“President Obama said, ‘Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.’ We are the ones we’ve been waiting for to create the change we need in our communities throughout District 100.”
– Finale Johnson Norton
Finale’s Priorities for Norfolk and the Eastern Shore
Education is how we all rise. Our children deserve safe schools and training that prepares them for our technologically advanced landscape. The challenge of remote learning has shown us how critical it is that we accelerate broadband infrastructure expansion. We need reliable, affordable high-speed internet that’s available to students throughout our rural and urban communities.
Fair pay for a day’s work shouldn’t be the exception — it should be the norm. The pandemic has shown us that the nature of work and workplaces have changed. With greater connectivity, we can bring better-paying remote and in-person jobs to our area. We need to prepare our community members with the skills to take advantage of this opportunity.
It’s imperative that we work toward a green economy with well-paying jobs that are focused on fighting the effects of climate change and protect our way of life here in the Chesapeake Bay region. We need policies that support clean drinking water and clean energy, along with responsible aquaculture and agriculture. Legislation should ensure that public utilities play fair.
Too many families face financial ruin because of the sky high cost of healthcare – our system must put people over profit. We need patient advocacy programs that promote better care for our seniors and for any patient who needs help navigating the complex medical environment. What’s more, our healthcare workers deserve additional resources and pay that acknowledges their essential contributions.
Infrastructure and Broadband
Just as important as roads and bridges, broadband infrastructure is the key to bringing greater prosperity to District 100. All of our urban and rural communities need reliable internet in order to participate in the 21st-century economy. And, as the pandemic has taught us, it’s essential for our children’s education. We have to prioritize and expand access to affordable internet service.