VA Competitive Districts – 2019 Elections

This post summarizes the 5 competitive Virginia Senate and 20 House of Delegate Districts in the recent elections on November 5, 2019.  Each district has a short description of its boundaries, pictures of the candidates, a link to a post focused on the candidates and their positions on issues, and links to posts on each candidate.  Feature image for this post shows the regional location for each of these districts.

In compiling this post, we used Ned Oliver’s Virginia Mercury article as a guide.

> To view all the Virginia competitive races in this post, select this post’s title.

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VA 2019 House Competitive Districts

This post has summaries of the 20 House of Delegate Districts in the upcoming elections on November 5, 2019.  Each district has a short description of its boundaries, pictures of the candidates, a link to a post focused on the candidates and their positions on issues, and links to posts on each candidate.  Feature image for this post shows the regional location for each of these districts.

To view this post, select the feature image or post title.

One can view a more detailed post on each competitive district in each candidate subcategory e.g. Southeastern VA House Candidates. To view ALL the candidates running for the 100 House districts, go to this slide show.

In compiling this post, we used Ned Oliver’s Virginia Mercury article as a guide. If you know of other competitive districts, we will be happy to consider them for inclusion in this post.

Virginia onAir curators will have a special focus on these districts and will attempt to provide a video recording of an interview with each of the candidates.

Districts that Flipped – VA 2019 Elections

The Virginia 2019 elections saw both the State Senate and State House of Delegates change from Republican to Democratic control.

The Virginia State Senate in 2020 will have 21 Democratic senators and 19 Republican senators. Two senate districts flipped to the democrats: District 10 where Ghazala F. Hashmi won and District 13 where John Bell was the winner.

The Virginia House of Delegates in 2020 will have 55 Democratic delegates and 45 Republican delegates. Six house districts flipped to the democrats: District 28 won by Joshua Cole; District 40 won by Dan Helmer; District 76 won by Clint Jenkins; District 83 won by Nancy Guy; District 91 won by Martha Mugler; and District 94 won by Shelly Simonds.

Virginia Democrats win control of General Assembly, sealing Trump-era power shift, Virginia Mercury, November 6, 2015 by Graham Moomaw.

Democrats flip Virginia Senate and House, taking control of state government for the first time in a generation,  Washington Post, Nov. 5, 2019 by Gregory Schneider and Laura Vozzella.

Terry Kilgore

Current Position: State Delegate for District 1 since 1994
Affiliation: Republican

Terry Kilgore served as Chairman of the House Commerce and Labor Committee and is a member of the House Courts of Justice Committee and the House Rules Committee.

Terry serves on various boards and organizations in the Commonwealth including Chairman of the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, the Coal and Energy Commission, and the Southwest Virginia Health Authority. He also serves on the Appalachian Region Interstate Compact Commission, Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation, Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center and the Southwest Virginia Public Education Consortium.

Heather Mitchell

Current Position: Senior Aide, Prince William County Board of Supervisors
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2021 State Delegate

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Will Morefield

Current Position: State Delegate for District 3 since 2010
Affiliation: Republican

Even though Will Morefield is one of the youngest delegates at 33, he is a senior member in the House who proudly represents the counties of Bland, Buchanan, Russell, and Tazewell. This gives him a strong and unique voice in Richmond for our area.

As delegate, Will was the first elected official to publicly stand up for coal. As a member of the Natural Resources Committee, he advocates for coal and natural gas jobs and has initiated Project Jonah, which will be the largest aquaculture project in the world – creating hundreds of jobs right here in Southwest Virginia. As a member of the Counties, Cities and Town Committee, Will successfully fights for teacher pay raises and for expanding infrastructure and drinking water projects.

Starla Kiser

Current Position: Founder, Healios Health
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

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Israel O’Quinn

Current Position: State Delegate for District 5 since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

As a strong advocate for Southwest Virginia, Israel O’Quinn works to ensure the 5th District is well-represented in Richmond. Israel served as Deputy Majority Whip and his legislative committee assignments include Commerce and Labor, Privileges and Elections, as well as Militia, Police and Public Safety. He serves as the Chairman of Subcommittee Number Four in the Privileges and Elections Committee and he also serves as Chairman of Subcommittee Number Three in the Commerce and Labor Committee.

Israel is a member of the legislative Coal and Energy Commission and he serves on the Board of Directors for the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center.

Jeffrey Campbell

Current Position: State Delegate for District 6 since 2014
Affiliation: Republican

I can think of no other governmental function that so positively affects a community and its people than the location or relocation of a new industry within its borders, bringing with it job opportunities and economic prospects that promote the public welfare and create a better way of life for the residents.  Our government must make this the No. 1 priority for the citizens of the 6th District.  We can do better.

Jim Barker

Current Position: Member, Marion Town Council
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

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Nick Rush

Current Position: State Delegate for District 7 since 2012
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Montgomery County Board of Supervisors from 1992 – 2004

Nick was first elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in November of 2011 and has been re-elected in 2013, 2015, and most recently in 2017 to continue serving the citizens of the 7th House District. At the beginning of the 2018 legislative session, Nick was elected Majority Whip by his fellow Caucus members.

As a strong voice for the New River Valley, Nick has worked hard to make the NRV the “best place to live, work, raise a family and retire.”

Joseph McNamara

Current Position: State Delegate for District 8 since 2018
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Roanoke County Board of Supervisors from 1998 – 2018

“As the next Delegate from the Roanoke and New River Valleys, Joe McNamara will continue Delegate Greg Habeeb’s work to advance pro-life, fiscally conservative, and pro-Second Amendment principles!”

Elected to the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors in 1996, he has successfully reduced the Roanoke County budget and has never raised a tax.

Jennifer Carroll Foy

Current Position: Running for Governor since 2020
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate for VA House District 2 from 2019 – 2021

Jennifer Carroll Foy is fighting to:

  • Improve transportation by extending the Metro Blue Rail to Prince William County and changing the state formula to ensure Stafford county has sufficient funds for road construction and maintenance.
  • Protect the water we drink from coal ash contamination, by removing ash or recycling it to make materials like concrete.
  • Ensure that veterans have the resources they need to get an education, start a businesses, and fully participate in Virginia’s economy after returning from service.

Darlene Lewis

Current Position: Founder, The Hope Center
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

N/A

Charlie Poindexter

Current Position: State Delegate for District 9 since 2008
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Franklin County Board of Supervisors from 1999 – 2007

Some of Charlie Poindexter’s successful legislation includes establishment of a Drug Court for Franklin County, Betterment Loans for citizens financially unable to repair their septic systems, assurance of adequate water for private wells, reduced vehicle registration fees for handicapped-equipped vehicles, expanding the use of bio-mass materials for energy production, green jobs tax credits, alternative fuels refueling infrastructure, revocation of hospitality industry fees, local government procurement/sharing of technology, consolidation of water quality reporting, establishment of sexual offender registry data and granting an extension of time on behalf of consumers for the attorney general and the SCC to review utility rate increase requests.

Wendy Gooditis

Current Position: State Delegate for District 10 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Randy Minchew

Current Position: Attorney
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2021 State Delegate
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2011 – 2017

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Sam Rasoul

Current Position: State Delegate for District 11 since 2014
Affiliation: Democrat

Sam Rasoul is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of a non-profit healthcare firm helping with maternal child health in East Africa. Equipped with an understanding that leadership is a bold journey for justice, he organizes community leaders through The Impact Center; his initiative to develop & empower new age leaders.

Sam committed to decline any donations from special interest Political Action Committees and lobbyists in an effort to raise awareness of the control many powerful special interests have over the political system.

Chris Hurst

Current Position: State Delegate for District 12 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

“I’ve dedicated my life to public service and giving a voice to the people of southwest Virginia.”
“My career in news was fulfilling but instead of asking questions, I became focused on finding solutions.”

Forrest Hite

Current Position: Data Resource Administrator
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

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Danica Roem

Current Position: State Delegate for District 13 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Kelly McGinn

Current Position: Former Senior Counsel for International Human Rights
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2021 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Danny Marshall

Current Position: State Delegate for District 14 since 2002
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Danville City Council from 2000 – 2001

Danny Marshall is working for Jobs,  Economic Development, A Strong Region and a Strong Virginia.

Danny is the past president of Marshall Concrete Products, a family business that was in our area for more than 40 years and provided 180+ jobs for our region.  He is a former member of the Danville City Council, and Danny has served as president of the Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce. He has served on numerous area development boards and commissions, including the Dan River Region Vision Committee.

Eric Stamps

Current Position: Founder, Indivisible Southside
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Beverly Harrison

Current Position: Child care center development consultant
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Les Adams

Current Position: State Delegate for District 16 since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

Delegate Les Adams is a 6th generation resident of Pittsylvania County and Southside Virginia.  As a local attorney, family man, and small business owner, Les is invested in our community and future prosperity.

Les serves on the House Courts of Justice Committee, which includes his appointments to the Criminal Law Subcommittee and the Judicial Subcommittee.  He is also a member of the Committees on Privileges and Elections, Transportation and Science and Technology.

Dustin Evans

Current Position: Works for Cherrystone Outdoors
Affiliation: Libertarian
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Chris Head

Current Position: State Delegate for District 17 since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

Chris Head is a proven conservative leader who knows how to create jobs and meet a payroll.

He is ardently and un-apologetically pro life. He is a strong defender of the Second Amendment and NRA Member.

Mike Webert

Current Position: State Delegate for District 18 since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

Michael Webert is a proven leader in our community. Since first being elected in 2011, he has passed several pieces of legislation. From reducing red-tape, cutting taxes, fighting for our Second Amendment rights, protecting the unborn, and promoting conservation practices that protect our environment.

Michael has a proven track record of bipartisan accomplishments in the General Assembly and looks forward to continuing to serve the people of the 18th District

Laura Galante

Current Position: Founder, Galante Strategies
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Terry Austin

Current Position: State Delegate for District 19 since 2014
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Botetourt County Board of Supervisors from 1997 – 2013

Currently serving a third term in the House, Terry Austin is on the committees of Appropriations, Transportation, Rules, and Cities, Count & Towns. In 2018, he was appointed to serve on the Joint Audit & Legislative Commission (JLARC).

Terry is President of Austin Electrical Construction Inc., a small business that specializes in airport runway lighting which he founded forty-six years ago. He also serves on the boards of Bank of Botetourt and Carilion.

Jennifer Lewis

Current Position: Mental health worker
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Kelly Fowler

Current Position: State Delegate for District 21 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Kelly Fowler’s life has always been dedicated to the service of others. She’s worked as an elementary school teacher and owns her own small real estate business specializing in military family relocation and advocacy. She has been a resident of Virginia Beach since childhood and cares deeply for her community.

Delegate Fowler supports transparency and will serve with integrity, and will support legislation to ensure others do the same.

Shannon Kane

Current Position: Small business owner and City Council member
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Kathy Byron

Current Position: State Delegate for District 22 since 1998
Affiliation: Republican

Kathy Byrone serves as Vice-chairman of the House Commerce and Labor Committee and is a member of  the Finance Committee and House Science and Technology Committee.

Kathy also serves on various boards and organizations in the Commonwealth including the Virginia Workforce Development Board, Tobacco Community Revitalization Commission (where she serves as the Chairman of the Research and Development Committee).

Jennifer Woofter

Current Position: Business consultant
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

David Zilles

Current Position: Thermal fluids engineer
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Ronnie Campbell

Current Position: State Delegate for District 24 since 2019
Affiliation: Republican

Ronnie Campbell is a retired Virginia State Trooper with a M.S. in Risk Management from Virginia Commonwealth University and a B.S. in Criminal Justice.

Ronnie sits on the following committees: Courts of Justice; Militia, Police and Public Safety; and Science and Technology and on the following subcommittees: Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #2 and Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #3.

 

Christian Worth

Current Position: Lawyer
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Billy Eli Fishpaw

Current Position: Architect
Affiliation: Green
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Jennifer Kitchen

Current Position: Community organizer and activist
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Janice Allen

Current Position: Employed in housing-related fields
Affiliation: None
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Tony Wilt

Current Position: State Delegate for District 26 since 2010
Affiliation: Republican

Tony Wilt serves on three committees in the House, which include Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (ACNR); Commerce and Labor; and Militia, Police and Public Safety (MPP). In 2014 he was appointed as Chairman of ACNR Subcommittee #3, which predominantly considers water quality and Chesapeake Bay related issues. In 2018 he was named Chair of MPP Subcommittee #2.

In addition, he serves as the Chairman of the Virginia Small Business Commission, is a member of the Chesapeake Bay Commission, the Manufacturing Development Commission, and the Board of Visitors for the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind.

Brent Finnegan

Current Position: Works at the Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services at JMU
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Roxann Robinson

Current Position: State Delegate for District 27 since 2010
Affiliation: Republican

Dr. Roxann Robinson is a highly respected optometrist and small business owner. For 30 years she owned and operated her optometric practice here in Chesterfield County. During that time she grew the practice from two employees to nine.

A firm believer in helping others, Roxann is actively involved in many programs that improve our community’s quality of life. She has served as the Clinical Director of Opening Eyes, a program that provides vision exams to Special Olympic athletes.

Larry Barnett

Current Position: Mental Health Support Services
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Paul Milde

Current Position: Businessman
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate
Former Position(s): Chair, Stafford County Board of Supervisors from 2011 – 2017

Overview: N/A

Chris Collins

Current Position: Judge since 2020
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate

“Chris understands what sort of leadership the community expects- principled conservatism with an emphasis on serving the needs of the public. It is vital that our leaders fundamentally understand that every dollar taken from the taxpayer must, in turn, be respected as the taxpayer’s money.”

Irina Khanin

Current Position: Child advocate attorney
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2021 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Ann Ridgeway

Current Position: Juvenile probation counselor
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Liz Guzman

Current Position: State Delegate for District 31 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Elizabeth  Guzman has been working in the public sector for 10 years, and currently works as the Division Chief for Administrative Services for the Center for Adult Services for the City of Alexandria. Her personal and professional experience have given her strong insight into the needs of the 31st House of Delegates district, and Elizabeth cares about the many challenges residents in Prince William County and Fauquier County face. Elizabeth will fight as a strong advocate for the needs of the 31st District, whether that’s legislating for change in Richmond, or attending a community meeting in Catlett.

Featured video: This interview was conducted by Nader Momtaz in Liz Guzman’s office in Woodbridge, VA on Oct. 17, 2019. Original interview recording has not been edited in any way.

D.J. Jordan

Current Position: Public Relations
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2021 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

David Reid

Current Position: State Delegate for District 32 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Dave LaRock

Current Position: State Delegate for District 33 since 2014
Affiliation: Republican

Overview: N/A

Mavis Taintor

Current Position: Founder and co-CEO of Callidus Capital Management
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2021 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Kathleen Murphy

Virginia Restricts Use Of Public Roads In Neighborhoods
thenewspaper.comDecember 13, 2019 (Short)

Virginia Restricts Use Of Public Roads In Neighborhoods
thenewspaper.com – December 13, 2019

State Delegate Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean) introduced the legislation making the non-resident bans possible. Her bill sailed through the state Senate on a 32 to 7 vote, and the measure cleared the House of Delegates without opposition.

“A county operating under the urban county executive form of government may by ordinance develop a program to issue resident permits or stickers to residents of a designated area that will allow such residents to make turns into or out of the designated area during certain times of the day when such turns would otherwise be restricted,” Virginia Code Section 15.2-2022.1 states.

On Saturday, the Virginia House Democratic Caucus announced their remaining elected leadership positions. The election results are as follows:

Vice Chair of Operations: Jeion Ward
Vice Chair of Outreach: Kathleen Murphy
Secretary: Marcus Simon
Treasurer: Betsy Carr
Sergeant-at-Arms: Delores McQuinn

“I am pleased to congratulate Dels. Jeion Ward, Kathleen Murphy, Betsy Carr, and Delores McQuinn on their re-election to caucus leadership positions and to welcome Del. Marcus Simon to his new role as Secretary,” said Caucus Chair Rip Sullivan.

Democrats walk away with Fairfax election, gain legislative majorities
Inside Nova , Brian TrompterNovember 7, 2019 (Short)

It would be tough to imagine a better night than Nov. 5 was for local Democrats.

Candidates backed by the Fairfax County Democratic Committee secured all but one of the 10 seats on the county’s Board of Supervisors, had a strong showing in the School Board race and beat back an independent challenger for commonwealth’s attorney.

Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-34th) received 10,004 votes (56.7 percent) to defeat Republican challenger Gary Pan, who earned 7,630 votes (43.2 percent).

Kathleen Murphy For Delegate - "Good Things"
Murphy for DelegateJune 28, 2015 (00:30)

Current Position: State Delegate for District 34 since 2015
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Mark Keam

This year, Dominion is looking for an explicit legislative green light to build, on its own, what would be the nation’s largest offshore wind project off the coast of Virginia Beach, and recoup the estimated $8 billion cost from ratepayers.

On a 5-4 tally, the bill advanced, but unease from Democratic Dels. Mark Keam of Fairfax and Alfonso Lopez of Arlington showed not everyone is sold on the idea that such a project would be in the public interest.

Current Position: State Delegate for District 35 since 2010
Affiliation: Democrat

In 2009, Mark became the first Asian-born immigrant and the first Korean American elected to any state-level office in Virginia. Since then, voters in the 35th District have returned Mark to Richmond for additional two-year terms.

Over the past decade, Mark has authored dozens of state laws that impact the quality of life for Virginians, such as improving public education and healthcare, creating innovative tech sector and environmental jobs, supporting military veterans and public safety, reforming tax codes and business regulations, and providing more government transparency, accountability, and efficiency.

Featured video: This interview was conducted by Kerrie Thompson in the Fairfax Regional Library in the Fall of 2019. Original interview recording has not been edited in any way.

Gary Pan

Current Position: Government Consulting business owner
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2021 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Ken Plum

Representing the Commonwealth
Ken PlumDecember 23, 2020 (Short)

Last Sunday evening Confederate General Robert E. Lee lost his position of representing the Commonwealth as part of the Statuary Hall Collection at the United States Capitol. A copy of a statue of General Lee by sculptor Edward Valentine had been standing in the Capitol since 1909 most recently in the Crypt where a statue representing each of the thirteen original states stood. General Lee’s statue was carted off just as statues of him have been taken down across the state including the huge equestrian statue of him that will be taken down from Monument Avenue in Richmond as soon as lawsuits about it are resolved.
The other statue representing Virginia in the Capitol Statuary Collection is a copy of Houdon’s statue that stands in the Rotunda of the State Capitol in Richmond of the Father of Our Country George Washington. It was Washington’s strong leadership and the time-honored precedents he set that helped the new nation to get started. Lee on the other hand had led an insurrection that attempted to break away from the nation and establish the Confederate States as a separate country that allowed slavery of human beings!
Who else could represent Virginia as the second statue allowed by each state in the Statuary Collection? The Governor appointed a commission to answer that question. After their public hearings and deliberations, the commission concluded that the appropriate person should be Barbara Johns. For too long a time many Virginians have not known of the heroic acts that Barbara Johns did to help set the course for recent history in Virginia. Her statue is already on the Virginia Capital grounds in the Virginia Civil Rights Memorial recognizing her leadership in bringing about changes in the unequal ways that white and black schools were funded in Virginia.

Redistricting Underway
Ken PlumDecember 10, 2020 (Short)

The Constitution requires that after the federal census every ten years there is to be a reapportionment of legislative districts based on population growth and shifts reflecting “one-man, one-vote.” Virginia voters made history this year by approving a constitutional amendment establishing a Redistricting Commission. With Virginia having elections in odd-numbered years including in 2021 elections for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and members of the House of Delegates, Virginia is on a fast track to get the Commission underway.

In the special session that ended in October, the General Assembly passed enabling legislation to establish the Commission by November 15. Already the eight legislators who will be on the Commission have been named as well as the retired judges who will participate. In all instances of appointing members, consideration shall be given “to the racial, ethnic, geographic, and gender diversity of the Commonwealth.” The partisan leadership in the House and Senate who made the appointments were prohibited from appointing themselves.
Applications are being accepted through December 28 from citizens who would like to serve on the Commission. Persons who have been involved in partisan political activity or who are relatives of members in office or those involved in partisan political activity are not eligible to serve on the Commission. For details on who is eligible for membership and details on applying, go to redistricting.dls.virginia.gov.

Electric Vehicles to be the Norm
Fatimah WaseemAugust 22, 2019 (Short)

In 1996 I had the great learning experience of chairing the Northern Virginia Electric Vehicle Launch Committee through the sponsorship of the Electric Transportation Coalition (ETC) and the US Departments of Energy and Transportation. The national goal to clean up the air we breathe was the impetus to the study we did in our region as was being done in nine other suburban regions throughout the country. The one-inch thick report we produced–“The Path to an EV Ready Community”–provided a guide that is still relevant and valuable today.
General Motors came out with its EV-1 vehicle which I had the pleasure to drive for a day; prospects were looking good for electric vehicles until suddenly the bottom dropped out of the market. All big manufacturers dropped their testing and production of electric vehicles. Our report was clearly ahead of its time.
Fast forward a couple of decades and electric vehicles have come into their own. All manufacturers I know of are predicting that over the next couple of decades electric vehicles will be the only cars and trucks they produce. They are environmentally clean, outperform traditional cars, need less maintenance, and are safer.

Northam: ‘We are going to move forward with legalizing marijuana in Virginia’
Virginia Mercury, Ned OliverNovember 16, 2020 (Short)

Gov. Ralph Northam said Monday he plans to propose legislation legalizing marijuana when the General Assembly convenes in January, setting the state on a path to become the first in the South to allow recreational use of the drug.

“We are going to move forward with legalizing marijuana in Virginia,” Northam said. “I support that and am committed to doing it the right way.”

Northam, a physician who says he’s never used the drug, cautioned “it’s not going to happen overnight,” saying he envisions an 18 to 24 month timetable for the state to establish and regulate the new marketplace.

Current Position: State Delegate for District 36 since 1978
Affiliation: Democrat

Ken Plum was first elected Delegate for the 36th District in 1978. The 36th District includes parts of Fairfax County.

Delegate Plum serves as Chair of the Agriculture, Chesapeake, and Natural Resources Committee and is a member of the Communications, Technology and Innovation, Appropriations, and Public Safety committees. Delegate Plum is retired teacher and school administrator and is focuses full-time focus on being a Delegate.

