Standing strong on issues that matter to our community.

 
 
 

Environment

I want Virginia to be at the forefront of a revolution in how we power America. We must reduce our dependence on the fossil fuels driving climate change by leading the way in solar, wind, and renewable sources of power in Virginia.

I don’t believe hard working Virginians should be taxed or be forced to watch their utility rates soar to pay for Dominion’s irresponsible storage of coal ash that has resulted in arsenic and other harmful chemicals seeping into our groundwater.

I believe corporations should be held accountable for the impact they have on the air we breathe and the water we drink.

On May 16, Wayne met with opponent Amanda Pohl and District 11 constituents to discuss why they are running for the Virginia Senate. This video shows Wayne explaining his strong stance against the coal ash cleanup costs coming from District 11 taxpayers, as the current bill outlines.

Gun Violence Prevention

As a military veteran with more than three decades of continuous weapons training, I understand all too well the dangers of firearms designed to hit multiple targets with rapid speed.

It’s time for common sense gun safety laws. That means universal background checks and restrictions on weapons built for the battlefield.

Last year, America faced 340 mass shootings. Four of them happened in Virginia. I don’t want to take anyone’s guns. No reasonable Democrat does. What I want to do, and what I hope everyone wants to do, is to reduce the number of people who are dying. That’s why I think we need universal background checks and restrictions on weapons built for the battlefield.

Last year, America faced 340 mass shootings. Four of them happened in Virginia. I don’t want to take anyone’s guns. No reasonable Democrat does. What I want to do, and what I hope everyone wants to do, is to reduce the number of people who are dying. That’s why I think we need universal background checks and restrictions on weapons built for the battlefield.


Traffic and Growth

Sometimes it’s just frustrating to drive the roads in Chesterfield.  Our roads are becoming more and more clogged, and not just during rush hours, but on weekends and evenings, and there is no reason why we should be sitting at traffic lights that cycle through three and four times before it’s our turn to pass through.  
Now I was pleased to see Chesterfield County recently announce its Streamline 360/288 Improvements plan.  These are nine projects that will mean safer and faster travel on 288 and Hull Street Road. This is the kind of thing that I’m happy to see, but we must do more.  We must be addressing tomorrow’s transportation issues today, and that will take some forward thinking in the General Assembly.  


Gerrymandering

Elected representatives shouldn’t choose their voters. Voters should choose their representatives. Our current system allows for shameless manipulation and the advancement of anti-democratic principles. That needs to change.

I want redistricting reform that is independent of politicians trying to maximize their power and ensure their own reelection. I am calling for a non-partisan commission that results in citizens designing our districts, not political parties.

Wayne with supporter, Henry Leander Marsh III, an American civil rights lawyer and politician. A Democrat, in 1977 Marsh was elected by the city council as the first African-American mayor of Richmond.

Wayne with supporter, Henry Leander Marsh III, an American civil rights lawyer and politician. A Democrat, in 1977 Marsh was elected by the city council as the first African-American mayor of Richmond.

Education & Criminal Justice

Our society asks teachers and law enforcement to carry great burdens - all while paving the way for an educated, secure society. Too often, we fall short in retaining the finest of both professions. This hurts children and families everywhere.

Great teachers are the foundation of our educational system. They prepare our children not only for the workforce and for higher education, but for life. The Commonwealth rightly prides itself on having some of the finest colleges and universities in the United States, but our K-12 educators also deserve the resources that empower learning. That starts with higher wages.

I will work to ensure that educators and law enforcement officers are fairly compensated. My educational platform works to attract and keep the best teachers, supporting them as schools work through overcrowding and infrastructure challenges.

Our laws should prioritize community well-being, which means they should be grounded in humanity. More than 30 years of military service taught me how essential comprehensive firearms training and de-escalation techniques are for those who bravely pledge to protect our communities.  

Every child deserves a quality education, and all Virginians deserve a safe community.

In this video, Wayne Powell - Virginia Senate District 11 democratic candidate, speaks at a Chesterfield forum where he explains why a focused priority on Public Education in our state is a MUST.

“I think one of the most visible symbols of how we are letting our children down is the fact that so many of our children are being taught out of trailers. This is not something that has just happened in the last few years. The fact is, these trailers have been around for literally decades, and it’s simply unacceptable,” Wayne Powell.


Healthcare and the Economy

I am a passionate advocate for hard working Virginians and their families to have access to the health care they need and deserve. I want to decrease the cost Virginians pay for their prescription drugs. It’s wrong for anyone to be forced to choose between food and life saving medications. I understand that if we can fix the way we pay for healthcare, by focusing on prevention, it can have a powerful impact on Virginia families and on our economy.

I know that the current minimum wage is nowhere close to a livable wage. Virginia’s minimum wage has not been raised in ten years. Right now it’s $7.25 an hour, identical to the federal minimum wage. Richmond can do better than Washington. Nobody with a full-time job should be that close to poverty.


Women’s Rights and the ERA

We need to be committed to equality for all Americans regardless of sex, whether we’re fighting for workplace equality or removing barriers designed by politicians to shame women making decisions about their own healthcare.  

The Equal Rights Amendment should have become part of the Constitution decades ago. Our highest law should reflect our commitment to equal opportunity, equal legal protection, and the fundamental equality of all people.

Currently, 37 states have ratified the ERA and 38 will make it part of the Constitution. Virginia has the historic opportunity to be that state, and we should welcome it.   

As a lawyer, as a husband, father, and grandfather, and as a citizen of this Commonwealth, I believe it is long past time to explicitly enshrine women’s equality into law.

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Campaign Finance Reform

Politics today is often a matter of who’s got the most money. It’s too easy for large corporations and wealthy donors to have an unfair influence on the laws we pass on behalf of the people.

I am committed to full transparency for all campaign contributions. To that end, I will not be accepting donations from corporate PACs. Corporations are not people, and the people should choose their representatives. You deserve a wide choice of qualified candidates, not just those chosen by wealthy special interests.