Will King

Green Party/In­de­pen­dent

Rappahannock News - - VOT­ERS GUIDE -

Age: 46 Per­sonal in­for­ma­tion:

Mar­ried, lives in Beale­ton

Why are you run­ning for del­e­gate:

After serv­ing my coun­try for 25 years, I wanted to be more in­volved in my com­mu­nity. Be­ing a vet­eran and a po­lice of­fi­cer, once you’ve served peo­ple it’s hard to stop.

The heroin epi­demic has been detri­men­tal to our com­mu­nity, what leg­is­la­tion can be passed to help com­bat the epi­demic?

In­stead of in­tro­duc­ing new leg­is­la­tion, I’ll use the ex­ist­ing leg­is­la­tion to fund county sher­iffs and po­lice de­part­ments to give them the tools and the man­power to fight drug epi­demic.

Health­care has been a ma­jor topic of discussion for years now, should Vir­ginia opt into Med­i­caid and if they don’t are they losing out on fed­eral dol­lars?

Ac­cess to health­care should be a right of cit­i­zen­ship. Med­i­cal treat­ment should not be lim­ited to the priv­i­leged. One out of ev­ery seven peo­ple in the 18th district has no health in­sur­ance. The un­der-in­sured and those with un­af­ford­able cov­er­age is stag­ger­ing. We must come to­gether, across party lines with so­lu­tions. The ex­pan­sion of Med­i­caid as it presently stands is both a good busi­ness de­ci­sion as well as a moral one. Vir­gini­ans have this money with­drawn from their pay­checks to pay for it, and have been for years. Even at the 10% li­a­bil­ity to the state, the in­creased rev­enues and job cre­ation will add more to the state bud­get than the cost. This is cer­tainly not the long-term so­lu­tion for health­care, but rather an im­me­di­ate stop gap that would ben­e­fit 2,600 district res­i­dents and should be done. “Oba­macare” was not the an­swer, and the pro­posed “Trump­care” is even worse. If the Congress is not will­ing, or able, to ad­dress this cri­sis then we, as Vir­gini­ans must. I am pre­pared to lead the way on this, look­ing at what other states are do­ing.

What can be done to drive more in­dus­try to the area and what is the best use of eco­nomic devel­op­ment dol­lars in District 18?

En­act­ing agri­cul­tural, en­vi­ron­men­tal con­ser­va­tion pro­grams with the em­pha­sis on small busi­ness and job cre­ation. Let’s take so­lar power, the 18th District does not have its own so­lar power com­pany. Go­ing into so­lar, for ev­ery one per­son that works on a so­lar panel that cre­ates three or four jobs. So just imag­ine if we can bring some­thing like that in Fauquier County. If you have a strong en­vi­ron­men­tal plat­form, peo­ple are go­ing to vote for you re­gard­less of what party you be­long to. We op­pose all pipe­lines, all frack­ing, all coal ash and ura­nium min­ing. We can strengthen and ex­pand our com­mu­nity col­lege system to in­clude more vo­ca­tional train­ing and post-high school cer­ti­fi­ca­tion while as­sist­ing other stu­dents to be­gin their aca­demic jour­ney be­fore ad­vanc­ing to four-year in­sti­tu­tions. Tax in­cen­tives for devel­op­ers and lo­cal­i­ties who are will­ing to in­vest in di­ver­si­fied farms, agri­cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties, to pro­mote more agri­hoods, pro­duc­tive con­ser­va­tion, com­mu­nity-sup­ported agri­cul­ture and com­mu­nity food co-op­er­a­tives. Schools, cor­rec­tional fa­cil­i­ties, hos­pi­tals and long-term care homes funded by state should have sup­port sourc­ing from lo­cal farms and be en­cour­aged to en­gage in pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ships to in­crease dis­tri­bu­tion to these fa­cil­i­ties. School bud­gets, health­care and cor­rec­tional work­ers should al­low for com­pen­sa­tion to in­clude re­im­burse­ment for par­tic­i­pat­ing in com­mu­nity-sup­ported agri­cul­ture.

Fol­low­ing the in­ci­dents in Char­lottesville ear­lier this sum­mer, there has been much discussion about ris­ing ten­sions in our na­tion? Should the state and lo­cal­i­ties re­move Con­fed­er­ate stat­ues to help al­le­vi­ate the issue?

All hu­mans are en­ti­tled to rights that are in­alien­able to all of us re­gard­less of na­tion­al­ity, place of res­i­dence, sex, na­tional or eth­nic ori­gin, color, re­li­gion, lan­guage, or any other sta­tus. All of hu­man­ity is en­ti­tled to these ba­sic hu­man rights with­out dis­crim­i­na­tion. The fol­low­ing are ex­am­ples of these rights and are in­ter­re­lated, in­ter­de­pen­dent and in­di­vis­i­ble:

The right to life, lib­erty, and the pur­suit of hap­pi­ness

The right to live your life free of dis­crim­i­na­tion

The right to grow old with dig­nity

The right to a fair trial and due pro­cess of the law

The right to be free from slav­ery

The right to freedom of speech.

What makes you the best option for del­e­gate?

We’re the ra­tio­nal al­ter­na­tive.The big par­ties are point­ing figures at each other. What I rep­re­sent is a swing vote. I’m there for the peo­ple, no­body is go­ing to tell me how to vote.

Look at Del­e­gate We­bert’s record, tell me what stands out. It’s noth­ing per­sonal against him, but when you look at him you look at an es­tab­lished bought and paid for leg­is­la­tor. Peo­ple are al­ways go­ing to lean a cer­tain way, when you are able to talk to a per­son at a ground level and find out what’s im­por­tant to them, and ex­plain how you’re go­ing to help them, they are more than happy to lis­ten to it.

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