Candidate Profile: Sean Perryman (Lieutenant Governor)
Sean Perryman is a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor of Virginia. his name will appear on the ballot on June 8 in the Democratic Party’s primary election.
Last name: Sean perryman
Race: Lieutenant Governor
Biography: Sean Perryman is the son of an immigrant father from Barbados and a mother born in isolated South Carolina. He grew up in a working class family, living between Brooklyn and Manassas.
Sean became the first in his family to attend college, attend Baruch College, and graduate from Vanderbilt Law School. From there, Sean launched a career as an attorney, working at law firms in Dallas and Washington, DC This part of Sean’s career ended in 2016, when his law firm assigned him to a case representing President Donald Trump, and he chose to stop in protest rather than having to defend Trump’s racism and hatred.
He found a new position on Capitol Hill, working for former Rep. Elijah Cummings as an investigator on the United States House Oversight and Reform Committee, where he helped hold the Trump administration accountable. .
In 2019, Sean became president of the Fairfax County NAACP, the youngest president in the chapter’s 102-year history. In this position, he quadrupled the number of paying section members and worked with local leaders to address the school-to-prison pipeline, secure emergency loans to black and Maroon-owned small businesses during the pandemic and rename Robert E. Lee High School. at John Lewis High School.
Why should Virginians elect you as lieutenant governor?
The Virginia Lieutenant Governor officially does nothing other than preside over the Virginia Senate and sever ties when the Virginia Senate splits a vote. For me, the Lieutenant Governor has a much bigger role to play as a leader of bold ideas and a leader within their party. I want to take this platform and take it to new heights to push for the urgent change we need to respond to the pandemic, economic hardships, racial injustice, the climate crisis, and more again.
I have experience as a racial justice activist on the ground leading my NAACP chapter, and have experience in government accountability working for former Rep Elijah Cummings in the United States House Committee on Oversight and Reform. I know how to push the conversations of those in power towards fairness because I have been doing it successfully for years. Simply put, Virginians should elect me because I have a new vision for lieutenant governor and the experience to get there.
What do you hope to accomplish, if elected?
There is much that Virginia can do to be a more compassionate and just place for all of us. I want to see us legalize marijuana the right way, with a quick and fair process, pass some common sense campaign finance reforms, repeal the ill-named ‘right to work’, expand broadband to reach all communities, replace our current climate plan with one that matches the urgency of the moment and provides green jobs, protects and expands the right to vote, and offers paid sick and family leave to all our workers. In general, I want to be a lieutenant governor who empowers ordinary people to make our government and our economy work for them rather than the powerful few.
What is the most important legislative issue Virginia faces and what is your position on it?
Creating an economy that works for all is the biggest problem now and will continue to be so in the future. In 2019, Virginia was ranked as the worst state in the whole country for workers’ rights. The cost of housing, health care, childcare and higher education has continued to rise while wages barely budge.
The state’s current Democratic majority has curtailed the progress of workers, but it is impossible to overstate how badly the pandemic has hit our working class. It is also a question of racial justice; Black and brown Virginians are more likely to work in low-paying jobs, face food insecurity, or be evicted from their homes.
Lawmakers must stop seeking to empower workers and create a good, mutually exclusive business environment. When we take care of workers and allow everyone to participate in the economy, we help small businesses, improve our quality of life, and bridge the divides in our communities.
What is your position on Virginia’s overall response to the coronavirus pandemic and what could you have done differently?
The COVID-19 pandemic has been brutal, and the success of our response has certainly changed since March 2020. From the start, communities have “reopened” in ways that endanger essential and frontline workers, and the lack of adequate federal stimulus has forced states like Virginia to make impossible choices. Communities that have chosen to ignore science have put everyone at risk and have shown contempt for the most vulnerable among us.
These are errors that would not have been allowed under my leadership. I would have had a Commonwealth-wide approach instead of a scattered reopening approach. I would have managed the vaccination process by administering vaccines to areas based on risk, not just population.
Fortunately, after a difficult winter for all of us, we start to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The new White House administration has been a massive aid to our efforts to get the vaccine distributed throughout the Commonwealth. In the months to come, we must ensure that no one is left behind by what will be a long recovery.
What are the top three problems created by the coronavirus pandemic in Virginia and how do you plan to address them?
The pandemic has brought historic levels of unemployment to Virginia. Creating jobs that guarantee good wages and benefits will be essential to our recovery. Investing in the future of green energy industries and infrastructure is one of the key ways to provide quality jobs to underserved communities and grow our economy. We also need to create permanent protections for workers so that another unforeseen event, like COVID-19, does not create as much widespread economic pain.
The lack of affordable housing in Virginia was already a big problem before the pandemic, but now it’s much worse. The eviction crisis has hit communities hard and housing insecurity threatens many people. We need to invest more money in our housing trust fund so that we can create affordable housing projects. We can also empower communities to build and rent affordable social housing. Above all, we must pair these policy tools with changes in land use and zoning that allow the construction of affordable housing in areas where it is most needed.
Preparing for a pandemic seems like an obvious answer, but it is nonetheless important. We weren’t ready for COVID-19, not a mile, and much of it was a lack of preparedness at all levels of government. We now know all too well the dangers of not anticipating a viral outbreak, and we need to be prepared for something to happen again in the future so that we can stop the spread before it goes from an epidemic to a pandemic. .