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Virginia Needs to Adopt New Energy Efficient Building Codes

Op-Ed Recently Submitted by Delegate Alfonso Lopez, Member of the Virginia House of Delegates Representing the 49th District.

A small improvement in energy efficiency can have a major impact on our daily lives. The benefits of energy efficiency are sometimes hard to see, but they are easy to measure. Homes that are not energy efficient impact health - resulting in increased risk for damp, moldy conditions, and cold temperatures, all of which can increase the risk for respiratory illnesses and asthma, especially among children.

They also impact property value - energy efficient homes have been shown to reduce the likelihood of foreclosure by 32 percent. And energy efficient homes reduce net costs to homeowners, who will otherwise pay more in monthly utility bills, and for the costs of repairs if inefficient building standards lead to further structural problems over time.

Using energy efficient building practices at the time of construction is far easier and less expensive than retrofitting the technologies later. This approach is especially important for first-time and lower-income home owners, who may not have as much financial flexibility to spend on upgrades, especially after financing the home itself.

The good news is that the Washington Metropolitan region has made some important strides in residential energy efficiency. The District of Columbia anticipates adoption of modernized building codes, and Maryland recently approved the same measures. Unfortunately, Virginia is at risk of missing out on a similar opportunity.

Delegate Lopez Questions Timing and Extra Cost of Governor’s Chosen Special Election Date

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 27th, 2012

Delegate Lopez Questions Timing and Extra Cost of Governor's Chosen Special Election Date for 45th District House of Delegates Seat

(Arlington, VA)  Governor McDonnell has set September 4th as the date of the Special Election for two Virginia General Assembly vacancies - the 45th District House of Delegates seat and the 5th District State Senate seat.  Now, in order to comply with State law, both parties must determine their Party nominees by August 4th.

In order to reduce overall costs and community expense, most political observers believed that the Governor would allow the Special Election to coincide with the November Presidential election.  By holding the Special Election on a different date, additional overall estimated costs just for localities in the 45th House District will be approximately $50,000.

"While I understand the importance of filling these vacancies as soon as possible, I believe the appropriate, nonpartisan approach would have been to contact the localities and local parties to seek their input on a mutually agreeable election date.  Instead, by acting unilaterally on setting a date, localities will have to unnecessarily spend considerable additional public funds."  Delegate Lopez continued, "Also, it is important to note, that by not holding the Special Election in November overall turnout will be significantly reduced for these two critically important General Assembly seats."  

Updates from Richmond – Politics and Policy Along the Pike – February 24th

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Dear Friends,

With only two weeks left in the 2012 General Assembly Session, the past few weeks have been extremely contentious with vigorous debate over Women's Health, Immigration, and Gun Control.  Unfortunately with so much time spent on this regressive conservative social agenda, very little time has been spent focusing on moving legislation to encourage job creation or improving Virginia's economy.  

This week I will have updates on the Biennial Budget, immigration legislation, the anti-choice bills, and the status of some of my legislation.  

Thank you for your continued support and for visiting!  As always, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Alfonso

My Legislation

HB 780 - Lopez Patron - I am happy to report that this week my first piece of legislation was passed by the full Virginia General Assembly.  The bill, HB 780, will create standards for converting gas-powered internal combustion engine vehicles into fully electric vehicles in Virginia. These requirements will also create titling and registration processes for these vehicles and guarantee that converted electric vehicles meet proper safety inspection and mechanical requirements.  

The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Virginia State Police, and University of Virginia professors worked with me to craft the necessary standards.  The requirements created by this legislation reflect the recommendations of these important stakeholders.

University of Virginia professors James Durand and David L. Slutzky currently teach a program called Ride Forward. In this program, engineering students get hands on experience converting gasoline vehicles into electric vehicles. As the technology becomes more affordable, new green companies could provide the conversion service for customers interested in converting their current vehicles.  

With the passage of this legislation, Virginia has taken a step forward towards a cleaner environment and a stronger green industry sector.

HB 183 - Lopez Chief Co-Patron - I am also happy to report that HB 183 (Prenatal Care for Lawful Immigrants) has passed out of the Senate Education and Health Committee uncontested and received funding in the budget from both the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Finance Committee.

The House Appropriations Committee agreed to provide $975,000 the first year and $1.7 million the second year while the Senate Finance Committee allocated $850,000 the first year and $1.4 million the second year.

