Summary

Current Position: State Delegate of VA House District 79 since 2022
Affiliation: Democrat

Nadarius Clark is a progressive community activist, organizer, and Delegate representing the 79th district, which covers parts of Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Chesapeake.

He comes from a military family with a background in business entrepreneurship. Nadarius grew up in a strong faith community and his family attends Holy Light Church of Deliverance in Portsmouth.

Source: Campaign page

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About

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Source: Campaign page

Born in Norfolk, he attended I.C. Norcom High School in downtown Portsmouth. He worked his first job at the age of 14 at his local 7-Eleven.

After a house fire destroyed his family home in 2013, he went on to college and graduated from Virginia Union University, an HBCU in Richmond.

These experiences gave Nadarius the necessary perspective and commitment to improve the livelihood of the people of Hampton Roads.

Experience

Volunteer Experience

Source

Nadarius has organized to elect Portsmouth Mayor Shannon Glover, with the non-profit Virginia For Our Future, and the Virginia Democratic Party to help elect Congressman Bobby Scott, Senator Tim Kaine, and President Joe Biden.

    Contact

    Legislative Assistant: Sullivan Peterson-Quinn
    Administrative Assistant During Session: Minta Brown

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    E322
    Phone: (804) 698-1079

    District Office
    P.O. Box 6412
    Portsmouth, VA 23703

    Phone: (757) 834-4758

    Web

    Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, LinkedIn

    Politics

    Source: Government

    Committee Membership

    Communications, Technology and Innovation
    Public Safety

    Subcommittee Membership

    Public Safety – Subcommittee #1

    Issues

    Source: Campaign page

    EDUCATION

    As a graduate of I.C. Norcom High and Virginia Union University, a historically Black University in Richmond, Nadarius knows the importance of a good education.

    In the wake of COVID-19, we need to ensure that schools at every level have the funding and resources for students to return to school safely. Additionally, Nadarius knows that many teachers make up the deficit in adequate funding out of their own, under-paid pockets. He will fight for teachers to receive adequate pay for themselves and sufficient funds for their classrooms.

    Nadarius also understands that college isn’t for everyone and that especially in Hampton Roads, we need stronger investments in vocational programs and trade schools so everyone has access to a premier education and a chance at a decent livelihood.

    THE ENVIRONMENT

    For Nadarius, the fight for climate justice is personal. As the youngest person on the ballot in Virginia this year, Nadarius is personally interested in the future of this planet. Born and raised in the Tidewater region, Nadarius has seen the disastrous impact of climate change and rising sea levels in the Chesapeake, Norfolk, and Portsmouth region.

    Nadarius opposes continued construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline and pledges never to take fossil fuel money. He will support green infrastructure initiatives like the ones found in HB 2292 that would put a moratorium on all new fossil fuel projects by 2022.

    RACIAL JUSTICE

    Nadarius got his start in political organizing as an advocate for racial justice and he will continue to prioritize this issue in the House of Delegates. He will also fight for inclusive entrepreneurship, offering opportunities for people historically left out of government incentive programs, and education credits to open up opportunities for all Virginians.

    Nadarius supports financial reparations to the descendents of slaves and supports initiatives to utilize the emerging marijuana industry to invest wealth in communities decimated by the war on drugs.

    Across the south, 1,747 monuments celebrating the confederacy still stand in public view. Nadarius not only supports the removal of these statues, but their replacement with celebrated Black leaders and heroes of Virginia such as decorated war hero Sgt. William Harvey Carney and union spy Mary Richards Bowser.

    POLICING REFORM

    Too many Black and Brown people are subject to a criminal legal system that is anything but just. Nadarius supports common sense, humane reform to our policing system. He also supports ending qualified immunity in Virginia and investing in alternative dispute resolution to all non violent and mental health related crises for the safety of our whole community.

    HEALTH CARE

    Nadarius knows medical and health care is a fundamental right, and that it must be made available to every citizen under a universal, single payer program. Nadarius is particularly concerned about the mortality rate of Black and Indigenous mothers and the disparate impact of Covid-19 on Virginians of color.

    Black and Indigenous mothers are two to three times more likely to die in childbirth than white mothers. Black, Latino, and Indigenous Americans have suffered hospitalization and mortality rates at 2-4 times and 2-3 times that of white Americans, respectively. This is unacceptable. Nadarius will fight for health equity for all Virginians.

    AFFORDABLE HOUSING

    Four of the top ten highest eviction cities in America are found in the Hampton Roads area. Nadarius believes we need statewide rent control and stronger  investments in public housing. Additionally, Nadarius supports expanding tenants’ rights to ensure no Virginian is taken advantage of by predatory landlords.

