VA House 21 – 2019

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

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Democrats had been angling for this seat for years. Fowler, a first-time candidate, picked it up in 2017, knocking off longtime delegate Ron Villanueva with 52 percent of the vote. This year Fowler, a real estate agent, faces Kane, a former city council member.”

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VA House – Southeastern VA Districts

The Southeastern Virginia house districts include Districts: 21, 6476, 77, 78, 7980, 81, 8283, 84, 85, 89, 90, 91, 92, 9394, 95, 96, 99, and 100.

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VA House 76 – 2019 Election

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

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Once basically invincible, Jones, the Republican chair of the House money committee, was hardest hit by a court ordered-redistricting plan, which turned his reliable red district distinctly blue. Democrats there now hold a theoretical 15-point advantage, a figure calculated as part of the redistricting process based on 2012 presidential election results. Democrats are already spending money there on digital ads to boost Jenkins, a real estate agent. Neither Jones nor his party, however, are writing off the district. Republicans say their candidate is well known and well liked in the area, the result of years of hard campaigning.”

VA House 83 – 2019 Election

District Description: Cities of Norfolk (part) and Virginia Beach (part)

Current Delegate: Chris Stolle since 2010 (R)

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Stolle, who has held the seat for nine years, saw his district skew 12 points more Democratic as part of the court-ordered remedial redistricting plan, and Democrats had already been doing pretty well in the district, where Northam won in 2017 with 54 percent of the vote and Kaine won with 57 percent. Guy, a former school board member, has also been outraising Stolle, who Democrats note is one of a handful of Republicans being boosted by national Republican groups – something they view as a sign the party is worried.”

VA House 84 – 2019

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

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Davis has represented the district since 2014 and, while it has tilted Democratic in recent statewide contests (Northam won with 54 percent of the vote), Trump still won here with 49 percent of the vote. But Democrats say Mallard, a teacher and the daughter of a coal miner, is a strong candidate. And they say if Republican inaction on gun violence is likely to resonate anywhere, it will be Virginia Beach, where a shooter killed 12 in May.”

VA House 85 – 2019

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

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Democrats flipped this district in 2017 by just 389 votes. Holcomb, the Republican sheriff’s deputy who lost in 2017, is back for a rematch, but Cheryl Turpin, who beat him, is not, opting instead to run for Senate. Democrats nominated Askew, a longtime political and campaign aide, to replace her. Republicans say the fact that their candidate is coming to the table with name recognition from a past campaign and a short stint as a delegate boosts their chances.”

VA House 91 – 2019 Election

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

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“This is another district that got a significantly bluer under a court-ordered redistricting plan. The Republican incumbent who held the seat, Gordon Helsel, decided not to run for reelection, which Democrats say boosts their chances because the GOP will be starting from scratch in terms of name ID.

Kaine won here with 57 percent of the vote and, so far Mugler, a longtime school board member who ran as a moderate in the Democratic primary, has far outraised Holcomb, a lawyer and lobbyist who represented the conservative Family Foundation.”

VA House 94 – 2019 Election

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

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“You may recall that two years ago this election resulted in a dead tie that was resolved via a random drawing from a bowl. Since then, a court-ordered redistricting plan gave Democrats a much bigger partisan advantage in the district. This year’s rematch once again pits incumbent Republican Yancey against Democrat Shelly Simonds. Democrats see it as their most obvious opportunity to pick up a seat. Money is already pouring in: Simonds has raised $290,000 so far and Yancey has raised $335,000.”

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)

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Statewide Democrats have won here, but just barely. Nonetheless, Democrats are particularly enthusiastic about Hernandez, an attorney with the National Employment Law Center who has far outraised Bloxom. But Republicans say money isn’t everything and note that the 53 percent of the vote Northam captured here in 2017 isn’t necessarily all that impressive when you consider it’s the governor’s home turf.”

Kelly Fowler

Current Position: State Delegate 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

Emily Brewer

Current Position: State Delegate 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

Chris Jones

Current Position: State Delegate since 1998
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 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
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

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

Cliff” Hayes was sworn in as a member of House of Delegates, representing the 77th District of the Virginia General Assembly on November 22, 2016. Delegate Hayes is a life-long resident of the Chesapeake area.

Today, he serves as the CIO/Technology Director for the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office. Prior to being elected to the Virginia General Assembly, Delegate Hayes served as a member of the Chesapeake City Council from 2004 – 2012.  He is an ardent supporter of senior citizens rights, healthy alternatives for youth, public safety, technology, job creation/retention, and the city’s school system.

Jay Leftwich

Current Position: State Delegate 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 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
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 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 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
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 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
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

Jay Jones

Current Position: State Delegate 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
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

Current Position: State Delegate since 2004
Affiliation: Democrat

Delegate Jeion Ward began serving as a member of the Virginia General Assembly, representing the 92nd District of the House of Delegates, in 2004.  As a member of the House of Delegates, she serves on the commerce and labor, transportation and general laws committees.

As a lifelong resident of the Hampton Roads area, Jeion and her family have remained active in the community for over thirty years.

In 1998, after serving four years as Vice President, Jeion was elected President of the Hampton Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 4260, a position she currently holds.  Jeion is a member of the Executive Council of the Virginia AFL-CIO. She has coordinated both partisan and non-partisan “Get-Out-The Vote” campaigns in targeted areas of Hampton and Newport News since 1997. In addition, she has organized voter registration drives and restoration of rights campaigns.

Michael Mullin

Current Position: State Delegate 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
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 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
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

Keith Hodges

Current Position: State Delegate 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

Francis Edwards

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

Overview: N/A

Robert Bloxom

Current Position: State Delegate 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 House 21 - 2019VA House 21 – 2019

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

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Democrats had been angling for this seat for years. Fowler, a first-time candidate, picked it up in 2017, knocking off longtime delegate Ron Villanueva with 52 percent of the vote. This year Fowler, a real estate agent, faces Kane, a former city council member.”

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Summary

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

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Democrats had been angling for this seat for years. Fowler, a first-time candidate, picked it up in 2017, knocking off longtime delegate Ron Villanueva with 52 percent of the vote. This year Fowler, a real estate agent, faces Kane, a former city council member.”

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VA House District 21

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VA State House District #21

Kelly Fowler

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

Candidate: 2019 State Delegate VA House District 21

For more information, see Kelly Fowler ’s post.

Kelly Convirs-FowlerKelly 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.

As a daughter to a military family, Kelly moved to Virginia Beach at a young age. She attended public school right here in Virginia Beach and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees just up the road from her district at Virginia Wesleyan and Old Dominion.

In 2016, Kelly was fed up with the state of American politics. Donald Trump had just been elected president and her local representative was more beholden to his campaign contributors than his constituents. So she decided to take action. She organized marches, she ran for office, and on November 7th, 2017, she won.

Since being sworn in, Delegate Fowler has dedicated her public service career to creating a better future for her two young daughters, Tessa and Sophie. She was a key vote to expand Medicaid, raise teacher pay, and provide tax breaks to small businesses across Virginia. Once she is reelected with a Democratic Majority, she looks forward to passing the Equal Rights Amendment, taking steps to fight flooding and climate change, and taking bold action to curb gun violence in Virginia.

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 VA House District 21

For more information, see Shannon Kane’s post.

VA House 21 - 2019 1Candidate for the House of Delegates, Shannon Kane was elected in 2014 to Virginia Beach City Council by a huge margin, winning every district throughout Virginia Beach, and was re-elected by an even larger margin in 2016.

Councilwoman Kane has been a champion of public safety by increasing funding for police officers and firefighters, increasing local funding for schools and teachers, and has worked closely with the business community to bring higher paying jobs to Virginia Beach.

But she is best known for her passionate advocacy to fund flooding solutions in City Council budgets and now will advocate for funding these needed solutions at the State level.

Shannon Kane is a small business owner in Virginia Beach who also is a strong advocate for the value of volunteerism and nonprofit groups in the community. She is President and founder of EWR Management Group in Virginia Beach, Immediate Past President of the Alzheimer’s Association of Southeast Virginia and served on the Executive Board of the Virginia Municipal League.

One of Shannon’s initiatives on Council has been her leadership on revitalizing the Lynnhaven Parkway business corridor and working with the Lynnhaven Business Association to beautify and modernize that important economic engine and attract more business activity and investment.

Another successful initiative of Shannon’s has been the We Feed program. Over 1,500 pounds of food was collected the inaugural year for the local Foodbank for the benefit of students in Virginia Beach Schools.

Before starting her own business, she served in leadership roles in the non-profit sector. She was Senior Director of Development of Physicians for Peace, President of Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads, Executive Director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and District Director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Shannon Kane is active in many civic groups, having served as President of the Virginia Beach Jaycees (where she was bestowed the honor of Lifetime Member), Chairman of the Lynnhaven River Day of VB2007 and foundation President of the East Coast Surfing Championships. Shannon also mentors a student company at the Kempsville Entrepreneurship Academy.

She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Public Relations from James Madison University, and her favorite title of all is “wife and mother”.

Issues

Democracy

Shannon Kane

Second Amendment
I’m a gun owner and I vigorously support the Second Amendment and defend our right to keep and bear arms. I support Virginia’s instant background checks and I believe that law-abiding citizens have the Constitutionally-protected right to protect their homes and families through gun ownership.

Economy

Shannon Kane

Virginia Beach thrives when Virginia Beach families thrive. I’m a small business owner who understands what it takes to create jobs and attract companies. Virginia Beach has done a great job attracting biomedical research and technology jobs. But economic development in the state still favors Northern Virginia. We need a delegate who will fight for Virginia Beach.

Education

Kelly Fowler

As a former elementary school teacher, I know that paying educators a fair wage makes it easier to keep and recruit the best teachers. It matters because we look to teachers to give our children the best education possible. That’s my hope for the children in our district—including my two daughters—and the reason why I fought so hard to push through a 5% pay raise for Virginia’s teachers.

Shannon Kane

I am a strong supporter of education and think it is a key to future success. As a member of City Council, I have voted to fully fund our schools and teachers. I’ve voted for every dollar of every School Board request. State support for schools has been behind and Virginia Beach has increased funding locally. Our delegate should secure more school funding from the state.

Environment

Kelly Fowler

We need to be proactive about flooding and sea-level rise. It all starts with acknowledging the problem—climate change—which is why I co-patroned a bill that brings awareness to flood zones when buying or renting properties. Further, I was proud to fight for a resolution to have Virginia Beach join the American Flood Coalition so we can tackle this problem together.

Shannon Kane

Funding to Stop the Flooding
Flooding is my motivating issue and since 2014 when I joined Virginia Beach City Council, I have supported over $40o million in local funding to address and mitigate flooding. I also voted to fund and support the Dewberry Study which is setting a path to implement solutions. But Virginia Beach residents cannot be the only ones paying the cost. I will lead the effort in state government for funding to stop flooding. Too little has been done and that must change, and I am running to lead that change.

 

Health Care

Kelly Fowler

In May of 2018, I was proud to provide a crucial vote to pass Medicaid Expansion in Virginia. After a more than four-year battle in the General Assembly, we finally overcame Republican obstruction to provide healthcare access to 400,000 Virginians. We could not have done this without you, and we could not have done this without the Blue Wave. When I won in 2017, the voters sent me to Richmond to get the job done, and I did. I will continue to fight for access to quality and affordable healthcare for all Virginians. Without affordable care, families in my district will not be able to go to work, send their kids to school, or aspire to reach the American Dream. I will always defend my constituents from Republican attacks on their healthcare.

Shannon Kane

Right to Life
I was disgusted by the House Democrats’ legislation for abortions at the moment of delivery. As a mother and a woman, I can’t imagine politicians or anyone for that matter supporting abortions at birth. Our nation should be a culture of respect for life, and these principles permeate our lives.

Immigration

Shannon Kane

America is a nation of legal immigrants and I support America’s melting pot and legal immigration. Those in the country illegally, either through illegal border crossings or overstaying visas, don’t have the rights of citizens and shouldn’t. The federal government has a Constitutional duty to enforce the nation’s borders.

Safety

Kelly Fowler

Gun violence has become a public health crisis in our country. Every single day, lives are needlessly taken by criminals who should not have access to firearms. Let me be clear – I am a gun owner. My husband, Dave, is a law enforcement officer. I support the 2nd Amendment and believe that law-abiding citizens should not have their rights infringed. However, it is imperative that we take steps to address gun violence by expanding background checks, limiting modifications like silencers and extended magazines, and ensuring domestic abusers and violent criminals aren’t able to have access to deadly weapons. So many elected officials have failed to address gun violence beyond “thoughts and prayers.” We need to take action. We need votes and laws.

Shannon Kane

An unsafe city will lose jobs and companies, have failing schools and begin a downward spiral that cities frequently can’t combat. As a member of Council, I have voted for significant investments in our public safety professionals to make sure we prevent that. I have supported both investments in salaries to help eliminate decades-long salary compression, and also funding for police camera technology. Our police, fire and rescue personnel must have the training and compensation to make sure we retain our great uniformed professionals and they keep Virginia Beach the safest city of its size in America.

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VA House - Southeastern VA Districts 1VA House – Southeastern VA Districts

The Southeastern Virginia house districts include Districts: 21, 6476, 77, 78, 7980, 81, 8283, 84, 85, 89, 90, 91, 92, 9394, 95, 96, 99, and 100.

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Summary

The Southeastern Virginia house districts include Districts: 21, 6476, 77, 78, 7980, 81, 8283, 84, 85, 89, 90, 91, 92, 9394, 95, 96, 99, and 100.

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VA House 76 – 2019 ElectionVA House 76 – 2019 Election

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

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Once basically invincible, Jones, the Republican chair of the House money committee, was hardest hit by a court ordered-redistricting plan, which turned his reliable red district distinctly blue. Democrats there now hold a theoretical 15-point advantage, a figure calculated as part of the redistricting process based on 2012 presidential election results. Democrats are already spending money there on digital ads to boost Jenkins, a real estate agent. Neither Jones nor his party, however, are writing off the district. Republicans say their candidate is well known and well liked in the area, the result of years of hard campaigning.”

Summary

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

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Once basically invincible, Jones, the Republican chair of the House money committee, was hardest hit by a court ordered-redistricting plan, which turned his reliable red district distinctly blue. Democrats there now hold a theoretical 15-point advantage, a figure calculated as part of the redistricting process based on 2012 presidential election results. Democrats are already spending money there on digital ads to boost Jenkins, a real estate agent. Neither Jones nor his party, however, are writing off the district. Republicans say their candidate is well known and well liked in the area, the result of years of hard campaigning.”

VA House District 76

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VA State House District #76

Chris Jones

Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 76 since 1998
Former: Suffolk City Council (1986-98; Vice Mayor 1986-90; Mayor 1992-96)
Affiliation: Republican

Candidate: 2019 State Delegate VA House District 76

For more information, see Chris Jones’s post.

Chris JonesChris Jones was born and raised here in the 76th District. Born in 1958, he grew up in a family of three children with parents Bobby and Barbara Jones, who were active in their community.  Growing up in Chuckatuck, Chris was involved with Little League Baseball, a member of the Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Department and spent time working for his father, a pharmacist who owned Village Drugs in Chuckatuck. Chris graduated from John Yeates High school in 1976 and attended Randolph-Macon College where he was a member of the Ashland Volunteer Fire Department and the Ashland Volunteer Rescue Squad. Following in his dad’s footsteps, Chris attended the Medical College of Virginia to become a pharmacist graduating in 1982. In 1985, Chris opened Bennett’s Creek Pharmacy. In 1986, Chris began his first term on the Suffolk City Council where he represented the Chuckatuck Borough until 1998. While on council he served two terms as Vice Mayor, from 1986-1990 and served two terms as mayor from 1992-1996. In 1997, he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates by the residents of the 76th District. In Richmond, Chris serves on three Standing Committees in the House of Delegates, Privileges and Elections (since 1998), Appropriations (since 2002), and Rules (since 2012).  In 2014, Chris was tapped as Chairman of the House Appropriations committee, where he provides a strong, common-sense voice for the hard-working citizens of the Commonwealth. Chris and his wife Karen have one daughter, Kaitlin, who is a graduate of the College of William and Mary.

Clinton Jenkins

Current 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.

Issues

Better Government

Chris Jones

Chris knows that you want the most for your hard earned tax dollars and expect the government to use your money wisely. This is why he has fought to cut out wasteful spending so that your tax dollars can be put to better use such as funding for new roads and bridges and better technology in our public schools.

Civil Rights

Chris Jones

Chris understands that gun ownership is a fundamental right of all American’s and has been a champion of protecting the Second Amendment. He believes in the value of owning firearms for home defense and sport. He rejects bills that infringe on the fundamental rights of Virginians to own and carry firearms.

Clinton Jenkins

  • Support the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment in Virginia
  • Fight for equal pay for equal work legislation
  • Protect a woman’s constitutionally-protected right to make her own healthcare decisions, and roll back existing barriers to access

Education

Chris Jones

Del. Jones has championed Education reform bills that will make standardized testing more applicable to real world situations and critical thinking skills. This will ensure that the children of Virginia are prepared and competitive in a global workforce. He understands that the children are the future of the commonwealth and deserve the very best from the public school system so that they have a fair shot at success.

Clinton Jenkins

Infrastructure

Chris Jones

Chris understands the congestion issues that a growing state faces and knows that the less time you spend sitting in traffic means more time at home with your family. He serves on the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission that decides how the money appropriated to Hampton Roads for new roads and bridges gets spent. He has been a champion of sweeping transportation reform that will improve the infrastructure of the entire state of Virginia and shorten your commute to and from work every day.

Clinton Jenkins

Safety

Chris Jones

Del. Jones was named the 2013 Delegate of the Year by the Virginia State Police Association as well as receiving numerous other awards from law enforcement agencies. He is not only committed to supporting our brave men and women in law enforcement but also supporting policy that help keep our neighborhoods safe.

Clinton Jenkins

Economy

Chris Jones

Del. Jones has a proven record of supporting legislation that makes it easier for Virginia businesses to operate and thrive. He stands behind policies that help create jobs for the Commonwealth by cutting back on government red tape that gets in the way of running a business. As a small business owner himself, Chris knows what it takes to create good-paying jobs that help Virginia’s families. He supports Virginia’s Right to Work laws that protect workers from being forced into paying union dues and helps businesses continue to run efficiently and continue to grow and hire.

Clinton Jenkins

Economy/Jobs

  • Attract better-paying jobs so no one who works full-time struggles to make ends meet
  • Invest in critical infrastructure that companies need to do business more efficiently
  • Expand job training programs to help get people back to work

Workers’ Rights

  • Increase the minimum wage
  • Repeal Virginia’s Right to Work law
  • Crack down on employers who engage in wage theft and employee misclassification
  • Protect employees’ rights to organize and collectively bargain

 

Voting Rights

Clinton Jenkins

  • Repeal Virginia’s Voter ID law
  • Institute universal voter registration and no-excuse absentee voting
  • Expand early voting periods to give people greater flexibility in casting their ballots
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VA House 83 - 2019 ElectionVA House 83 – 2019 Election

District Description: Cities of Norfolk (part) and Virginia Beach (part)

Current Delegate: Chris Stolle since 2010 (R)

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Stolle, who has held the seat for nine years, saw his district skew 12 points more Democratic as part of the court-ordered remedial redistricting plan, and Democrats had already been doing pretty well in the district, where Northam won in 2017 with 54 percent of the vote and Kaine won with 57 percent. Guy, a former school board member, has also been outraising Stolle, who Democrats note is one of a handful of Republicans being boosted by national Republican groups – something they view as a sign the party is worried.”

Summary

District Description: Cities of Norfolk (part) and Virginia Beach (part)

Current Delegate: Chris Stolle since 2010 (R)

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Stolle, who has held the seat for nine years, saw his district skew 12 points more Democratic as part of the court-ordered remedial redistricting plan, and Democrats had already been doing pretty well in the district, where Northam won in 2017 with 54 percent of the vote and Kaine won with 57 percent. Guy, a former school board member, has also been outraising Stolle, who Democrats note is one of a handful of Republicans being boosted by national Republican groups – something they view as a sign the party is worried.”

VA House District 83

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VA State House District #83

Chris Stolle

Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 83 since 2010
Affiliation: Republican

Candidate: 2019 State Delegate VA House District 83

For more information, see Chris Stolle’s post.

Christopher StolleVeteran
Chris Stolle is a retired Naval Officer, who started his career in the Submarine force where he qualified as a Naval Nuclear Engineer and later entered the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences where he earned his doctorate of Medicine. Dr. Stolle completed his internship and OB/GYN residency at the Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth. Dr. Stolle has served as the Department Head for OB/GYN at the Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, and Chairmen of the OB/GYN department at the Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth.

Doctor
After retiring from the Navy in 2005, Dr. Stolle and his sister, also an OB/GYN, started their own small business developing a new concept in the delivery of Obstetrical care that resulted in documented live saving interventions while decreasing the cost of patient care.
Chris earned an MBA from the College of William and Mary in 2004 and now serves as Vice President of Medical Affairs at Riverside Regional Medical Center where he acts as a physician advocate, medical advisor to non-physician clinical staff, and liaison between the medical staff and administration. Along with the medical staff leadership, Dr. Stolle guides and directs medical staff activities to ensure the quality and safety of patient care.

Family
Chris resides in the Bayside area of Virginia Beach with his wife, Lisa. They have five children, Tricia, a Navy veteran, who is currently pursuing a career in medicine, Christopher, who is currently serving in U. S. Navy; Graham, who joined his brother Christopher as a VMI graduate, obtained his Juris Doctorate at Regent University School of Law, and is an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney; Andrew, a physican; and Kevin, an engineer. The Stolle family is deeply rooted in service to our country. Chris and Lisa remember the challenges they faced as a young military family with five growing children. Chris has a solid record of serving those who serve.

Leader
Representing an area with one of the largest populations of veterans in the nation, Dr. Stolle is a champion for Veteran’s issues in the Virginia General Assembly. He has successfully passed legislation to improve veteran’s and their spouse’s education, employment, and health. Dr. Stolle was Chief Patron to a “Veteran’s Courts” bill to provide treatment options for veterans returning from war with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. Additionally Dr. Stolle has successfully championed legislation to promote the safety of emergency room patients and health care providers. Delegate Stolle was Chief Patron for the first in the nation legislation protecting physician’s rights to care for patients. First elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2009 to represent the 83rd House District, Delegate Stolle serves on key committees in the House of Delegates and has been appointed by the Speaker of the House to serve on key boards and commissions.

Skilled Policymaker

Chief Patron to the “Veteran’s Courts” bill to provide treatment options for veterans returning from war with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Advocated for two years to pass legislation that will bring Virginia two new veteran’s care centers. Through Chris’s efforts with city leaders, the Virginia Beach City Council voted to reserve 42 acres of city land as the site of a new Veterans Care Center in Hampton Roads.

In 2013, Chris was a leader in fighting to pass the innovative transportation-funding plan giving Virginia the resources necessary to build a strong and efficient transportation system.

Nancy Guy

Current 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.

Issues

Better Government

Chris Stolle

Unlike Washington our state constitution requires the Virginia General Assembly to pass a balanced budget. The General Assembly must identify, before we spend any money, how every service provided by the Commonwealth will be funded.  As a member of the Appropriations Committee, the committee responsible for allocating funds, Chris knows firsthand the difficult decisions that go into funding core state services.  Chris is also on the Appropriations subcommittees responsible for funding transportation, higher education, general government, and healthcare.  Chris recently commented “in the health subcommittee of Appropriations, we had $10 of requests for every $1 available to spend, we had to make some very difficult decisions”.  We must always focus on funding our state’s core services in a manner that is fiscally responsible, while providing the best value to our citizens and always remember that everything cost someone something.

Economy

Chris Stolle

Jobs and economic development have been Chris Stolle’s primary focus since he was first elected.  To expand jobs and diversify our economy we must create an environment that will attract business.  New or growing companies are looking for locations that have strong public schools, a skilled and educated work force, low taxes, freedom from burdensome regulation, access to high quality health care, a strong transportation system with a modern infrastructure, and communities that offer attractive living for their employees.  Focusing on jobs means focusing on our schools, our workforce, our transportation system, our tax structure, our business climate, and the natural beauty of our area.  Chris started a successful small business after a 24-year career in the Navy.  He understands the challenges facing both job seekers and job creators.

Chris has championed legislation focusing on transportation, workforce development, education, healthcare and the quality of life in our area to ensure our citizens have the employment opportunities that will support their families

Nancy Guy

Nancy feels strongly that public education should be the among the highest spending priorities of state and local government. In the ten years Mr. Stolle has been in office, state funding for public education across the board has decreased and in Virginia Beach and Norfolk has gone down over a thousand dollars per pupil in spite of rising state revenues.  The Literacy Fund, which historically assisted localities with the capital costs of building and renovating schools, was completely zeroed out.   Nancy fully supports Governor Northam’s proposal to more fully fund education in the second half of the biennial budget with the projected increase in revenues, including a 5% teacher pay raise over two years, an increase in the number of guidance counselors and a return to funding the Literacy Fund.  She will continue to fight for equitable funding for public education in subsequent budgets.

Education

Chris Stolle

K-12 Education

There is nothing more empowering for individual success than a quality education. Chris Stolle continues to support legislation that will ensure that every child has the educational tools they need to compete and succeed in life. Chris has championed legislation that to support military dependents in our public schools and has patroned legislation to provide our K-12 students a quality education regardless of their zip code.

Chris Stolle has also supported legislation aimed at retaining good teachers and addressing the teacher shortage by awarding teacher licensure to spouses of Armed Services members who are licensed in another state.

Career Readiness

One of the first attributes a business leader looks for in a community is a well-trained and ready workforce.  We must continue to support high standards and accountability in our schools while also looking for ways to expand access to higher education opportunities at our four-year and community colleges.

