Colleen On The Issues

Colleen on Jobs

Encourage continued job growth and opportunities within the Commonwealth through policies that promotes innovation and limit taxation and regulation.

As owners of a small law firm, my husband and I have a unique vantage point on the impact regulation and taxation have on the families in Virginia’s 91st District.  We feel that impact as business owners and we see the ways the economy impacts our clients who represent every section of the economic spectrum.

The decreased the taxation and regulation burden we have realized in the past few years has enabled us to provide greater benefits for our employees.  We have also seen the market shift from candidates competing for jobs to employers competing for candidates.  When taxes stay low and regulation stays sensible, everyone benefits!

Colleen on Education

Create a culture of prosperity by empowering parents and local communities, not bureaucrats in Richmond.

I am proud and humbled to be the first member of my family to graduate from college. Thus, I have a unique understanding of how vital strong public schools are to our community and families.  As your Delegate, I will fight for funding for the schools in Virginia’s 91st district so that our localities are not having to make choices between necessary public services and educating our children.

Colleen on Health Care

End crippling healthcare premiums. Improve health care for all by promoting free market solutions. Encourage innovation and competition. Fight the expansion of failed government-run health care.

As a family law attorney, I am overwhelmed by the hard-working families we see everyday whose budgets have been crippled by the cost of health care.  So-called health care “reform” has been devastating to so many in Virginia’s 91st district.  I am determined to fight for proven solutions to decrease costs and increase access to health care for all Virginians by encouraging competition and innovation rather than expanding failed and expensive government-run programs.

Colleen on Protecting Life. Protecting Virginians

Defend human life, and vigorously fight the recent efforts to legalize infanticide, while also working to help those suffering from mental illness and addiction, and to reform our broken foster care system.

Like most Virginians, I was horrified to hear our current Governor talk about keeping newborn babies “comfortable” while euthanizing them.  Having given birth to a stillborn child, I’ve had the unwelcome privilege of holding a child in the process of being formed in the womb.  I cannot imagine a greater confirmation of my belief that every life is precious, and every life deserves protection and dignity.  I will fight to protect life from conception to natural death.  

I believe that being pro-life goes beyond the issues of abortion and euthanasia. It means supporting policies and working to promote a culture that respects human life in every regard: working to maintain safe communities by supporting law-enforcement and firefighters and other first responders and promoting respect among different cultures.

It also means working across the aisle to find solutions to end the scourge of opioid addiction that is robbing so many of their humanity, destroying families and endangering our communities.

Another battle I am determined to fight in the General Assembly is working across party lines to better serve children in foster care.  Virginia recently slipped from #47 to #48, making us one of the worst states in the nation at placing foster children in families before they age out of the system.  This is a human rights crisis that must be addressed.  Our children deserve better!

Colleen on Second Amendment

Fight against efforts to infringe on our right to bear arms by opposing any legislation in Richmond that diminishes those our Constitutional rights.

The Second Amendment to our Constitution is clear. The right to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed upon. The Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental right that belongs to all law-abiding Americans. I am a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment, and will fight to ensure our rights to bear arms is not infringed.  I will oppose any legislation that infringes on our rights to safe and responsible gun ownership.  This is a particular concern to me as a woman who has experienced concerns for my safety and my family’s.  We need law-abiding, responsible citizens equipped to defend themselves, their families and others.

Colleen on Transportation

Fight for the peninsula’s fair share to fix our roads and bridges and improve the local shipping lanes without raising your tax dollars.

Virginia has the third-largest state-maintained highway system in the country. Unlike most states, with only a few exceptions, the state maintains local streets. Transportation consumes 12.5% of the state’s annual budget, Transportation costs are third in priority after education and health and human resources. That means we need a delegate who is focused on studying proposals and working with local leaders to fix our broken transportation system and fight for our fair share to maintain and improve our roads.

Hampton Roads is growing quickly, which means added jobs and opportunities. But, it also means more congestion on our roads. Time spent stuck in traffic means lost wages, lost productivity and lost time with family and friends. 

I will work across party lines to secure funding and pursue solutions to keep the peninsula moving!