DURANTE

2017

54th House District

working for you

Committed

I am dedicated to working for the good of people in my district, putting your needs above party politics, to do what’s best for our community.

Engaged

I’ve been involved in politics nearly all my life, and I am actively engaged in continually learning more about the issues where government can make a positive difference.

Exploring

I want to know what is important to you and how I can help. Not every issue has an easy solution, and I promise I will do everything I can to seek answers.

About Me

I want to represent you in Richmond, to put your needs above party politics, to do what’s best for our community. I want state government to work for everyone in my district, the 54th House District (Spotsylvania and Caroline counties), not just incumbent politicians and special interests.

My wife Jeanne and I have been active residents here for nearly 10 years, becoming involved in various initiatives improving the community. Jeanne (Dr. Jeanne Wesley) is Vice President for Workforce at Germanna Community College. I’m a retired teacher (high school, college, and university). I’ve been involved in local politics, and I am currently Chair of the Spotsylvania County Democratic Committee. I also serve as Committee Chair of One Virginia 2021 for the five-county greater Fredericksburg region (non-partisan redistricting reform advocacy).

I know the challenges everyday life can bring, from my time teaching photography to gang members and other at-risk youth (as a Texas Commission on the Arts Artist-in-Residence in San Antonio at an Alternative High School) as well as growing up in a regular working class household. My dad was a factory worker, and shop steward for the Teamsters, and my mom was a server in a cafeteria at the World Trade Center. After my parents divorced when I was a young boy, my single parent mother and I lived in a housing project, and for a time we were fortunate to have support from the benefits of government assistance when she was out of work.

Informed by these challenges I know the value of education, and the future that it can offer our youth, the opportunities it opened up for me. I know the importance of workforce training and certification and what that means to job prospects and the economic development of our communities.

I did not get where I am alone. My parents and family, my community, school, and friends all helped me get where I am today. I feel fortunate, and I want to invest the results of those efforts in helping my community, serving you in elected office – making government work for you.

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