Not all good jobs require college. Strengthening our certificate training opportunities for high school students and transitioning veterans is key to getting these ready, able and willing citizens into the workforce and to diversify and grow our economy.

Chris Stolle has championed legislation that supports our young students, our transitioning veterans and their families, and career switchers. Chris continues to move the Commonwealth forward with innovative ideas.  Here is some of Chris’s legislation to help develop a 21st century workforce:

·       Directed the Board of Education to develop regulations that adjust the formula for calculating the high school accreditation by adding credit for students obtaining industry certifications, state licensure, or competency credentials.

·       Military medics and corpsmen (MMAC) receive extensive health care training while on active duty. Once they transition to civilian life, their military health care experiences do not easily translate into comparable civilian certifications and licenses required for health care jobs, preventing many highly-trained veterans from gaining employment in the field.   Chris introduced legislation that directed the Department of Veterans Services, in collaboration with the Department of Health Professions, to establish a pilot program allowing military medical personnel to use their training and experience obtained in the military under a licensed physician’s supervision.  The legislation also provided grant money for the medics and corpsmen to help them get needed educational credits to obtain civilian certification.  This pilot program allowed military medics to smoothly transition to a medical career in the private sector benefitting them and the entire community.   The MMAC Program kicked off in 2016 and the first medic was hired right here in Hampton Roads by a local hospital.  The MMAC pilot program has received accolades around the country and in 2018, Chris Stolle introduced HB915 making the program permanent.  HB915 passed the General Assembly with unanimous support.

·       Ensured that spouses and other dependents of an active duty service member and surviving spouses and dependent children now receive in-state tuition at Virginia public higher education institutions.

·       Directed the Virginia Employment Commission, in cooperation with the Department of Veterans Services and the Secretary of Commerce and Trade, to establish the Veterans Skills Database, an internet-accessible database of veterans and their workforce skills, for marketing and promoting the workforce skills of veterans to potential employers. The database is free to both veterans and employers.

·       Require public and private nonprofit Virginia Colleges and Universities to publish data on the proportion of graduates with employment at 18 months and five years after the date of graduation. The data shall include the major and degree program, percentage of employment in the Commonwealth, average salary, and average higher education-related debt of graduates.

Nancy Guy

Nancy feels strongly that public education should be the among the highest spending priorities of state and local government. In the ten years Mr. Stolle has been in office, state funding for public education across the board has decreased and in Virginia Beach and Norfolk has gone down over a thousand dollars per pupil in spite of rising state revenues.  The Literacy Fund, which historically assisted localities with the capital costs of building and renovating schools, was completely zeroed out.   Nancy fully supports Governor Northam’s proposal to more fully fund education in the second half of the biennial budget with the projected increase in revenues, including a 5% teacher pay raise over two years, an increase in the number of guidance counselors and a return to funding the Literacy Fund.  She will continue to fight for equitable funding for public education in subsequent budgets.

Environment

Chris Stolle

Living with Water

Virginia Beach and Norfolk are cities whose past and future are intricately tied to the water.  Tourism, the Navy, the world’s greatest natural harbor and Port are the foundations of our economy.  As we have seen in recent year’s water can also be a threat.  We have witnessed a significant increase in flooding, associated not only with major storms, but also with summer showers.  The cause of flooding of our region is multifactorial and includes sea level rise, land subsidence, and ground water depletion.  Regardless of the cause, the welfare of our region requires us to plan and to act.  It is the job of our legislators to develop coastal flooding policies that reassure employers that Virginia has a plan to protect businesses, to re-affirm our commitment to national defense by working with the military to protect our bases here, to protect Virginia’s natural beauty, and most importantly to ensure the safety of our citizens and their property.

Hampton Roads is ranked 10th globally and second only to New Orleans nationally for resources at risk for flooding.  In 2012, Chris introduced a resolution that directed the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) to study the impact of recurrent flooding on our area.  The VIMS review of existing global flood management strategies suggested that it is possible for Virginia to have an effective response to increasing flood issues but it takes time, estimated at 20-30 years, to effectively plan and implement many of the adaptation strategies.

Because of the recommendations of the VIMS study, in 2014 Chris introduced HJR16 which created a bipartisan Joint House and Senate legislative subcommittee to develop plans, policies and provide legislative oversight of efforts to implement adaptation strategies to protect Virginians living and working in flood prone areas.

The committee members elected Chris to serve as the Chair of the Flooding Subcommittee in 2014 and again in 2016. Several bills introduced or endorsed by members of the Committee have now passed the General Assembly and have become law.

Chris has been received awards from the Sierra Club and the Virginia Chamber of Commerce for his leadership in addressing this threat to our area.  Chris stated “Water doesn’t care if you’re a Democrat or a Republican.  We have an obligation to find solutions that protect the lives and property of our citizens.”

The initial term of the Joint Subcommittee on Coastal Flooding focused on educating our members on the issue and on reaching out to business leaders, higher education, and other branches of government for insight and input on the need for a statewide adaptation and mitigation effort. The subcommittee received input from the Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Navy, the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, the City of Norfolk, the Secure Commonwealth Panel, the National Federation of Independent Business, insurance carriers, the Virginia Association of Realtors, Old Dominion University, VIMS, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, and others.

The subcommittee’s second term is focused on action. In 2016 Chris introduced legislation which created the Center for Coastal Flooding – a partnership between ODU, VIMS & William & Mary to serve as a national repository of academic resources for flooding and adaptation.

Our efforts have just begun.Chris believes that “Hampton Roads should be a national leader and business incubator focused on the development and marketing of adaptation strategies.  Adaptation should be an economic development tool that creates jobs and strengthens our economy.  Recurrent flooding is a both threat and an opportunity.”  Chris, who had advocated for the creation of a state cabinet level position for coastal adaptation whose mission would be focused on pro-active solutions to living with water, worked directly with the Governor during the 2018 General Assembly session on the passage of HB345 creating the position and successfully fought for funding for the position in the state budget.

Transportation

After years of transportation gridlock, the General Assembly passed landmark legislation in 2013 to fund a 21st century transportation system for Virginia.  Chris Stolle was a patron of the transportation bill and introduced legislation that would create our regional transportation fund.  In 2014 Chris introduced HB2, now known as Smart Scale.  Smart Scale was a first in the nation, statewide system of prioritizing transportation projects based on six factors.  Each factor is assigned a rating by project engineers and the highest scoring projects are funded.  Smart Scale takes the politics out of which projects get built.

Chris is the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee Transportation Subcommittee, the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO), the body responsible for the planning and approving transportation projects in our area, and the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC), responsible for providing funding for the approved projects.

Transportation revitalization has already started in Hampton Roads since passing the transportation bill.  In 2016, the HRTPO approved and the HRTAC funded an historic twenty-year transportation plan which provides for a new Hampton Roads Bridge tunnel, a new High Rise Bridge in Chesapeake, an improved the I 64 – I 264 interchange, among others.   Chris stated “In the past residents of this district have had to plan their lives around traffic congestion. When I entered the House of Delegates I knew we needed a solution.  I am very pleased to have been able to play such a pivotal role in the modernization of Virginia’s transportation system.”

Preserving Our Future

We are truly blessed to live in an area filled with natural beauty.  From the Chesapeake Bay to the Lynnhaven River to our many lakes, the 83rd district holds a wealth of nature’s treasures to experience.

When Chris Stolle learned that one of the last remaining open tracts on the Lynnhaven River that was once under consideration for a large waterfront development may be able to be permanently preserved, he stepped in to help.

Preserving the land at Pleasure House Point would allow the citizens of Virginia Beach, the Hampton Roads community, and statewide residents to continue to benefit from this natural area.

Working with the Trust for Public Land, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the City of Virginia Beach along with a team of very motivated Virginia Beach citizens, Chris worked to secure the $10 Million in state funding that was needed to finalize the preservation of this treasure.  Pleasure House Point is now home to the Brock center ….  The beauty of Pleasure House Point is now preserved for future generations to come to discover and enjoy!

Nancy Guy

Nancy feels we have a moral imperative to protect the environment for future generations.  In the two years of the Trump administration the health rating of the Chesapeake Bay, which runs the length of the 83rd District has gone from a “C” to a “D+.” With the federal government focused on enabling polluters rather than controlling them it is imperative that the state steps up its efforts to protect this important resource for both ecological and economic reasons.   Likewise, in 2018 the United States, for the first time in ten years, increased its output of carbon emissions. Nancy is proud that Virginia is a member of the Under2Coalition and pledged to support the goals of the Paris Climate Accord.  She will oppose any effort to undermine these efforts.  She also supports Virginia’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative which would force utilities to move investment from fossil fuel plants to renewable sources like wind and solar. Chris Stolle has stated that he opposes RGGI. Although he  has tried to position himself as an “environmentally friendly” Republican, his current rating from the Virginia Conservation League is still only 43%, and his lifetime rating is 33%. His web page does address the realities of sea level rise, but skirts the issue of climate change, saying glibly “regardless of the cause.” It is our duty to recognize that the cause is climate change and take steps to correct the problem.

Safety

Chris Stolle

Our neighbors and our children deserve the security of feeling safe at home or throughout the community.  Chris patroned legislation to make our schools safer, combat domestic violence, fight human trafficking, and address the heroin and opioid crisis that plagues the Commonwealth and the nation.

The state police and many localities are now also facing force shortages.  Chris has supported pay raises for law enforcement while also supporting major initiatives geared toward cracking down on repeat, chronic and habitual domestic violence offenders and empowering women with the ability to protect themselves and their children in their most vulnerable moments.

Chris also introduced legislation that: protects our port by giving the Port of Virginia the ability to retain employees with special police powers; enhances our prescription monitoring system; protects emergency room health care workers from battery, protects children born with substance abuse exposure, and provides our courts with the ability to addresses the unique mental health needs of our veterans with a veterans’ court docket.  He introduced HB1705 in 2013 to update the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund to ensure that restitution payments to victims of crimes would not be delayed by bureaucracy.

Nancy Guy

Nancy supports common sense controls like universal back ground checks and limits on the volume of gun purchases.  Chris Stolle has an “A” rating from the NRA (93%) and has voted against even such common sense controls as the one gun a month purchase limitation.  He voted multiple times for a bill that would authorize those who have a restraining order filed against them to carry a concealed firearm.  The grip of the gun lobby on Richmond is so strong that, once again in 2019, Virginia failed to let a bill that would require universal background checks to even get out of committee for a vote on the House floor.

Health Care

Chris Stolle

Chris’ background as a physician, a hospital administrator, and employer in the health care industry has made him one of the leading experts in healthcare in the General Assembly.  Chris said “I originally decided to run for office because of my frustration with our healthcare system and in particular how we provide care to those most in need.  I am absolutely dedicated to ensuring high quality, accessible and affordable healthcare for all Virginians.  Our current system is badly broken; I am very pleased to be part of finding innovative solutions to these very difficult problems.”  Health care reform is an immediate concern for all Virginians that we will continue to address. As we look for ways to reform health care, it is crucial that we have individuals with firsthand knowledge of the challenges at the table to advocate for patients, and to ensure the quality, safety, affordability and accessibility of health care in the future.

Dr. Stolle has carried many pieces of legislation important to the health of Virginians which include: HJ99 (2010) – Directed the Joint Commission on Health Care to study catastrophic health insurance coverage options; HB2216 (2011) – Allows a laboratory, with authorization from patient, to provide a copy of the report of the results directly to the insurance carrier. HB638 (2012) – Provides that a court may authorize medical treatment for an incapacitated person; HB1280 (2012) – Amends the criteria for psychiatric inpatient admission for inmates at local correctional facilities; HB86 (2014) – Expands the criteria for inpatient psychiatric hospital admissions from local correctional facilities; HB1499 (2013) – Clarifies the circumstances under which emergency medical services personnel may administer medications; HB1588 (2013) – Physician Loan Repayment Program; HB391 (2014) – National accrediting organizations; HB580 (2014) – Active duty military health care providers; practice at public and private health care facilities: HB893 (2014) – Anatomic pathology services; HB2322 (2015) – Health benefit plans; essential health benefits waiver; HB221 (2016) – Active duty health care providers at public or private health care facilities; HB435 (2016) – Licensure of adult day care centers; and HB1691 (2011) – Provides for a program established by the Department of Veterans Services to monitor and coordinate mental health and rehabilitative services support for Veterans.

For his efforts in support of the health of Virginians Chris has received the Virginia Healthcare and Hospital Association Hero of Healthcare award, the Virginia College of Emergency Physicians “Emergency

Veterans

Chris Stolle

Chris is the son of a career naval officer, served himself in the Navy for 24 years, is married to a former marine, and currently has a son deployed to the Middle East.  Chris and his wife Lisa, both Naval Academy graduates raised five children while moving from duty station to duty station.  Chris Stolle understands the challenges our active duty members, retirees, veterans and their families face.  Improving the quality of life for those who are currently serving and those who have served in the past, has, and will remain one of Chris’s key legislative priorities.

Dr. Stolle successfully carried the “Veteran’s Courts” bill to provide medical treatment options for veterans returning from war with untreated traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.  Delegate Stolle worked with state leaders for two years to pass legislation that has brought Virginia two new veteran’s care centers.  Through Delegate Stolle’s efforts with city leaders, the Virginia Beach City Council voted to donate 25 acres of city land as the site for the Veterans Care Center in Hampton Roads.  Dr. Stolle has also carried other legislation important to veterans which include: HB580 (2014) – Active duty military health care providers; practice at public and private health care facilities: HB893 (2014) – HB221 (2016) – Active duty health care providers at public or private health care facilities; HB760 (2010) – Establish the Veterans Skills Database; HB1118 (2010) – Allows individuals who receive payments from the Virginia Military Family Relief Fund to subtract them from their federal adjustable gross income; HB1691 (2011) – Provides for the program established by the Department of Veterans Services to monitor and coordinate mental health and rehabilitative services support for Veterans; HB1848 (2011) – Active Duty eligibility for in-state tuition charges.  HB253 (2012) – Virginia Personnel Act – hiring preference for veterans; HB640 (2012) – Code of Virginia relating to the enrollment of children of military families into public schools; HB1497 (2013) – Participation in public school interscholastic programs by students in military families.  HB576 (2014) – Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program.  Chris serves on the Board of Veterans Services and is committed to ensuring Virginia is the most Veteran friendly state in the nation.

For his efforts in support of our Veterans, Chris received the Virginia Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) 2016 Legislator of the Year award and the Virginia Chamber of Commerce 2015 and 2016 Military and Veteran’s Advocacy award.

 

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VA House 84 – 2019VA House 84 – 2019

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

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Davis has represented the district since 2014 and, while it has tilted Democratic in recent statewide contests (Northam won with 54 percent of the vote), Trump still won here with 49 percent of the vote. But Democrats say Mallard, a teacher and the daughter of a coal miner, is a strong candidate. And they say if Republican inaction on gun violence is likely to resonate anywhere, it will be Virginia Beach, where a shooter killed 12 in May.”

Summary

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

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Davis has represented the district since 2014 and, while it has tilted Democratic in recent statewide contests (Northam won with 54 percent of the vote), Trump still won here with 49 percent of the vote. But Democrats say Mallard, a teacher and the daughter of a coal miner, is a strong candidate. And they say if Republican inaction on gun violence is likely to resonate anywhere, it will be Virginia Beach, where a shooter killed 12 in May.”

VA House District 84

District Map (PDF)

VA State House District #84

Glenn Davis

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

Candidate: 2019 State Delegate VA House District 84

For more information, see Glenn Davis’s post.

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

Glenn began his entrepreneurial career in a one-bedroom apartment in Virginia Beach, Virginia. There, he started his first company, a telecommunications management firm which soon became a leading telecom business garnering many awards and in 2007 was named by the Inc. 5000 as one of the 100 fastest growing IT companies in America. 

Over Glenn’s 19 years of experience as an entrepreneur and business executive, he has developed a proven track record in business, and has received numerous awards including the Entrepreneurial Excellence Award from the Regent University School of Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship and has spoken at national conferences and business schools.

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). 

In 2017, Glenn sought the Republican nomination for Virginia Lieutenant Governor, traveling over 60,000 miles across Virginia in a grassroots campaign. His issues-based campaign and focus on improving the lives of Virginians from all regions and backgrounds earned respect and support from all across the Commonwealth. Glenn emerged from the campaign as a pre-eminent leader for Virginia Republicans on economic and regulatory reform.

Representing the 84th House of Delegates District in the Virginia General Assembly, Glenn serves on the Education, Transportation, and General Laws Committees. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the Joint Commission on Technology and Science and chaired its Cyber Security and Blockchain subcommittees.

Prior to joining the House of Delegates, Glenn was twice elected to the Virginia Beach City Council, in 2008 and 2012. Glenn is a graduate of the EO/MIT Entrepreneurial Master’s program, a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership, a member and past president of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization of Southeast Virginia, has served as Chairman of Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads, and sits on the Board of Governors of Green Run Collegiate, a charter school connected to the Green Run community where he grew up. 

Glenn and his wife, Chelle, live in Virginia Beach and are both very active in the community and charitable efforts throughout Hampton Roads.

Karen Mallard

Current Position: Public-school teacher
Affiliation: Democrat

Candidate: 2019 State Delegate VA House District 84

For more information, see Karen Mallard’s post.

Karen Mallard 1Throughout her life, Karen Mallard has always fought for the underdog.

When she was only eleven years old, Karen and her father successfully advocated for the removal of a sewage treatment plant that dumped waste into the Guest River, where Karen and her neighbors were baptized. When the coal company in her parents’ home in Wise County, Virginia cut their miners’ health benefits, Karen passed out bologna sandwiches to strikers and joined them on the picket line.

For the past 30 years, Karen Mallard has used this compassion and fighting spirit to serve the Virginia Beach community as a public-school teacher, union leader, political organizer, PTA board member, and little league board member.

Through her work as an early childhood reading specialist and Vice President of the Virginia Beach Education Association, Karen has helped thousands of Virginia Beach kids learn to read while advocating for their right to a first-class education. Her favorite pupil, however, is her father, whom she taught to read while attending the University of Virginia’s College at Wise

Issues

Better Government

Glenn Davis

Innovative Solutions
Glenn has identified bold, innovative solutions to many of the problems facing our Commonwealth. Whether tax, education, or job-creation, Glenn believes Virginia should work to replace outdated policies with new innovative policies, taking advantage of recent technology to create better efficiencies and cut the cost of government.

Glenn, at his own expense, has visited MIT to identify 21st-Century coal research, traveled to Estonia to better understand 21st-Century robotics manufacturing opportunities, and worked to identify new technology to bring high-speed bandwidth to homes in rural Virginia.

Civil Rights

Glenn Davis

Troughout high school, Glenn shot 3-position smallbore rifle competitively for his school’s NJROTC unit and as part of a rifle team out of Langley Air Force Base.  Today Glenn enjoys various shooting sports including skeet, sporting clays, and long range precision shooting.

Glenn believes that Virginia should protect the rights secured by the Second Amendment while ensuring that the necessary laws exist to keep firearms out of the hands of those that should not possess them.

 

Economy

Glenn Davis

Virginia used to be #1 in the nation for business and job growth. Now Virginia continues to fall in and out of the top 10 and has the 30th worst tax policies in the nation. 

Glenn is an entrepreneur and has the history and experience to eliminate the tax and regulatory burdens that are holding back economic opportunities for Virginians. 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), and Advancement of Innovation and Technology (2017).

Karen Mallard

Education

Glenn Davis

Glenn is extremely passionate about the education of our children. He has been heavily involved in numerous initiatives including SOL reforms to reduce the number of standardized tests in our schools and additional opportunities for our students with disabilities. Additionally, Glenn has focused on growing opportunities for students to graduate high school with a high tech skill set in the trades, allowing them to enter high wage careers right out of high school, without the additional burden of college debt.

Glenn has also seen the benefits of charter schools first hand serving on the Governing Board of Green Run Collegiate, a charter school in Virginia Beach he helped create.

Karen Mallard

As one of the first members of her family to attend college, Karen knows that a quality education can mean the difference between poverty and prosperity. During her thirty-year career as a teacher at Holland Elementary School, North Landing Elementary School, and Three Oaks Elementary School, Karen has taught generations of Virginia Beach students to read while advocating for their right to a world-class education.

Karen knows that Virginia’s teacher shortage means larger class sizes and more stressful learning environments for both students and teachers. As your Delegate, Karen will work to attract talented teachers and give every child in Virginia Beach the head start they both need and deserve.

Life & Family

Glenn Davis

Glenn supports policies that strengthen our families and keep our communities safe. As a pro-life conservative, Glenn believes that we should further streamline the adoption process so women can be more confident that their babies will not end up lost, growing up inside a governmental system, but rather in a loving home, allowing not only their child to achieve their dreams, but also allowing loving couples to reach theirs.

Glenn also recognizes that the family is the bedrock of any functioning society and will support policies that strengthen our families and keep our communities safe.

 

Environmental Preservation

Karen Mallard

Growing up in coal country in Wise County, Virginia, Karen saw the impact of environmental devastation on the health and income of her family and neighbors. When she was only eleven years old, Karen and her father successfully advocated to move a sewage treatment plant that dumped waste into the Guest River, where she and her community members were baptized.

In the House of Delegates, Karen will fight to protect Virginia Beach residents whose homes are threatened by flooding, the inevitable result of climate change and rising sea levels. She will stand against any and all offshore drilling on our coastline and will work tirelessly to attract high-paying green jobs to our community.

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VA House 85 – 2019VA House 85 – 2019

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

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Democrats flipped this district in 2017 by just 389 votes. Holcomb, the Republican sheriff’s deputy who lost in 2017, is back for a rematch, but Cheryl Turpin, who beat him, is not, opting instead to run for Senate. Democrats nominated Askew, a longtime political and campaign aide, to replace her. Republicans say the fact that their candidate is coming to the table with name recognition from a past campaign and a short stint as a delegate boosts their chances.”

Summary

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

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Democrats flipped this district in 2017 by just 389 votes. Holcomb, the Republican sheriff’s deputy who lost in 2017, is back for a rematch, but Cheryl Turpin, who beat him, is not, opting instead to run for Senate. Democrats nominated Askew, a longtime political and campaign aide, to replace her. Republicans say the fact that their candidate is coming to the table with name recognition from a past campaign and a short stint as a delegate boosts their chances.”

VA House District 85

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VA State House District #85

Alex Askew

Current Position: Legislative aide for the Virginia House of Delegates
Affiliation: Democrat

Candidate: 2019 US Senator VA House District 85

For more information, see Alex Askew’s post.

I was born in Virginia Beach and raised here by my mother, a public school teacher. I came up through the Virginia Beach public education system, including Tallwood High School, before attending Hampton University. After graduating, I worked for nearly seven election cycles on a variety of local, state-wide, and national campaigns and projects.

I now serve as a legislative aide for the Virginia House of Delegates, guiding elected officials towards tangible solutions. I’ve 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, I remain 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.

Thank you to the residents of Virginia Beach for being my motivation throughout my life. You have inspired me to fight for affordable healthcare, quality education, economic opportunities, and a safe environment for all of us. Together, we can create positive change for our community.

Rocky Holcomb

Current Position: Chief Deputy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office
Affiliation: Republican

Candidate: 2019 State Delegate VA House District 85

For more information, see Rocky Holcomb’s post.

Rocky Holcomb 1Rocky Holcomb is the Chief Deputy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office, where he has served since 1991, following his time in the United States Marine Corps. He is a graduate of Regent University, with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Management, and he is a distinguished graduate of the West Point Leadership Course.

Rocky represented the 85th House of Delegates District from 2017-2018 as the first ever full time law enforcement member to be Elected to the Virginia General Assembly. He has proven to be able to work across the aisle to pass common sense legislation that best represents his constituents.

Rocky and his wife of 25 years, Tracie, live in Kempsville with their two children who are attending Old Dominion University and Mary Washington University.

Issues

Education

Alex Askew

Our young people are the key to a successful future. Each and every student in our district deserves the best public education we can provide them. We must strengthen our public education system by providing teachers and parents with adequate resources to help our children succeed.

Teacher pay raises
Let’s raise teacher pay to at least the national average.

Expanding access to early childhood education
By providing more children with the opportunity to enter into the classroom early and jumpstart their educational development, we will better prepare them to meet their curriculum standards and perform well on standardized tests.

College tuition
For students pursuing higher education, we must make tuition at our colleges and universities affordable. In our ever-expanding global economy, higher education is more essential than ever. Students should not be burdened with mounting student loan debt because they chose to continue their education and improve their lives for themselves and their families. We must ensure that the coming generations have the resources to save, acquire wealth, and invest in their communities.

Rocky Holcomb

All students deserve the right to a quality education, and parents deserve to have a say in that education based on their child’s needs. Taxpayer’s dollars need to be spent to increase teacher pay, and increase the resources available to students in the classroom. Tuition freezes and expanding vocational training will help young adults get the education they need to transition into a career following high school.

Safety

Alex Askew

We must pass legislation to guarantee that our coastlines are permanently protected from offshore drilling and large polluters.

No one in Virginia should ever have to worry if their air is safe to breathe or if their water is clean to drink. Richmond must hold polluters accountable for their actions and we must act immediately to ensure a clean and sustainable environment.

Criminal justice reform
We must do more as a Commonwealth to make sure that our criminal justice system is equitable and serves justice fairly to every citizen of Virginia.

Alex is also a proponent of establishing a process for the restoration of voting rights for those have served their time and repaid their debt to society.

