As a career educator and mom of two, Wendy understands that our communities are only as strong as our schools are. She will fight for competitive public schools so that each child in Virginia can learn and succeed.
The wage for Virginia public school teachers is about $7,000 under the national average. As both Wendy’s mom and grandmother were public school teachers, she understands firsthand the impact of underpaid educators. She knows that investing in Virginia's families means investing in Virginia's teachers. So she will support a living wage and benefits for public educators, so that Virginia can recruit and retain the nation’s top talent.
Wendy believes that everyone should be able to afford to go to the doctor when they're sick. She knows how critical state support can be – Wendy and her family have healthcare due to the Affordable Care Act.
Wendy will support the expansion of Medicaid, so that an estimated 400,000 Virginians don’t have to keep making the impossible choices between paying healthcare bills and other necessities. She also understands that Medicaid expansion is good for Virginia’s economy – through a healthy workforce and the creation of about 30,000 new jobs.
About a week into her candidacy, Wendy lost her brother, Brian, to mental illness. When he first applied, he had been denied Medicaid in Virginia. She's running so that Virginia families don't have to experience what hers did -- so that those who need mental health help are able to get it.
Jobs and Economic Development
Wendy believes that our economy should work for everyone, and give each Virginian a fair shot. That means competitive public and technical education systems, a living minimum wage, and jobs for our veterans. It also means the protection of worker's rights, labor unions, and equal economic opportunity for all Virginians. It means our government's investment in public infrastructure so that we can can build better roads, bike lanes, and transit systems. Virginia's economy is developing quickly, and our government must take steps to ensure that our workforce is well trained and paid so that we can grow and compete.
Redistricting and Voting Rights
Gerrymandering is the issue that first got Wendy out of her chair at a town hall back in February 2017. As a 19-year resident of the district, she has watched its lines be contorted and redrawn.
Wendy believes that free and fair elections are tenets of our democracy, so she stands firmly against gerrymandering. She has pledged to support a constitutional amendment in Virginia to ensure that district lines are not drawn to favor any individual or political party. Further, she firmly opposes any effort to make voting harder -- and is appalled by Virginia House Republican efforts to require photo identification for absentee ballots and multiple forms of state identifications at the voting booth.
Wendy believes that strong communities start with a healthy planet. Raising her children on the banks of the Shenandoah River, Wendy chose to live in District 10 because of its ample green spaces, clean water, and clear air. This year, she's running to protect them.
She will defend and expand existing environmental regulations. To ensure that she can legislate without bias, Wendy has also pledged not to take campaign contributions from Dominion Power or Appalachian Power.
Wendy will support Virginia's investment in renewable energy, making alternative energy options like solar panels and wind energy more accessible and affordable. Finally, she will push for cleanup efforts and the preservation of District 10's best green spaces. She believes that development must be responsible, and cannot come at the cost of our land, water, and air.