Core Beliefs

As James City County Democrats these are our core beliefs.  We will work tirelessly to support these beliefs, and we will actively resist those who oppose them.


  • A globally competitive workforce is not attainable without a quality education system.
  • All citizens are entitled to a free, quality public education from preschool through high school.
  • A college education should be made affordable for all who wish to pursue one.
  • Workforce training and certification should be available for those not pursuing a college degree 


  • We must grow and strengthen our economy.

  • We must create good paying jobs that grow income for working people.

  • Middle class life should be more attainable for our most disadvantaged citizens.
  • The economy must work for everyone, not just the top 2%.


  • Universal health care is a right for all citizens, not just a privilege for those who can pay.
  • Our healthcare system should put people before profits.
  • We must strengthen and protect both Medicare and Medicaid.
  • Prescription drug costs need to be reduced to that of other industrialized nations.
  • We support the right of women to make their own healthcare and reproductive decisions.


  • We are a nation of immigrants, and immigration is a defining aspect of American character.
  • We support legal immigration that meets the needs of our nation.
  • Our current system of immigration is broken and in urgent need of immediate repair.
  • We support reform that is humane, ensures due process, and imposes no religious tests.


  • We support a criminal justice system that treats all individuals equally.
  • We support reforming our criminal justice system and ending mass incarceration.
  • Mandatory minimum sentencing should be reformed, and private prisons should be closed.
  • The civil asset forfeiture system should be reformed to remove “police for a profit” incentives.
  • We must remove barriers to help formerly incarcerated individuals successfully re-enter society.
  • We support nationwide abolition of the death penalty.


  • We support tax reform that provides relief to middle class families rather than the wealthy.
  • Tax breaks should be eliminated for companies that ship jobs overseas.
  • Tax incentives should be provided for companies that invest in domestic jobs and infrastructure.

Citizen Rights

  • We support the values of toleration and inclusion in all aspects of our national public life.
  • We oppose discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation or disability.
  • We believe that laws should be secular and not favor any particular religious tenet over another.
  • We support strong voter protection laws and oppose efforts to disenfranchise minority voters.

 The Environment

  • We believe that climate change is real and mankind’s contribution to it is significant.
  • We oppose industrial practices such as fracking and strip mining that damage the environment.
  • We support development of clean and renewable energy sources that reduce our carbon footprint.
  • We will protect our natural resources and environmental quality for future generations.