Elizabeth Miller for Delegate

Who am I?

I have spent the last four years on the board of NARAL Pro-choice Virginia Foundation. I spent several years on the Loudoun Community Services Board (an appointed position, overseeing the department of Mental Health, Substance Abuse Services, and Developmental Services). And I've volunteered at the local abused women's shelter. I'm a wife and mother with an eleven-year-old son. I grew up in Brooklyn but have lived here for over 12 years. I work as a computer programmer for a defense contractor. I have a degree in psychology from George Mason University. My husband and I love political activism and are both involved in several local advocacy issues. Outside of politics, we enjoy cooking, gardening, and a bit of camping. I am an avid reader and a frequent knitter. I love old movies like "Casablanca" and "Rebecca."

Why am I running?

I have worked on over a dozen campaigns and knocked on 30,000 doors. My opponent voted the wrong way on women's rights, mass-transit, equality, and the environment. I was stunned to find out the local Democratic party had planned not to run anyone against him when he is vulnerable and we have a strong slate at the top of the ticket. I am running because I know a person like me can win and a person like him should lose.

My Goals

1) Protect a woman's right to choose. 2) Eliminate barriers to full equality for the GLBT community in Virginia. 3) Curtail industrial damage to the environment. I will oppose imposition of regulations limiting access to abortion (such as we have seen recently in Ohio, North Carolina, and Texas). I will promote reproductive health education and funding. I will seek the repeal of Virginia's anti-marriage amendment to its constitution. I will support legislation giving local governments more options to protect their air and water.

My DFA Values

As a past member of the county Community Services Board, I know from first-hand experience that community is the cornerstone of providing care and decent quality of life to those with developmental challenges, as well as those with physical disability and substance dependence problems. Home-based care must be balanced with group homes and as much family support as is possible. Everyone should have the chance to live in a welcoming neighborhood, with the help they need to make that so. Security will grow as our nation moves ahead as a leader in STEM education. Too much emphasis is placed now on standardized testing, and not enough advanced topics. Everyone should be educated, but not everyone will accomplish the same educational goals. We must provide each person the chance to reach their potential. Investment in security should continue to provide a strong national defense, but true security requires more. We must evolve our entire economy so it isn't left behind as new energy sources, new technologies, and new health options become available. Liberty suffers when social policy overrides pragmatism in our government. Personal freedom is the most precious form. A woman's right to control her body (and a man's) must be the cornerstone of our entire philosophy of freedom. Until that is guaranteed, all other forms of liberty are, at best, incomplete.

My Campaign is People Powered!

I have personally knocked on 30,000 doors for campaigns. Meeting people one-on-one is the best way to make contact in a district with 55,000 registered voters (about 20,000 of whom will actually vote this year). Today, I spoke at a meeting of politically active people at my district's largest senior-living community. About 100 people were there. Some volunteered to help me, with calls, events, or donations. Earlier, I started a PAC aimed at finding and eradicating hate in the offices of elected officials. One of our targeted officials is now under investigation by his own governmental body and will probably be sanctioned for his hate-based activities. Three other local activists and I started that project, which has gained lots of local support and spawned at least one similar effort. These are forms of leadership-by-example, which I believe is the only effective kind, and is the kind I will use forever.

Voice support

Supporters:

  • Joan Johnson
  • Jennifer Payson
  • Andrew Wexton
  • James Izurieta
  • Travis Waddle
  • Tom Goldsmith, VA
  • Shanyn Ronis
  • Jan Bidwell
  • Jennifer Behr, OR
  • Steves Miller
...and 43 more.


About the Endorsement Process

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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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