The interview below was conducted by Nader Momtaz in Ken Plum’s Pocahontas Building office in Richmond, VA on Jan. 17, 2020. Original interview recording has not been edited in any way.

David Bulova

General Laws Committee
May 20, 2021 – 6:00 pm (ET)

I would like to curate an aircast on the activities of the recent activities of the General Laws committee during this winter’s General Assembly.

Host:

  • Committee Chair, Delegate David Bulova

Featured Guest(s):

  • Delegate Betsy Carr, Chair, Open Government/Procurement Subcommittee

  • Delegate Chris Hurst, Chair, Professions/Occupations and Administrative Process Subcommittee

Producer:

  • Shuaib Ahmed, Democracy onAir

The more streamlined permit by rule process has incentivized most of these developers to keep their solar farms under 150 megawatts, leaving only the largest proposals in the SCC’s hands. Ken Schrad, director of the SCC’s Division of Information Resources, said the commission has only heard three applications for solar projects, with the most significant being sPower’s 500 megawatt Spotsylvania farm, touted at the time of its proposal as the biggest one east of the Rocky Mountains.

Webert has contended that more ought to be placed in the commission’s hands: “With the SCC, it’s basically a formal legal proceeding where there’s a cross-examination because the SCC commissioners are actually judges,” he said during one hearing on his proposal. “So you can push for additional mitigation and other things.”

But at a later hearing on Jan. 27, Del. David Bulova, D-Fairfax, questioned whether a tightening of the permit by rule program’s size limits would solve the problem, saying “this is not the way to go ahead and deal with that concern.”

Del. Israel O’Quinn, R-Washington, is carrying a bill of his own to set up an empty fund to support school construction needs. He just needs his colleagues working on the budget to put money into it.

After the recession, spending on school construction and other areas in Virginia dropped. Before 2009, a few sources of state funding were available to help with capital costs. For example, a school construction grant fund boasted an annual budget of $28 million, offering districts an average of $202,000 a year.

Localities shoulder the burden of building schools. The poorest local governments already have the least amount in their budgets to go toward school infrastructure needs, so the schools get worse.

Del. David Bulova, D-Fairfax, voted against O’Quinn’s bill in committee, questioning where the money would come from and whether the legislature could come up with enough to meaningfully tackle the problem.

“We’re potentially shifting what has long been a local responsibility to the state having a share of that,” Bulova said.

In support of the bill, Del. Elizabeth Guzman, D-Woodbridge, responded to Davis’s stance and said: “Some statements were made here that if we diversify the admission process that it’s going to lower the bar of those schools. I don’t think that’s accurate, and it actually sounded very offensive.”

Del. David Bulova, D-Fairfax Station, also supported HB 2305. He explained how the bill would require guidelines, not regulations. Guidelines would give the Board of Education a chance to put together the best practices for diversity and inclusion, as opposed to state-mandated regulations, which are harder for opposers to support.

Voting for the bill were Bulova, Guzman, Del. Suhas Subramanyam, D-Sterling; Del. Schuyler VanValkenburg, D-Henrico; and Del. Shelly Simonds, D-Newport News. Opposed were Davis, Del. Roxann Robinson, R-Chesterfield, and Del. Bill Wiley, R-Winchester.

 

Agency 229 provides funding to Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station. Through these entities, the agency supports scientists and other specialists who conduct innovative agricultural research at the VAES and its 11 Agricultural Research Extension Centers. Data collected from that research is disseminated to Extension agents, who then share the information with farmers and agricultural businesses.

Throughout the 2021 Virginia General Assembly, Virginia Farm Bureau Federation has advocated for increased Agency 229 funding through a state budget amendment.

The proposal has gained bipartisan support from Del. David L. Bulova, D-Fairfax, and Sen. Emmett W. Hanger Jr., R-Mount Solon.

Early Voting For Democratic Primary Starts Next Week In Fairfax
Patch, Michael O'ConnellApril 14, 2021 (Medium)

The deadline in Fairfax County for requesting an application to vote by mail is 5 p.m., on Friday, May 28. Applications received after April 23 and before the deadline will be sent out as they are received.

Voters will need to return their mail-in ballots by 7 p.m., on June 8. They can either drop them off in person or by mail by the June 8 deadline.

All in-person voters and those dropping off ballots are required to follow CDC COVID-19 guidance by wearing a mask or face covering and practicing safe social distancing.

Incumbent David Bulova (D-37), who represents the Fairfax City area in the Virginia House of Delegates, does not have a challenger in the Democratic Primary, so he will not be on the June 8 ballot.

Current Position: State Delegate for District 37 since 2006
Affiliation: Democrat

David Bulova was first elected Delegate for the 37th District in 2005. The 37th District includes the city of Fairfax and parts of Fairfax County.

Delegate Bulova serves as Chair of the General Laws Committee and Chair of the Commerce, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Subcommittee in the Appropriations Committee. Additionally, he serves as a member of the Education Committee, Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources and Appropriations Committee.

The interview below was conducted by Tim O’Shea in David Bulova’s Fairfax City office in July, 2019. Original interview recording has not been edited in any way.

Kaye Kory

Virginia Delegate Champions Bills for Workers and Environment
Kevin DauryFebruary 11, 2021 (Short)

Last week, Delegate Kaye Kory acted as chief co-patron of two important bills up for vote in the Virginia House of Delegates. The first is meant to assist Virginia workers through the creation of the office of the Secretary of Labor. The purpose of the second is to create a rebate program associated with the purchase or lease of electronic vehicles.

Both pieces of legislation passed in the House and will now require a Senate vote and the governor’s approval to become laws.

Regarding the bill for Virginia workers, Kory said, ““The passage of this bill will help the Commonwealth’s workers by cutting bureaucratic red tape that will streamline services to the workers who need help amid a historic pandemic.”

Animal welfare-related bills to note in General Assembly
Lacy Shirley February 10, 2021 (Short)

The Humane Cosmetics Act (SB 1379/HB 2250) introduced by Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon) and Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church) prohibits the testing of cosmetics on animals in Virginia and prohibits the sale of any cosmetic in Virginia that was developed or manufactured using animal testing.

There are many alternatives to testing new ingredients that do not involve animals. Rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, and rats are often the subjects used for cosmetic testing. When laboratory experiments end, the outcome for the lab animals is most often euthanasia.

Currently, Virginia is only one of four states that requires manufacturers to use alternative non-animal testing methods when available. The bills in the Senate and House are identical, and both passed with significant support, so they now cross over to the opposite chamber.

HB 2230 seeks to direct Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to develop a program to educate people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and others about supported decision-making agreements.

HB 2230 is the result of a bill introduced last session by Del. Kaye Kory, D-Falls Church, which led to a work group study that recommended the language of the bill. Kory, a co-patron of the bill, also spoke before the vote, highlighting the long road the legislation has taken.

“Six years ago, when I was a member of the joint health care commission, I asked for a study on supported decision-making and it took until this year for us to finally put this language in code,” she said.

Current Position: State Delegate for District 38 since 2010
Affiliation: Democrat

Delegate Kaye Kory was elected as the State Delegate for the 38th District in November 2009 and was sworn in on January 6, 2010.  She represents parts of Fairfax County. She currently serves as Chair of the Counties, Cities and Towns committee​​, and the committees on Finance and Public Safety

Though Delegate Kory has achieved prominence in Education, her “activist” roots run broad and deep. Kaye has served on numerous boards and committees in her 30 years in Fairfax County.

Vivian Watts

RICHMOND — Virginia Democrats took aim at a member of the state’s new bipartisan redistricting commission as it prepared for its first meeting Thursday evening, with one lawmaker writing legislation to enable the panel to remove a Republican appointee who made comments on social media that used crude language and disparaged women.

Del. Vivian E. Watts (D-Fairfax) filed a bill Friday to allow the commissioners to vote to remove a member for “neglect of duty or gross misconduct.”

Her target, she said, was Jose A. Feliciano Jr. of Fredericksburg, one of eight citizens appointed to the commission earlier this month by a panel of retired judges, who chose from names nominated by leaders of the General Assembly.

The leaders of the General Assembly finance committees are laying the groundwork now for a hard look at Virginia tax policy—particularly how the state taxes income—for possible action as early as next year after election of a new governor and House of Delegates.

Senate Finance Chairwoman Janet Howell, D-Fairfax, said Tuesday that she is forming a special joint subcommittee to look at the state’s income tax and whether to make it more progressive by tying tax rates more closely to how much income people earn.

On the other side of the assembly, House Finance Chairwoman Vivian Watts, D-Fairfax, is pushing for a detailed study of Virginia’s income tax by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission—over the objection of Republicans who hope to win back the governor’s office and House majority in elections in November.

After more than a month of back-and-forth debate, the Virginia General Assembly voted last weekend to allow businesses whose Paycheck Protection Program loans were forgiven last year, or who received one of the state’s Rebuild Virginia grants, to deduct up to $100,000 on their 2020 tax returns for eligible expenses paid for by the loans and grants.

Del. Vivian Watts, chair of the House Finance Committee, had proposed allowing up to $25,000 in expense deductions for individual filers, saying it would target the relief to small businesses most. The Senate version first allowed up to $50,000 and then was amended to up to $100,000. Both added Rebuild Virginia grant recipients to their bills, too.

Watts said the impasse became moot after Feb. 15, when the state’s regular review of its budget projections showed stronger than anticipated tax revenue. That new forecast showed that an additional $410 million in revenue could be added to the state’s fiscal year 2021 budget.

Current Position: State Delegate for District 39 since 1982
Affiliation: Democrat

Vivian Watts was first elected Delegate for the 39th District in 1982. The 39th District includes the city of Annandale and parts of Fairfax County.

Delegate Watts is Chair of the House Finance Committee and is a member of the Courts of Justice, Rules, and Transportation committees. From 1986 to 1990, Vivian Watts was Secretary of Transportation for the Commonwealth.

The interview below occurred during the 2020 General Assembly.

Nick Bell

Current Position: Policy division of Department of Labor
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2021 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Tim Hugo

Current Position: State Delegate since 2003
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2021 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Dan Helmer

Current Position: State Delegate for District 40 since 2020
Affiliation: Democrat

Dan Helmer is a combat veteran, business strategist, Rhodes Scholar, husband, and father.  His wife, Karen, is a public school teacher, and their two young sons, Harris and Aaron, attend class in Fairfax County Public Schools.

Dan is a leader who is ready to bring out-of-the-box thinking to deliver better transportation solutions to Northern Virginia, protect our children in school while ensuring they have a high quality education, and protecting Virginians’ access to quality, affordable healthcare.

Featured video: This interview was conducted by Shuaib Ahmed in Dan Helmer’s office in Arlington, VA on Dec. 11, 2019. Original interview recording has not been edited in any way.

Eileen Filler-Corn

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Women Veterans Week
Facebook, Eileen Filler-CornMarch 17, 2021

This week is #WomenVeteransWeek. I am proud to salute the amazing women who have served our country. Click the link below to find out more about how the Virginia Department of Veterans Services is honoring women veterans.

GOP delegates stripped of committee assignments over letter casting doubt on election
Virginia Mercury, Graham MoomawJanuary 13, 2021 (Short)
House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, right, listens as House Minority Leader Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, back to camera, objects to a procedural resolution on conducting the session as the Virginia House of Delegates conducts their special session inside the Siegel Center in Richmond, VA Tuesday, August 18, 2020.

Democratic leaders in the Virginia House of Delegates have stripped three Republicans of some committee assignments after they signed a letter casting doubt on the results of the presidential election and urging Vice President Mike Pence to block the lopsided Democratic victory in Virginia.

House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, stripped Dels. Dave LaRock, R-Loudoun, Ronnie Campbell, R-Rockbridge and Mark Cole, R-Spotsylvania, of one committee assignment each. They were not booted from all their committee seats.

LaRock was booted from the Transportation Committee, Cole was removed from the Privileges and Elections Committee and Campbell lost his spot on the Courts of Justice Committee.

“By seeking to disenfranchise millions of Virginians and undercut faith in our democratic institutions, Delegate Dave LaRock, Delegate Mark Cole and Delegate Ronnie Campbell showed exceedingly poor judgment and conducted themselves in a manner unbecoming of their office,” said Kunal Atit, a spokesman for Filler-Corn. “Their attempt to cast doubt on our elections process in order to impede the peaceful transfer of power between one president and another is an affront to our democracy and violates the public trust.”

Prior to last week’s rally in D.C. that culminated in a deadly mob attack on the U.S. Capitol, LaRock spearheaded a letter addressed to Pence that asked him to block some Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden.

“Should you, as Vice President, announce a winner based on a tally of unconstitutionally and fraudulently elected Presidential Electors, it would create a rent in the fabric of the nation,” the delegates said in the letter, which was on LaRock’s letterhead and co-signed by Cole and Campbell.

LaRock in particular is facing mounting calls to resign after he offered a defense of last week’s event and used an outdated racial term by saying his detractors should “focus on the needs of the colored community.”

LaRock appears undaunted, telling constituents in a recent message he isn’t going anywhere.

“I have stayed loyal to the president even now as RINOs are jumping ship and that won’t end,” he said. “Democrat Trump haters want to humiliate our president and they want to intimidate me and make me unelectable.”

Virginia's off-year elections could pose key test for both parties
Abby Phillip et al.January 28, 2021 (Short)

For the first time in the chamber’s 402-year history, the Speaker of the House of Delegates is a woman: Eileen Filler-Corn.

Under her leadership, Democrats have moved quickly to pass a wave of legislation seeking to fulfill campaign promises to their voters and push the state further to the left. They have passed bills legalizing marijuana, instituting universal background checks, raising the minimum wage and loosening voting restrictions. If Gov. Ralph Northam signs their latest high-profile bill into law, Virginia will also soon become the first southern state to abolish the death penalty.

“We are doing exactly what we told Virginians we would do. And I think that’s important,” Filler-Corn told CNN in an interview. “Campaigning on the issues and the values that are important to you — and following through.”

Virginia lawmakers approved a bill Saturday that would legalize the sale and recreational use of marijuana — but not until 2024.

The move makes Virginia the first Southern state to vote to legalize recreational marijuana, joining 15 other states and the District of Columbia. The legislation now goes to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, who supports legalization, for his signature.

“The House and Senate took a strong step in legalizing the sale and possession of Marijuana here in the Commonwealth,” Filler-Corn said on Twitter. “This legislation will make our criminal justice system fairer and help end the targeting of black and brown communities over the possession of cannabis.”

Current Position: State Delegate for District 41
Affiliation: Democrat

Eileen Filler-Corn has served in the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 41st District, since 2010. The 41st District, located in Fairfax County, includes Burke and parts of Fairfax, Fairfax Station and West Springfield.  She currently is the 56th Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates.

Speaker Filler-Corn is also Chair of the House Rules Committee.

Rachel Mace

Current Position: Working woman
Affiliation: Libertarian
Candidate: 2021 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

John Michael Wolfe

Current Position: Candidate for House of Delegates
Affiliation: None
Candidate: 2021 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Kathy Tran

Current Position: State Delegate for District 42 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Steve Adragna

Current Position: General Manager of international consultancy and solution provider
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2021 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Mark Sickles

Proposed Va. bill would protect against workplace discrimination based on disability

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – A proposed bill in the Virginia House of Delegates would protect people with disabilities from workforce discrimination.

Del. Mark Sickles, D-Fairfax, introduced House Bill 1848 as an amendment to the Virginia Human Rights Act. The bill would extend discrimination protections to employment, housing and public accommodations for those with disabilities.

“HB 1848 amends last year’s Virginia Values Act to make sure Virginians will all abilities can fully participate in our economy if reasonable accommodations can be made in the workplace,” Sickles said in a statement. “Virginia should be a place for all people, regardless of ability, to live and work free from discrimination.”

Two bills that will expand the already live Virginia sports betting market are just a few steps from the governor’s desk.

HB 1847 from Del. Mark Sickles and SB 1254 from Sen. Jeremy McPike were identical bills at the beginning of the session. The bills clarified a few details from last year’s enabling sports betting legislation, including which VA sports betting licenses counted against a mobile-license limit and betting on amateur sports.

The House threw the process for a bit of a loop, however, when it requested language to promote minority participation in the process. The Senate initially rejected the language but eventually accepted the House version after input from the Virginia Lottery.

Virginia lawmakers voted 54-44 on Friday to approve a bill for providing home care workers with paid sick leave, which had been a divisive issue even among Democrats who control the Senate in the state.

The compromise measure would allow up to five sick days a year, or more if an employer chooses a higher limit, for home care workers serving Medicaid patients. Advocates of the bill said there are about 30,000 such workers in Virginia. State lawmakers also were expected to approve a budget agreement, which will fund the measure with public money, though Del. Mark Sickles was quick to add that the bill’s passage would not affect the private sector “whatsoever.”

The bill now goes to Gov. Ralph Northam (D) for his approval.

Current Position: State Delegate for District 43 since 2004
Affiliation: Democrat

Mark Sickles was first elected Delegate for the 43rd District in 2004. The 43rd District includes parts of Fairfax County.

Mark Sickles is Chair of the Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee, Vice Chair of the Appropriations Committee and is a member of Privileges and Elections and Rules committees. Delegate Sickles is currently the House Democratic Caucus Deputy Minority Leader.

Gail Parker

Current Position: Retired Air Force Officer
Affiliation: Green
Candidate: 2021 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Paul Krizek

Current Position: State Delegate for District 44 since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Richard Hayden

Current Position: Real estate and business law
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2021 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Mark Levine

Current Position: State Delegate for District 44 since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat

Mark Levine was elected in 2015 to represent the 45th Delegate District of Virginia (Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax).

Mark has a record of crafting progressive legislation at the local, state, and federal level that spans three decades. Mark is dedicated to turning the progressive ideals of our community into laws that help people and advance justice for all Americans. Mark co-founded the bi-partisan, bi-cameral Virginia Transparency Caucus, to make committee and subcommittee meetings in the General Assembly accessible to the public.

Featured video: This interview was conducted by Kerrie Thompson at the Sherwood Community Center in Fairfax City during the LWV-Fairfax Redistricting Forum on Nov. 17, 2019. Original interview recording has not been edited in any way.

Charniele Herring

Lawmakers reach compromise on
Patrick WilsonFebruary 18, 2021 (Medium)

RICHMOND — Democrats in the House and Senate who had been at odds over legislation to allow criminal record expungement reached an agreement that advocates said will be a huge improvement for Virginia.

House Majority Leader Charniele Herring, D-Alexandria, outlined the changes Wednesday when the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced her bill.

She said the compromise would “remove barriers and address systematic inequities to provide a clean slate for Virginians who have paid their debt to society or have had charges deferred or dismissed.”

Opinion: Easier path to expungement will tilt the justice system toward fairness
Mark R. Herring and Delegate Charniele HerringFebruary 21, 2021 (Medium)

For decades the criminal justice system has been failing our most vulnerable communities while working for the most privileged members of society. Black and brown Virginians are arrested and convicted disproportionately at alarming rates for crimes their white counterparts will see zero or little jail time for.

Systemic racial biases in our criminal justice system have led to Black and brown Virginians filling our prison cells for minor crimes. But even when individuals have served their time, they must live the rest of their lives with their convictions as a stain on their records.

Virginia’s current expungement laws are some of the most restrictive in the country and, most notably, they offer no chance of a clean slate. Right now, expungement only applies to offenses that did not result in a conviction or a deferral and dismissal of the case. So, Virginians who have served their sentence, which is often a much larger sentence than the crime warranted, are either unable to clear their records, or have to jump through numerous hoops to do so.

Democrats committed to expanding Virginia's Court of Appeals
Amy FriedenbergerFebruary 11, 2021 (Medium)

RICHMOND — The General Assembly is under a tight deadline to add new judges to Virginia’s Court of Appeals, with the goal being able to appoint them to the bench before the legislative session concludes at month’s end.

Gov. Ralph Northam identified expanding the court by adding more judges a priority, requesting the General Assembly put $5 million in the budget to accomplish it, but the process has been rocky in the Democrat-controlled legislature. Both chambers need to pass legislation, and agree on how much to put in the state spending plan to support the effort.

The Senate passed a bill last week to add six new judges — two more than what Northam proposed — to the 11-member court. The House of Delegates did not take any action on its own bill, which caused senators to raise eyebrows. House Majority Leader Charniele Herring, D-Alexandria, chairwoman of the House Courts of Justice Committee, said the House didn’t have enough time to review the bill in committee before the deadline to complete action on House bills last week. She said she remains committed to expanding the court, despite what she said has been a “problem with the process.”

Lawmakers pass bills to collect data on pretrial detention
Josephine WalkerFebruary 19, 2021 (Medium)

RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia General Assembly passed legislation this week that lawmakers said will increase transparency and equity in the judicial system, which disproportionately impacts communities of color.

The bills, introduced by Senator Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, and Delegate Charniele Herring, D-Alexandria, will create a centralized, publicly-accessible data collection system on pretrial detention. Senate Bill 1391 and House Bill 2110 both passed Thursday, February 18.

Pretrial detention is the practice of holding a defendant in jail until trial. It is used, officials say, to guarantee the defendant appears in court and to ensure public safety. The compiled pretrial data would be distributed annually by the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission (VCSC).

Current Position: State Delegate for District 46 since 2009
Affiliation: Democrat

Charniele Herring was first elected Delegate for the 46th District in 2009. The 46th District includes parts of the City of Alexandria.

Delegate Herring is Chair of the Courts of Justice Committee and is a member of the Rules Committee. She presently serves on the Board of the Parent Teacher Leadership Institute of Alexandria and as a Trustee of Hopkins House—advocating for strong pre-k education.

Todd Gilbert

Current Position: State Delegate for District 15 since 2006
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Prosecutor from 1997 – 2006

Delegate Gilbert is a member of the Courts of Justice Committee, the Rules Committee, and serves as the Vice-Chairman of the House General Laws Committee. He also serves on the Virginia State Crime Commission, which helps to study and direct polices on public safety throughout Virginia and he is the Chairman of the House Criminal Law Subcommittee.

Prior to his election to the House of Delegates, Delegate Gilbert began his career as a full-time prosecutor. His first job was with the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Lynchburg, where he was a member of the Violent Crime Prosecution Team.

Patrick Hope

RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) – A permanent ban on guns at the State Capitol is closer to becoming law, but not without objections from Republicans who say it is stifling Virginians’ First and Second Amendment rights.

