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Virginia onAir

The Virginia onAir Hub is managed by students supporting Virginians to become more informed about and engaged in local, state, and federal politics while facilitating more civil and positive discussions with their representatives, candidates, and fellow citizens.

  • Virginia onAir is one of 50 state governance and elections hubs that the US onAir Network is providing to help reinvigorate US democracy.  This post has short summaries of current state and federal representatives with links to their complete Hub posts.  Students curate post content from government, campaign, social media, and public websites.  Key content on theVirginia Hub is also replicated on the US onAir nations Hub at: us.onair.cc.
  • Virginia students will be forming onAir chapters in their colleges and universities to help curate Virginia onAir content.  As more students participate and more onAir chapters are started, we will expand to include more state and local content as well as increase the number of aircasts – student-led, livestreamed, online discussions with candidates, representatives, and the public.

Find out more about Who Represents Me in Virginia
Learn more about the US onAir Network

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VA Students onAir

Virginia Students onAir is composed of collaborating onAir members at Virginia colleges and universities.  VA Students onAir is led by Gabriel Yu and his team of curators, aircasters, and networkers.

Virginia Students onAir is affiliated with the US onAir Network of 50 state governance and election Hubs supporting the nationwide effort by colleges and universities across the country to make democracy and civic responsibility a central aspect of higher learning.

Virginia Students onAir:

  • Curate posts and moderate forums on politicians, issues, committees, and other topics related to Virginia congressional members and US governance and elections and
  • Produce aircasts (livestreamed, zoom discussions)  this fall with congressional candidates and, after the midterms, with their representatives

Virginia students who want to participate in an aircast can apply here. Virginia students who are onAir members and want to curate posts and moderate discussions can contact:  Devin.Pieczynski@onair.cc.

Featured Videos: Sample Candidate Aircast

Students who want to start their own Students onAir chapter at their university can contact: Gabriel.Yu@onair.cc

Voting in VA

2021 ballot: Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and 100 delegates.

Ballot measures: None as yet

The State Board of Elections administers elections and campaign finance laws, including the preparation of ballots and implementation of state and federal election laws (such as the Help America Vote Act).

> All city and county elections will also occur on Nov. 2, 2021.

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2022 VA1 – US House Race

The 1st district is based in the western Chesapeake Bay. Including portions of suburban Richmond. Within the district are western Henrico and Chesterfield counties. Other localities in the district include Colonial Beach, Mechanicsville, and Williamsburg. The incumbent is Republican Rob Wittman, who was re-elected with 58.2% of the vote in 2020.

Source: Wikipedia

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Rob Wittman – VA 01

Current Position: US Representative since 2008
Affiliation: Republican
Former Positions: State Delegate from 2006 – 2008; Montross Town Council from 1996 – 2005

Mission: Rob is committed to getting things done. From rebuilding our Navy to increasing access to broadband, to making sure our children have a 21st-century education, he is constantly working for the First District.

Featured video: The unfolding of Russia-Ukraine war. 

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Herb Jones

Current Position: CEO, Pyramid Technologies, LLC, since 2014
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2022 US Representative for US House District 1
Former Position: New Kent County Treasur from 1999 – 2010

“On January 6, 2020 the Republican incumbent voted against certifying the election. That vote tried to overthrow the will of 2.4 million Virginia voters. The founding principles of our Nation are under attack and now, more than ever, we need courageous leaders to fight back.”

Herb Jones U.S. Congress: video

Source: Campaign page

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2022 VA 02 – US House Race

The 2nd district is based in Hampton Roads, containing the cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach. Virginia’s Eastern Shore is also located within the district. The incumbent is Democrat Elaine Luria, who was re-elected with 51.6% of the vote in 2020.

Despite her home in Norfolk no longer being in the district, Luria is running for re-election in this seat.

Source: Wikipedia

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Elaine Luria – VA 02

Current Position: US Representative of US House District 2 since 2019
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2022 US Representative

Other Positions:
Vice Chair, Committee on Armed Services
Chair, Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs – Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

Featured Quote:
“Today, too many Americans are working hard and getting less. That’s because politicians in Washington aren’t looking out for them. That’s why I am running for Congress.

The core values of Security, Equality, and Prosperity will serve as my compass in representing the 2nd District.”

Featured Video: 
Rep. Elaine Luria questions witnesses in House investigation of Jan. 6
July 27, 2021

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Jen Kiggans

Current Position: State Senator of District 7 since 2020
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2022 US Representative for District 2

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2022 VA7 – US House Race

The 7th district is based in Northern Virginia and encompasses suburban, exurban, and rural areas of Washington. The district contains Bowling Green, Culpeper, the city of Fredericksburg, Stanardsville, Woodbridge, and a small sliver of Albemarle County. The incumbent is Democrat Abigail Spanberger, who was re-elected with 50.8% of the vote in 2020.

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Abigail Spanberger- VA7

Current Position: US Representative since 2019
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2022 US Representative for District 7

Other Positions:
Vice Chair, Subcommittees Europe, Eurasia, Energy, & the Environment Subcommittee

Pinned Tweet: The Inflation Reduction Act will lower healthcare costs for Virginians. – Seniors will see Medicare out-of-pocket drug prices capped at $2,000/year – Insulin for Medicare patients will be capped at $35/month – Medicare will finally be able to negotiate drug prices

Featured video: Abigail Spanberger for Congress

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Yesli Vega

Current Position: Prince William County Board of Supervisors since 2018
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2022 US Representative for District 7
Former Position: Police Officer

Yesli and her family are firm believers in the passage from Luke which says “to whom much is given, much is required.” That is why she’s dedicated her life to service in three different Virginia law enforcement agencies and why she’s running to be your voice to power in Washington.

