As a resident of the 39th District since college, I've worked along side countless dedicated citizens to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods, Fairfax County, and Virginia. I'm honored to take on the challenge of bringing these issues and your concerns to the General Assembly.
Your support is always appreciated!
You may contribute online by clicking this link, or send a check to "Watts For Delegate" to P.O. Box 8004, Springfield, VA 22151
A major transportation bill was needed in the 2015 Session to add transit funding and improved Private Partnership oversight. I got it expanded to:
• include rebuilding our deteriorated local roads (numbered 600 and above) not just interstate and primary roads and
• fund projects to reduce congestion on local roads, which the State wasn’t going to fund until well after 2028.
The 2013 funding increase was long overdue and it's going to take years to catch up with the huge backlog of needs. View this PowerPoint for a concise summary of the comprehensive (and therefore complex!) new funding. After years of long night hours pulling together material to be an effective advocate, I was pleased to play a role in the 2103 breakthrough.
Read my basic response to people who've contacted me on expanding Medicaid to 400,000 Virginians – 70% of whom work but earn less than $32,000 for a family of four or $15,302 for one person. View my floor frustration with the failure of the House to consider expansion.
For other issues, please see Vivian's Views about the work I've done and am committed to do in the future with the economy, transportation, community concerns, K-12, higher education, environment crime, human services, senior citizens, and other important issues, including bills I've gotten passed.
Feel free to contact me with questions or concerns about any issue. It's a challenge to balance the best interests of all the citizens of the 39th District and be sure decisions will stand the test of time. I hope I will continue to have your trust.
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Regrettably, downstate Republicans are attempting to overturn the Governor's appointment of a Fairfax judge to the Virginia Court of Appeals. If they succeed, there'll be no judge on the Appellate or Supreme courts who has dealt with legal issues unique to almost 1 in 5 Virginians who live inside the beltway or Fairfax County.
The fight to control Women's Health decisions remains intense as discussed in these links:
-- Major issues affecting women's health
-- Personhood and birth/control
-- A decade trying protect access to birth control
-- Legal issues and court decisions
Over 23% of Fairfax County’s School Budget comes from the State. The amount we get is based on a seriously flawed formula discussed in this link that I've tried repeatedly to change.
I serve on the 4-year General Assembly Jt Study of Mental Health in the 21st Century and have been appointed to Fairfax's "Diversion First" commission dealing with law enforcement and resources for persons in mental health crisis.
Vivian with Governor McAuliffe and General Assembly members on May 8, 2014, as the Governor signs new Mental Health legislation.
Vivian with students and community members at Lynbrook Elementary School on August 30th at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of Fairfax County's First HAWK Signal Pedestrian Crosswalk.
Watch video of Fairfax County's First HAWK Signal Pedestrian Signal
May 4, 2016, Vivian and Senator Saslaw present North Springfield Civic Association President Ken Balbuena with Delegate Watts' House Joint Resolution 318, commending the NSCA on its 60th Anniversary.
Vivian with other members of the House of Delegates at the April 3, 2016 Richmond Wrap-Up, sponsored by Social Action Linking Together.
Vivian addressing members of the House during the Veto Override Session, April 20, 2016.
Delegate Watts' Schedule
(Note: Items in bold are open to the public)
Saturday, September 24, 2016, noon to 4 PM, Oak Hill Mansion Open House, 4716 Wakefield Chapel Road, Annandale
Saturday, September 24, 2016, 5 PM, ARTS by George at GMU Center for the Arts, Fairfax, for more information, contact ARTS By George
Sunday, September 25, 2016, 6 PM, Virginia Arab American 28th Annual Political Forum and Candidates' Night, Tysons Corner Marriott Hotel, 8028 Leesburg Pike, Tysons Corner
Monday, September 26, 2016, 8 AM, Northern VA Aging Network 17th Annual Legislative Breakfast, Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks, 11787 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, airfax
Monday, September 26, 2016, 1 PM, Tour of Tesla's Tysons Corner Dealership, 8500 Tyco Road, Tysons
Thursday, September 29, 2016, 7:30 to 10 AM, Northern VA Chamber of Commerce 2016 Cybersecurity Summit, Hilton McLean Tysons, 7920 Jones Branch Drive, McLean
Thursday, September 29, 2016, 6 PM, Armed Forces Day Reception, Korean Ambassador's Residence, Washington, DC
Friday, September 30, 2016, 5 PM, Fairfax Education Association Put Kids First Festival and Silent Auction, 3917 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax
Saturday, October 1, 2016, 9 AM, Black Women United for Action Annual Slave Memorial Commemoration Ceremony, Mt Vernon
Saturday, October 1, 2016, 10 AM to 6 PM, Taste of Annandale Street Festival, Tom Davis Drive in downtown Annandale, for more information go to 2016 Taste of Annandale
Saturday, October 1, 2016, 7 PM, Legal Services of Northern Virgina 36th Anniversary Gala, Fairview Park Marriott, 3111 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church
Sunday, October 2, 2016, 4 PM, Delegate Watts and David Temple, Jr. will give a talk on the history of Jim Crow laws in Virginia, Little River Congregational Church, 8410 Little River Turnpike, Annandale
Monday, October 3, 2016, Rosh Hashana
Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 9:30 AM to 5 PM, 7th Virginia Immigrant Advocates Summitt, Arlington Unitarian Universalist Church, 444 Arlington Blvd., Arlington
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 10 AM, Child Support Guidelines Review Panel meeting, House Room 1, State Capitol, Richmond
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 6:30 PM, Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center's 18th Anniversary Celebration, China Garden Restaurant, 1100 Wilson Blvd., Arlington
Thursday, October 6, 2016, 4 PM, CareFirst Recption, Fairview Park Marriott, 3111 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church
Friday, October 7, 2016, 6:30 PM, Community Foundation for Northern Virginia 2016 Raise the Region Gala, McLean Hilton
Monday, October 10, 2016, Columbus Day Holiday
Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 7:30 AM, Northern Virginia Association of Realtors Annual Politics and Pancakes Breakfast, Ernst Center, NVCC Annandale campus
Tuesday, October 11, 2016, Yom Kippur begins at sundown
Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 6:30 PM Annual NoVa Nurses Legislative Reception, Stacey Sherwood Community Center, 3740 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax
Friday, October 14, 2016, noon to 2 PM, Fairfax County 5th Annual Arts Awards, Fairview Park Marriott, Falls Church
Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 7:30 AM, New Hope Housing 2nd Annual Giving Hope Breakfast, Springfield Hilton, 6550 Loisdale Road, Springfield
Saturday, October 22, 2016, 10 AM, Annandale Chamber of Commerce's Annual Fall Parade, for additional information, go to 2016 Annandale Fall Parade
Saturday, October 22, 2016, 6 PM, The Arc of NoVA Motown Gala, Hilton McLean, 7920 Jones Branch Drive, Tysons
Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 1 PM, Fairfax County Public Safety Committee meeting, Fairfax Government Center, Conference Rooms 9/10, Fairfax
Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 5 PM, NoVa Chapter of the Va Society of CPA's Annual Forum, GMU, Fairfax
YYour support is always appreciated!
Vivian with Governor McAuliffe, Delegates Sickles, Keam and Bulova, Secretary of Administration Nancy Rodriques and others on May 24, 2016, at the bill signing ceremony for her House Bill 1223.
Fairfax County School Board Members Tamara Derenak Kaufax (Lee) , Pat Hines (Hunter Mill) and Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay visit the General Assembly, February 11, 2016.
Members of the General Assembly at the Equality Virginia Reception in Richmond on February 9, 2016
Members of the Virginia Korean American Association visit in support of Delegate Watts'HB 1223, February 2, 2016.
January 30, 2016, Delegate Watts and other members of the House of Delegates in the reconstructed Capitol in Williamsburg, Virginia for 26th Commemorative Session of the General Assembly.
Please click the link below to view Delegate Watts' Cox Cable Interview:
Cox Cable Interview with Delegate Watts January 20, 2016
A huge part of my job is to help you in any way I can to solve problems you're having with a wide range of issues, from street repairs to state tax returns. My aide, Deb Sherman, and I stand ready to make sure that you get the help you need. Both the Contact Me and Get Help sections are designed to serve you.
The General Assembly is now in its 2016 Legislative Session, which runs to March 12, 2016. During the Legislative Session, no donations can be accepted.
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I'm proud to have raised my family and lived in the 39th District for over 40 years. I worked hard in my local PTA and neighborhood, in community service clubs and civic organizations, and on many citizen studies and task forces to make Fairfax County a great place to live.
As your Delegate, and as a former Secretary for Transportation and Public Safety I'm dedicated to improving the quality of life in Fairfax County and in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Please, read more about my current record of service and about my long and deep involvement under About Vivian.
Thoughts on Race Relations
I started my 2015 newsletter with:
"This newsletter covers governing decisions. It hardly touches the challenge of working with the very different life experiences of 140 legislators to find “the common good.” My black colleagues spoke out long ago about the fear and intimidation conveyed in their lives through use of the confederate battle flag. My website carries my floor remarks on the reality of Northern prejudice as I’ve witnessed it. We have far to go to achieve liberty and justice for all — "
Here are my reflections about growing up in the North.