State Senate-District 34: JC “Chap” Petersen (D)


Questionnaires for candidates for the Virginia State Senate

* = Holder

District 30

http: //www.connec … “> Adam P. Ebbin * (D)

J. Ron Fisher (I), no response received

District 31

http: //www.connec … “> Barbara A. Favola * (D)

http: //www.connec … “> George V. Forakis (R)

District 32

http: //www.connec … “> Janet D. Howell * (D)

District 33

Stephen B. Hollingshead (R), no response received

http: //www.connec … “> Jennifer T. Wexton * (D)

District 34

http: //www.connec … “> JC” Chap “Petersen * (D)

Ward 35

http: //www.connec … “> Richard L.” Dick “Saslaw * (D)

http: //www.connec … “> Terry W. Modglin (I)

Ward 36

http: //www.connec … “> Gerald M. Foreman (R)

http: //www.connec … “> Scott A. Surovell * (D)

District 37

http: //www.connec … “> David M. Bergman (R)

http: //www.connec … “> David W. Marsden * (D)

Ward 39

http: //www.connec … “> George Lincoln Barker * (D)

http: //www.connec … “> Joseph R. Murray (R)

Holder, unopposed

town of residence: Fairfax City

Age: 47

Family: Married to Sharon Kim Petersen. Four children: Eva Emmeline (17), Mary Walton (13), Thomas Henry (10) and Ida Grace (4).

Education: BA, Williams College. JD, University of Virginia.

Mandates exercised, dates: Fairfax City Council (1998-2002), Virginia House of Delegates (2002-2006), Virginia Senate (2008-present).

Profession and relevant experience: Practicing lawyer since 1994. Local law firm since 2005.

Community involvement: Has held office since 1998. Also active as a Sunday School teacher at the Anglican Church in Truro.


E-mail adress: [email protected]

Twitter ID: @chappetersen

Name three favorite recommendations: Any three voters in Fairfax.


What is the question that defines your call to serve, why is it important, and how will you deal with it?

In 2015, I sponsored the “Good Samaritan” immunity legislation, SB 892, which provides legal protection for young people who report alcohol overdose or intoxication. It was adopted by the Assembly and now has the force of law. It will save lives. He also teaches our young citizens of Virginia that, whatever the circumstances, always do the right thing.

What sets you apart from your opponents and why should voters choose you?

Unfortunately, I don’t have an opponent.

Given the political makeup of the state legislature, what examples from your own experience suggest that you may be successful in bridging the intense partisan differences there?

I worked with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to pass a major law, SB 985 in 2015, which sets a standard for protecting personal liberty and limiting government oversight. (Unfortunately, the governor vetoed it). I like meeting people with different points of view and have no problem working with them.

In order, list your top 5 specific legislative priorities.

Promote economic growth in Virginia, modernize our tax system, advocate for commuters, keep college affordable, and protect our natural spaces.

How has your neighborhood changed over the past 10 years? What caused these changes?

Geographically, the 34th arrondissement was moved west in 2011 and now has 50,000 inhabitants in Chantilly and Centerville.

Will you support legislation restricting high interest loans, including auto title loans?


Do you support Fostering Connections funding, which would result in an influx of federal funds for foster children aging out of foster care?

Need to know more details. I don’t know about this program.

Do you support the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, and if so, what would you do to make it happen?

Yes. I have voted for the extension of Medicaid several times, most recently as part of the “Marketplace Virginia” project which used private insurers to certify eligible beneficiaries and receive federal funds. It makes no sense not to use federal funds earmarked for the working poor in Virginia.


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