Note to readers: This is one in a series of question and answer articles about local candidates running for office. The Northern Virginia Daily asked candidates for the 26th Senate District to answer three questions. Unedited responses are below.
Shenandoah County voters go to the polls Nov. 5 to pick who represents them in the Virginia state senate. Democratic candidate April Moore is challenging incumbent Sen. Mark D. Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, for the seat.
The 26th District covers Harrisonburg and the counties of Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and part of Rockingham County.
What can state legislators do to help improve the economy in Shenandoah County?
State legislators are in an excellent position to improve Shenandoah County's economy. If elected, I will work to lift restrictions on solar and other renewable development in Virginia. By freeing Virginia from the stranglehold Dominion Energy has over many of our state legislators, including my opponent Mark Obenshain, we can create long-term, well-paying solar and other clean energy jobs for many, many county residents. (Mark Obenshain has received tens of thousands of dollars from Dominion Energy, from its CEO Thomas Farrell II, and from other fossil fuel interests).
Where should the General Assembly spend most of the state's revenue?
The General Assembly should be investing in our people-in their health, their education, and their opportunities.
How and when should legislators who represent Shenandoah County meet with its elected officials and discuss local concerns with state spending?
If elected to the Virginia Senate, I would meet frequently with members of the Shenandoah County BOS to learn about their concerns related to Shenandoah County, and to work together to come up with steps the General Assembly could take to meet the needs of Shenandoah County citizens.