Michelle Maldonado is a former attorney and small business owner. She was born in Massachusetts and raised by teachers who instilled in her the importance of education, equity, and hard work. She received her undergraduate degree at Barnard College at Columbia University and her law degree from The George Washington University School of Law. She has lived in Virginia for the past 28 years with her husband, a U.S. Air Force veteran, and her son.
One of Maldonado’s first priorities if elected will be addressing the climate crisis. She supports the Virginia Clean Economy Act and sees it as a great start for investing in green infrastructure and jobs. She wants to ensure Virginia’s infrastructure is resilient to the weather challenges that climate change brings. She believes that creating green-collar jobs in the fields of renewable energy, electric vehicles, and recycled materials will be great for the environment and workers. She prioritizes funding affordable public transit as well as smart and sustainable land development as additional tools to combat the climate crisis.
As a small business owner and working mother, Maldonado prioritizes policies to uplift Virginia families. She supports living wages for all workers so that people can live with dignity. She believes that paid family and medical leave, and high-quality, affordable childcare options for parents help keep people out of poverty. Maldonado also advocates for equal pay for women and minorities and will fight for policies to prevent workplace discrimination. She also supports boosting funding for affordable housing in Virginia.
Maldonado supports educational policies that will uplift both teachers and students. She supports increasing teacher salaries and advocates for the collective bargaining rights of teachers and other public employees. She supports updates to school infrastructure, including new ventilation systems to provide clean air during the return to in-person teaching during the pandemic. She is in favor of free community colleges and public trade schools, as well as affordable public colleges and universities, so that individuals have access to higher education without having to go into debt.
Maldonado wants to ensure all Virginians can participate in our fair and free elections She opposes any effort to create deliberate barriers to voting access. She recognizes that early and mail-in voting were crucial to keeping voters safe and healthy during the 2020 election. She knows that many restrictions to voting access unfairly target minorities and is dedicated to ensuring people of color have equal access to participating in our elections.
Maldonado is running against Dr. Steve Pleickhardt (R), a dentist. Pleickhardt opposes the Virginia Clean Economy Act and the Virginia Green New Deal. He supports policies that will create barriers to voting. He also doesn’t believe that the rich and wealthy corporations that have benefitted from our community should have to pay their fair share in taxes.
Due to her support for working families, the environment, voting rights, and criminal justice reform, Michelle Maldonado is the most progressive choice for Virginia’s 50th District.Last updated: 2021-09-15Michelle Maldonado is a former attorney and small business owner. She was born in Massachusetts and raised by teachers who instilled in her the importance of education, equity, and hard work.Michelle Maldonado is a former attorney and small business owner. She was born in Massachusetts and raised by teachers who instilled in her the importance of education, equity, and hard work.
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