Yesli Vega discusses issues facing Virginians ahead of election

The Prince William County Supervisor challenges Democratic incumbent Abigail Spanberger in the race for the 7th congressional district.

ORANGE, Virginia – Editor’s note: This is part of a series of candidate profiles leading up to Election Day. Come back daily for additional candidate profiles, including Vega’s challenger, Abigail Spanberger.

The race for Virginia’s 7th congressional district between Democratic incumbent Abigail Spanberger and GOP newcomer Yesli Vega is expected to be close, but many of their views couldn’t be more polarized.

A chance to debate their political platforms was crushed after a scheduled debate was cancelled.

Vega said she plans to use her experience as Prince William County supervisor, a role she assumed in January 2020, to guide her priorities in Congress. She thinks economic challenges are the number one issue facing Virginians, with rising gas prices and even more expensive groceries.

“We keep printing money that we don’t have and sending money to all these places when we need it badly here,” she said when asked what she was up to. would do to help reduce inflation. “We owe it to the American people to be good stewards of their tax dollars.”

As a supervisor, Vega has described herself as a “tax hawk” who opposes raising taxes.

Critics have since argued his stance against reckless spending and his stance on student loan forgiveness after reporters revealed Vega filed for personal bankruptcy more than a decade ago, which included loan debt. student.

“Look, I was 24,” Vega added. “I was a small business owner with my husband and it happened in the last recession where businesses were pushed out of the market because of the real estate market. That’s what happened.”

Early in her campaign, after her first win, Vega was pushed back by remarks she made that were caught on audio, which appeared to cast doubt on how often rape victims get pregnant. The topic of abortion is the third biggest issue for Democratic voters in Virginia, according to a recent survey by Christopher Newport University. For Republicans, however, the top three issues are the economy, immigration and crime.

Spanberger capitalized on Vega’s remarks by pushing him in political ads.

Vega highlighted how she supported the overturning of Roe v. Wade and returned the decision to the States.

“I’m pro-life, but I believe in three exceptions: mother’s life and rape and incest,” Vega said.

Vega is also a big advocate for law enforcement and supports fully funding police departments and addressing recruitment and retention issues. Most recently, she hosted a “Back the Blue” rally in Orange, Virginia.

“How can you fight crime when you don’t have enough officers?” said Vega. “We certainly need to ensure that police departments are fully funded to attract and recruit talent and retain those who have been there for a long time.”

Much of his campaign recently involves conversations about parental rights, particularly after Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin proposed changes to education policy that would change how trans students are treated in schools.

As part of the 2022 model policies released by the Virginia Department of Education, the new rules state that students are only allowed to use bathrooms and locker rooms based on their biological sex. Students can only compete on track teams that match their sex assigned at birth. Teachers and staff may only refer to students by their names and pronouns associated with their records, unless instructed otherwise by a parent.

Youngkin spoke about how parents should be better informed about conversations surrounding their child’s gender and sexual orientation. Vega agrees with the governor despite arguments that the policy is discriminatory.

“It protects children,” she said. “He treats children with dignity and respect, but he lets parents know what’s going on with their children.”

Vega has also focused on border issues during her campaign. Although she did not provide specific solutions, she says the country needs to better enforce the laws and reassess what to do with the migrants already here.

“I fully support securing the border and then talk about what we’re going to do with the people here,” she said.

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