Rocky Holcomb

Criminal Justice Reform
As a law enforcement officer, I have the knowledge and experience to pass legislation that improves our criminal justice system. Improving rehabilitation programs for those who are incarcerated will help with their reintegration into society, and help ensure they do not re-offend, improving public safety. Those who are incarcerated based on circumstances caused by drug addiction or mental illness need to get help, not sit in jail untreated. Taking more time to evaluate those who are arrested and get them the help they need will save lives, and prevent more tragic incidents.

Healthcare

Alex Askew

The General Assembly must continue to protect every Virginian’s access to affordable healthcare.

Infrastructure

Rocky Holcomb

I will work in a bi-partisan manner to find common sense solutions to the Hampton Roads traffic congestion issue, and make sure tax dollars towards transportation is spent wisely. I will also work towards reducing tolls for residents who have to travel through the Norfolk tunnel on a daily basis. It should not cost the residents of Hampton Roads money out of their pocket just to get to work.

Better Government

Rocky Holcomb

Protecting the Middle Class
As a member of the middle class, I understand how heavy taxation can strangle a household. I will not vote to raise taxes as a member of the General Assembly. Small business is the cornerstone of the economy, and small business owners should be able to conduct their business without burdensome regulations. My goal is to make sure my fellow neighbors and community members get to keep their hard earned money in the own pockets.

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VA House 91 – 2019 ElectionVA House 91 – 2019 Election

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

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“This is another district that got a significantly bluer under a court-ordered redistricting plan. The Republican incumbent who held the seat, Gordon Helsel, decided not to run for reelection, which Democrats say boosts their chances because the GOP will be starting from scratch in terms of name ID.

Kaine won here with 57 percent of the vote and, so far Mugler, a longtime school board member who ran as a moderate in the Democratic primary, has far outraised Holcomb, a lawyer and lobbyist who represented the conservative Family Foundation.”

Summary

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

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“This is another district that got a significantly bluer under a court-ordered redistricting plan. The Republican incumbent who held the seat, Gordon Helsel, decided not to run for reelection, which Democrats say boosts their chances because the GOP will be starting from scratch in terms of name ID.

Kaine won here with 57 percent of the vote and, so far Mugler, a longtime school board member who ran as a moderate in the Democratic primary, has far outraised Holcomb, a lawyer and lobbyist who represented the conservative Family Foundation.”

VA House District 91

District Map (PDF)

VA State House District #91

Martha Mugler

Current 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.

Colleen Holcomb

Current Position: Lawyer
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate VA House District 91

For more information, see Colleen Holcomb’s post.

Colleen Holcomb 1Colleen was born into a large family who instilled in her a profound love for people, a desire to serve, and a determination to make it her life’s work to make people’s lives better, however possible. That led her to pursue careers in policy, ministry, and ultimately to a career in law.

She graduated from Wellesley College and earned a law degree from Regent Law School where she received the National Association of Women Lawyers’ Outstanding Graduate Award. She also earned a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Regent University School of Communications and Arts.

Upon completing her law degree Holcomb worked in the non-profit sector to continue her passion of improving the lives of those around her. She held roles with The Flying Hospital, Inc and Christian Broadcasting Network. She has also served as Director of Communications for the Christian Legal Society. With her husband Wayne they run Holcomb Law, P.C., a law firm that serves the local Hampton Roads Area.

Between them Colleen and Wayne have three children all of whom have attended Poquoson Public Schools. Colleen is thankful for the opportunities her hard-working family and community gave her, and she is determined to put her experiences to work for the people of Virginia’s 91st District in Richmond.

Issues

Education

Martha Mugler

  • Protecting public education funding
  • Expanding early childhood opportunities
  • Affordable and accessible higher education

Colleen Holcomb

Improve our children’s education by empowering parents and local communities, not bureaucrats in Richmond.
I am proud and humbled to be the first member of my family to graduate from college. Thus, I have a unique understanding of how vital strong public schools are to our community and families. As your Delegate, I will fight for funding for the schools in Virginia’s 91st district so that our communities are not having to make choices between necessary public services and educating our children. I will work to ensure that more money is directed to the teachers and the classroom, instead of the bureaucracy. I will also fight to ensure that educational decisions are made at the local level – not dictated by Richmond.

Additionally, in speaking with many of the businesses located here in Virginia’s 91st District, I find that businesses are very interested in working with local schools to develop workforce development partnerships.

Business are willing to invest in students to provide on-the-job training, in order to ensure a well-prepared workforce. We need the General Assembly to come alongside these local businesses promote and assist these partnerships.

We also need to ensure that schools are working closely with the business community to inform students and their parents of opportunities so the students can best plan for their futures.

We are also very excited about the apprenticeship programs available to all students in the 91st district from New Horizons, partnerships with the Newport News Shipyard, and other workforce development programs like the Academies of Hampton, the aviation program offered at Poquoson High School. Through programs like these we can ensure that students are workforce ready whether they choose to enter college immediately, delay college or go immediately into their chosen fields.

Economy

Martha Mugler

  • Making investments in our workforce
  • Supporting the Virginia Advanced Energy Economy
  • Supporting V3 (Virginia Values Veterans)

Colleen Holcomb

Encourage continued job growth and opportunities within the Commonwealth by promoting innovation and limiting taxation and regulation.
As owners of a small law firm, my husband and I have a unique vantage point on the impact regulation and taxation have on the families in Virginia’s 91st District. We feel that impact as business owners and we see the ways the economy impacts our clients who represent every section of the economic spectrum. In Richmond, I will work to reduce burdensome red tape, reduce taxes and help small businesses throughout community thrive and create jobs.

Additionally, maintaining Virginia’s Right-to-Work laws is vital to attracting large corporations and incentivizing the growth of small businesses. Not only do Right-to-Work laws attract high paying employers to states, national statistics indicate that Right-to-Work states enjoy higher standards of living than non-Right-to-Work states Additionally, families in Right-to-Work states statistically enjoy greater after-tax income and have higher purchasing power than families in non-Right-to-Work states. Right to Work is a significant draw for high paying employers and it is an indicator of prosperity for families. Thus, I will fight all efforts to overturn Virginia’s status as a right-to-work state.

Environment

Martha Mugler

  • Protecting the Chesapeake Bay
  • Addressing effects of climate change and sea level rise

Colleen Holcomb

Regardless of your view on the issue of climate change, we cannot deny that the sea levels are rising.
Regardless of your view on the issue of climate change, we cannot deny that the sea levels are rising, and that Hampton Roads is a flood zone that is likely to see significantly more flooding in the years to come if predictive models are accurate.

Having this information, the General Assembly must take action. I support efforts advocated by some of my colleagues and friends, in the Virginia Beach area, including Delegate Jason Miyares, who has called for the formation the Virginia Hurricane and Flood Risk Reduction Authority, an entity capable of working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to expedite needed resiliency projects.

We are eager to mobilize business leaders to join with the General Assembly to take the necessary action to prepare our coastline before flooding happens and to have a plan of action when it does.

Health Care

Martha Mugler

  • Ensuring access and affordability
  • Protecting individuals with pre-existing conditions
  • Women’s health
  • Mental health care access and coverage

Colleen Holcomb

End crippling healthcare premiums. Improve health care for all by promoting free market solutions. Encourage innovation and competition. Fight the expansion of failed government-run health care.
As a family law attorney, I am overwhelmed by the hard-working families we see everyday whose budgets have been crippled by the cost of health care. So-called health care “reform” has been devastating to so many in Virginia’s 91st district. I am determined to fight for proven solutions to decrease costs and increase access to health care for all Virginians by encouraging competition and innovation rather than expanding failed and expensive government-run programs.

One of the best ways to do this is by allowing Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements (“MEWAs”). These arrangements allow smaller employers to pool together and enable them to provide to their employees the comprehensive and affordable health care plans available to larger corporations.

COLLEEN ON SUPPORTING OUR FIRST RESPONDERS
Provide the support and health care coverage that our first responders deserve.
Our first responders put their lives on the line daily to protect us. Yet we aren’t doing everything we can to protect them – and that needs to change. While entering burning buildings our firefighters are exposure a host of unseen carcinogens that have made cancer a major occupational hazard for firefighters. 
I support amending the law to ensure that firefighter health benefits fully cover any cancer they receive in the line of duty and to make sure they get the best treatment possible.

Fort Monroe

Martha Mugler

  • Ensuring that the Fort is positioned to prosper and that the historical integrity is maintained and preserved

Improving Foster Care

Colleen Holcomb

Better provide for our children in need.
A battle I am determined to fight in the General Assembly is working across party lines to better serve children in foster care. Virginia recently slipped from #47 to #48, making us one of the worst states in the nation at placing foster children in families before they age out of the system. This is a human rights crisis that must be addressed. Our children deserve better!

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VA House 94 – 2019 ElectionVA House 94 – 2019 Election

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

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“You may recall that two years ago this election resulted in a dead tie that was resolved via a random drawing from a bowl. Since then, a court-ordered redistricting plan gave Democrats a much bigger partisan advantage in the district. This year’s rematch once again pits incumbent Republican Yancey against Democrat Shelly Simonds. Democrats see it as their most obvious opportunity to pick up a seat. Money is already pouring in: Simonds has raised $290,000 so far and Yancey has raised $335,000.”

Summary

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

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“You may recall that two years ago this election resulted in a dead tie that was resolved via a random drawing from a bowl. Since then, a court-ordered redistricting plan gave Democrats a much bigger partisan advantage in the district. This year’s rematch once again pits incumbent Republican Yancey against Democrat Shelly Simonds. Democrats see it as their most obvious opportunity to pick up a seat. Money is already pouring in: Simonds has raised $290,000 so far and Yancey has raised $335,000.”

VA House District 94

District Map (PDF)

VA State House District #94

David Yancey

Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 94 since 2012
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate VA House District 94

For more information, see David Yancey’s post.

David Yancey 2David Yancey, was born and raised in Newport News. He is a 1990 graduate of Peninsula Catholic High School, and a 1995 graduate of the University of Georgia, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History.

In 2001 David returned to Newport News to work in his family’s real estate business and a few years later he started his own real estate development company.

Throughout the next decade David continued to grow his business, expanding to commercial fishing with a new business partner on the Eastern Shore.

David holds professional licenses from the Commonwealth of Virginia in Real Estate, Contracting, and Commercial Fishing.

In 2011, David was appointed to the City of Newport News Mayor’s Efficiency Task Force on city government. This one-year task force was a citizen committee designed to look at innovative ways to improve the role of government in Newport News. David worked with city employees to find ways to improve services and reduce costs for the city.

In addition, the task force looked for ways to encourage local job growth and investment in the community by small businesses.

The experiences that David had on this task force were part of the foundation for his future work in the General Assembly working to develop the economy and reduce bureaucracy for companies seeking to expand or relocate in Virginia.

Education is a key issue for David, he sees it as the cornerstone to a robust economy and improving the lives of young people. In 2011, David was also appointed to serve on the Newport News Education Foundation, where he participated in events that were designed to improve the education of students in the public schools as well as engage local businesses in the education system. The experiences he had during this time proved invaluable. Once elected to the House of Delegates, David was appointed to the Education Committee. As a result, he has been able to represent our schools in Richmond with first hand knowledge of their needs.

In the General Assembly, David serves on the House Transportation, Education, and the Commerce and Labor Committees. In 2017 he was appointed chairman of the subcommittee that oversees legislation governing the Department of Motor Vehicles.
In addition, David is the current Chairman of the Governor’s Aerospace Advisory Committee. He represents Newport News on the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization and the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission, both of which oversee transportation projects throughout the entire Hampton Roads area.

During the year, David is a volunteer Rugby Coach for the Newport News High School Rugby Football Club and the local Rugby Foundation. He has previously served as a Board member of the Virginia Rugby Union and past President of the Newport News Rugby Football Club, where he also started coaching. As a coach, he stresses the importance of staying in school and seeking a well-rounded education to be successful in the workforce.

Shelly Simonds

Current Position: 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.

Issues

Economy

David Yancey

David has a proven record of supporting legislation that makes it easier for Virginia businesses to operate and grow. As a business owner himself, David has first hand knowledge of how burdensome regulations and government red tape impact small businesses and their owners. That is why he introduced legislation that would require agencies to remove a regulation for each new regulation that was added. For his efforts to defend small businesses he has repeatedly received awards from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

David is also working to grow the Aerospace industry here in Newport News through his service on the Governor’s Aerospace Advisory Board and by securing $4.2 million in funding to support the expansion of Jefferson Lab. In addition, he regularly lobbies aerospace firms to locate here on the Peninsula.

Not only has Delegate Yancey supported the employees of the Newport News Shipyard by working with them to provide assistance during periods of layoffs, he also has supported legislation for the shipyard and secured funding for projects, including the current work on the foundry building.

As he continues to work on behalf of his constituents, Delegate David Yancey will continue to be a leader in improving Virginia’s economy and supporting pro-business policies to encourage growth and competitiveness.

Shelly Simonds

As Delegate, Shelly’s number one priority will be creating a Virginia economy that works for everyone. Too many of our citizens miss out on the American dream. This is why Shelly is dedicated to bringing good, well-paying jobs to Newport News, and why she strongly supports raising the minimum wage. Economic growth should benefit everyone.

And to turn that belief into a reality, Shelly is committed to developing our workforce, investing in working families, strengthening small businesses, and empowering women at work.

Education

David Yancey

As a member of the House Education Committee, David is an advocate for students and teachers. He has worked to reform the Standards of Learning so that the focus is on student learning and achievement instead of test taking and bureaucracy.

David has also supported budget items to increase pay for our teachers and funding for teachers’ professional development, because success in the classroom starts with a qualified teacher. He works with local school officials to address their needs in the legislature, including passing legislation that helped get qualified teachers in the classrooms.

One example of his assisting a local school is when he helped the PTA at R.O. Nelson Elementary School PTA receive a $1,500 donation from CSX Railroad. David encouraged the school to apply for Beyond Our Rails, an outreach program the company. He then reached out to CSX to help expedite the process and get the funding to the school in time to meet the student’s needs.

Shelly Simonds

As a Newport News School Board member and former Spanish teacher, Shelly has the experience to fight for the highest quality education for our children. She is a longtime advocate for excellence in public schools, and will bring bold ideas and meaningful programs to our children’s education.

Shelly is focusing her efforts on investing in teachers, connecting students to careers, and closing the achievement gap.

Environment

David Yancey

David recognizes the impact that rising waters in Hampton Roads have on the community, particularly in the Hilton section of Newport News. In response he introduced language in the budget to provide funding for storm water runoff. He also has introduced several pieces of legislation supporting the solar industry in Virginia. As a result of this legislation being enacted, he has received awards from the Sierra Club and from a regional Solar Energy Association.

Shelly Simonds

Shelly got her start in politics as an environmental activist working with the League of Conservation Voters. As Delegate, Shelly will be a staunch defender of our environment, and will fight to make Newport News a green city with a bright future.

She will focus her efforts on fighting for sustainable, green communities, supporting clean energy, funding City Farm, and reducing traffic by expanding transit solutions.

Infrastructure

David Yancey

As your Delegate, David understands that the more time we spend sitting in traffic the less time we get to spend with our families. He also knows that to keep business growing on the Peninsula, there has to be a good transportation network. When he ran for office his priority was getting I-64 on the Peninsula expanded, and he has delivered on that promise. The expansion of I-64 is on schedule and on budget and when other politicians have tried to reallocate funding from the Peninsula, David has fought to keep the funding in place. Once completed the project will expand I-64 to three lanes in each direction all the way to Williamsburg.

Last year David led a regional effort to allocate $4.4 billion for a project that will add an extra lane in each direction to the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel. To accomplish this he had to work with public officials from the region as well as with administration at Hampton University. One of his top priorities was protecting the historic areas of the university and ensuring they were involved in the entire process. This project will be complete in 2024 and will help alleviate traffic congestion on the Peninsula.

Moving forward David will continue to work with others to ensure that the Peninsula gets its fair share of transportation dollars, and helping to reduce traffic congestion on the Peninsula.

Shelly Simonds

Safety

David Yancey

David understands the impact crime can have on a person’s life. He has experienced it first hand when his father was assaulted while walking home one evening. As a result he has worked with the local police department and victims organizations to introduce legislation that helps them do their job and put criminals behind bars. He successfully passed a law to provide victims of human trafficking privacy when they are working with law enforcement. He introduced legislation that would impose higher penalties for crimes committed by gang members selling drugs. Both of these initiatives were a direct result of his meetings with police administration and ride-alongs with the police.

Shelly Simonds

Shelly knows criminal justice reform in Virginia needs to be a bipartisan effort, and she looks forward to getting to Richmond to work with Republicans on this crucial issue. Virginia has the 8th highest incarceration rate in the country, with many people convicted for nonviolent drug offenses. We spend $25,000 per inmate per year—money that could be used to fix our roads and bridges and invest in our children’s’ future. We as a state can reduce crime and save money on incarceration if we work together on adopting reforms that have already worked in other states.

Among Shelly’s priorities for Criminal Justice reform are advocating for preventative reform, and strong community policing.

Civil Rights

Shelly Simonds

Shelly is a strong advocate for civil rights and will always stand up to defend vulnerable members of our community. We need stronger leadership in the General Assembly to stand up to hatred and bigotry now more than ever.

Shelly is committed to addressing racism and religious bigotry, as well as LGBTQ rights.

Racism and Religious Bigotry
As a longtime member of the NAACP, Shelly knows we need a leader in Richmond who isn’t afraid to stand up to racism in all its forms. At a time when racism and religious bigotry are on the march across America, getting too close to home, Shelly knows we need a Delegate who will stand up to prejudice, divisiveness and hatred. Shelly will always stand strong with our minority communities and will always vigorously oppose and protest efforts to sow division based on race or creed.

LGTBQ Rights
Shelly believes members of the LGBTQ community must have equal rights before the law. She’ll always defend non-discrimination protections in the workplace. She knows how important it is that we work to create a society where our LGBTQ youth are happy and healthy, instead of disproportionately affected by mental health issues and suicide. In Richmond, she will support LGBTQ anti-discrimination bills in public service and housing.

Health Care

Shelly Simonds

Shelly believes healthcare is one of the defining issues of our time. Too many Virginians don’t have access to the care they need and drug prices are too high.

As Delegate, Shelly will make a priority of defending Healthcare and reducing drug prices, and making sure we protect women’s healthcare rights.

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VA House 100 – 2019VA 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)

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Statewide Democrats have won here, but just barely. Nonetheless, Democrats are particularly enthusiastic about Hernandez, an attorney with the National Employment Law Center who has far outraised Bloxom. But Republicans say money isn’t everything and note that the 53 percent of the vote Northam captured here in 2017 isn’t necessarily all that impressive when you consider it’s the governor’s home turf.”

Summary

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

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Statewide Democrats have won here, but just barely. Nonetheless, Democrats are particularly enthusiastic about Hernandez, an attorney with the National Employment Law Center who has far outraised Bloxom. But Republicans say money isn’t everything and note that the 53 percent of the vote Northam captured here in 2017 isn’t necessarily all that impressive when you consider it’s the governor’s home turf.”

VA House District 100

District Map (PDF)

VA State House District #100

Robert Bloxom

Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 100 since 2014
Former: Eastern Shore Soil and Water Conservation District (former Director)
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate VA House District 100

For more information, see Robert Bloxom’s post.

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: Democratz
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate VA House District 100

For more information, see Philip Hernandez’s post.

Born and raised in Hampton Roads, Phil went to public schools and received a Gates Millennium Scholarship, enabling him to attend William & Mary. He studied abroad at Oxford University, becoming the first in his family to graduate from college.

Phil met his wife, Sara, at William & Mary; they married in 2015. Sara works to increase access to quality, affordable health care, with a special focus on preventive care.

Determined to use his education to serve others and help solve social problems, Phil worked as a Senior Policy Analyst in President Obama’s White House Domestic Policy Council. He partnered with leaders across the country to promote clean energy, fight for clean air and water, as well as help coordinate the response to the worst oil spill in American history.

While in law school, Phil took time to represent low-income families facing eviction. He also developed legislation aimed at preventing unwarranted homelessness, then shepherding that bill—AB 2819—through the legislature. A year later, it was signed into law and is now protecting tens of thousands of families each year.

More recently, Phil worked as an attorney with a nonprofit organization, advocating for the rights of working people. Now having stepped up to serve the Eastern Shore and Norfolk in Virginia’s 100th District, Phil is listening to people from all walks of life and differing party affiliations— from employees to owners, to people who have been through the criminal justice system, to concerned parents who want the best future for their children—all in the name of creating more and better economic opportunity for everyone.

Issues

Civil Rights

Philip Hernandez

Believing that every single person in our diverse community matters, I’ll support the Equal Rights Amendment and policies that build a more inclusive future, including in the areas of housing, employment, and voting rights.

Economy

Philip Hernandez

Understanding that too many people in our community work full-time, yet do not have economic security, I’ll fight for policies that lift up working class people and make investments in an economy of the future, from broadband to apprenticeship programs that offer pathways into good-paying careers.

Education

Philip Hernandez

Recognizing that investments in education are critical to our future, I’ll work to justly compensate our teachers and ensure they have the support they need to succeed in the classroom. I’ll also work to ease the burden of student loans and protect borrowers from abusive lending practices.

Environment

Philip Hernandez

Knowing that the environment, the economy, and our quality of life are intertwined in Coastal Virginia, I’ll champion policies that reduce harmful pollution in our air and water, improve coastal resilience, and create new jobs and industries in clean energy technology. Virginia, just like the U.S. Military, should have ambitious renewable energy and energy efficiency goals.

Health Care

Philip Hernandez

Given that access to quality, affordable health care is a major component of economic security for families, I’ll protect Medicaid expansion while working to expand tele-health services and recruit more doctors in underserved areas.

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Kelly Convirs-Fowler 1Kelly Fowler

Current Position: State Delegate 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.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate 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.

About

Kelly Convirs-Fowler

Source: Campaign page

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.

As a daughter to a military family, Kelly moved to Virginia Beach at a young age. She attended public school right here in Virginia Beach and received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees just up the road from her district at Virginia Wesleyan and Old Dominion.

In 2016, Kelly was fed up with the state of American politics. Donald Trump had just been elected president and her local representative was more beholden to his campaign contributors than his constituents. So she decided to take action. She organized marches, she ran for office, and on November 7th, 2017, she won.

Since being sworn in, Delegate Fowler has dedicated her public service career to creating a better future for her two young daughters, Tessa and Sophie. She was a key vote to expand Medicaid, raise teacher pay, and provide tax breaks to small businesses across Virginia. Once she is reelected with a Democratic Majority, she looks forward to passing the Equal Rights Amendment, taking steps to fight flooding and climate change, and taking bold action to curb gun violence in Virginia.

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

Experience

Work Experience

  • Real Estate Broker

Education

  • M.A., Elementary Education
    Old Dominion University
    2012
  • BA
    Virginia Wesleyan College
    2003

Personal

  • Place of Birth: Groton, CT
  • Gender: Female
  • Race(s): None Given
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Spouse: William Fowler (David)
  • Children: Tessa Fowler and Sophie Fowler

Membership & Affiliation

Hillcrest Farms Homeowners Association (board member)

Contact

Legislative Assistant: BA Ciccolella
Administrative Assistant During Session: Mary Woodley

Email:

  • Government –

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1021

District Office
1980 Salem Road, Suite 2
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
Phone: (757) 364-8428

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Kelly Fowler was born and raised in Virginia Beach. She is of Filipino and Mexican descent. She graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College, where she majored in Psychology and Criminal Justice. After earning her Master’s degree in Education at the Old Dominion University, she began teaching at Lynnhaven Elementary. She left her job to begin a home renovation business with her husband. They specialize in serving military families.

She is married to David Fowler, and they have two daughters. Her older daughter’s name is Tessa and her younger daughter’s name is Sophie.

Fowler ran to be a delegate in Virginia’s 2017 election against Ron Villanueva. She won the election with 52.3% of the vote, and will take office in January 2018. Fowler is of Filipina and Mexican heritage. She and Kathy Tran are the first Asian-American women to be elected to Virginia’s House of Delegates. At the same time, Fowler, Elizabeth Guzman, and Hala Ayala are the first Latina American women to be elected to the House of Delegates.

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

Kelly Convirs-Fowler (D)12,40254.54%
Shannon D. S. Kane (R)10,30045.30%
Write In (Write-in)370.16%
TOTAL22,739

2017 State DelegateArray

Kelly Convirs-Fowler (D)12,54052.46%
Ronald John Asuncion Villanueva (R)11,30947.31%
Write In (Write-in)580.23%
TOTAL23,907

Finances

CONVIRS-FOWLER, KELLY K has run in 2 races for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $661,295.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Science and Technology
Privileges and Elections

Subcommittees

Privileges and Elections – Subcommittee #3

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Source: Campaign page

Civil Rights

Women’s Issues

As a mother to two young girls, Tessa and Sophie, I am obligated to improve the lives of my daughters however I can. They were my inspiration to first run for office, and they are my inspiration to fight every day for women and girls all over the country. Since being elected, I have advocated for policies that protect the rights of women and expand their social, economic, and healthcare opportunities. Once I’m re-elected, I will fight to finally pass the Equal Rights Amendment and bring Virginia into the 21st century on women’s issues. And I will fight to make sure that when they are adults, Tessa and Sophie can make their own healthcare choices alongside their doctors without government interference.

Education

Teacher Pay

As a former elementary school teacher, I know that paying educators a fair wage makes it easier to keep and recruit the best teachers. It matters because we look to teachers to give our children the best education possible. That’s my hope for the children in our district—including my two daughters—and the reason why I fought so hard to push through a 5% pay raise for Virginia’s teachers.

Environment

Flooding

We need to be proactive about flooding and sea-level rise. It all starts with acknowledging the problem—climate change—which is why I co-patroned a bill that brings awareness to flood zones when buying or renting properties. Further, I was proud to fight for a resolution to have Virginia Beach join the American Flood Coalition so we can tackle this problem together.

