Who am I?

Michael Futrell and his wife, Bernadine, founded Make the Future, a nonprofit organization which provides underprivileged and at-risk youth here in our community programs and activities to develop leadership and personal responsibility. Michael and Bernadine recently celebrated the birth of their first son, Michael II, and make their home in Woodbridge.
•Married 2 years to Bernadine Futrell, Ph.D.
•Father of Mike Futrell II, Age 1
•Woodbridge, VA resident since 2006
•Deacon, Harvester's Life Changers Church
•Vice-Chair, Prince William County Election Task Force
•Founder, Make the Future, Inc.
•Member, Prince William County Chamber of Commerce
•Former President, Prince William County Young Democrats

As a lifelong educator, I am running in Virginia's 2nd District to the House of Delegates, to ensure a better future for our families. I hope to be a voice that reflects our views in Richmond, to expand public involvement and input into our state government.

Why am I running?

In 2010, after a custody battle for my younger brother, my wife and I formed a non-profit organization called Make The Future. In our short existence, we saw the impact that we had in the lives young men and women in our communities, and how our programs helped strengthen families. But we also realized that a lot of the programs we were creating were in response to laws that were being passed, rather directly or indirectly. My wife and I sat down and came to the conclusion that we needed to create a scenario where we had seat at the table when these decisions were being made, so we could be more proactive, rather than reactive to a lot of bad policies that affected the lives of our future leaders. And once President Obama received 60% of the vote in this district, we became aware that the representative, who held the newly created seat and voted down line with the rest of the GOP, did not hold our same values. So on January 27th, we announced my candidacy to help Move The Future Forward in Virginia.

My Goals

When elected, I will fight to ensure a world-class education for our children, including universal access to pre-school. Every major issue that we could create ties back to education. What good would it do to bring the jobs to our community if we do not develop the skilled workforce needed to fill those jobs. Our current legislature has taken on a personal attack toward our public school system, and as a former teacher, I will lead the efforts to give our kids the future they deserve.

In Virginia, we have continually created Band-Aid solutions to transportation problems that are probably in need of reconstructive surgery. My goal will be to help create and support legislation that will improve our public transportation infrastructure. There is no reason that a drive of a few miles should take hours. Why would any business relocate to our area under these conditions?

My goal is to help educate and create the skilled labor needed to attract the jobs that will follow after we properly handle our transportation crisis.

My DFA Values

I graduated with an education degree and became a teacher. When I left the classroom, I started a non-profit organization that works with youth, because I was taught from a very early age, that my success is not going to be based on what I can accomplish, but rather what I can help those around me accomplish. The values of DFA do not just represent my campaign; they represent who I am as a man. Being raised by a single father gives you a different perspective on life. I never set out to run for office, I set out to make a difference, and that is why DFA is a perfect fit. Together, we can reach the masses that normally are disengaged.
I am fighting for a seat where the Republican in office voted for a bill that increases the tax on purchasing a hybrid vehicle. (How dare the attempt to help us break our dependency on foreign oil!) I live in an area where I was the Vice Chairman to an election taskforce that was put together to investigate why we would have people complaining of waiting in lines to vote in 2012 for over 7 hours in high minority precincts. I am fighting for the young woman I spoke with whose son was in an Algebra class with over 40 students! Together, we will fight for our communities, we will invest in green energy, and we will live a life free from bigotry, abuse and harassment. Together we will keep moving forward!

My Campaign is People Powered!

At our campaign kickoff, we brought out 107 people. Of those 107, 30% had only voted in a presidential election. We were humbled that we continue to have so many people who normally are not involved with political campaigns, reaching out to us because they believe in what we are aiming to accomplish. This campaign is not about Richmond, it is about the people in our communities. The stories they tell me at the doors. The gentleman who has to walk two hours at midnight to make it home from work, because there are no viable transportation solutions for the shift workers in our area. This campaign is about giving a voice to the silent majority in this district. We are people powered

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• 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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