Thompson For Delegate
Endorsement Applicant
Virginia House of Delegates 63rd District in VA

27 Crater Woods Ct.
Petersburg, VA

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Primary Election Date: 2013-06-11
General Election Date: 2013-11-05

Who am I?

My name is Evandra Thompson and I am running for the 63rd House District of Virginia. I am no stranger to struggle and perseverance. I spent most of my childhood and teenage years homeless. I had to put myself through school and after finishing high school joined the United States Air Force. I was serving in the Pentagon as an EMS worker for the USAF on September 11, 2001. I was one of 3 first responders to the attack that day. For doing my duty, I was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal. After six years in the Air Force I went on to attend Virginia Commonwealth University for my undergraduate studies and continued my education by completing a Masters Degree in Public Administration. I spent several years working on local Democratic campaigns and as a field worker with the NAACP to get voters to the polls during President Obama's 2008 campaign. I have spent the past few years working in finance and am hoping to use my life and educational experience to represent the residents of the 63rd District.

Why am I running?

For eight long years the residents of the 63rd District have had their voices silenced. Elected to represent the Democratic values of the District, the incumbent has abandoned her constituents in favor of promoting her own political agenda by supporting Republican lawmakers and policy in the Statehouse. I am in touch with the people of the 63rd District, young, old, and in between. I will return their voice to Richmond and stand up for the Democratic values they believe in. I love this District, which is why I have chosen to make it a home for my family. I want to make it a better place to live and I believe, if elected as the Democratic nominee, I can do that.

My Goals

If elected my first priority will be education. I want to restore autonomy and options to the students, teachers, and parents of my district. I also want to ensure there are opportunities at every level, from pre-K to College. I believe education is crucial to economic development and I think if we invest in our students and our education system, prosperity will follow.

Second, and following from my first point, I want to focus on economic development and job growth. The 63rd District has proven its capacity to be a center for industrial and economic strength. I want to restore this economic prowess to the district and make the 63rd District a place people come to work and live, not just a place to commute from. This will require investing in our education system, working with business to incentivize growth, and improving transportation to help move workers and products to and from our District.

My DFA Values

Community is everything to me. Community is what helped me survive when I was homeless from ages 9 to 18. Without the love, care, and support of my community, I would not be where I am today. One of the biggest motivations for my campaign is to restore the voice that the community of the 63rd District has lost. I not only want to work for the community but with the community.

Security is extremely important to me. While the State legislature is not focused on foreign policy, many of our actions can have an effect on the relationships that our nation has with the rest of the world. For example, I am a major advocate for alternative energy solutions. I believe our dependence on fossil fuels is an unsustainable path to follow. I would like to see Virginia become an economic and technology center for clean and efficient energy sources that could help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. Not only would this affect our foreign policy but it can also present economic opportunity for within our borders and beyond.

Finally, there is Liberty. Liberty is sacred to me. I swore to defend it when I joined the United States Air Force and that promise did not end with my service. I believe the liberty we enjoy as American citizens is one of the most precious aspects of our nation. Every vote I take and every piece of legislation I introduce will take into account and defend the liberty of all citizens of the Commonwealth. Additionally, I will fight tirelessly against oppression, discrimination, and prejudice in the Virginia General Assembly.

My Campaign is People Powered!

When we began this campaign all we had were the people who believed I could provide something better to the 63rd District. We have been able to run such a successful campaign through a tremendous amount of volunteer effort thus far. Recently I was endorsed by the Daily Kos and as a result nationwide attention to the race created a tidal wave of support, both ideological and financial. The massive surge in financial support has allowed us to implement an effective and targeted campaign. The grass roots support of volunteers and donors, both locally and nationwide, have really been the driving force behind this campaign.

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• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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