The incumbent Republican, Thomas ‘Tag’ Greason, is an extreme social conservative who doesn’t represent the majority in District 32.
Join the majority and vote for David Reid who understands that it is time to move forward with positive change for transportation, jobs, and education.
Incumbent Voting Record
Unsavory donors include the Koch Brothers (through Dominion Leadership Trust PAC), out-of-state predatory payday lenders, alcohol distributors, private highway companies, and oil refinery companies among others.
Opioid overdose deaths exceed fatal car accidents as the leading cause of unnatural death in Virginia. Governor McAuliffe has declared the opioid addiction crisis a public health emergency in Virginia; in early 2017, he worked with Democrats and Republicans alike to pass a bill to reduce the damage of the epidemic by helping people find treatment, get tested for HIV, etc. Your delegate, Tag Greason, refused to support the bill. Your delegate, Tag Greason, as a member of the Republican majority in the House of Delegates, prevented the expansion of Medicaid, denying 400,000 eligible Virginians access to substance abuse services
Women’s Health Rights
The availability of low- and no-cost health services for women has been protected once again in Virginia when Governor McAuliffe vetoed legislation on Feb 21, 2017. The bill would have removed all state funding for medical services (which currently do not include funding abortions) to Planned Parenthood clinics. The bill was sponsored by Del. Benjamin L. Cline (R24-Rockbridge) and was passed in the state House and Senate with all Republicans supporting it, including your delegate, Tag Greason (R32).
Had the bill passed into law, women in Virginia would no longer have access to well-women services such as screening for sexually transmitted diseases and family planning at Planned Parenthood clinics. In Richmond alone, Planned Parenthood served over 13,000 patients in 2013 for precancerous screenings, annual exams, and prescription birth control. Planned Parenthood is one of the few medical clinics addressing health disparity in our communities where the poor have few other affordable healthcare choices. The Republicans’ war on women continues unabated. Constant vigilance is necessary to protect women’s access to vital healthcare services and to protect women’s freedom to make personal decisions about their health.
Tag Greason against Education
Great news! By an overwhelming bipartisan majority in both houses, a bill was introduced to offer poor students a tuition grant of $4,000. The bill would have used an unspent Temporary Assistance for Needy Families grant from the federal government to provide community college scholarships for qualified students living in poverty. Now, the bad news. Your representative, Tag Greason, squashed it. Nineteen members of the House Education Committee favored it, but not Tag Greason. Then when the bill got his other committee, Appropriations, he blocked it. Tag Greason ended a bipartisan effort to help the neediest young Virginians. The Washington Post wrote, “the fate of Senate Bill 838 wins the crown for cruelty in this war” on the poor. Education is the surest path out of poverty. Why then would Tag Gleason vote to make this path more difficult for his young constituents? Greason’s actions show that he feels no moral responsibility for the neediest people in his district.
Tag Greason’s War on the Poor
Tag Greason is waging a personal war against the poor. First he voted to remove all state funding for medical services for women at Planned Parenthood clinics where low or no-cost healthcare is available for women, then he blocked a bill that most every member of the house and senate supported that would give impoverished community college students $4,000 from unspent Temporary Assistance for Needy Families money. But he didn’t stop there. Next he voted against the expansion of Medicaid, denying 400,000 eligible poor Virginians the access to substance abuse services after Governor McAuliffe declared the opioid epidemic a state emergency. And when McAuliffe proposed 4.2 million for mental health screening and assessment of prisoners in local jails after numerous prison suicides, Greason voted NO again. What then, does your Tag Greason vote yes on? He voted that Virginia could not establish sanctuary cities for its immigrant population, he voted that the holder of an out-of-state concealed handgun permit would be authorized to carry a concealed handgun in Virginia. He wrote over thirty bills to commend local high schools for everything from cheer team to fundraising groups. Possibly not the best use of his time considering he just voted to take health care away from poor women—whose kids probably don’t attend the high schools he’s commending!
Greason Blocks Mental Health Services
In the past three years, at least four prisoners in Virginia's local or county jails have committed suicide. Records show these men gave clear signs of their mental imbalance ahead of time. The governor proposed putting $4.2 million in Virginia's budget for new prisoners' mental health screening and assessment. Forget it. House Republicans, including Tag Greason, said no.