Priorities

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Jobs and the Economy

As a Delegate, Shelly’s number one priority is creating a Virginia economy that works for everyone. Too many of our citizens miss out on the American dream. This is why Shelly is dedicated to bringing good, well-paying jobs to Newport News, and why she strongly supports raising the minimum wage. Economic growth should benefit everyone.

To turn that belief into a reality, Shelly is committed to developing our workforce, investing in working families, strengthening small businesses, and empowering women at work.

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Education

As a former Newport News School Board member and Spanish teacher, Shelly has the experience to fight for the highest quality education for our children. She is a longtime advocate for excellence in public schools, and works to bring bold ideas and meaningful programs to our children’s education.

Shelly is focusing her efforts in the House of Delegates on investing in teachers, connecting students to careers, and closing the achievement gap.

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Healthcare

Shelly believes healthcare is one of the defining issues of our time. Too many Virginians don’t have access to the care they need and drug prices are too high.

As a Delegate, Shelly is defending access to healthcare, reducing drug prices, and making sure we protect women’s healthcare rights.

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Energy and the Environment

Shelly got her start in politics as an environmental activist working with the League of Conservation Voters. As a Delegate, Shelly is a staunch defender of our environment, and fights to make Newport News a green city with a bright future.

She is working for sustainable, green communities by supporting clean energy and environmental justice, funding City Farm, and reducing traffic by expanding transit solutions.

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Criminal Justice Reform

Shelly knows criminal justice reform in Virginia needs to be a bipartisan effort, and she is committed to reaching across the aisle to work with Republicans on this crucial issue. Virginia has the 8th highest incarceration rate in the country, with many people convicted for nonviolent drug offenses. The Commonwealth spends $25,000 per inmate per year—money that could be used to fix our roads and bridges and invest in our children’s future. We as a state can reduce crime and save money on incarceration if we work together on adopting reforms that have already worked in other states.

Among Shelly’s priorities for Criminal Justice reform are advocating for preventative reform and strong community policing.

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Civil Rights

Shelly is a strong advocate for civil rights and will always stand up to hatred and bigotry. As a Delegate, she knows the importance of defending vulnerable members of our community.

Shelly is committed to addressing racism and religious bigotry, as well as LGBTQ+ rights.

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Good Government

Shelly believes that is critical that we build back trust in our government and institutions, to make sure that everyone can participate in our democracy enthusiastically. That is why Shelly supports the following reforms to help re-build trust and combat cynicism in our government.
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