OPEN AND TRANSPARENT GOVERNMENT
The combination of Jenn’s passion for meaningful policy and her ability to see, hear, and listen to the challenges within her district has been a driving force for elevating her constituents’ voices. Jenn believes leaders must be accessible to their community and that transparency, accountability and lifting up community voices is key to good governance. Jenn wants to lead a transparent Virginia where all Virginians can participate in the democratic process. To achieve this, Virginia needs campaign finance reform to create greater transparency and accountability and to rebuild public trust and good government. Virginia is among the states with the weakest campaign finance laws.
As a working mom with young children, Jenn also knows the challenges of running for office while working and parenting two young children. The current system has inherent barriers that make it difficult for people to run for office due to their parental status, age, sex, race, and socioeconomic status. This limits diverse representation and participation in the legislative process. Our democracy is governed by, for, and of the people and it can only thrive when everyone can participate.
Jenn believes that we need comprehensive campaign finance reform and ethics regulations to restore faith in our open and transparent political system where everyone can contribute.
In the legislature, Jenn has fought to keep Virginia’s government ethical and accessible while operating a constituent-focused office. Jenn:
- Cosponsored bipartisan ethics reform legislation that limited gifts that elected officials could accept from lobbyists and businesses
- Cosponsored the law that created the Virginia Conflict of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council
- Supported a measure to create a comprehensive campaign finance reform committee
- As a member of the Committee on Privileges and Elections, Jenn also supported campaign finance reform bills including:
- Limiting all campaign contributions from public utilities, like Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power
- Enacting campaign contribution limits.
- Creating more stringent rules for banning personal use of campaign finance funds, with the exception of child care costs
- Introduced legislation to make sure Virginians were not overpaying for utilities while public utilities were overearning
As Governor, Jenn will:
- Ban contributions from regulated public utility monopolies
- Prohibit the use of campaign funds for personal use except in the case of child care
- Empower the Ethics Council to investigate ethics violations in order to ensure accountability from our elected officials
- Limit the size of campaign contributions
- Promote accessibility – updating and reviewing regulatory notice and comment procedures to make the process more accessible to the community to ensure community voices and input are being heard and elevated