Whereas the same legislation, SB 568 introduced by Senator Ebbin, was passed by the State Senate 36-4, I am hopeful that this legislation will be passed by the State Senate and be sent to the Governor's desk for his signature.

HB 585 - Lopez Chief Co-Patron - This legislation (Microenterprise/Small Business Support) was reported from the Senate Finance Committee 11-0 and is currently on the floor of the State Senate. I am hopeful that the State Senate will pass this bill soon.

HB 1167 - Lopez Chief Co-Patron - This legislation (Green Public Buildings Act) is currently still in the Senate General Laws Committee and will be taken up on Monday morning. Similar legislation, SB 160 introduced by Senator Petersen, was passed by the Senate General Laws Committee earlier in the session by a vote of 9-5.

2012-2014 State Biennial Budget

Protecting the Social Safety-net - I am proud to report that the House Appropriations Committee agreed with my Budget Amendment to restore all of the eliminated funding for Free Clinics across Virginia. These programs are vital to Virginia's social safety-net, which provides health care services to Virginia's uninsured and low income populations.

In South Arlington, the Arlington Free Clinic is the community's only free medical/health care safety-net provider. Free clinics are able to leverage $6 in care for every $1 they receive in funding. The state funding provided for Free Clinics in Virginia, including the Arlington Free Clinic, is absolutely essential to leveraging the necessary contributions and volunteers to keep the doors open.

Last year, the Arlington Free Clinic received help from over 700 volunteers including 170 physicians and made a significant difference in the lives of 1,600 individuals and their families. Every month, the Arlington Free Clinic holds a lottery to accept new patients in which around 145 individuals wait to receive care, but due to Budget limitations only 25 are accepted.

I am relieved that the Arlington Free Clinic, which provides an essential service to our community, will not have significantly curtailed services. We have far too many Virginians living on the margins and trying to make ends meet with a patchwork of part-time jobs and no health insurance. Free clinics are vital to these struggling families across the Commonwealth and a cost-efficient way to provide care.

Child Advocacy Centers Addressing Child Abuse - On Thursday while the House of Delegates debates the proposed amendments to the budget on the House floor, I spoke up to amend the budget and restore the funding (which was entirely eliminated) for Child Advocacy Centers in Virginia.

In the Governor's proposed budget for the 2012-2014 Biennium, he eliminated the funding for Child Advocacy Centers (CAC) throughout the Commonwealth. These centers ensure that children who are abused receive a coordinated response that reflects research-based best practices and culturally competent services across the spectrum from initial report to investigation to prosecution to treatment.  

Last year, CACs in Virginia served over 3,700 children that were new reports of child abuse requiring investigation. The research has shown that when comparing communities with and without CACs, communities with CACs are more successful in prosecuting offenders and providing victims with specialized medical and mental health services.

Not only are CACs extraordinarily effective in helping child victims and bringing criminals to justice, but they are extremely cost effective. The $931,000 spent on CACs in Virginia saves $4.9 million in costs to state and local agencies that handle these cases. By eliminating this funding, we are increasing the cost to every agency that helps child abuse victims and reducing the quality of care provided to children who are victims of sexual and physical abuse.

Unfortunately, the amendment was not added to the budget. I understand that when we look at the state budget that tough decisions must be made, but budgets are moral documents that reflect our priorities. The children helped by CACs are reported victims. This is not a prevention program, but a treatment program that also increases the chance that we accurately convict the perpetrators of these heinous crimes, which include child rape, forcible sodomy, torture, battering, and starvation among the many unimaginable verified incidents.  

I will continue to work with the Senate to restore this funding in the final passed Biennial Budget.  

Anti-Choice Legislation

As I am sure you are aware, Virginia has been receiving significant national coverage for several pieces of invasive social legislation that would threaten women's health and reproductive freedom. Thanks to the national coverage of this important issue - as well as spoofs by Saturday Night Live and the Daily Show with John Stewart - critical attention was focused on these bills.  This pressure at the national level and from Virginia's grassroots activists has helped sway legislators in the General Assembly to abandon support for these bills.

HB 1 - I am happy to report that HB1, the personhood bill, has been continued on until 2013, which means that it will not pass the General Assembly this year and must be taken up again next year.

