HOW CAN WE IMPROVE OUR COMMUNITY TOGETHER?
As a graduate of I.C. Norcom High and Virginia Union University, a historically Black University in Richmond, Nadarius knows the importance of a good education.
In the wake of COVID-19, we need to ensure that schools at every level have the funding and resources for students to return to school safely. Additionally, Nadarius knows that many teachers make up the deficit in adequate funding out of their own, under-paid pockets. He will fight for teachers to receive adequate pay for themselves and sufficient funds for their classrooms.
Nadarius also understands that college isn't for everyone and that especially in Hampton Roads, we need stronger investments in vocational programs and trade schools so everyone has access to a premier education and a chance at a decent livelihood.
For Nadarius, the fight for climate justice is personal. As the youngest person on the ballot in Virginia this year, Nadarius is personally interested in the future of this planet. Born and raised in the Tidewater region, Nadarius has seen the disastrous impact of climate change and rising sea levels in the Chesapeake, Norfolk, and Portsmouth region.
While incumbent Steve Heretick has taken over $30,000 from Dominion Energy, Nadarius opposes continued construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline and pledges never to take fossil fuel money. He will support green infrastructure initiatives like the ones found in HB 2292 that would put a moratorium on all new fossil fuel projects by 2022.
Nadarius got his start in political organizing as an advocate for racial justice and he will continue to prioritize this issue in the House of Delegates. He will also fight for inclusive entrepreneurship, offering opportunities for people historically left out of government incentive programs, and education credits to open up opportunities for all Virginians.
Nadarius supports financial reparations to the descendents of slaves and supports initiatives to utilize the emerging marijuana industry to invest wealth in communities decimated by the war on drugs.
Across the south, 1,747 monuments celebrating the confederacy still stand in public view. Nadarius not only supports the removal of these statues, but their replacement with celebrated Black leaders and heroes of Virginia such as decorated war hero Sgt. William Harvey Carney and union spy Mary Richards Bowser.
Too many Black and Brown people are subject to a criminal legal system that is anything but just. Nadarius supports common sense, humane reform to our policing system. Incumbent Steve Heretick voted against HB 5099, also known as "Breonna's Law", which would end no-knock warrants in Virginia, the same kind of warrant that brought a tragic end to Breonna Taylor’s life.
Nadarius also supports ending qualified immunity and investing in alternative dispute resolution for the safety of our community.
Nadarius knows medical and health care is a fundamental right, and that it must be made available to every citizen under a universal, single payer program. Nadarius is particularly concerned about the mortality rate of Black and Indigenous mothers and the disparate impact of Covid-19 on Virginians of color.
Black and Indigenous mothers are two to three times more likely to die in childbirth than white mothers. Black, Latino, and Indigenous Americans have suffered hospitalization and mortality rates at 2-4 times and 2-3 times that of white Americans, respectively. This is unacceptable. Nadarius will fight for health equity for all Virginians.
Four of the top ten highest eviction cities in America are found in the Hampton Roads area. Nadarius believes we need statewide rent control and stronger investments in public housing. Additionally, Nadarius supports expanding tenants’ rights to ensure no Virginian is taken advantage of by predatory landlords.
Safe working conditions, good pay, and strong benefits were at their peak in this country when the labor movement was at its strongest. Virginia is ready for the next great labor movement. Nadarius has learned from, and organized alongside, labor leaders from all over the country and he will continue this advocacy in the House of Delegates. In particular, Nadarius will fight to repeal Virginia’s disastrous Right to Work laws and join other states like Maryland in establishing a $15.00 an hour minimum wage.
Nadarius brings the perspective of a community organizer and an expert in Democratic field organizing to the education and dissemination of the COVID vaccine. Nadarius will fight for a State Vaccine Field Initiative to educate citizens one-on-one in their own communities to ensure everyone understands the safety and importance of this vaccine.
ECONOMY AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Due to red lining, zoning, and other civil segregation measures across Hampton Roads, so much of Virginia’s economic struggle is connected to racial discrimination. Nadarius will fight to provide resources to areas most in need of economic investment, and ensure that these resources support the communities, not outside corporations as an avenue to gentrify our neighborhoods.
Additionally, Nadarius supports massive investments to repair and modernize the Tidewater’s infrastructure. In the face of a changing climate and rising sea levels, this would additionally spur new economic growth by creating thousands of good-paying jobs.