Thursday, August 2, 2012

Tim McGhee Background

Tim McGhee, 35, was born in Chicago, Illinois.  He graduated from Seminole High School in Sanford, Florida, in 1995.  Tim graduated from Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee, in 1999 with an honors degree in Mathematics with a Computer Science emphasis.  He is a resident of Alexandria on the north end of Old Town.
After college Tim got his first job in web development in Washington, D.C.  He lived in several suburbs in Northern Virginia before making Alexandria his home.  After working in web development for three years, Tim decided to broaden his experience with sales and then management work at RadioShack.  Tim has also operated a small business providing Web development services to his clients since 2004.  After RadioShack, Tim applied his technical and management background to a $10 million construction project while continuing to work on his small business.  Tim was the technology and facility manager for the three-year project.  Recently Tim has been focusing on growing his small business and working for transparency in Alexandria and on the Hill.

Tim is a strong advocate for open government.  He has devoted weeks of his own time to improving transparency, for example, by participating in the Congressional Facebook Hackathon in December 2011.  As a result of his work, he maintains information feeds for the US House of Representatives and US Senate that serve well over 200,000 people each.

Tim would like to see the state legislature expand its efforts to open up the General Assembly to the people.  For example, if you would like to keep track of what is going on in the Virginia legislature, currently your limited options include watching the live video stream of house proceedings.  Tim would like to work towards having a more thorough written record of proceedings and summaries that are readily available to interested citizens.

On health care, Tim believes in protecting the privacy of patients and the integrity and freedom of the relationship between a doctor and his or her patients.  Government data should be open; patient data should not.  The best way to preserve and improve our quality of care health care is to keep data-driven policies and procedures from controlling the art and practice of medicine.

On transportation, Tim would work to make sure our transportation infrastructure keeps up with development in Northern Virginia in order to maintain and improve our quality of life.  Tim believes that gas taxes need to be indexed to the cost of gas to ensure a steady stream funding for road construction and improvements.

On education, Tim would like to work within the legislature on eliminating distractions from having northern Virginia schools focused on education.  Tim would work diligently to improve upon and expand the academy programs in Northern Virginia that have a track record of turning failing schools into shining examples of educational success.

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