Garner is a strong supporter of public schools She prioritizes better teacher pay, funding for school mental health professionals to help students and teachers, increasing access to pre-school, and providing universal free breakfast and lunch. She believes private schools should be paid for with private money and that untrained parents should not dictate what is taught in schools.
Garner supports removing barriers to abortion access. She believes bans and restrictions on abortion care put people at risk of receiving the care they need. Additionally, she believes that there should be common sense gun violence prevention laws in place to keep firearms out of children’s hands. She is endorsed by abortion advocacy organization REPRO Rising.
Pam Garner is challenging incumbent Republican Senator Ryan McDougle. Senator McDougle has served in the State Senate since 2006, and previously served in the House of Delegates from 2002 to 2006. He is anti-abortion and regularly votes in favor of legislation aimed at creating barriers to abortion access. In 2020, he voted against repealing the prohibition on same-sex marriage in the Virginia State Constitution. He does not support common-sense gun violence prevention.
While Pam Garner does support some progressive issues, we were unable to find enough information to make a strong recommendation in this race. Remember there are other races in this election.
Pam Garner is a retired U.S. Army and Air National Guard Lieutenant Colonel and a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense. She managed statewide COVID-19 response efforts across several agencies and localities.