In addition to the intended consequence of restricting reproductive freedom, and even with an amendment protecting contraception, this extremely vague and flawed legislation would have significant unintended consequences, such as restricting in vitro fertilization and creating legal conflicts for all other mentions of 'person' in the Code of Virginia that were never intended to apply to an embryo.  

HB 462/ SB 484 - HB462 is currently being considered on the Floor of the State Senate and SB 484 will go back to State Senate for consideration with an amendment passed by the House of Delegates. Senator Vogel, the patron of SB 484, has publicly stated that she would like to have the bill stricken.

Both HB 462 and SB 484 would require an ultrasound before proceeding with an abortion. Thanks to national pressure and grass roots activism, the Governor and the Republican Party amended these bills to only require an external ultrasound and to offer patients the option to view the results.

The reality is that this legislation serves no other purpose than to emotionally bully women who are already making important and stressful personal health decisions. If an ultrasound is medically necessary, a doctor will already offer and provide the procedure. By mandating an abdominal ultrasound, we have now required doctors and patients to undergo a procedure that is ineffective and completely unnecessary at the beginning of a pregnancy. These important medical decisions are personal and should only be between the doctor and the patient.  

This legislation is the wrong path for Virginia and not why the citizens of the Commonwealth elected us to serve in Richmond.  

Immigration Legislation

HB 1001 / HB 1060 - I am happy to report that HB 1001 was continued on until 2013 by the Senate Courts of Justice Committee - effectively killing it this year.  I am also happy to report that HB 1060 was defeated in the Senate Courts of Justice Committee.  

HB 1001 would require the state police to enter into an agreement with the Department of Homeland Security that would give them the immigration enforcement power of federal agents.

HB 1060 would require that an arresting officer inquire about the immigration status of every arrestee/detainee.  

In addition to straining the relationship between law enforcement and the immigrant community, both bills have serious flaws.

Under the 287(g) agreement required by HB1001, law enforcement agents cannot act as federal agents without additional training, which would increase the cost to the Commonwealth of Virginia. In addition, HB 1001 has the superintendent of the state police enter into the 287(g) agreement with the Department of Homeland Security, but for each state that has entered into a 287(g) agreement, the Governor makes the agreement with the Department of Homeland Security. Moreover, Governor McDonnell has already requested a 287(g) agreement with the Department of Homeland Security, which would make HB 1001 completely unnecessary.  

HB 1060 mirrors the inquiry requirement implemented by Prince William County. In order to enforce this policy, the Prince William police were required to undergo training that cost the county $4.5 million. This legislation would be an unfunded mandate on all localities to receive this important training.

The only way to address the serious immigration issues in the U.S. is through comprehensive immigration reform at the Federal level.  We do not need a patchwork of immigration regulations from State to State.  We definitely do not need a patchwork of immigration regulations from locality to locality.  

I wholeheartedly believe that these bills are not the right path for Virginia and that they do not convey the image we want to portray to the rest of the nation and the rest of the world.

Updates from Richmond – Politics and Policy Along the Pike – February 10th

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It has been an exciting and fast paced week with many new developments!  As of Wednesday, February 8th, all of my legislation has been debated in subcommittee and acted upon.  

I am proud to report that my bill, HB 780, passed overwhelmingly, 90-8, through the House of Delegates.  HB 780 would allow for owners of converted electric vehicles to title and register their cars in the state of Virginia so that they meet the proper safety inspections and mechanical requirements.  By making it safer and more feasible to convert gas powered vehicles into electric vehicles the bill helps the Commonwealth take a significant step towards creating a cleaner environment and a stronger green economy.  

I am also very happy to report that four of my other bills were incorporated into identical or similar pieces of legislation.  I am now the Chief Co-Patron on each of these bills addressing:  

1) Green Public Buildings,
2) Microenterprise/Small Business Tax Credits,
3) Creation of a new Virginia Affordable Housing Trust Fund, and
4) Requiring the Department of Medical Assistance Services to provide pre-natal health coverage under Medicaid and the Family Access to Medical Insurance Security (FAMIS) Plan for otherwise eligible children and pregnant women during the first five years of lawful residence in the United States.  

In each case I have been working across the aisle to secure passage of these important bills for the 49th District.  

