HOW CAN WE IMPROVE OUR COMMUNITY TOGETHER?
Nadarius voted to fully fund public schools and wrote the bill to raise teacher pay in Virginia to the national average to attract and retain the best teachers. 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.
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.
As a member of the Virginia House Public Safety Committee, Nadarius has prioritized the training and retention of a strong police force in Hampton Roads.
He has secured funding for our local law enforcement and will work with local leaders to ensure they have the necessary resources to keep our communities safe.
MENTAL HEATH AND OUR YOUTH
As a mental health counselor servicing the entire Hampton Roads area, Nadarius understand that the mental health crisis in Virginia has gone unaddressed for far too long. And as the youngest members of the House of Delegates, Nadarius understands the pressure faced by our youth in today's social and political climate.
Nadarius is committed to fighting for more mental health resources in our schools and hospitals, in addition to better incentives to recruit and retain a strong mental health workforce in Virginia.
Like many Virginians, Nadarius Clark is a responsible gun owner who believes in common sense gun safety reforms that prioritize keeping our children safe.
He supports an assault weapons ban and universal background checks, and voted to ensure guns don’t get in the hands of dangerous individuals.
He knows we can implement a smart approach to gun safety that doesn’t infringe on our individual rights.
WOMEN'S RIGHTS AND ABORTION ACCESS
Ever since the Supreme Court's reversal of Roe v. Wade, Virginia has been teetering dangerously close to the elimination of one of our Commonwealth's most fundamental rights: the right to choose.
Nadarius Clark has a 100% record protecting a woman’s right to choose and co-sponsored an amendment to defend reproductive rights in Virginia. He will continue fighting to ensure our rights cannot be taken away by extreme politicians trying to ban abortion in Virginia, the last southern state where it's legal.
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.
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.
Nadarius knows medical and health care is a fundamental right, and that it must be made available to every citizen. Too many Virginians are burdened with debt from a private insurance system that takes advantage of our most vulnerable. We should not have to make the choice between life saving care, and bankruptcy.
Delegate Clark will fight to reduce the statute of limitations on medical debt so that families in our Commonwealth that have struggled to pay the bills don't have to worry about getting sued on top of trying to get back on their feet.
Furthermore, it is a known fact that 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.
For Nadarius, the fight for climate justice is personal. As the youngest delegate in the general assembly in 2021, Nadarius is personally interested in the future of this planet. Nadarius has seen the disastrous impact of climate change and rising sea levels across Hampton Roads.
He opposes continued construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline and pledges never to take fossil fuel money. Nadarius also opposes the price gouging on Virginia's utilities, and will stand up to fossil fuel industry leaders who overcharge working families, then pocket their overages.