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Virginia's economy is growing and we need to build an economy that includes all Virginians. Virginia's 20th District needs a Delegate that will focus on fully funded public education, affordable healthcare for everyone, better wages and more jobs for our community, protecting Virginia's environment and natural resources, and ensuring we have a government that works for you.

Michele is not a career politician and before this year Michele had never thought of running for elected office. Michele is a mother, a wife, and a former teacher. Michele is running for the House of Delegates because she is concerned about the future of America, our Commonwealth, and our communities.

Michele spent her adult life volunteering and building coalitions that make a difference in the lives of everyday people. Michele has served her community as a public-school teacher, foster parent, a CASA, and as a laywoman in her church.

"As your delegate for the 20th District, I will work every day to ensure that the Virginia taxpayer gets the government that they deserve" - Michele Edwards

Michele is running a strong campaign that will stand up for the needs of working families. Michele will be a new voice for the District and the Commonwealth.


Healthcare

Expanding Medicaid in Virginia is a common-sense solution, and truthfully it is the moral thing to do. Affordable healthcare should not be a partisan issue and as Delegate, Michele will work with her fellow legislators across party lines to ensure that Medicaid expansion is a top legislative priority. Michele believes no hard working Virginian should go without affordable health care and the good news is a majority of Virginians agree.


Education

The needs of students both in the 20th District and across the country are changing. No longer is a high school diploma enough to secure a bright future. We need to ensure that our children are supported from before they even enter the classroom, to when they cross that stage at graduation, to whatever follows, be it a certification program, 2 or 4 year school, or the military.

For these reasons, Michele will...


Environment

The 20th District is a magnet for tourists seeking quiet beauty, majestic mountains, a look at rural lifestyle, sustainable agriculture, the opportunity to ski, hike, and camp, and visit our wineries and breweries. Michele has a vision in which Virginia is a leader in clean energy production, a trailblazer in agriculture and environment based tourism, and a defender of the beauty, integrity, and history of our natural heritage.

Her goals for the environment are:


Non-Partisan Redistricting

Michele believes that a fair redistricting process is essential to maintaining the health of American's democracy. Michele supports the creation of a non-partisan redistricting committee that will comply with the requirements set forth by the Virginia Constitution and Voting Rights Act.

The practice of “Gerrymandering” or creating unfair, uncompetitive state and federal legislative districts. Gerrymandering has been used by both political parties and is a practice that deprives Virginia citizens a voice in our elections. Michele wants to ensure that every Virginian has their voice heard, and to do so we must instate a non-partisan redistricting process before the 2021 census.


Economic Development

The 20th District has a thriving economy based on tourism, agriculture, and manufacturing. As advances continue to be made in sectors such as IT and renewable energy, Michele will work to make sure our district is positioned to grow these emerging industries as well as continue to support and reinforce our current ones. By strengthening our education and healthcare systems, Michele will make it easier for families to thrive here and not have to choose between raising their children in their home or moving to a larger urban area such as Northern Virginia because that’s where they can get a job. Having a district that is good for the economy, good for the environment, and good for families isn’t a fantasy, and Michele will work to make sure it happens.

Michele will:


Women's Rights and Healthcare

Women’s personal health decisions should be made by a woman, her family, and her faith, with the counsel of her doctor. Michele will fight against any attempts to restrict access to quality, affordable reproductive health care. She will defend access to affordable contraception, preventive care, and safe and legal abortion—not just in principle, but in practice.



Committee to Elect Michele Edwards
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