Jason Miyares

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Challenger

Background

Miyares earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from James Madison University and law degree from the College of William and Mary School of Law. Miyares is a former prosecutor, Chairman of the Hampton Roads Young Republicans, and founder of the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. As a Delegate, Miyares worked on legislation combating human trafficking and sex slavery, which culminated in receiving the 2019 Action Award by the Safe House Project. He also previously served on the Virginia Latin Advisory Board. Miyares is the son of Cuban immigrants, and if elected, would be the first Virginia Attorney General in 225 years to be the child of an immigrant.

Key Issues

Criminal Justice

Miyares believes victims of violent crimes are often forgotten, and that there are not enough police in Virginia. He proposes a $5,000 retention bonus and pay raises to persuade law enforcement officials to return. As a prosecutor, he prosecuted 600 criminal cases in Virginia Beach. He has also previously proposed a Constitutional amendment that prohibits parole boards from reducing sentences for offenders without breaking the law.

Small Businesses

Miyares believes small businesses are struggling with increased regulations. He supports Virginia’s Right to Work status and the “bottom-up” economy. As Attorney General, he plans to expand privacy restrictions and ensure consumers know when a company is selling their information.

Election Security

Miyares believes that past elections have been tampered with. He supports cleaning voter rolls and making showing an ID to vote mandatory.

Human Trafficking

Miyares believes human trafficking should be prioritized above other issues. During his time as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, he proposes legislation increasing penalties and mandatory minimums for aggressors. As Attorney General, he plans on seizing property from landlords who rent to human traffickers.

Immigration

Miyares believes in expanding legal immigration laws and tightening border security. He has previously voted against laws to expand financial aid for undocumented immigrants and authorize driver’s licenses for non-United States citizens.

Education

Miyares believes that COVID-19 has had a severe impact on school-age children. He pledges to sue any school district that is not fully open by the time he is elected, and protect schools that do reopen from facing lawsuits.

Endorsements

George Allen, Former Governor of Virginia; Delegate Emily Brewer, Member of the House of Delegates; DJ Jordan, Former Chairman of the Virginia Board of Social Services; Tanya Gould, Candidate for Virginia House of Delegates; Jack White, Former Candidate for Attorney General; Bethany Harrison, Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney; Mike Chapman, Loudoun County Sheriff; Virginia Police Benevolent Association (VAPBA); The Spirit of VMI

Sources

Jason Miyares for Attorney General

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