A New Voice in the Old Dominion:
Join this teacher in reforming Richmond for our children and for us
Ronnie Ross is a teacher, coach, and school administrator who lives near Middleburg, Virginia. Ronnie and his wife Josie have one child: the almost year-old Ronnie. Jr.. In fact, it was the birth of his son and the encouragement of his wife that convinced Ronnie to run. He became deeply anxious about the world we were creating--and leaving--for not just little Ronnie, but for all of our children. When he mentioned to Josie that it would be difficult to run with an infant in the household, she responded with words he would never forget: “That’s fine. It will be hard. But, when it feels like too much, you can always just look into your son’s eyes and know why you’re doing this.”
Where does Ronnie stand?
Education is an investment in our economic future, yes, but it is also so much more than that. It is also an investment in our children as citizens and human beings. Our schools can prepare students for an uncertain, competitive economic future while at the same time treating them as more than a score on a test.
Ronnie is a conservationist who believes in science and recognizes that climate change is a clear and present danger to our communities and our world. He rejects the false choice of choosing between growing the economy and protecting our planet; green jobs are good jobs. However, he also realizes that there are no overnight fixes to our environmental situation. Yes, we need to focus on short-term stop gaps, but we also need to work on long-term solutions, especially in regards to energy, transportation, and land use.
Healthcare is a basic human right; it is not a privilege for those who can afford it. This year, Virginia became the 33rd state to pass Medicaid expansion. This is an excellent start, but we can do so much more. Currently, our healthcare system still fails to ensure that all of our citizens have access to the medical care they need, including dental and mental health coverage. Moreover, it is also excessively expensive.