Biography

A New Generation of Virginia Conservative Leadership

Jason Miyares is an example of President Ronald Reagan’s "Shining City on the Hill." His story begins with his mother, Miriam Maria Miyares, who fled communist Cuba in 1965 with the clothes on her back and no idea from where her next meal would come. She legally immigrated to the United States and instilled in her three sons a passionate love of the freedom and democracy of America. Miyares grew up in Virginia Beach, attending schools and growing up in a middle-class household that emphasized the values of hard work, love of country, and service above self.

In November of 2015, he won the open seat to the 82nd District for the House of Delegates by the widest margin in the district's history. Jason Miyares has brought conservative leadership and accountability to Richmond while fighting for fiscal discipline and government transparency.

Jason Miyares was the first Cuban-American elected to the Virginia General Assembly. He currently serves on the House Courts of Justice Committee, Civil Subcommittee and the Privileges and Elections Committee. His passion is building the right environment in Virginia for job creation, restoring funding for Virginia Beach public schools, fiscal discipline and government transparency and repealing burdensome regulations that are hurting Virginia small business owners.

In 2016 he became the Chairman of the Virginia Commission on Economic Opportunities for Aspiring Virginians and Diverse Communities. The primary focus is to study and recommend solutions for fellow Virginians trapped in a cycle of poverty and government dependency and how to open economic barriers so the full fabric of our community can cross the economic finish line.

Jason graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration (B.B.A.) from James Madison University, where he was named an "Emerging Leader" and was a recipient of the Phillip Wade Hall Memorial Scholarship. Jason Miyares attended law school at the College of William & Mary, where he served on a law journal, the William & Mary Trial Team and on the Law School Honor Council.

After law school, he was a corporate real estate attorney at the Virginia Beach law firm Faggert & Frieden, P.C. at Town Center before being called to serve his community as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney. There he was a successful prosecutor, handling over 600 cases, with over a 90% conviction rate getting violent criminals off our streets and keeping our families safe.

Between 2010 - 2016, he has served as a Senior Advisor to Congressman Scott Rigell sadvising him on a variety of policy and public matters. A former partner at Madison Strategies, a national strategic consulting and public relations firm, he is currently a senior litigation counsel at the law firm Hanger & Associates, with offices in Virginia Beach and Newport News. His legal practices primarily focuses on real estate, commercial litigation and landlord tenant law.

Jason has long given back to the community he loves, and is Past President of Cape Henry Rotary where he was a Paul Harris Fellow, twice chairing their Annual "Bowl-A-Thon" Committee raising money for dozens of local charities. He has served on the Virginia Beach Young Life Committee, is Past Chairman of the Hampton Roads Young Republicans, and founding member of the Hampton Roads Federalist Society.

Jason and his wife, Page Atkinson Miyares, reside in the Great Neck area of Virginia Beach. Page is Owner and Broker of Atkinson Realty, a small business that has operated, since 1943, for three generations at the oceanfront. Together with their three beautiful daughters they attend Galilee Episcopal Church, where Jason is involved in men’s ministry. Jason’s love of Virginia and the United States is only surpassed by his love of his family.

He is proud to have the endorsements of over twenty local elected Virginia Beach officials and scores of additional community leaders and business owners.

PARTIAL LIST OF ENDORSEMENTS

Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)
National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB)
Virginia Farm Bureau Federation
African-American Political Action Council (AAPAC)
Congressman Scott Rigell
Senator Jeff McWaters
Senator Frank Wagner
Senator John Cosgrove
Delegate Barry Knight
Delegate Bill DeSteph
Delegate Glenn Davis
Delegate Scott Taylor
Delegate Ron Villanueva
Sheriff Ken Stolle
Treasurer John Atkinson
Clerk of the Court Tina Sinnen
Commonwealth's Attorney Colin Stolle
Mayor Will Sessoms
Vice Mayor Louis Jones
City Councilman Ben Davenport
City Councilman Bobby Dyer
City Councilman John Moss
City Councilwoman Shannon Kane
City Councilwoman Rosemary Wilson
City Councilman Jim Wood
School Board Chairman Dan Edwards
School Board Member Ashley McLeod
School Board Member Kim Melnyk
School Board Member Leonard Tengco
School Board Member Carolyn Weems

PUBLIC SAFETY

Safe Neighborhood...

