Editor: Delegate Kathleen Murphy is thoughtful but tough, a straight talker, someone who is not afraid to put herself out there and stand up for what she believes. She calls it as she sees it and believes in taking stands on important issues like underfunded schools and underpaid teachers, treatment options for addictions, bringing fellow Virginians under the health care tent, and fighting gun violence.
On the issue of gun violence, she is proud of working across the aisle to launch a Gun Violence Prevention Caucus.Her goal is to stop criminals and the mentally ill from obtaining dangerous weapons.We’re not sure, however, where her opponent stands.His campaign website doesn’t even mention gun violence as an issue.
Delegate Murphy goes hard on issues that affect most of us but she also believes strongly in not leaving people behind. In the General Assembly, her launch with a Republican of a Rare Disease Caucus tells you everything you need to know about her heart.Her involvement is not to check a box.She is the chief sponsor of legislation in the General Assembly to expand coverage for several rare diseases – diseases that her constituents spoke with her about.
Delegate Murphy’s opponent’s website is filled with platitudes and generalizations and offers no legislative plan of action.About area congestion, he says he “…understands that a holistic view of the congestion issue is important to ensure that there is relief across all Northern Virginia”.What exactly is he talking about? He offers no explanation of his “holistic view” or ways to move the ball forward.
Delegate Murphy’s opponent touts his business record and is clear which side of the fence – business or consumers – he represents.He claims to see the “potential for Northern Virginia to serve as an important economic engine of our Commonwealth and our nation” but his way to do that?He explains: “…businesses do best to grow and to create jobs when taxes and burdensome regulations are reduced.”In other words, he votes in favor of trickle down economics for business and is silent about creating and keeping good paying jobs for the rest of us.
Delegate Murphy is a hard-charger on issues she believes in and constituent issues she champions.She drafts legislative solutions to address tough issues, forms coalitions across the aisle to move the ball forward, and never leaves any doubt where she stands.She is a breath of fresh air in the Virginia House of Delegates and I look forward to her leadership in the 2020 General Assembly.
Denise Pierce, Sterling