Friday, a House Committee approved a Senate bill that would prohibit firearms and other weapons in Capitol Square.

But for years, open carry was the order of the day for gun rights advocates visiting lawmakers.

Amended bill to limit solitary confinement heads to Senate floor
Noah FleischmanFebruary 3, 2021 (Short)

Senator Joseph D. Morrissey (D-Richmond) introduced Senate Bill 1301, to prohibit solitary confinement in adult and juvenile correctional facilities. The Senate Appropriations and Finance Committee voted 12-4 Wednesday to advance the bill with amendments.
The amended bill would allow inmates to be held in solitary confinement for 48 consecutive hours, but that can be extended to allow for an investigation to be completed. Isolated, or solitary, confinement is defined in the bill as being confined in a cell alone or with another inmate for more than 20 hours a day for an adult and 17 hours a day for a juvenile.
The Virginia Department of Corrections would still be allowed to use solitary confinement in three circumstances: if an inmate is a threat to them self or others, during a facility-wide lockdown, or for an inmate’s own protection.

Though it didn’t garner as much attention as other police reform measures during the special legislative session that ended this fall, a provision to decriminalize jaywalking in a pretextual policing bill from Delegate Patrick Hope, D-Arlington, means that come March 1, police will no longer be able to stop folks for the act of crossing the street outside of a marked crosswalk.

Criminal justice reformers called it a small step along the path to reducing encounters with the police, especially for people of color.

Although jaywalking will remain illegal, other advocates worry decriminalization could encourage pedestrians towards further unsafe crossings at a time when Virginia’s pedestrian death rate is already at a record high.

 

Current Position: State Delegate for District 47 since 2010
Affiliation: Democrat

Patrick Hope was first elected Delegate for the 47th District in 2010. The 47th District includes parts of Arlington County.

Delegate Patrick Hope serves as Chair of the Public Safety Committee and is a member of the Courts of Justice and Health, Welfare and Institutions committees. Delegate Patrick Hope is a health care attorney.

Rip Sullivan

Current Position: State Delegate for District 48 since 2014
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Alfonso Lopez

Current Position: State Delegate for District 49 since 2010
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Terry Modglin

Current Position: Retired Government & Public Service
Affiliation: None
Candidate: 2021 State Delegate

Lee Carter

Current Position: State Delegate for District 50 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2021 Governor

Overview: N/A

Ian Lovejoy

Current Position: Owner of RHS, Reliant Hiring Solutions
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2021 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Hala Ayala

Current Position: State Delegate for District 51 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Richard Anderson

Current Position: Retired Air Force
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2021 State Delegate
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2010 – 2018

Overview: N/A

Luke Torian

More federal money available for rental relief in the state
Free Press Staff ReportFebruary 18, 2021 (Short)

Prince William County Delegate Luke Torian, chair of the House Appropriations Committee and a member of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, and Fairfax Sen. Janet Howell, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, expressed delight at the heightened funding for the state’s rental relief initiative.

“This program has been critical to addressing and preventing evictions for thousands of Virginians,” Delegate Torian stated.

The extra funding for eviction relief arrives as a new law the General Assembly passed and the governor signed begins to take effect that bars landlords from evicting tenants they have not been informed of rental relief programs and provided assistance in applying for such help.

Retirement savings bill passes Senate panel with reduced scope
Michael MartzFebruary 16, 2021 (Medium)

“I didn’t want the bill killed,” Torian said in an interview after the vote. “People have just got to understand that we need to give retirement opportunities to everyone. We can’t allow people to continue being in a disadvantaged position.”

The legislation is the culmination of multiple studies of how to encourage people to save for their retirement. Virginia529 led the last study, which reported to the General Assembly in December that 1.2 million working Virginians, or 45% of the work force, lack access to a retirement savings plan at their jobs. Black, Hispanic and Asian workers, and women have disproportionately less access than others, it said.

Torian’s legislation would allow Virginia to approve a treasury loan of up to $2 million a year to establish the program, with the expectation that it would break even in 10 years. Eligible businesses would have to offer the option but would not contribute to an employee’s IRA account. Employees could opt out of the program, control how much they contribute monthly and carry their IRA with them if they changed jobs.

In an interview on Thursday, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Del. Luke Torian (D-Prince William) didn’t take a firm stance on the idea.

“You just have to weigh the risks. I’m not saying I’m opposed but I’m open to the discussion,” Torian said.

The push from the Senate comes as Gov. Northam calls on school districts to open their doors even sooner. At a press conference last week, he urged localities to begin offering in-person learning options by March 15.

'Miles to go' - House and Senate face off after adopting budgets
Micahel MartzFebruary 12, 2021 (Medium)

“This budget’s first goal is to help pave Virginia’s way out of the pandemic, fully funding vaccine distribution efforts,” House Appropriations Chairman Luke Torian, D-Prince William, told the House.

“It will foster financial security for all Virginia families through a redoubled emphasis on workers’ rights, much-deserved pay raises, and paid sick leave for our front-line workforce,” Torian said. “It will protect our public schools from lost funding resulting from COVID-19 and maintain affordable access to our colleges and universities.”

Debate was much more partisan in the House than in the Senate. The House voted down more than a dozen objections to budget amendments recommended by the committee, including funding to support pending legislative initiatives to legalize marijuana, expunge criminal records for minor offenses, end mandatory-minimum sentences for a variety of offenses and require five days of paid sick leave for essential employees, including home health workers paid through the state’s Medicaid program.

Current Position: State Delegate for District 52 since 2010
Affiliation: Democrat

Luke Torian was first elected Delegate for the 52nd District in 2010. The 52nd District includes parts of Prince William County.

Delegate Torian is Chair of the House Appropriations Committee and is a member of the General Laws and Rules committees. From 1986 to 1990, Vivian Watts was Secretary of Transportation for the Commonwealth. Delegate Torian has served as the Pastor of First Mount Zion Baptist Church in Dumfries for 23 years.

Maria Martin

Current Position: Prince William County School System
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2021 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Marcus Simon

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Twitter
Twitter, Marcus SimonMarch 17, 2021

This is an important and necessary proposal. We legislators can pass laws to increase voter access & a national-model state level voting rights act, but it’s up to local elections officials to implement them. As Attorney General @jonesjay will make sure they do. https://twitter.com/bluevirginia/status/1372161014872092676

Delays in U.S. census data have disrupted plans to draw new districts for this year’s elections of all 100 seats in the Virginia House of Delegates, raising the possibility that the races will be run under the old political map.

On top of that uncertainty, the General Assembly has passed legislation to move all local and municipal elections to November, which could force more than a dozen cities and more than 100 towns around the state to reschedule council and school board elections that usually take place in May.
The census delay, announced on Friday, makes it virtually impossible to hold to the redistricting schedule outlined in Virginia’s constitution, said Del. Marcus B. Simon (D-Fairfax), who sits on the state’s bipartisan Redistricting Commission.

Simon said lawmakers are just beginning to discuss options. There is precedent for holding elections for three straight years, which happened in the early 1980s when a newly redrawn map was found to be racially gerrymandered. Elections went ahead under the old map, then took place the following year under a corrected map and again, as scheduled, the year after that.

With his proposal to repeal Virginia’s right-to-work law bottled up in committee for the third year in a row, Del. Lee Carter, D-Manassas, tried unsuccessfully to force his Democratic colleagues to bring it to a floor vote Wednesday.

Del. Marcus Simon, D-Fairfax, offered a competing motion to block Carter’s attempt, calling it a highly unusual departure from the House’s normal procedures and leadership structure. “We have a process by which we do business here,” said Simon, who handles rules issues for Democratic leadership as the caucus’s parliamentarian.

Simon’s motion to quash Carter’s attempt passed 83-13, with a dozen other progressive Democrats joining Carter to try to bring the bill to the floor.

Virginia House Joins Senate in Voting to End Death Penalty
Sarah Rankin February 5, 2021 (Short)

Virginia moved another step closer to ending capital punishment on Friday when the state House joined the Senate in voting to abolish the death penalty.

Democrats favoring abolishment said the death penalty is an archaic punishment in an era when many countries have already moved away from the practice, and too costly to implement, given the litigation involved. They also said it has been applied unfairly, with people of color, the mentally ill and the indigent more likely to end up on death row.

“The government should not be in the business of killing human beings. It’s immoral, inhumane,” Democratic Del. Marcus Simon said.

Current Position: State Delegate for District 53 since 2014
Affiliation: Democrat

Marcus Simon was first elected Delegate for the 53rd District in 2014. The 53rd District includes the City of Falls Church and parts of Fairfax County.

Delegate Simon is Chair of the House Privileges and Elections Committee and is a member of the Courts of Justice, Rules, and General Laws committees. In 2008 Delegate Simon co-founded the Law Firm of Leggett, Simon, Freemyers & Lyon and Ekko Title, a real estate settlement, title and escrow company.

Robert Orrock

Current Position: State Delegate for District 54 since 1990
Affiliation: Republican

Delegate Robert D. “Bobby” Orrock has represented the 54th Virginia House of Delegates district since he was first elected in 1989.

Bobby has been a teacher at Spotsylvania High School for over three decades and is keenly aware of the importance of creating a Virginia where coming generations will have better opportunities to compete in a world economy, while being better able to live, learn, work and raise their families.

Karrie Delaney

Current Position: State Delegate for District 67 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

As a local community leader and a mom,  Karrie Delaney is dedicated to bringing innovative economic growth, world-class education, and healthcare for all to Northern Virginia.”

Karrie Delaney has always been committed to strengthening the community for everyone.

The daughter of a U.S. Army veteran, Karrie saw firsthand the importance of supporting our returning heroes. Her dad came home from Korea in the late 1950’s to get his GED and a good-paying job in a VA Hospital.

Featured video: This interview was conducted by Kerrie Thompson at the Sherwood Community Center in Fairfax City during the LWV-Fairfax Redistricting Forum on Nov. 17, 2019. Original interview recording has not been edited in any way.

Neri Canahui-Ortiz

Current Position: Carpenters Local 197, Until 2018, Neri served as President of his Carpenters Local and on the Executive Board of the Northern Virginia Labor Federation.
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Buddy Fowler

Current Position: State Delegate for District 55 since 2014
Affiliation: Republican

Buddy Fowler serves on the General Laws Committee where he chairs a Subcommittee. He also serves on the Privileges and Elections Committee where he is a member of the Election Law and Constitutional Amendment Subcommittees. Finally, Buddy serves on the Finance Committee (where he keeps taxes low!).

After graduating Mary Washington University with a degree in History, Buddy became a small business owner, and served as an aide to Delegates Frank Hargrove and John Cox.

 

Morgan Goodman

Current Position: Pollution Prevention Specialist, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

John McGuire

Current Position: State Delegate for District 56 since 2018
Affiliation: Republican

John McGuire’s believes one of the biggest keys to success in life, no matter what you do, is teamwork. As a member of the Virginia General Assembly, John’s focus is on good policy, not politics.

Whether it’s fighting for better services for our veterans, law enforcement, and first responders, tackling the Heroin/Opioid epidemic, or making sure our tax dollars are being used efficiently, John knows that by listening to each other and working together, we can create a brighter future for our Commonwealth.

Juanita Matkins

Current Position: Emerita Professor of Science Education at College of William and Mary
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Sally Hudson

Current Position: State Delegate for District 57
Affiliation: Democrat

Sally Hudson understands that so many challenges we face are economic at their core, from the rising cost of housing and health care to the red tape holding back clean power production. She’s running for Delegate to deliver innovative reforms that secure genuine opportunity for all.

Sally also knows that real progress on policy requires fixing our democracy itself. That’s why she’s been a dedicated election reform advocate. Sally founded FairVote VA, a cross-partisan coalition working to advance ranked choice voting in Virginia. She is also an active volunteer with OneVirginia2021, the statewide anti-gerrymandering campaign, and a grassroots leader in Indivisible and Women of the Fifth.

Rob Bell

Current Position: State Delegate for District 58 since 2002
Affiliation: Republican

Rob Bell has written laws that crack down on repeat-offense drunk driving and keep sex offenders off school property. He has also passed laws to expand Virginia’s protective orders and to require life in prison for those convicted of raping children.  In 2015 he wrote the law to address sexual assaults on college campuses, and in 2016 Bell led the effort to expand Virginia’s stalking laws and empower crime victims.

In recent years, Rob has worked to improve mental health care in Virginia. In 2014, he patroned Virginia’s “bed of last resort” law to ensure that a bed at a state hospital is always available when a court has ordered treatment.

Elizabeth Alcorn

Current Position: Dentist
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Matthew Fariss

Current Position: State Delegate for District 59 since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

Matt Fariss is a seventh generation native of Campbell County with a desire for future generations to continue to reside in the region. His wife, Crystal, and children, Hunter, Bobby, and Harrison are the reason Matt entered this campaign.

He hopes that they can continue to enjoy the same rights and freedoms that he has been blessed with, and, as delegate, he will fight against liberal policies that will put those liberties in jeopardy. Despite his various successes, he is first and foremost a Christian family man committed to serving his family and community.

Tim Hickey

Current Position: Teacher
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

James Edmunds

Current Position: State Delegate for District 60 since 2010
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Halifax County Board of Supervisors from 1999 – 2009

Owner and Manager of: Non-Typical Outdoors (a supplier of seed for animal food plots) Halifax

Operator of the Halifax County Fair

Third generation farmer, raising cattle, grain and timber on family farm. Married to the former Jennifer Wilkerson and the father of two children, Paul (18) and Caroline (14). Attends First Presbyterian Church in South Boston where he has served as Deacon and Elder.

Janie Zimmerman

Current Position: Teacher
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

My mission is to speak up for Rural Virginia where there hasn’t been a strong voice in the past. Living in Charlotte County has shown me the specific needs of a rural area such as Southern Virginia.

Thomas Wright

Current Position: State Delegate for District 61 since 2001
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Chair, Lunenburg County Board of Supervisors from 1993 – 2000

Wright was born in Richmond, Virginia. He graduated from Victoria High School in 1966, and received a B.A. degree in political science from Old Dominion University in 1970.Wright was elected to the Lunenburg County Board of Supervisors in 1993 and 1997. He served as chairman 1995–1997.State Senator Richard J. Holland died on April 16, 2000. He was succeeded in office by 61st district Delegate Frank Ruff, who won a special election on November 7, 2000. Wright received the Republican nomination to replace Ruff, and won the seat in another special election on December 19.

Trudy Berry

Current Position: Secretary of the Lunenburg County Chamber of Commerce
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Lindsey Dougherty

Current Position: Analyst for Chesterfield County
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Carrie Coyner

Current Position: State Delegate for District 62
Affiliation: Republican

As a parent, I want the best for my children and yours – safe, nurturing schools; highly qualified teachers; and equal opportunities for every child. As a small business owner, I want graduates who are prepared for the workforce with strong values, critical thinking skills, and a drive to work hard. I want high quality, good paying jobs for our families.

Lashrecse Aird

Current Position: State Delegate for District 63 since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Larry Haake

Current Position: Retired
Affiliation: None
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Emily Brewer

Current Position: State Delegate for District 64 since 2018
Affiliation: Republican

Delegate Emily Brewer is a fighter for the values and principles of the Commonwealth of Virginia.  As a conservative, Emily fights for a more limited government, fiscal responsibility, and to protect your rights and liberties.

Emily is a small business owner. She started her career training first responders, law enforcement, and public safety officials. Moving on to start her own marketing firm before starting her brick and mortar business.  She now owns and operates a small wine and craft beer shop in Suffolk.

Michele Joyce

Current Position: Health Care Navigator
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Lee Ware

Current Position: State Delegate for District 65 since 1998
Affiliation: Republican

In deciding how to vote as your delegate to the House, I consider both my core convictions and our place within the larger Commonwealth of Virginia. For example, we all want the best public schools, from kindergarten through college. We all want a good transportation system.

Mike Asip

Current Position: Retired education leader
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Kirk Cox

Current Position: State Delegate for District 66 since 1989
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2021 Governor

Kirk Cox was first elected from the 66th District to the House of Delegates in 1989. The 66th House District includes all of Colonial Heights and parts of Chesterfield. Kirk is proud to represent the very district where he grew up.

On January 10, 2018, Kirk was unanimously elected as Speaker of the House by the members of the House of Delegates. Upon being sworn in, Kirk became the first Speaker in state history from Colonial Heights, the first Speaker to represent a portion of Chesterfield County since the 1800s, and the first Speaker whose profession was that of a public school teacher.

Featured video: This interview was conducted by Katlyn Weiser in Kirk Cox’s office in Richmond, VA on Dec. 6, 2019. Original interview recording has not been edited in any way.

Sheila Bynum-Coleman

Current Position: Real Estate
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Dawn Adams

Current Position: State Delegate for District 68 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Dr. Dawn M. Adams has been an advocate for healthy communities for over 30 years. After receiving her Bachelors of Nursing degree from James Madison University, Dawn positioned herself in the center of Virginia’s healthcare system as a Critical Care Registered Nurse (RN). As an RN, Dawn saw first-hand how our state’s most vulnerable citizens continually fell through the cracks as a result of limited healthcare access and coverage.

Dawn is honored to take the lessons she’s learned as a nurse practitioner, administrator, educator, and community leader to represent her community as Delegate of Virginia’s House District 68 and is proud to represent the people of the city of Richmond, Chesterfield and Henrico counties.

Garrison Coward

Current Position: Chief Operating Officer of BizCents
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Betsy Carr

General Laws Committee aircast
May 12, 2021 – 6:00 pm (ET)

Host:

  • Delegate David Bulova

Delegate Suggests Removing Financial Incentive For Traffic Stops
WVTF, Michael PopleMay 3, 2021 (Short)

The firestorm caused by the Windsor police officer who pepper sprayed an African-American Army officer may end up changing the relationship between money and policing in Virginia.

Delegate Betsy Carr of Richmond says this incident reveals why police departments and sheriff’s offices should be de-incentivized from making traffic stops.  “Police are incentivized if they’re going to get money from it just to make more traffic stops, and a lot of time Black and brown folks are the people who are bearing the brunt of this.”

But Dana Schrad at the police chiefs association says local governments get that money, not police.  “The financial incentive is not on the part of the police department,” Schrad argues. “It might be on the part of the locality. But the locality has always expressed that their chief concern is that speeding on that route that goes through their community presents risks for the business owners and presents risks for the residents, and they want to see speeding laws enforced.”

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Richmond endorsements
February 23, 2021

See link above for latest Delegate Carr endorsements including Senator Ghazala Hashmi and Delegate Delores McQuinn.

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Mid-Session Legislative Update
Other, Delegate CarrFebruary 17, 2021

“I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dear Friend,

The 2021 legislative session is in full swing. The House of Delegates meets virtually to conduct business while the Senate meets at the Science Museum of Virginia. While the environment is certainly different, I have enjoyed continuing to meet with many constituents and advocacy groups about their priorities.

SESSION UPDATE

The two Chambers of the General Assembly are approaching “Crossover” – when the legislation passed in the House moves to the Senate for consideration and vice versa.

It is an honor to have all of my bills pass the House of Delegates this session:

  1. HB1901 expands the availability of the online Virginia Driver’s Manual course in order to provide greater accessibility, which is particularly important as we continue to battle COVID-19.

  2. HB1902 prohibits food vendors from using styrofoam food containers by 2025.

  3. HB1903 allows localities to reduce speed limits in residential and business districts to 15 miles per hour.

  4. HB1969 provides fiscally stressed local governments (such as Richmond) important tools to transform blighted, derelict properties back into productive, tax paying use and provisioned for affordable housing opportunities.

  5. HB1971 clarifies the Virginia Fair Housing Law to ensure that someone with a disability can request accessible parking in order to fully use and enjoy their housing.

  6. HB1981 provides that if a tenant does not feel safe having workers come into their home, they can notify the landlord that they do not want non-emergency maintenance to be addressed during a pandemic, such as COVID-19. The tenant must agree to hold the landlord harmless for any routine maintenance not addressed.

  7. HB2299 implements several recommendations from JLARC’s review of K-12 special education in Virginia in order to improve the quality of learning that students in special education receive

Review my legislation

I am also proud to support the following legislation:

  • Abolishing the Death Penalty

  • Reviewing the racial and ethnic impact for proposed criminal justice bills

  • Ensuring paid sick leave for workers

  • Tax rebates for Electric Vehicles

  • Legalizing and regulating marijuana – focusing on social and economic equity

  • Prohibiting firearms in polling places

  • Establishing and funding the “Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back” (G3) Program

  • Transit equity and modernization study

  • Ensuring tenant rights and protections

  • Providing abortion coverage under health benefits

  • Entering the National Popular Vote Compact

  • Requiring law enforcement officers to report wrongdoings by other officers

  • Community and environmental justice outreach

  • Ending qualified immunity for law enforcement officers

  • Establishing the Produce Rx Program to address food insecurity

  • Establishing a process for automatic expungement

  • Protecting domestic workers under the Virginia Human Rights Act

  • Facilitating the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine

  • Recognizing racism as a public health crisis

Review my co-sponsored legislation

Budget Amendments that I have introduced:

  • Restoring funding for nursing homes with special populations (at the request of the Virginia Home)

  • Establishing a pediatric cancer research fund

  • Providing for additional English Learner Teachers (at the request of Richmond Public Schools)

  • Increasing funding for the Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG) program

  • Supporting Solar Hands-On Instructional Network of Excellence (SHINE)

  • Restoring funding for local libraries

  • Planning and establishing the Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Team (at the request of NARAL and Birth in Color)

  • Providing Medicaid support for Mobile Vision Clinics for Kids

  • Funding demographic services for aging groups (at the request of Senior Connections)

  • Increasing funding for the Family and Children’s Trust (FACT) Fund (at the request of Voices for Virginia’s Children)

  • Restoring funding for the marine archaeology program

  • Creating urban green space at the Science Museum of Virginia

  • Increasing funding for the VCU Wilder School’s RISE initiative to confront racial equity and social justice work in public affairs

Review my budget amendments

Legislative Resources & How-Tos

Participating in the Legislative Session

Watch: All House and Senate committees, subcommittees, and floor sessions are live-streamed and available to the public. Visit the Virginia General Assembly website and click on “Members and Session” on the left-hand side of the page.

Share Your Views: You have the opportunity to participate in the committee process through the new HODSpeak website. You can sign up to speak during the committee and can call in on either your computer or phone. Specific instructions are sent out in advance of the meeting after you sign up.

