Here’s the Problem
As a mother and former foster parent, I believe that protecting our environment is one of the most important things we can do for the future of our children. Climate change is not a distant threat, but rather an immediate danger that is impacting the lives of all Virginians. When I learned in 2017 that water in my district was being contaminated with lead and arsenic from a Dominion Energy plant, I vowed to lead the clean-up effort for my two boys, Xander and Alex, and my neighbor’s children. My legislation forced Dominion Energy to clean up the coal leaks in my district and others across the Commonwealth.
In Virginia, a changing climate has meant more frequent storms and flooding that wreak havoc on our Commonwealth, especially in the Hampton Roads region. Vulnerable communities, especially communities of color, are often hit hardest by environmental stressors that can have devastating effects on our health.
My Record & Experience
I proposed legislation to protect our environment, our communities, and the health and safety of all Virginians. Since elected to the House of Delegates, I:
- Passed legislation to clean contaminated water ponds around the Commonwealth.
- Helped secure funding to protect Widewater State Park.
- Co-sponsored legislation to reward businesses and homeowners for investing in renewable energy.
- Co-sponsored legislation to reward property owners who switch to renewable energy
- Fought for the creation of new, green jobs on wind farms.
- Because of my record of getting results, I am proud to have earned a 100% grade from the Virginia Sierra Club in 2020.
My Plans as Governor
As Governor, I will continue the fight to make sure all of our children inherit a clean, safe Commonwealth. I’ll invest in green energy production, bringing high paying jobs to the Commonwealth, protect funding for state parks, safeguard additional land for public use, and pass the Virginia Green New Deal.