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This Virginia State Representative Says He Moonlights as a Lyft Driver - Source Washingtonian

Posted on May 09,2019
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BY ANDREW BEAUJON

WASHINGTON, DC. - Delegate Lee J. Carter represents Manassas City and part of Prince William County in the Virginia General Assembly. He’s the only Democratic Socialist member of the state legislature, and he says he supplements his $17,640 lawmaker salary by driving for Lyft. He plans to strike Wednesday with other Lyft and Uber drivers, who are calling for job security and fare regulation, among other demands.

Lyft hasn't yet replied to Washingtonian‘s query about whether it has records of Carter driving, and Carter himself hasn’t yet replied to my requests for an interview, but the circumstances he says led to his decision to strike underscores an interesting dynamic in Virginia politics: The “Virginia Way” philosophy, which supposes good government derives from legislators who spend most of their time working elsewhere. That’s why Alexandria, for example, has a part-time mayor and council, and why Virginia’s legislature has such a quirky schedule: It’s supposed to meet 60 days per year in even-numbered years and 30 days per year in odd.

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