Track Legislation: You can use the Legislative Information System website to access bill information, committee information, and meeting schedules.

How to read a bill:

  • Regular font shows you what the Code of Virginia already says

  • Italicized font means that language is being added to the Code of Virginia

  • Strikethrough means that language will be removed from the Code of Virginia

  • Bold font indicates a title or headers

COVID-19 UPDATES

Addressing this pandemic has been a priority of mine since early last year. I have been working closely with my General Assembly colleagues to pass emergency legislation, HB 2333, to expand the capacity of vaccine distribution efforts. However, the critical issue now is to supply Virginians with sufficient doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, which comes from the federal government. I am extremely appreciative of all the work put in by President Biden to speed up production and try to make up for the deficiencies of the last Administration.

I will continue to work tirelessly to ensure all my constituents have quick, easy, and equitable access to vaccines across my district.

Vaccinating Virginia

  • Virginia ranks 10th among all states for percent of the population that has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 12th for percent of available doses administered.

  • Soon, there will be a new statewide pre-registration system to improve the process and allow individuals to confirm their pre-registration status at any time.

  • Call the Virginia Department of Health’s Call Center at 877-ASK-VDH3 (877-275-8345) for assistance with questions and pre-registration. Assistance is available in English, Spanish, and other languages and the call center’s capacity is expected to increase exponentially to help ensure folks receive the answers they need.

  • It is important to remember that Virginia – and all states – rely on the federal government to distribute vaccine doses. This is based on population. Virginia is receiving around 105,000 doses per week. President Biden has announced an increased distribution of 16% but it may be weeks before we see a significant increase.

  • Once Virginia receives doses, they distribute the doses proportionally to each local health district.

  • All local health districts are in Phase 1b of vaccine eligibility, meaning around 50% of all Virginians are now eligible. There is flexibility in how doses are administered to individuals, but roughly half of the available supply is dedicated to people aged 65 or older.

When can I get vaccinated?

At this point, there are simply not enough available doses yet for everyone who is eligible to receive them. Virginia will not be able to meet the demand until March or April.

  • If you are eligible based on occupation, please check with your employer to see if arrangements are being made.

  • If you are eligible based on age or medical condition, then please register with the local health department in the locality in which you live.

If you receive a first dose of the vaccine, you WILL receive the second dose three or four weeks later.

Watch Dr. Danny Avula, Virginia Vaccine Coordinator and Director of the Richmond & Henrico Health District, present information on vaccinations to the House Appropriations committee on January 22:

THANK YOU

It is an honor to serve you in the General Assembly. If you have any questions, concerns, or issues that I can help address, please email me at delegate.carr@betsycarr.org or call 804-698-1069. I am available to meet with you or your civic association or community group via a web call to discuss your legislative priorities. Finally, I am happy to share that you can now find me on Twitter (@delbetsycarr) as well. I look forward to staying in touch.

Sincerely,

Betsy B. Carr

Current Position: State Delegate for District 69 since 2010
Affiliation: Democrat

Betsy Carr was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2009 representing parts of the City of Richmond and the County of Chesterfield on both sides of the James River.

In the House of Delegates she serves on the Appropriations, Transportation, General Laws, and Rules Committees. She also serves on the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, the Commission on Employee Retirement Security and Pension Reform, the Joint Commission on Administrative Rules, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission, and the Virginia Housing Commission. She is Treasurer of the House Democratic Caucus.

Delores McQuinn

Virginia tops 10,000 COVID-19 deaths; 'honor their memories,' Northam urges
Channel 6 News Richmond, WTVR CBS 6 Writer StaffMarch 14, 2021 (Short)

Gov. Ralph Northam declared Sunday as a day of prayer and remembrance to honor the Virginians who died of COVID-19 as the state marks a grim milestone: more than 10,000 deaths in the Commonwealth are linked to COVID-19.

“Sunday marks one year since we first learned that a Virginian had died from COVID-19 in our Commonwealth,” Northam said in a statement. “Since then, more than [10,000] of our fellow Virginians have lost their lives to this disease, leaving behind families, friends, colleagues, and neighbors of all races, religions, and backgrounds. And while we cannot bring them back, we can honor their memories — and prevent more grief and loss — by working together to keep each other safe.”

Del. Delores McQuinn also introduced a resolution during the 2021 General Assembly session designating March 14, in 2021 and in each succeeding year, as Victims of COVID-19 Remembrance Day in Virginia.

Does your child have asthma? According to the CDC, the condition is “a leading chronic disease” for children and teenagers.

Recently the Virginia Senate approved HB 2019, supported by Delegate Delores McQuinn, to place albuterol inhalers in public schools. The legislation passed by a vote of 37-2.

“I have heard of too many instances, including from students that I know personally, of them having an asthma attack, but not having their inhaler on them because they forgot to bring it with them that day, or their parents did not provide them with one,” said McQuinn. This bill will ensure this life-saving medication is readily available to our students.”

Governor Ralph Northam on Friday unveiled a plan to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in Virginia’s state government. The ONE Virginia plan, which will support more than 100 state agencies in prioritizing fair and equitable services, is the first of its kind in the country.

“Using the Inclusive Excellence framework, ONE Virginia will help implement tangible reforms that interrupt long-held systems of structural inequity to create sustainable change, innovation, and productivity across state government, throughout Virginia, and around our country,” Underwood stated in a release.

The plan is being codified by the General Assembly through previously-passed legislation. House Bill 1993 — sponsored by Delegates Alex Askew, D-Virginia Beach, and Delores McQuinn, D-Richmond — requires state agencies to establish and maintain diversity, equity and inclusion plans in coordination with the Governor’s Chief Diversity Officer.

On Friday, Norment presented the idea to the House Rules Committee, which Filler-Corn oversees. Though he insisted he was not trying to “poke a finger in anyone’s eye,” Filler-Corn’s leadership team clearly felt otherwise.

“This is a step when we are taking the power away from our first woman speaker. I cannot support something like that,” said House Majority Leader Charniele Herring, D-Alexandria. “Because it will tell every young girl out there who seeks to achieve something that is so magnificent that there are people out there who are trying to take that authority from you. That’s not the way that we should do things.”

Del. Delores McQuinn, D-Richmond, also a member of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, defended the speaker’s action as a “proud moment” for the state. “For days, for years, walking past that room often left me sort of disgusted and anxious and bothered. And sometimes even preoccupied by what I saw as I walked through that particular space,” McQuinn said. “Some individuals want to call it a museum and even with that I take offense because I don’t see this as a museum.”

Current Position: State Delegate for District 70 since 2009
Affiliation: Democrat

Delores McQuinn was first elected Delegate for the 70th District in 2009. The 70th District includes parts of Chesterfield and Henrico Counties and the city of Richmond.

Delegate McQuinn is Chair of the Transportation Committee and is a member of the Education, Rules, and Appropriations committees.  Delegate McQuinn served as Vice-Mayor of Richmond from 2003 to 2004 and Vice-President of the City Council 2007 to 2008.

Jeffrey Bourne

Current Position: State Delegate for District 71 since 2017
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): City of Richmond School Board from 2013 – 2017

Jeff Bourne has spent much of his professional career serving Virginia and the people of Richmond.

Prior to winning elected office, Jeff was appointed by Attorney General Mark Herring to serve as the Deputy Attorney General for transportation, real estate and construction litigation for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Prior to that appointment, Jeff was head of Government Relations at the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority. Jeff also served as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Mayor of Richmond.

Schuyler VanValkenburg

Current Position: State Delegate for District 72 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Schuyler VanValkenburg knows firsthand the immeasurable impact a high quality education can have, and is committed to ensuring that for every child across the commonwealth.

He also knows how important it is provide equitable access and opportunities for every citizen – both by ensuring a democracy where every voice is heard and every vote counted and by increasing job growth and access to economic opportunity.

Finally, Schuyler believes in an inclusive society, and believes that Virginia has no place for discriminatory laws and policies which and that threaten the constitutional right to equal protection.

GayDonna Vandergriff

Current Position: Business and nonprofits
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

The most important thing I can do for you as your state delegate is to always remember you and your family are whom I represent. This guiding principle will ensure I always have your best interests at heart.

I have worked for decades to champion individuals and to respect the differences that make us stronger when united rather than divided. I believe we are in this together

Rodney Willett

Current Position: State Delegate for District 73 since 2020
Affiliation: Democrat

As an attorney, Rodney Willett represented local governments in Virginia, where he learned firsthand what good governance can look like and the positive impact it can bring to working families. He was also instrumental in establishing and expanding free legal assistance programs while running his practice.

In the late 90’s, Rodney saw the potential for technology to transform government, and created Virginia Interactive, where he led a public/private partnership with the Commonwealth to move information and citizen/business services online, helping put Virginia at the forefront of the online revolution.

Mary Margaret Kastelberg

Current Position: Retired, Business Executive
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Mary Margaret is running to fight for:

- Fiscal responsibility and budget discipline
- Transparency and simplicity in both education and healthcare
- The return to civility and kindness in our public discourse

Lamont Bagby

Current Position: State Delegate for District 74 since 2015
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): Henrico County School Board (Chair) from 2008 – 2015

Lamont Bagby (born December 21, 1976) is an American politician of the Democratic Party. On November 3, 2015, he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 74th district, which includes Charles City County, parts of Henrico County and the City of Richmond. He is a former member of the Henrico County School Board.

Roslyn Tyler

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Tyler's Bill Expands High Speed Internet to Rural Areas
Campaign Website, Independent Messenger March 12, 2021

Delegate Roslyn Tyler, who serves as Vice-Chairperson of the Broadband Advisory and Chairperson of the House of Appropriation Compensation /Government Committee, sponsored House Bill 2304 that passed the House and the Senate with bipartisan support.

Delegate Roslyn Tyler, who serves as Vice-Chairperson of the Broadband Advisory and Chairperson of the House of Appropriation Compensation /Government Committee, sponsored House Bill 2304 that passed the House and the Senate with bipartisan support.

The purpose of HB 2304 is to allow electric utility companies such as Dominion Energy to provide high speed internet services to unserved communities and bridge the digital divide in the Commonwealth. Virginia ‘s invested owned utilities are already building broadband networks within their existing grids. This program will allow them to build more capacity than they need strictly for the grid and lease that capacity to ISPs to serve unserved Virginians.

This pilot project has been successful in serving other counties with over 538 miles of fiber optic deployment and over 11,100 home, businesses and community anchors connected with thousands more in the pipeline. The House Bill 2304 will become law when signed by Governor Ralph Northam prior to July 1, 2021.

Broadband expansion/High Speed internet has been one of Delegate Tyler’s priorities and the Covid-19 pandemic has proven the necessity of reliable internet services for education, businesses, agriculture and economic development. The House of Appropriation in the 2021-2022 budget included $100 million dollars for funding localities through competitive grants.

Four Emporia-Greensville officials endorse McAuliffe for governor
Owen FitzGeraldFebruary 19, 2021 (Short)

Four officials representing the City of Emporia and Greensville County communities have endorsed former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, in his campaign for a second term in November.

Del. Roslyn Tyler, D-75, endorsed McAuliffe, along with Greensville County Board of Supervisors Chairman James Brown, Board Vice Chairman Belinda Astrop, and Board member Tony Conwell.

“After this pandemic, our Commonwealth needs a leader who will act holistically to make sure all Virginians benefit in our recovery,” Astrop said in a press release. “From losing jobs to facing the risk of eviction, Virginians need big solutions and a forward-looking vision that won’t tinker around the edges. We need a bold leader like Terry McAuliffe.”

 

State reform of Governor’s Schools blocked; local boards act
Matthew BarakatFebruary 23, 2021 (Short)

A push to increase the numbers of Black and Hispanic students at Virginia’s selective “Governor’s Schools” by changing admissions policies has failed, despite the support of Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration.

The bill’s sponsor, Del. Roslyn Tyler, singled out Saslaw and Petersen for blocking it, but said in a statement that she considers the effort a success “because it allowed students, alumni, teachers, administrators, elected official and other stakeholders to have a public conversation on racial biasness, inclusion and lack of diversity at the governor schools.”

She said she is confident that the Northam administration will push for reforms even without the legislation.

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The House of Delegates of the 244th Virginia General Assembly adopted and passed House Resolution 95 calling attention to and noting the 165th anniversary of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services.

In a country not just 250 years old, the 165th anniversary of anything is an event to be celebrated. It is an especially remarkable achievement when you consider that only18 of our 50 states had been admitted to the union, important inventions such as the telephone, electricity, automobiles, airplanes, vaccinations, etc. had yet to be invented, and events that shaped our nation and world had yet to occur.

Delegate Roslyn Tyler recently presented Tod Balsbaugh, VP of Advancement, the proclamation at her office in Emporia. Jackson-Feild is grateful to the General Assembly for this document and for helping to provide essential mental health services to children with severe mental illness.

Current Position: State Delegate for District 75 since 2006
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2021 State Delegate
Former Position(s): Sussex County Board of Supervisors from 1984 – 1995

Roslyn Tyler was first elected Delegate for the 75th District in 2005. The 75th District includes all of the Cities of Emporia and Franklin and all of  Brunswick and Greensville counties and parts of Dinwiddie, Lunenberg, Southampton, Sussex, Surrey, and Isle of Wight Counties. Delegate Tyler is Chair of the House Education Committee and is a member of the Appropriations and Public Safety committees.

Otto Wachsmann

Current Position: Pharmacist
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Chris Jones

Current Position: State Delegate since 1998
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2020 State Delegate
Former Position(s): Suffolk City Council (1986-98; Vice Mayor 1986-90; Mayor 1992-96)

Overview: N/A

Clinton Jenkins

Current Position: State Delegate for District 76 since 2020
Affiliation: Democrat

After working for a time as a Subcontracts Administrator for BAE Systems Shipyard, Clint Jenkins later became the Ethics Officer for the shipyard. While employed in the ship repair industries, Clint began to work part-time as a real estate agent. Today, he manages a local real estate company with his daughter, Ashlin.

A strong commitment to service has defined Clint’s involvement in his community. He knows the needs and concerns of the people of the 76th District because he has seen and heard them firsthand. He is committed to representing his constituents with honesty, integrity, and transparency.

Cliff Hayes

“I told him ‘Cliff we need to do something. This shouldn’t have happened.’ I said ‘This can’t happen to anyone else again.’ And he said ‘I got you 100%,’” said Shawn Eure-Wilson, Jamile’s mother.

Hayes then spearheaded the legislation. Currently, to get an Ashanti Alert, you have to show evidence of abduction, and the current Amber Alert system applies only to children with autism, not adults.

“This bill expands to include those with autism regardless of age. With Autism Spectrum Disorder, there’s a tendency to wander anyway,” said Arketa Howard, an advocate for the Autism Society of Tidewater.

bill to govern training and use of non-lethal weapons by police to control protests hit close to home for Del. Cliff Hayes, D-Chesapeake, whose 20-year-old cousin was critically wounded by a “bean bag” round fired at him mistakenly during an anti-racism protest in Texas at the end of May.

He told his colleagues Thursday that Justin Howell, a student at Texas State University, suffered a fractured skull and brain damage after police fired a so-called “non-lethal” munition during a protest at the University of Texas in Austin on May 31 after the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minnesota.

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said police hit Howell mistakenly while firing at another protester who was hurling objects at them, and Texas news accounts said they also fired on protesters trying to carry Howell to safety.

Del. Cliff Hayes, D-Chesapeake, who has 25 years’ experience as an IT professional in Hampton Roads – including with law-enforcement agencies – heads a JCOTS panel examining the two-edged sword of facial recognition systems. On one hand, they promise quantum advances in crime fighting and national security. On the other, they are the fondest dream of totalitarian regimes as witnessed by wholesale deployment throughout China.

Hayes is skeptical about the technology’s widespread use.

“One of the things I know is that there is always this push to use technology to make ourselves more efficient. The question is how you define it. When you talk about effectiveness, what lens do you look at it through. Is it through a tactical or quantitative lens, or is it through an ethical and moral lens?” he said.

Jez started hearing about the facility two years ago. That’s when he reached out to C.E. “Cliff” Hayes, Jr., who was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2016.
“He was really integral,” Jez said about Hayes, who helped pass a binding resolution in the House of Delegates honoring his meet in 2017. “He’s just been a good advocate for our event, even though it wasn’t even in his jurisdiction. I started talking to him about this new track and he put me in contact with some people from the city. They did a great sale. I was just going to host one meet there, then it became two, then it became me bringing the VA Showcase there.”
Hayes thinks the track meet and the facility will have a “huge” economic impact to the area.

Current Position: State Delegate for District 77 since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): Chesapeake City Council (2004-12) from 2004 – 2012

Cliff Hayes was first elected Delegate for the 77th District in 2016. The 77th District includes parts of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach.

Delegate Hayes serves as Chair of the Communications, Technology and Innovation Committee and is a member of the Health, Welfare and Institutions,  and Appropriations committees. Delegate Hayes serves as the CIO/Technology Director for the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office.

Jay Leftwich

Current Position: State Delegate for District 78 since 2014
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Chesapeake School Board (2002-13; chairman 2012-13) from 2002 – 2013

James Leftwich is a Partner at Basnight, Kinser, Leftwich & Nuckolls, P.C., where he has been for 29 years.

Jay successfully won election to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2013 to represent the 78th District, which is located in Chesapeake. He currently serves on the following committees: Courts of Justice, Education, General Laws, and Privileges and Elections in the House. Jay is also the Chairman of the House Courts of Justice Subcommittee #2, Privileges and Elections Subcommittee #2, and the Education Subcommittee #3.

Stephen Heretick

Current Position: State Delegate for District 79 since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): Portsmouth City Council from 2004 – 2012

Politicians are often on the wrong side of history; whether it be a failure to protect us against predatory tolls on our tunnels, cuts in state funding for our local schools, blocking working-class families from accessing healthcare, or eroding the voting rights of our elderly and disabled…enough

Don Scott

Current Position: State Delegate for District 80 since 2020
Affiliation: Democrat

Attorney Don Scott is a former United States Naval Officer. He understands integrity, service and sacrifice.

Don graduated from Texas A&M University, where he pledged Pi Omicron Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He obtained his law degree from LSU.

Don sits on several boards and commissions, including Future of Hampton Roads, the 1st Vice President of the Southeastern Employment and Training Association, and as a Chair of the Portsmouth Economic Development Authority.

Jim Evans

Current Position: Senior Advocacy Coordinator
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Ryan C. Benton

Current Position: Realtor
Affiliation: None
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Barry Knight

Current Position: State Delegate for District 81 since 2009
Affiliation: Republican

Barry D. Knight was born and raised in Virginia and has worked his whole life in agri-business with a strong dedication to supporting the local economy and protecting citizens’ rights. Barry’s solid work ethic and common sense approach has helped him develop one of the most productive hog farming businesses in Hampton Roads.

Strongly committed to giving back to the community, Barry decided to focus his time on public service and now serves as the Delegate for Virginia’s 81st District in the Virginia General Assembly.

Lenard Myers

Current Position: US Senator
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Jason Miyares

Current Position: State Delegate for District 82 since 2016
Affiliation: Republican

In November of 2015, Jason Miyares won the open seat to the 82nd District for the House of Delegates by the widest margin in the district’s history while becoming the first Cuban-American ever elected to the Virginia General Assembly. Jason Miyares has brought commonsense conservative leadership and accountability to Richmond while fighting for fiscal discipline and government transparency.

In November of 2015, he won the open seat to the 82nd District for the House of Delegates by the widest margin in the district’s history while becoming the first Cuban-American ever electd to the Virginia General Assembly. Jason Miyares has brought commonsense conservative leadership and accountability to Richmond while fighting for fiscal discipline and government transparency.

Gayle Johnson

Current Position: Music impressario
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Christopher Stolle

Current Position: State Delegate since 2010
Affiliation: Republican

Overview: N/A

Nancy Guy

Current Position: State Delegate for Dsitrict 84 since 2020
Affiliation: Democrat

Nancy Guy grew up in a Navy family in the 83rd District and attended Thoroughgood Elementary and Cox High School. She graduated from The College of William and Mary with a B.A. in Government ( where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa), and got her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

As a proud product of Virginia’s public education programs, supporting public education has long been her passion.  Nancy believes that a quality public education system is the very backbone of democracy and will do everything in her power to channel proper resources to it.

Glenn Davis

Current Position: State Delegate for District 84 since 2014
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Virginia Beach City Council from 2009 – 2013

Delegate Glenn Davis is a public servant, business owner, and serial entrepreneur.

In the Virginia General Assembly, Glenn is one of Virginia’s leading advocates for economic development, regulatory and tax reform, and helping grow Virginia’s small businesses. His initiatives in these areas have earned him multiple awards and honors from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, including Freshman Legislator of the Year (2014), Small Business Advocate Award (2015), Champion of Free Enterprise Award (2016), Advancement of Innovation and Technology Award (2017), and multiple Free Enterprise Awards for his legislation on Virginia’s Business Climate, as well as Workforce and Education (2018)

Karen Mallard

Current Position: Public-school teacher
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Alex Askew

Current Position: State Delegate for District 85 since 2020
Affiliation: Democrat

Alan Askew has served as a legislative aide for the Virginia House of Delegates, guiding elected officials towards tangible solutions. He’s helped craft groundbreaking legislation such as the nationwide Ashanti Alert (a public alert system for missing and endangered adults), Medicaid expansion, affordable housing expansion, and school safety initiatives.

Outside of work, he has remained engaged in this community. I am an active member of New Jerusalem Ministries, where I mentor and tutor local youth. I am a founding board member of the New Leaders Council Virginia, as well as a board member for the Democratic Business Alliance of South Hampton Roads and a 2018 graduate of UVA’s Political Leaders Program.

Rocky Holcomb

Current Position: Chief Deputy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Ibraheem Samirah

Current Position: State Delegate for District 86 since 2019
Affiliation: Democrat

Ibraheem Samirah won a special election on Feb. 19, 2019 against Republican Gregg Nelsen and other candidates. On November 5, 2019  was unopposed in the Delegate race for District 86 – see Recent Election results below.

Ibraheem says “I worked hard in school so I could one day return to the country I loved. I attended American University and went on to Boston University for dental school. Today, I run a community based dental practice serving patients throughout metro DC.

Now, I am running for Virginia’s House of Delegates to give back—by helping families stay healthy, with more opportunities to succeed, and more time to spend together.”

