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"I was humbled at the outpouring of support I received during my candidacy for the 79th district seat of  the Virginia House of Delegates. Politicians are often on the wrong side of history; whether it be a failure to protect us against predatory tolls on our tunnels, cuts in state funding for our local schools, blocking working-class families from accessing healthcare, or eroding the voting rights of our elderly and disabled...enough is enough!  I am here to stand up and fight for the residents of Portsmouth and Norfolk who deserve a voice in Richmond.  I'm here to serve YOU."     
-Steve Heretick

Toll Relief

No meaningful effort to achieve regional toll relief can occur without a sound fiscal plan. Recognizing this fact, I was proud to introduce HJ73 during the 2016 General Assembly session. This resolution requested that the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) conduct a study to devise a financial plan that would eliminate tolling on the Downtown and Midtown Tunnels.

I have reintroduced the bill, now HJ25, in 2018.


Abusive Tolling Practices

As you know, collection of tolls on our tunnels is managed by a private, for-profit corporation which generally operates free from governmental oversight.


Restoration of Port Host Impact Fees to Our Communities

Among the greatest frustrations I experienced while serving on the City Council was the Commonwealth’s failure to fund a long-standing budget line item that would provide the cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Newport News state funds to help pay for the extra costs associated with managing port-related traffic in our communities.


Economic Development

Over the last three General Assembly sessions, progress has been made on broad-ranging economic development and revitalization efforts.


Laying the Foundation for Wireless Communications for the Future

Widely inconsistent land-use rules and regulations are governing the development of wireless communications in Virginia's localities; these policies are limiting our ability to develop a reliable communications network throughout the Commonwealth.


Criminal Justice Reform

Meaningful criminal justice reform is a key issue in our urban areas, where community safety must be balanced with fairness in our justice process.



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