Sara Ratcliffe is running for the 58th District seat in the House of Delegates. She is originally from the Midwest but earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from George Washington University. She used to be a staff member to former U.S. Senator J. James Exon and research assistant to political author and broadcaster Elizabeth Drew. In 2008, she worked on the Obama campaigns in Virginia and Pennsylvania. Sara and her husband reside in Greene County.
Ratcliffe grew up in a low-income household and understands what it’s like to choose between putting food on the table and seeing a doctor. She will fight to make access to affordable, quality healthcare available to every household in the district. She wants to lower the cost of prescription drugs and protect people with pre-existing conditions from losing health coverage. As a young person, she watched her mother struggle with mental health issues, and she wants to channel resources to community-based mental health support and substance abuse treatment while also ensuring insurance covers the cost of those treatment options.
Ratcliffe sees reliable, high-speed Internet access as crucial to the economic and educational success of the region and wants to prioritize expanding affordable broadband access to every home in the district. She believes that broadband and cell phone service should be affordable utilities for all. She will work to ensure that federal and state funding is funneled to the district to build up the telecommunication infrastructure for the district along with other projects like repairing roads and bridges.
Ratcliffe supports protecting the environment and understands the economic opportunities available in the transition to a clean energy economy. She believes that workers in the green economy should have the right to unionize and will fight to protect farmers in the district. Ratcliffe wants to boost working families by making paid family and medical leave guaranteed so people don’t have to choose between a paycheck and taking care of themselves or loved ones in the event of an illness. She also supports making child care affordable to working families.
Ratcliffe advocates for keeping communities safe by passing common-sense gun violence prevention measures. Fighting for reproductive freedom has been part of Sara’s career, and she supports abortion access. She wants to fully fund our public education system, raise teacher salaries, and fund early childhood education programs. She believes in holding police accountable for the violence they inflict on communities and wants to replace police as first responders with mental health professionals and social workers in certain situations.
Ratcliffe is challenging incumbent Delegate Rob Bell (R), who was elected to represent the district in 2001. In 2018, Bell voted against expanding access to affordable healthcare to 400,000 Virginians and supported the prohibition of sanctuary cities to protect undocumented immigrants in the Commonwealth. Bell opposed the Virginia Clean Economy Act, the Voting Rights Act of Virginia, abolishing the death penalty, and marijuana legalization.
Due to her support of affordable broadband access, the environment, working families, abortion access, and public education, Ratcliffe is the most progressive choice in this election.Last updated: 2021-09-15Sara Ratcliffe is running for the 58th District seat in the House of Delegates. She is originally from the Midwest but earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from George Washington University. She used to be a staff member to former U.S. Senator J.Sara Ratcliffe is running for the 58th District seat in the House of Delegates. She is originally from the Midwest but earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from George Washington University. She used to be a staff member to former U.S. Senator J.
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