Featured video: This interview was conducted by Nader Momtaz in Ibraheem Samirah’s office in Herndon, VA on Oct. 2, 2019. Original interview recording has not been edited in any way.

Suhas Subramanyam

Current Position: State Delegate for District 87 since 2020
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Bill Drennan

Current Position: Security Expert, retired USAF
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2021 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Mark Cole

Current Position: State Delegate for District 88 since 2002
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors from 2000 – 2002

Mark Cole has served in the Virginia House of Delegates since 2002 representing the 88th District, which includes parts of Stafford, Spotsylvania and Fauquier counties, and the city of Fredericksburg. He is a member of the House committees on Finance and Education, Small Business Commission, Rappahannock River Basin Commission, and is Chairman of the Privileges and Elections Committee.

Jessica Foster

Current Position: Attorney, and Small Business Owner
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Jay Jones

Current Position: State Delegate for District 89 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Jay Jones completed his undergraduate studies at the College of William and Mary, where he was a double major in Government and History, and obtained his law degree from the University of Virginia.  Upon graduation from law school, Jay began practicing law in Norfolk.  Prior to attending law school, he was an associate with Goldman Sachs where he focused on risk management and rating advisory.

Jay was raised in a family that believes deeply in public service and devotion to our city and its people. Currently, Jay serves as a member of the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Virginia.

Joseph Lindsey

Current Position: State Delegate since 2014
Affiliation: Democrat

Joseph (Joe) C. Lindsey is a lifelong resident of Norfolk, Virginia, successful attorney and community leader who has spent his life as a public servant.

Joe understands well how policies affect people and small businesses in our community. As the representative for the 90th District, Joe works to create a strong, self-sufficient, successful community with greater opportunities for Virginia. This spirit of servant leadership is at the core of everything he does, and something he strives to promote throughout the house.

Martha Mugler

Current Position: State Delegate for District 91
Affiliation: Democrat

Martha Mugler has lived, worked, and raised a family in the 91st District. She’s a native of Hampton.

Martha was elected to the Hampton School Board in 2008, and is currently serving her third term. She served as Chairman of the Board for four years from 2012 – 2016. Martha received her BA in Communications from Radford University and is an Executive Assistant for Business Development at Old Point National Bank. She previously worked in university admissions, public, community and media relations.

Colleen Holcomb

Current Position: Lawyer
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Jeion Ward

When the General Assembly voted last year to ramp up Virginia’s minimum wage to $12, agricultural employees were among a handful of groups excluded from the increase — an exemption that traces its roots to Jim Crow-era segregation.
Lawmakers in the Senate said Monday they stand by that decision, voting down legislation passed by the House of Delegates that would have extended the state’s employment laws to farmworkers for the first time.
“I understand the exuberance and I understand the need to move forward, but we just had a robust discussion on this last year,” said Sen. Lynwood Lewis, D-Accomack, one of 10 lawmakers on the Senate’s Commerce and Labor Committee who opposed the legislation.

On Thursday, lawmakers in the Virginia House of Delegates took the first step in a long, complicated process of repealing a voter-approved constitutional amendment that prohibits two people of the same gender from marrying.

Approved in 2006, the Marshall-Newman Amendment’s prohibition on same-sex marriage is no longer enforced in the commonwealth, ever since a pair of Supreme Court decisions in 2013 and 2015, respectively, overturned a law prohibiting federal recognition of same-sex marriages, and declared all remaining bans on same-sex nuptials unconstitutional.

However, due to Virginia’s complicated legal framework — and the fact that the ban was a constitutional amendment, rather than a simple statute — eliminating Marshall-Newman from the state’s constitution requires having a pro-LGBTQ majority in both legislative chambers that will approve a bill to repeal the amendment, followed by an election, after which a different legislature must pass the exact same bill. If approved, the proposal then goes on the general election ballot where voters must approve it.

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — Governor Ralph Northam announced the results of the Commonwealth’s disparity study Friday which identified the need to address diversity in state contracting.

Following the results, Northam established goals of 23.1 percent discretionary spending with woman- and minority-owned businesses and 42 percent with SWaM-certified businesses in Virginia.

“State contracting, which represents more than $6 billion annually, can be a powerful tool to create economic opportunity. This study makes clear that the Commonwealth has significant work to do to maximize the participation of woman- and minority-owned businesses in state contract work,” said Northam.

Two per train? Why legislation mandating train crew size keeps getting filed.
Virginia Mercury, Wyatt GordonFebruary 4, 2021 (Short)

Every year over the past three years, lawmakers in Virginia’s General Assembly have introduced legislation that would require railroads moving freight through the commonwealth “to operate with a crew of at least two individuals.”

This year, it’s being pushed by Del. Jeion Ward, D-Hampton, in a bill that’s been referred to the House Labor and Commerce Committee.

With the exception of a handful of short, local lines, that crew size is already standard across the industry.

Current Position: State Delegate for District 92 since 2004
Affiliation: Democrat

Jeion Ward was first elected Delegate for the 92nd District in 2004. The 92nd District includes parts of Hampton.

Delegate Ward serves as Chair of the Labor and Commerce Committee and is a member of the Communications, Technology and Innovation, Rules, and Transportation committees.  Delegate Ward is President of the Hampton Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 4260.

Michael Mullin

Current Position: State Delegate for District 93 since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat

Mike Mullin is passionate about a lot of things, and it’s one reason he is such a good Delegate for the 93rd District of Virginia. In Mike’s first year as a legislator, he passed four bills — more than any other freshman legislator in the House of Delegates that year.

He served on the Counties, Cities and Towns Committee and the Courts of Justice Committee. In his first year, he was most proud of his bill to ensure that people who commit domestic violence aren’t eligible for “first offender status” if they have committed other violent felonies. “This bill could help stop the cycle of violence and protect women and children,” he says. “It just might save the life of somebody you love.”

Heather Cordasco

Current Position: Philanthropy Officer at nonprofit organization
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

David Yancey

Current Position: State Delegate since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

Overview: N/A

Shelly Simonds

Current Position: State Delegate for District 94
Affiliation: Democrat

My husband, Paul, and I moved to Newport News in 2000, when he was hired as a NASA engineer. We soon realized that Newport News was the perfect place to raise our two daughters, Georgia and Tessa. And after my second daughter turned two, I returned to the workforce as a Spanish teacher at their school, Hilton Elementary, and discovered a new passion for teaching. I had never had a workplace where I felt like I was part of a team with such purpose. We spent our lunch breaks talking about our students and how we could encourage them.

I’ve also been a longtime environmental activist. I got my start in Virginia politics as a member of the Legislative Contact Team with the League of Conservation Voters. This work is also incredibly important to me, and something that I want to fight for in the General Assembly, if elected.

Michael Bartley

Current Position: Aerospace engineer
Affiliation: Libertarian
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Marcia Price

Current Position: State Delegate for District 95 since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat

Marcia Price, affectionately known as “Cia”, was born and raised on the Peninsula.

Price worked as a special assistant in the Virginia Liaison Office under then Governor Mark Warner and as a state coordinator for the NAACP This Is My Vote! Campaign for voter registration, education, and mobilization.

Price serves on the Health, Welfare, and Institutions Committee (Subcommittee #1), the Privileges and Elections Committee (Subcommittee #3), and the General Laws Committee (Subcommittee #2). She currently serves as Secretary of both the House Democratic Caucus and the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus.  Del. Price is a member of the Hampton Roads Caucus and the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.

Featured video: Original interview recording and has not been edited in any way. This interview was conducted by Katlyn Weiser in Marcia Price’s office in the fall of 2019.

Mark Downey

Current Position: Pediatrician
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Amanda Batten

Current Position: State Delegate for District 96 since 2020
Affiliation: Republican

An active member of the community, Amanda Batten currently works as legislative aide to Delegate Brenda Pogge, representative of District 96 in the Virginia House of Delegates. She was previously employed as a fundraising manager for the Medical Society of Virginia and as legislative aide to Virginia Senator Thomas K. Norment, Jr.

Before moving to Williamsburg and working in politics, Amanda homeschooled her son and consulted for a marketing firm.

James Jobe

Current Position: Student, Old Dominion University
Affiliation: Libertarian
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Kevin Washington

Current Position: Cloud Architect, Department of Defense
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Scott Wyatt

Current Position: State Delegate for District 97
Affiliation: Republican

Scott Wyatt is a strong advocate for conservative values. He believes our delegates should spend their time serving the people they represent rather than the lobbyists at the General Assembly.

Scott currently serves on the Hanover Board of Supervisors and has been involved in our community for many years.  Among his many volunteer endeavors, Scott has coached Little League and volunteered at events with the East Hanover & Black Creek Volunteer Fire Departments.

Keith Hodges

Current Position: State Delegate for District 98 since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

“I hope voters will consider my roots in the community, my long history of community service, my experience and my beliefs and values that I believe reflect those of the people of the 98th District”.

Helping people from all walks of life everyday, making community service a priority.
Small business owner of Gloucester Pharmacy

Ella Webster

Current Position: Board Member, Three Rivers Healthy Families Advisory Board
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate
Former Position(s): Board Member, Gloucester County Public Library Board of Trustees from 2010 – 2019

Overview: N/A

Margaret Ransone

Current Position: State Delegate for District 99 since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

Margaret Ransone is a mother, wife, successful business woman, lifelong resident of Westmoreland County, and citizen legislator who represents the 99th District in the Virginia House of Delegates.

Margaret’s background in natural resources in the rural community have proven to be an asset for all Virginians as she serves in the House of Delegates.

Francis Edwards

Current Position: Retired CEO
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Robert Bloxom

Current Position: State Delegate for District 100 since 2014
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Eastern Shore Soil and Water Conservation District (former Director)

From Wikipedia: Robert Spurgeon Bloxom Jr. (born February 12, 1963) is an American politician from the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from the 100th district, succeeding Lynwood Lewis. Bloxom is a member of the Republican Party.

Bloxom’s father, Robert Bloxom Sr., served in the House of Delegates before becoming Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry.

Philip Hernandez

Current Position: Attorney, National Employment Law Project
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

VA Competitive Districts - 2019 Elections 1VA Competitive Districts – 2019 Elections

This post summarizes the 5 competitive Virginia Senate and 20 House of Delegate Districts in the recent elections on November 5, 2019.  Each district has a short description of its boundaries, pictures of the candidates, a link to a post focused on the candidates and their positions on issues, and links to posts on each candidate.  Feature image for this post shows the regional location for each of these districts.

In compiling this post, we used Ned Oliver’s Virginia Mercury article as a guide.

> To view all the Virginia competitive races in this post, select this post’s title.

> To view who won in your district, select the “Who represents me?” button above and enter your full street address. On your phone, select the icon on the left.

Summary

This post summarizes the 5 competitive Virginia Senate and 20 House of Delegate Districts in the recent elections on November 5, 2019.  Each district has a short description of its boundaries, pictures of the candidates, a link to a post focused on the candidates and their positions on issues, and links to posts on each candidate.  Feature image for this post shows the regional location for each of these districts.

In compiling this post, we used Ned Oliver’s Virginia Mercury article as a guide.

> To view all the Virginia competitive races in this post, select this post’s title.

> To view who won in your district, select the “Who represents me?” button above and enter your full street address. On your phone, select the icon on the left.

Northern Virginia Senate Districts

VA Senate District 13

VA Senate 13 - 2019 Election

District Description: Loudoun County (Part), Prince William County (Part)
Current Senator: Richard Black since 2012 (R)

To view an overview of VA Senate District 13, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see John Bell’s post.
For more information, see Geary Higgin’s post.

Northern Virginia House Districts

VA House District 10

VA House 10 - 2019

District Description: Counties of Clarke (part), Frederick (part), and Loudoun (part)
Current Delegate: Wendy Gooditis since 2018 (D)To view an overview of VA House District 10, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see Wendy Gooditis’s post.
For more information, see Randy Minchew’s post.

VA House District 13

VA House District 13 - 2019

District Description: County of Prince William (part); City of Manassas Park
Current Delegate: Danica  Roem since 2018 (D)

To view an overview of VA House District 13, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see Danica Roem’s post.
For more information, see Kelly McGinn’s post.

VA House District 31

VA House District 31 - 2019

District Description: Counties of Fauquier (part) and Prince William (part)
Current Delegate: Liz Guzman since 2018 (D)

To view an overview of VA House District 31, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see Liz Guzman’s post.
For more information, see D.J. Jordan’s post.

VA House District 40

VA House 40 - 2019 Election

District Description: County of Fairfax (part)
Current Delegate: Tim Hugo since 2003 (D)

To view an overview of VA House District 40, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues, go here.

For more information, see Tim Hugo’s post.
For more information, see Dan Helmer’s post.

VA House District 50

VA House District 50 - 2019

District Description: County of Prince William (part); City of Manassas
Current Delegate: Lee Carter since 2017 (D)

To view an overview of VA House District 50, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see Lee Carter’s post.
For more information, see Ian Lovejoy’s post.

VA House District 51

VA House District 51 - 2019

District Description:  County of Prince William (part)
Current Delegate Hala Ayala since 2018 (D)

To view an overview of VA House District 51, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see Hala Ayala’s post.
For more information, see Richard Anderson’s post.

Central Virginia

There are currently no Senate Districts in Central Virginia that appear to be competitive at this time.

VA House District 28

VA House 28 - 2019 Election

District Description: County of Stafford (part); City of Fredericksburg (part)
Current Delegate: Bob Thomas since 2018 (R)

To view the VA House District 28 and its 2019 candidates, go here.

For more information, see Joshua Cole’s post.
For more information, see Paul Milde’s post.

Southcentral Virginia Senate Districts

VA Senate District 10

VA Senate 10 – 2019 Election

District Description: Powhatan County (All), Chesterfield County (Part), Richmond City (Part)
Current Senator: Glen Sturtevant since 2016 (R)

To view an overview of VA Senate District 10, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see Glen Sturtevant’s post.
For more information, see Ghazala Hashmi’s post.

VA Senate District 12

VA Senate 12 – 2019

District Description: Henrico County (Part), Hanover County (Part)
Current Senator: Siobhan Dunnavant since 2016 (R)

To view an overview of VA Senate District 12, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see Siobhan Dunnavant’s post.
For more information, see Debra Rodman’s post.

Southcentral Virginia House Districts

VA House District 27

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District Description: County of Chesterfield (part)
Current Delegate: Roxann Robinson since 2010 (R)

To view an overview of VA House District 27, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see Roxann Robinson’s post.
For more information, see Larry Barnett’s post.

VA House District 66

VA House 66 – 2019

District Description: County of Chesterfield (part); City of Colonial Heights
Current Delegate: Kirk Cox since 1990 (R)

To view an overview of VA House District 66, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see Kirkland Cox’s post.
For more information, see Sheila Bynum-Coleman’s post.

VA House District 68

VA House 68 - 2109

District Description: Counties of Chesterfield (part) and Henrico (part); City of Richmond (part)
Current Delegate: Dawn Adams since 2018 (D)

To view an overview of VA House District 68, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see Dawn Adams’s post.
For more information, see Garrison Coward’s post.

VA House District 72

VA House 72 – 2019

District Description: County of Henrico (part)
Current Delegate: Schuyler T. VanValkenburg since 2018 (D)

To view an overview of VA House District 72, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see GayDonna Vandergriff’s post.
For more information, see Schuyler VanValkenburg’s post.

VA House District 73

VA House 73 - 2019

District Description: County of Henrico (part)
Current Delegate: Debra Rodman since 2018 (D)

To view an overview of VA House District 73, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see Rodney Willett’s post.
For more information, see Mary Margaret Kastelberg’s post.

Southeastern Virginia Senate Districts

VA Senate District 6

VA Senate 6 – 2019

District Description: Accomack County (All), Mathews County (All), Northampton County (All), Norfolk City (Part), Virginia Beach City (Part)
Current Senator: Lynwood Lewis since 2014 (D)

To view an overview of VA Senate District 6, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see Lynwood Lewis’s post.
For more information, see Elizabeth Lankford’s post.

VA Senate District 7

VA Senate 7 – 2019

District Description: Virginia Beach City (Part), Norfolk City (Part)
Current Senator: Frank W. Wagner since 2001 (R)

To view an overview of VA Senate District 7, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see Cheryl Turpin’s post.
For more information, see Jen Kiggans’s post.

Southeastern Virginia House Districts

VA House District 21

VA House 21 - 2019

District Description:  Cities of Chesapeake (part) and Virginia Beach (part)
Current Delegate: Kelly Convirs-Fowler since 2018 (D)

To view an overview of VA House District 21, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see Kelly Fowler ’s post.
For more information, see Shannon Kane’s post.

VA House District 76

VA House 76 – 2019 Election

District Description: Cities of Chesapeake (part) and Suffolk (part)
Current Delegate: Chris Jones since 1998 (R)

To view an overview of VA House District 76, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see Chris Jones’s post.
For more information, see Clinton Jenkins’s post.

VA House District 83

VA House 83 - 2019 Election

District Description: Cities of Norfolk (part) and Virginia Beach (part)
Current Delegate: Chris Stolle since 2010 (R)

To view an overview of VA House District 83, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see Chris Stolle’s post.
For more information, see Nancy Guy’s post.

VA House District 84

VA House 84 – 2019

District Description: City of Virginia Beach (part)a
Current Delegate: Glenn Davis since 2014 (R)

To view an overview of VA House District 84, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see Glenn Davis’s post.
For more information, see Karen Mallard’s post.

VA House District 85

VA House 85 – 2019

District Description:City of Virginia Beach (part)
Current Delegate: Cheryl Turpin since 2018 (D)

To view an overview of VA District 85, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see Alex Askew’s post.
For more information, see Rocky Holcomb’s post.

VA House District 91

VA House 91 – 2019 Election

District Description: County of York (part); Cities of Hampton (part) and Poquoson
Current Delegate: Gordon Helsel since 2011 (R)

To view an overview of VA House District 91, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see Martha Mugler’s post.
For more information, see Colleen Holcomb’s post.

VA House District 94

VA House 94 – 2019 Election

District Description:  City of Newport News (part)
Current Delegate: David Yancey since 2012 (R)

To view an overview of VA House District 94, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see David Yancey’s post.
For more information, see Shelly Simonds’s post.

VA House District 100

VA House 100 – 2019

District Description: Counties of Accomack and Northampton; Cities of Norfolk (part) and Virginia Beach (part)
Current Officeholder:  Rob Bloxom since 2014 (R)

To view an overview of VA House District 100, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see Robert Bloxom’s post.
For more information, see Philip Hernandez’s post.

Southwestern Virginia

There are currently no Senate or House Districts in Southwestern Virginia that appear to be competitive at this time.

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VA 2019 House Competitive Districts

This post has summaries of the 20 House of Delegate Districts in the upcoming elections on November 5, 2019.  Each district has a short description of its boundaries, pictures of the candidates, a link to a post focused on the candidates and their positions on issues, and links to posts on each candidate.  Feature image for this post shows the regional location for each of these districts.

To view this post, select the feature image or post title.

One can view a more detailed post on each competitive district in each candidate subcategory e.g. Southeastern VA House Candidates. To view ALL the candidates running for the 100 House districts, go to this slide show.

In compiling this post, we used Ned Oliver’s Virginia Mercury article as a guide. If you know of other competitive districts, we will be happy to consider them for inclusion in this post.

Virginia onAir curators will have a special focus on these districts and will attempt to provide a video recording of an interview with each of the candidates.

Summary

This post has summaries of the 20 House of Delegate Districts in the upcoming elections on November 5, 2019.  Each district has a short description of its boundaries, pictures of the candidates, a link to a post focused on the candidates and their positions on issues, and links to posts on each candidate.  Feature image for this post shows the regional location for each of these districts.

To view this post, select the feature image or post title.

One can view a more detailed post on each competitive district in each candidate subcategory e.g. Southeastern VA House Candidates. To view ALL the candidates running for the 100 House districts, go to this slide show.

In compiling this post, we used Ned Oliver’s Virginia Mercury article as a guide. If you know of other competitive districts, we will be happy to consider them for inclusion in this post.

Virginia onAir curators will have a special focus on these districts and will attempt to provide a video recording of an interview with each of the candidates.

Northern Virginia House Districts

VA House District 10

District Description: Counties of Clarke (part), Frederick (part), and Loudoun (part)
Current Delegate: Wendy Gooditis since 2018 (D)

VA House District 10 - Wendy Gooditis & Randy Minchew

To view an overview of VA Senate District 10, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see Wendy Gooditis’s post.
For more information, see Randy Minchew’s post.

VA House District 13

District Description: County of Prince William (part); City of Manassas Park
Current Delegate: Danica  Roem since 2018 (D)

VA House District 13 - Danica Roem & Kelly McGinn

To view an overview of VA Senate District 10, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see Danica Roem’s post.
For more information, see Kelly McGinn’s post.

VA House District 31

District Description: Counties of Fauquier (part) and Prince William (part)
Current Delegate: Liz Guzman since 2018 (D)

VA House District 31 - Liz Guzman & D.J. Jordan

To view an overview of VA Senate District 10, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see Liz Guzman’s post.
For more information, see D.J. Jordan’s post.

VA House District 40

District Description: County of Fairfax (part)
Current Delegate: Tim Hugo since 2003 (D)

To view an overview of VA Senate District 10, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues, go here.

For more information, see Tim Hugo’s post.
For more information, see Dan Helmer’s post.

VA House District 50

District Description: County of Prince William (part); City of Manassas
Current Delegate: Lee Carter since 2017 (D)

VA House District 50 - Lee Carter & Ian Lovejoy

To view an overview of VA Senate District 10, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see Lee Carter’s post.
For more information, see Ian Lovejoy’s post.

VA House District 51

District Description:  County of Prince William (part)
Current Delegate Hala Ayala since 2018 (D)

VA House District 51 - Haya Ayala & Richard Anderson

To view an overview of VA Senate District 10, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see Hala Ayala’s post.
For more information, see Richard Anderson’s post.

Central Virginia House Districts

VA House District 28

District Description: County of Stafford (part); City of Fredericksburg (part)
Current Delegate: Bob Thomas since 2018 (R)

VA House 28 - 2019

To view the VA House District 30 and its 2019 candidates, go here.

For more information, see Joshua Cole’s post.
For more information, see Paul Milde’s post.

Southcentral Virginia House Districts

VA House District 27

District Description: County of Chesterfield (part)
Current Delegate: Roxann Robinson since 2010 (R)

To view an overview of VA Senate District 10, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see Roxann Robinson’s post.
For more information, see Larry Barnett’s post.

