"I am running for Congress in Virginia's First Congressional District because it’s time to fight for the American family values that I was raised on. Where I grew up we knew it was wrong to let our neighbors go bankrupt because of medical bills. We know that our neighbors who work full time deserve to be paid a fair wage so that all hard-working American families can put a roof over their head and food on their table. We need to ensure that the Chesapeake Bay is kept clean for future generations of Virginians and that our farmlands aren’t destroyed by unrestrained energy companies. We need to protect and defend those who are building their American dream regardless of their ethnicity, religion, or who they love.
I am running for Congress because it is time that we fight for those values for Virginia’s First Congressional District."
Ryan Sawyers is Chairman of the Prince William County School Board, the 2nd largest school system in Virginia and the 35th largest school system in the country. In 2015, he was the first Democrat in the county’s history to win the elected, county-wide Chairman’s seat. He is a husband, father, and small business owner.
Ryan ran on a platform of increasing teacher pay, reducing class sizes and teacher/counselor workloads, paid maternity leave for employees, and more funding from the Republican controlled Board of County Supervisors.
During his first 18 months as Chairman, the Prince William County School Board has many accomplishments. Here are a few:
Ryan has stood on his bedrock of progressive principles since the day he took office and he will do the same when he is in Congress. He will fight to fund public education, protect a woman’s right to choose, reduce student debt and college tuition at state colleges, fight for a living wage and Project Labor Agreements so government dollars are spent wisely the first time, and fight for small businesses by reducing the burden of health care costs and establishing broadband internet to all parts of the district so businesses can use technology more efficiently.