A Prince William County native, Briana Sewell was raised by parents who were each United States Air Force members for over 20 years. She attended Prince William County Public Schools, and then received her bachelor’s degree in public policy from the College of William and Mary and a Master of Public Administration from American University. She has since worked providing constituent services for Congressman Gerry Connolly. She also helped found the Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy, which advocates for paid family and medical leave for working families.
Due to her experience advocating for paid family and medical leave, Sewell supports policies that uplift Virginia’s families and economy. She worked to ensure federal employees receive 12 weeks of paid medical and family leave and other workers have access to sufficient leave and benefits. She also knows a well-funded education system is crucial to a strong economy. She will work to ensure school resources are equally distributed and every student has access to well-funded, quality education. She supports policies to lower the cost of college and fund other job training and vocational programs.
Sewell particularly understands how women play a critical role in the economy. A strong advocate for fair pay and anti-discrimination laws in the workplace, she will work to lower the cost of childcare to ensure parents can afford to stay in the workforce. She will also advocate for childcare providers, who are often women and women of color. She knows that economic and reproductive rights are inherently tied together and will fight for people to have access to abortion, so they can choose when and whether to become parents.
Sewell knows that paid family and medical leave must also go hand-in-hand with affordable and accessible healthcare coverage. She will work to further expand Medicaid and protect people with pre-existing conditions, She supports efforts to regulate prescription drug companies and reduce prescription costs. The pandemic has further revealed racial and socioeconomic biases in healthcare coverage, and Sewell will work to ensure there are no barriers to necessary healthcare.
Sewell has advocated for the environment her entire career. While working in Congressman Connolly’s office, she tried to reduce pollutants in the district by shutting down the coal ash pond nearby. She believes that investing in green infrastructure will create high-paying jobs in the Commonwealth and will ensure that every citizen has access to clean water and air. She will work to fund green public transit options to limit emissions and traffic congestion.
Sewell is running against Republican Tim Cox, a member of the U.S. Navy Reserve who lives in Woodbridge. Cox was born in Texas and raised in Brazil before joining the military. Cox opposes access to abortion. He is against a federally mandated minimum wage and inclusive policies that are welcoming of our LGBTQ neighbors.
Due to her advocacy for Virginia working families, women’s rights, affordable healthcare, and the environment, Briana Sewell is the most progressive choice for Virginia’s 51st District.Last updated: 2021-09-15A Prince William County native, Briana Sewell was raised by parents who were each United States Air Force members for over 20 years.A Prince William County native, Briana Sewell was raised by parents who were each United States Air Force members for over 20 years.
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