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Sticker Shock: Initial cost estimates for Old Town's sewer replacement come in
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Ralph Northam for Governor
The 2017 Primary is coming up on Tuesday. We'll be voting for Democratic nominees for both Governor and Lt. Governor. I spoke about these races more generally in my last newsletter, but today I want to talk more about why I support Ralph Northam for Governor of Virginia.
Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam is no stranger to Virginia fights. He’s been here fighting to build a Commonwealth that works for everyone—no matter who you are, no matter where you’re from—for the past decade. And before that, he was serving our Commonwealth as a pediatrician and an Army doctor.
In the General Assembly, Northampton fought an invasive transvaginal ultrasound bill intended to shame Virginia women. He took on the tobacco industry by working with then-Governor Tim Kaine to pass a smoking ban in restaurants. And time and time again, I’ve seen him stand up to the NRA in favor of common-sense gun safety. It’s this kind of leadership that has earned Ralph the endorsement of key progressive groups like the Virginia Education Association, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, and NARAL—not to mention the Washington Post.
As governor, Ralph Northam will work hard to make progress every single day in Virginia, and that’s why we need to elect him as our next governor. Tom Perriello is a good, intelligent, well-spoken man who has accomplished a lot. And if he's the nominee, I'll be happy to support him and work hard to do so. But Ralph Northam has the most experience in Richmond and around Virginia. He has more direct experience with the critical issues in the Commonwealth, and importantly, he knows who to work with and how to work with them. If there's an issue we need help on, Ralph can call on his former colleagues, both Demoratic and Republican, to get the job done. In a state where our Governor is unfortunately unable to be re-elected, it's important to have a candidate who can hit the ground running. Ralph Northam is ready to be Governor on Day 1, and he could move this state forward quickly and effectively.
The Republican alternative is frightening. President Trump’s candidate of choice is Ed Gillespie, a Washington lobbyist with a Rolodex filled with big business clients like Enron. I've seen first-hand the kinds of terrible bills that would be signed into law if we had a Governor like Ed Gillespie. Virginia could turn into North Carolina faster than you think and, with further Republican gerrymandering, stay that way until 2031. This election will determine Virginia's future for the next fourteen years. If we want to keep a Democrat in the Governor’s Mansion and beat Gillespie in November, we need the strongest candidate possible.
We need Ralph Northam.
Please make sure you make a plan to vote on Tuesday. Polls will be open from 6am-7pm. You can find your polling place at IWillVote.com. Don't forget to bring an accepted photo ID; you can find info on that HERE.
My Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights Signed into Law
24/7 Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners
One of my proudest accomplishments has been the $559,000 state and federal grant that I worked to obtain with Sen. Barbara Favola and Arlington County Board Member Katie Cristol to ensure that at least one sexual assault nurse examiner would be available in Northern Virginia 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at Fairfax INOVA hospital. Now victims of sexual assault won't have to wait several hours after a traumatic experience to get the care they need and deserve. With Attorney General Mark Herring, we presented this grant to the great, hardworking team at Inova last week. Particular thanks to Mary Hale at INOVA for administering this grant and for joining me in Richmond yesterday.
InfantSEE - FREE eye exams for infants
If you have a child under 12 months old, consider getting them an eye examination. That may not be the first thing on every parent's mind, but if a child does have serious eye problems, it's important to identify it as early as possible. That's why a new program called InfantSEE provides free eye examinations to any infant between 6 and 12 months old. Go to InfantSEE.org to find a participating optometrist in your area.
In the Community
Presenting Captain Rocky Versace's family with a memorial resolution honoring his life and legacy on Memorial Day
Speaking at Alexandria's public meeting about the combined sewer project
Hosting a fundraiser for Donte Tanner, the Democratic nominee for the 40th House district against Del. Tim Hugo
At Best of Arlington with Doorways domestic violence shelter
With former NOVA Labor President Dan Duncan at the Tribute to NOVA Labor Dinner
Speaking to the Alexandria Democratic Committee
The Arlington Civic Federation's Legislative Panel
Upcoming Events I Will Be Attending:
Please join me.
Events in which I play a role are in red.
Monday, June 12 7:30pm
Alexandria Interfaith Ramadan Dinner
Alexandria Renew, 1800 Limerick St, Alexandria
Tuesday, June 13
Primary Election Day
Tuesday, June 13 7:30pm
Ralph Northam Election Night Watch Party
Highline RxR Restaurant, 2010 Crystal Dr, Arlington
Wednesday-Friday, June 14-16
National Counsel of State Legislatures
Three-Day Seminar on Elections Technology
Tuesday, June 27 1:30pm
Advisory Committee on Sexual and Domestic Violence
State Capitol, Richmond
Sunday, July 2 2:00pm
Mark's Monthly Meetup
Los Tios, 2615 Mt. Vernon Ave, Alexandria
Saturday, July 8 7:00pm
Third Annual Fireworks Over the Potomac
805 Rivergate Place, Alexandria
It is always my honor and privilege to serve you.
Delegate Mark Levine
Serving Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax in Virginia's 45th District