Schuyler is an active public school teacher – the only K-12 teacher currently serving in the General Assembly. Elected in 2017, he has fought to increase our investment in the public school system and our voting rights.
Healthcare is at the basis of our daily lives. If that wasn’t clear to all Virginians before 2020, the COVID-19 Pandemic showed us that access to high-quality, affordable care is essential to the well-being of our Commonwealth. Schuyler believes that expanding medicaid in 2018 – which gave access to more than 400,000 low-income people – was the most important vote he took as a delegate. However, from the high price of prescription drug prices to the gap between rural communities and wealthy ones, there are still many obstacles to fight.
Every woman should be allowed to consult with her doctor and make her own reproductive healthcare decisions. Whether she says no to an unwanted pregnancy or yes to becoming a parent, her choices should be free of punishment, judgement, or political interference like Virginia’s Targeted Restrictions on Abortion Providers (or TRAP regulations). Schuyler is prepared to fight back against any threats to reproductive healthcare—including dangerous abortion bans—and will defend and protect access to safe, legal abortions in Virginia.
Even while serving the people of the 72nd district, Schuyler continues to teach in Virginia’s public school system. Every day he sees first-hand that this community values a strong, public education. As delegate, he sat on the commission for school safety in 2018, helped raise teacher pay by 5% in 2017, and increased access to school counselors in 2019. However, we still need to make historic investments in our schools and make the system more equitable. This includes hiring support staff, reducing the cost of higher education, and increasing state support for the first time since the Recession.
Last session, Virginia became the first state to pass a voting rights act in this country, and Schuyler was proud to cast his vote in favor of the Virginia Voting Rights Act. This legislation increased access to the ballot box for all Virginians, expanding early voting and voting by mail infrastructures. While dangerous restrictions on voting rights emerge across the nation, Schuyler believes we must work as hard as we can to provide civics education and paths to participation–because when more people vote, our democracy is better.
Virginia can and must be a more equitable place to live for all families and all people, including people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals. Schuyler is ready to defend equal rights and fight for fair opportunities. He has and will continue to advocate for anti-discrimination legislation and fair housing laws, making sure that it is no longer legal in Virginia to fire a person from a job, deny them a loan, or refuse them service based on their sexuality or gender identity. He will also ensure that we contend with our long and ugly history of racial oppression, discrimination, and disenfranchisement in order to build a better future for all.[/caption]
Virginia is capable of building an economic environment that provides equal opportunity for all. Schuyler has sponsored and worked on legislation to promote apprenticeship and job training programs, eliminate restrictive non-compete causes, and raise the minimum wage. He is passionate about building an economy that works for all Virginians, and bringing more good-paying jobs to Henrico county. Because the more people who can participate in our economy, the better off we all are.
There is no disputing the fact that climate change is happening. We are measuring the hottest months on record, and experiencing erratic, dangerous weather across the globe. But while protecting our planet is a necessity, Schuyler believes that we don’t have to sacrifice our economy in order to take urgent action. We can work toward a clean energy future byl investing in green energy innovations that will do three key things at once: protect our planet, reduce Virginians’ energy bills, and build new modern jobs.