Jennifer Carroll Foy for Delegate: We must expand Medicaid NOW!

I'm running for delegate to expand Medicaid to 400,000 Virginians. For too long, Republicans have denied healthcare to our families and neighbors just to score political points. Everyone deserves access to affordable healthcare. A huge THANK YOU to One Vote At A Time for producing this video -- please share!

Posted by Jennifer Carroll Foy for Delegate on Sunday, October 15, 2017

Jennifer ON THE ISSUES

Healthcare

We must expand Medicaid to 400,000 Virginians - veterans, women, and working families - immediately. Here in the 2nd District, 2,400 of our neighbors could gain healthcare through Medicaid expansion. The politicians in Richmond have denied healthcare to families and our neighbors for far too long. I will fight to ensure that all Virginians have access to affordable healthcare. 

Education

As delegate, I will strengthen our schools by working to increase teacher pay and reduce classroom size. Public education has a direct impact on the economy and raises families out of poverty. In order to attract and retain quality teachers, we must increase teacher salaries. We also must reinvest in our schools to remain competitive and prepare the future generation. I will champion early childhood education to help close the achievement gap.

Women's Rights

We must protect Planned Parenthood funding and ensure all women have access to affordable birth control and cancer screenings. I will vigorously support a woman's right to make choices regarding her education, career, and health. I also support equal pay for equal work. One of the most fundamental constitutional protections is a right to privacy. I will advocate for women's right to unrestricted access to affordable care, including reproductive services. As delegate, I will be a staunch defender against the concerted effort to roll back women's rights and access to safe, affordable healthcare. 

Transportation

Our neighbors lose far too much family time to traffic. As a daily commuter, I understand first-hand the effect traffic has on our businesses and our quality of life. As delegate, I will work to extend the Metro Blue Line into Prince William County. We also simply need more Virginia Department of Transportation funding to begin to fix our broken transportation system.

Criminal Justice Reform

As a former magistrate and a current public defender, I have witnessed first-hand the need for comprehensive criminal justice reform. We must end the school to prison pipeline and stop locking up our children. This starts by promoting alternatives to out of school suspension and emphasizing deterrence options for resource officers.

We also must raise the grand larceny threshold and stop needlessly convicting children of felonies. Virginia has one of the lowest grand larceny thresholds in the country: If someone takes something valued at $200 or more, they can be charged with a felony. That means, if a child is cold and takes a coat in the dead of winter, they will often be charged with a felony and sent to prison. We must raise the grand larceny threshold to $1,000 and focus on smart-on-crime initiatives that keep kids in schools and out of prisons.

coal ash and climate change

In Woodbridge, I live just a few miles from Possum Point, where coal ash waste from a power plant was stored in ponds that seeped toxic chemicals into our water. We must protect the water we drink from coal ash contamination and ensure this pollution never happens again. This starts by removing the coal ash or recycling it to make materials like concrete.

Climate change is threatening our environment and economic future. As your Delegate, I will support laws that will support the boom in renewable energy and create green jobs. I will also support entrepreneurial innovation and challenge businesses to engineer ways to reduce our carbon emissions.