Health Care

In May of 2018, I was proud to provide a crucial vote to pass Medicaid Expansion in Virginia. After a more than four-year battle in the General Assembly, we finally overcame Republican obstruction to provide healthcare access to 400,000 Virginians. We could not have done this without you, and we could not have done this without the Blue Wave. When I won in 2017, the voters sent me to Richmond to get the job done, and I did. I will continue to fight for access to quality and affordable healthcare for all Virginians. Without affordable care, families in my district will not be able to go to work, send their kids to school, or aspire to reach the American Dream. I will always defend my constituents from Republican attacks on their healthcare.

 

Safety

Gun Violence

Gun violence has become a public health crisis in our country. Every single day, lives are needlessly taken by criminals who should not have access to firearms. Let me be clear – I am a gun owner. My husband, Dave, is a law enforcement officer. I support the 2nd Amendment and believe that law-abiding citizens should not have their rights infringed. However, it is imperative that we take steps to address gun violence by expanding background checks, limiting modifications like silencers and extended magazines, and ensuring domestic abusers and violent criminals aren’t able to have access to deadly weapons. So many elected officials have failed to address gun violence beyond “thoughts and prayers.” We need to take action. We need votes and laws.

News

Twitter

Videos

Speeches

Del. Convirs-Fowler Floor Speech on Stormwater Local Assistance Fund
VAHouse Dems
Published on February 13, 2019
By: VAHouse Dems

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Shannon KaneShannon Kane

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

Overview: N/A

Summary

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

Overview: N/A

About

VA House 21 - 2019 1

Source: Campaign page

Candidate for the House of Delegates, Shannon Kane was elected in 2014 to Virginia Beach City Council by a huge margin, winning every district throughout Virginia Beach, and was re-elected by an even larger margin in 2016.

Councilwoman Kane has been a champion of public safety by increasing funding for police officers and firefighters, increasing local funding for schools and teachers, and has worked closely with the business community to bring higher paying jobs to Virginia Beach.

But she is best known for her passionate advocacy to fund flooding solutions in City Council budgets and now will advocate for funding these needed solutions at the State level.

Shannon Kane is a small business owner in Virginia Beach who also is a strong advocate for the value of volunteerism and nonprofit groups in the community. She is President and founder of EWR Management Group in Virginia Beach, Immediate Past President of the Alzheimer’s Association of Southeast Virginia and served on the Executive Board of the Virginia Municipal League.

One of Shannon’s initiatives on Council has been her leadership on revitalizing the Lynnhaven Parkway business corridor and working with the Lynnhaven Business Association to beautify and modernize that important economic engine and attract more business activity and investment.

Another successful initiative of Shannon’s has been the We Feed program. Over 1,500 pounds of food was collected the inaugural year for the local Foodbank for the benefit of students in Virginia Beach Schools.

Before starting her own business, she served in leadership roles in the non-profit sector. She was Senior Director of Development of Physicians for Peace, President of Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads, Executive Director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and District Director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Shannon Kane is active in many civic groups, having served as President of the Virginia Beach Jaycees (where she was bestowed the honor of Lifetime Member), Chairman of the Lynnhaven River Day of VB2007 and foundation President of the East Coast Surfing Championships. Shannon also mentors a student company at the Kempsville Entrepreneurship Academy.

She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Public Relations from James Madison University, and her favorite title of all is “wife and mother”.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Founder and President
    EWR Management Group, Virginia Beach
  • President
    Alzheimers Association of Southeast Virginia
  • Executive Board Member
    Virginia Municipal League
  • Senior Director of Development
    Physicians for Peace
  • President
    Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads
  • Executive Director
    Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • District Director
    Muscular Dystrophy Association

Volunteer Experience

President of the Virginia Beach Jaycees

Chairman of the Lynnhaven River Day

Foundation President of the East Coast Surfing Championships

Mentor at Kempsville Entrepreneurship Academy

    Education

    • BA in Communications and Public Relations
      James Madison University

    Contact

    Email:

    Offices

    Shannon for Delegate
    3630 S. Plaza Trail, #150-E
    Virginia Beach, VA 23452
    Phone: 757-802-3236

    Web

    Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube

    Issues

    Democracy

    Second Amendment

    I’m a gun owner and I vigorously support the Second Amendment and defend our right to keep and bear arms. I support Virginia’s instant background checks and I believe that law-abiding citizens have the Constitutionally-protected right to protect their homes and families through gun ownership.

    Economy

    Jobs

    Virginia Beach thrives when Virginia Beach families thrive. I’m a small business owner who understands what it takes to create jobs and attract companies. Virginia Beach has done a great job attracting biomedical research and technology jobs. But economic development in the state still favors Northern Virginia. We need a delegate who will fight for Virginia Beach.

    Education

    Education

    I am a strong supporter of education and think it is a key to future success. As a member of City Council, I have voted to fully fund our schools and teachers. I’ve voted for every dollar of every School Board request. State support for schools has been behind and Virginia Beach has increased funding locally. Our delegate should secure more school funding from the state.

    Environment

    Funding to Stop the Flooding

    Flooding is my motivating issue and since 2014 when I joined Virginia Beach City Council, I have supported over $400,000 in local funding to address and mitigate flooding. I also voted to fund and support the Dewberry Study which is setting a path to implement solutions. But Virginia Beach residents cannot be the only ones paying the cost. I will lead the effort in state government for funding to stop flooding. Too little has been done and that must change, and I am running to lead that change.

    Health Care

    Right to Life

    I was disgusted by the House Democrats’ legislation for abortions at the moment of delivery. As a mother and a woman, I can’t imagine politicians or anyone for that matter supporting abortions at birth. Our nation should be a culture of respect for life, and these principles permeate our lives.

    Immigration

    Immigration

    America is a nation of legal immigrants and I support America’s melting pot and legal immigration. Those in the country illegally, either through illegal border crossings or overstaying visas, don’t have the rights of citizens and shouldn’t. The federal government has a Constitutional duty to enforce the nation’s borders.

    Safety

    Public Safety

    An unsafe city will lose jobs and companies, have failing schools and begin a downward spiral that cities frequently can’t combat. As a member of Council, I have voted for significant investments in our public safety professionals to make sure we prevent that. I have supported both investments in salaries to help eliminate decades-long salary compression, and also funding for police camera technology. Our police, fire and rescue personnel must have the training and compensation to make sure we retain our great uniformed professionals and they keep Virginia Beach the safest city of its size in America.

    Videos

    Other Videos

    Shannon Kane for Delegate Campaign Announcement
    Shannon Kane Campaign Website
    By: Shannon Kane Campaign Website

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    Emily Brewer 1Emily Brewer

    Current Position: State Delegate 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.

    Summary

    Current Position: State Delegate 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.

    About

    Emily Brewer

    Source: Campaign page

    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.

    A Lifetime in Western Tidewater

    Emily Brewer understands the concerns of families in Western Tidewater because she has spent a lifetime in the region.

    She has a heart for community service and helping others. Emily spends time across the region as a board member of Suffolk Business Women who work to raise money across the region for various charities and community organizations. As a board member for the Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation Board, Emily has worked across the region to bring better education opportunities to the next generation of leaders.

    First elected to the 64th District in the House of Delegates in November of 2017, Emily represents parts of Isle of Wight, Franklin City, Southampton, Surry, Sussex, Suffolk City, and Prince George. She currently serves on the House Finance Committee, House Militia Police & Public Safety Committee, and the House Science & Technology Committee.

    As a member of the House, Emily also serves on several state boards and commissions comprised of legislators and citizen members. She was appointed by the Speaker to serve on the Broadband Advisory Council, which recommends broadband projects and funding priorities to the General Assembly. She also serves on the Commission on Youth, Disability Commission, and the Forensic Science Board.

    Attracting New Jobs To The Region

    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.

    Emily serves a founding member of the Virginia Future Caucus, whose goal it is to craft legislative solutions to the problems facing the next generation in Virginia. She has worked to keep taxes low and voted in her first term she voted to pass the second largest tax cut in Virginia history.

    The Virginia Chamber of Commerce named Emily their “2018 Freshman Legislator of the Year” for her work in fostering a pro-business economy across the Commonwealth. Emily will continue to be a strong advocate for our job creators; supporting pro-small business policies and removing government barriers to create high paying jobs.

    Emily is committed to advancing policies that reflect the priorities of the Sixty-Fourth District.


    Preserving Conservative Values

    Emily Brewer has worked tirelessly to protect the values that our families hold so dear. As a member of the House Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee, Emily has been a staunch defender of our 2nd Amendment rights. She is a member of the National Rifle Association and the Virginia Citizens Defense League. In Richmond, she will always fight against bringing California style gun control proposals to Virginia.

    As a child of adoption, Emily has made encouraging adoption over abortion and improving Virginia’s adoption and foster care system her top priority. She has been a strong voice in the fight to protect the sanctity of life. View Emily’s 2019 press conference on Governor Northam’s comments surrounding partial birth abortions and her personal adoption story by clicking here.

    Emily voted against expanding the failed Obamacare system and, in Richmond, she will continue to be a strong advocate for limited government. She has supported healthcare reforms that offer more options to patients through the free market and actually make healthcare more affordable, like association health plans for farmers and small businesses and catastrophic health plans for the next generation. In Richmond, she will continue to be a strong advocate for limited government

    Whether it is finding a safe home for victims of domestic abuse, visiting with veterans who need help at the local VA, or meeting the employees of a local small business, Emily is energized and ready to serve you.

    As your representative in the House of Delegates, Emily strives to protect the values, principles, and ideals important to the Sixty-Fourth District of Virginia.

    Experience

    Work Experience

    • Small Business Owner (wine shop)

    Personal

    • Place of Birth: Wyandot County, OH
    • Gender: Female
    • Race(s): Caucasian
    • Religion: Baptist

    Membership & Affiliation

    Ruritan, Holland Chapter
    PBCCC Foundation Board
    Rotary Club of Suffolk

    Contact

    Legislative Assistant: Michael Kemp
    Administrative Assistant During Session: Allene Cahill

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    900 E. Main St,
    Richmond, Virginia 23219
    Phone: (804) 698-1064

    District Office
    P.O. Box 5
    Smithfield, VA 23431

    Phone: (757) 239-1213

    Web

    Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook, Twitter

    Politics

    Recent Elections

    2019 State DelegateArray

    Emily M. Brewer (R)16,18160.12%
    Michele E. Joyce (D)10,70439.77%
    Write-In (Write-in)300.11%
    TOTAL26,915

    2017 State DelegateArray

    Emily Brewer (D)19,22362.4%
    Rebecca Sue Colaw (D)11,55137.5%
    Write In (Write-in)290.1%
    TOTAL30,803

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Finances

    BREWER, EMILY M has run in 1 race for public office. The candidate has raised a total of $57,107.

    Source: Follow the Money

    Committees

    Committees

    Science and Technology Militia
    Police and Public Safety
    Finance

    Subcommittees

    Finance – Subcommittee #1
    Militia, Police and Public Safety – Subcommittee #2

    Appointments

    Broadband Advisory Council
    Disability Commission
    Forensic Science Board
    House Finance
    House Militia Police and Public Safety
    House Science & Technology
    Youth, Commission on

    Voting Record

    See: Vote Smart

    New Legislation

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Issues

    Source: Campaign page

    The 64th District has always been home. Emily grew up here, Emily went to school here, and Emily has owned businesses here. We need to make sure we are preserving the principles and values we hold so dear to keep them in tact for future generations.

    Governance

    Taxes

    As a member of the House Finance Committee, Emily fights to keep taxes low and has worked towards meaningful and effective tax reform in the Commonwealth. In 2018 alone, Emily helped defeat over $770 million in tax increases. The next year, she voted in favor of the most significant tax relief in the past 15 years and the second largest tax cut in Virginia history. We cannot ignore how burdensome, excessive taxation has injured the small business climate.

    Civil Rights

    Life

    As a member of the House Finance Committee, Emily fights to keep taxes low and has worked towards meaningful and effective tax reform in the Commonwealth. In 2018 alone, Emily helped defeat over $770 million in tax increases. The next year, she voted in favor of the most significant tax relief in the past 15 years and the second largest tax cut in Virginia history. We cannot ignore how burdensome, excessive taxation has injured the small business climate.

    Economy

    Emily will continue to work to reign in government overreach by cutting unnecessary red tape and getting government out of the way. In 2018 Emily received a 100 A+ rating with the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and was named their Freshman Legislator of the Year. She’s helped block legislation that added overreaching regulations that would have harmed Virginia’s top job creators.

    Education

    Our children are our future. As your Delegate, Emily voted in favor of initiatives to make vocational, trade, and career and technical education opportunities more available across the Commonwealth and to focus on workforce development in our schools. In Richmond, she helped pass legislation to allow school resource officers and increase funding for school safety to keep our kids safe. As a founding member of the VA Future Caucus, Emily has worked to tackle issues facing the next generation, like freezing tuition rates and lowering the cost of college prepaid plans.

    Infrastructure

    Broadband Access

    Emily was appointed in 2018 to serve on the Broadband Advisory Council (BAC) which recommends broadband projects and funding priorities to the General Assembly. She worked in 2019 to include roughly $18 million in new funding for improving access to broadband in rural areas.

    One of the reasons Emily decided to run for Delegate is because, all too often, politicians hide away in an ivory tower. Emily has opened an office in Smithfield for appointments with constituents to hear their ideas and work to fix their issues. Emily believes in a government of the people and will work hard to represent the people not special interests, lobbyists, or party agendas.

    Agriculture

    Agriculture has always been the staple of our region. In Richmond, Emily has worked to create the best possible environment for agri-business by supporting tax relief for farmers, cutting unnecessary regulations that are harming small farms and working to increase opportunities for agri-tourism.

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    Speeches

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    Michele JoyceMichele Joyce

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

    Overview: N/A

    Summary

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

    Overview: N/A

    About

    Source: Campaign page

    Michele Joyce is a longtime resident of Smithfield where she and her husband have raised their two daughters. She is best described as a “problem solver.” Michele has a background in physics and has worked at Jefferson Lab as a computer scientist in Newport News, Virginia, for 20 years, writing software for the Lab’s particle accelerator. For the last decade, Michele has been a volunteer community leader and advocate, helping hundreds of residents in rural areas of HD-64 to find affordable access to health care.

    Michele spent much of her childhood overseas (Iran, India and Indonesia) as the daughter of diplomat for the State Department. Her family moved back to the U.S. in time for her to complete high school in Northern Virginia. Michele graduated from William & Mary in 1993 with her B.S. in physics.

    After witnessing a neighborhood family fall victim to a flawed health care system, she decided it was time to play an active role in helping folks in her community. Michele’s instinct was to help her community through engaging people. Her last decade of advocacy work has been guided by the belief that our democracy is stronger when everyone is engaged in the political process because we have more in common than different.

    During her time as a community organizer, Michele fought and campaigned for the passage of the Affordable Care Act. When the full law was implemented in 2014, she became a volunteer Health Care Navigator, traveling throughout the District, educating the public about the new law, and helping over 100 families in Isle of Wight County, find quality, affordable health care.

    In addition to her work as a health care navigator and community advocate, Michele has been actively involved with Smithfield Public Schools as a parent and is a board member for the Greater Hampton Roads Diaper Bank. Michele, lives in Smithfield with her husband, Pete, daughter Hailey, a rising second year at UVA, daughter Julia, a rising junior at Smithfield High School and their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Sir Isaac Fig Newton.

    Web

    Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

    Issues

    Source: Campaign page

    HEALTH CARE
     
    Michele believes affordable access to health care is a human right and has advocated for rural Virginians as a certified health care navigator for the last decade. HD-64 needs a delegate who is smart like Michele, who has been in the trenches securing health care for families.

    When elected, Michele will make it a top priority to defend the Medicaid expansion she advocated for when working as a community organizer. Republicans use Medicaid as a bad word, but the truth is when we expanded Medicaid in 2018, it provided health care to over 2,000 residents right here in HD-64 (overall 300,000 across the Commonwealth) who didn’t previously have coverage, and at zero additional cost to our state budget. This is just one of the ways we can measurably improve lives in rural communities.

    FARMING & SMALL BUSINESS
     
    When elected, advocating for farmers (and small-business owners) will be a top priority for Michele. By starting with tax breaks, we can create greater opportunities for farmers within Virginia agribusiness and even position some to become part of corporate supply chains. 

    Additionally, we should be identifying ways for Virginia farmers to keep up with environmental trends without costing them a fortune or making them obsolete. Green jobs (like solar farms) and agritourism are two areas where HD-64 farmers can claim their slice of the booming Virginia economy.

    EDUCATION
     
    As a mother of two daughters in school (Smithfield High School and UVA), Michele understands the concerns of students and their parents. Virginia has some of the best public universities in the country. By increasing the funding to community colleges and 4-year schools, Virginia can help prevent tuition increases that lead to more student loans, which prevent recent college graduates from being able to save or build for their future. 

    Michele will fight for additional funding to Virginia public schools. State per-pupil funding for K-12 education has seriously declined since 2008. Funding public schools is an investment in our children, the future, and upholds Virginia’s long standing ranking as a premier state for K-12 public education. 

    Also, college isn’t for everyone. We can help young people be citizen- and career-prepared by promoting apprentice programs with shipbuilding and specialty trades, opening up a career path in rural communities for folks who aren’t just looking for a job, but a long term plan to provide for their families.

    SECOND AMENDMENT
     
    As a proud, responsible gun owner, Michele is committed to upholding your Second Amendment rights. Michele is well versed in the importance of gun safety. And like the majority of Americans, she believes there are sensible gun safety measures that need to be implemented—like universal background checks.

    Politicians, have a duty to protect your right to bear arms, but they also have a duty to ensure our children’s schools, our grocery stores, our churches, are free from gun violence. Framing this as a partisan issue is a cheap distraction—Michele will stand firm against Democrats trying to “take your guns.” Instead, her goal is and will remain, to keep our children and communities safe while continuing to uphold the Second Amendment.

    JOBS & ECONOMY
     
    While Virginia has some of the lowest unemployment numbers in the country, the challenge remains to bring well-paying jobs to rural communities like ours. By promoting apprentice programs with shipbuilding and specialty trades, we can create a career path for blue-collar workers in rural communities who aren’t just looking for a job, but a long term plan to provide for their families.

    Additionally, we should be identifying ways for Virginia’s farmers to keep up with environmental trends without costing them a fortune or making them obsolete. Green jobs (like solar farms) and agritourism are two areas where HD-64 farmers can claim their piece of the booming Virginia economy.

    FAMILY VALUES
     
    Michele is proud to call Hampton Roads home—it’s where she and her husband Pete raised their daughters. Michele is a community leader who shares the values of folks of Smithfield, a warm, welcoming community that cares about its neighbors—that means embracing diversity and equality, knowing it makes us stronger. Hate has no home in HD-64.

    Michele will stand firm against the racism and bigotry that are polluting our politics and communities today. HD-64 is a district known for its southern charm. We all have more in common than different. In today’s divisive climate we have an opportunity to be leaders and to strengthen our communities by replacing hate with kindness.

    Virginians can do more to stop discrimination in the Commonwealth. It is long past time for equal rights to be recognized in our Constitution. Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment 40+ years ago, but it was never ratified. Virginia has the opportunity to ratify the ERA, making equality a part of our Constitution, which is why it is critical we flip the State House.

    INTERNET
     
    Fighting for rural communities to have access to broadband internet is a central priority to Michele’s campaign and will remain a priority once elected. Access to broadband is not a luxury, but a necessity–a lack of access puts rural communities at a disadvantage. Michele will seek out innovative programs to bring reliable broadband to every resident in the 64th District.

    In the meantime, we should explore more immediate and innovative forms of assistance. We can use our existing electrical infrastructure as a vehicle for expanding fiber optic cable. There are even pilot programs to use school buses as a Wi-Fi hotspot. These are just a few ways we can measurably improve the lives in rural communities.

    FOOD ACCESS
     
    Michele will stand up for rural Virginians by identifying creative solutions to solve food deserts. Food deserts are created when communities lack convenient access to grocery stores and fresh, local produce. Instead of incentivizing dollar stores to put a band-aid on a symptom, we should focus on economic expansion and farm-to-table programs that directly connect our farmers with consumers.

    Families in rural communities should be provided the opportunity to feed their families fresh, local and healthy options, just like our neighbors in more urban or affluent areas. Through education programs, partnerships between farms and schools, and targeted tax incentives to major grocers, we can give rural communities the options they deserve.

    SCIENCE & ENVIRONMENT
     
    As a scientist, you can count on Michele to bring an evidence-based approach to decision making—especially as it relates to man-made climate change and environmental concerns that directly and significantly impact our quality of life, tourism and the larger economy of Hampton Roads.

    Michele is best described as a “problem solver,” between her background in physics and decade as a healthcare navigator. When elected, she will continue to give a voice to rural Virginians without being a rubber stamp for a party agenda, instead leaning on her expertise to examine legislation, only supporting that which benefits the hard-working voters of HD-64.

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    Chris Jones 1Chris Jones

    Current Position: State Delegate since 1998
    Affiliation: Republican
    Candidate: 2019 State Delegate
    Former Position(s): Suffolk City Council (1986-98; Vice Mayor 1986-90; Mayor 1992-96)

    Overview: N/A

    Summary

    Current Position: State Delegate since 1998
    Affiliation: Republican
    Candidate: 2019 State Delegate
    Former Position(s): Suffolk City Council (1986-98; Vice Mayor 1986-90; Mayor 1992-96)

    Overview: N/A

    About

     1

    Chris Jones was born and raised here in the 76th District. Born in 1958, he grew up in a family of three children with parents Bobby and Barbara Jones, who were active in their community.  Growing up in Chuckatuck, Chris was involved with Little League Baseball, a member of the Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Department and spent time working for his father, a pharmacist who owned Village Drugs in Chuckatuck. Chris graduated from John Yeates High school in 1976 and attended Randolph-Macon College where he was a member of the Ashland Volunteer Fire Department and the Ashland Volunteer Rescue Squad. Following in his dad’s footsteps, Chris attended the Medical College of Virginia to become a pharmacist graduating in 1982. In 1985, Chris opened Bennett’s Creek Pharmacy. In 1986, Chris began his first term on the Suffolk City Council where he represented the Chuckatuck Borough until 1998. While on council he served two terms as Vice Mayor, from 1986-1990 and served two terms as mayor from 1992-1996. In 1997, he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates by the residents of the 76th District. In Richmond, Chris serves on three Standing Committees in the House of Delegates, Privileges and Elections (since 1998), Appropriations (since 2002), and Rules (since 2012).  In 2014, Chris was tapped as Chairman of the House Appropriations committee, where he provides a strong, common-sense voice for the hard-working citizens of the Commonwealth. Chris and his wife Karen have one daughter, Kaitlin, who is a graduate of the College of William and Mary.

    Experience

    Work Experience

    • Pharmacist

    Education


    • Medical College of Virginia, School of Pharmacy
      1982

    Awards

    Personal

    • Birth Year: 1958
    • Place of Birth: Suffolk, VA
    • Gender: Male
    • Race(s): Caucasian
    • Religion: Christian
    • Spouse: Karen
    • Children: Kaitlin

    Membership & Affiliation

    Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission
    Virginia Pharmacists Association
    National Community Pharmacist Association
    Medical College of Virginia, School of Pharmacy (Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals and Preceptor)
    International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists

    Contact

    Legislative Assistant: Susan C. Clark
    Administrative Assistant During Session: Pat Marxen

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    900 E. Main St,
    Richmond, Virginia 23219
    Phone: (804) 698-1076

    District Office
    P.O. Box 5059
    Suffolk, VA 23435
    Phone: (757) 483-6242

    Web

    Government Page, Campaign Site

    Politics

    Recent Elections

    2017 State DelegateArray

    Chris Jones (R)22,73693.9%
    Write In (Write-in)1,4716.1%
    TOTAL24,207

    Finances

    JONES, S CHRIS has run in 10 races for public office, winning 10 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $2,741,351.

    Source: Follow the Money

    Committees

    Committees

    Chair: Appropriations
    Privileges and Elections
    Rules

    Subcommittees

    Chair: Appropriations – Special Subcommittee on Amazon
    Chair: Rules – Subcommittee #2
    Privileges and Elections – Subcommittee #3
    Rules – Joint Rules

    Voting Record

    See: Vote Smart

    New Legislation

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Issues

    Governance

    Government Spending

    Chris knows that you want the most for your hard earned tax dollars and expect the government to use your money wisely. This is why he has fought to cut out wasteful spending so that your tax dollars can be put to better use such as funding for new roads and bridges and better technology in our public schools.

    Civil Rights

    Second Amendment

    Chris understands that gun ownership is a fundamental right of all American’s and has been a champion of protecting the Second Amendment. He believes in the value of owning firearms for home defense and sport. He rejects bills that infringe on the fundamental rights of Virginians to own and carry firearms.

    Economy

    Del. Jones has a proven record of supporting legislation that makes it easier for Virginia businesses to operate and thrive. He stands behind policies that help create jobs for the Commonwealth by cutting back on government red tape that gets in the way of running a business. As a small business owner himself, Chris knows what it takes to create good-paying jobs that help Virginia’s families. He supports Virginia’s Right to Work laws that protect workers from being forced into paying union dues and helps businesses continue to run efficiently and continue to grow and hire.

    Education

    Del. Jones has championed Education reform bills that will make standardized testing more applicable to real world situations and critical thinking skills. This will ensure that the children of Virginia are prepared and competitive in a global workforce. He understands that the children are the future of the commonwealth and deserve the very best from the public school system so that they have a fair shot at success.

