic downtown Petersburg. State and local government should increase public-private partnerships which connect local businesses and organizations with visitors.