David Reid, who retired as a U.S. Naval Commander after 23 years in service and now owns his own small business, is the Democratic candidate for Delegate for Virginia’s 32nd District, in Loudoun County, Virginia.
David’s Story: For the first ten years of my life, my family and I lived without healthcare, so this issue is deeply personal to me. When my siblings and I moved to the Children’s Home, the healthcare professionals there wanted to remove my 16-year old sister’s teeth because her teeth were in such bad condition. I’m grateful for the healthcare I received at the Children’s Home and from my foster parents and know how important it is to improving quality of life. That is why you can count on me to fight for expanding access to healthcare to all Virginians.
Separately, as the first person in my family to earn a college degree, I know how important a college education is to breaking the cycle of poverty and providing a pathway to achieving the American Dream. In Richmond, I will fight against tuition increases, ensure we invest in higher education, and break the cycle of excessive student loan debt.
Bio: First person in family to attend college. US Naval Intelligence Officer for 23 years until 2011, when he honorably retired as Commander. While in the Navy, deployed to South Korea, Iceland, and a field deployment with the US Army. Participated in a NATO exercise on the USS Mount Whitney. Awarded the Navy Commendation Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal, and the Director of Central Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation. In addition, David has over 30 years of experience in strategic management, banking, global telecommunications, and the defense industry. In 2014, he founded his own small business, Rockbridge Consulting, which specializes in studies and analysis. Married to Barbara for 23 years. In Ashburn since 2000, with their 2 daughters, who attended Loudoun public schools and are now at UVA and Lynchburg College. David has coached and managed rec and travel soccer teams, and still serves as a certified referee. His wife and daughters have volunteered at the Loudoun Interfaith Relief food pantry. They attend Arcola United Methodist Church.
Issues: growing the regional economy; securing fair share of state funding; expanding access to healthcare; improve transportation and fix gridlock; full-day kindergarten in Loudoun County; college affordability; women’s rights; support diversity and freedom; energy independence; reducing gun violence; redistricting reform; combating animal cruelty.
David opposes increasing tolls: “we need to either implement ‘distance-based pricing’ …or purchase the Greenway …. My opponent accepts thousands of dollars …from toll road investors and then fails to co-patron legislation to reduce your toll burden. I will never put special interest money above the interests of you and your family.”
Opponent: Tag Greason, a “darling of the NRA,” took money from toll road investors and then refused to vote to reduce tolls. He voted: against expanding Medicaid in Virginia, against common sense gun safety, to defund Planned Parenthood, and to allow discrimination against same-sex couples. He also voted for the VA House resolution designating every January 22nd (the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision) as a “Day of Tears” (code for a “Day of Shaming” for families that had abortions for any reason, even to save the life of the mother).
Recent elections: This District voted for Hillary Clinton by a margin of 20.89% over Trump, and for Obama by 5.59% over Romney. The incumbent Republican Delegate barely won his reelection. Ashburn’s population is growing, and newcomers to an area don’t tend to recognize an incumbent’s name. David’s campaign is well organized, and can make good use of support.