Eugene Vindman on the Issues
Protecting Reproductive Rights – This past election in 2023 demonstrated that Virginians will not stand for their reproductive freedoms being taken away. I cannot imagine my daughter growing up in a world where women have fewer rights than the one that my wife and I grew up in. The bottom line is Donald Trump appointed justices to the Supreme Court who overturned Roe V. Wade, and if he is elected president a national ban could be enacted. We need someone with experience standing up to Trump to protect abortion rights in VA.
My cousin, who is an OB-GYN
In Congress, I will stand up to MAGA Republicans and protect a woman’s right to an abortion. These MAGA Republicans won’t just stop with just abortion. They’ve already promised to ban forms of birth control and fertility like IVF – and they want access to women’s private medical records to do it.
Guns – From Virginia Tech to Virginia beach, Virginia has seen some terrible mass shootings. It’s crucial that our kids feel safe in their schools, that we can go into our places of worship and not feel susceptible to gun violence. As someone who served in the military I know first hand the deadly impact weapons of war, like an AR-15, can have. I also know if we let MAGA Republicans take control of Congress, then they won’t budge an inch on this critical issue.
That’s why it’s time to pass universal background checks; close the gun show loophole; institute red flag laws nationally; and require training, certification, licensing and safe storage requirements nationally.
Safe storage is especially important in Virginia which has one of the highest proportions of veteran, active military, hunters and sportsmen. Many Virginians own firearms. Therefore, we must prioritize keeping Virginians safe with common sense solutions.
Immigration – My father came to America with less than $700 bucks in his pocket and was able to create a good life for myself and my brothers. We achieved the success we know today thanks to him. I believe that immigration has always been a strength for this nation and my story is a good example of this.For too long politicians in Washington have passed the buck, and that stops now. We need fair, safe and strong immigration reforms.
Preserving Democracy – When my brother and I blew the whistle on President Trump after he attempted to extort President Zelesnky in Ukraine into investigating his political rival, we knew we were sacrificing our military career but we knew it was the right thing to do. Preserving Democracy in the face of Authoritarian leadership whether at home or abroad. Whether it’s Donald Trump using the office of the presidency for political retaliation or Vladmir Putin’s illegal war that he’s waging in Ukraine, I will always stand for the people and stand for Democracy.
LGBT Rights – I am proud to be an ally for LGBT rights. Part of our nation’s creed is commitment to equality for all under the law. If we are not protecting those among us who have historically been most vulnerable, we are not being true to fundamental values. I am committed to ensuring that all Americans are treated with dignity and respect.
Support For Ukraine – This issue is deeply personal to me not just because of my heritage but because of my life’s work to protect our own national security. Our nation must do much more to support Ukraine in Russia’s illegal war, and we must also continue to denounce the human rights atrocities that are being committed by the Russians. This support means financial and military resources. If we let up, Putin wins. It’s that simple. Russia must be defeated to restore Ukraine’s territorial integrity and re-establish a rules-based order which will dissuade other autocrats from attacking their weaker neighbors. Ultimately, this is about keeping U.S. armed forces from having to be boots on the ground in Europe, Asia or elsewhere down the road.
My Opinion Story from USA Today on Necessity to Support Ukraine’s ongoing Efforts
VA-07 Priorities – On a national level, I am hearing that voters in my district are passionate about women’s reproductive rights and lowering the rising costs of living. Northern and Central Virginia is a diverse district both by way of demographics and geography; we need to expand access to rural broadband; improve public schools by making them safe and high quality, pay teachers more to recruit the best and create a pipeline to top colleges and industry; we also need to improve infrastructure in NOVA including improving I-95 with expansion and multi-modal transport; and finally, we need need to look at affordability issues for working class families.
* Agriculture: In Northern and Central Virginia Agriculture is a critical issue. Farmers throughout the region are not only pivotal to our local economies but they also keep our communities fed. Agriculture is also important in the non-rural, urban and exurban portion of VA-07, where local residents rely on nutritional assistance stewarded by their member of congress. Therefore, I will be a consistent advocate in Congress for family farms that produce crops and maintain livestock, and I will work with local officials on conservation and open space preservation.
* Book Bans: From Spotsylvania to Madison and King George, Viginian families are dealing with the rising threat of MAGA extremists on school boards who are actively banning books on the holocaust and slavery to satisfy a false flag political agenda with an authoritarian bent. As the next Congressman from this area, I will work tirelessly with localities to ensure that my time in office is a threat to extremism everywhere.
* Access to Rural Broadband: In our modern society, individual and community access to broadband is an absolute necessity. It is critical that our federal representation steps in, learns from individual communities what their needs are, and then delivers for them in Washington through continued investment in infrastructure. It’s about tackling the digital divide and ensuring our rural communities can participate in our 21st century economy.