Wendy Rowden is a Democratic candidate running for the 19th District seat in the House of Delegates. She works as an insurance adjuster, spending a lot of time traveling around the Commonwealth and meeting families in need of disaster relief. She appreciates that her experience has given her the opportunity to understand the challenges families face. She and her husband have lived in Bedford for 24 years. They have a son who was diagnosed with Asperberger’s Syndrome.
Rowden sees reliable, high-speed Internet access as crucial to the economic and educational success of the region and wants to prioritize expanding broadband access to every home in the district. She wants to fix rural cell phone service by increasing the number of towers in the area. Rowden believes in supporting Virginia families by providing affordable housing options in the district. She promises to address increasing transportation costs and strained infrastructure throughout the district.
Rowden understands the urgency of the climate crisis and believes that the legislature should take action to immediately protect the environment and invest in clean energy such as solar and offshore wind projects. She supports a carbon tax as a way of deterring businesses from relying on fossil fuel energy. She wants to bring an Amtrak stop to Bedford so that the district is connected to regional public transit to reduce pollution and traffic congestion. She also wants to incentivize Virginia residents to use clean energy sources for their homes by providing subsidies.
Rowden believes that strong schools are the backbone to every community and wants to increase revenue for the district so that our schools receive more funding. She wants to increase funding for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs so students in the district can compete for quality jobs. She agrees with providing low- and middle-income residents with opportunities to learn new skills and obtain higher degrees with initiatives like the Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back “G3” program.
Rowden advocates for making the promise of democracy real for us all by expanding access to the ballot. She wants to keep our communities safe by passing common-sense measures aimed at preventing gun violence. Rowden believes in reforming the criminal justice system by changing the way people are sentenced for crimes and better training for police officers. She supports government efforts to keep people safe during the pandemic with mask requirements. She also backs the right of working people to unionize.
Rowden is running against Libertarian candidate Dean Davidson from Stewartsville. He opposes keeping communities safe by passing common-sense gun violence prevention measures and raising revenue in the state. He is against mask requirements at public schools and wants to impose term limits on state lawmakers. Davidson does not support protecting a person’s right to abortion access.
Rowden is also challenging incumbent Delegate Terry Austin (R), who has represented the 19th District since 2014. He opposes lifting families out of poverty by raising the minimum wage. In 2021, he voted against the Voting Rights Act of Virginia, abolishing the death penalty, and legalizing marijuana. Austin does not support passing gun violence prevention legislation.
Due to her support of the environment, working families, expanding access to voting, public education, and criminal justice reform, Wendy Rowden is the most progressive choice in this election.Last updated: 2021-09-15Wendy Rowden is a Democratic candidate running for the 19th District seat in the House of Delegates. She works as an insurance adjuster, spending a lot of time traveling around the Commonwealth and meeting families in need of disaster relief.Wendy Rowden is a Democratic candidate running for the 19th District seat in the House of Delegates. She works as an insurance adjuster, spending a lot of time traveling around the Commonwealth and meeting families in need of disaster relief.
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