On Wednesday, the Criminal Law Subcommittee of the House Courts of Justice full Committee took up most of the anti-immigrant legislation before the General Assembly.  This included legislation requiring arresting officers to determine the citizenship of every individual detained and to force Virginia to pursue 287(g).  

After long negotiations I agreed to have my In-State Tuition bill (which would enable exceptional undocumented students who graduate from Virginia high schools; whose families pay taxes; and, who know no other home but the U.S.) to get in-state tuition laid upon the table.  I did this only after ensuring that three egregious pieces of anti-immigrant legislation would also be laid upon the table.  These bills would have specifically prevented all undocumented children from attending any higher education institution in Virginia (including community colleges) and would have attacked so-called 'Sanctuary Cities' in the Commonwealth.  

I would also like to thank everyone who made the trip to Richmond to stand up and let your voices be heard in opposition to these anti-immigrant bills - including Jaime Areizaga-Soto, Edgar Aranda, and Leni Gonzalez.  

Next week is crossover, when all of the House bills that were passed on the floor go to the State Senate and vice versa. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the State Senate to address their important legislation in the House and hopefully have my legislation passed by the State Senate.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions about any issues of concern or legislation before the General Assembly.  

Thank you for all of your support. I am honored to serve you, your family, and our community in Richmond.  I hope to make you proud.

Sincerely,

Alfonso

Updates on My Legislation

HB780 - Converted Electric Vehicles - Passed Through the House of Delegates this Thursday!

HB782/HB183 - Medical assistance; coverage for certain children and pregnant women - This important legislation to provide prenatal coverage to legal immigrants who have lived in the United States for less than five years was passed by the Appropriations Committee, 22-0, and has been sent to the House Floor.

HB788/HB1167 - Green Public Buildings Act/High Performance Buildings Act - My bill, HB788 the Green Public Buildings Act, was incorporated into HB1167 by the House General Laws Committee and passed uncontested, 21-0.

HB 783/HB585 - Microenterprise Investment Tax Credit/Small Business Investment Tax Credit - As the goals and implementation of HB783, my legislation, and HB585, Delegate Merricks, were very similar, I offered to Chief Co-Patron his legislation and have mine stricken from the docket. HB585 allows individuals who invest in a small business that is based in Virginia and does the majority of its business in the Commonwealth to receive a 10% tax credit on the value of their investment.

Many small businesses struggle to get off the ground because they lack access to funding for capital investments. This tax credit would encourage individuals to provide this necessary investment to help small businesses succeed and further job growth throughout the Commonwealth.

HB790/HB121 - Affordable Housing Trust Fund - My legislation, HB790, was incorporated with Delegate Morrisey's, HB121. While both bills created an Affordable Housing Trust Fund, Delegate Morrissey's legislation created less of a fiscal impact, which improved its chances of being reported from the Appropriations Committee.

Thanks to the support and testimony from many wonderful organizations such as the Virginia Coalition to End Homelessness, the Better Housing Coalition, Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Virginia First Cities, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Affordable Housing Trust Fund legislation was reported from subcommittee.

The House General Laws Committee then reported the bill to Appropriations. I am hopeful that the minimal fiscal impact will encourage the Appropriations Committee to report this legislation to the House floor.

The Virginia Housing Trust Fund would provide grants for the construction of new affordable housing, the rehabilitation of existing affordable housing units, and rental assistance to individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Immigration Legislation

This Wednesday, the House Courts of Justice Subcommittee on Criminal Law considered three important pieces of anti-immigrant legislation.

HB958 would require an arresting officer to inquire about the citizenship of the accused when brought before a magistrate and the accused is not being committed to jail.

HB1060 goes even further to require that whenever any person is placed under arrest and taken into custody, the arresting officer is required to inquire about their citizenship.

HB1001 would require the Virginia State Police to enter into an agreement with the Federal Government to permit the State Police to perform federal immigration law enforcement functions in the Commonwealth.

We need to have an honest conversation in America about the role of immigrants in our society. Before we turn our State Police into immigration officials or requiring local law enforcement to determine citizenship, we need to ask one important question: does this make our community safer?  

By straining the relationship between the law enforcement and immigrant communities, these bills only serve to weaken overall public safety.  Victims in the immigrant community will be less likely to approach the police when in harm's way and larger violence issues may not be addressed.  Each of these bills will not make Virginia safer and only serve to hurt the Commonwealth's economy and our reputation as a welcoming society.  

