While working on a collaborative effort between CHIP of Roanoke and Virginia Tech to study how low income affects kindergarten preparedness, I began to understand the struggles many Virginians face in growing up poor and how the majority of impoverished individuals cannot rise above food security let alone financial security.
Since then, I have had little hope for change and have been frustrated with my representative, Dave Brat. Congressman Brat’s loyalty to wealthy constituents and willful, unabashed, detachment from large segments of Chesterfield County is hurting families. Poverty is hazardous for children impacting health and learning. The south has the greatest number of low-income families.
Thankfully, Abigail Spanberger, who is running for Congress in Virginia’s 7th District, understands the need for life-saving programs like Medicaid and CHIP. She has used facts to drive action and policy professionally and if elected, I believe she will start giving priority to those in most need and preserve vital support organizations so children can reach their maximum potential regardless of income.
Editor’s Note: This letter was originally published in the Blackstone Courier-Record and has been reposted here with the author’s permission.
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