Albert Vega grew up in El Paso, Texas. Vega attended the University of Texas at El Paso and later Purdue University to earn his PhD in Electrical Engineering. Vega has experience working in an engineering firm that partnered with the US Army during times in Afghanistan. He is the founder and Chief Technology Officer of an organization called Building Momentum, which teaches problem-solving skills, and he serves on the board of an organization called Athena Response, which executes projects such as training and providing equipment when necessary [1, 6, 8, 9].
Vega believes in marriage equality; he would like to repeal the Marshall-Newman Amendment, which limits same sex marriage .
Vega wants to improve the transportation system. Vega specifically wants to make it easier for Springfield residents to catch buses and know where their bus stops are. Vega also wants to make the county an “epicenter” for the piloting of innovative transportation technologies [1, 2]. Vega wants to eventually start taking cars off the road to help the environment .
Vega prioritizes affordable housing . He supports the acquisition of mobile home parks by the county in partnership with nonprofit entities in order to ensure their locations will remain dedicated to affordable housing. Vega wants to advance policies for piloting technological innovations like tiny and prefabricated houses, as well as develop affordable housing on non-school county property .
Vega wants to fully fund schools and ensure teachers have necessary resources .
Vega prioritizes transparency and ensuring a lack of excessive force. He plans to engage Chief Davis and the Department’s Data Director to achieve a goal of releasing comprehensive public safety data on a monthly basis. Vega advocates for increased funding for drone technologies and non-lethal tools such a bolo-wrap . Vega wants to ensure police officers are receiving adequate training in de-escalation and community growth .
Vega is pro-choice .
Vega supports market rate adjustments for county employees and maintaining the collective bargaining ordinance .
Vega wants to maintain development standards along the Occoquan and wants to reduce dependency on single-use plastics .
Vega plans to work to attract transitioning service members to positions in local companies, as well as the internal county workforce .
Vega advocates for equitable funding of park spaces around the county and supports additional funding of the park authority’s equity fund .
Steve Descano, Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney; Scott Surovell, Virginia Senator; Atif Qarni, Former Virginia Secretary of Education; Paul Krizek, Virginia Delegate; Alyia Gaskins, Alexandria City Councilwoman; Sam Rasoul, Virginia Delegate; Canek Aguirre, Alexandria City Councilman; Victor Angry, Neabsco District Supervisor; Sean Perryman, Former Fairfax County NAACP President and Former Candidate for Lieutenant Governor; Dan Lagana, Former Fairfax County Democratic Committee Chairman; Juntos Por Virginia; CASA in Action; Laborers’ International Union of North America; 3.14 Action Fund