VA House District 66

District Description: County of Chesterfield (part); City of Colonial Heights
Current Delegate: Kirk Cox since 1990 (R)

VA House 66 – 2019

To view an overview of VA Senate District 10, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see Kirkland Cox’s post.
For more information, see Sheila Bynum-Coleman’s post.

VA House District 68

District Description: Counties of Chesterfield (part) and Henrico (part); City of Richmond (part)
Current Delegate: Dawn Adams since 2018 (D)

VA House 68 - 2109

To view an overview of VA Senate District 10, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see Dawn Adams’s post.
For more information, see Garrison Coward’s post.

VA House District 72

District Description: County of Henrico (part)
Current Delegate: Schuyler T. VanValkenburg since 2018 (D)

To view an overview of VA Senate District 10, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see GayDonna Vandergriff’s post.
For more information, see Schuyler VanValkenburg’s post.

VA House District 73

District Description: County of Henrico (part)
Current Delegate: Debra Rodman since 2018 (D)

VA House 73 - 2019 2

To view an overview of VA Senate District 10, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see Rodney Willett’s post.
For more information, see Mary Margaret Kastelberg’s post.

Southeastern Virginia House Districts

VA House District 21

District Description:  Cities of Chesapeake (part) and Virginia Beach (part)
Current Delegate: Kelly Convirs-Fowler since 2018 (D)VA House 21 - 2019

 

To view an overview of VA Senate District 10, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see Kelly Fowler ’s post.
For more information, see Shannon Kane’s post.

VA House District 76

District Description: Cities of Chesapeake (part) and Suffolk (part)
Current Delegate: Chris Jones since 1998 (R)

VA House 76 – 2019

To view an overview of VA Senate District 10, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see Chris Jones’s post.
For more information, see Clinton Jenkins’s post.

 

VA House District 83

District Description: Cities of Norfolk (part) and Virginia Beach (part)
Current Delegate: Chris Stolle since 2010 (R)

VA House 83 - 2019 1

To view an overview of VA Senate District 10, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see Chris Stolle’s post.
For more information, see Nancy Guy’s post.

VA House District 84

District Description: City of Virginia Beach (part)a
Current Delegate: Glenn Davis since 2014 (R)

To view an overview of VA House District 84, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see Glenn Davis’s post.
For more information, see Karen Mallard’s post.

VA House District 85

District Description:City of Virginia Beach (part)
Current Delegate: Cheryl Turpin since 2018 (D)

VA House 85 – 2019

To view an overview of VA Senate District 10, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see Alex Askew’s post.
For more information, see Rocky Holcomb’s post.

VA House District 91

District Description: County of York (part); Cities of Hampton (part) and Poquoson
Current Delegate: Gordon Helsel since 2011 (R)

VA House 91 – 2019

To view an overview of VA Senate District 91, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see Martha Mugler’s post.
For more information, see Colleen Holcomb’s post.

VA House District 94

District Description:  City of Newport News (part)
Current Delegate: David Yancey since 2012 (R)

VA House 94 – 2019

To view an overview of VA Senate District 10, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see David Yancey’s post.
For more information, see Shelly Simonds’s post.

VA House District 100

District Description: Counties of Accomack and Northampton; Cities of Norfolk (part) and Virginia Beach (part)
Current Officeholder:  Rob Bloxom since 2014 (R)

VA House 100 – 2019

To view an overview of VA Senate District 10, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues,  go here.

For more information, see Robert Bloxom’s post.
For more information, see Philip Hernandez’s post.

Southwestern Virginia

There are currently no House Districts in Southwestern Virginia that appear to be competitive at this time.

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Districts that Flipped - VA 2019Districts that Flipped – VA 2019 Elections

The Virginia 2019 elections saw both the State Senate and State House of Delegates change from Republican to Democratic control.

The Virginia State Senate in 2020 will have 21 Democratic senators and 19 Republican senators. Two senate districts flipped to the democrats: District 10 where Ghazala F. Hashmi won and District 13 where John Bell was the winner.

The Virginia House of Delegates in 2020 will have 55 Democratic delegates and 45 Republican delegates. Six house districts flipped to the democrats: District 28 won by Joshua Cole; District 40 won by Dan Helmer; District 76 won by Clint Jenkins; District 83 won by Nancy Guy; District 91 won by Martha Mugler; and District 94 won by Shelly Simonds.

Virginia Democrats win control of General Assembly, sealing Trump-era power shift, Virginia Mercury, November 6, 2015 by Graham Moomaw.

Democrats flip Virginia Senate and House, taking control of state government for the first time in a generation,  Washington Post, Nov. 5, 2019 by Gregory Schneider and Laura Vozzella.

Summary

The Virginia 2019 elections saw both the State Senate and State House of Delegates change from Republican to Democratic control.

The Virginia State Senate in 2020 will have 21 Democratic senators and 19 Republican senators. Two senate districts flipped to the democrats: District 10 where Ghazala F. Hashmi won and District 13 where John Bell was the winner.

The Virginia House of Delegates in 2020 will have 55 Democratic delegates and 45 Republican delegates. Six house districts flipped to the democrats: District 28 won by Joshua Cole; District 40 won by Dan Helmer; District 76 won by Clint Jenkins; District 83 won by Nancy Guy; District 91 won by Martha Mugler; and District 94 won by Shelly Simonds.

Virginia Democrats win control of General Assembly, sealing Trump-era power shift, Virginia Mercury, November 6, 2015 by Graham Moomaw.

Democrats flip Virginia Senate and House, taking control of state government for the first time in a generation,  Washington Post, Nov. 5, 2019 by Gregory Schneider and Laura Vozzella.

Senate District 10 – Ghazala Hashmi

District Description: Powhatan County (All), Chesterfield County (Part), Richmond City (Part)
Current Senator: Glen Sturtevant since 2016 (R)

Ghazala Hashmi Previous Position: Founding Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) at Reynolds Community College
Affiliation: Democrat

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 10

For more information, see Ghazala Hashmi’s post.

VA Senate 10 – 2019Dr. Ghazala Hashmi is an experienced educator and advocate who has spent over 25 years working within Virginia’s college and university system. She currently serves as the Founding Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) at Reynolds Community College. Ghazala immigrated to the U.S. from India 50 years ago. As an immigrant living in a small town in the South, she saw first-hand how community building and fostering important dialogue can bridge the cultural and socioeconomic divisions that we face. She later earned her PhD in English from Emory University, and she and her husband moved to the Richmond area in 1991. Their daughters were born and raised in Midlothian and educated in Chesterfield County Public Schools. Ghazala is guided by the principles of integrity, social justice, and ethics in government in her approach to public service. If elected, Ghazala Hashmi would be the first Muslim-American woman to serve in the Virginia State Senate.

Ghazala’s Path to Victory

The district has been trending increasingly more Democratic over the last several elections. The current GOP incumbent pulled out a slight victory in 2015, but the district voted for Clinton and Northam by more than 10 points. Senate District 10 is ready for a progressive leader in the State Senate who truly understands the district — its priorities, its diversity, and its potential — and is ready to fight for residents every day in Richmond. By sharing her plans on important issues like improving public education, implementing commonsense gun safety reforms, and protecting the natural beauty of our Commonwealth, Ghazala will build a meaningful connection with voters that will propel her to victory.

 

Senate District 13 – John Bell

District Description: Loudoun County (Part), Prince William County (Part)
Current Senator: Richard Black since 2012 (R)

John Bell Previous Position: State Delegate for VA House District 87 since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 13

For more information, see John Bell’s post.

Delegate John Bell is a retired member of the United States Air Force. He served almost 26 years before retiring as a Major in 2007. During his Air Force career, John served as a Finance Officer all over the world, including tours in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. His ability to build consensus among diverse participants produced savings and cost reductions throughout the world, including $200 million saved annually from his work in Iceland.

John enlisted in the Air Force in 1981 after graduating from high school. He was consistently recognized during this enlisted career as an outstanding performer and was named the #1 Non Commissioned Officer out of over 5,000 assigned to the Far East in 1992. After completing his bachelors degree in Business Administration and graduating Summa Cum Laude (while serving full time in the Air Force) from Regis University, he was selected for Officer Training School. At Officer Training School, John finished in the Top 10% of graduates and was named a Distinguished Graduate. John was also a Distinguished Graduate of Squadron Officer’s School and was named the U.S. Air Force’s 2006 Outstanding Contributor to Financial Management and Comptrollership.

John now leads a team of financial professionals in the private sector and assists government clients to identify inefficiencies and implement cost-saving solutions.

John volunteered as the head tennis coach for the Freedom High School Varsity Boys program from 2008 to 2013. After taking over a team with only 3 victories in school history, Freedom now boasts a powerhouse program and is 66-12 in John’s tenure with a 3A Final Four appearance, 2 Regional titles and 4 District titles. John has also proudly served on Congressman Frank Wolf’s Service Academy Selection Board from 2011 to 2014.

In addition to his Bachelor’s degree, John also has an MBA (finance emphasis) and a Masters in Organizational Development from George Washington University.

John is married and lives in South Riding in Loudoun County with his wife Margaret (also retired Air Force). Margaret is a realtor and is an avid supporter of animal rescue. They have five children and have a proud tradition of military service with 3 children serving: John (6 years active duty Air Force), Josh (6 years Air National guard), and Danielle (10 years in both USAF and ANG).

John was elected to the House of Delegates in 2015 to replace Delegate David Ramadan.

VA House District 28 – Joshua Cole

District Description: County of Stafford (part); City of Fredericksburg (part)
Current Delegate: Bob Thomas since 2018 (R)

Joshua Cole Former Position: Chief of Staff for Delegate Kelly Convirs-Fowler
Affiliation: Democrat

Candidate: 2019 State Delegate VA House District 28

For more information, see Joshua Cole’s post.

Joshua Cole 1In 2017, Joshua Cole proudly ran for the Virginia House of Delegates to represent Virginia’s 28th District, becoming the first American-American, and youngest person to receive any party’s nomination, along the way. In an underfunded, hard-fought race, Josh finished less than 100 votes shy of having the honor of representing the 28th District.

Since then, Josh has served the state by acting as the Chief of Staff for Delegate Kelly Convirs-Fowler, fighting for the people by working alongside Delegate Convirs-Fowler on issues important to all Virginians, like fair housing. Simultaneously, Josh serves on Stafford County Public Schools Superintendent’s Equity, Diversity and Opportunity Committee, the Greater Fredericksburg Area Interfaith Council, as the President of the Stafford County NAACP and participates with numerous other local and community initiatives.

Clear in all of this work is Josh’s commitment to the communities of the 28th District. Raised in the 28th, Josh knows not only what it takes to live here, but what it means to build a home in Fredericksburg and Stafford County. He understands the excruciating drive along I-95 that is the bedrock of so many constituent commutes. He’s seen first-hand the ever-increasing cost of living in this community, and has sat with hardworking friends and neighbors, proud Virginians, who simply want to find a way to raise their family in the same town in which they grew up. Josh seeks to be your Delegate to he can fight to make this so, for all of them, and for you.

A product of the Stafford County Public School system, Joshua’s background in Virginia’s political affairs is rich, dating back to 2005, when he was appointed by the then-speaker, the Honorable William J. Howell, as a Page for the Virginia House of Delegates. That same year he was chosen as the Governor’s Page by Governor Mark R. Warner. He returned to the General Assembly again in 2016 as a Staff Assistant to the Clerk of the Virginia State Senate. As your Delegate, Josh will bring this experience to the fore to fight for a Virginia that serves all Virginians.

 

VA House District 40 – Dan Helmer

District Description: County of Fairfax (part)
Current Delegate: Tim Hugo since 2003 (D)

Dan Helmer Forer Position: Business Strategist
Affiliation: Democrat

Candidate: 2019 State Delegate VA House District 40

For more information, see Dan Helmer’s post.

Dan Helmer 1Dan Helmer is a combat veteran, business strategist, Rhodes Scholar, husband, and father.  His wife, Karen, is a public school teacher, and their two young sons, Harris and Aaron, attend class in Fairfax County Public Schools.

Dan is the son and grandson of immigrants.  His grandparents came to this country as Holocaust survivors and refugees. In America, they were welcomed and found prosperity, freedom, and peace. Dan believes that this, the American Dream, belongs to all of us – no matter our color, our religion, where we were born, or who we love.

In order to defend the country that had done so much for his family, Dan joined the Army and attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  He then served in Afghanistan, Iraq, South Korea, in numerous domestic postings, and finally here in Virginia.  Dan remains in the US Army Reserve.

In the private sector, Dan was a business strategist who advised American businesses and US government agencies on how to solve their most complex problems.

Dan is a leader who is ready to bring out-of-the-box thinking to deliver better transportation solutions to Northern Virginia, protect our children in school while ensuring they have a high quality education, and protecting Virginians’ access to quality, affordable healthcare.

VA House District 76 – Clinton Jenkins

District Description: Cities of Chesapeake (part) and Suffolk (part)
Current Delegate: Chris Jones since 1998 (R)

Clinton Jenkins Former Position: Manager real estate company
Affiliation: Democrat

Candidate: 2019 State Delegate VA House District 76

For more information, see Clinton Jenkins’s post.

Clinton Jenkins 1Clint was raised in the heart of the 76th district and graduated from John F. Kennedy High School.  After graduating, Clint enlisted in the US Army and proudly served his country. Upon returning to Suffolk, he earned his B.A. at Saint Leo University and continued his graduate studies at Southeastern Baptist Theology Seminary.

He and his future wife, Karen Hopson, met at the Oak Grove Baptist Church in Suffolk. The proud parents of three daughters, he and Karen will be celebrating their 32nd wedding anniversary this year.

After working for a time as a Subcontracts Administrator for BAE Systems Shipyard, Clint later became the Ethics Officer for the shipyard. While employed in the ship repair industries, Clint began to work part-time as a real estate agent. Today, he manages a local real estate company with his daughter, Ashlin.

Clint has been serving his community his entire adult life, staying active in local Civic Leagues, churches, and various other community organizations. He has also been a leader in the local Democratic Party, serving as the Suffolk coordinator for the 77th district House of Delegates and the DPVA’s Chair of the 3rd Congressional District.

A strong commitment to service has defined Clint’s involvement in his community. He knows the needs and concerns of the people of the 76th District because he has seen and heard them firsthand. He is committed to representing his constituents with honesty, integrity, and transparency.

 

VA House District 83 – Nancy Guy

District Description: Cities of Norfolk (part) and Virginia Beach (part)
Current Delegate: Chris Stolle since 2010 (R)

Nancy Guy Former Position: Retired, Real estate partnership and educational consultant
Affiliation: Democrat

Candidate: 2019 State Delegate VA House District 83

For more information, see Nancy Guy’s post.

Nancy Guy 1Nancy grew up in a Navy family in the 83rd District and attended Thoroughgood Elementary and Cox High School. She graduated from The College of William and Mary with a B.A. in Government ( where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa), and got her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

She and her husband of 38 years, Richard Guy, moved to Charlotte, NC for a decade where they practiced law and had two children. In 1992 they returned to Virginia Beach to be closer to extended family. Richard is an attorney with Vandeventer Black, LLP in Norfolk. Their children are now grown and they have two grandchildren.

Since her return to Virginia, Nancy has worked in a variety of capacities with some breaks from paid work to raise children and care for ailing and dying parents: managing a family real estate partnership, helping in the management of a home health care company founded by her father, and as an educational consultant assisting students. In 1996 she was elected to the Virginia Beach School Board and was subsequently re-elected for a second term.

After successfully battling breast cancer, in 2012-13, Nancy decided to simplify her life. She liquidated the real estate partnership in 2014 and closed down her educational consulting business in 2017 to concentrate on spending more time with family and giving more time to causes she believes in.

As a proud product of Virginia’s public education programs, supporting public education has long been her passion. In addition to her two terms on the School Board, she has served on the Board of WHRO, the Board of SECEP (the Southeastern Cooperative Educational Program), 12 years on the Virginia Education Foundation Board, two terms as President of the PTSA at Virginia Beach’s largest high school, a member of the Virginia Beach City Council of PTAs and member of the Legislative Committee of the Virginia PTA. Nancy believes that a quality public education system is the very backbone of democracy and will do everything in her power to channel proper resources to it.

In addition to educational activities Nancy has always been active in her church, Bayside Presbyterian, where she is an elder and, through her work with the Community Service Ministry, has volunteered with a variety of programs that help others including Seton Youth Shelters, Samaritan House, Judeo-Christian Outreach, and VOA/Lighthouse Winter Shelter.

She has the education, experience, passion and time to devote herself fully to representing the people of the 83rd District.

VA House District 91 – Martha Mugler

District Description: County of York (part); Cities of Hampton (part) and Poquoson
Current Delegate: Gordon Helsel since 2011 (R

Martha Mugler Former Position: Executive Assistant for Business Development at Old Point National Bank
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate VA House District 91

For more information, see Martha Mugler’s post.

Martha Mugler 1Martha has lived, worked, and raised a family in the 91st District. She’s a native of Hampton and attended middle and high school in Poquoson.

Martha was elected to the Hampton School Board in 2008, and is currently serving her third term. She served as Chairman of the Board for four years from 2012 – 2016. Martha received her BA in Communications from Radford University and is an Executive Assistant for Business Development at Old Point National Bank. She previously worked in university admissions, public, community and media relations.

Martha is a member of the Virginia School Board Association, the Council for Urban Education, the National School Board Association and the Woman’s Club of Hampton, Inc. She has served as an appointed member of the Virginia School Board Association Legislative Positions Committee and is currently serving on the WHRO Hampton Roads Education Telecommunications Association, Inc. Education Advisory Committee.  She is a Governor McAuliffe appointee to the Virginia 529/Able Now Board.

Martha is a member and Sunday school teacher at First Presbyterian Church and assists in serving hot lunches to children during the summer through No Kid Hungry and the USDA.

Deeply committed to children and her community, Martha has served on the boards for Downtown Hampton Child Development Center, Star Achievers Academy and the Virginia Living Museum. She is the past president of the Junior Woman’s Club of Hampton, Inc. and S.P. Langley Elementary School PTA. In addition, Martha is a past member of the Junior League of Hampton Roads and served for many years as a Brownie & Girl Scout Leader. Mrs. Mugler has been recognized by the Barrett-Peake Foundation for her contributions to the Peninsula and by the Coalition for Justice for Civil Rights for outstanding service to the community.

She is the proud mother of three children, Chandler, Will & Anne-Logan and Granmommie to 4-year-old Devon and one-year-old Will. Martha is married to the Honorable Ross A. Mugler.

VA House District 94 – Shelly Simonds

District Description:  City of Newport News (part)
Current Delegate: David Yancey since 2012 (R)

Shelley Simonds Former Positions: Educator, activist, and entrepreneur
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate VA House District 94

For more information, see Shelly Simonds’s post.

Shelly Simonds 1When I was in high school, I had some wonderful teachers who ignited my curiosity about the world and an excitement for learning. That curiosity has guided my life, pushing me to experience education around the world, from Spain, to Chile, to Palo Alto, California, and to Newport News, the city where I have built my life and started my family.

And it’s why I’m running to be your Delegate in the Virginia State House today. I want to bring that inspiration and passion for education to the people of Virginia.

My love of learning first emerged when I had a chance to spend a year in Spain as an AFS Exchange Student. And after graduation, I went on to study International Relations and Latin American Studies and at Bucknell University, where I also earned a Rotary Fellowship to spend a year at the University of Chile. It was there I discovered a love of writing and journalism that led me to Stanford University for a Masters in Communications.

My husband, Paul, and I moved to Newport News in 2000, when he was hired as a NASA engineer. We soon realized that Newport News was the perfect place to raise our two daughters, Georgia and Tessa. And after my second daughter turned two, I returned to the workforce as a Spanish teacher at their school, Hilton Elementary, and discovered a new passion for teaching. I had never had a workplace where I felt like I was part of a team with such purpose. We spent our lunch breaks talking about our students and how we could encourage them.

In 2012, I was elected to the School Board on a platform of support for teachers and workforce development. I still feel like I’m on the teacher’s team because I’m fighting for their resources, and I understand, first-hand, the challenges and joys of their important work in our community. Through the Virginia School Board Association, I’ve been a vocal advocate for education, and I helped write the final report for our Challenged Schools Taskforce in 2015. This report helped secure funding for extended learning programs in the Commonwealth.

I’ve also been a longtime environmental activist. I got my start in Virginia politics as a member of the Legislative Contact Team with the League of Conservation Voters. This work is also incredibly important to me, and something that I want to fight for in the General Assembly, if elected.

As a mother, an educator, an activist, and an entrepreneur, I know I can hit the ground running to bring positive change to my community when I become a member of the General Assembly.

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Terry Kilgore 2Terry Kilgore

Current Position: State Delegate for District 1 since 1994
Affiliation: Republican

Terry Kilgore served as Chairman of the House Commerce and Labor Committee and is a member of the House Courts of Justice Committee and the House Rules Committee.

Terry serves on various boards and organizations in the Commonwealth including Chairman of the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, the Coal and Energy Commission, and the Southwest Virginia Health Authority. He also serves on the Appalachian Region Interstate Compact Commission, Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation, Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center and the Southwest Virginia Public Education Consortium.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate for District 1 since 1994
Affiliation: Republican

Terry Kilgore served as Chairman of the House Commerce and Labor Committee and is a member of the House Courts of Justice Committee and the House Rules Committee.

Terry serves on various boards and organizations in the Commonwealth including Chairman of the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, the Coal and Energy Commission, and the Southwest Virginia Health Authority. He also serves on the Appalachian Region Interstate Compact Commission, Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation, Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center and the Southwest Virginia Public Education Consortium.

About

Terry Kilgore

Source: Campaign page

Delegate Terry G. Kilgore has been a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the citizens of the 1st legislative district, since he was first elected in 1993. As Delegate, Terry represents Scott and Lee Counties, part of Wise County, and the City of Norton. He serves as Chairman of the House Commerce and Labor Committee and is a member of the House Courts of Justice Committee and the House Rules Committee.

Terry serves on various boards and organizations in the Commonwealth including Chairman of the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, the Coal and Energy Commission, and the Southwest Virginia Health Authority. He also serves on the Appalachian Region Interstate Compact Commission, Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation, Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center and the Southwest Virginia Public Education Consortium.