    Infrastructure

    Transportation

    Chris understands the congestion issues that a growing state faces and knows that the less time you spend sitting in traffic means more time at home with your family. He serves on the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission that decides how the money appropriated to Hampton Roads for new roads and bridges gets spent. He has been a champion of sweeping transportation reform that will improve the infrastructure of the entire state of Virginia and shorten your commute to and from work every day.

    Safety

    Crime

    Del. Jones was named the 2013 Delegate of the Year by the Virginia State Police Association as well as receiving numerous other awards from law enforcement agencies. He is not only committed to supporting our brave men and women in law enforcement but also supporting policy that help keep our neighborhoods safe.

    News

    News Posts

    News on Chris Jones website

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    Clinton JenkinsClinton Jenkins

    Current Position: State Delegate
    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.

    Summary

    Current Position: State Delegate
    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.

    About

    Clinton Jenkins 1

    Source: Campaign page

    Clint 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.

    Web

    Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

    Politics

    Recent Elections

    2019 State DelegateArray

    Clinton L. Jenkins (D)14,94356.33%
    S. Chris Jones (R)11,54443.52%
    Write-In (Write-in)390.15%
    TOTAL26,526

    Issues

    Civil Rights

    Women’s Rights

    • Support the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment in Virginia
    • Fight for equal pay for equal work legislation
    • Protect a woman’s constitutionally-protected right to make her own healthcare decisions, and roll back existing barriers to access

    Democracy

    Voting Rights

    • Repeal Virginia’s Voter ID law
    • Institute universal voter registration and no-excuse absentee voting
    • Expand early voting periods to give people greater flexibility in casting their ballots

    Economy

    Economy/Jobs

    • Attract better-paying jobs so no one who works full-time struggles to make ends meet
    • Invest in critical infrastructure that companies need to do business more efficiently
    • Expand job training programs to help get people back to work

    Workers’ Rights

    • Increase the minimum wage
    • Repeal Virginia’s Right to Work law
    • Crack down on employers who engage in wage theft and employee misclassification
    • Protect employees’ rights to organize and collectively bargain

    Education

    • Raise teachers’ salaries
    • Secure funding for new construction and much-needed improvements to existing schools
    • Fund universal pre-K programs for every child in Virginia
    • Increase overall state funding for education and push for a more equitable distribution of resources across the Commonwealth

     

    Health Care

    • Protect Medicaid expansion from Republican attacks
    • Increase transparency in pricing, both for prescription drugs and services
    • Support Community Health Centers that provide critical care in medically underserved areas

    Safety

    Criminal Justice

    • Emphasize rehabilitation over incarceration
    • Fight to reform sentencing guidelines and change mandatory-minimum laws
    • End the school-to-prison pipeline that too often labels our children as criminals for life
    • Provide more resources for returning citizens to make it easier for them to reintegrate into society

    Gun Violence

    • Institute universal background checks
    • Restrict access to military-style assault weapons
    • Bar violent criminals and domestic abusers from legally purchasing weapons and pass Extreme Risk Protective Order legislation (i.e., red flag laws)
    • Increase penalties on straw purchasers who sell weapons on the black market

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    Cliff Hayes 1Cliff Hayes

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

    Cliff” Hayes was sworn in as a member of House of Delegates, representing the 77th District of the Virginia General Assembly on November 22, 2016. Delegate Hayes is a life-long resident of the Chesapeake area.

    Today, he serves as the CIO/Technology Director for the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office. Prior to being elected to the Virginia General Assembly, Delegate Hayes served as a member of the Chesapeake City Council from 2004 – 2012.  He is an ardent supporter of senior citizens rights, healthy alternatives for youth, public safety, technology, job creation/retention, and the city’s school system.

    Summary

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

    Cliff” Hayes was sworn in as a member of House of Delegates, representing the 77th District of the Virginia General Assembly on November 22, 2016. Delegate Hayes is a life-long resident of the Chesapeake area.

    Today, he serves as the CIO/Technology Director for the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office. Prior to being elected to the Virginia General Assembly, Delegate Hayes served as a member of the Chesapeake City Council from 2004 – 2012.  He is an ardent supporter of senior citizens rights, healthy alternatives for youth, public safety, technology, job creation/retention, and the city’s school system.

    About

    C. E. (Cliff) Hayes

    Source: Campaign page

    Delegate C.E. “Cliff” Hayes, Jr. was sworn in as a member of House of Delegates, representing the 77th District of the Virginia General Assembly on November 22, 2016. Delegate Hayes is a life-long resident of the Chesapeake area. He is married to the lovely Kecia N. Brothers-Hayes and they have two daughters Felecia, who is a freshman student-athlete at The College of William & Mary and Tonecia, who is a junior at Virginia Commonwealth University.  He is also the proud son of Cliff, Sr. (George Washington Carver High School – Chesapeake c/o 1961) and Carolyn Hayes (Booker T. Washing High School – Norfolk c/o 1963).  His brother Corey and he were taught by their parents to be hard-working and civic-minded.

     

    GROWING UP IN CHESAPEAKE, VIRGINIA
    C. E. Cliff Hayes, Jr. in a 1985 graduate of Oscar Smith High School, where he excelled in a number of school activities.  Prior to attending Oscar Smith High School, Cliff attended Portlock Elementary, Carver Intermediate, and Truitt Junior High School.  While at Truitt Junior High School, Cliff was inducted into the National Junior Honor Society.  In addition, he was a member of the track team running the 100 M, 200 M, and the long jump.  His love for football, baseball, and basketball was on display through the South Norfolk Recreation Leagues.  His proudest youth athletic achievements came when he received the Dr. “Digger” Atkins MVP award in baseball and leading the football midget league Bobcats to a championship title at Cascade field.  Cliff ran for 32 touchdowns during that season.

    While attending Oscar Smith High School, Cliff was a SCA reporter and president his junior and senior years, respectively.  He also served as president of the Fellowship Christian Athletes.  In addition, Cliff was a trumpet player in the Marching Tiger Band his freshman and sophomore years.  During his sophomore year he rose to first-chair.  He enjoyed his final year of high school serving as captain of the varsity baseball team, co-captain of the varsity football team, and voted as “Best All-Around”.

    When Cliff was born, his family lived in the LBJ Apartments on Portland Street in South Norfolk.  When Cliff was four years old, the family moved to a nearby home on Oldwood Street.  At the age of seven, Cliff’s family moved to Varsity Manor located in the Portlock section of Chesapeake.  Cliff’s parents continue to reside there today.

     

    THE LATER YEARS
    Upon graduating from high school, Cliff had several scholarship offers to play football and baseball.  Following in his father’s footsteps, Cliff accepted a baseball scholarship at Norfolk State University where Cliff, Sr. was the starting shortstop under Coach Joseph G. Echols on the Spartan’s very first baseball team.  After getting injured, Cliff concentrated on completing his degree in Computer Information Systems, with a minor in Business Administration.  Cliff has further study in management and leadership from Regent University (Virginia Beach, VA), urban affairs at Norfolk State University (Norfolk, VA), The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA), The Hampton Roads CIVIC Leadership Institute (Norfolk, VA), and the Executive Leadership Program at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA) John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Innovation in Government Through Information Technology.  In addition, Cliff holds a Master of Management degree in Business Administration from Cambridge College (Cambridge, MA). Finally, Cliff is enrolled at the distiguished Carnegie Mellon University Chief Information Officer Institute (Pittsburgh, PA) to become a certified chief information officer.

    Cliff’s professional development has occurred through various occupations and experience.  He began his career working as an accounting technician for Landmark Communications (Virginian- Pilot).  In addition he worked as a programmer/analyst for the City of Suffolk.  He also has experience working assisting businesses with licensing requirements through the Chesapeake Commissioner of the Revenue’s office.  In the early years of the station, Cliff worked as a volunteer field reporter for WCTV Channel 48.  He also was hired as an Information Technology Specialist for the City of Chesapeake’s Department of Information Technology before being hired by the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office in 1999 to manage information technology.  He continued in that role until 2015. In addition, he has taught technology courses at Tidewater Community College and served as the Web Development Technologies Coordinator for Norfolk Public Schools.  Today, he serves as the CIO/Technology Director for the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office. Prior to being elected to the Virginia General Assembly, Delegate Hayes served as a member of the Chesapeake City Council from 2004 – 2012.  He is an ardent supporter of senior citizens rights, healthy alternatives for youth, public safety, technology, job creation/retention, and the city’s school system.

    WORK ETHIC – LESSONS LEARNED FROM FIRM, BUT LOVING PARENTS
    Cliff and his brother Corey learned the value of hard work at an early age.  Their parents taught them great work ethic.  Their father worked early morning hours as a delivery driver for a local milk/ dairy products provider.  Then Cliff, Sr. went on to work for Tidewater Regional Transit (Now Hampton Roads Transit) as a driver.  He retired after 39 years of service.  Cliff, Jr. now serves with pride as a commissioner for that organization.  Their mother Carolyn retired in 1993 after 27 years of service as a quality assurance specialist at Naval Air Rework Facility, Norfolk.  She was the first female and African-American to work in that role at NARF.  She also owned a small floral business for approximately ten years.

    Cliff began working as a newspaper carrier at the age of 13 in Portlock.  Later he began working for McDonald’s in South Norfolk on the closing shift after school and extra-curricular activities.  After college, Cliff went to work as an accounting technician (Landmark Communications – Virginian Pilot) and programmer/analyst (City of Suffolk).  In 1992, he was hired as a business license specialist for the Chesapeake Commissioner of the Revenue’s office.  In 1996 he worked as an information technology specialist for the Department of Information Technology.  In 1999 he was hired to manage technology for the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office.  In addition, he taught technology courses for Tidewater Community College from 2001 – 2004.

    In 2004 Cliff was elected to the Chesapeake City Council and re-elected as the highest vote-getter in 2008.  While serving as a council member his assignments have included:  Economic Development, Transportation Planning Organization, Hampton Roads Sports Council, Chesapeake Redevelopment and Housing Authority, Youth Committee, Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, South Norfolk Revitalization Commission, and the Port Authority. With year’s served as an employee (20 yrs.), a councilman (8 yrs.), and a state delegate (1 yr.) Cliff has 29 years of service to the citizens of Chesapeake.

     

    GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY
    Cliff understands the importance of investing in the community in which one lives.  Since graduating from college, Cliff served as an advisor for the Junior Achievement program.  He also served as a coach and board member for the South Norfolk Boys Baseball Association before running for office.  Currently, he is a member for the Chesapeake Sports Club.  In addition he’s served as an officer with Chesapeake Men for Progress and Chesapeake Forward.  He’s a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and a Master Mason, Prince Hall affiliated.  Cliff has served as the Area II president and former board member with the Virginia State Conference of Branches of the NAACP.  He a former Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Urban League of Hampton Roads.  He is a past board member with the Chesapeake Regional Hospital Foundation.  He also serves as a board member with the Southeast Virginia Community Foundation.  He is the founder of the Ronald McNair Young Scholars program.  He also is the founding treasurer for the Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth (NCP) Community Development Federal Credit Union.  He is a former Vice-Chairman for Chesapeake Jail Ministries.  His experience also includes time spent as a co-host for two radio programs:  “Crusading for Christ” WPCE and “Your Voice” WNSB.  Finally, he is a past board member with the Chesapeake Board Unit of the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Virginia and a charter board member of the Chesapeake Sports Club..

    AWARDS/RECOGNITION/ACHIEVEMENTS
    Cliff has completed the Chief Information Officer Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in 2012. In addition he has completed the Federal CIO Institute – 2013. In 2006 Cliff was recognized by Inside Business Magazine as one of the Top Forty – Under 40 in Hampton Roads.  In 2007 he received the “Courage and Leadership” award presented by Lead Hampton Roads, Chamber of Commerce.  In 2008 and 2009 he received the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. award from two separate organizations in Hampton Roads.  In 2008 he completed the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government’s “Leadership in a Networked World” Executive Leadership Program for Innovation in Government through Information Technology.  In addition, he completed the Hampton Roads CIVIC Leadership Institute.  He is a graduate of the Sorensen Institute at the University of Virginia.  He’s also a member of the Virginia Economic Development Association and the High Tech Crime Institute.

    Experience

    Work Experience

    • CIO/Director of Technology

    Education


    • Carnegie Mellon University
      2012

      Chief Information Officer Institute,

    • B.S., Computer Information Systems
      Norfolk State University
      1991

    Awards

    Oscar Smith High School Athletic Hall of Fame (2000)
    Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, Courage in Leadership Award (2011)

    Personal

    • Place of Birth: Chesapeake, VA
    • Gender: Male
    • Race(s): African American
    • Religion: Baptist
    • Spouse: Kecia
    • Children: Felecia and Tonecia

    Membership & Affiliation

    “The Mount” Mount Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church
    Chesapeake Men for Progress
    Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
    Urban League of Hampton Roads
    Hampton Roads Committee of 200+ Men
    NAACP (life member)
    Norfolk State University Alumni (life member)

    Contact

    Legislative Assistant: Sheryl Moody Reddington
    Administrative Assistant During Session: Pat Frasher

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    900 E. Main St,
    Richmond, Virginia 23219
    Phone: (804) 698-1077

    District Office
    P.O. Box 5142
    Chesapeake, VA 23324

    Phone: (757) 364-0272

    Web

    Government Page, Campaign Site

    Politics

    Recent Elections

    2019 State DelegateArray

    C. E. “Cliff” Hayes Jr. (D)14,10891.42%
    Write-In (Write-in)1,3248.58%
    TOTAL15,432

    2017 State DelegateArray

    Cliff Hayes (D)16,48382.6%
    Jeffrey Bennett Staples (G)3,36216.8%
    Write In (Write-in)1100.6%
    TOTAL19,955

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Finances

    HAYES JR, C E (CLIFF) has run in 3 races for public office, winning 2 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $95,460

    Source: Follow the Money

    Committees

    Committees

    Counties Cities and Towns
    Health, Welfare and Institutions
    Appropriations

    Subcommittees

    Appropriations – General Government and Capital Outlay Subcommittee
    Appropriations – Higher Education Subcommittee
    Counties Cities and Towns – Subcommittee #2
    Health, Welfare and Institutions – Subcommittee #1

    Voting Record

    See: Vote Smart

    New Legislation

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Videos

    Other Videos

    This Week In Richmond: Delegate Cliff Hayes and Delegate Jennifer Boysko
    Community Idea Stations
    Published on November 5, 2018
    By: Community Idea Stations

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    Jay Leftwich 1Jay Leftwich

    Current Position: State Delegate 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.

    Summary

    Current Position: State Delegate 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.

    About

    Jay Leftwich 2

    James A. “Jay” Leftwich, Jr. has been rooted in Chesapeake for a lifetime. After graduating from Chesapeake Public Schools, Jay furthered his education at James Madison University then obtained his J.D. from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond. Jay returned to Chesapeake to launch his career and 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.

    Virginia General Assembly – Past and Present Committees
    Civil Subcommittee
    Ethics Subcommittee
    Judicial Panel Subcommittee
    General Laws Subcommittee #4
    Education Innovation Subcommittee
    Mental Health Subcommittee
    Broadband Advisory Council
    Child Support Guidelines Review Panel
    Geographic Information Network Advisory Board
    Commission on Intergovernmental Cooperation

    Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Champion of Freedom Award
    Virginia Clerk’s Association Legislator of the Year

    Community Service

    Jay is a firm believer in community service. His record of community involvement reflects his deep commitment to Chesapeake and its citizens.

    Chesapeake Public Schools, Chairman, 2012 – 2013
    Chesapeake Public Schools, Vice Chairman, 2010 – 2012
    Chesapeake Public Schools, Board Member, 2002 – 2013

    Chesapeake Public Schools, School Board Appointments

    • Legal Services Committee
    • Chesapeake Public Schools Educational Foundation
    • Access College Foundation
    • Governor’s School for the Arts
    • Southeastern Cooperative Association
    • Southeastern Cooperative Educational Programs, “SECEP”

    Member and Former Elder, Great Bridge Presbyterian Church
    Member, Small Group Bible Study, Founding Member of Current Small Group

    Active Participant in Support of:

    • NEST
    • Young Life
    • Youth Ministry
    • Stop Hunger Now
    • Pro Bono Legal Services

    Chesapeake Rotary Club
    Former Director, Tidewater Pastoral Counseling Services, Inc.
    Parent Teacher Association 
    Recipient, Multiple Sclerosis Leadership Award
    Coach, High School Model Judiciary Program
    Coach, Chesapeake Recreational Department
    Great Bridge Jaycees (1988 until aged out) President 1991

    • Founded Walkathon for Chesapeake Care, Inc., Free Medical Clinic
    • Chesapeake First Citizen’s Award Committee Chairman, Multiple Years
    • Chesapeake Christmas Parade Committee Member, 10+ Years
    • Oyster Roast Committee Chairman, Multiple Years

    Ruritans – President 2000, Vice President 1999, Secretary 1998, Treasurer 1997

    Chesapeake Care Free Clinic, Former Director

    • Long Range Planning Committee
    • Building Committee
    • Constitution and Bylaws Committee
    • Building- Fundraising Committee
    • Pro Bono Legal Services

    American Cancer Society, Virginia Division, Portsmouth/Chesapeake, Former Director

    Chesapeake Public Schools, Optimizing Technology Action Team, Former Member

    Chesapeake Regional Medical Center Bra-ha-ha Fundraising, Volunteer

    Professional Highlights

    Fellow, Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership, At the University of Virginia

    Virginia State Bar – 1988 to Present

    • Section Member, Family Law
    • Section Member, Environmental Law
    • Section Member, Health Law

    Admitted to Practice in all Virginia Courts, the United States District Court, 4th Circuit and U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

    Cullen Commission, Virginia General Assembly, Former Member, Courts of Justice Subcommittee

    Interviews, Evaluates and Makes Recommendations in Regard to Applicants Seeking Appointment to the Virginia Court of Appeals

    Chesapeake Bar Association – President 1999

    • The Chesapeake Bar Association has received two Merit Achievement Awards from the Virginia State Bar during its existence: both projects were begun and implemented during Jay’s Presidency in 1999: (1) High School Docent/Mentoring Program and (2) Chesapeake Bar Association Website. The Chesapeake Bar Association also started a Charitable Foundation in 1999.

    Chesapeake Bar Association High School Docent/Mentoring Program

    The Docent/Mentoring Program of the Chesapeake Bar Association was organized to provide the public high schools in the City of Chesapeake with the following services from the Chesapeake Bar Association: provide classroom speakers, assist in the organization of law related field trips, pass out “So Your Eighteen” brochures, facilitate law related employment/internships for interested students, and provide scholarships subject to availability of funds. Each Public High School was assigned a liaison who was a member of the Chesapeake Bar Association and each Public High School provided a contact person.

    The Committee consisted of seven members of the Bar, an attorney for each high school in the city of Chesapeake and the Chairman of the Committee. If a speaker was needed or a student was interested in an internship or employment, the teacher would contact the attorney assigned to his or her high school and that attorney would facilitate the request by contacting one or more members of the Chesapeake Bar Association.

    Additionally, the Chesapeake Bar Association made a grant request from the Virginia Law Foundation to sponsor a trip for Chesapeake high school students to the Virginia Supreme Court and to the United States Supreme Court. After the grant request was approved the Virginia Supreme Court field trip was taken in the fall of 2000 and the United States Supreme Court field trip was taken in the spring of 2001.

    “Top 40 Under 40″ professionals in the Hampton Roads Area, 2000, Inside Business Magazine
    Who’s Who in American Law – Millennium Edition
    Lifetime Member National Registry of Who’s Who, 2001 Edition Registry Number 179433
    Family Law Organization of Hampton Roads, Former Member
    I’Anson Hoffman Inns of Court, Former Member
    Former Judicial Circuit Representative to Young Lawyers Conference
    Chesapeake Division of Chamber of Commerce, Former Member

    Experience

    Work Experience

    • Attorney

    Education

    • JD
      T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond
      1988
    • BS
      James Madison University
      1985

    Awards

    Multiple Sclerosis Leadership Award (1987)
    Top 40 Under 40 Professionals in Hampton Roads (2000)

    Personal

    • Birth Year: 1962
    • Place of Birth: Portsmouth, VA
    • Gender: Male
    • Race(s): Caucasian
    • Religion: Presbyterian
    • Spouse: Renee D.
    • Children: Logan, Austin, Faith, Hope, and Trey

    Membership & Affiliation

    Great Bridge Presbyterian Church (former elder)
    Ruritan (former president)
    Jaycees (former president)
    Chesapeake Bar Association (former president)
    Chesapeake Care Inc. (former director)
    American Cancer Society (former director)

    Contact

    Legislative Assistant: Angela Chellew
    Administrative Assistant During Session: Kathy Wyatt

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    900 E. Main St,
    Richmond, Virginia 23219
    Phone: (804) 698-1078

    District Office
    308 Cedar Lakes Drive, 2nd floor
    Chesapeake, VA 23322

    Phone: (757) 382-4156

    Web

    Government Page, Campaign Site

    Politics

    Recent Elections

    2019 State DelegateArray

    James A. “Jay” Leftwich, Jr. (R)16,64891.30%
    Write-In (Write-in)1,5878.70%
    TOTAL18,235

    2017 State DelegateArray

    Jay Leftwich (R)20,76894.7%
    Write In (Write-in)1,1525.3%
    TOTAL21,920

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Finances

    LEFTWICH JR, JAMES A (JAY) has run in 3 races for public office, winning 3 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $361,128.

    Source: Follow the Money

    Committees

    Committees

    Vice Chair: Courts of Justice
    Education
    General Laws
    Privileges and Elections

    Subcommittees

    Chair: Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #2
    Chair: Education – Subcommittee #3
    Chair: Privileges and Elections – Subcommittee #2
    Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #4
    Courts of Justice – Ethics Subcommittee
    Education – Subcommittee #2
    General Laws – Subcommittee #3
    General Laws – Subcommittee #4
    Privileges and Elections – Subcommittee #4

    Appointments

    Voting Record

    See: Vote Smart

    New Legislation

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Issues

    Economy

    Work Force Development

    Virginia’s “caboose budget” provided funding for the “Tech Talent Pipeline” to create 25,000 new computer science degrees.   In addition, funding was included for the Workforce Credential Grant Program to give priority to institutions that offer noncredit workforce training programs in high-demand fields.

    Legislation was also passed strengthening Virginia’s Apprenticeship Programs and expanding opportunities for Virginians who need to earn a paycheck while developing skills to fill labor shortage in high-demand areas. Jobs like the ones at the Newport News Shipbuilding are at the forefront of emerging technology which enables “digital shipbuilding.”

    Education

    K-12 Education

    In 2013, when I first ran for the House of Delegates, I promised to advocate for full restoration of lottery funds previously dedicated to our schools.   Each year I have advocated for and the General Assembly has returned a percentage of these monies.  This year an additional 34.7 million of additional lottery funds will go back to Virginia’s schools. As a member of House Education Committee, I remain committed to advocating for you on the state level, ensuring our public schools have the resources they need for our children to succeed.

    Higher Education

    As chair of the “Higher Ed” subcommittee I am particularly pleased with the General Assembly’s actions on college tuition.  This year the House of Delegates passed legislation to make it easier for middle class families to afford college by lowering the price of Prepaid 529 plans. The legislation will lower the current cost of an eight-semester contract by more than $3,000. Additionally, for the last several legislative cycles, the General Assembly and Virginia’s colleges/universities have wrestled with rising tuition rates and concerns of “unaffordability” for many Virginians.  Although initiated in the Appropriations Committee, I was deeply involved in discussions and heard from many citizens regarding rising tuition.  This year Virginia’s budget provided additional funding for colleges and universities; however, in order to receive the funding, each college/university must “freeze” tuition rates for a period of time.   Unfortunately, this “carrot and stick” approach was necessary because the last time funding was increased for colleges and universities, with the understanding tuition would be frozen, some institutions raised rates anyway.  As an added measure and despite significant opposition from higher education institutions, legislation was passed mandating that each Virginia college and university receive public input before raising its tuition.

    Safety

    School Safety

    In Chesapeake, new security measures have been implemented and, as chance would have it, I had the unique experience to participate in a lock down drill one morning while dropping my son off at school.  Because we arrived after the official start of the school day but only minutes after the drill began, my son and I were ushered into an office and I witnessed first-hand the response and monitoring protocols that ensure the safety of each student.  It would be an understatement to simply say I was impressed.  Tremendous credit should be given to the Chesapeake City Council, the Chesapeake School Board, the Superintendent, our building principals, teachers and local law enforcement in devising and implementing current security and lock down procedures.  Again, I was thoroughly impressed and remain confident in the safety of our schools.

    In addition to local efforts, numerous bills enhancing school safety were introduced during the 2019 General Assembly, which I supported and co-patroned:

    -HB1729 requires each school counselor employed by a school board in a public elementary or secondary school to spend at least 80 percent of his or her staff time during normal school hours in the direct counseling of individual students or groups of students.   Furthermore, this year’s budget included an additional 12 million dollars to hire additional school counselors.

    -HB1732 requires each school board to develop safety training procedures in the event of an emergency situation on school property and requires such training to be delivered to each student and employee in each school.

    -HB1733 requires (i) the Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety to develop a model memorandum of understanding (MOU) and (ii) every school board that employs school resource officers to enter into an MOU with their local law-enforcement agency which sets forth the powers and duties of the school resource officers.

    -HB1738 requires the plans and specifications for new or remodeled public school buildings to be reviewed by an individual or entity with professional expertise in crime prevention.

    -HB1739 specifies that, for the purpose of grant eligibility involving security equipment through the Public School Security Equipment Grant Act of 2013, security equipment includes software and mobile applications.

    -HB1631 was introduced to encourage retired law-enforcement officers to serve as school security officers.  This bill would allow retired law enforcement officers to continue receiving retirement during a subsequent employment by a local school division as a school security officer.  This bill failed in Appropriations Subcommittee because of VRS concerns but I will introduce it again next year!!

