“I think we should be supporting proper law enforcement, not funding it,” Nave said.
But it was Rasoul who recently gained support from the Virginia Police Benevolent Association. He was one of only two Democrats in the state to be backed by the association this year.
Normally, the group has a 50-50 party split in its approvals, according to executive director Shawn McGowan. But this year, only 10 Democratic candidates have agreed to speak with a selection committee, which is necessary for anyone to get approval. Nave did not show up, McGowan said.
Rasoul – who owns a gun, which he did not volunteer but confirmed in an interview – readily accepted the association’s invitation, traveling to Wytheville for a meeting.
He said it was an example of his willingness to speak to anyone, whether or not their political views match his own, as long as the conversation is about improving life in the Commonwealth.
“Everyone counts”, says Rasoul
Many of Rasoul’s positions were displayed statewide during the Lieutenant Governor’s primary, when he placed second out of five contenders for the Democratic nomination.
What he calls Virginia’s Marshall Plan for Moms includes universal child care, paid family and medical leave for all workers, and better wages. On education, Rasoul highlights his work to increase teacher pay, push for capital investment to improve deteriorating schools – many in rural areas – and his support for learning. social and emotional that takes a holistic approach to childhood growth.