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"I was humbled at the outpouring of support I received during my candidacy for the 79th district seat of  the Virginia House of Delegates. Politicians are often on the wrong side of history; whether it be a failure to protect us against predatory tolls on our tunnels, cuts in state funding for our local schools, blocking working-class families from accessing healthcare, or eroding the voting rights of our elderly and disabled...enough is enough!  I am here to stand up and fight for the residents of Portsmouth and Norfolk who deserve a voice in Richmond.  I'm here to serve YOU."     
-Steve Heretick

Independent Non-Partisan Redistricting Reform

Citizens should pick their legislators and not the other way around. I ran for office on a promise to support non-partisan redistricting reform. In 2018, I introduced a constitutional amendment to do just that. I have stood up against both the Republicans and members of my own party who want to keep the corrupt practice of gerrymandering alive. In 2019, I have already pre-filed HJ582 that would ban this corruption once and for all!

 

 


Criminal Justice Reform

Meaningful criminal justice reform is a key issue in our urban areas, where community safety must be balanced with fairness in our justice process.


Toll Relief

No meaningful effort to achieve regional toll relief can occur without a sound fiscal plan. Recognizing this fact, I was proud to introduce HJ73 during the 2016 General Assembly session. This resolution requested that the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) conduct a study to devise a financial plan that would eliminate tolling on the Downtown and Midtown Tunnels.

I have reintroduced the bill, now HJ25, in 2018.


Abusive Tolling Practices

As you know, collection of tolls on our tunnels is managed by a private, for-profit corporation which generally operates free from governmental oversight.


Economic Development

Over the last three General Assembly sessions, progress has been made on broad-ranging economic development and revitalization efforts.


Restoration of Port Host Impact Fees to Our Communities

Among the greatest frustrations I experienced while serving on the City Council was the Commonwealth’s failure to fund a long-standing budget line item that would provide the cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Newport News state funds to help pay for the extra costs associated with managing port-related traffic in our communities.


Laying the Foundation for Wireless Communications for the Future

Widely inconsistent land-use rules and regulations are governing the development of wireless communications in Virginia's localities; these policies are limiting our ability to develop a reliable communications network throughout the Commonwealth.



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