    Public Safety

    Public Safety In 2018, I made a commitment to reintroduce HB757 which requires a registered sex offender who enters an emergency shelter, pursuant to a declared state or local emergency, to notify a member of the shelter’s staff.   This legislation failed in the Senate last year but this year’s bill, HB2303, made it through the House, Senate, and both chambers defeated Governor Northam’s amendments which would have inexplicably “gutted” the bill.  If Governor Northam doesn’t veto the bill, it will become law in time to ensure the safety of Virginians during declared emergencies, in particular those of Hampton Roads during the upcoming hurricane season.

    Last year I introduced the “Enhanced Public Safety Telephone Services Act; Implementation of Next Generation 9-1-1 Services.” This legislation is paving the way to replace antiquated analog 911 services.  During the 2019 Session, I introduced a budget amendment establishing an Emergency Response Systems Development line of credit which will allow design and implementation to move forward.  As indicated last year, by using existing funding streams, these improvements will NOT result in any fee or tax increase.

    Veterans

    The Commonwealth of Virginia is home to approximately 800,000 veterans and 150,000 active-duty military members and their families.  Every opportunity should be taken to communicate our gratitude to thank the “brave” for keeping our Country “the land of the free.”

    As a small token, I introduced a bill creating a special license plate for service members who have been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal. Once this legislation becomes law, you will be able to request and view the license plate on the DMV website.

    Coal Ash

     Of significant environmental importance to Chesapeake is legislation introduced and passed requiring Dominion Energy to excavate coal ash from its site known as Chesapeake Energy Center, located on the southern branch of the Elizabeth River.   This legislation requires 25% of the coal ash to be recycled with the remaining ash removed and stored in a lined landfill meeting federal permitting standards rather than remain in a “filled and capped” state.

    Videos

    Speeches

    Del. Jay Leftwich Delivers the Weekly Virginia Republican Address
    VAGOPTV
    Published on February 19, 2016
    By: VAGOPTV

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    Stephen Heretick 2Stephen Heretick

    Current Position: State Delegate 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

    Summary

    Current Position: State Delegate 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

    About

    Stephen Heretick 1

    Source: Campaign page

    Stephen E. (“Steve”) Heretick was born in Hopewell, Virginia, on May 29, 1960. Steve served on the Portsmouth City Council from 2005-2012. During his tenure, Steve served as Chair of the Hampton Roads Regional Jail Authority, on the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, and many other boards and commissions. On City Council he fought to keep taxes low, while investing in public education, public safety, and bringing much needed economic development to Portsmouth.  He is married to Stephanie von Schaaf of Walton, New York, and they have one son, Stephenson Ford von Schaaf-Heretick. Steve and his family live in the Glensheallah neighborhood with their Labradors O’Malley and Forrest.

    Steve attended the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Psychology in 1982. Steve was accepted into a dual doctoral (J.D./Ph.D.) program sponsored jointly by Hahnemann University Medical School and Villanova University Law School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, graduating with the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in 1988. Steve served clerkships with the Clerk of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and with the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. and in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Steve was subsequently selected to serve as a law clerk for the Honorable Edmund V. Ludwig, Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

    Following his federal judicial clerkship, Steve was selected to serve in the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, serving first as Assistant Regional Counsel for the Northeastern United States from 1988 through 1990, and as Chief Counsel for the United States Penitentiary, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, serving from 1990 through 1992. During this time Steve was awarded the Regional Counsel’s Medal for Meritorious Service in 1989, and a Special Act Award from the Justice Department in 1991. Steve was nominated as the Federal Bureau of Prisons Attorney of the Year in 1991 and as United States Department of Justice Attorney of the Year in 1992. Steve was awarded the Justice Department Award for Public Service in 1992.

    In 1992 Steve joined the firm of Moody, Strople & Kloeppel, Ltd., in Portsmouth, where he remained until 1996. As lead counsel in a series of landmark transportation cases, Steve was personally featured on “How Safe The Rails?”, a segment of Investigative Reports by Bill Kurtis Productions, and on the ABC Evening News with Peter Jennings. Steve was subsequently associated with the Norfolk firm of Payne, Gates, Farthing & Radd, P.C., from 1996 through 2000. In 2000 Steve established his present firm, Stephen E. Heretick, P.C., which is located in Portsmouth. Steve concentrates in corporate and commercial litigation, secured transactions, and labor litigation, representing regional, national, and international clients in state and federal courts throughout Virginia.

    In July 2003 Steve was appointed to the Virginia Board of Medicine by Governor Mark Warner. Upon his reappointment to the Board in July 2007 by Governor Tim Kaine, Steve was elected President of the Virginia Board of Medicine in July 2007, the first non-physician in Virginia history to serve as President of the Board, which regulates over 40,000 physicians and health care providers throughout Virginia. Steve was reelected as President of the Virginia Board of Medicine in July 2008. He continued to serve until 2014 when his term expired.  Steve still serves today as a Fellow of the Federation of State Medical Boards.

    Steve won the Democratic Primary on June 9, 2015 and was elected by the citizens of Portsmouth and Norfolk to represent the 79th District of the Virginia House of Delegates on November 3, 2015.  He was sworn into office January 13, 2016. He was re-elected on November 7, 2017.

    Experience

    Work Experience

    • Attorney

    Education

    • Ph.D/ABD
      Hahnemann University Medical School, PA
    • JD
      Villanova University Law School, PA
      1988
    • BA
      The College of William & Mary in Virginia
      1982

    Awards

    U.S. Department of Justice, Special Act Award (1991), Award for Public Service (1992)

    Personal

    • Birth Year: 1960
    • Place of Birth: Hopewell, VA
    • Gender: Male
    • Race(s): Caucasian
    • Religion: Catholic
    • Spouse: Stephanie von Schaaf-Heretick
    • Children: Stephenson

    Membership & Affiliation

    Virginia Board of Medicine (former member, former president)
    Federation of State Medical Boards (fellow, director; Committees: Executive, Strategic Planning, Investment, International Medical Practice, Workgroup on the Regulation of Telemedicine)
    U.S. Medical Licensing Examination/National Board of Medical Examiners, Committee on Individualized Review
    Foundation of the Federation of State Medical Boards (director, former president)
    Norfolk Collegiate School (trustee)
    Horizons Hampton Roads (director)
    Virginia Supportive Housing (director)

    Contact

    Legislative Assistant: Joseph Waymack, Chief of Staff
    Administrative Assistant During Session: Karen Bobbitt

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    900 E. Main St,
    Richmond, Virginia 23219
    Phone: (804) 698-1079

    District Office
    715 Loudoun Avenue
    Phone: (757) 397-9923

    Web

    Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook, YouTube

    Politics

    Recent Elections

    2019 State DelegateArray

    Steve E. Heretick (D)9,20987.42%
    Write-In (Write-in)1,32512.58%
    TOTAL10,534

    2017 US SenatorArray

    Stephen Heretick (D)0
    Write In (Write-in)0
    TOTAL0

    Finances

    HERETICK, STEPHEN E has run in 4 races for public office, winning 2 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $606,852.

    Source: Follow the Money

    Committees

    Committees

    Counties Cities and Towns
    Finance
    Commerce and Labor

    Subcommittees

    Counties Cities and Towns – Subcommittee #1
    Finance – Subcommittee #1
    Commerce and Labor – Subcommittee #3

    Appointments

    Voting Record

    See: Vote Smart

    New Legislation

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Issues

    Source: Campaign page

    “I was humbled at the outpouring of support I received during my candidacy for the 79th district seat of  the Virginia House of Delegates. 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 is enough!  I am here to stand up and fight for the residents of Portsmouth and Norfolk who deserve a voice in Richmond.  I’m here to serve YOU.” 

    Democracy

    Independent Non-Partisan Redistricting Reform

    Citizens should pick their legislators and not the other way around. I ran for office on a promise to support non-partisan redistricting reform. In 2018, I introduced a constitutional amendment to do just that. I have stood up against both the Republicans and members of my own party who want to keep the corrupt practice of gerrymandering alive. In 2019, I have already pre-filed HJ582 that would ban this corruption once and for all!

    Economy

    he 2016 General Assembly session saw progress on broad-ranging economic development and revitalization efforts.  I was proud to co-sponsor HB834 and HB846, the Growth Opportunity “GO” Virginia bills, which will create new economic incentives to stimulate more development and to bring more jobs to our communities. As you know, our ports continue to be an economic engine for our region and for the Commonwealth. I am particularly proud that the budget included $350,000,000.00 in new investments to expand the Port of Virginia’s operations in Norfolk.  This long-overdue investment will ensure that our region benefits from significant new trade opportunities, economic development, and new career opportunities, all of which are tied to our ports.

    In 2016, I was appointed to the Counties, Cities, and Towns Committee, which hears numerous development and zoning issues. I have worked to eliminate government red tape and make it easier for those who want to invest and strengthen our economy to do so.

    In 2017, I was appointed to the Finance Committee. During my time on that committee, I have sought to reduce tax burdens on working families and businesses alike. We have created incentives for additional economic development as it is essential that we keep Virginia competitive and able to attract new business investment to our state.

    In 2018, I was appointed to the powerful Commerce and Labor Committee. On this committee, I work to balance the need to reduce burdensome regulations with the need to protect consumers from predatory companies.

    Infrastructure

    Toll Relief

    No meaningful effort to achieve regional toll relief can occur without a sound fiscal plan. Recognizing this fact, I was proud to introduce HJ73 during the 2016 General Assembly session. This resolution requested that the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) conduct a study to devise a financial plan that would eliminate tolling on the Downtown and Midtown Tunnels. HJ73 received bipartisan support, resulting in the powerful House Rules Committee requesting that the study be conducted by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) instead of JLARC. Unfortunately, no report was ever issued.

    In the 2018 session, I have introduced HJ25, once again asking for a JLARC study of this issue.

    Abusive Tolling Practices

    As you know, collection of tolls on our tunnels is managed by a private, for-profit corporation which generally operates free from governmental oversight. We have all heard of abusive collection practices against commuters, particularly when significant administrative and other fees are stacked on top of the base tolls of drivers who do not have E-Z Pass transponders in their vehicles. With strong bipartisan support, particularly from delegates in Northern Virginia whose communities are also facing new tolls, my legislation was ultimately incorporated into HB1079, an omnibus bill that I was proud to co-patron with Delegate Chris Jones of Suffolk, whose leadership on this issue has been critical for the entire region.

    This bill places limits on the fees that can be added to base tolls, caps the total amount of tolls that can be assessed, and, very importantly, this bill would ban any future tolling on existing roads without specific approval by the General Assembly.  Unfortunately, the Senate stripped this last vital provision from HB1079, which I opposed when the bill was returned to the House with Senate changes.  While we were unsuccessful in restoring this significant protection to the bill, we were ultimately able to save the remaining protections to commuters it provided.  HB1079 was enacted by the Governor, and since July 1, 2016 there are wide-ranging new laws in place in Virginia to provide commuters with more time to pay tolls, to protect commuters when E-Z Pass payments are declined in error, and to provide new legal protections for commuters limiting how quickly and how much the tolling companies can collect in court.

    In the 2017 session, I again introduced legislation to prohibit the imposition of new tolls on our roadways without the permission of the General Assembly, thus checking the authority of unelected state bureaucrats to give away our roads to for-profit, private companies and impose tolls with no accountability to us, the public.

    In the 2018 session, I brought this issue to the General Assembly once again; HB1070 would help protect localities against bad public-private transportation deals. I also introduced HB1069 which allows vehicle registrations to be extended for one month for citizens, whose registrations have been blocked due to toll debt, allowing them time to resolve the matter.

    Laying the Foundation for Wireless Communications for the Future

    Widely inconsistent land-use rules and regulations are governing the development of wireless communications in Virginia’s localities; these policies are limiting our ability to develop a reliable communications network throughout the Commonwealth. Wireless communications have become the primary means of communication, public safety, and economic development, particularly in rural areas where advances in communications infrastructure are not economically feasible.  To address this, I introduced HB1347 in 2016, which is designed to put Virginia at the cutting edge of the nation by preparing us for the 5G wireless infrastructure statewide.

    With the support of the House Commerce and Labor Committee, my HB1347 was carried over to the 2017 session so that a work group comprised of senior members of the House, stakeholders in the wireless industry and local governments, and the Commonwealth’s Secretary of Technology could fine-tune this vital legislation.

    In 2017, we once again worked on this issue but were unable to get the bill passed on the House floor due to opposition from special interest groups who didn’t want to lose the ability to charge wireless companies exorbitant fees. We established a new work group to work on the issue during the summer of 2017 with all the stakeholders at the table.

    In 2018, Delegate Kilgore and I have introduced bi-partisan legislation to prevent Virginia from missing out on critical infrastructure investment from the wireless companies. I am working hard this session to ensure that Virginia can continue to have the wireless infrastructure that supports public safety, increases economic development, and serves our citizens and visitors with cutting-edge, high-quality technology.

    Virginia has already missed out on significant investment in the wireless and broadband sectors, but I am truly optimistic that with the support of many members of the legislature, the executive branch, local government, and private industry, this year’s bill will finally become successful legislation, expanding the future of wireless communications in Virginia.

    Safety

    Criminal Justice Reform

    Meaningful criminal justice reform is a key issue in our urban areas, where community safety must be balanced with fairness in our justice process. To address several of these issues, and at the express request of the cities I represent, I introduced several bills this session to address needed reform.  These efforts include bills that would make it easier for innocent people to have their arrest records expunged, and that make it possible for juvenile offenders who are now on the right track in life to have prior, non-violent misdemeanor convictions removed from their records.  We cannot afford to create roadblocks for truly reformed young people who get their lives back on track after learning from their mistakes the hard way. While I was able to gain bipartisan co-sponsorship for these bills, they were summarily killed by the Courts of Justice Committee.  With the encouragement and support of so many in our communities, I will continue toward these common sense reforms as long as I am your representative.

    In 2016, 2017, and 2018, I introduced bills to decriminalize the simple possession of marijuana for personal use by adults, and to eliminate jail time for those who possess small amounts of marijuana in their homes for personal use. Currently, millions of dollars of your money is wasted every year to incarcerate otherwise law-abiding and productive adults who use marijuana for medical or recreational purposes.  Many more resources are wasted when these same adults lose their jobs and livelihoods, and face other problems because of minor, non-violent drug records for offenses which are fully legal in the District of Columbia and a growing number of other states.  Under my legislation, as an alternative to conviction, jail, and a lifelong criminal record, adults committing no drug offense other than simple possession would receive a civil fine if apprehended. These bills have unfortunately been killed every year by the Criminal Law Subcommittee of the Courts of Justice Committee.

    Social Security

    Restoration of Port Host Impact Fees to Our Communities

    Among the greatest frustrations I experienced while serving on the City Council was the Commonwealth’s failure to fund a long-standing budget line item that would provide the cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Newport News state funds to help pay for the extra costs associated with managing port-related traffic in our communities.  While the ports of Virginia, most of which are in my House district, serve as a key economic driver for the entire Commonwealth, we, the taxpayers of Norfolk and Portsmouth, have been unfairly required to pay for the vital roadway maintenance needed to support port-related traffic out of our own pockets. For years, our repeated requests to the General Assembly for these critically-needed funds went unanswered.

    In the 2016 session, the General Assembly passed a responsible, two-year balanced budget.  That budget fully funded public safety and increased funding for our education system without raising taxes. During this process, I fought for a budget amendment to restore full state funding to Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Newport News for the long-ignored port host impact fees. I am pleased that, with the support of the House Appropriations Committee, I was able to fully restore payment of these fees to Norfolk and Portsmouth– where every dollar counts.

    We are currently working on a new budget in the 2018 session which will cover the next two years of state operations.

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    Delegate Steve Heretick Speaks Against Corruption in VA
    Stephen Heretick
    Published on September 9, 2018
    By: Stephen Heretick

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    Don ScottDon Scott

    Current Position: State Delegate
    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.

    Summary

    Current Position: State Delegate
    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.

    About

    Source: Campaign page

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

    Don was raised by a determined single mother from what some would call a disadvantaged socio-economic background. However, his mother, brothers and sisters always had each other and they believed in working hard and fighting for what you believe in no matter the odds. It was a lesson that would carry him throughout his life.

    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 was commissioned as a Naval Officer in 1987, where he served as a surface warfare and legal officer on the USS John Hancock. Following his Naval career, Don took an entry-level position with a multi-million dollar corporation, then rose through the ranks to Senior Vice President.

    In 2015, Don fulfilled a lifelong dream and founded the Law Office of Don Scott. He has represented over a thousand clients, fighting for justice. He’s a member of the Portsmouth Bar Association, the Old Dominion Bar Association, the Virginia State Bar Association, the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.

    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. In the past, he served as the chair of the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals, on the board for the California Workforce Association, and as a member and board member of 200+ Men Hampton Roads. He’s also a member of the Eureka Club, is a lifetime VFW member, post #993 Craddock, and a lifetime member of the NAACP.

    Don is an active member of his church and is active on several community boards and fraternity organizations. He enjoys playing competitive duplicate bridge, playing golf, and spending time with his family.

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    Recent Elections

    2019 State DelegateArray

    Don L. Scott Jr. (D)12,02766.01%
    James W. Evans, Sr. (R)4,23623.25%
    Ryan C. Benton ()1,93010.59%
    Write-In (Write-in)270.15%
    TOTAL18,220

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    Don Scott Kickoff
    Friends of Don Scott
    Published on July 24, 2019
    By: Friends of Don Scott

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    Jim EvansJim Evans

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

    Overview: N/A

    Summary

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

    Overview: N/A

    About

    Source: Facebook

    Jim has worked for a Fortune 500 Company for 22 years, and currently works as a Senior Advocacy Coordinator.

    Jim has lived in the City Portsmouth for 15 years, while the previous 18 years he and his family resided in the City of Virginia Beach.

    Jim’s education includes an under graduate degree in history from West Virginia State University, and a Master’s of Divinity Degree from Regent University.

    Jim has served his community in the classroom as a teacher, a tutor, and a sports coach and has volunteered in community organizations and his church, where he is an ordained elder. Jim and his wife, Chris, have been married for 39 years. They have two grown children.

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    Ryan Collin BentonRyan C. Benton

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

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    Summary

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

    Overview: N/A

    About

    Source: Campaign page

    Ryan, 34, is a fourth generation Portsmouth native. As an adult, he chose to buy in Portsmouth and keep our city as his home.

    Ryan has deep family roots here. He comes from a long family legacy of Portsmouth public school educators, including his mother and grandmother, which had a great deal of influence in his upbringing.

    Ryan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from George Mason University. He went on to serve as a contractor in Operation Iraqi Freedom working with the U.S. Army Intelligence & Security Command. In 2011, in furthering his post graduate education, he received a Certificate in Business Essentials from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since then, he has served as a top-producing local Realtor helping families find quality homes in our city and region.

    Ryan has been very active in our community. He is a 2006 graduate of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership, a 2012 graduate of the Vann H. Lefcoe Leadership Program, and a 2017 graduate of LEAD Hampton Roads. In 2018, he was named by Inside Business’ Top 40 Under 40 List. He has been a member of the Swimming Point Civic League for twelve years and currently serves as its Vice President. Ryan has also been active in the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Virginia, serving as the Co-Chairman of the Portsmouth Unit Board that oversees three local Portsmouth chapters.

    As a Portsmouth native, local Realtor, and homeowner, Ryan knows all too well the challenges Portsmouth faces in tolls on our tunnels, taxes, crime, and our public education system. Portsmouth is struggling and that is why at this critical time we need new independent leadership for Portsmouth. We need to unify our community and work together to secure our future. On Tuesday, November 5th, Portsmouth will have the opportunity to elect a new Delegate, Ryan C. Benton, to serve as our strong voice in Richmond.

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    Issues

    Source: Campaign page

    Issues Facing Portsmouth
    There are many issues facing the city of Portsmouth. Many problems like high real estate tax rates and the issues with the Portsmouth Pavilion are the responsibility of local governments (City Council). Although the State Government might have some role occasionally in regulations, the primary responsibility of some of the major hot-button issues like abortion, foreign policy, and immigration rest with the federal government (President, Supreme Court, and Congress). The State Government, especially the General Assembly, deals with issues such as transportation, administration of Medicaid, public education funding (in conjunction with the localities), certain firearm restrictions, environmental regulations, and criminal justice issues.

    Below are just a few of the state government related issues facing Portsmouth, our region, and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    Tolls
    The tolls on the downtown and midtown tunnels were part of the worst transportation deal in the history of the Commonwealth. We must work collectively with other elected representatives in our regional to mitigate the effect of these tolls and ultimately to end them completely. This it the number one thing hurting our economic development and is a unfair tax on the citizens of Portsmouth!
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    Education
    Ryan comes from a multi-generational family legacy of public school educators in Portsmouth, including both his mother and grandmother. Ryan understands the work needed to support our teachers and strengthen our public education system in Portsmouth. As a local Realtor, Ryan knows that a strong public school is system is often the number one concern of those purchasing homes in our area.

    We also have a number of private schools and home-schooled children whose parents pay taxes here. We must ensure that they are able to participate in scholarship and recreational opportunities as well. The more we keep our community coming together, the better off we will all be.

    Bring Our Community Together
    As a proud son of the Portsmouth Community, Ryan understands true leadership lies in the genuine commitment to work for everyone. Portsmouth deserves leadership in the General Assembly that truly represents ALL of us–not one side against another, not one community against another, and not one special interest against another. To face the challenges that Portsmouth has, we need a delegate who has the experience, the commitment, and the integrity to be the face of this community in the General Assembly. As a truly independent voice, Ryan will work to bring unity, equity, and fairness to every corner of our diverse community.
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    An Independent Voice for Portsmouth
    What we need in Richmond are solutions, not more politics. We all know that neither party has all the answers. As an Independent, Ryan will work with both sides of the aisle to take the very best ideas from both sides and bring them home to Portsmouth. Ryan looks forward to continuing the vital work of retiring Delegate Matthew James, and to working with members from both sides of the aisle, including Delegate Steve Heretick, Senators John Cosgrove, Louise Lucas, and Mamie Locke in Richmond, and Mayor John Rowe and the city council here in Portsmouth, to address the challenges that we face every day.    

    Casino Gambling in Portsmouth
     There are many mixed feelings in the community about a possible casino. Some think it will create more jobs while others think it will be offset by increasing crime. As your Delegate, Ryan will fight against any plan that does not allow the citizens of Portsmouth to vote on the issue. We have a right to decide for ourselves whether we want a casino in our community or not- it shouldn’t be forced on us from Richmond without the PEOPLE having the final say in the matter.

    Marijuana
    The prohibition against adult use of marijuana needs to be repealed both for medical purposes and for private personal use. We should not be wasting law enforcement resources and jail facilities to incarcerate marijuana users.  Marijuana should be regulated like alcohol to ensure safety, reduce the black market, restrict access to underage persons, and divert much needed revenue from drug dealers to important needs like education, healthcare, and transportation.
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    The Second Amendment
     

    We must support the second amendment and its right of self-defense. Citizens should be able to carry if they have not lost that right due to convictions. They should continue to be able to rely upon a statewide system of gun laws that is fair and consistent for all communities. If we allowed each locality to enact their own gun laws it would lead to confusion and discriminatory enforcement practices. All citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia should be governed under the same laws and we should not enact laws that disproportionately hurt minority communities.

    Crime and Gun Violence
     There are commonsense reforms which would help reduce crime and gun violence.  We need to seriously look at increased penalties for those who are caught possessing firearms after being convicted of a violent felony, for those who use firearms to commit crimes, and for those who steal firearms, or possess or traffic stolen firearms. If we cracked down on the stolen firearm and illegal firearm industry, we would reduce substantially the number of firearms used by criminals to terrorize our communities. 

    We must support our law enforcement agencies, promote transparency and accountability within law enforcement, and continue to support community policing efforts. Ultimately, we must make sure all our police, firefighters, EMS, and other first responders have the full support of our community and that we give them the resources they need to be successful.

    When we look at crime, we must look at more broad issues as well. The best way to reduce crime is to promote economic development, vocational education, and support programs that keep our youth on a positive track instead of getting sucked up into a life of crime.

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    Barry Knight 2Barry Knight

    Current Position: State Delegate 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.

    Summary

    Current Position: State Delegate 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.

    About

    Barry Knight 1

    Source: Campaign page

    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.

    Barry began working odd jobs at just 14 years of age to help support his family. He worked on a neighbor’s farm and also spent time as a long haul trucker until he saved enough money to purchase his own farm. Over the years, Barry turned a small plot of land into a thriving business, Barry D. Knight Farms.

    Barry served as the president of the Tidewater Pork Producers from 1984 to 1990, and in 1995, he was appointed to the Virginia Pork Board by Governor George Allen and re-appointed by Governor Jim Gilmore. Barry is the vice-president of the Virginia Beach Farm Bureau, a former chairman of the Southern States Cooperative, and former secretary of the Creeds Ruritans.

