During my tenure as a legislator, my approach was simple: Utilize a common sense and practical approach to arrive at real solutions for Virginians. I am running for Delegate to restore this common sense approach in Richmond. My priorities are to focus on growing jobs and the economy, transportation improvements, and the quality of our children’s education to create a better quality of life for middle class Virginia families.
I am a proud father of three children, all of whom received education through the Virginia public school system. Three of my five grandchildren are currently enrolled in Stafford elementary schools. Prior to running for public office my wife, Kay, and I were also founding members of the Colonial Forge High School Parent Teacher Student Association and I was the school’s first PTSA president. During that time I grew to understand the complexities and financial commitment required to provide a quality education.
As a former member of the House of Delegates Education Committee, I have spent a great deal of time working on and advancing legislation to benefit our children and improve their learning environment.
Safety first! Our schools must be safe and harassment free. We took steps to prevent harassment by passing anti-bullying legislation and implemented prevention education. Following the tragic death of 13 year old Gwyneth Griffin, at her middle school, from complications from a cardiac arrest, I worked with her family and received overwhelming bipartisan support to pass legislation that requires every teacher and high school student be trained in CPR. As a result, every year the Commonwealth will graduate 80 thousand CPR trained adults into our communities.
When elected I will continue to champion legislation that will provide a safe environment for our children to learn and grow into productive members of society. We need to expand the tools our schools have in order to prevent those tragedies that we see too often on the news.
Transportation issues represent the single greatest challenge facing Prince William and Stafford residents. Each day commuters and those who travel in our community waste thousands of hours sitting in traffic. Just going to the grocery store can be a time consuming challenge. I commute 30 miles north on I-95 into Northern Virginia to work and I recognize the detriment these problems are to our quality of life, our economic productivity, and our safety on the roads.
Safety first! There is another reason why these transportation issues are the most important to me. In 2004 I lost my daughter, Emily, to a tragic car accident on Mountain View Road in Stafford. This tragedy inspired me to get involved in politics and to focus on safer roads by making transportation a priority in both Stafford and the Commonwealth. If you would like to hear more about my position on Transportation issues please watch my videos on YouTube speaking on the House floor http://www.youtube.com/user/DelMDudenhefer.
While in Richmond, we were also able to pass real transportation funding reform that gave us the desperately needed dollars to build and expand our roads. The revenue raised cannot be used for anything except transportation infrastructure. Unfortunately, much of the funding that was in place when I left office has been removed because of patrician politics in Richmond. Our current representative has failed to fight for restoration of the necessary funding that will leave the Courthouse Rd. Interchange without commuter parking, I-95 not widened to 6 lanes as promised and pushing to the distant future another bridge over the Rappahannock River. I will fight to restore transportation funding that our region was promised.
I will champion legislation that will:
A) Reduce congestion and traffic.
B) Increase access to alternative forms of transportation.
C) Make our roads safer for our families.
D) Upgrade and increase maintenance on secondary roads.
During my tenure I worked hard to ensure that Virginia remains the best place to do business. Under the conservative leadership of the Speaker, we enacted policies that had lowered Virginia’s unemployment rate, balanced the budget, and put money into the Rainy Day Fund.
Less regulation, investments in transportation and education, passing a balanced budget, and Virginia’s status as a right-to-work state are the recipe for job growth and a strong economy. Because of pro-growth and business efforts I have received an A+ from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the highest ranking from our Prince William Chamber of Commerce.
As your delegate, creating jobs for our families in Stafford and Prince William Counties will be a top priority of mine every day in Richmond.
Military and Veterans
Thirty years of service in the Marine Corps, where I retired at the rank of Colonel, revealed to me firsthand the sacrifice and service our men and women in uniform provide us. As a member of the Veteran’s Caucus, I work closely with veterans groups and the Department of Veterans Services to formulate policy that benefits the thousands of veterans and active duty service members who reside in the Commonwealth.
I work for you! My door is always open to assist you in any way possible. I will never forget where I came from and I pledge that I will perform my duties ethically and with honor.