High-Quality Education

Regardless of your ZIP Code, your children have a right to a quality education. This starts early and includes children of all abilities. Education is essential to growing our economy in Virginia and ensuring the best future for our citizens. Amy’s experience as a teacher and school board member means she knows what students need. To create a better future, Amy will fight for:

  • Universal preschool
  • Raising teacher pay
  • Increasing technological training, including certification programs, in our high schools
  • Ensuring special education is well-funded and effective
  • More technology — and better technology — in classrooms
  • Expanding broadband infrastructure, so our children can learn at home

Social Justice

Amy was in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017 and witnessed firsthand the violence that occurred. She understands the need to ensure that all of our citizens, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic background, or religion, are able to have the opportunity to succeed and thrive. To ensure this, Amy will be a tireless advocate for:

  • The Equal Rights Amendment, to guarantee equal pay for equal work
  • Reforming our criminal justice system
  • Decreasing mass incarceration
  • Helping former prisoners transition back into society
  • Establishing automatic voting rights restoration for former felons

Accessible Health Care

We need to ensure that all Virginians have access to affordable healthcare, so no family is forced to choose between medical care and paying rent or buying groceries. Medicaid expansion was a huge gain for Virginia, but we have a lot more to do. As state senator, Amy would work hard to:

  • Abolish the work mandate to receive Medicaid
  • Expand broadband access to increase opportunities for telemedicine
  • Address the opioid crisis
  • Fully fund needle exchange programs and provide Narcan free of charge to first responders and schools
  • Ensure that all of our public medical schools have sufficient technology so they are prepared for what they will face in hospitals

Environment

This is a beautiful district and we have a duty to our children to keep it that way. We need to change our energy policies to ensure our environment will be livable and beautiful for future generations. As a State Senator, Amy will work to:

  • Support the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030
  • Expand the green economy
  • Change the law, so that citizens can sell their solar energy back to the grid unimpeded
  • Encourage clean energy and embrace the jobs it creates
  • Ensure we have clean air and water
  • Support our national and state parks