From the Caitlin Coakley for Delegate campaign:
Chesterfield Activist Caitlin Coakley Announces Run For House of Delegates
Coakley will challenge incumbent Lee Ware in the 65th District
[Dateline: Chesterfield, VA, June 15] — Chesterfield activist Caitlin Coakley has launched a campaign to unseat 23-year incumbent Lee Ware, running for the House of Delegates in Virginia’s 65th district. Coakley, a former newspaper reporter turned political advocate, is running on a
platform that includes support for working families, environmental justice, support for small businesses, and government accountability and transparency.
“Virginia is at a crossroads right now. This past year has tested our resolve, our unity, and our resilience in a way that disproportionately affected working-class families and local businesses,” Coakley said. “Now, as we come out of this crisis, we must decide the direction that our recovery will take, and who we will prioritize. I want to make sure that this recovery is directed at the people who have struggled the most.”
Caitlin started her career in 2009 as a reporter for a local newspaper, covering state and local government as they grappled with the fallout from the 2008 financial crisis. She became a staple of committee hearings, floor sessions, commission meetings, and all the other places where changes are made. The experience taught her firsthand what good governance looks like, as well as how political mudslinging – or worse, complacency – could derail it.
“There’s a lot of rhetoric in politics – rhetoric like ‘job creation’ as code for tax giveaways and incentives for corporations that are already thriving,” she said. “Too often, those incentives come at the expense of our communities. My priority is to ensure that working families and vulnerable communities are at the forefront of every decision made at the General Assembly.”
Caitlin’s policy proposals include expansion of Medicare to offer coverage to small businesses and entrepreneurs, broadband access to all families across the Commonwealth, criminal justice reform, tuition-free preschool and community college, and environmental protections. More about her background and policy ideas can be found at her website.
“It’s time for the voters in this district to have an elected representative who works as hard as they do every day,” Coakley said. “We have better ideas, we have more at stake, and there’s more of us than the old guard.”
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