Virginia House of Delegates District 68
2017 Race Update: Dawn won 50.37% to 49.52%
Dr. Dawn Adams wants to talk to you about health care. She’s worked as a registered nurse, nurse practitioner, access to care researcher, health advocate, and most recently as the Director for the Office of Integrated Health for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS).
“As a nurse in Virginia’s health care system, I’ve seen firsthand the struggles and heartbreak caused by poverty, inadequate living conditions, and limited health care access and coverage,” said Dawn. “I’m passionate about building healthier communities through better public policy. The majority party has given 10.4 billion dollars of Virginians’ hard-earned money to other states to expand Medicaid yet 400,000 of our own citizens are deprived of health insurance.”
Dawn has lived in the 68th District for over two decades; she and her partner of 15 years, Maggie, own a home in the Fan District with their therapy pups in training, Ferdinand and Sebastian, and Maine Coon Scrappy. She grew up in a family dedicated to public service; her father served as a Captain in the US Coast Guard and worked as a Search & Rescue pilot and her mother was a registered nurse.
Dawn is now an adjunct faculty member at Old Dominion University. Prior to beginning her tenure as an adjunct, Dawn worked alongside a nurse lobbyist in Richmond, giving her a front row seat to policymaking in Richmond. She engaged in community stakeholder meetings concerning Medicaid expansion and advocated for health care access. Dawn’s role with DBHDS has given her public sector experience, giving her insight into the ways in which the Commonwealth’s health care system is – and isn’t – able to meet the health needs of Virginians.
Dawn will be an advocate for quality, affordable health care for all Virginians that will help address the opioid crisis, provide more comprehensive mental health care, and ensure that all Virginians receive the preventative care they need to stay healthy. She’ll fight for better funding for Virginia public schools and better resources for teachers. She will also work to address the crippling burden of student debt that makes it harder for young adults to leave home and start a life of their own.
Dawn supports more job retraining programs and creating jobs to support the projected workforce shortage in health care, to rebuild Virginia’s crumbling infrastructure, to install statewide broadband, and to develop more jobs to meet Virginia’s energy needs, including solar and wind power installation. Dawn also supports the creation of an independent and impartial commission tasked with drawing district lines to end partisan gerrymandering. “I believe that all people inherently want the same things. I’m ready to take the lessons I’ve learned as a nurse practitioner, administrator, educator, and leader to represent my community in Richmond and find common ground on the issues that we all care about,” said Dawn.