The stakes within the upcoming gubernatorial election couldn’t be larger for college students in Virginia, and our selection on Nov. 7 is evident. Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam — a military physician, a pediatric neurologist and a public servant — envisions a Virginia that works for everybody, the place our values are safe and we’re regularly shifting in direction of progress. Conversely, President Donald Trump-backed former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie has spent his life working towards college students’ pursuits, with an in depth file of lobbying and consulting for main companies on the expense of Virginians. His shady file and lobbying efforts for the rich present the place Gillespie’s priorities as governor would lie.
Specific to college students, focuses on elevating instructor pay, increasing entry to early childhood packages, bolstering group faculty methods and workforce improvement and bettering tutorial achievement for college students. As a former professor, state senator and Lt. Governor with a file of defending Virginia’s public schooling system, Northam is proudly by the Virginia Education Association. He has forged tie-breaking towards disastrous personal faculty vouchers and constitution faculties, and continues to push for elevated faculty funding. Furthermore, Northam understands the significance of upper schooling within the Commonwealth firsthand — he’s a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and Eastern Virginia Medical School, and his daughter is an alumna of the University.
The Gillespie schooling plan, nevertheless, is a replica of the flawed DeVos-Trump , which focuses on faculty vouchers, cuts funding for faculties in want and shifts public into unaccountable personal organizations. The DeVos household alone has contributed $105,000 in out-of-state to the Gillespie marketing campaign. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has additionally introduced rollbacks of protections for college students who’ve been survivors of badual badault on campuses, a choice The Cavalier Daily lambasted in its Oct. 14 . With exterior cash pouring in to affect Virginia’s schooling system, it’s clear that Gillespie’s proposed schooling plan places particular pursuits above college students.
Worse but, Gillespie has made a whole lot of hundreds of working to make pupil loans costlier and for insurance policies which might make it tougher for Virginia’s college students to go to school. During the 2000s, Gillespie lobbied for Bank of America and the personal pupil mortgage lender Nelnet to kill laws which might have taken cash away from predatory pupil mortgage corporations. Gillespie has labored for Enron, mbadive banks and predatory pupil mortgage corporations, however by no means college students.
This election is especially necessary to the University and its college students because the governor appoints the Board of Visitors, which has unparalleled management of our public schools and universities throughout the Commonwealth. This November, college students throughout Virginia should reject company pursuits and lobbyists in schooling. Students can not afford to elect a governor who has actively fought to place the pursuits of predatory pupil mortgage corporations, particular pursuits and the D.C. swamp forward of reducing prices for faculty college students and increasing entry to public schooling. We can not badist Trump’s candidate for governor.
Consider that profession lobbyist Gillespie’s more and more determined and marketing campaign is at present in with Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors — whose disgusting and divisive rhetoric has amplified the voices of white supremacists all through the Commonwealth — to obtain his endorsement on the encouragement of Steve Bannon and different Trump aides. This comes on the heels of false and deceptive that attempt to inaccurately hyperlink Northam with MS-13 and play on adverse, bigoted stereotypes of the Latinx group. Similarly, Gillespie’s tax plan — which mirrors the failed insurance policies enacted in — can be a catastrophe for Virginia and supply tax cuts for the wealthy. Even Republicans have referred to as Gillespie’s plan “” and comprised of “phony math.” Gillespie can also be an enormous proponent of banning abortion and defunding Planned Parenthood. He has even acquired the of National Right to Life — the identical group that supported Virginia’s transbadl ultrasound invoice launched by Republican Lt. Governor candidate and State Sen. Jill Vogel.
In juxtaposition, Northam has a confirmed monitor file of appearing on progressive values, enacting optimistic modifications which straight have an effect on the lives of scholars. From his time as a state senator, Northam was profitable in a prohibition on smoking in eating places, provisions to the well being of the Chesapeake Bay and for pupil athletes with head accidents. He additionally launched a number of payments at defending girls from intrusive laws on abortion, safeguard LGBTQ Virginians from discrimination and lay the groundwork for of renewable power throughout the state. Together with Gov. Terry McAuliffe, this administration has boosted Virginia’s economic system, decreased unemployment to its since 2008 at three.eight % and created nearly 200,000 new jobs prepared for the challenges of the 21st century.
In September, the chair of the College Republicans that “Northam needs to prove he’s focused on the Commonwealth.” Northam has been and continues to do precisely this. We want a governor who isn’t afraid to tackle the scholar mortgage trade with an schooling plan that can increase entry — not one who has gotten wealthy making it tougher and costlier to go to school. We want a frontrunner who will appoint leaders to the Board of Visitors with a optimistic, progressive imaginative and prescient for the University. We want a frontrunner who is able to work for the residents of the Commonwealth, not for Trump and company pursuits. On Nov. 7, college students should elect Ralph Northam.
Brett Curtis is a fourth-year Curry and Batten graduate pupil and President of the University Democrats.