     LABOR RIGHTS

    Safe working conditions, good pay, and strong benefits were at their peak in this country when the labor movement was at its strongest. Virginia is ready for the next great labor movement. Nadarius has learned from, and organized alongside, labor leaders from all over the country and he will continue this advocacy in the House of Delegates. In particular, Nadarius will fight to repeal Virginia’s disastrous Right to Work laws and join other states like Maryland in establishing a $15.00 an hour minimum wage.

     COVID-19

    Nadarius brings the perspective of a community organizer and an expert in Democratic field organizing to the education and dissemination of the COVID vaccine. Nadarius will fight for a State Vaccine Field Initiative to educate citizens one-on-one in their own communities to ensure everyone understands the safety and importance of this vaccine.

     ECONOMY AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

    Due to red lining, zoning, and other civil segregation measures across Hampton Roads, so much of Virginia’s economic struggle is connected to racial discrimination. Nadarius will fight to provide resources to areas most in need of economic investment, and ensure that these resources support the communities, not outside corporations as an avenue to gentrify our neighborhoods.

    Additionally, Nadarius supports massive investments to repair and modernize the Tidewater’s infrastructure. In the face of a changing climate and rising sea levels, this would additionally spur new economic growth by creating thousands of good-paying jobs.

    Wikipedia


    Nadarius Clark (born 1995) is an American activist and politician who served as delegate for the 79th district of the Virginia House of Delegates. Clark, a Democrat, defeated incumbent Steve Heretick in the Democratic primary and Republican nominee Lawrence Mason in the 2021 Virginia House of Delegates election.[1][2][3]

    He resigned on March 28, 2023 to run for election to a different seat in the chamber.[4] On June 20, 2023 Clark won the Democratic primary for the new 84th district.[5] He won the election with 53% of the vote to his Republican opponent’s 47% Michael Dillender in Virginia’s 79th House of Delegates district.

    Early life

    Nadarius Clark attended Virginia Union University for college, in Richmond.[6]

    Political Career

    He worked as a campaign organizer for Tim Kaine from when he was governor. Clark became the youngest ever representative at 26 years old, the minimum age to be a representative is 21 years old.[6]

    At the start of the 2024-2025 session, Clark introduced a bill that would prohibit the collection of medical debt if collection proceedings didn’t start within 3 years of the due date on the final notice.[7]

    In February of 2024, Clark introduced a bill to cap rising rents which ultimately didn’t advance.[8]

    Electoral history

    2021 elections

    Democratic primary results[9]
    PartyCandidateVotes%
    DemocraticNadarius Clark 2,033 45.73
    DemocraticSteve Heretick (incumbent)1,88342.35
    DemocraticDante Walston53011.92
    Total votes4,446 100.0
    Virginia’s 79th House of Delegates district, 2021[10]
    PartyCandidateVotes%
    DemocraticNadarius Clark 10,647 56.1
    RepublicanLawrence Mason8,28343.6
    Write-in630.3
    Total votes18,993 100.0
    Democratic hold

    2023 election

    Virginia’s 84th House of Delegates District, 2023 General Election[11]
    PartyCandidateVotes%
    DemocraticNadarius Clark 15,899 52.99
    RepublicanMichael Dillender14,04646.82
    Write-in580.19
    Total votes30,003 100
    Democratic gain from Republican

    References

    1. ^ Littlehales, Alex (June 9, 2021). “Meet Nadarius Clark: the 26-year-old vying for Virginia’s House of Delegates”. 13 News Now. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
    2. ^ Virginia General Assembly: Nadarius Clark
    3. ^ Virginia Scope: Nadarius Clark, 3 October 2021 (audio)
    4. ^ Staff Reports (March 28, 2023). “Clark resigns House seat, completes move to Suffolk”. The Smithfield Times. Retrieved 7 April 2023.
    5. ^ Janney, Josh (June 20, 2023). “Nadarius Clark and Michael Dillender win their primaries in House District 84”. The Virginian Piolot. Retrieved August 27, 2023.
    6. ^ a b Service, Thailon Wilson | Capital News (2024-04-03). “Virginia’s General Assembly is trending younger. At 28, Del. Clark strives to get young voters involved”. The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved 2024-06-14.
    7. ^ McIntyre, Meghan (2024-01-26). “Three interesting bills: medical debt, mobile home park tenant rights and state data breaches • Virginia Mercury”. Virginia Mercury. Retrieved 2024-06-14.
    8. ^ Service, Capital News (2024-02-12). “Virginia bills to cap rent increases don’t advance this session • Virginia Mercury”. Virginia Mercury. Retrieved 2024-06-14.
    9. ^ “2021 June Democratic Primary”. Virginia Department of Elections. Archived from the original on June 10, 2021. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
    10. ^ “2021 November General”. web.archive.org. 2021-11-03. Retrieved 2024-06-14.
    11. ^ “Member, House of Delegates (84th District)”. Election results. elections.viriginia.gov. Retrieved 2 April 2024.