A proven leader with a strong record on education, healthcare, transportation, veteran affairs, small business, and public safety issues. With many of these issues currently at the forefront of public attention here in Northern Virginia, Patrice will best represent the constituents of the 37th district in Richmond!
I was active in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) throughout the years my two children attended. Furthermore, as a faculty member at George Mason University, I understand the importance of quality education. FCPS have a national reputation for quality teachers, excellent curriculum, and first-rate facilities. We should be proud of our schools here in Virginia’s 37th District. However, we need to ensure that all students receive a quality education.
I recognize that the one-size-fits-all mentality towards education is not necessarily the best fit for all students. I support the strong public schools in our area, with minimal intrusion from the administration in Richmond. I believe educational funding should remain with the individual student, as opposed to the school districts. This will ensure our children receive the individualized education they need.
Additionally, I have concerns with Virginia’s current educational funding indexing policy where Northern Virginia’s public schools are short changed in regard to the funding we receive for education. I will work to keep more education funds in Northern Virginia while looking for creative ways to allow the money to follow the child.
Healthcare is an issue at the forefront of public attention across the United States. I am deeply concerned by the direction the federal government has taken in regards to healthcare. I have spent over 35 years as a healthcare professional and am a nationally recognized expert in the field of physical therapy. Prior to joining the GMU faculty, I ran my own Fairfax-based physical therapy practice for 17 years. I understand the critical need for quality healthcare to be available for all citizens.
It has been said by many we need more healthcare professionals in public office to help steer the creation of high-quality and cost-effective healthcare legislation. I support the efforts of the Commonwealth in fighting the implementation of Obamacare via the expansion of Medicaid. I believe this program will inevitably create a shortage of medical personnel, making it more difficult for patients to receive adequate care in a timely manner. Citizens deserve to have the best care for the best price. Furthermore, there needs to be enough healthcare providers to provide the quality care patients deserve. The current direction this country is headed will not put our healthcare system where it should be – one of the best systems in the world.
Real Transportation Solutions
Transportation is a real serious issue here in Northern Virginia. If we do not come together on this issue it will be detrimental to our region’s prosperity. As a resident of Northern Virginia for 35 years, I know the importance of bringing real transportation solutions to our area.
While some politicians talk about fixing transportation, I am a leader with proven results. One of my roles as a City of Fairfax City Council member was to serve on the Metropolitan Council of Government’s Transportation Planning Board. I was involved in the inception of the I-495 HOT Lanes to fight congestion without raising taxes through a public-private partnership. In addition, I worked across party lines to encourage the development of alternative transportation options for Fairfax County including light rail, bike and METRO expansion. I was also proud to have sponsored the successful grant application which brought a fleet of environmentally friendly hybrid buses to Fairfax.
I will continue to listen to the constituents on their transportation priorities in NoVA, stand up for our needs as your representative in Richmond, and follow through to see real solutions are implemented and in a timely manner.
Military and Veterans
Our Commonwealth is blessed to be home to a large number of Veterans as well as active duty military personnel. It is important that we honor and recognize the sacrifices these men and women and their families have made for our country. Access to quality veterans’ healthcare is critical to recruiting the high quality military personnel our country needs. As a physical therapist, I am especially interested in the ‘Wounded Warrior Project.” This program addresses the needs of these heroes and their families through a complete rehabilitation process to achieve their best as they transition back into civilian life. I will support legislation that maintains and advances access to quality health care for our veterans.
I recognize that without our military personnel serving overseas we would not be able to enjoy the rights we have as Americans. One of those critical rights is our right to vote. Too often, we learn of military overseas ballots arriving late or not arriving to our military folks at all. I will work to ensure that military personnel receive their election ballots for all elections with enough time so they can be confident their votes will be counted.
Small Business Development and Promotion
As a former small business owner of a physical therapy practice for 17 years, I understand the challenge of creating jobs and the impact the government has on business. In order for our communities to grow and prosper, business owners must have the ability to operate with as little government intrusion as possible. As a delegate, I will work to lower taxes on small business and to minimize the burden placed on business by the state government. I am a strong believer in encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit of all Virginians and will work to maintain a strong business climate for our Commonwealth.
During my three terms on the City of Fairfax City Council, I was extremely active in public safety issues. Residents of the 37th District must be protected and served by our police, firefighters and emergency personnel at the optimal level at all times. Furthermore, those who are in the positions to provide public safety must be adequately trained and supported with adequate resources to do their jobs at the optimal level.
In 2006, the City Council, during a work session, was given a presentation on the federal SAFER grant program. I learned our City firefighter teams were made up of just three members. The national standard is four members. We had three people doing 133% of the job. This was not safe for them or those they were serving. I stood up for our hardworking firefighters that night and lead the Council to vote for the SAFER grant and it was soon implemented in the City of Fairfax where the funding allowed the firefighting teams to be up to the national standard.
Since my time on City Council, I have maintained my excellent working relationship with public safety officers throughout the area by regularly meeting with them over a meal to discuss any issues of concern. I will keep the dialogue between our public safety officers, citizens, and government going as your 37th District Delegate. My past record shows I can work across party, city, and county lines to ensure our community is safe.
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