In 2017, Sister District helped David get elected. He was part of the new cohort of Democrats who voted to give 400,000 people access to healthcare in Virginia, among many other accomplishments. We need to help him win again in 2019 so that we can finish the job and flip Virginia blue.
David Reid served 23 years in the US Navy Reserve as a Naval Intelligence Officer, where he retired as a Commander (the equivalent of a US Army Lieutenant Colonel). While in the Navy, CDR Reid was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal, and the Director of Central Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation. CDR Reid made two deployments to South Korea, one deployment to Iceland, a field deployment with the US Army, and participated in a NATO exercise on board the USS Mount Whitney.
Along with serving in the Navy Reserve, David has over 30 years of experience in strategic management, banking, global telecommunications, and the defense industry. He also volunteered as a recreational and travel soccer coach, and team manager for Ashburn, Loudoun, and Reston soccer clubs. David is also a national and state certified soccer referee, where he still referees high school soccer games in the Ashburn area.
On deciding to run for office David stated, “I’ve spent a great deal of time over the past year talking with people in the community about their concerns and frustrations with the ‘business as usual’ politics in Richmond.” Reid added, “The people of Loudoun County are very ‘results-oriented’ and my experience in the Navy, in the community, and in business will provide them with innovative, bipartisan solutions to address the issues of transportation, education, college affordability, and public safety.”
David and his wife of 22 years have lived in Ashburn since 2000. Their daughters attended Loudoun County Public Schools and received an outstanding education at Mill Run Elementary, Eagle Ridge Middle School, and Briar Woods High School. Their eldest daughter is now a junior at the University of Virginia and their youngest daughter is a sophomore at Lynchburg College.
David holds a B.A. in Political Science from Northeastern Oklahoma State University and a Master’s Diploma in Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College.
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We need to focus on bringing more high-paying, high-tech jobs to Loudoun County. Northern Virginia is quickly becoming the technology innovation hub of the East Coast. We are at the center of core population areas, we have great universities, and a well-educated population. Let’s take advantage of these resources to fully achieve our potential in space technology, alternative energy, data centers, advanced transportation solutions, and federal contracting.Securing Our Fair Share of State FundingFor every $1 Loudoun County sends to Richmond, we get less than 30 cents back, with some estimates putting the amount as low as 18 cents on the dollar. We need to reassess these funding formulas, find out where our tax dollars are going, and bring more of our money back to Loudoun County to address our very real transportation, education, and public safety concerns.
If you drive anywhere in Loudoun County or Northern Virginia, your commute has gotten worse over the last seven years. Northern Virginia is the economic engine for the state and we need to ensure this engine is not crippled by gridlock. Since 2000, the cost for an end-to-end trip on the Dulles Greenway has gone from $2 to over $6. That’s more than a 300% “road tax” increase. We need to explore options to implement “distance pricing”, so routes between exits are prorated, or purchase the Greenway from the developer and add it to the VDOT system.
Implementation of full-day kindergarten for all children in Loudoun County and making an investment in early childhood development provides the foundation for children to become positive contributors to our community. Loudoun is one of only three jurisdictions in Virginia without full-day kindergarten and the politicians in Richmond have not done enough to ensure its implementation. As delegate, I will fight for increased initiatives to develop 21st century skills that will drive Virginia’s economy forward. I support equal pay increases for all state employees, including teachers.
We must break the cycle of saddling our youth with excessive student loan debt. The state’s strategic plan calls for the state to pay 50% of the in-state tuition costs, but it has only been funded at approximately 33%. UVA, for example, only receives 8% of its funding from the General Assembly. Since 2009, in-state tuition and fees have increased by approximately 7% annually and increases have sometimes been as high as 10% and 13% annually. This is a hidden tax on every parent with a child in state college in Virginia.
The Pentagon identified climate change as an external force that increases the likelihood of mass migrations of displaced people. Additionally, the Department of Defense has found that our actions to increase energy and water security, including investments in renewable energy sources, will increase the resiliency of domestic installations utilized to support training activities. Virginia must do its part in addressing these issues by generating new, high-tech energy jobs and creating a business environment where renewable energy can flourish.
Only a woman and her doctor should be making decisions about her health and her body. I fully support a woman’s right to make personal decisions about her health and her body without the state limiting her options or trying to shame her about these very personal decisions.
To have a growing, diverse, inclusive, 21st economy, we must respect the rights of all people to live, love, and worship, as they desire. The diversity of who we are, where we’ve come from, and how we worship is what makes us stronger.
Law-abiding citizens have the right to own firearms. However, our state government must do more to reduce preventable gun violence to keep our children and communities safe. I support common sense gun safety measures to include: universal background checks, gun-free zones, and “No Fly, No Buy” legislation. As a former counterterrorism and watch-listing analyst who has researched and produced hundreds of watch-listing intelligence reports, I have first-hand experience investigating the types of individuals on the National “No Fly” List – known terrorists or terrorist associates should not be allowed to buy guns in Virginia
In just four years, Democrats have seen an impressive and almost unprecedented swing to majority, with more than 20 seats gained over two election cycles. With gains so recent, Republicans are eager to take advantage of this dynamic, where characteristically moderate “bellwether” districts ebb and flow to give way to national political trends, waiting for the pendulum to swing back in their favor. The 2021 House of Delegates elections are sure to be a test of Democrats’ ability to hold Trump Era gains in a post-Trump climate.
The Commonwealth has long faced the consequences of political gerrymandering. District boundaries have been a hot topic of conversation in past years. In 2020, the Virginia legislature voted to create a bipartisan committee to handle the creation of new electoral maps; Bipartisan redistricting is now in the hands of a 16 member committee which was on a tight timeline to use 2020 census data to announce adjusted districts for the upcoming House of Delegates elections in November 2021. The original plan had the committee producing new maps by April 2020, but delayed census data from the federal government has made new maps in time to give the state board of elections, localities, and partisans time to effectively prepare for and hold elections unlikely. As of now, the most likely scenario remains that 2021 will see no new maps, instead districts will remain the same this year with new districts only taking effect in 2023.