Hopewell transplant Jasmine Gore obtained dual degrees in biology and political science from Virginia Commonwealth University. Following graduation, Gore became one of the youngest individuals to serve on Hopewell’s city council and is currently the first woman and African-American to represent Hopewell’s Ward Four. She then served as vice-mayor of the City of Hopewell, making her the youngest to serve in that position. Gore made history again when she was appointed mayor of the City of Hopewell, making her the youngest African-American and female mayor within Virginia.
One of Gore’s primary concerns is equitable public education throughout the Commonwealth. She supports investing in more affordable universal pre-k and childcare. She wishes to increase funding for schools and more investment into school infrastructure. Gore also believes that all students should have access to breakfast and lunch at schools; she successfully advocated for Hopewell Public Schools to join “No Kid Hungry” Virginia. She helped to reinstate Hopewell’s Office on Youth and Youth Services Commission, which helps to coordinate several services for individuals ranging from birth to age 24.
She is also committed to increasing economic opportunities for Virginians. She plans to do this by creating more trade and workforce programs. In 2019, Gore helped the City of Hopewell secure $300,00 for a summer work program for youth and young adults. She plans to create a regional workforce center, which will focus on training for in-demand trades and industries. Gore also helped Hopewell receive its Virginia Values Veterans certification, allowing the city to provide better support to veteran and military spouse employment.
Gore is also dedicated to improving the health of her community. She supports initiatives that will increase access to quality health care. She is a supporter of quality maternal care and paid family leave for Virginians. With her leadership, Hopewell was able to qualify for the Cities of Opportunity Action Cohort, aimed at improving the quality of life for residents. She also partnered with the Hopewell Downtown Partnership to receive the Local Foods, Local Places Federal National Grant. The program helped to increase access to healthier food options and promote local food systems and farmers.
She also seeks to continue investing in Virginians by supporting infrastructure investments. As a member of the city council, she voted for funding directed at helping the city’s infrastructural needs, including repaving every road in the city. She also voted for further investment into public infrastructures such as public wi-fi and anti-flooding resources. She also voted to approve the restoration of the city’s Riverwalk, parks, and other public spaces. Gore also collaborated with the Governor’s Health Equity Taskforce to provide free personal protective equipment to the city during the Covid-19 pandemic. She was able to acquire 10,000 masks and sanitizers for Hopewell residents.
Jasmine Gore will be challenging current Republican incumbent Carrie Coyner. Coyner was first elected in 2019. Coyner is a Chester native, where she currently resides with her three children. She voted in opposition to the Virginia Clean Economy Act and voted against renter’s protections during the ongoing pandemic. Coyner also voted against raising the minimum wage and the Virginia Voting Rights Act.
Due to her support of universal pre-k and equitable economic opportunities, Jasmine Gore is the progressive choice in this race.Last updated: 2021-09-15Hopewell transplant Jasmine Gore obtained dual degrees in biology and political science from Virginia Commonwealth University.Hopewell transplant Jasmine Gore obtained dual degrees in biology and political science from Virginia Commonwealth University.
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