Candidate Profile
Trudy Bell Berry

Democrat , Virginia

Biography

Name
Trudy Bell Berry
Party
Democrat
Race
House of Delegates, Dist. 61
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Liberal Information icon

Endorsements

Liberals

2
LGBT Democrats of Virginia, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia

Reported by Candidate

2
Mat Matsunaga, Democratic Candidate VA HD5, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia

Selected Contributions

Liberal

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
1
ActBlue (2020)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
4
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (2019), Clean Virginia Fund (2019), Democratic Women's Groups (2019), Local, County, and District Democratic Organizations (2019)

Summary

100%

LIBERAL

0%

CONSERVATIVE

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Disagree   

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

Disagree   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Under whatever healthcare circumstances a woman finds necessary.


Economy

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.

Agree   

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Agree   

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Agree   

Socialism provides a robust foundation for a stable economy.

No Answer   

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Increase the minimum wage to a livable wage for part-time as well as full-time work while simultaneously bringing back jobs that have been given to people in other countries.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Government should be protecting the health and safety of the people. This includes ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to work a job that pays a livable wage and that every person, business, and corporation pays a fair share (equitable) tax. This requires bringing back manufacturing and other jobs that have been outsourced to other countries and mandating a minimum living wage. This requires that every person has access to affordable healthcare where the patient makes their own healthcare decisions, not the government or the insurance companies.


Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or business owners because of their deeply held religious beliefs.

Agree   

Governments should not penalize those who define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.

Disagree   

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Disagree   


Healthcare

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

Agree   

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

Provide a universal healthcare option that all healthcare providers must accept, require that all healthcare providers accept Medicare and Medicaid patients, require that all healthcare insurers allow their premium-paying customers to choose their own healthcare provider with no “in network” and “out of network” distinction and limitations. Cap the amount of profit that insurers are allowed to make. Require that all healthcare providers and facilities be not for profit. Negotiate lowest price, best quality pharmaceuticals. Ensure that universal, Medicare, and Medicaid healthcare providers are fairly compensated.


National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Disagree   


Immigration

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Disagree   

I support sanctuary cities.

No Answer   


Education

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Agree   


Values

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Disagree   

Any teaching to children on sex education in public schools must include all contraceptive methods, and should not show preference to abstinence.

Agree   

People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."

No Answer   

Free speech is under attack on public university and college campuses.

No Answer   

Parents should be the primary authority in decisions affecting their minor children.

Agree   

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

The propensity for power. To prevent one person or one body from having absolute power, because absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Live by the golden rule: treat others as you would have them treat you. Treat people with dignity and respect. Stop trying to make others live by your preferences and beliefs. Protect our planet; it’s the only one we have and we depend on it’s natural resources for survival.


Qualifications

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Liberal   

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

I don’t like labels. I can be conservative, moderate, or liberal depending on the issue. I stand for equality and justice for all. I stand for workers’ rights, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, criminal justice reform, gun safety, racial justice, social justice, environmental justice. There are no Republican issues or Democrat issues. There are only people issues. You’ll have to follow my social media accounts to decide for yourself.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

My experience living under flawed legislation that does not provide equality and justice for all.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you:

trudyberryfordelegate@gmail.com, 571-535-0926

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

Answering loaded questions like these on questionnaires and surveys comes with a “it depends” caveat. How do you answer a two-questions-in-one question? Take the first question, for example: I’m not sure that life begins at conception, but I am absolutely sure that life begins at birth and from there on every person deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death. Hence my opposition to the death penalty and my advocacy for equality and justice for all.


Judicial Philosophy

Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.

Disagree   


Criminal Justice

I support the death penalty.

Disagree   

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

Disagree   


2nd Amendment

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Agree   


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Agree   


Background

Education
  • Longwood University, Farmville, Certificate in Social Policy Administration, 2002
  • Longwood College, Farmville, BS in Sociology, Criminal Justice concentration, 2001
  • Holt Senior High School, Holt, Diploma, 1974
Work & Military
  • U.S. Air Force, Senior Airman, 4
Affiliations
  • Lunenburg (VA) County Democratic Committee, Member
  • Friends of the Victoria Public Library, Member, Secretary
Offices
  • None
  • None
 

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