Join us on October 2nd at 7:00 PM at the Ponds Community Center for dessert, coffee, and a presentation on the current status and future of the Virginia economy.
Meet Brian Ball, Virginia’s foremost economic policy development authority; Karen Schaufeld, the Director and Founder of the Rubin Group, engaged in policy development and entrepreneurship in renewable energy including solar and wind power; Wendy Marquez, the CEO of Wize Solutions, LLC – which is an organization with a mission to create sustainable IT employment opportunities for workers in economically distressed rural communities. By connecting thriving urban businesses with highly trained and qualified rural talent, Wize Solutions creates a cost-effective alternative to offshore sourcing. Under this business model, both our clients and American workers win. I will also be dispelling some prominent myths about state resource distribution.
While this year’s elections are critical to the preservation of our democracy, there is also something happening next year that is unprecedented. A strong possibility exists, if we dig deep and work hard, that we can regain control of the State Senate and gain a majority in the House of Delegates as well. This does not mean just a return to Democratic control, circa 1990s… This is a different Democratic Party. It has been purged of almost all vestiges of the Byrd Machine Era and is progressive in ways that can move Virginia forward into the 21st century while maintaining our traditional values of fiscal responsibility, a strong business climate, and a return to the top tier of well-managed states that has already begun. We currently rank 7th.
We are currently 51 R-49 D in the House of Delegates and 21 R-19 D in the State Senate. With our Democratic Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General, we will have the ability to move forward with responsible, progressive measures that can ensure women’s reproductive choices, greater gun safety, greater protections for the LGBT community, greater voting access, improved environmental policies,
and accelerated renewable energy generation.
Folks, next year will be the first opportunity for a progressive Virginia in our state’s history. This is a big deal and I need your help.
I have the second-weakest district in terms of democratic performance in the Commonwealth.
I need to be ready next year to defend this seat on behalf of everything we believe in. With the gains made last year in the House of Delegates, we are no longer preserving our defensive options. But, for the first time in our history, we will be voting to set a new direction for our Commonwealth.
As we prepare to take the reigns of government in the 2020 Session of the General Assembly, we can start to talk about what we’re going to do – not just what we are going to stop. I started last year with a redistricting themed fundraiser and am following up this year with one based on the Virginia economy. All of us need to be better informed as the potential for positive change in Virginia is enormous. We must be ready.
I hope to see you there.