Terry and his wife, Debbie, reside in Gate City, Virginia in Scott County. They have two grown children, Kayla and Kyle. He practices law in Gate City and serves as the Dean of Institutional Advancement at the Appalachian School of Pharmacy in Grundy, VA.

Experience

Work Experience

Education

  • JD
    Marshall-Wythe School of Law, The College of William and Mary
    1986
  • B.A., 1983
    Clinch Valley College

Personal

Birth Year: 1961
Place of Birth: Kingsport, TN
Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian
Religion: Methodist
Spouse: Debbie Sue Wright
Children: Kayla Wright and Kyle Bellamy

Membership & Affiliation

Methodist Church

  • Methodist Church

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Gerald Miller
Administrative Assistant During Session: Margie Doggett

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1001

District Office
P.O. Box 669
Gate City, VA 24251
Phone: (276) 386-7011

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Twitter

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Terry Gene Kilgore (born August 23, 1961) is an American politician. A Republican, he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1993, and became chair of the Commerce and Labor committee in 2008. He currently represents the 1st district in the far southwestern corner of the state, near Cumberland Gap.

Kilgore’s twin brother, Jerry Kilgore, was Attorney General of Virginia 2002–2005, and was the unsuccessful Republican candidate for Governor of Virginia in 2005, losing to Tim Kaine. Kilgore’s mother, Willie Mae Kilgore, was the registrar of voters in Kilgore’s home jurisdiction, Scott County, until December 2008. He has two children, Kayla Wright Kilgore and Kyle Bellamy Kilgore.

Recent Elections

2019 State Delegate

Terry Kilgore (R)16,74895.69%
Write-In (Write-in)7544.31%
TOTAL17,502

2017 State Delegate

Terry Kilgore (R)14,84876.0%
Alicia Delynn Kallen (D)4,63923.8%
Write in (Write-in)420.2%
TOTAL19,529

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

KILGORE, TERRY G has run in 10 races for public office, winning 10 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $2,877,199.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Chair: Commerce and Labor
Courts of Justice
Rules

Subcommittees

Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #2
Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #3
Rules – Subcommittee #2
Rules – Joint Rules

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

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Heather MitchellHeather Mitchell

Current Position: Senior Aide, Prince William County Board of Supervisors
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2021 State Delegate

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Summary

Current Position: Senior Aide, Prince William County Board of Supervisors
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2021 State Delegate

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About

Source: Campaign page

Heather Mitchell is running for the Virginia House of Delegates in the 2nd District because Heather knows that a citizen serving the needs of her neighbors is the best way to truly represent their shared community. As the mother of three children and the proud spouse of a dedicated active duty prior-enlisted Marine Corps Officer, Heather understands what it means to get the job done. For Heather no issue or legislative mission will be too big to fight for and no family issue too small not to care about.

Before her current marriage, Heather tirelessly worked and successfully managed the demands of three jobs, as a single mother, in order to provide a quality life for her young daughter. Heather’s determination for a better life led her down a path of public service. She has fought to provide answers that make sense in order to solve the real issues facing our community.

Our honored Military has had and will continue to have no better friend and no fiercer advocate than Heather Mitchell. She understands on the most personal level the sacrifice that the members of our military and their families make serving and protecting our freedom. Heather has personally worked through many of the frustrating barriers military families face each day and will be a strong, Semper fi voice in Richmond for our beloved veterans. As the next Delegate, she will continue fighting the bureaucrats and their infuriating red tape in order to provide the needed resources and support that our service men and women deserve.

Heather’s commitment to working on a truly grassroots level has given her a unique insight on how to best serve you and your family in the 2nd District. Heather has a passion for speaking with our community members face to face in their front yards and at their kitchen tables. You could be a family of 7, or a single parent of one…a young person just out of college, or entering retirement; Heather recognizes the needs and issues most important to you. It is precisely this personal devotion to your concerns that enables her to work with local officials and offer results-oriented solutions. What’s more, as a Senior Aide to the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, Heather has incomparable knowledge of the transportation, education, and financial needs of our region.

As the next Delegate Heather will loyally represent the needs of the entire 2nd District. Jobs and the Economy should work for everyone. Taxes should make sense, transportation shouldn’t be the bane of your existence and proper, affordable education for all our children is a goal that simply must be achieved.

Experience

Work Experience

Contact

Email:

Offices

Campaign Office
P.O. Box 203 Garrisonville, VA 22463
Phone: (540) 699-0820

Web

Facebook, Twitter

Twitter

Issues

Economy

Jobs

Having worked three jobs as a single mother, Heather understands hard work. In Richmond, Heather will cut unnecessary government red tape and give small businesses the opportunity to grow. Bringing 21st century job opportunities to the 2nd District is vital to the future success of the next generation in Prince William and Stafford.

Taxes

Heather has advocated to make sure small business owners, military service members, and middle class families are not the targets of higher taxes. Revenue projections in Virginia have fallen short in the past few years, especially when coupled with several large government program spending increases. As the next Delegate, Heather will always vote to keep taxes low and put more of your hard earned money back into your pocket.

Education

Virginia students borrow over $1 billion per year to attend college, creating a growing cache of student debt that slows down our economy and hurts our children’s future. In Richmond, Heather will be a huge proponent for combating the rising cost of tuition in Virginia. As the mother of three children who have gone through the public school system, Heather knows the importance of a high quality K-12 education. Heather supports reducing classroom sizes, limiting reliance on standardized testing and creating a direct school to workforce pipeline for students who don’t believe college is the right choice for them.

Infrastructure

Heather knows that having a large family often means having to be in two or three different places at the same time. Missing a soccer game or being late to work because of Rt. 1 congestion is becoming the new norm for everyday life. In Richmond, Heather will press for more funding to improve Rt. 1 and I-95, offer innovative solutions to alleviate congestion, and keep the ball moving so you can spend more time with your family.

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Will Morefieldns 1Will Morefield

Current Position: State Delegate for District 3 since 2010
Affiliation: Republican

Even though Will Morefield is one of the youngest delegates at 33, he is a senior member in the House who proudly represents the counties of Bland, Buchanan, Russell, and Tazewell. This gives him a strong and unique voice in Richmond for our area.

As delegate, Will was the first elected official to publicly stand up for coal. As a member of the Natural Resources Committee, he advocates for coal and natural gas jobs and has initiated Project Jonah, which will be the largest aquaculture project in the world – creating hundreds of jobs right here in Southwest Virginia. As a member of the Counties, Cities and Town Committee, Will successfully fights for teacher pay raises and for expanding infrastructure and drinking water projects.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate for District 3 since 2010
Affiliation: Republican

Even though Will Morefield is one of the youngest delegates at 33, he is a senior member in the House who proudly represents the counties of Bland, Buchanan, Russell, and Tazewell. This gives him a strong and unique voice in Richmond for our area.

As delegate, Will was the first elected official to publicly stand up for coal. As a member of the Natural Resources Committee, he advocates for coal and natural gas jobs and has initiated Project Jonah, which will be the largest aquaculture project in the world – creating hundreds of jobs right here in Southwest Virginia. As a member of the Counties, Cities and Town Committee, Will successfully fights for teacher pay raises and for expanding infrastructure and drinking water projects.

About

Will Morefieldns

Source: Campaign page

Will Morefield grew up in Tazewell County to a multi-generation coalmining family. He attended and graduated Tazewell County Schools and was raised in a Christian home, learning at an early age the strong values that makes Southwest Virginia great.

After graduating from Midwestern State University in Texas in 2007, Will Morefield returned to Virginia and ran for the House of Delegates in 2010. Will ran because the people of this district who grapple with and overcome challenges every day deserve a representative who will deliver solutions to their problems and not just talk about them.

Even though Will Morefield is one of the youngest delegates at 33, he is a senior member in the House who proudly represents the counties of Bland, Buchanan, Russell, and Tazewell. This gives him a strong and unique voice in Richmond for our area. As delegate, Will was the first elected official to publicly stand up for coal. As a member of the Natural Resources Committee, he advocates for coal and natural gas jobs and has initiated Project Jonah, which will be the largest aquaculture project in the world – creating hundreds of jobs right here in Southwest Virginia. As a member of the Counties, Cities and Town Committee, Will successfully fights for teacher pay raises and for expanding infrastructure and drinking water projects.

Will is married to his wife April and they recently welcomed their beautiful daughter Kennedy into the world. Will and April Morefield both refuse to see Kennedy grow up in an area with few opportunities to succeed. This is why Will Morefield will continue to fight for a regional authority that will attract new industry to our region. He will continue to stand up for the coalminers, farmers and teachers who are the bedrock of our community. Will Morefield will continue to fight for Southwest Virginia because the hardworking people of the 3rd District deserve the hardest working delegate in Richmond!

Experience

Work Experience

  • Small business owner

Education

  • M.B.A
    King College, TN
    2013
  • B.A.A.S
    Midwestern State University, TX
    2007

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1984
  • Place of Birth: Bluefield, WV
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Baptist
  • Spouse: April
  • Children: Kennedy and Charleston

Membership & Affiliation

Tazewell Area Chamber of Commerce
Coal and Energy Commission

Contact

Legislative Assistant: M. E. Marty Hall, Jr., Chief of Staff
Administrative Assistant During Session: Lynn Yarbrough

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1003

District Office
P.O. Box 828
North Tazewell, VA 24630

Phone: (276) 345-4300

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, YouTube, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State Delegate

Will Morefield (R)17,09998.03%
Write In (Write-in)3431.97%
TOTAL17,442

2017 State Delegate

Will Morefield (R)13,57278.13%
William Carey Bunch, Jr (D)3,75921.64%
Write In (Write-in)400.23%
TOTAL17,371

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

MOREFIELD, JAMES W (WILL) has run in 6 races for public office, winning 5 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $854,177.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Vice Chair: Militia, Police and Public Safety
Counties Cities and Towns
Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources
General Laws

Subcommittees

Chair: Counties Cities and Towns – Subcommittee #3
Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources – Subcommittee #1
Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources – Subcommittee #2
General Laws – Subcommittee #3
Militia, Police and Public Safety – Subcommittee #2

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Ballotpedia

Issues

Civil Rights

Sanctity of Life

As a new father who looks into the innocent and trusting eyes of our newborn daughter, I know  the value of protecting the lives of the unborn. Our U.S. Constitution guarantees Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of happiness. As your state delegate, I will always passionately defend life.

Second Amendment

I have always recognized our God given right to keep and bear arms. This includes both for recreational use and to protect ourselves and our family. I will always be a stanch supporter of your Second Amendment rights.

Economy

Job Creation

One of my main priorities is attracting more quality jobs to our district. I am currently working to create a regional authority to bring new industry to our region. I initiated Project Jonah (the largest aquaculture project in the world) bringing hundreds of jobs to our area. I don’t believe in just talking about job creation, I believe in rolling up my sleeves and actually making it happen!

Education

Education is the foundation for success, but in order to have a successful education system we need qualified teachers. This is why I fought for teacher pay raises. This will allow us to be competitive and to retain quality educators instead of losing them to larger areas.

Coal

In my time as Delegate, I have fought hard to advocate for coal and natural gas jobs. I know the significant role coal plays in our community and  in our state! I am proud to be the the first elected official to publicly stand up for coal and am honored to have the support and trust of Virginia Coal and Energy Alliance as I fight for our district.

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Starla KiserStarla Kiser

Current Position: Founder, Healios Health
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

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Summary

Current Position: Founder, Healios Health
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

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About

Starla is originally from Dante, VA in Dickenson County. She grew up on a farm with three sisters. Her father was a public school teacher, bus driver, and farmer, and her mother was a stay-at-home mom before working as a communications assistant at AT&T.  She attended Ervinton High School and East Tennessee State University. Starla worked with a local NASA program in Wise County as an undergraduate which led to work at other NASA programs across the country including the NASA Astrobiology Academy in California. She did research in space medicine in Russia, France, and Silicon Valley and studied humanities in the Netherlands before attending medical school.

These unique opportunities allowed Starla to move to Boston and receive two degrees from Harvard. She received a medical degree at Harvard Medical School, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School, studying international development and health policy. She did her medical residency training at Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She is board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. 

Starla has done work in global health, primary care, and service delivery innovation, in Tanzania, Kenya, South Sudan, India, and rural Appalachia. She has a non-profit, Healios Foundation, that helps invest in high-impact entrepreneurs and organizations in developing countries and underserved areas in the U.S., and promotes economic innovation in rural areas. Through this foundation, she helped create a primary school for children in South Sudan.

She worked in clinical innovation at Iora Health and Harken Health, an innovative primary care start-up, creating and directing wellness and disease management programs for a large population in Chicago, Illinois. 

After Harken Health closed in 2017, Starla decided to take the lessons she learned and move back home to create her own business and innovation lab in Southwest Virginia. She developed Healios Health, an innovative direct primary care and employer-based clinic. Her clinic was designed to serve patients who were uninsured in Virginia before Medicaid expanded in 2019. With the expansion of Medicaid, she is transitioning her business to focus on building medical software. Starla also worked with local female entrepreneurs to create Appalachian Women Entrepreneurs- a newly formed organization to support young women to become entrepreneurs in the region.

Starla believes in the expansion of medication-assisted treatment for those with opioid addiction, and has worked for over a year at the Dickenson County Behavioral Health Center- treating individuals in the county with opioid addiction. She is also working with her sister, CEO of a company and organization, IMPERFKT Foundation, on projects to support mental health in the region, while also promoting the arts, tourism, and economic development in SWVA. 

Experience

Work Experience

Education

Contact

Email:

Web

Campaign Site, Facebook, Instagram

Issues

Economy

 

Healthcare

 

Increasing Patient Choice.

Black Lung

Expanding Substance Use Treatment.

Increase Access to Mental Health Treatment. 

 

Education

Gun Safety

 

Economy

This area does not need handouts. What we really want, what we really need are good jobs. We want to provide for our families, and ensure our children have a bright future. It wasn’t long ago we could depend on the coal industry to offer our miners a good living.

We must continue to support our coal miners and keep our coal jobs. We also need to look to the future and make coal valuable again. We need to create innovative ways to utilize and commercialize our assets, including coal and our farming land and natural resources, while ensuring we keep the wealth in SWVA (e.g. coal to graphene).

As we support our farmers and coal miners, Southwest Virginia must attract new industries, like our neighbors have done in Kentucky and Tennessee. We can use multiple avenues including tax-based incentives, and ensuring sites are ready for development. We need to creatively reuse our abandoned mine land. We need to incentivize young professionals who have left the area to come back to live and build businesses. We must also continue to support our schools, and ensure access to high-speed internet, which are necessities for attracting industry.

We must support our small business owners, and provide opportunities for our young people to become entrepreneurs. We should also support research and development in areas including clean and renewable energies, so that SWVA can become a hotbed of innovation in this and other areas.

Our state and local leader’s primary focus should be on bringing jobs to SWVA. Although the economy is booming on the coasts and in the cities, our communities continue to be left behind. We cannot be complacent. We will not be able to thrive as long as our brightest residents have to leave the area to make a living. Our residents will continue to be sicker if their families cannot find jobs. Our young people will continue to be affected by opioid addiction if we do not give them hope from a young age that they can live out their life’s purpose and make a decent living in SWVA.

Education

Our greatest asset is our people, particularly our young people. With higher poverty rates, fewer resources, and the lowest paid teachers in the state, our students consistently score high on standards of learning exams (#1 in math, science, and reading) and rank in the top 10-20% in the state, while succeeding in areas like robotics. We cannot afford to lose these gains, but must support our teachers with higher pay and ensure our schools get the funding and resources they need to further prepare our youth for jobs in the 21st century.

Right now, our best and brightest seemingly have no choice but to leave SWVA to find jobs or further their education. We need to try everything possible to create jobs and opportunities so our students can stay, and offer incentives for those who have left to come back to the area and contribute to the SWVA economy. We need to offer more training programs for students in high school that allow them to graduate directly to jobs, and also enhance our area’s technical education. We need to keep our Job Corps Program.

We need to formalize the untapped skills of our unemployed workers and coal miners, giving them certificates for skills they already have so they can obtain jobs, and so our area can attract more industry. We need to offer shorter-term training and certificate programs at our community colleges for our citizens of any age to learn relevant skills including coding, software and web development, and other skills that are important to succeed in today’s technology jobs. We need to support these STEM jobs, while also promoting the arts and provide ways our area artisans, musicians and creatives can work together, expand their reach, and sell their products online all across the country.

We need to realize the potential of our area colleges, including the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, Emory and Henry, and our great community colleges, law and pharmacy schools, and also expand post-graduate education.

My primary focus is on jobs and the economy, and we cannot successfully attract industry without making sure we are adequately preparing our students. The intellect and adaptability of our students is already here, but we must do our part to ensure our students are putting the most relevant tools in their toolbox to contribute to the 21st century economy.

 

Health Care

I have been thankful to see so many of my patients now have access to health care with Virginia’s expansion of Medicaid. As a doctor, I have thought a lot about health care in our region. These are some of the ideas to increase access to quality health care in SWVA.

Increasing Patient Choice

Southwest Virginians need access to quality health care. We also need choice. Research has shown us that health care monopolies increase costs for patients, and also affect quality of care. We need to make sure our citizens do not have to drive hours to obtain emergency health services, or pay higher and higher prices for lower quality treatment- even when they have insurance. We need to push for price transparency in health care and publicly report and rank our health systems on quality and cost including percentage of administrative/wasted costs.

We need to dramatically improve health care quality in the area by supporting health development zones and pilot innovative projects in the SWVA region, including support for Medicaid/Medicare value-based health care initiatives. We need to get our citizens access to standards of care, including setting up our own telemedicine Centers of Excellence so our citizens can access top quality evidence-based specialty care all across the country.

We also need to be creative about attracting new providers to the area through scholarship and loan forgiveness programs, and also support independent practitioners and health systems in the area.

Black Lung

We must support our miners to receive black lung benefits, and ensure patients with black lung receive adequate specialty care. We must support research in advanced black lung and access to the latest treatment options.

Expanding Substance Abuse Treatment

I have been providing addiction treatment in Dickenson County for over a year. Our counties have high rates of opioid addiction and overdoses per capita, yet there are few providers offering addiction treatment. We have to get rid of the stigma, and ensure our neighbors, family, and friends get the help they need. Virginia has been at the forefront of ensuring Medicaid provides coverage for opioid treatment.

We need to further expand medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction and expand harm reduction policies. Learning from other states, we can create hub-and-spoke models that create a cohesive ecosystem for addiction treatment, increasing MAT access in primary care with referrals to these specialty addiction centers. We need to increase the number of step-down and intensive outpatient programs that offer residents concentrated treatment outside of our limited number of detox/rehab centers.

Like other states, we need to support challenges and fund innovative programs that are creating next generation opioid treatments, including digital therapies and rehab at home programs. We also need to digitally map our current MAT providers, and make it easily accessible to patients.

Increasing Access to Mental Health Treatment

SWVA is in dire need of adequate mental health treatment. Patients with severe mental health issues have difficulty seeing a psychiatrist and getting appropriate treatment. We need to attract more psychiatrists to the area, ensure area psychiatrists and behavioral health practitioners receive adequate insurance reimbursement so they see our patients with Medicaid, and increase support to our community behavioral health centers. We need to expand psychiatric step-down programs, increase the quality of our inpatient psychiatric facilities, and overall push to innovate in psychiatric care and behavioral health in Virginia, bringing it into the the 21st century. We need to work on the stigma surrounding mental health diagnoses, and ensure our local and state policies treat mental health patients compassionately- like they treat all other patients and citizens in the area.

Safety

Gun Safety

I SUPPORT THE 2ND AMENDMENT

It is settled Constitutional law that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm, unconnected with service in a militia, for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.
The Second Amendment was authored by James Madison who is considered the father of the Constitution. The Commonwealth of Virginia has played a prominent role in protecting the individual rights of our citizens. In the Heller case, the Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms for self-defense.

District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008).

 

THE 2ND AMENDMENT SHOULD APPLY TO LAW ABIDING CITIZENS

The Supreme Court has also stated that the right to bear arms is not unlimited and that guns and gun ownership would continue to be regulated. I believe that any regulation should be based upon an effort to strengthen the rights of law abiding citizens to enjoy the freedoms set forth in our Constitution. The law allows those who have been convicted of violent crimes and felonies to be barred from ownership from firearms. I believe that those committing crimes by the use or possession of a firearm need to be punished strongly so that sportsmen and law abiding citizens may continue to enjoy their freedoms unfettered by regulation.

 
I SUPPORT CONSISTENT GUN LAWS THROUGHOUT THE COMMONWEALTH

I share the position of the NRA and other gun owner support groups in supporting consistent gun laws throughout the Commonwealth. We do not need a “patchwork” of local and/or municipal laws regulating the ownership and use of firearms. A citizen of Virginia should be able to educate themselves concerning the laws of Virginia and feel confident in exercising their rights to bear arms consistently throughout the Commonwealth.

 
I SUPPORT THE PROTECTION OF EXISTING SHOOTING RANGES

I believe that existing shooting ranges should be exempt to regulation from any zoning or noise ordinance based upon encroaching population. It is my position that moving near an existing shooting range is analogous to moving next to an airport.

 
I SUPPORT LEGISLATION TO ALLOW HUNTING ON SUNDAY

I believe that sportsmen should be able to hunt on both public and private lands on Sunday.
 

I WOULD ENCOURAGE THE MANUFACTURE OF FIREARMS IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

I would support the manufacture of firearms and military grade weapon systems in Southwest Virginia. The workforce of our region consists of many dedicated and trained workers who would benefit from the manufacture of firearms and weapons in our region.

 
I AM IN FAVOR OF BACKGROUND CHECKS AT GUN SHOWS

I am convinced that a law abiding gun owner can withstand the scrutiny of a background check to ensure that firearms do not fall into the hands of violent felons or terrorists. I believe that requiring background checks for gun purchases at gun shows and other public events where guns may be sold in large numbers will further protect our rights to bear arms and increase the safety of our state.

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Israel O'QuinnIsrael O’Quinn

Current Position: State Delegate for District 5 since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

As a strong advocate for Southwest Virginia, Israel O’Quinn works to ensure the 5th District is well-represented in Richmond. Israel served as Deputy Majority Whip and his legislative committee assignments include Commerce and Labor, Privileges and Elections, as well as Militia, Police and Public Safety. He serves as the Chairman of Subcommittee Number Four in the Privileges and Elections Committee and he also serves as Chairman of Subcommittee Number Three in the Commerce and Labor Committee.

