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VIEWS

This section contains information about my views; actions on major issues; and excerpts from newsletters, questionnaires, and other public statements. If you'd like to see how I voted on a particular issue or the bills I've introduced, use the General Assembly's searchable databases that can be accessed on leg1.state.va.us/lis.htm. A quick list of my bills that have become law are at Watts Bills passed

As your Delegate to the Virginia House of Delegates, I face the challenge of acting on your behalf on a great many items from taxes to health care to school funding to crime to the environment. I value your opinions and constantly learn from your experiences to help me serve more effectively.

As your representative, I also believe that I have an obligation to make my views available to you and to provide you with information about complex debates on some of the major challenges we face. I hope this web site can be an opportunity for such increased understanding.

Please feel free to contact my office with any questions or concerns. It is a challenge to balance the best interests of all of the citizens of the 39th District and to be sure that these decisions will stand the test of time.

I hope I can continue to earn your trust.

 

THE ECONOMY

While we are better-off than most states, the economic downturn is hitting Virginia hard.  Read more about the Budget challenges, job creation, and help for small businesses.

TRANSPORTATION

For the last 25 years I've been working to effectively address transportation problems. I'm certainly not finished. Read more about the challenge we face and the "new" ideas I will continue to advocate.

EDUCATION

We need smaller class sizes, especially through the 3rd grade. Read more about what I've done to reduce class sizes, to increase state spending, and the challenges I believe education must face.

HIGHER EDUCATION

College must be available to all with ability, not just ability to pay. Read more about the importance of keeping higher education accessible and of assuring its continued quality as key to high-paying job growth.

HUMAN SERVICES

I've seen the frustration in those who feel helpless to protect their loved ones, the courage of those facing health challenges, and the compassion of people reaching out to help those who no longer can care for themselves. Read more about what I've done to provide care and protection for those who are in need.

COMMUNITY CONCERNS

The 39th District is a wonderfully diverse and active community, and our quality of life must be protected. Read more about what I am doing to make sure this continues to be a vibrant community, especially with the challenges of HOT Lanes construction and BRAC development.

ENVIRONMENT

I love the outdoors -- backpacking, wilderness camping, rafting. Virginia has many treasures that must be preserved.  We can be in the forefront of green energy development. Read more about my commitment to clean up, conserve. and protect.

SENIORS

Many residents of the 39th District are well-beyond 39! Read more about the support that is available to help seniors continue to live independently and the laws that allow us all to stay in control of our lives.

CRIME

As a member of the House Courts Committee, I have been part of crafting "the toughest anti-gang laws in the nation." Read more about what I've done to fight crime and help victims.

 

Click these links to view Vivian's newsletters

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