Candidate Biography and Q&A: Krystal M. Ball
Krystal M. Ball
Occupation: Entrepreneur, certified public accountant
Education: Bachelor's degree in economics, University of Virginia
Political experience: First run for public office
Family: Husband, Jonathan, and daughter, Ella.
Republican lawmakers are talking about attempting to repeal health care reform if they win majorities in Congress. What's your stance on health care reform?
While the bill that passed congress this past session is not perfect, it is the first step in ensuring that all Americans have access to health care. I will work tirelessly to improve upon the legislation, and take the necessary steps to reach a bill that will ensure proper access to health care while bringing down costs responsibly. I am committed to ensuring that those with pre-existing conditions are not denied coverage and that lifetime caps on insurance coverage are eliminated.
The tax break initiated by George W. Bush as set to expire in early January. Do you want to extend them to all tax brackets, including the wealthy?
I would love to give everyone a tax break but in these tough times, we have to be very careful about how we spend our limited resources. In these tough economic times we must keep the tax. I support easing the tax burden off of middle class families, so they can continue to feed their children and pay their mortgages. I will fight to keep these tax cuts for middle class families but feel we simply cannot afford the $700 billion it would take to provide further tax breaks to the wealthiest 2 percent. I do not support the irresponsible deficit ballooning tax breaks for the wealthiest 1 percent.
What can be done about deficit spending, and if you support extending the Bush tax cuts are you worried about the hundreds of billions in debt the program would add?
As a certified public accountant, I understand that balancing the budget is something that Virginia families and businesses face every day. I think it's time our government does the same. I know how to eliminate wasteful spending by auditing and streamlining government agencies because I've directed a project that reformed our federal courts criminal/civil accounting system. I'll fight to cut Congress' pay, work toward a lifetime ban on lobbying for members of Congress, and I'll take on the big banks and Wall Street companies to stop the bailouts and make sure every taxpayer dollar given to them comes back to us.
What's your stance on offshore drilling off the coast of Virginia, and how has it changed — if at all — since the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico?
Virginia has a unique opportunity to be a leader in the green jobs revolution. Off the coast of Virginia is one of the most abundant locations on the East Coast for renewable wind energy. We have one of the best locations in the country for offshore wind generation which could provide up to 20 percent of Virginia's energy needs. Additionally, we have the ability to manufacture the wind blades and turbines right here in Virginia, putting back to work thousands of skilled laborers in the region. Our addiction to oil has a national security cost, not just an environmental cost. We need to get serious about ending our addiction to oil. Virginia can be a national leader in wind energy and I will work tirelessly to support job creating alternative energy right here in the 1st District of Virginia.
What is your opinion on the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy toward homosexuals, which the Obama Administration is pushing to end?
I believe our military is the greatest fighting force in the history of the world. Our friend and ally, Israel, allows gays and lesbians to serve in the military because the Israelis know that when national security is at stake, you need the best and the brightest to serve, regardless of their sexual orientation. This has not had a negative impact on their troop morale or ability to perform their mission. I believe we should honor the commitment of those serving in the military regardless of sexual orientation, and that we should follow the lead of our military leaders trust the leadership of the US Military and follow their recommendation to and repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."