    Experience

    Work Experience

    • Farmer

    Education


    • Kempsville High School

    Awards

    Virginia FREE, No. 1 Pro Business Legislator
    American Farm Bureau, Virginia Young Farmer of the Year (1983)
    Virginia Beach Jaycees, Outstanding Young Farmer (1984)
    National Pork Producers Council, Pork All-American (1989)
    City of Virginia Beach, Outstanding Agriculture Operation (1994), Man of the Year in Agriculture (1998)
    Department of Conservation and Recreation, Clean Water Farm Award (1998), Grand Basin Clean Water Farm Award, Chowan River (1999)
    Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Champion of Free Enterprise (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), Chairman’s Award (2017)
    Virginia Sheriffs’ Association, Legislator of the Year (2016)
    Chesapeake Farmers, Outstanding Service Award (2017)
    Virginia Aviation Business Association, Advocacy Plaque of Appreciation (2018)
    Virginia League of Conservation Voters,  Legislative Leadership Award (2018)
    Dr. James C. Wright Conservation Honorary Award (Virginia Beach Angler’s Club)  (2019)
    Free Enterprise Award (2019)

    Personal

    • Birth Year: 1954
    • Place of Birth: Arlington, VA
    • Gender: Male
    • Race(s): Caucasian
    • Religion: Baptist
    • Spouse: Paula Jane Whitehurst
    • Children: K. Hunter, Kyle, and Forrest

    Membership & Affiliation

    •  Oak Grove Baptist Church (Sunday school teacher, deacon)
      FACT Fund Advisory Commission
      Virginia Beach Planning Commission (former member, chairman)
      Virginia Dare Soil and Water Conservation District (board of directors)
      Virginia Beach Farm Bureau (vice president)
      Military Aviation Museum (board of directors)
      Southern States Cooperative-Chesapeake Association (former chairman)
      Virginia Pork Industry Board
      Back Bay/Pungo Civic League
      Women’s league softball coach
      Little League baseball coach

    Contact

    Legislative Assistant: Andrew Damon
    Administrative Assistant During Session: Martha Anderson

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    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    900 E. Main St,
    Richmond, Virginia 23219
    Phone: (804) 698-1081

    District Office
    1852 Mill Landing Road
    Virginia Beach, VA 23457
    Office:
    Phone: (757) 426-6387

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    Politics

    Recent Elections

    2019 State DelegateArray

    Barry D. Knight (R)11,57752.11%
    Lenard T. Myers II (D)10,60747.75%
    Write-In (Write-in)310.14%
    TOTAL22,215

    2017 State DelegateArray

    Barry Knight (R)13,16258.9%
    Kimberly Anne Tucker (D)13,16240.9%
    Write In (Write-in)400.2%
    TOTAL26,364

    Finances

    KNIGHT, BARRY D has run in 6 races for public office, winning 5 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,428,822

    Source: Follow the Money

    Committees

    Committees

    General Laws
    Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources
    Appropriations
    Rules

    Subcommittees

    Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources – Subcommittee #1
    Chair: Appropriations – Public Safety Subcommittee
    Chair: General Laws – Subcommittee #3
    Chair: Rules – Subcommittee #1
    Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources – Subcommittee #4
    Appropriations – Commerce, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Technology Subcommittee
    Appropriations – Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee
    Appropriations – General Government and Capital Outlay Subcommittee
    General Laws – Subcommittee #1

    Appointments

    Voting Record

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    New Legislation

    Source: Ballotpedia

    Issues

    Source: Campaign page

    The Virginia Way

    If you’re like me, you’re fed up with Washington politics and unelected Washington bureaucrats negatively affecting your way of life. I will put the 81st District ahead of all else. My family arrived on the second set of ships in Virginia, and I’m honored to continue being in the long line of Virginians as my ancestors were. I will do my best to rein in unnecessary regulations and make sure we keep Washington style politics out of Richmond! “I firmly believe the best way to uplift a fellow Virginian is for them to have the ability to have a job, which will solve many of our Commonwealth’s problems.”

    Governance

    Taxes

    A rising tide raises all ships! Low taxes allow Virginians to have more money in their pockets to stimulate and grow the economy. I believe the citizens know how to spend their money better than the state, and I will work to lower taxes for the Commonwealth. It is our responsibility to all Virginians to balance the budget and be fiscally responsible.

    Civil Rights

    The Second Amendment

    As a gun owner and sportsman, I am a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment, and will fight to ensure our rights to bear arms is not infringed on in Richmond. I will oppose any legislation that diminishes these rights and makes you and your family less capable of protecting yourselves.

    Economy

    Education

    Education for our youth is an investment in the future, and it is necessary to have a public education system that is set up for the student. Teachers must be held accountable in the classroom, and I encourage parental involvement in the entire process. I will make sure more tax dollars will be spent in the classroom and not on things that do not provide a learning atmosphere. Parents should have a say in the process, and a way to place their child in a prosperous school, not being forced to attend a failing school because of the zip code they live in. I will make sure college education is affordable, and also provide vocational paths for those that do not want to attend college and want to learn a trade. Students must be career ready when leaving the educational field.

    Environment

    Chesapeake Bay

    Agriculture

    The southern part of the 81st District is home to a vast amount of farmland and rural Virginians. As a hog farmer, I know firsthand the challenges to the community and how to be helpful in Richmond by advocating good legislation and stopping bad legislation. Farmers are the lifeblood of Virginia and I will work hard to ensure the voices of the 81st District are heard in Richmond.

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    Delegate Barry Knight (R-81)
    RepublicanParty VirginiaBeach
    Published on July 13, 2015
    By: RepublicanParty VirginiaBeach

    Virginia Beach Republican Delegate to the General Assembly Barry Knight standing to protect the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

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    Lenard MyersLenard Myers

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

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    Summary

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

    Overview: N/A

    About

    Source: Campaign page

    A son of Virginia, Len Myers believes in public service for the benefit of our great Commonwealth. As you read Len’s biography, you will quickly discover that he is passionate about three things: (1) inspiring our youth to reach their full potential, (2) creating opportunities for everyone to succeed, and (3) protecting the most vulnerable in our community.

    God, Family and Our Community 
    Nothing means more to Len than his relationship with God and his two adorable kids. Len has almost 20 years of continuous membership and service with Calvary Revival Church. No matter what Len finds himself doing, being a daddy remains his #1 priority. Len also wants to be a force for good in the lives of kids living in single-parent households. 

    He has served as a long-time board member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia. Len has also served as a mentor to young men through a mentorship ministry at his church. Without mentors and positive role models, many kids today find it difficult to maintain a pathway to becoming responsible and productive citizens. Len wants to continue empowering as many kids as possible to make healthy decisions for healthy lives through proper resources and helping hands. 

    A Leader in Virginia Law 
    Len currently serves on the Virginia State Bar Council, which recommends improvements in the practice of law to the Supreme Court of Virginia. He also served as president of the South Hampton Roads Bar Association. Under his leadership, the bar was recognized as the best local bar association in the state by the Virginia Council of Local Bar Associations due to its extraordinary amount of work with the youth and senior citizens in our community. 

    Len began his legal career as a prosecutor but now fights for clients as a successful consumer rights lawyer throughout the state of Virginia. Len is extremely proud of the role he played in organizing an effort to improve living standards in a subsidized housing community after two of its residents died in their sleep due to carbon monoxide poisoning. With new appliances and working carbon monoxide detectors installed throughout the community, these families are now able to finally sleep safely at night without fear of not waking up the next morning. 

    Service to Virginia 
    Len served our Commonwealth as an officer in the Virginia Defense Force, an integral component of the Virginia National Guard. Initially earning his commission as a JAG Officer, he continued in his service, eventually becoming a line officer and ultimately becoming the VDF Officer-In-Charge of the Joint Operations Center Augmentation Detachment during some of the most demanding state emergencies in the history of the Guard. It was through this experience that Len recognized the emerging threat of flooding and that we must act now to protect our special way of life for the future. 

    His Call to Richmond 
    Len wants to represent us and our neighbors in the Virginia General Assembly. You’ve read just a small portion of his track record and you now also have a sense of his heart. Len is the just friend we need in Richmond!

    Web

    Campaign Site, Facebook

    Issues

    Source: Campaign page

    Education
    Len is the proud product of a solid public school education having graduated from I.C. Norcom High School which was Portsmouth’s only magnet school at the time. Len also understands the needs for special needs children as his son excels in a public school which integrates such students into traditional classrooms. Education is the bedrock of our democracy and the key to a strong economy.

    That’s why Len wants to restore state funding for public education. Students are failing and schools are crumbling because state funding has been frozen since it was slashed ten years ago during the great recession. The time has come to restore that funding, so cities like Chesapeake and Virginia Beach don’t have to take drastic measures like raising property taxes to cover the shortfall caused by the state funding gap. State funding formulas need to be fixed to reduce the student/teacher ratio and provide for more counselors in behavioral health. Teacher pay needs to be increased and more innovation should be brought into the classroom. There is so much to be done to improve education in Virginia and Len is ready to make that happen.

    Flooding and the Environment
    There is no greater natural threat to our district than the consequences of sea level rise in Virginia Beach. Protecting the homes, farms, and businesses in Virginia Beach is no less important than protecting our maritime ports and military bases. Virginia Beach is an integral part of our state’s tourism and agricultural industries. If nothing is done, Virginia Beach will continue to lose hundreds of millions of dollars a year due to flood damage.

    Len will take our needs to the General Assembly and help bring back every dollar he can to fund the building of infrastructure to protect what makes Virginia Beach special. Sea levels are rising every year and the sooner we can act, the safer we can make our communities. Len is the new kind of leadership we need in Richmond; a leader who will listen to the concerns of his constituents and fight to protect what you have worked so hard to build in the face of this emerging threat to our community.

    Len also believes in preserving the beauty and natural features that make our neck of the woods so special. That is why Len will oppose any offshore drilling, mandate greater utilization of renewable energy sources, and protect the way of life in our rural communities from the encroachment of sprawling development.

    Healthcare
    For far too many Virginians, the cost of healthcare is spiraling out of control. We have seen the price of prescription medications and insurance rise year after year with no real solutions on how to reign in these expenses. Many Virginians are also unable to afford long-term care insurance, placing a significant burden on Virginia Medicaid in the process.

    Every Virginian should have access to quality affordable healthcare. The high cost of healthcare is not only a burden to hardworking families but also to small businesses that do their best to provide medical benefits for their employees. Len is committed to finding solutions to these problems because every Virginian has a right to quality healthcare.

    Living Wage and Employee Rights
    No one working 40 hours a week should be living in poverty. Yet, this is the case for far too many hardworking Virginians trying to support their families while working two and three part-time jobs below $15 an hour. A recent study found that with the current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour applied to our state’s cost of living; Virginia’s minimum wage employees earn the lowest effective incomes in the nation. In a state that ranks as one of the 10 wealthiest states in America, these working conditions are unacceptable.

    Len personally understands the challenge of trying to make ends meet when times are tough. That is why he is committed to raising Virginia’s minimum wage to a living wage of $15.00 an hour. Every full-time job should be able to support a middle-class standard of living, and no parent should have to sacrifice spending time with their kids in order to support them by working multiple full-time jobs. Raising wages will help further uplift our economy and strengthen our society.

    Len is also a friend to our workforce in Virginia. There is no reason why Virginia cannot remain the best state in the nation to do business while also making our Commonwealth the best place to work in America. That includes protecting the rights of our firefighters, teachers, police and corrections officers. Len will also fight to enforce workplace safety and licensing to protect our workers in the trades. Without a strong workforce, there would be no one to work for our institutions and businesses. We need new leaders like Len who will be a friend for us in the General Assembly.

    Gun Safety
    In May of this year alone, there were over 45 victims of gun violence in Hampton Roads. Twelve of those souls were lost during the horrific mass shooting in Virginia Beach. Len was just across the street from a Chesapeake Memorial Day Block Party when 10 partygoers were shot less than a week prior. Every day, between three and four of our neighbors die from gun violence in Virginia.

    The time to protect our kids and communities from senseless gun violence is tragically overdue. Len deeply understands the grief and gravity of gun violence after having both family and friends suffer its all too now familiar and tragic consequences. Support for common sense gun safety measures is almost universal, but it will take new leaders like Len to make gun safety a reality in Virginia.

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    Jason Miyares

    Current Position: State Delegate 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.

    Summary

    Current Position: State Delegate 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.

    About

    Jason Miyares 1

    Source: Campaign page

    A New Generation of Virginia Leadership

    Delegate Jason Miyares is an example of President Ronald Reagan’s “Shining City on the Hill.” His story begins with his mother, Miriam Maria Miyares, who fled communist Cuba in 1965 with the clothes on her back and no idea from where her next meal would come. She legally immigrated to the United States and instilled in her three sons a passionate love of the freedom and democracy of America. Miyares grew up in Virginia Beach, attending local public schools and growing up in a middle-class household that emphasized the values of hard work, love of country, and service above self.

    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.

    In the House of Delegates, he serves on the General Laws, Courts of Justice and Transportation Committees, where he has advanced legislation on coastal flooding, improving education, transparency in government and regulatory reform. A former prosecutor (Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney) for the City of Virginia Beach, Miyares worked to keep our most violent criminals off our streets and our families safe. Prior to his service in the Virginia House, he served as a Senior Advisor to former Congressman Scott Rigell.

    Delegate Jason Miyares’ passion is building the right environment in Virginia for job creation, flooding mitigation, restoring funding for Virginia Beach public schools, fiscal discipline and government transparency and repealing burdensome regulations that are hurting Virginia small business owners.

    As Delegate, Jason Miyares brings common-sense conservative leadership and accountability to Richmond, while fighting for fiscal discipline and job creation. He also serves on the Board of Veterans Services (BVS) and is Chairman of the Commission on Economic Opportunity for Virginians in Aspiring & Diverse Communities (the Opportunity Commission) focusing on opening barriers of economic opportunities for all Virginians. In 2019 he was recognized as “Legislator of the Year” from the College Affordability and Public Trust for his work on transparency and affordability in higher education. The year before, in 2018, Delegate Jason Miyares was recognized as “Legislator of the Year” from the Hampton Roads Military Officers Association of America for his “outstanding and dedicated service” to Virginia’s military veterans.

    Miyares attended elementary and high school in Virginia Beach, graduating with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from James Madison University and is a graduate of the College of William & Mary School of Law, where he served on the Honor Council. He is the Past President of Cape Henry Rotary where he was a Paul Harris Fellow, Past Chairman of the Hampton Roads Young Republicans, Founding Member of the Hampton Roads Federalist Society, Member of the Virginia Beach Bar Association, and a Member of Galilee Episcopal Church. He lives in Virginia Beach, with his wife Page Atkinson Miyares, an owner and broker at Atkinson Realty, a third-generation family owned business in the North End, their three daughters and their very lovable Golden Retriever, Buckley.

    Delegate Jason Miyares is proud to have the endorsements of over twenty current and past local elected Virginia Beach officials and scores of additional community leaders and business owners.

    PARTIAL LIST OF ENDORSEMENTS
    Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)
    National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB)
    Virginia Farm Bureau Federation
    African-American Political Action Council (AAPAC)
    Former Congressman Scott Rigell
    Former Senator Jeff McWaters
    Senator Frank Wagner
    Senator John Cosgrove
    Senator Bill DeSteph
    Delegate Barry Knight
    Delegate Glenn Davis
    Delegate Chris Stolle
    Sheriff Ken Stolle
    Treasurer John Atkinson
    Clerk of the Court Tina Sinnen
    Commonwealth’s Attorney Colin Stolle
    Mayor Bobby Dyer
    Vice Mayor Louis Jones
    City Councilman John Moss
    City Councilwoman Shannon Kane
    City Councilwoman Rosemary Wilson
    City Councilman Jim Wood
    School Board Chairman Dan Edwards
    School Board Member Ashley McLeod
    School Board Member Kim Melnyk
    School Board Member Carolyn Weems

    Experience

    Work Experience

    • Attorney

    Education

    • JD
      The College of William and Mary in Virginia School of Law
      2006
    • BA
      James Madison University
      1998

    Personal

    • Birth Year: 1976
    • Place of Birth: Greensboro, NC
    • Gender: Male
    • Race(s): Latino
    • Religion: Episcopal
    • Spouse: Page
    • Children: Gabriella, Elaina, and Sophia

    Membership & Affiliation

    : Galilee Episcopal Church
    Cape Henry Rotary (former president)
    Hampton Roads Federalist Society
    Virginia Beach Bar Association
    Sorenson Institute for Political Leadership (former fellow, 2000)
    Virginia Beach Young Life Committee (former member)
    Willam and Mary School of Law Honor Council (former student member)
    I’Anson-Hoffman Inn of Court (former student member)
    Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach (former prosecutor)

    Contact

    Legislative Assistant: Becky Chambliss
    Administrative Assistant During Session: Pat Frasher

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    900 E. Main St,
    Richmond, Virginia 23219
    Phone: (804) 698-1082

    District Office
    618 Village Drive, Suite J
    Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454
    Phone: (757) 353-4696

    Web

    Government Page, Campaign Site

    Politics

    Recent Elections

    2019 State DelegateArray

    Jason S. Miyares (R)15,77159.20%
    Gayle H. Johnson (D)10,84040.69%
    Write-In (Write-in)270.10%
    TOTAL26,638

    2017 State DelegateArray

    Jason Miyares (R)16,048
    Leigh Anne Bowling (D)11,174
    Write In (Write-in)290.1%
    TOTAL27,251

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Finances

    MIYARES, JASON S has run in 3 races for public office, winning 2 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $619,023.

    Source: Follow the Money

    Committees

    Committees

    Courts of Justice
    Transportation
    General Laws

    Subcommittees

    Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #2
    Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #3
    Courts of Justice – Ethics Subcommittee General Laws – Subcommittee #1 General Laws – Subcommittee #3 General Laws – Subcommittee #4 Transportation – Subcommittee #2 Transportation – Subcommittee #3 Transportation – Subcommittee #4
    General Laws – Subcommittee #1
    General Laws – Subcommittee #3
    General Laws – Subcommittee #4
    Transportation – Subcommittee #2
    Transportation – Subcommittee #3
    Transportation – Subcommittee #4

    Appointments

    Voting Record

    See: Vote Smart

    New Legislation

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Issues

    Economy

    Relieving Burdens on our Entrepreneurs

    Our jobs agenda has one goal: make it easier for people to work. Our jobs policies aim to create a culture of opportunity where people can empower themselves and flourish in our society. This is accomplished through private job creation and entrepreneurship, healthcare reform, and modernizing education options.
    That is why I’m proud to have support the business-driven initiative, GO Virginia, which facilitates greater collaboration between the business community, higher education, and local governments. The budget funds strategic and targeted investments in economic development, while promoting increased accountability and oversight in coordination with our legislative priorities. It also provides incentives for localities to work together to attract out-of-state businesses to their region. It is critical that our region work together to attract out of state jobs to our region.
    I am a firm believer that a strong economy is built from the bottom-up, starting with our small business entrepreneurs who create two-thirds of all new jobs in our current economy. Unfortunately, bureaucratic red tape and over-regulation prevents too many small business owners from being able to survive and thrive. The current regulatory system is broken. Onerous Our jobs agenda has one goal: make it easier for people to work. Our jobs policies aim to create a culture of opportunity where people can empower themselves and flourish in our society. This is accomplished through private job creation and entrepreneurship, healthcare reform, and modernizing education options.
    That is why I’m proud to have support the business-driven initiative, GO Virginia, which facilitates greater collaboration between the business community, higher education, and local governments. The budget funds strategic and targeted investments in economic development, while promoting increased accountability and oversight in coordination with our legislative priorities. It also provides incentives for localities to work together to attract out-of-state businesses to their region. It is critical that our region work together to attract out of state jobs to our region.
    I am a firm believer that a strong economy is built from the bottom-up, starting with our small business entrepreneurs who create two-thirds of all new jobs in our current economy. Unfortunately, bureaucratic red tape and over-regulation prevents too many small business owners from being able to survive and thrive. The current regulatory system is broken. Onerous Our jobs agenda has one goal: make it easier for people to work. Our jobs policies aim to create a culture of opportunity where people can empower themselves and flourish in our society. This is accomplished through private job creation and entrepreneurship, healthcare reform, and modernizing education options.
    That is why I’m proud to have support the business-driven initiative, GO Virginia, which facilitates greater collaboration between the business community, higher education, and local governments. The budget funds strategic and targeted investments in economic development, while promoting increased accountability and oversight in coordination with our legislative priorities. It also provides incentives for localities to work together to attract out-of-state businesses to their region. It is critical that our region work together to attract out of state jobs to our region.
    I am a firm believer that a strong economy is built from the bottom-up, starting with our small business entrepreneurs who create two-thirds of all new jobs in our current economy. Unfortunately, bureaucratic red tape and over-regulation prevents too many small business owners from being able to survive and thrive. The current regulatory system is broken. Onerous

    permitting requirements have made it extremely difficult, expensive, and time-consuming to do business. Not all regulations are bad or should be done away with, however, they should be transparent, fair, and impose minimal financial burdens on businesses and families. I’m proud to have introduced legislation that would require every new regulation coming out of the state Department of Professional and Occupation Regulations to report within five years the impact that regulation is having on our small business entrepreneurs, whether it is redundant, and whether it is needed. We need to cut through red tape that is hindering our small business owners so they can hire and thrive in our emerging economy.

    Education

    Making Kids #1

    I attended public elementary through high school in Virginia Beach and my own daughters attend Virginia Beach public schools. I know firsthand the importance of public education is in our communities and the impact of my numerous extraordinary public school teachers still resonates with me today. They are the reason that our educators are some of our greatest public servants.
    While in Richmond, I supported a budget to increase funding for Virginia Beach public schools by over $45 million, keeping a campaign promise of fighting for increased funding for our local schools.
    I’m proud to support funding in Richmond for pay raises for our hard working teachers, and sending $157 million of lottery funds back to local school divisions without any mandates on how the funds must be spent for maximum flexibility. Furthermore, this year’s adopted budget exceeded the Governor’s investment in K-12 education by $8 million.

    Education is the key to the future wellbeing of the children of Hampton Roads and investing in education is really about investing in the future workforce that will power our 21st century economy. Like you, I want my own children to be able to graduate from our

    local public schools with a world class education.
    Not all children in the Commonwealth today are as fortunate as I was growing up in Virginia Beach public schools. That is why I’m proud to have championed legislation aimed at those trapped in failing school districts that was passed with bipartisan support and signed into law by the Governor. My legislation allowed public charter school applications in at-risk school districts. Virginia Beach public schools are some of the best in the nation, but some Virginia school districts are falling farther behind in individual student growth. This legislation would only apply to those localities in which over 50% of the schools in the school district are classified by the federal government as Title I at risk schools. In these school districts, a charter school applicant can request that the State Board of Education review and remand to the local school board a denied application. This legislation does not remove the local school board’s ultimate authority to grant or deny any charter school application. I’m proud to say this legislation was passed and signed into law with bipartisan support.

    Safety

    Safe Neighborhoods & Effective Law Enforcement

    Public safety should always be a foremost priority of all elected officeholders. Keeping our schools, neighborhoods and communities safe from violent gangs and drug dealers is critical to building a safer, more prosperous Virginia Beach.
    In 2016, Forbes released an article stating that more Americans have died from drug overdose than car crashes. The devastation Fentanyl, Heroin and opiate addiction has had on families in Hampton Roads, many of whom I know personally, is heartbreaking.
    In the General Assembly, I have introduced legislation enhancing penalties for drug dealers, has been highlighted by WAVY-10 for my legislation requiring opiate prescriptions to become electronic to cut down on prescription drug abuse, and for advocating for increased state services to combat this problem impacting Virginia.
    I was honored to serve as a Virginia Beach prosecutor (Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney), where I worked hand in hand with our brave officers in the law enforcement community to get criminals off our streets and in prison. During my time in the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, I handled over 600 criminal cases and worked tirelessly keep Virginia Beach families safe and secure from

    violent criminals. Most importantly, I understand that for the victims of violent crimes, making sure that their attacker is put in prison is just one step in the road of healing and recovery.
    I am proud in the General Assembly to advance legislation to protect women and the most vulnerable by enhancing the penalties for stalkers, including serving as a co-patron on legislation that provides that a second offense of stalking committed within five years of a prior stalking conviction is punishable as a Class 6 felony.
    Virginia Beach remains one of the safest cities of its size in the country and that is not by chance. It is due to the dedication of our brave men and women in law enforcement and the work of so many of my friends in the Virginia Beach Office of Commonwealth’s Attorney. I’m proud to have the endorsement and support of so many in the law enforcement community and to continue to be their ally in Richmond.

    Flooding and Hurricane Risk Reduction

    Hampton Roads and Virginia Beach are at high risk of catastrophic flooding and hurricane threats. Virginia is where Louisiana was prior to Hurricane Katrina and we are woefully unprepared; the time for action is now. If we do nothing the economic devastation to our region would measure in the billions of dollars and potentially thousands of lives lost. That is why I’m continuing to champion legislation and initiatives to tackle both flooding and hurricane preparedness in Richmond
    In 2017, I carried legislation regarding the National Flood Insurance Program that requires the Secretary of Natural Resources to issue a report by November 1, 2018, listing any locality not participating in the Community Rating System of the National Flood Insurance Program and recommending any legislation necessary to encourage participation, which would lower flood premiums for our homeowners. I’m proud that this legislation passed with bipartisan support and was signed into law.
    Finally, I’m am championing the Hurricane and Flooding Risk Reduction Act of 2017. Rather than wait for the next storm, this legislation is aimed at organizing state government now, rather than after a catastrophic flooding event, to prepare and tackle the host of flooding issues we face in our region. This bill establishes the Commonwealth as a Nonfederal Sponsor of Hurricane and Flooding Risk Reduction Projects. The bill also establishes the Virginia Hurricane and Flooding Risk Reduction Authority, a Board of Directors for that Authority, and a Governor’s Advisory Commission on Hurricane and Flooding Risk Reduction. This legislation is critical for Hampton Roads and Virginia Beach as flooding continues to impact our neighborhoods and quality of life

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    Delegate Jason Miyares on Cuba and Governor McAuliffe
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    Gayle JohnsonGayle Johnson

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

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

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    About

    Gayle Johnson 1

    Source: Campaign page

    Gayle’s sharp intellect and readiness to serve her community make her one of the inspiring women making a difference in today’s political arena. She combines creativity and analytical thinking to find new solutions. As a community activist, she listens to concerns from all sides to build a consensus and find meaningful solutions for all parties.

