How Beverly Plans to
Work for Valley Families
Supporting Local Businesses
Local businesses should be able to fill job openings with local talent. No young person in the 15th District should feel that they have to move away to find dignified, living-wage jobs when those jobs exist right here and go unfilled for lack of training. I believe that by matching vocational training to the needs of our local business community, we can make sure our young people and our businesses have the best chance for mutual success. I will work with local schools and businesses to facilitate Business-Education Partnerships so that our citizens and businesses can continue to call the 15th District home.
I will work to give your children a high-quality education. Well educated citizens are vital to a healthy democracy, yet my opponent does not seem to believe that our public school system matters at all. In fact, he is the only person in the General Assembly to earn a 0% percent rating from the Virginia Education Association. From my own career in education, I know firsthand the importance of investing in public schools. When our schools engage students, nurture their talents, develop their strengths, and make sure students have the skills they need to succeed in life, everyone benefits. I will work hard to earn a 100% VEA rating on behalf of the students in our district.
It is time to develop new pathways to success for our students and businesses. I propose a new way of training our students for the specialized skills needed in skilled technical careers. The Commonwealth could create regional technical programs that offers training to a select group of students. Building on and utlizing the Governors Schools model, students would have access to training that matches their interests with local jobs while also working to educate them on skills that will benefit them now and in the future. It is time to better serve our vocational students by offering advanced education and opportunities. By utilizing the existing Governors School model and infrastructure, we can provide needed services while being good stewards of limited resources.
Every citizen should have access to broadband. Reliable broadband has become essential for students, families, and businesses. Lack of access to high-speed internet is a deterrent to businesses, large and small, which might otherwise locate in our district and contribute jobs and prosperity to our communities. With the advent of telecommuting, many workers in our district could drastically increase time spent with family and improve quality of life, if they could depend on high-speed internet. I will work to expand broadband service and make sure that the existing services are living up to the expectations of 15th District customers.
I will work to protect and improve your health care coverage. I believe that every person in our should have access to quality, affordable health care coverage. Thanks to the results of the 2017 election, Virginia joined 32 other states who direct their federal tax dollars back to their own residents through Medicaid expansion. More than 400,000 Virginians now enjoy health care coverage they didn’t before. As a breast cancer survivor, I understand what it means to have a “pre-existing condition.” You can count on me to protect our citizens’ access to affordable, life-saving health care. Our lives depend on it.
Addiction Recovery & Family Support
I will work to provide support to families struggling to recover from addiction. Did you know that at least 10% of the children our district are being raised by family members other than their parents? Children are the often-overlooked victims of the drug crisis. The grandparents and family members who assume the responsibilities of an absent parent do not receive the same level of support or financial aid as foster parents. I will work to make sure that caregivers and parents have the resources they need to help their families cope with and recover from addiction.
It should not be a struggle to find affordable housing. Lack of affordable housing is driving citizens out of the Valley. More and more people are being forced from their gentrifying communities, resulting in long commutes and less time for family. The shortage of affordable housing is creating hardship for elderly, young adults, and for lower-income citizens. I will partner with local initiatives to bring creative, affordable housing solutions to District 15.