Stay Connected

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Thanks for visiting - I hope to see you in Richmond or back home in the 49th District!!

Delegate Lopez Passes his First Bill Through the House of Delegates

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(Richmond, VA) Today Delegate Lopez passed his first piece of legislation through the House of Delegates. The bill, HB 780, would allow for owners of converted electric vehicles to title and register their cars in the state of Virginia so that they meet the proper safety inspections and mechanical requirements.  

Currently, converted electric vehicles are titled and registered as reconstructed vehicles.  However, reconstructed vehicles are only inspected to ensure they are not using stolen parts and to meet the same state required inspection as other vehicles. This inspection is insufficient for converted electric vehicles, which use special parts not included in the current state inspection. This additional inspection is needed to certify the conversion and ensure the safety of the driver and emergency personal if the car were to be involved in an accident.

The legislation was crafted with input from the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Department of Environmental Quality, Law Enforcement, and University of Virginia Professors.

"This legislation will make it safer and more feasible to convert gas powered vehicles into electric vehicles," said Lopez. "Today the Commonwealth took a step forward towards a cleaner environment and a burgeoning green industry."

University of Virginia professors James Durand and David L. Slutzky currently offer a Ride Forward program where engineering students get hands on experience converting gasoline vehicles into electric vehicles. As the technology becomes more affordable, new green companies could provide the conversion service for customers interested in converting their vehicles.

Governor Tim Kaine Endorses Alfonso Lopez

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Governor Tim Kaine Endorses Alfonso Lopez
Cites Lopez's Service to Virginia

Former Governor Tim Kaine (D-VA) has endorsed Alfonso Lopez today for the 49th District House of Delegates seat.

"I’ve known Alfonso for many years and had the privilege of working with him during my term as Governor," said Kaine. "I have seen first-hand his tireless work on behalf of Virginia families and his dedication to making the Commonwealth a better place to live and work. With his unique legislative experience and knowledge of key issues, he’ll be a strong advocate for Northern Virginia in the House of Delegates."

Throughout the Kaine Administration Lopez served as the Director of the Virginia Liaison Office in Washington, D.C., where he directed and supervised all Congressional and Federal Relations for the Commonwealth. Lopez worked on federal issues ranging from funding for rail to Dulles to pushing for passage of the post 9-11 G.I. Bill to expanding health insurance coverage for Virginia children and mothers through State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).

"It is an honor to have the support of Governor Kaine," said Lopez. "I was proud to have been part of Governor Kaine's efforts to make Virginia the best managed state in America, best place to do business, and the best place to raise a child. I look forward to fighting for Northern Virginia values in the House of Delegates."

Alfonso Lopez is a candidate for Virginia House of Delegates in the 49th District. With nearly 20 years of legislative experience at the highest levels in federal and state government and a record of achievement in Northern Virginia, Lopez has dedicated his life to public service and Virginia.

For more information on the campaign, please visit http://www.AlfonsoForDelegate.com and join the conversation on Facebook at http://facebook.com/Lopez4VA.

Virginia New Majority Endorses Alfonso

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Virginia New Majority Endorses Alfonso Lopez for Delegate
Cites Lopez's Experience Working on Issues Impacting the Immigrant and LGBT Communities

The Virginia New Majority has endorsed Alfonso Lopez for the 49th District of the Virginia House of Delegates. The Virginia New Majority organizes progressive activists throughout Virginia in order to raise civic participation among underrepresented populations. Virginia New Majority is aiming to reach more than 20,000 voters during their Southern Solidarity Summer.

"Alfonso has been a strong advocate for immigrant and LGBT rights for over a decade," said Tram Nguyen. "He worked as the Chair of the Democratic Latino Organization of Virginia and as a Board Member for the Shirlington Employment and Education Center. As a member of the Statewide Advisory Board of the Commonwealth Coalition, Alfonso fought the passage of the Marshall-Newman amendment. We know that we can count on Alfonso to protect the rights of minorities and to help their voices be heard."

Virginia New Majority joins the Washington Post, the Virginia Partisans, the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club, and the Virginia League of Conservation Voters in endorsing Lopez.

