A former Louisa County Middle School math and science teacher is hoping to unseat Sen. Bryce Reeves in the November election.
Amy Laufer has begun her campaign with a tour of the 17th senate district and stopped in at Roma’s Restaurant Saturday to meet with Louisa Democrat Party members.
Laufer joined Tandem Friends School in Charlottesville after leaving Louisa Public Schools. In 2011, she won her first bid for public office as a member of the Charlottesville City School Board, which she chaired in 2015.
Her time on the board gave Laufer invaluable experience lobbying members of local and state government, as well as in how to operate a public organization.
At the meeting, Laufer touched on several issues that are important to her, including healthcare, internet access, the environment, and social justice.
“I want to run for office because I want better representation in Richmond,” Laufer said. “I’m tired of electing people who don’t share our values, like voting against the Equal Rights Amendment.”
Growing up as one of eight children on a Wisconsin dairy farm, Laufer said she is a firstgeneration college graduate. As a former teacher, she knows better than most how valuable an education is and puts hers to good use in discussing education-related topics.
“We need universal preschool for all citizens. Our choice is simple. Invest in education now, or invest in the prison system later,” she said.
Another major point in her discussion with local Democrats was healthcare. She applauded Virginia’s recent Medicaid expansion and said that it was an excellent first step, but there is still room for improvement.
“We need to ensure that every Virginian has access to the care that they need,” she said.
Laufer said that she has gotten to know more about what is important to citizens during her travels around the district.
(Article by Andrew Hollins)
This is a partial article. Read the full story in The Central Virginian’s Feb. 21, 2019 issue.