Princess Blanding wants to break up the political duopoly and center constituents in policy conversations

Princess Blanding wants to break up the political duopoly and center constituents in policy conversations

First time political candidate Princess Blanding already has experience in creating new state law. She intends to build on that while addressing a variety of issues she says both Democrat and Republican legislators have either left off the table or not fully addressed. If elected, she would also become the first Black woman governor of Virginia and the first LGBTQ governor of Virginia. “First” this or that aside, Blanding says she is ready to get to work on a number of issues while bringing the state’s most affected stakeholders to the table to help. The beginning or her political journey, however, is much more personal. It was a sunny day in May 2018 when Blanding’s brother, Marcus-David Peters, was killed by a police officer unarmed and unclothed following erratic driving . A use of force investigation by Richmond’s Commonwealth Attorney later justified the officer’s actions. Meanwhile, Peters’ family asserts he was in the midst of a mental health crisis and a different response beyond law enforcement could have resulted in a different outcome. Peters’ name now lives on in a new state law that outlines how mental health experts can be involved in response to 911 calls, including limiting law enforcement’s presence. Having taken effect this year, localities around the state are sorting out their compliance with the law. While Blanding’s advocacy and input helped create that framework, she still aims to build on it if elected. Calling it “watered down” from its earlier drafts, Blanding also criticizes legislation […]

Click here to view original web page at Princess Blanding wants to break up the political duopoly and center constituents in policy conversations

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.