Candidate Profile: Mike Mullin (District 93)
Mike Mullin is the Democratic candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates District 93. His name will appear on the ballot on November 2.
Candidate: Mike Mullin
Race: Virginia District 93 Delegate House
Biography: Mike Mullin first arrived on the peninsula as a 17-year-old freshman at Christopher Newport University. He loved the city so much that he knew he wanted to raise his family there. After studying law at the Catholic University, he returned to the region to do just that. A proud father of three sons, he now lives in Newport News and works to make the Peninsula a better place.
As a delegate from the 93rd District, he represents residents of Newport News, Williamsburg, James City County and York County. When the Virginia House of Delegates is not in session, Mullin is a Deputy Commonwealth Attorney for the City of Hampton and a Certified Gang Investigator by the Association of Virginia Gang Investigators.
Why should Virginians re-elect you to the Virginia House of Delegates?
Since my election in 2016, I have been one of Richmond’s most effective lawmakers. I carried 33 bills which are now laws. I should get re-elected because I helped cap the price of insulin at $ 50 and voted to expand Medicaid so that over half a million Virginians can have health insurance.
In addition, I have always defended educators and properly funded our schools. I helped push through a 5% pay rise for teachers, and recently we got $ 250 million to fund school infrastructure in the US bailout.
Finally, I have always put my goal of keeping my community safe at the top of my agenda. I passed two bills, which helped dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline, I passed the first version of Virginia’s red flag laws to remove firearms from people who have had a personal protection order against them, and I passed the bill that abolished the death penalty.
I should be re-elected because I listen to the 93rd District and I will continue to do all I can to improve the lives of my constituents and all Virginians. I have proven time and time again that I am a steward who gets results and delivers for Virginia.
What do you hope to accomplish, if elected?
I intend to continue to build on the work we have done so far in the Legislature. First, I want to continue to do whatever I can to continue to keep our community safe. This is something that I made a commitment to in Richmond and something that I showed both in the courtroom and in the state house. We passed the first version of a red flag law in Virginia that removes guns from the hands of a person with a protection order filed against them.
Second, I want to develop our work to support teachers and our education system. We have passed a historic 5% increase in teachers’ salaries, but a 5% increase is still not enough. Teachers in Virginia Should Be Better Paid and Supported! I want to continue to increase teacher pay across the Commonwealth so that we go from the bottom to the top of the country. We also made significant investments in school infrastructure during the 2021 special session, and we need to continue these investments. We need to build a truly equitable education system in Virginia. Every child deserves the same opportunities and resources across Virginia.
Finally, I want to extend paid leave to every Virginian in the Commonwealth. Of the. Elizabeth Guzman, my fellow Democrats and I passed the first version of a paid vacation law in Virginia for frontline healthcare workers and first responders at the start of the pandemic. It was a milestone in Virginia, but there are still too many families at risk of unemployment, eviction or worse because their jobs don’t guarantee paid medical or family leave. This question is very personal to me.
What is the most important issue facing your district and what is your position on it?
From what I have heard in my district, people are concerned that we will not end the pandemic as quickly as possible. Whether it’s schools that stay open or keeping businesses open for in-person events, people are concerned that we may have to return to the state of Virginia in 2020. My position is very simple: Everyone must get vaccinated as soon as possible. they are capable of. The only way to ensure that small businesses stay open and our children stay safe in school is to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible.
What is your position on Virginia’s overall response to the coronavirus pandemic, and what could you have done differently?
Virginia’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has been effective due to our strong leadership in Richmond and Virginians doing their part to mask themselves and get vaccinated. No disaster response is perfect, but we’ve worked hard to protect the most vulnerable and keep our economy afloat without ever cutting services. I think one thing we could have done better on is the initial deployment of the vaccine, which I think could have been done more efficiently. Overall, however, we are fortunate to have the only governor in the country who is a doctor, and I am still proud of how Virginia responded to the initial pandemic.
What are the top three problems created by the coronavirus pandemic in your district, and how would you plan to solve them?
Many people in the 93rd District and in Virginia have been affected by the pandemic, not only by those who have lost their lives to COVID-19 or are still experiencing the lingering effects of COVID-19, but it has profoundly affected health. mentality of a lot of people. With the majority of us staying indoors and working remotely, the mental health of many Virginians has been greatly affected. We must work to make access to treatment for mental health more readily available across Virginia.
Another issue is the pressure the hospitality and tourism industry has felt due to the pandemic. The peninsula is home to the historic Triangle, with Colonial Williamsburg and Yorktown and numerous hotels and restaurants; they all took some hard knocks throughout 2020 and into 2021. We must continue to listen to the needs of this industry and help where we can by directing American Rescue Plan Act funds to help stabilize and rebuild.
This last problem is related to the second: We are still seeing a shortage of retail and restaurant workers following the layoffs due to the pandemic because workers are not valued enough. During the 2021 legislative session, we allocated $ 25 million to the Rebuild Virginia Grant program to help businesses affected by the pandemic. While this has been helpful in keeping businesses afloat, the cause of the shortage of workers is simple: they are not being paid enough. We asked ordinary people who work in retail to come during a global pandemic and did not pay them a living wage. The way we are solving the worker shortage in Virginia is to pay employees a living wage.