The Issues Funding to Stop Flooding Funding to Stop the Flooding Flooding is my motivating issue and since 2014 when I joined Virginia Beach City Council, I have supported over $400,000 in local funding to address and mitigate flooding. I also voted to fund and support the Dewberry Study which is setting a path to implement solutions. But Virginia Beach residents cannot be the only ones paying the cost. I will lead the effort in state government for funding to stop flooding. Too little has been done and that must change, and I am running to lead that change. Education Education I am a strong supporter of education and think it is a key to future success. As a member of City Council, I have voted to fully fund our schools and teachers. I’ve voted for every dollar of every School Board request. State support for schools has been behind and Virginia Beach has increased funding locally. Our delegate should secure more school funding from the state. Jobs Jobs Virginia Beach thrives when Virginia Beach families thrive. I’m a small business owner who understands what it takes to create jobs and attract companies. Virginia Beach has done a great job attracting biomedical research and technology jobs. But economic development in the state still favors Northern Virginia. We need a delegate who will fight for Virginia Beach. Public Safety Public Safety An unsafe city will lose jobs and companies, have failing schools and begin a downward spiral that cities frequently can’t combat. As a member of Council, I have voted for significant investments in our public safety professionals to make sure we prevent that. I have supported both investments in salaries to help eliminate decades-long salary compression, and also funding for police camera technology. Our police, fire and rescue personnel must have the training and compensation to make sure we retain our great uniformed professionals and they keep Virginia Beach the safest city of its size in America. Second Amendment Second Amendment I’m a gun owner and I vigorously support the Second Amendment and defend our right to keep and bear arms. I support Virginia’s instant background checks and I believe that law-abiding citizens have the Constitutionally-protected right to protect their homes and families through gun ownership. Right to Life Right to Life I was disgusted by the House Democrats’ legislation for abortions at the moment of delivery. As a mother and a woman, I can’t imagine politicians or anyone for that matter supporting abortions at birth. Our nation should be a culture of respect for life, and these principles permeate our lives. Immigration Immigration America is a nation of legal immigrants and I support America’s melting pot and legal immigration. Those in the country illegally, either through illegal border crossings or overstaying visas, don’t have the rights of citizens and shouldn’t. The federal government has a Constitutional duty to enforce the nation’s borders.