People First Leadership
I offer the kind of leadership that puts people first. The kind of leadership that consults with individuals and interest groups prior to making a decision, and stays informed as to the needs and wants of the people. Most people I talk with prioritize jobs, education and training, and quality of life. To read more about people first leadership, click HERE.
The most effective war on poverty is jobs. We need to continue to improve on providing jobs for our people and to make sure that no one who works has to live in poverty. I will work on legislation that provides a living wage to every Virginian. We need to continue to improve our major highways and roads to attract more businesses to settle here and to make it easier to get around the area. Our nearby ports are with one day’s travel of about 80% of US consumers via rail, road, and barge. We can continue to exploit that major resource by working with GateWay Virginia and similar initiatives. Our nearby ship building and ship repair industries provide high paying jobs for skilled workers in the trades. We need to make sure we are training those workers. Our district is home to one of the largest pork suppliers in the world. There are many opportunities for skilled production workers and other professionals right here in the district. Our district is home to hundreds of small and medium sized businesses and franchises with lots of opportunities for employment and for growth. I will support the workforce development activities necessary to train our people and match them up to real job opportunity. The state has a good system of “one-stop” workforce development centers but we need more of them in our district. Our immediate goal is to increase the minimum wage to provide a living wage for anyone who works. No one who works should live in poverty. For more on this click HERE.
- EDUCATION AND TRAINING
A longer term goal is to improve the quality and affordability of our education and career training programs. The most effective way to have more employers come to Virginia and to have more entrepreneurs willing to invest here is to have a well trained, well educated population. Therefore, I will continue to work on initiatives to improve on College and Career Technical Education initiatives in Virginia, and to look for new ways to improve schools and curricula. I will work toward improving teacher pay and working conditions, making higher education more affordable, and providing for pre-K opportunities that not only support working parents but also can help young developing minds start off on the right track. For more of my ideas for core curriculum click HERE. For more of my ideas on job training and CTE click HERE.
- QUALITY OF LIFE
Here in the Commonwealth, most of us enjoy a good life and a friendly environment. But we need vigilance in protecting that environment from those who would exploit our natural resources for short term profits. We need clean air, clean water, and open space. I will work to support clean energy initiatives and to find opportunities to fund solar, wind, and tidal power sources. Turning away from carbon-based fuels is inevitable, and will cause dislocations in employment. I will work toward making those dislocations less onerous by supporting job retraining as a priority in our workforce development activities. Making sure we maintain our roads, bridges, and related infrastructure is also essential to maintaining a quality lifestyle. So is infrastructure related to high speed internet access. I will support initiatives to provide affordable high speed internet to our rural areas. Of course, once we surpass our basic needs, quality of life can become quite subjective. For more of my ideas on how I can help our people improve their quality of life, click HERE.
- LEARN MORE ABOUT MY IDEAS
I maintain a blog and blog on many subjects that might interest voters. Please take a look at it and feel free to comment. For my blog click HERE.
"I support John Wandling for delegate because of his strong interest in improving educational opportunities for all our citizens." - Rebecca Mercer, former Principal of Smithfield High School