Israel is a member of the legislative Coal and Energy Commission and he serves on the Board of Directors for the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate for District 5 since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

As a strong advocate for Southwest Virginia, Israel O’Quinn works to ensure the 5th District is well-represented in Richmond. Israel served as Deputy Majority Whip and his legislative committee assignments include Commerce and Labor, Privileges and Elections, as well as Militia, Police and Public Safety. He serves as the Chairman of Subcommittee Number Four in the Privileges and Elections Committee and he also serves as Chairman of Subcommittee Number Three in the Commerce and Labor Committee.

Israel is a member of the legislative Coal and Energy Commission and he serves on the Board of Directors for the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center.

About

Delegate Israel O’Quinn was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates on November 8, 2011. He represents the 5th House District which is comprised of Bristol City, Galax City, Grayson County, Smyth County (part) and Washington County (part).

As a strong advocate for Southwest Virginia, Israel works to ensure the 5th District is well-represented in Richmond. Israel serves as Deputy Majority Whip and his legislative committee assignments include Commerce and Labor, Privileges and Elections, as well as Militia, Police and Public Safety. He serves as the Chairman of Subcommittee Number Four in the Privileges and Elections Committee and he also serves as Chairman of Subcommittee Number Three in the Commerce and Labor Committee. Israel is a member of the legislative Coal and Energy Commission and he serves on the Board of Directors for the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center.

As a citizen legislator, Israel is employed by K-VA-T Food Stores, the parent company of the Food City retail supermarket chain. He currently directs the company’s Office of Strategic Initiatives, in addition to chairing the company’s Energy Conservation Committee, which has implemented a number of energy conservation measures throughout the K-VA-T distribution center and numerous stores. Prior to joining the K-VA-T team in 2006, Israel served in various roles in government and campaigns. He spent two years in the office of Attorney General Jerry Kilgore and worked on a number of political campaigns, including those for Governor, Attorney General, US Senate, House of Delegates and various local offices.

Israel is Past Chairman of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, which has Five Star accreditation from the US Chamber of Commerce. Israel is a recipient of the The Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 award, as well as Emory & Henry College’s Young Alumnus of the Year award. While at Emory & Henry College, Israel played on the varsity baseball team and graduated with degrees in Political Science and History. Israel is also a graduate of Patrick Henry High School in Glade Spring, Virginia.

Israel and his wife, Emily, reside in Washington County, Virginia. Emily works as a corporate communications professional and she is an avid supporter of community organizations at both the state and local levels. Over the years, her service on a number of boards has focused on various business and philanthropic initiatives including expanding educational opportunities for children and increasing access to the arts.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Businessman

Education

  • B.A., Political Science/History
    Emory & Henry College
    2002

Awards

Emory & Henry College, Young Alumnus of the Year (2006)
Business Journals, 40 Under 40 (2008)
Virginia Retail Merchants, Legislator of the Year (2014)
Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Business Advocate of the Year (2015)

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1980
  • Place of Birth: Abingdon, VA
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Baptist
  • Spouse: Emily Lauren Gentry

Membership & Affiliation

Bristol Chamber of Commerce (former chairman)
Virginia Tobacco Commission (former commissioner)
Virginia Public Safety Foundation (board member)
Tennessee Valley Corridor (former board member)
Virginia Coal and Energy Commission
K-VA-T Food Stores Charitable Foundation (board member)
Food Marketing Institute (committee member)

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Jacob Holmes
Administrative Assistant During Session: Judy Miles

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1005

District Office
Physical Address:
101 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Bristol, VA 24201
Phone: (276) 525-1311

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

Twitter

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State Delegate

Israel O’Quinn (R)18,49097.66%
Write In (Write-in)4442.34%
TOTAL18,934

2017 State Delegate

Israel O’Quinn (R)18,40297.26%
Write In (Write-in)5182.74%
TOTAL18,920

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Committees

Committees

Privileges and Elections
Militia, Police and Public Safety
Commerce and Labor

Subcommittees

Chair: Commerce and Labor – Subcommittee #3
Chair: Privileges and Elections – Subcommittee #4
Commerce and Labor – Subcommittee #1
Militia, Police and Public Safety – Subcommittee #2

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

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Jeffrey Campbell 1Jeffrey Campbell

Current Position: State Delegate for District 6 since 2014
Affiliation: Republican

I can think of no other governmental function that so positively affects a community and its people than the location or relocation of a new industry within its borders, bringing with it job opportunities and economic prospects that promote the public welfare and create a better way of life for the residents.  Our government must make this the No. 1 priority for the citizens of the 6th District.  We can do better.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate for District 6 since 2014
Affiliation: Republican

I can think of no other governmental function that so positively affects a community and its people than the location or relocation of a new industry within its borders, bringing with it job opportunities and economic prospects that promote the public welfare and create a better way of life for the residents.  Our government must make this the No. 1 priority for the citizens of the 6th District.  We can do better.

About

Jeffrey Campbell

Source: Campaign page

I was born in Saltville in 1966, the youngest of three children to working class parents.  My father was a machinist by trade and my mother worked as a retail clerk.  They were both children of the Great Depression with little formal education.  They believed in the value of hard work and instilled in me the importance of family and community.  Times were tough everywhere when I was kid.  Stagflation and gas shortages.  Layoffs and plant closures following the passage of NAFTA.  We didn’t have many luxuries.  But my parents impressed on me the value of perseverance.  That ability to persevere carried me through many long, tough struggles in my personal life, such as the loss of my father when I was a teenager to having the will to work all night long in a local factory just to be able to afford to finish college and law school during the daytime.

That same perseverance instilled in me by my parents helped me struggle for years to attract industry and jobs to Saltville while serving as Mayor.  In talking with many of the people in the 6th District, I have discovered that they, like me, faced many of these same struggles.  But we can make a change.  We can attract industry to the 6th District and we can provide good paying jobs and opportunity for our people.  We can do so through ingenuity and, most of all, perseverance.  However, we can’t do it without changing the status quo.  In Virginia, the rules of the economic development game favor the more affluent and politically influential areas of the state.  So, if we continue to play by their rules, we are destined to perish.  I understand how to manipulate this system to bring jobs to our district.  I managed to do it from Saltville, a town of 2,300 people.

I can think of no other governmental function that so positively affects a community and its people than the location or relocation of a new industry within its borders, bringing with it job opportunities and economic prospects that promote the public welfare and create a better way of life for the residents.  Our government must make this the No. 1 priority for the citizens of the 6th District.  We can do better.

It’s an honor to represent you in Richmond as your Delegate from the 6th District.  If I can ever be of service, please don’t hesitate to contact my office.

Biography – A Lifetime of Service

Elective Office
  • Member, Virginia House of Delegates (Sixth District)  2014-Present
  • Mayor, Town of Saltville   2004- 2010
  • Councilman, Town of Saltville   1998 – 2004

Career

  • Campbell Law Firm – Engaged in private practice of law since 2000.
    Current and former representative clients:
  • County of Smyth
  • Town of Saltville
  • Town of Chilhowie
  • Branch Banking & Trust
  • Smyth County Department of Social Services
  • Pro-Erectors, Inc.
  • Smyth Paint & Decorating, Inc.
  • Smyth County Eye Associates, Inc.
  • Southeast Educational Associates, Inc.
  • Lowery Investments, LLC
  • Marion Pediatric Associates, P.C.
  • REL, Inc.
  • Riverfront Cafe, Inc.
  • Reynolds Holding Group, LLC
  • DeBusk Farms, LLC

Military Service

  • United States Army Reserve   1993-2001

Civic Involvement

  • Saltville Industrial Development Authority
  • Allison Gap Ruritan Club
  • Smyth County Tourism Association
  • Mount Rogers Planning District Commission
  • Youth Football, Basketball & Baseball Coach

Education

  • R.B. Worthy High School, 1984
  • Emory & Henry College, 1992, B.A. – Mass Communication/Political Science
  • Appalachian School of Law, J.D.

Personal

  • Married to Carie Hammond Campbell
  • Children: Chelsea, Cassidy, Jake, & Chloe
  • Lifetime resident of Smyth County

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • USA (Reserves)
    1993 to 2001

Education

  • JD
    Appalachian School of Law
    2000
  • BA
    Emory & Henry College
    1992

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1966
  • Place of Birth: Smyth County, VA
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Protestant
  • Spouse: Carie Michelle Hammond
  • Children: Chelsea, Cassidy, Jake, and Chloe

Membership & Affiliation

Main Street Christian Church
Allison Gap Ruritan
Saltville Historical Foundation
Smyth County Tourism Association
Mount Rogers Planning District Commission

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Jed Arnold
Administrative Assistant During Session: Judy Miles

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1006

District Office
P.O. Box 986
Marion, VA 24354

Phone: (276) 227-0247

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Twitter

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State Delegate

Jeffrey Campbell (R)16,87976.86%
James R. “Jim” Barker (D)5,05023.00%
Write In (Write-in)320.15%
TOTAL21,961

2017 State Delegate

Jeffrey Campbell (R)16,79581.3%
Kenneth David Browning ()3,69517.9%
Write In (Write-in)1670.8%
TOTAL20,657

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

CAMPBELL, JEFFREY L has run in 3 races for public office, winning 3 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $681,956

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Courts of Justice
Science and Technology
Counties Cities and Towns
Militia, Police and Public Safety

Subcommittees

Counties Cities and Towns – Subcommittee #1
Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #2
Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #4
Militia, Police and Public Safety – Subcommittee #1

Appointments

Appalachian Region Interstate Compact Commission
District Courts, Committee on
House Counties Cities and Towns
House Courts of Justice
House Militia Police and Public Safety
House Science & Technology
Southwest Virginia Public Education Consortium Governing Board
Western Virginia Public Education Consortium

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Civil Rights

The 2nd Amendment

The Second Amendment provides for the civil right of citizens to purchase and own firearms. I believe that it is a fundamental civil right on par with freedoms of speech, religion and press. The basic human right to defend one’s self and their family must be protected by and free from interference from the government. Accordingly, I view laws abridging the right of a citizen to own and possess a firearm with the greatest of scrutiny.

As a lifelong resident of this district, I understand the heritage in the outdoor sports that we all enjoy. Hunting, fishing and trapping are a way of life for many of us. The right to hunt is now protected constitutionally in Virginia, which I fully supported. However, we all must be vigilant to the defense of our right to own and possess firearms by realizing that the fact of the very need for such a constitutional amendment stands for the proposition that there are forces at work who would love nothing better than to disarm all of us. We must further understand, just as the drafters of the Constitution did, that all of the civil rights afforded to us are only as safe as our ability to defend the integrity of such an over-reaching, tyrannical government.  It is imperative that the General Assembly be on guard and take necessary action to protect against these federal transgressions. As your Delegate, I have supported all the rights afforded to us by the Second Amendment and oppose any and all legislation that attempts to infringe upon these rights.

Economy

Economic Development

Economic Development in the 6th District is my number one priority.  Carroll, Smyth and Wythe counties have suffered from the effects of NAFTA with plant closures in the woodworking and textile industries.  Redevelopment efforts have been slow in most places as a result of a lack of discretionary money available to the localities.  As a result our county governments have been forced to rely on the referrals we get from the economic development authorities in Richmond.  Historically, the more promising prospects have been directed to the more affluent and politically influential areas of the Commonwealth.  The lack of local money available to market and recruit directly to the industrial sector has tilted the scales in favor of the urban regions of the Commonwealth.  I have proposed, and will continue to advocate for legislation, that would appropriate more discretionary money for localities to hire industrial recruiters and economic development professionals to level the playing field with other areas of the Commonwealth.

Additionally, the 6th District needs more money from the Commonwealth for training our workforce in the skill sets necessary to attract high paying, high tech jobs in the 21st Century.

Lastly, our economic development efforts must contain a focal aspect in agribusiness.  We are blessed with some of the most rich and fertile farms anywhere in the Commonwealth.  Our farmers need more diversity in their marketplaces to become profitable once again.  I support legislation that will promote the efforts of our local farmers and discourage unnecessary over regulation that stifles growth both within the 6th District and abroad.  Agribusiness ranks number one in Virginia’s economy in terms of gross domestic product.  We need to capture as much of this opportunity as we can and we are naturally positioned to do so.

When I was first elected to council in Saltville in 1998, our town suffered from massive unemployment and economic decline.  We had five empty industrial buildings.  I made a promise to fill those buildings when I asked for the people’s vote of confidence in electing me.  I am proud to say that when I left office twelve years later that all of those buildings were filled and we had created hundreds of jobs for our locality.  I make that same solemn promise to the citizens of the 6th District.  I will work tirelessly and endlessly to bring good paying jobs and tax base to our region and I will not quit until every citizen of the 6th District who wants a job can have one.

 

Education

A lot of people seeking office say that they support public education.  Unfortunately, few actually offer specific detail to their ideology or offer insight into how they would make positive contributions to the system if elected.  In my opinion, our public school system has suffered from a lack of commitment and trust by the legislature in the professionals that have chosen the very noble profession of teaching.

There have been too many “reform efforts” launched out of political motivation and justified through a misrepresentation of the lack of quality of the public school system through a use of subjective test scores.  We need to remove the politics from the equation and re-evaluate the continued implementation of the Standards of Learning testing that has become certainly the primary, if not the sole, focus of the academic year for all public schools in Virginia.  The enormous pressure to meet these demands has led to a diminution in the quality of the educational experience for the children.  Teachers no longer have enough classroom time to give attention to the children that need it most.  The demands to cover the testing objectives have destroyed the flexibility for educators to teach children the process of how to learn.

The educational process is about far more than a child successfully processing enough material into his or her short term memory to pass a multiple choice test.  The pressures to meet these arbitrary performance standards have led to our children not mastering the tools of “how to learn.”  There is no time to expose the child sufficiently to the concepts of analytical, deductive and inductive reasoning and abstract thought.  These are the skills that provide the foundation for the next generation of inventors and entrepreneurs.  And we, as a society, are throwing these away by requiring our educational system to prove its competence through an annual test.  This is not only illogical; it is destructive to the future of our children.

The General Assembly talks about “outcome based” education and support the continued mandate of the Standards of Learning while ignoring the very compelling fact that nearly fifteen years after the implementation of the test our children are suffering from lower college entrance exam scores and a greater need for college remediation than they were when the test was first implemented.  If this is truly a system of outcome based education, then the outcome is clear.  I have introduced, and will continue to support, legislation that leads to reform for the Standards of Learning in Virginia.

The education of our children is the key to the ongoing development of our localities.  Our children’s futures depend on it and, in my opinion, should receive the General Assembly’s premium commitment to its success.

Safety

Public safety should always be near the top of the list in any responsible candidate or elected official’s platform.  We have a right and the government has a duty to ensure that we are safe and secure in our homes, in our schools and while in the general public.

As a practicing attorney since 2000, I know firsthand the measure of the crime rate in the 6th District.  Very few criminal cases cross the dockets that do not involve drugs as a factor.  The Commonwealth, and indeed, the entire nation spends billions of dollars annually to detect and deter illegal drugs through our criminal justice system.  I am here to tell you that, in my humble experience, it isn’t working.  More and more younger people are being exposed, becoming addicted to and falling prey to illegal drugs than ever before.  Despite our best efforts to prosecute and imprison those persons responsible, the drug abuse rates continue to escalate.  Catching those responsible for the supply is a crucial part of the balanced equation.  However, we must do more to curb the demand which, in my opinion, will be more effective in reducing the affect of illegal drugs in our community.

More public money needs to be invested in drug abuse education, counseling and treatment.  We need to explore the possibility that there are many social factors that lead an individual to migrate toward the use of illegal drugs.  If  we are to be successful in winning this war, we must do more to take the profitability out of the equation for drug dealers.  That begins with curbing the demand.

Where will we find this money?  Through a more balanced and judicious use of the public’s resources in the use of incarceration as a punishment.  We spend at least $24,667 a year to incarcerate an individual in a Virginia correctional facility.  Many of these individuals pose no threat to society at all.  Incarceration should be reserved for those individuals that create a threat to public safety.

I further support the institution of armed police officers into every school in the Commonwealth.  The tragedy that has befallen places such as Sandy Hook and Columbine should never happen here at home and I believe the best way to ensure this is by providing a well-trained, well-armed security officer as a first line of defense.  I cannot count the numbers of children that have expressed credible fear to me in regard to having to return to school after the Sandy Hook incident.  Our children and teachers deserve a safe school and I would support, wholeheartedly, the efforts to provide such.

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Jim BarkerJim Barker

Current Position: Member, Marion Town Council
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

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Summary

Current Position: Member, Marion Town Council
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

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About

Source: Campaign page

I was born and raised in Marion, Virginia. I went through school in Marion and attended college at Virginia Tech. After a long, successful career with the U.S. Forest Service which included time spent as a law enforcement officer, I founded my own real estate appraisal business. Now I feel it’s time I use my education, experience, and skills on behalf of my fellow citizens.

As a town council member and throughout my varied background and experience in my federal career, I have developed a wide knowledge base that has helped me understand and appreciate many of the challenges of public service. I place a strong emphasis in creating positive change especially when change can improve a situation or program. During my federal career and now as a town council member, I strive to make everything work better and more efficiently.

I am a strong supporter of the U.S. and Commonwealth constitutions, our educators, our first responders, and law enforcement officers. I have experience in law enforcement and know how tough the job can be. I have served on the Marion Town Council from 2010 through the present and have worked hard make it a better place to live. Now I want to go to Richmond and work just as hard for everybody in District 6.

I want and will appreciate your vote on November 5th.

Experience

Work Experience

Education

Contact

Email:

Offices

Campaign
P.O. Box 1473
Marion, VA 24354
Phone: 276-685-2070

Web

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Twitter

Issues

Economy

Southwest Virginians need good jobs beyond service and make-work jobs. We need more highly skilled blue collar jobs which can offer salaries with which we can send our children to college, provide great family housing, and access the best health care.

Education

We must ensure that our local schools and colleges are competitive with schools across the globe. We must reverse the shrinking state funding for education in our area. The salaries we pay our teachers must attract the best and most educated candidates.

Safety

Solving the Drug Crisis

Drug abuse is extremely damaging to our area. We must work with law enforcement, social agencies, medical providers, religious organizations, and schools in order to reverse the drug crisis in Southwest Virginia.

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Nick RushNick Rush

Current Position: State Delegate for District 7 since 2012
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Montgomery County Board of Supervisors from 1992 – 2004

Nick was first elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in November of 2011 and has been re-elected in 2013, 2015, and most recently in 2017 to continue serving the citizens of the 7th House District. At the beginning of the 2018 legislative session, Nick was elected Majority Whip by his fellow Caucus members.

As a strong voice for the New River Valley, Nick has worked hard to make the NRV the “best place to live, work, raise a family and retire.”

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate for District 7 since 2012
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Montgomery County Board of Supervisors from 1992 – 2004

Nick was first elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in November of 2011 and has been re-elected in 2013, 2015, and most recently in 2017 to continue serving the citizens of the 7th House District. At the beginning of the 2018 legislative session, Nick was elected Majority Whip by his fellow Caucus members.

As a strong voice for the New River Valley, Nick has worked hard to make the NRV the “best place to live, work, raise a family and retire.”

About

Source: Campaign page

After graduating from Christiansburg High School, Nick served in the United States Army as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. Nick left active duty as a non-commissioned officer in 1989. At 23 years old, he was elected to the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors as the youngest member in history. Nick served for 12 years on the board and is a former Chairman and Vice Chairman.

Nick was first elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in November of 2011 and has been re-elected in 2013, 2015, and most recently in 2017 to continue serving the citizens of the 7th House District. At the beginning of the 2018 legislative session, Nick was elected Majority Whip by his fellow Caucus members.

As a strong voice for the New River Valley, Nick has worked hard to make the NRV the “best place to live, work, raise a family and retire.”

Delegate Rush currently resides in the Town of Christiansburg with his wife Jennifer and their daughter.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Registered representative
    Invest Financial Corporation
  • Paratrooper
    82nd Airborne Div.
    1986 to 1989

Education


  • New River Community College

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1968
  • Place of Birth: Christiansburg, VA
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Christian
  • Spouse: Jennifer Gaye Whitaker
  • Children: Cody, Forrest, and Lilly

Membership & Affiliation

Community Christian Church
New River Economic Development Alliance
Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce
Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce
Floyd County Chamber of Commerce

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Judi Lynch, Director of Legislative Affairs
Administrative Assistant During Session: Susan Nienaber

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1007

Pocahontas Building 900 E. Main St, Richmond, Virginia 23219 Office: (804) 698-1007 Email Address:DelNRush@house.virginia.gov Room Number: W232 Map It Legislative Assistant: Judi Lynch, Director of Legislative Affairs Administrative Assistant During Session: Susan Nienaber District Office
P.O. Box 1591
Christiansburg, VA 24068
Office: (540) 382-7731
Phone: (540) 382-7731

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, YouTube

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State Delegate

Nick Rush (R)13,84266.74%
Rhonda G. Seltz (D)6,88333.19%
Write In (Write-in)140.07%
TOTAL20,739

2017 State Delegate

Nick Rush (R)17,56066.3%
Flourette Marie Moore Ketner (D)8,87833.5%
Write In (Write-in)320.1%
TOTAL26,470

Finances

RUSH, LARRY N (NICK) has run in 4 races for public office, winning 4 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $322,027.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Privileges and Elections
Militia, Police and Public Safety
   Appropriations

Subcommittees

Chair: Appropriations – Higher Education Subcommittee
Appropriations – Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee
Appropriations – Public Safety Subcommittee
Appropriations – Special Subcommittee on Amazon
Privileges and Elections – Subcommittee #3
Privileges and Elections – Subcommittee #4

Appointments

Appropriations – Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee
Appropriations – Higher Education Subcommittee
Higher Education, Joint Subcommittee on the Future Competitiveness of Virginia
House Appropriations
House Militia Police and Public Safety
House Privileges and Elections
Infrastructure and Security Subcommittee
Local Government Fiscal Stress, Joint Subcommittee on
MEI Project Approval Commission
Mental Health Services in the Twenty-First Century, Joint Subcommittee to Study
Online Virginia Network Authority
Recreational Facilities Authority, Virginia
Service System Structure and Financing
Teacher Education and Licensure, Advisory Board
Western Virginia Public Education Consortium

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation