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.
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. This cable interview discusses the politics of getting to a serious solution.
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.
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.
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
The 2015 regular Session adjourned the end of February. But we go back August 17th to redraw congressional districts under court order to correct packing black voters into just one district, limiting their influence.
Regrettably, downstate Republicans are attempting to use the fact we're in Session 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.
From 2015 Regular Session
This January 2015 cable interview covers the economy, transportation funding, mental health, and campus sexual assault.
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.
The fight to control Women's Health decisions is 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
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Vivian with Governor McAuliffe and General Assembly members on May 8, 2014, as the Governor signs new Mental Health legislation.