Harder for the House

Who am I?

I am a fourth generation Blacksburg resident, who is proud to say my young son is the fifth generation of my family to live in the New River Valley. I’ve always had a passion for public service, having watched my grandmother represent my community in the House of Delegates as a child. I used that passion after college to land a job with U.S. Congressman Rick Boucher, and worked in his office to improve constituent outreach and communication. I still wanted to learn more about government and find ways to make it smarter, more efficient, and more responsive, so I later became a doctoral student at the Center for Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Tech. After becoming a father last year, I reaffirmed my commitment to make a difference and improve the lives of those around me.

Why am I running?

My grandmother is a huge inspiration in my life, and I gained my passion for public service by watching her represent my community in the House of Delegates while I grew up. While that passion moved me to work in Congress and earn a PhD, things changed last year after my wife and I had our first child. As a father I feel a new sense of urgency to make the world a better place and do what I can to improve my son’s future. Running for the House of Delegates is my way of giving back to this community and ensuring his future is bright.

My Goals

My two passions are improving our state’s public education system and protecting our natural environment. In my first year in office, I will do everything possible to ensure that our public schools receive their deserved funding, and we don’t allow Republicans to send public money to fund private schools. I will also vote for common sense measures that protect our region’s resources and beauty, like encouraging energy efficiencies. I truly believe we need to capitalize on brining green jobs to the New River Valley, and will work on legislation that creates the environment for green businesses and agriculture to thrive.

My DFA Values

As a lifelong resident of Southwest Virginia, I know the strong sense of community that runs through the 12th District. Virginians know that we can all accomplish more if we work together. Working together also means looking out for each other, and I believe we can take steps towards creating a more equal society. I want to show my son that true leadership means caring for those when they are in need, and treating all people with respect and dignity. I know the key to securing our future is investing in education, protecting our natural resources, and promoting smart job creation.

My Campaign is People Powered!

My campaign is focused on person to person connections, because I believe in the power of a grassroots movement. I will personally be out in the community each week knocking on doors and calling voters to tell them about myself, tell them about the steps I want to take to improve our future, and hear what they think our priorities should be in Richmond. In addition, we will be creating a robust volunteer program to help me get the word out. We want to build an army of volunteers that will help us win this election and move Virginia forward.

Voice support

Supporters:

  • Matthew Gabriele
  • Rees Shearer, VA
  • Judith Ruggles
  • Steve Cochran
  • Victoria Cochran
  • Isaac Sarver, VA
  • Lin Fox
  • Andrew Whitley
  • Michael Hudson
  • christina gardner
...and 6 more.


About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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