Activist and organizer, Caitlin Coakley is running to represent the 65th District in the House of Delegates. A former reporter for the Roanoke Star-Sentinel, a weekly newspaper, Coakley understands the intricacies of local and state governance. She worked with other activists in Chesterfield County in 2020 to demand a better response from the local government with the COVID-19 pandemic, public safety, and education. She currently resides in Chesterfield with her husband and their two children.
Coakley understands that the educational and economic success of the district hinges on access to reliable Internet. She plans on securing federal money and creating public-private partnerships to guarantee that every household in the district has broadband access. She wants to boost working families in Virginia by providing universal pre-K and tuition-free community college. Coakley also supports a $15 an hour minimum wage with future increases tied to the cost of living.
Coakley advocates for reforming Virginia’s criminal justice system and reducing its harmful impact on communities of color. She wants to end cash bail, which keeps poor people incarcerated simply because they can’t afford bail, and qualified immunity, a practice that shields police from accountability for violating people’s civil rights. She believes in building safer, equitable communities by investing more in programs for mental health support, affordable housing, and economic development.
Coakley understands the urgency of the climate crisis and endorses legislative actions to tackle the issue. She wants to protect the environment by reducing carbon emissions and investing in clean energy. She believes that farmers whose crops are affected by climate change must be protected as well. She supports the Green New Deal Virginia and will oppose the construction of mega-landfills in the Commonwealth. Coakley pledged not to take campaign contributions from polluting utility monopolies like Dominion Energy.
Coakley wants to make quality, affordable healthcare available to all Virginians. She advocates for legislation to lower the cost of prescription drugs and workforce training programs to address the healthcare worker shortage. She supports keeping communities safe by passing common-sense measures aimed at preventing gun violence. She also wants to keep people in the workforce by guaranteeing paid family and medical leave so people don’t have to choose between a paycheck and taking care of themselves or a loved one in the event of an illness.
Coakley is challenging incumbent Delegate Lee Ware (R), a retired teacher who has represented the 65th District since 1998. Ware opposed expanding affordable health coverage to 400,000 Virginians in 2018. He also voted against raising the minimum wage, abolishing the death penalty, and legalizing marijuana. Additionally, Ware opposes abortion access and prohibiting voter discrimination in the Commonwealth.
Due to her support of working families, criminal justice reform, the environment, affordable healthcare, and gun violence prevention, Coakley is the most progressive choice in this race.Last updated: 2021-09-15Activist and organizer, Caitlin Coakley is running to represent the 65th District in the House of Delegates. A former reporter for the Roanoke Star-Sentinel, a weekly newspaper, Coakley understands the intricacies of local and state governance.Activist and organizer, Caitlin Coakley is running to represent the 65th District in the House of Delegates. A former reporter for the Roanoke Star-Sentinel, a weekly newspaper, Coakley understands the intricacies of local and state governance.
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