As a young Republican staffer in the early 1990s, the book “Restore the Dream” had a profound impact on Val and became the foundation of her views and priorities. These priorities are rooted in the Contract with America platform that led to the Republican revolution of 1994. Based on the Reagan Doctrine of accountability, responsibility, opportunity, deregulation, tax cuts, balanced budgets, and social reform, Val came to embrace this platform, which to this day, guides her views as a social moderate and fiscal conservative.
Val’s priority is to foster the conditions that help reverse the ongoing exodus of people and businesses from the district and state. District 10 has terrific advantages, including geography, proximity to the third-largest US city, multi-modal infrastructure, two top 10 universities, excellent schools, and an affordable cost of living. The region should be a global commercial and residential magnet. Yet, the exodus continues due to fiscal mismanagement, rising taxes, and an unfriendly business climate. To fix this predicament, Val wants to focus on three critical initiatives - diversify and attract new economy Jobs, improve Educational outcomes, and reduce the Tax burden (JET). If executed well, these initiatives can quickly reverse the exodus, and people and companies will “JET IN.” However, if these conditions do not change, they will continue to “JET OUT” of District 10, to more favorable resident and business-friendly geographies.