Public safety should always be a foremost priority of all elected officeholders. Keeping our schools, neighborhoods and communities safe from violent gangs and drug dealers is critical to building a safer, more prosperous Virginia Beach.

I was honored to serve as a Virginia Beach prosecutor (Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney), where I worked hand in hand with our brave officers in the law enforcement community to get criminals off our streets and in prison. During my time in the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney, I handled over 600 different criminal cases and worked tirelessly keep Virginia Beach families safe and secure from violent criminals. Most importantly, I understand that for the victims of violent crimes, making sure that their attacker is put in prison is just one step in the road of healing and recovery.

Maintaining safe neighborhoods is essential to providing our citizens with the freedom to travel safely back and forth from school, grow their businesses, and enjoy our Hampton Roads home and everything it has to offer. Maintaining law and order requires us to disburse justice fairly, effectively, and swiftly to all criminals, especially those who commit violent offenses or those who prey on children or the elderly.

Our law enforcement professionals are among the very best in the country. If elected, I will continuously fight to ensure they have all of the tools and training they need to do their jobs, and to ensure they receive just compensation for their difficult and often heroic work.

JOBS

Relieving Burdens...

Our Hampton Roads economy has still not fully recovered from the Great Recession. In fact, our recovery has been slower than in other regions of the country in critical aspects such as economic growth and job creation. Too many of our families have to make ends meet in the face of stagnant wages and a lack of full-time employment opportunities.

We must do better, and we will do better.

My primary goal is to make Hampton Roads the number one place in the nation for entrepreneurs to create or expand their businesses. To achieve this, I will pursue policies that support (as opposed to punish) our local job creators, promote a leaner and more effective regulatory climate, and shield our business owners from frivolous lawsuits.

I will also forward policies that will diversify our local economy and attract the best and the brightest to our great community. My plan is to advocate and promote new research and development and infrastructure projects and by prioritizing the creation of high-paying, permanent jobs, particularly in the fields of applied science and engineering.

Furthermore, we must give our Port of Virginia the special attention it deserves. Our port is responsible for over 374,000 jobs with $17.5 billion in wages, and has an economic impact over $60 billion. Indeed, it represents the single biggest economic engine for the state of Virginia. Consequently, I will be a strong supporter of new public infrastructure projects that will facilitate the continued free-flow of goods through our ports, which in turn will lead to more new jobs and economic growth.

As residents of Hampton Roads, we are blessed with the human capital, natural resources, and respected institutions to compete in job creation and economic growth with any city in the nation. It is time for our leaders to realize this, and to start forwarding policies that will enable the people of Hampton Roads to create the 21st century economy they deserve.

EDUCATION

Education - Makin...

Prioritizing our Children.
As a graduate of Virginia Beach public schools, I know firsthand the importance of public education is in our communities. The impact of my numerous extraordinary public school teachers still resonates with me today, and I will always be grateful to them. They are the reason I believe that our educators are our greatest public servants.

Education is the key to the future wellbeing of the children of Hampton Roads and investing in education is really about investing in the future workforce that will power our 21st century economy.

Not all children in the Commonwealth today are as fortunate as I was growing up in Virginia Beach public schools. Our leaders in Richmond have promulgated unfunded mandates and budget cuts that have resulted in our Virginia Beach schools receiving $60 million less in state money than we did just five years ago.

This is unacceptable.

We must ensure that all young people – from Roanoke or Richmond, from Arlington or Danville – have access to a great education. We must also align their education curriculums with the careers of the future, including updating our testing approaches and methods.

We must also recognize that making Old Dominion University a Tier 1 Research University will have a lasting and positive economic impact on our region. Our ability to attract R&D companies and projects to this region is hampered by the fact that we lack a Tier 1 research facility. Elevating ODU to Tier 1 status is vital for the long term health of our region.

Finally, we must remind the policymakers in Richmond that an excellent public school education is an essential component of building a competitive 21st economy. We must remind them that our tax dollars need to be spent on behalf of the children, not on furthering the interests of bloated and ineffective bureaucracies.

Press

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