Featured video: Police officer wins Virginia primary, rips Biden policies

Source: Campaign page

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2022 VA08 – US House Race

The 8th district is based in northern Virginia and encompasses the inner Washington, D.C. suburbs, including Arlington, Alexandria, and Falls Church. The incumbent is Democrat Don Beyer, who was re-elected with 75.8% of the vote in 2020.

Source: Wikipedia

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Don Beyer – VA 08

Current Position: US Representative of US House District 8 since 2015
Other Positions: Chair of the Joint Economic Committee; Chair of the Subcommittee on Space; Member of the Subcommittees on Trade, Select Revenue Measures (Ways & means), and Research and Technology
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2022 US Representative for District 8
Former Position: Lt. Governor from 1990 – 1998

Pinned Tweet: I am grateful to voters in Northern Virginia for again making me their Democratic nominee to represent Virginia’s 8th District. Their trust in me is humbling, and I will continue to do all I can to earn it.”

Featured Videos:

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Karina Lipsman

Current Position: Consultant
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2022 US Representative for District 8
Former Position: Corporate Strategy Development from 2009 – 2022

Her campaign is focused on delivering common sense solutions to Washington to achieve common goals for all. Those goals: more money in your wallets, preserve your retirement and savings accounts, lowering energy costs, combating inflation, and protecting our children.

Featured video: Karina Lipsman Official Campaign Launch


Source: Campaign page

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2022 VA10 – US House Race

The 10th district is based in northern Virginia and the D.C. metro area, encompassing Fauquier, Loudoun, and Rappahannock counties. As well as, parts of Fairfax and Prince William counties. Including the cities of Mansassas and Manassas Park. The incumbent is Democrat Jennifer Wexton, who was re-elected with 56.5% of the vote in 2020.

Source: Wikipedia

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Jennifer Wexton – VA 10

Current Position: US Representative since 2019
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2022 US Representative for US House District 10
Former Position: State Senator from 2013 – 2018

Pinned Tweet Aug 15, 2022: I’ve always fought to #ProtectSocialSecurity and have the backs of Virginia seniors who rely on this crucial program. But now it’s under greater threat than ever from extreme Republicans who have unveiled a plan to end this lifeline in just 5 years. We can’t let them win.

Featured videoA Conversation with Dr. Doretha Williams of the NMAAHC

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Hung Cao

Current Position: US Senator
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2022 US Representative for District 10
Former Position: Navy Captain, Special Operations from 1996 – 2021

My policies are simple: Government needs to leave us alone!

Government needs to stay out of our businesses, out of our homes, out of our churches, away from our children and away from our guns.

Featured videoVA-10 Republican Candidate Hung Cao Exclusive Interview – June 23, 2022

Source: Campaign page

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2022 VA11 – US House Race

The 11th district encompasses portions of suburban Washington, D.C., including the city of Fairfax and portions of Fairfax County. The incumbent is Democrat Gerry Connolly, who was re-elected with 77.6% of the vote in 2020.

Source: Wikipedia

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Gerry Connolly – VA 11

Current Position: US Representative of US House District 11 since 2009
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2022 US Representative for US House District 11
Former Position: Board of Supervisors - Fairfax County from 1995 – 2007

Pinned Tweet 2/24/22: Sorry, you lose the right to complain about partisanship once you’ve fanned the flames of violent insurrection.

Featured VideoChairman Gerry Connolly’s Opening Statement: Future of Federal Work II

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Jim Myles

Current Position: US Senator
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2022 US Representative for District 11
Former Position: Federal United States Administrative Law Judge

I am pro-life, a member of the NRA, and a supporter of the second amendment. I also believe that the government cannot favor any religion or non-religion, all have a first amendment right that the government must respect.

Source: Campaign page

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Glenn Youngkin – VA

Current Position: Governor since 2022
Affiliation: Republican

Glenn Youngkin is a homegrown Virginian who grew up in Richmond and Virginia Beach. As his father changed jobs, Glenn learned that moving around didn’t equal moving up – nothing was handed to him. From his first job washing dishes and frying eggs at a diner in Virginia Beach, Glenn embraced hard work and responsibility to help his family when his father lost his job. His determination to succeed earned him multiple high school basketball honors in Virginia and an athletic scholarship to college.

After earning an engineering degree at Rice University, and his MBA at Harvard Business School, Glenn and his wife Suzanne moved to Northern Virginia. Glenn landed a job at The Carlyle Group, where he spent the next 25 years. Working his way to the top of the company, Glenn played a key role in building Carlyle into one of the leading investment firms in the world. His efforts have helped fund the retirements of teachers, police officers, firefighters and other frontline public servants and supported hundreds of thousands of American jobs.

Source: Campaign page

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Mark Warner – VA

Current Position: US Senator since 2009
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Positions: Governor from 2002 – 2006; Venture Capital from 1989 – 2001

Other Positions:
Chair, Senate Intelligence Committee

“Senator Warner is committed to strengthening our national security both at home and abroad, and he believes a strong and engaged United States is fundamental to securing our national interests around the world.”

When he left the Governorship in 2006, Virginia was ranked as the best state for business, the best managed state, and the best state in which to receive a public education.

Featured Video:
What is the Cybersecurity Caucus?

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