- Ensure that Virginia Tech, a “massive economic driver” for District 12, continues to have the resources to create high-tech innovations and green jobs
- Improving funding for rural schools
- Protecting the environment
- Ending gerrymandering
- Expanding Medicaid under the ACA
- Common sense gun laws
Chris’ decision to run for office progressed from his work in journalism after he recovered from profound tragedy. In 2015, Chris was beginning a new life with his girlfriend, Alison Parker. Alison and her colleague, Adam Ward, were murdered on live television. Their murder shocked the country and propelled Chris onto a new path. Chris is moving forward and will be a courageous fighter for all Virginians.
For fun, Chris likes kayaking, hiking with his dog, Sophie, and seeing concerts and plays. He is an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Roanoke and has been a member of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Chris also volunteered at the Roanoke Baptist Community Center after-school program.
On the Muslim Ban
“The Trump administration and Virginia Republicans in Richmond are spreading fear with hateful rhetoric about our refugee families here in the Commonwealth. Southwest Virginia has long given people seeking safety in America a new life by welcoming them with open arms. I will stand up and fight for those most vulnerable to discrimination and stop the divisive Republican agenda.”
“The ability to afford healthcare should be a basic right for all Virginians. Republicans in Richmond and in Washington let all of us get sicker with their attempts to undermine and repeal the Affordable Care Act. My opponent has stood by his colleagues in the General Assembly to deny hundreds of thousands of Virginians access to Medicaid services. We can and we must do better to ensure all of us get the care we need!”
On Equality for Women
“The women in my life are the strongest and most determined people I’ve ever met. They’ve fought for fairness in the office or newsroom and demanded equality in how they’re paid. Earlier this month, I was moved by the ‘Day Without Women,’ as it reminded men there is still a long way to go to improve how women are respected in Virginia. As a Delegate in Richmond, I’ll work hard to close the wage gap that pays women more than ten thousand dollars less each year, even more for African-American, Latina and Asian women. I’ll also join my Democratic colleagues to stop any attempt by Republican leadership to strip a woman’s right to choose the healthcare and reproductive decisions she makes.”