Part 2 of a two-part article on Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall (R, VA-13)
As stated in the introduction to Part 1 of this series of articles on Delegate Bob Marshall (R, VA-13):
(Read Part 1 here)
Unlike far too many elected officials, Delegate Bob Marshall of Virginia’s 13th District has diligently served the public that has paid for his service over the past 28 years.
Indeed, his campaign website lists 24 issues that affect his constituents. And, as he has done so for nearly three decades, Delegate Marshall has made a detailed analysis of these issues, developed practical solutions for them, and explained them in easily understandable terms.
Just read his website and you’ll quickly conclude this is a public official who takes seriously his public duties. In an interview with the Fairfax Free Citizen, summarized below, you’ll quickly appreciate the depth of his issue understanding, his empathy for constituents who face public and private challenges, and his common sense approach to overcoming the challenges. …
But Delegate Marshall has not only served his constituents conscientiously, he has also remained steadfastly loyal to his principles of limited, accountable, and transparent government.
And, while a most engaging and personable public figure, he has demonstrated time and again his willingness to do battle with those who oppose his principled, practical solutions, whether they be Democrat or Republican.
So vote for Bob Marshall for Delegate in the 13th District—a tough, energetic, and experienced legislator who delivers on his promises.
Read the interview summary below and get to know Bob Marshall.
Summary of Interview With Delegate Bob Marshall
(Part 1 contains the answer to Question #1.)
2. How does that proposed solution to transportation problems differ from how your opponent’s proposed approach?
Delegate Marshall’s opponent is using the slogan “Fix Route 28 and Innovate”—which is highly misleading and irrelevant.” His position is to change Route 28 stoplights to overpasses in Fairfax County. But Prince William County Supervisors have no control over such improvements, and Fairfax County has not included them in its transportation plans. The proposal of Delegate Marshall’s opponent sounds good but has not been thought through. For example, one of the overpasses is near a gas line which would require considerable engineering and be very expensive to work. Fairfax County has not done anything to date on these overpasses.
Even though he is a Republican, Supervisor Marty Nohe gets a lot of votes from Democrats and does what they want. He approves development after development which just adds to the traffic.
When a traffic study is done, the only traffic analysis that is done is the perimeter of the land up for rezoning. It’s not the area impacted by these houses.” So these new houses are going to make the traffic worse. Delegate Marshall wants to press in the General Assembly that traffic analyses cover the area to be impacted by developments “so a more informed decision can be made.”
3. What are the chief obstacles you face in improving road congestion on Route 28 and how will you overcome those obstacles?
The obstacle for making such assessments is that developers contribute so much money to politicians. Delegate Marshall am one of two members of the Counties, Cities, and Towns Committee in the House of Delegates who have not received money from the developers. Indeed, the developers have been working as lobbyists to get approval of their developments with minimal concern about the impact of developments on local and regional traffic.
4. Will the proposed improvements to I-66 help or hinder traffic congestion?
The Ferrovial group from Spain that is working the public-private partnership with the state to make I-66 improvements previously bankrupted toll roads in Indiana and Texas. An ongoing effort is underway in North Carolina to void its road project there. Delegate Marshall wrote a letter to Governor McAuliffe explaining that some of his constituents could pay as much as $92/day to use the tolled express lanes when commuting to and from work. No one in Prince William County says they will use the toll lanes.
Moreover, the government should “grandfather” the free use of hybrid vehicles in the tolled lanes. Many people invested in hybrid vehicles for that benefit, and now the ground rules are changing, which is not fair to hybrid owners.
Republicans campaigned against the use of tolls on I-66. A bill opposing the use of toll lanes on I-66 failed to pass this past spring. Speaker Howell then added the tolling of I-66 lanes to the budget, and it passed with approval of the budget.
Delegate Marshall strongly advocates requiring state delegates and senators to go on the record when voting on bills, rather than having them killed in committees or sub-committees without such public votes.
5. What position should communities and school systems take on the removal of statues and the renaming of school systems bearing the names of Confederates and slave owners?
The removal of statues and the renaming of school systems is a waste of money. Such efforts don’t improve student performance. We should learn from the past, not try to destroy it.
Our Founding Fathers sought to form a more perfect union, not a perfect union. The Left wants to go after the Founders as part of an effort to tear down our country.
6. What are the prospects of getting Dominion to place their power lines below ground in support of the proposed Amazon Data Center in Haymarket? Does the state government and/or General Assembly have any real control over Dominion?
Delegate Marshall has no confidence in Dominion’s representation. He is also concerned about an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack that could blow transformers and cause widespread power outages. We must think through the whole project, including the requirement to harden the infrastructure. The power lines, data centers, and switching stations are a magnet for terrorists. He sent a letter to Dominion’s lawyer about this.
Dominion cost estimates have proven to be way off, and the company has been exempted from opening its books. Right now Dominion doesn’t have to work with local communities. They can get in low and then go higher. Delegate Marshall wants more involvement by localities.
Under the current ground rules, Dominion will not have to pay for home devaluations caused by the building of electrical infrastructure near residential areas.
7. How should the school systems handle the identification of transgenders and the use of facilities for them?
Schools have made reasonable accommodation for transgender students in the past. Then, based on a top-down movement by the Left and even though they have no authority to make such changes, the Prince William County School Board voted 5-3—after only four meetings and no notice to parents—to change the policy on “gender identity.” Now, no clear guidelines are in place for dealing with “gender identity” issues. Transgenders can use rest rooms and locker rooms for the opposite biological sex. “Anything goes!”
As explained by Delegate Marshall, the magazine Cosmopolitan interviewed Democrat candidate Roem and included an article on “him.” (Candidate Roem is a transgender who is running as a “she.”) “He” may be working a book deal. “He” seems to relish the publicity and may be interested in profiting personally from it.
8. What are the main areas of fraud, waste, and abuse in the state government that deserve addressing?
The Appropriations and Financial Committees should review the activities of state developers. No structure is in place to provide such continuous oversight.
Delegate Marshall amended the budget this past year to make the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA) detail Metro’s revenues and expenses by sources and amounts.
As presented on its website, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) has the mission to conduct “policy analysis, program evaluation, and oversight of state agencies on behalf of the Virginia General Assembly.” The JLARC should be looking for “fiscal malpractice” in a broad range of areas, but it is a small agency compared to the size of state government.
9. What will the constituents of the 13th District lose if your opponent were to be elected?
First and foremost, the constituents of the 13th District will lose Delegate Marshall’s experience in helping people facing personal difficulties, e.g., helping someone to expedite installing a septic system. He has the contacts and know-how to get problems resolved for constituents.
Delegate Marshall has also protected constituents from unlawful taxation. In Marshall v. Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, he was the only elected official to sue the Governor and state government over the constitutionality of allowing unelected officials (NVTA) to impose taxes and fees on taxpayers without authorization by the General Assembly. The suit prevailed in a 7-0 ruling by the Virginia Supreme Court.
The House GOP caucus is giving campaign assistance to Delegate Marshall, while an LGBT lobbying group is providing assistance to his opponent.
The Left would consider a win by his opponent to be a great victory. Already, reporting on this race has occurred in the United Kingdom and the New York Times.
Delegate Marshall has refused to debate his opponent. Such a debate would give him a theatrical opportunity to publicize his emotional “Defeat Bigot Bob!” name-calling and not serve as an examination of the two candidates’ policy positions and differences.