Why I’m Running

As a Navy commander, my philosophy was simple:
“Be Good, Do Good Work.”

That’s what most Americans wake up in the morning and try to do– for their family, their career, and the people they care about. Because in America if you work hard and play by the rules, you expect that you and your family will have an opportunity to succeed.

But today, too many Americans are working hard and getting less. That’s because politicians in Washington aren’t looking out for them.   That’s why I am running for Congress.

I am running for Congress to fight for the families of coastal Virginia.  The core values of Security, Equality, and Prosperity will serve as my compass in representing the people of Virginia’s 2nd District:


Security not only means that we are providing for the common defense of our nation—and have a strong and ready military to ensure the security of our citizens.

Security means that we are healthy—and have reliable and affordable choices in healthcare.

Security means that we are secure in our neighborhoods—that we do not fear for our safety or that our children are kept safe in their schools. To do this, we must implement universal background checks on all gun sales, prohibit the sale of assault weapons, and repeal the Dickey Amendment so that the CDC can study gun violence. See Elaine’s full position here.

Security means that we keep our obligations to our parents— and preserve Social Security and Medicare that generations have collectively built as promises made to provide and care for those who have worked so hard.

Security means that we must protect our environment— so that we, along with future generations, can breathe fresh air and drink clean water.

Security means that we are secure in our homes—that we have the means and resources to provide stable housing for our families.

Security means that we protect the weakest among us—that we promote, protect, and defend animal welfare by enforcing strict prohibitions on animal cruelty, horse slaughter, and inhumane testing practices.


Equality means that we are all guaranteed to be treated equitably — regardless of our sex, gender identity, race, religion, or sexual orientation.

Equality means that no one should be made to feel unsafe at their workplace— whether that is in an office or on a warship— every American has the right to be unobstructed in their mission to do good work for our communities.

Equality means that every woman and every person of color has equal access to capital and equal pay for equal work.

Equality means that every child has access to a quality public education— from pre-K to college or technical training— so that they have the tools they need to succeed later in life.

Equality means that every American has equal access to the ballot box— so that their voices can be heard and our Democracy remains responsive to the people.

Equality means that every woman has the autonomy to make their own healthcare choices and has access to quality reproductive healthcare.


Prosperity means that America is investing in our infrastructure— ensuring the safety and vitality of our roads, bridges, ports, tunnels, and rails.

Prosperity means that Americans have access to jobs with living wages and benefits— so that every family can build and save for future generations.

Prosperity means that America is investing in our future— with world-class educational opportunities so that our children can thrive in a global marketplace.

Prosperity means that every American can afford to see a doctor when they are sick and are not one car crash away from financial hardship.

Prosperity means that we protect and preserve our planet for future generations— by incentivizing green innovation.

Prosperity means that we protect and preserve our democracy— from enemies foreign and domestic— to safeguard free and fair elections.