Joe Walton for Congress Answers Questions Posed by The
Culpeper Star-Exponent Joe is happy to have had an opportunity
to answer questions of The Culpeper Star-Exponent and gratified they are
covering the full ballot for Virginia’s 7th District!
Virginia: The Joe for Virginia campaign recently
answered questions posed by The Culpeper Star-Exponent and is making them
available electronically so the voters of the 7th District outside
of The Culpeper Star-Exponent’s area also have a chance to learn more about Joe
Walton and his campaign for the 7th District seat in the U.S. House
Below are Joe’s answers to those questions which
continue his effort to fully clarify his positions through his website and
other media, including www.ballotpedia.org’s candidate survey on issues and political philosophy
(neither Rep. Brat nor Democrat Spanberger have completed this exposition)
available here: https://ballotpedia.org/Joe_Walton
Below are the questions from The Culpeper
Star-Exponent and Joe’s answers:
What is your
I was born and raised in central Virginia and
lives in Powhatan, Virginia with my two daughters. I have been a leader in technology and
business administration for over twenty years serving in entrepreneurial, large
enterprise, and policy roles. I also
have been active in public and non-profit service in central Virginia for many
years, and in various capacities. I
previously served in elective office for a term on the County of Powhatan Board
of Supervisors from 2008-2011. I was
elected Vice-chair and Chair of the Board during my tenure and was a leader in
community and regional initiatives. My
accomplishments for that service are: planning and securing funding for the
widening of Huguenot Trail east of Route 288, planning for the well-designed
Wal-mart development on Route 60 and new Comprehensive Plan, and creating the
Huguenot Trail Advisory Committee.
I earned my B. S. in Science, with a minor in
Physics from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). I also hold a Master of Public Administration
(MPA) graduate degree from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and
Public Affairs at VCU. I am currently a
dissertation-phase doctoral student in the Public Policy and Administration
Ph.D. program at the Wilder School. My
doctoral research focuses on cryptocurrency, socio-economic value, social and
technical change, and public policy.
legislative priority if reelected to Congress.
My first priority will be to improve constituent
services and accountability in the 7th District by holding town halls
throughout the district and also regular office hours in Washington and in the
District. Secondarily I will pursue
greater oversight of the Executive Branch and the agencies which have not been
held to high enough standards in the current Congress and by the
incumbent. Here in Virginia and the 7th
District I will pursue aggressive public-private partnerships with broadband
providers, the localities, state, and federal government for getting universal
broadband internet service provided to the entire state. Just as water and electricity have become
essential and expected, our elected leaders should do everything they can to
get universal broadband working for Virginians.
I have a unique technical background and direct experience with
broadband development and deployment and I’ll bring that expertise to bear on
this issue in Congress.
What is your
solution to the issue of undocumented immigration to this country? Do you
support a pathway to citizenship or mass deportation? What does immigration
reform look like to you?
I support a modernized immigration system, path
to citizenship, work permit, and DACA fix.
We need to control our borders but letting our country thrive as it
always has with robust immigration. The
New Colossus (the sonnet from where we get, in part: give me your tired, your
poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free) is what’s on the Statue of
Liberty and we should live it still today!
If someone can’t
afford to pay for healthcare in this country, how should they receive it? What
is the future of Medicaid and Medicare?
America has a responsibility as a country to
create an economy in which health care and health insurance is affordable and
available regardless of employer. Under
the current system, health care and/or insurance linked to employment is a
disservice to Americans and an economic inefficiency. Healthy citizens create a better society and
are better, more competitive workers and citizens. American health care should be among the best
outcome/least expensive systems in the world; America is currently among the
worst outcome and most expensive in the world.
Virginia should accept the finality of the
Affordable Care Act on behalf of the people of the Commonwealth and the health
care and insurance providers. Stop wasting resources on resisting Medicaid
expansion (which has occurred as of May, 2018) and move on to improving its
administration and effectiveness. I
support the Alexander/Murray Bipartisan Health Care Stabilization Act 2017 and
other improvements towards a more efficient and effective health care and
insurance marketplace as they may be identified by outcome-improvement-focused
for Virginia: Joe Walton is a candidate
for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District and former Chair of the Powhatan
County Board of Supervisors with a record of accountable and effective
leadership in central Virginia. He is a sensible centrist with a genuine
interest in working with constituents, leaders across the state, and federal
peers to solve problems in Washington. He believes in and advocates for
socially inclusive and fiscally responsible approaches to public policy. He
holds a Master of Public Administration degree and is a Ph.D. student in Public
Policy at VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.
Joe Walton is a candidate for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District and former Chair of the Powhatan County Board of Supervisors with a record of accountable and effective leadership in central Virginia. He is a sensible centrist with a genuine interest in working with constituents, leaders across the state, and federal peers to solve problems in Washington. He believes in and advocates for socially inclusive and fiscally responsible approaches to public policy. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree and is a Ph.D. student in Public Policy at VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.