“I’m running for Delegate to help build a better future for my little boys, my family and for you and your families. I pledge to continue fighting for better schools, a sustainable transportation solution, new jobs and our vibrant small businesses and the Arlington values we all hold dear.”
Education: Delivering Accessible, Top Notch Schools and Protecting Teachers
The importance of education for all was a driving force behind Alfonso’s upbringing, with his mother dedicating her life to Arlington County Schools and supporting ESOL/HILT programs and educating the children of immigrants.
Alfonso recognizes that tomorrow’s leaders are in our local schools. It is imperative they all have equal access to a high-quality Virginia education.
Our investment in the future’s leading minds begins with good teachers – protecting and promoting them is a key part of the strategy to prepare our children for the 21st century economy.
Alfonso has consistently worked to honor our teachers with a professional wage so they don’t have to choose between making ends meet and serving our community.
Transportation and Transit: Smart, Sound Investments and Solutions to Curb Congestion
Alfonso believes we deserve to live in a community where transit is funded and transportation congestion is fixed.
Alfonso will fight to keep our fair share of transportation dollars in Northern Virginia, not shipped downstate.
Alfonso has years of experience working with Federal and State agencies to secure approval for large and small transportation projects.
He will continue to work tirelessly to promote smart growth policies and encourage transit opportunities in the region.
Alfonso has consistently supported efforts to properly fund transportation and transit efforts in Virginia and he has remained opposed to efforts by some to redirect general fund dollars to roads and off-ramps that should remain allocated to public schools, first responders and social services.
Energy and the Environment: Green Energy, Green Jobs and Safe Communities
Alfonso has an environmental law background. He worked on environmental justice issues in the Clinton White House, toxic remediation issues in the U.S. Senate, offshore drilling in the Kaine Administration and helped pass the Safe Drinking Water Act and Clean Air Act Reauthorizations as an environmental advocate in D.C.
Alfonso has consistently fought to reduce greenhouse gases and dangerous emissions in Virginia through energy efficiency programs and promote clean, renewable resources like biomass, wind and solar.
Based on his years of work on the Clean Air Act and Safe Drinking Water Act and his efforts to revitalize the Chesapeake Bay, Alfonso has a proven record of fighting to protect air and water quality for our families and communities.
He will continue to tirelessly advocate for and protect our environment from toxins and be a leading voice for conservation.
Civil Rights: Delivering on Diversity, Tolerance and Solidarity
Alfonso has been a leader in efforts to promote tolerance, compassion and protect the civil rights of others as inherent American values.
Alfonso will always fight to protect a woman’s right to choose, defend the civil rights of all Virginians and promote the value of collective bargaining in the workplace.
Prior to being elected to the House of Delegates, Alfonso worked diligently to fight off efforts in the General Assembly to pass a Constitutional Amendment banning gay marriage in Virginia. He has been a champion of LGBTQ rights in the House.
Raised by parents who walked the road of social justice advocacy, Alfonso had a role in drafting the first In-State Tuition briefing paper presented to Governor Mark Warner.
He has been recognized by his colleagues as the champion defending Latinos, immigrants, and New Americans from ugly and divisive attacks over his time in the General Assembly.
Alfonso has consistently fought for legislation to codify employment non-discrimination and allow local governments to have non-discrimination policies for their employees.
He is proud to have maintained a 100% rating with Equality Virginia, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, and the Virginia A.F.L.-C.I.O.
Jobs and Small Business:Creating Jobs, Sustaining and Supporting Small Business
As President Obama’s Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Alfonso understands the sacrifices and capital risks associated with opening and operating a small business.
He respects that small businesses account for over half of all jobs in the United States and are critical to growing the economy and creating new jobs for the 49th District.
Alfonso has consistently taken the lead in working to sustain the success of our diverse small businesses—from shops and restaurants on Columbia Pike to the retailers and merchants in Bailey’s Crossroads.
Alfonso served in the Kaine Administration as a Member of the Virginia Stimulus/Recovery Act Leadership Team and organized regional economic development summits with the Governors of Virginia and Maryland and the Mayor of Washington, D.C.
As the 3rd highest-ranking Democrat on the House Militia, Police, and Public Safety Committee, Alfonso has been one of the tireless champions in the House for sensible gun violence prevention legislation over the last eight years. Among other things, he has introduced numerous bills to address issues ranging from high capacity gun magazines to background checks to transfers at gun shows.
Alfonso led the fight in the House to close the “Charleston Loophole” on default proceed purchases of firearms in Virginia, which allows guns to end up in the hands of criminals who would otherwise be prevented from purchasing a firearm by a completed background check. In compliance with expert guidance from the FBI, his legislation would have closed that loophole by giving State Police five business days.
He has also regularly introduced legislation to make it a misdemeanor to allow a child four or younger to use a firearm.
A regular speaker at Moms Demand Action rallies and attendee at Coalition to Stop Gun Violence events, Alfonso has come out strongly for universal background checks, the one-gun-a-month rule, and closing gun sale loopholes. He has also consistently spoken out against the ease with which people can get a concealed carry permit in Virginia.