The 64th District has always been home. Emily grew up here, Emily went to school here, and Emily has owned businesses here. We need to make sure we are preserving the principles and values we hold so dear to keep them in tact for future generations.
Emily has fought to keep taxes low and worked towards meaningful and effective tax reform in the Commonwealth. Virginia has an outdated tax code that has caused us to continual fail those that invest their hard earned dollars in our economy. Recently, a business in the district closed after over 100 years in business. We cannot ignore how burdensome, excessive taxation has injured the small business climate.
A lot of times we, as Republicans, talk about being pro-life, but don’t offer real solutions. Being pro-life doesn’t end at Day 1 and we need to work towards making sure we address real-life issues with common sense solutions. In Richmond, Emily has already started to reform the adoption and foster care system by streamlining the process and making it easier for families to provide children with a loving home.
Agriculture has always been the staple of our region. In Richmond, Emily has worked to create the best possible environment for agri-business by cutting unnecessary regulations that are harming small farms and help give them the opportunity to compete in today's economy.
While serving on the Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation Board, Emily has seen the need to make vocational, trade, and career and technical education opportunities more available. In the General Assembly, she has fought to bring these same educational opportunities to K-12 schools. Not everyone is meant to go to college and that’s okay, but we need to make sure students know there are other high-paying, well-respected opportunities for them after K-12. As a founding member of the VA Future Caucus, Emily and other legislators, from both parties, have banded together to tackle issues like lowering tuition costs for Virginians.
Jobs and the Economy
Emily will continue to work to reign in government overreach by cutting red tape and getting government out of the way. Understanding the challenges and opportunities facing real people not just the industry is the first step, not only to grow existing small businesses, but to also create jobs for the hard-working folks in our region. Unrestrained tax policies and unnecessary regulations are like death by a thousand paper cuts for even the most successful businesses.
One of the reasons Emily decided to run for Delegate is because, all too often, politicians hide away in an ivory tower. Emily looks forward to opening an office in 2018 and holding office hours in each of the 7 localities for constituents to visit and voice their concerns. Emily believes in a government of the people and will work hard to represent the people not special interests, lobbyists, or party agendas.