Government Accessibility, Transparency, and Accountability
We need to create more sustainable avenues for community engagement in decision-making, especially when it comes to decisions that inequitably impact one community over another. Fairfax County currently does not have a robust multi-lingual outreach program to engage its residents. With 30% of households speaking a language other than English in their home, it is vital that we begin building a culture of inclusivity and language justice. I will work to allow for a more accessible government by finding ways for elected officials to remain transparent and accountable to all members of our communities.
An Inclusive Fairfax County
Currently 1 out of every 100 Fairfax County residents are in deportation proceedings and we’re quickly rising to be a "national leader in immigration detention". Fairfax County has twice as many residents in deportation proceedings than any other jurisdiction in the state; this is unacceptable for a county where 1 in every 3 residents are immigrants. This results in not only the tearing apart of families, but also in fostering fear and economic instability in diverse migrant communities across the county. In order to ensure protection of our undocumented neighbors, I will push to end Fairfax County’s voluntary collaboration with ICE by fiercely supporting Fairfax for All’s Ordinance to Protect Equal Justice for All. It is time we put into action the values we claim to hold in this county and protect all of our county residents from the incarceration and deportation pipeline.
We need to start developing a foundation for sustainable and equitable housing and transportation through programs and services that protect those most vulnerable to displacement. The inevitable arrival of Amazon in our neighboring Arlington County means Fairfax County will need to prepare for the very real risk of increased rents and living costs in our county. I will work to ensure that those living in affordable and low-income housing continue to have the ability to reside in our county.
Fairfax County schools are considered a top school system because of the dedication of its teachers, staff, and families who are committed to collaborating in order to help students excel. I will work with the school board, parents and teachers to ensure schools receive the funding to keep class sizes small, raise teacher and support staff wages, and provide services and conditions necessary for learning and family engagement.
First we must recognize and thank Pamunkey people whose land Fairfax County currently rests on and recognize that native people’s battle to protect mother earth and the environment has been historically intertwined with racial and economic justice. Fairfax County is perfectly positioned to be a national leader in forward-moving initiatives to protect our environment and natural resources for future generations. With the current federal administration refusing to even acknowledge human-created climate change, the responsibility to fight for climate justice through legislative efforts bares on states and localities and I am committed to support community groups by opposing new fossil fuel infrastructure, divesting from fossil fuel companies, and adopting a resolution to set 100% renewable energy goals.
An issue mentioned often when talking to residents is traffic and infrastructure. We all want to spend less time driving and more time at home. In addition, cars are a major source of gas emissions that contribute towards climate change. I will work with communities to explore ways to take cars off the road while still allowing people to reach where they need to go in an equitable manner, whether it’s through expanding public transportation, increasing the walkability of dense areas, or looking into mixed zoning. I will also work with communities to find ways to improve the safety of our neighborhoods and reduce cut-through traffic.
What we need…
…is a change in the status quo and to re-imagine how our county government works with its constituents. To re-imagine who is at the table when making decisions that affect all of our lives. I believe Fairfax County is in a position to become a truly inclusive and progressive county.
— Irma Corado, Candidate for Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Braddock District