Pro-Choice Cabellos Supports Job Training, Medicaid Expansion
– September 22, 2013 9:00 am
Richard A. Cabellos
- Age: 38
- Political Party: Democrat
- Representing: Prince William County, Manassas
- District: 50
- Opponent: Del. Jackson Miller (R)
- Originally from: Fairfax County, born in Peru
- Profession: Director of Southgate Community Center, Fairfax County (2010-present)
- Education: Virginia Commonwealth University
- Bachelor’s degree in Political Science (1997)
- Sorenson Institute’s Political Leaders Program (2004)
- Family: Wife, Yolanda; 3-year-old son, Cruz
- Other: Governors Virginia Latino Advisory Committee (appointed twice: year,year)
- Outstanding Performance Award, Fairfax County Park Authority (year)
- A. Heath Onthank award, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors (year)
Meet Richard Cabellos, a Democrat running against Delegate Jackson Miller, R-Manassas, for the 50th seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. Cabellos lives in Manassas with his wife of five years, Yolanda, and their 3-year-old son, Cruz. He is currently working as the director of the Southgate Community Center in Reston, where he oversees youth leadership and volunteer programs, facilitates job-training programs for adults, and helps to conduct ESL classes, among other programs.
“My current job is so rewarding. I work with children as well as adults every day in a very diverse community,” says Cabellos.
Cabellos hopes to use his experience as a community leader and apply it towards his campaign. Cabellos says that he feels his opponent, Miller, has his own agenda. On issues such as education funding, transportation and women’s rights, Cabellos says Miller illustrates the stark contrast between the two candidates.
“We definitely need to invest more in our schools and pay our teachers a fair salary,” Cabellos says. “I definitely would have done something different instead of voting and supporting taking away almost $620 million dollars from education,” says Cabellos. “I feel we need to invest more in education. My opponent has voted against education [funding].”
Further, Cabellos says it is important to consider early childhood education.
“Studies have shown that when children have access to quality early education, they have a better chance to do better in school and have a better opportunity in college,” he said.
“We need to invest more in what we take away from public education.”
Cabellos supports the recent transportation reform package that was adopted July 1, though he says more still needs to be done to fix transportation issues in the Northern Virginia area.
“We have a lot of cars on the road, so I think public transportation should be looked at as one of the options,” he says. “We can also look at having a metro extended to Prince William County. I think that’s an option that a lot of people in this area and in my district would love.”
Cabellos says it is important to listen to the voters when deciding what areas of transportation need to be looked at.
“Talking to voters in my district, (transportation) is a main issue for them. It’s part of everyday life,” he says. “We can always think about more roads but also smarter construction.”
Cabello’s parents came as immigrants to the U.S. over 50 years ago looking for new opportunities and eventually became small business owners. Cabellos says that growing up in a small business family inspired his desire to improve his community.
“I know that if my mom and dad didn’t get the opportunity to get loans and be able to afford to have a business in the area and bring in jobs, I wouldn’t be here today,” says Cabellos. “There has to be more infrastructure and investment in small businesses, because that’s what brings jobs to the state.”
Cabellos also says that having nondiscriminatory policies, job-training programs for those entering the workforce and creating more jobs locally will help drive business expansion and job creation.
“We need to be inclusive and invite commuting to businesses. We want to make sure the environment is conducive for businesses, first of all.”
As a proponent of Medicaid expansion, Cabellos says the new changes will benefit low-income families that would not be able to afford healthcare without it.
“We have a positive opportunity to make sure we get thousands of Virginians coverage. It’s a great opportunity for [Virginia] and I definitely support the expansion of it.”
“I feel that government should not be in the business of telling a woman what she can or cannot do with her body,” says Cabellos.
“I would like to bring a new perspective to Richmond, says Cabellos. “Not just in representing my district but I also want to represent the Commonwealth as a whole.”