"I am honored to have the endorsement of Virginia New Majority," said Lopez. "This is an organization that is standing up for the civil rights that many others have forgotten and are willing to invest the time and resources it takes to make an impact. I look forward to working with the Virginia New Majority to bring our progressive values to Richmond."

Alfonso Lopez is a candidate for Virginia House of Delegates in the 49th District. With nearly 20 years of legislative experience at the highest levels in federal and state government and a record of achievement in our community, Lopez has dedicated his life to public service and Virginia.

For more information on the campaign, please visit http://www.AlfonsoForDelegate.com and join the conversation on Facebook at http://facebook.com/Lopez4VA.

Sierra Club Endorses Alfonso Lopez

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The Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club Endorses Alfonso Lopez for Delegate
Cites Lopez's Record Working on Environmental Issues

The Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club has endorsed Alfonso Lopez today for the 49th District of the Virginia House of Delegates. Since 1892, the Sierra Club has been working to protect communities, wild places, and the planet itself.

"Alfonso has been working to protect the environment at the local, state, and federal level for two decades," said Glen Besa, Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club Director. "The Sierra Club is proud to support Alfonso Lopez in his campaign for the House of Delegates. His experience and passion for our environment will make him the environmental champion we need in Richmond."

Lopez has advocated for protecting the Chesapeake Bay and the Virginia coast line, raising public consciousness about clean air and water, and improving state and federal energy efficiency standards. Lopez advocated for the environment during his service in the Virginia Liason's Office for Governor Kaine, as a staffer in the U.S. Senate, and a Law Clerk at the National Trust for Historical Preservation.

"I'm honored to receive the endorsement of the Sierra Club," said Lopez. "The Sierra Club has been a leader in organizing the protection and improvement of our environment. I look forward to working with them to make Virginia a more environmentally friendly state. We need to protect Virginia's environment from short-sighted policies like uranium mining and make environmental policy a key to our long-term economic success by developing our green technology industry."

Alfonso Lopez is a candidate for Virginia House of Delegates in the 49th District. With nearly 20 years of legislative experience at the highest levels in federal and state government and a record of achievement in our community, Lopez has dedicated his life to public service and Virginia.

For more information on the campaign, please visit http://www.AlfonsoForDelegate.com and join the conversation on Facebook at http://facebook.com/Lopez4VA.

Arlington Firefighters Endorse Alfonso Lopez

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Arlington Professional Firefighters and Paramedics Association Endorses Alfonso Lopez
Cites Lopez's Experience, Understanding of the Issues  

Today, the Arlington Professional Firefighters and Paramedics Association (APFPA) announced their endorsement of Alfonso Lopez for House of Delegates. APFPA represents the active and retired members of the Arlington County Fire Department. The organization represents 324 active firefighters and paramedics and 58 retired members.

"Alfonso Lopez understands the issues important to all of us who serve and is the candidate who will be the most effective advocate in the House of Delegates," said Sean O'Connell, president of the Arlington Professional Firefighters and Paramedics Association. "Alfonso has been a leader in Arlington for many years and possesses the energy, integrity and dedication to make a difference in our community. I know that he will be a leader we can count on in Richmond."

The Arlington Professional Firefighters and Paramedics Association joins leaders in Arlington and Fairfax in supporting Alfonso Lopez for Delegate. Among his many supporters, Lopez has earned the endorsements of Arlington County Board Chairman Chris Zimmerman, Arlington County Board Member Jay Fisette, Former Delegate Karen Darner (District 49), State Senator Mary Margaret Whipple (District 31), Arlington Sheriff Beth Arthur, and former Chairwoman of the Fairfax Board of Supervisors Kate Hanley.

"Firefighters and paramedics put their safety on the line every day to protect our homes and our families," said Lopez. "I am honored to be endorsed by the Arlington Professional Firefighters and Paramedics Association. In Richmond, I will fight for the safety of our communities, including working to secure dedicated funds for the Department of Fire Protection Aid to Localities program."

Alfonso Lopez is a candidate for Virginia House of Delegates in the 49th District. With nearly 20 years of legislative experience at the highest levels in federal and state government and a record of achievement in our community, Lopez has dedicated his life to public service and Virginia.  

For more information on the campaign, please visit http://www.AlfonsoForDelegate.com and join the conversation on Facebook at http://facebook.com/Lopez4VA.

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