O'Halloran for Delegate
Virginia House Delegate for the 88th District in VA http://ohalloranfordelegate.org
P.O. Box 1231
Public Phone Number: 540-369-3648
Public Email: [email protected]
Primary Election Date: 2013-06-11 General Election Date: 2013-11-05
Who am I?
I am a retired Federal employee with over 25 years of public service. I have a Master of Science degree in Urban Planning and Policy Analysis from SUNY, Stony Brook and a Master of Arts degree in National Policy and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. In 1979 I began working for the Executive Office of the President in the Office of Management & Budget doing EPA's budget for the Office of Solid Waste Management. In 1981 I began working for the U.S. Army in the Pentagon leading the Hazardous Waste Management and Pollution Prevention Programs. Throughout my career with the Federal government I had a top secret clearance. After retirement from the Federal government, I worked for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and later for a FEMA contractor.
Why am I running?
My opponent, Mark Cole, is a Tea Party Republican who has been in office for 10 years and has been unchallenged since 2005. He has aligned himself with Virginia's radical Attorney General and his extreme agenda regarding women's health issues. In addition, if you live in Virginia along I-95 you know that you are dealing with traffic gridlock of catastrophic proportions. Every day commerce is often at a complete standstill and our economic wellbeing is being threatened as never before. Virginia has not had a transportation bill in 27 years. In May of this year the legislature and the Governor put together a bipartisan bill to provide funding for massive improvements in transportation for the State. Mark Cole voted against this bill. It is time for a change. If no one runs against Mark Cole, we only have ourselves to blame.
My top three policy goals if elected are (1) Bringing integrity back to the 88th District. Mark Cole is our delegate, while at the same time being the Deputy Administrator of one of the counties that comprise the 88th District and he got this job through cronyism, i.e. contributing to the elections of the Supervisors that appointed him. I will bring integrity back because I have ethics and character that are worthy of the position of delegate representing all of the 88th; (2) Transportation. We need to unclog our roads. I plan to work in a bipartisan manner to implement the new transportation bill and to ensure that decisions are fair and transparent to voters; (3) Women's Health Issues. I plan to work to repeal the radical laws that have been passed with regard to women's reproductive rights and to impede any further actions to come between a woman and her physician regarding her healthcare decisions.
My DFA Values
Creating a sense of community in the 88th district is difficult. Most people that are in the 88th district don't even know it. The Republicans have gerrimanded the district so much that the public is not aware of its borders and they are difficult for a candidate to find. With this challenge in mind, I am simply stressing the issues that Virginians in this area of the state have in common. We have a huge one and it is the traffic gridlock that effects all of our lives. It is a negative force that unites us. Everyone knows what I mean as soon as I start talking about it. It threatens our economic security. Virginia is no longer viewed as a good place to invest by businesses. They can't move their products around the state and people can't travel to and from work in any reasonable amount of time. Education is a similar issue in that the average Virginia teacher's salary now ranks 50th in the nation. Good schools effect real estate prices and business vitality in a community and Virginia schools are beginning to slip due to severe cuts in the State budget for education. This is another issue that people will rally around because it effects their children.
My Campaign is People Powered!
I have already reached out to the Democratic Committees in Stafford, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania and Fauquier Counties which comprise the 88th District. I have established a Women for OHalloran group to meet periodically throughout the campaign. I am sharing the Headquarters Office of Terry McAuliffe in Fredericksburg and do phone banking and canvassing jointly with them. Terry McAuliffe has endorsed by candidacy and my campaign benefits from his outreach to the community and grassroots as well. I plan to attend many local events; one such event is this weekend -- the Stars and Stripes Spectacular in Spotsylvania and next week a Heritage Festival in Fredericksburg and many other events such as this throughout the summer. My campaign has also established a Black Outreach group and I have been invited to speak at two Black churches and I plan to do so.