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FREDERICKSBURG, VA- Vangie Williams, candidate for the Congressional Seat in the First District, unveiled several aspects of her platform during a press conference held at the Fredericksburg Branch of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library on Wednesday, November 15th. A central component of her platform is the INVEST Initiative which featured prominently in the event.
According to Williams, INVEST stands for Income Now for Veterans, Enlisted Military, Safety Officers and Teachers.
"Congress is currently considering the biggest tax overhaul in a generation. Both the White House plan and the House plan violate the most important rule that a project manager like me follows: don't solve problems that don't exist. Don't get me wrong there are plenty of problems with our tax system and structure. Problems that need to be addressed but the current tax plans overlook the obvious problems," Williams said.
According to Williams, the real problems that should be front and center concern our teachers, first responders, and military, both retired and active.
"We are facing a crisis in our public education system - we can't pay teachers enough in the 1st District - and across the country - to attract people into the profession. Simply put, we have a teacher shortage - not only in the 1st District, but in every single state. We are facing a crisis when it comes to supporting the fighting men and women of our armed services. It has been estimated that over 25% of enlisted military families rely on public assistance programs like food stamps to feed their families. Currently police and fire departments are having a hard time filling critical positions because the perceived pay vs. risk calculation. Finally, we are facing a crisis when it comes to our veterans and their survivors. After serving our country bravely for at least 20 years, those receiving military pensions should be allowed to live out their days with dignity. These are the problems we should approach with common sense strategy and solutions," Williams said.
According to Williams, this is why INVEST is such an important component of her platform. It addresses the financial and tax concerns of a large and critical segment of our society that often goes overlooked.
"My proposal is simple: let's exempt these people - veterans, enlisted military, safety offices, and teachers- from federal income tax on the first $50,000 of their earnings. When it comes down to it, these are some of the most critical people in our society. And many communities - communities in the 1st District - are just plain tapped out when it comes to their tax base. From educating and preparing our children for the future to keeping us safe and free, these people do the jobs which make our everyday lives possible and give us hope for the future," Williams said.

According to Williams in the coming weeks she will outline on her web site and in media interviews how INVEST will work to offer common sense solutions to these tax problems and she is anxious to open a dialogue and discussion with the residents.
"I don't think that this initiative is the cure-all that will solve all the problems we face in education, public safety and supporting our military families. It's far from it. But instead of standing here and spouting meaningless political platitudes, I want to make a difference. I want to bring new ideas to the body politic. I would love for the INVEST initiative to spark a conversation. I'm willing to listen to all sides, all people, liberal or conservative," Williams said.
Williams is a long-time resident of the area where she resides with Glenn, her husband of 24 years, and their six daughters.
She is a member of the Democrats of Virginia, the League of Women Voters, the LBGTQ Democrats, the NAACP, the ACLU, the National Association of Realtors, the Project Management Institute (PMI) (serving as Director of Volunteerism for Virginia), a member of the United States Bowling Congress (serving as Chairman and Youth Director of the Greater Fredericksburg USBC) and a member of Toastmasters International where she has the distinction of Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM).
Vangie Williams has over three decades experience in project management, coordination, and planning in construction, aerospace, IT, transportation, logistics, and operations.
For more information about Vangie Williams and the INVEST Initiative, visit www.vangieforcongress.com

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