I am Patrice Winter and I am running for 37th District Delegate. I have lived in the City of Fairfax for over 25 years. I have been an active resident since I arrived and am proud to call Fairfax my home.
I am running for Delegate because I believe I have an obligation to be actively involved in my community. With my experience and education, I bring an in-depth real world knowledge of health care, small business and education which will be invaluable here in NoVA and in Richmond. I want to be the voice for the various constituencies in our wonderfully diverse community. I want to tap into our enormous expertise that the residents of this district possess and be the conduit to use this insight towards a successful legislative process.
I’ve lived in Northern Virginia for more than 25 years, and I’m proud to call Fairfax my home! I’m the parent of two children who attended Fairfax County Public Schools. My son is currently in college, and my daughter is serving our country in Azerbaijan as a member of the Peace Corps.
I’m currently on faculty at George Mason University (GMU)—the most recent stop in my lifelong education journey. I graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1976 and the Institute of Graduate Health Sciences in 1982, and I earned a masters degree in health systems management from GMU in 2010. Last year, I received a doctorate in physical therapy from Shenandoah University.
In addition to my teaching and research duties at GMU’s College of Health and Human Sciences, I’m helping develop a campus health initiative that includes the creation of a metered walking trail on GMU’s Fairfax campus.
Prior to joining the GMU faculty, I ran my own Fairfax-based physical therapy practice for 17 years. As a result, I’ve experienced many of the challenges that our local businesses face in these tough economic times. Like many of you, I’ve had to meet payroll and navigate complex—and often unnecessary—national, state, and local regulations.
I represented the City on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Transportation Planning Board (2004-2008) and helped bring “HOT” lanes to I-495, which relieved congestion on the Beltway.
I served on the COG Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee (2002-2008) and helped address some of the most pressing environmental issues our community faces.
I served as the City Council representative to several citizen advisory committees in the City, including the Economic Development Authority (2002-2008) and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (2002-2008).
I’ve been a national spokesperson for the American Physical Therapy Association since 1998 and am frequently quoted in the national media.
During my three terms on the City Council (2002-08), I built a strong record of solving transportation problems, improving education, and fixing our healthcare system.