Brent is running a values-based campaign centered on justice, equality, and dignity for all Virginians.
Brent supports investing public money in programs and institutions that help the largest number of Virginians.
✅ Better funding for our schools, especially for our underpaid teachers and school counselors. Address the teacher shortage by restoring education funding to pre-Recession levels.
✅ Fund regional transit in the Shenandoah Valley, so that people in Timberville, Broadway, and Dayton have the option of getting to and from Harrisonburg without having to rely on a car.
✅ Prioritize public safety on I-81. That includes funding improvements for truck climbing lanes where necessary, as well as funding for freight rail programs to reduce the number of trucks on the interstate. In the long-term, we need to be planning and funding passenger rail in the Valley.
✅ Tuition-free community college and trade schools. Virginia should join Maryland, Kentucky, and Tennessee in offering “last dollar” scholarships for in-state students.
✅ Common sense gun laws that keep weapons of war off the street, out of our schools and places of worship, and prioritize public safety over the profits of the gun industry.
All Virginians deserve the dignity of working a job that allows us to support ourselves and our families, get adequate rest, and spend quality time with the people we love.
✅ Raise the minimum wage to a living wage.
✅ Ensure paid family leave for all Virginia workers.
✅ Repeal Virginia’s “Right To Work” (for less) law, which Virginia voters rejected at the polls in 2016.
Brent wants to end this shameful era of New Jim Crow, over-criminalization, and mass incarceration in Virginia.
✅ End cash bail debtor’s prison.
✅ Stop reimbursing local governments 25 percent of the costs of building new jails. People who struggle with mental illness and substance use disorders need treatment, not incarceration. We have a shortage of beds and in-patient programs for people struggling with mental illness and addiction. We should be funding that instead of building new jails.
✅ Stop incentivizing Virginia's prison industrial complex. All state universities and institutions are currently required by the Code of Virginia to purchase furniture made with prison labor. Brent will work to change that.
✅ End voter disenfranchisement of felons.
Virginia’s land, air, and water belong to all of us, and must be protected from fracked gas pipelines and other sources of pollution. We need to take immediate and meaningful action to stop the breakdown of our climate. Virginia must reduce our carbon pollution by 45% by 2031.
✅ Oppose the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline.
✅ Support a bold green economic plan that leaves no communities behind, creates well-paying sustainable jobs, and transitions Virginia away from dependence on fossil fuels.
✅ Current state law discourages expansion of solar power in the state. Brent supports the Virginia Solar Freedom bill.
✅ Adopt better-than-federal motor vehicle standards to protect Virginians from dirty air, and reduce carbon emissions.
✅ Implement a just and equitable carbon tax that doesn’t put undue financial burdens on Virginians who can least afford to pay for it.
Everyone deserves to be treated equally, with dignity and respect regardless of sex, gender, race, religion, national origin, sexual preference or identity.
✅ Ban housing discrimination against LGBTQ people.
✅ Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).
✅ Protect the right to choose. There is no path to equality that doesn’t include the right of reproductive choice. Everyone has authority over their own bodies, and should have the right to make their own healthcare decisions.
✅ Enact and fund pro-people, pro-family policies like paid family leave, a living wage, contraceptive programs, and childcare support -- policies that have greatly reduced the rate of abortions in other states.
✅ Our immigrant and refugee neighbors should feel welcome here. Virginia should issue driver's privilege cards so that people who need to drive get proper training, and can get auto insurance.
We should have the authority to govern ourselves. The state should empower localities to become sustainable, resilient, and self-reliant.
✅ Reform Dillon’s Rule , and give local governments the flexibility and authority to solve local problems at the local level. Let the state legislature focus on state problems and let Bridgewater determine whether the community center can sell liquor after 8 p.m.
✅ Allow localities more flexibility, state funding, and better options to address the affordable housing crisis.
✅ Rural broadband: support locally-owned high-speed internet options.
✅ Oppose preemption, and rein in state legislative overreach by forbidding special legislation targeting specific localities.
✅ Oppose the expansion of big ag monopoly power, and support family farms. The state should empower farmers to realize the profits from their labor by ensuring fairness at the bargaining table.
✅ Create a public banking option for Virginians that will work with local credit unions to invest in our own communities and avoid high fees and interest rates on municipal loans.
✅ Empower regional planning so that large corporations can’t pit Broadway against Timberville to elicit local tax incentives and bring in big box stores that harm small local businesses.
States should do everything they can to ensure nobody dies or suffers financially because they lack adequate insurance.
✅ Create a path to Medicare-for-All and lower healthcare costs by implementing an all-payer rate setting program in Virginia.
✅ Get rid of the onerous work requirements for Medicaid expansion.
We need to end corporate control in Richmond, and put the power in the hands of the people, where it belongs.
✅ Fight for citizen-led ballot initiatives, so voters can go around unresponsive legislators.
✅ Refuse campaign donations from publicly-regulated monopolies and industry interest groups.
✅ Support ranked-choice voting in Virginia.
✅ Push for automatic voter registration.