    Gayle has always held a passion for the arts. After graduating from Oberlin she founded and led Capriole, a baroque music ensemble, which became an internationally acclaimed Ensemble in Residence at W&M and ODU.

    Gayle envisions a sustainable future, but she doesn’t just “talk the talk”. She earned certifications as a Class A Contractor, LEED Accredited Professional and Certified Green Professional. In 2013, she built the first net zero energy home in Virginia Beach to inspire others to invest in energy efficient building.

    Web

    Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

    Issues

    Source: Campaign page

    ECONOMY
    SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH
    I believe that we cannot simply try to grow the economy. We must focus on creating sustainable growth that benefits all of our citizens.

     
    In addition, I believe we must attract clean energy companies, such as those responsible for the manufacturing and maintenance of wind turbines, because:

     
    1. A clean energy economy will provide tens of thousands of good paying jobs. 
    a. Clean energy already employs approximately 101,000 Virginians, and is projected to grow 7% in 2019, according to the Advanced Energy Economy (AEE).
    2. Clean energy, such as solar panels and offshore wind, is a more expensive but more sustainable long-term investment than additional investments in fossil fuels (including natural gas). 
    3. A diverse portfolio of energy sources will help maintain low energy bills by offsetting the risk of price fluctuations.
    4. Cheap, reliable energy will create additional incentives for businesses to relocate to Virginia, especially businesses with large energy requirements.

    We already have tremendous potential in Virginia, with a massive, centrally-located port, educated and highly skilled workers, and the best business environment in the United States. We can take advantage of these opportunities to ensure sustainable growth for future generations of Virginians!

    SMALL BUSINESS 
    As a former small business owner, I know how hard it can be to create a business from the ground up. That’s why I believe that we must create stronger incentives for entrepreneurs and create more resources to help small business owners thrive.

    I support the following:
    1. Create delayed-interest loans for certain types of small businesses and start-ups. 
    2. Create additional tax breaks for small business owners seeking to purchase solar panels or other cost-cutting investments. 
    3. Improve access to resources such as low-interest loans, grants, and training programs.

    TAX POLICY
    I believe that our state tax policy can be used to effectively incentivize beneficial behaviors and choices that might otherwise be inaccessible due to cost. That is w.y I propose creating tax incentives for the following

    1. Tax breaks for homeowners, business owners, and developers who use pervious materials to offset flood damage and decrease the strain on public storm drain system.
    2. Tax breaks for solar panels.
    3. Tax breaks for certain electric vehicles, scaled based on income. For example, a family making $40,000 per year buying a $20,000 electric vehicle would receive a greater tax break than a family earning $100,000 buying the same vehicle. 
    4. Tax breaks for companies deemed to be sustainable sources of employment (e.g. wind turbine manufacturers).

    To offset the cost of these tax incentives, I propose that we legalize recreational marijuana for adults over the legal age, which would be overseen by a state-owned monopoly similar to VA ABC stores. This would generate additional tax revenue, create thousands of new jobs, and help decrease spending on our prison programs.

    CLIMATE CRISIS
    CLIMATE CHANGE
    I am increasingly concerned about the impact of climate change on District 82. We are surrounded by water on three sides – the Atlantic to the East, the Chesapeake to the North, and the Lynnhaven River to the West. Rising sea levels as well as increasingly frequent and powerful storms pose an existential threat to our community, as even a few feet of sea-level rise can disrupt our economy and destroy our infrastructure.

     
    I propose creating tax incentives for Virginians and companies who invest in sustainable strategies to mitigate climate change: 
    1. Use pervious materials to aid water runoff and mitigate flood damage.
    2. Implement sustainable building practices, such as those set forth by the LEED program, that create more energy-efficient buildings. 
    3. Purchase solar panels, electric cars, and other energy-efficient technologies.

    I also support measures to fine individuals and companies who engage in activities that undermine the public good, such as developers who build homes in high-risk flood zones or homeowners who destroy natural flood barriers on their properties (e.g. trees and wetlands). This would help offset the cost of rebuilding homes and businesses destroyed or threatened by flooding or sea-level rise.

    ENERGY POLICY
    I believe the best energy policy is a diversified energy policy. We need multiple sources of power to keep our energy cheap and sustainable. Let’s increase renewables like solar and wind while transitioning away from fossil fuels. This will offset the risk of price fluctuations, natural disasters, or supply chain disruption while moving us toward a cleaner, more sustainable future.
     
    I am against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which is being constructed to transport natural gas to the coast. While Virginians might benefit from this pipeline over the next ten years, it is unclear how much of the natural gas will be used here and how much will be exported for profit. I also believe it is unwise to sink so much money into an extractive resource. Natural gas reserves may be extensive but they are certainly not infinite, and that means that the uses of this pipeline are incredibly limited. Given the cost, I believe that the public money used for this project would be better used elsewhere, especially in education programs.

    EDUCATION
    PUBLIC SCHOOLS
    We must create a fair system for determining teachers’ salaries and expand teachers’ benefits to ensure that Virginia’s public schools continue to employ and retain high-quality teachers. 
    I support the following:

    1. Increase our state budget for education to return to pre-Recession levels
    2. Restore a defined benefits pension plan
    3. Protect continuing contracts
    4. Tie teacher salary to per-pupil spending requirements. 
    5. Create incentives for teachers to earn certifications from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.

    HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRADE SCHOOLS 
    I support controlling in-state tuition to keep higher education accessible to our youth.

    We cannot expect every single student to pursue a traditional college degree, nor can we ignore the need for high-skill laborers in all fields. That is why I propose expanding vocational and skills training courses for our middle and high school students, and improving access to quality vocational training for adults.

    HEALTHCARE
    I believe that access to affordable healthcare is a human right, and that is it our state government’s responsibility to guarantee access to healthcare for all citizens of the Commonwealth.

    I support the following to improve access to healthcare in Virginia:

    1. Protecting expanded Medicaid/Medicare in the Commonwealth2. Supporting access to healthcare in low-income communities 
    3. Working with pharmaceutical and insurance companies to keep prices low 
    4. Holding healthcare companies accountable for unethical and illegal behaviors (e.g. lying about the addictive nature of new opioids) 
    5. Creating a public option for health insurance

    HUMAN RIGHTS
    CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
    I believe that we must immediately address Virginia’s discriminatory and unnecessary criminal justice system. The systemic mass incarceration of young men from minority communities, especially African Americans, is a blight on our society.
     
    I propose the following policies to address mass incarceration: 
    1. Legalize marijuana for adults of a legal age.2. Expedite the pardon of those incarcerated for non-violent drug-related offenses and create a program to reintegrate them into society. 
    3. Treat drug use as a public health problem, not a criminal violation, and create new programs to help treat drug users rather than put them in prison. 
    4. Decrease the number of people who are kept in prison while awaiting trial.

    WOMEN’S RIGHTS
    I am a strong advocate for implementing strong legal protections that guarantee women’s rights. While we have undoubtedly come a long way in the fight for gender equality in my lifetime, there is more that must be done.

     
    I support the following to create a more equitable Virginia: 
    1. Ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to enshrine the protection of gender equality in the Constitution of the United States.
    2. Creating stronger enforcement mechanisms for the Equal Pay Act (EPA) and its state equivalent to help close the pay gap.
    3. Ensuring sufficient access to women’s reproductive healthcare, especially for low-income communities.

    LGBTQ RIGHTS
    I have been a lifelong supporter of the LGBTQ community, and believe it is imperative that the Virginia state government protect all of citizens regardless of their sexual orientation.

     
    I propose the following to uphold and protect LGBTQ Rights: 
    1. Creating an amendment to the Virginia state constitution to guarantee the right to marriage equality.2. Passing laws prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

    ETHICAL GOVERNMENT
    CAMPAIGN FINANCE
    I believe that our political system has become completely unsustainable. Both parties require their candidates to raise obscene amounts of money, which allows special interests to functionally buy candidates for office. The people are no long in control of their own future, and this cannot continue.

    That is why I propose creating a fixed cap on how much money each campaign may spend, based on the umber of voters that each type of campaign needs to reach. For example, someone running for the House of Delegates may only need to raise $50,000, while someone running for U.S. Congress may need to raise closer to $1 million to effectively reach out to their constituents.

    GERRYMANDERING
    I believe that the current system for redistricting is completely unacceptable, since iGt allows the party in control of the Virginia Legislature to redraw districts based on their own political goals rather than the needs of the people.

    I propose that we create a non-partisan committee responsible for drawing new districts based on census data with the stated goal of creating more competitive political races. We cannot allow so many districts to remain uncontested.

    GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION
    I firmly believe that we need to create more comprehensive laws that make everyone safer, gun owners and non-owners alike. 
    I propose the following measures: 
    1. Create tax incentives for gun owners to purchase gun safes, which should keep guns out of the hands of unsupervised children and decrease the likelihood of suicide by gun, since it is often a spontaneous decision that can be avoided with simple obstacles; 
    2. Increase access to gun safety courses for all gun owners.
    3. Support measures to require universal background checks and close the “gun show” and “boyfriend” loopholes in existing laws.

    COST OF LIVING
    HOUSING
    Housing is inarguably essential, but increasingly costly. That is why I propose tying state tax incentives for companies providing affordable housing to more realistic goals. Specifically, I propose defining low-income housing as housing that costs no more than 30% of what an individual or family can make working full time at the minimum wage.

    For example, if our minimum wage was increased to $15 an hour, an individual working a full-time job would expect to bring home around $2,600 per month before tax. In that situation, an apartment would only qualify as “affordable” if its rent was 30% or less of an individual’s total monthly income (~$720).

    LIVING WAGE
    As of 2019, Virginia has the lowest minimum wage in relation to the cost of living in the United States. I am strongly in favor of increasing our state’s minimum wage to provide a living wage to all Virginians. I believe that we should aim to increase our minimum wage to at least $15, in addition to addressing rapidly rising costs of living .
    INFRASTRUCTURE
    NET NEUTRALITY
    I strongly support implementing state-level protections for net neutrality. I believe that it is our responsibility to protect the rights of our citizens, especially when the Federal government fails to do so.

    FLOOD MITIGATION 
    It is important for Virginia to maintain and upgrade its infrastructure in order to retain its reputation as business-friendly and competitive. That is why I will vote to increase spending on infrastructure maintenance, and why I support making improvements to our public infrastructure.

    Our infrastructure program must begin to account for the dangers of flooding and sea-level rise. While pervious concrete and asphalt is not necessary in most areas of Virginia, our largest population centers are near rivers and the Atlantic coast. It is therefore essential that state legislators include funding for flood-mitigating technologies such as pervious concrete and asphalt in affected communities.

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    Christopher Stolle 2Christopher Stolle

    Current Position: State Delegate since 2010
    Affiliation: Republican

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    Current Position: State Delegate since 2010
    Affiliation: Republican

    Overview: N/A

    About

    Christopher Stolle 1

    Source: Campaign page

    Veteran
    Chris Stolle is a retired Naval Officer, who started his career in the Submarine force where he qualified as a Naval Nuclear Engineer and later entered the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences where he earned his doctorate of Medicine. Dr. Stolle completed his internship and OB/GYN residency at the Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth. Dr. Stolle has served as the Department Head for OB/GYN at the Naval Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, and Chairmen of the OB/GYN department at the Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth.

    Doctor
    After retiring from the Navy in 2005, Dr. Stolle and his sister, also an OB/GYN, started their own small business developing a new concept in the delivery of Obstetrical care that resulted in documented live saving interventions while decreasing the cost of patient care.
    Chris earned an MBA from the College of William and Mary in 2004 and now serves as Vice President of Medical Affairs at Riverside Regional Medical Center where he acts as a physician advocate, medical advisor to non-physician clinical staff, and liaison between the medical staff and administration. Along with the medical staff leadership, Dr. Stolle guides and directs medical staff activities to ensure the quality and safety of patient care.

    Family
    Chris resides in the Bayside area of Virginia Beach with his wife, Lisa. They have five children, Tricia, a Navy veteran, who is currently pursuing a career in medicine, Christopher, who is currently serving in U. S. Navy; Graham, who joined his brother Christopher as a VMI graduate, obtained his Juris Doctorate at Regent University School of Law, and is an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney; Andrew, a physican; and Kevin, an engineer. The Stolle family is deeply rooted in service to our country. Chris and Lisa remember the challenges they faced as a young military family with five growing children. Chris has a solid record of serving those who serve.

    Leader
    Representing an area with one of the largest populations of veterans in the nation, Dr. Stolle is a champion for Veteran’s issues in the Virginia General Assembly. He has successfully passed legislation to improve veteran’s and their spouse’s education, employment, and health. Dr. Stolle was Chief Patron to a “Veteran’s Courts” bill to provide treatment options for veterans returning from war with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. Additionally Dr. Stolle has successfully championed legislation to promote the safety of emergency room patients and health care providers. Delegate Stolle was Chief Patron for the first in the nation legislation protecting physician’s rights to care for patients. First elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2009 to represent the 83rd House District, Delegate Stolle serves on key committees in the House of Delegates and has been appointed by the Speaker of the House to serve on key boards and commissions.

    Skilled Policymaker

    Chief Patron to the “Veteran’s Courts” bill to provide treatment options for veterans returning from war with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

    Advocated for two years to pass legislation that will bring Virginia two new veteran’s care centers. Through Chris’s efforts with city leaders, the Virginia Beach City Council voted to reserve 42 acres of city land as the site of a new Veterans Care Center in Hampton Roads.

    In 2013, Chris was a leader in fighting to pass the innovative transportation-funding plan giving Virginia the resources necessary to build a strong and efficient transportation system.

    Chris sponsored HB2; a landmark bill which provides accountability and transparency to the prioritization and funding of transportation projects.
    2011 Virginia College of Emergency Physicians “Emergency Medicine Heroes” Award
    2011 Virginia Association of Nursing’s 2011 “Friend of Nursing” Award
    2013 Virginia Chamber of Commerce “Champion of Free Enterprise” Award
    2014 Virginia Chamber of Commerce “Transportation Reform Advocate” Award
    2014 Sierra Club Leadership Award recognizing his efforts to advance the Commonwealth’s initiatives to address recurrent flooding and resiliency
    2015 Virginia Chamber of Commerce “Military and Veterans Affairs Advocate” Award
    2015 Virginia Military Officers Association Legislator of the Year Award
    2016 Virginia Chamber “Military and Veterans Affairs Advocate” Award
    2017 Virginia Chamber Free Enterprise Award
    2018 Virginia Chamber Free Enterprise Award for Transportation
    2018 Hampton Roads Workforce Council’s “Workforce Innovation Award”

    Committees

    Appropriations Committee (incl. General Government/Capital Outlay, Heath & Human Services, Higher Education and Transportation Subcommittees)
    Chair, Appropriations Transportation Subcommittee
    Health, Welfare & Institutions Committee
    Counties, Cities & Towns Committee (Chair, Subcommittee #2)

    Commissions & Boards

    Board of Veterans Services (2010-2017)
    Joint Commission on Health Care
    Joint Subcommittee on Coastal Flooding (Chair)
    Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission
    Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation
    Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization
    Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission

    Experience

    Work Experience

    • Physician
    • Military Service
      USN
      1981 to 2005

    Education

    • MBA
      The College of William and Mary in Virginia
      2004
    • MD
      Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, MD
      1988
    • BS
      US Naval Academy
      1981

    Personal

    Personal Information

    • Birth Year: 1958
    • Place of Birth: Norfolk, VA
    • Gender: Male
    • Race(s): Caucasian
    • Religion: Catholic
    • Spouse: Lisa Karen Graham
    • Children: Patricia, Christopher, Graham, Andrew, and Kevin

    Membership & Affiliation

    American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Medical Society of Virginia
    American College of Healthcare Executives
    Military Officers Association of America

    Contact

    Legislative Assistant: Cindy DiFranco
    Administrative Assistant During Session: Cathy Eagles

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    900 E. Main St,
    Richmond, Virginia 23219
    Phone: (804) 698-1083

    District Office
    P.O. Box 5429
    Virginia Beach, VA 23471

    Phone: (757) 633-2080

    Web

    Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

    Politics

    Recent Elections

    2017 State DelegateArray

    Christopher Stolle (R)13,17356.6%
    David Evan Rose-Carmack (D)10,07743.3%
    Write In (Write-in)300.1%
    TOTAL23,280

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Finances

    Source: Follow the Money

    Committees

    Committees

    Vice Chair: Counties Cities and Towns
    Health, Welfare and Institutions
    Appropriations

    Subcommittees

    Chair: Appropriations – Transportation Subcommittee
    Chair: Counties Cities and Towns – Subcommittee #2
    Appropriations – General Government and Capital Outlay Subcommittee
    Appropriations – Health and Human Resources Subcommittee
    Appropriations – Higher Education Subcommittee
    Counties Cities and Towns – Subcommittee #3
    Health, Welfare and Institutions – Subcommittee #2

    Appointments

    Voting Record

    See: Vote Smart

    New Legislation

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Issues

    Governance

    Spending

    Unlike Washington our state constitution requires the Virginia General Assembly to pass a balanced budget. The General Assembly must identify, before we spend any money, how every service provided by the Commonwealth will be funded.  As a member of the Appropriations Committee, the committee responsible for allocating funds, Chris knows firsthand the difficult decisions that go into funding core state services.  Chris is also on the Appropriations subcommittees responsible for funding transportation, higher education, general government, and healthcare.  Chris recently commented “in the health subcommittee of Appropriations, we had $10 of requests for every $1 available to spend, we had to make some very difficult decisions”.  We must always focus on funding our state’s core services in a manner that is fiscally responsible, while providing the best value to our citizens and always remember that everything cost someone something.

    Economy

    Jobs

    Jobs and economic development have been Chris Stolle’s primary focus since he was first elected.  To expand jobs and diversify our economy we must create an environment that will attract business.  New or growing companies are looking for locations that have strong public schools, a skilled and educated work force, low taxes, freedom from burdensome regulation, access to high quality health care, a strong transportation system with a modern infrastructure, and communities that offer attractive living for their employees.  Focusing on jobs means focusing on our schools, our workforce, our transportation system, our tax structure, our business climate, and the natural beauty of our area.  Chris started a successful small business after a 24-year career in the Navy.  He understands the challenges facing both job seekers and job creators.

    Chris has championed legislation focusing on transportation, workforce development, education, healthcare and the quality of life in our area to ensure our citizens have the employment opportunities that will support their families

    Education

    K-12 Education

    There is nothing more empowering for individual success than a quality education. Chris Stolle continues to support legislation that will ensure that every child has the educational tools they need to compete and succeed in life. Chris has championed legislation that to support military dependents in our public schools and has patroned legislation to provide our K-12 students a quality education regardless of their zip code.

    Chris Stolle has also supported legislation aimed at retaining good teachers and addressing the teacher shortage by awarding teacher licensure to spouses of Armed Services members who are licensed in another state.

    Career Readiness

    One of the first attributes a business leader looks for in a community is a well-trained and ready workforce.  We must continue to support high standards and accountability in our schools while also looking for ways to expand access to higher education opportunities at our four-year and community colleges.

    Not all good jobs require college. Strengthening our certificate training opportunities for high school students and transitioning veterans is key to getting these ready, able and willing citizens into the workforce and to diversify and grow our economy.

    Chris Stolle has championed legislation that supports our young students, our transitioning veterans and their families, and career switchers. Chris continues to move the Commonwealth forward with innovative ideas.  Here is some of Chris’s legislation to help develop a 21st century workforce:

    ·       Directed the Board of Education to develop regulations that adjust the formula for calculating the high school accreditation by adding credit for students obtaining industry certifications, state licensure, or competency credentials.

    ·       Military medics and corpsmen (MMAC) receive extensive health care training while on active duty. Once they transition to civilian life, their military health care experiences do not easily translate into comparable civilian certifications and licenses required for health care jobs, preventing many highly-trained veterans from gaining employment in the field.   Chris introduced legislation that directed the Department of Veterans Services, in collaboration with the Department of Health Professions, to establish a pilot program allowing military medical personnel to use their training and experience obtained in the military under a licensed physician’s supervision.  The legislation also provided grant money for the medics and corpsmen to help them get needed educational credits to obtain civilian certification.  This pilot program allowed military medics to smoothly transition to a medical career in the private sector benefitting them and the entire community.   The MMAC Program kicked off in 2016 and the first medic was hired right here in Hampton Roads by a local hospital.  The MMAC pilot program has received accolades around the country and in 2018, Chris Stolle introduced HB915 making the program permanent.  HB915 passed the General Assembly with unanimous support.

    ·       Ensured that spouses and other dependents of an active duty service member and surviving spouses and dependent children now receive in-state tuition at Virginia public higher education institutions.

    ·       Directed the Virginia Employment Commission, in cooperation with the Department of Veterans Services and the Secretary of Commerce and Trade, to establish the Veterans Skills Database, an internet-accessible database of veterans and their workforce skills, for marketing and promoting the workforce skills of veterans to potential employers. The database is free to both veterans and employers.

    ·       Require public and private nonprofit Virginia Colleges and Universities to publish data on the proportion of graduates with employment at 18 months and five years after the date of graduation. The data shall include the major and degree program, percentage of employment in the Commonwealth, average salary, and average higher education-related debt of graduates.

    Environment

    Living with Water

    Virginia Beach and Norfolk are cities whose past and future are intricately tied to the water.  Tourism, the Navy, the world’s greatest natural harbor and Port are the foundations of our economy.  As we have seen in recent year’s water can also be a threat.  We have witnessed a significant increase in flooding, associated not only with major storms, but also with summer showers.  The cause of flooding of our region is multifactorial and includes sea level rise, land subsidence, and ground water depletion.  Regardless of the cause, the welfare of our region requires us to plan and to act.  It is the job of our legislators to develop coastal flooding policies that reassure employers that Virginia has a plan to protect businesses, to re-affirm our commitment to national defense by working with the military to protect our bases here, to protect Virginia’s natural beauty, and most importantly to ensure the safety of our citizens and their property.

    Hampton Roads is ranked 10th globally and second only to New Orleans nationally for resources at risk for flooding.  In 2012, Chris introduced a resolution that directed the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) to study the impact of recurrent flooding on our area.  The VIMS review of existing global flood management strategies suggested that it is possible for Virginia to have an effective response to increasing flood issues but it takes time, estimated at 20-30 years, to effectively plan and implement many of the adaptation strategies.

    Because of the recommendations of the VIMS study, in 2014 Chris introduced HJR16 which created a bipartisan Joint House and Senate legislative subcommittee to develop plans, policies and provide legislative oversight of efforts to implement adaptation strategies to protect Virginians living and working in flood prone areas.

    The committee members elected Chris to serve as the Chair of the Flooding Subcommittee in 2014 and again in 2016. Several bills introduced or endorsed by members of the Committee have now passed the General Assembly and have become law.

    Chris has been received awards from the Sierra Club and the Virginia Chamber of Commerce for his leadership in addressing this threat to our area.  Chris stated “Water doesn’t care if you’re a Democrat or a Republican.  We have an obligation to find solutions that protect the lives and property of our citizens.”

    The initial term of the Joint Subcommittee on Coastal Flooding focused on educating our members on the issue and on reaching out to business leaders, higher education, and other branches of government for insight and input on the need for a statewide adaptation and mitigation effort. The subcommittee received input from the Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Navy, the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, the City of Norfolk, the Secure Commonwealth Panel, the National Federation of Independent Business, insurance carriers, the Virginia Association of Realtors, Old Dominion University, VIMS, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, and others.

    The subcommittee’s second term is focused on action. In 2016 Chris introduced legislation which created the Center for Coastal Flooding – a partnership between ODU, VIMS & William & Mary to serve as a national repository of academic resources for flooding and adaptation.

    Our efforts have just begun.Chris believes that “Hampton Roads should be a national leader and business incubator focused on the development and marketing of adaptation strategies.  Adaptation should be an economic development tool that creates jobs and strengthens our economy.  Recurrent flooding is a both threat and an opportunity.”  Chris, who had advocated for the creation of a state cabinet level position for coastal adaptation whose mission would be focused on pro-active solutions to living with water, worked directly with the Governor during the 2018 General Assembly session on the passage of HB345 creating the position and successfully fought for funding for the position in the state budget.

    Transportation

    After years of transportation gridlock, the General Assembly passed landmark legislation in 2013 to fund a 21st century transportation system for Virginia.  Chris Stolle was a patron of the transportation bill and introduced legislation that would create our regional transportation fund.  In 2014 Chris introduced HB2, now known as Smart Scale.  Smart Scale was a first in the nation, statewide system of prioritizing transportation projects based on six factors.  Each factor is assigned a rating by project engineers and the highest scoring projects are funded.  Smart Scale takes the politics out of which projects get built.

    Chris is the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee Transportation Subcommittee, the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO), the body responsible for the planning and approving transportation projects in our area, and the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission (HRTAC), responsible for providing funding for the approved projects.

    Transportation revitalization has already started in Hampton Roads since passing the transportation bill.  In 2016, the HRTPO approved and the HRTAC funded an historic twenty-year transportation plan which provides for a new Hampton Roads Bridge tunnel, a new High Rise Bridge in Chesapeake, an improved the I 64 – I 264 interchange, among others.   Chris stated “In the past residents of this district have had to plan their lives around traffic congestion. When I entered the House of Delegates I knew we needed a solution.  I am very pleased to have been able to play such a pivotal role in the modernization of Virginia’s transportation system.”

    Preserving Our Future

    We are truly blessed to live in an area filled with natural beauty.  From the Chesapeake Bay to the Lynnhaven River to our many lakes, the 83rd district holds a wealth of nature’s treasures to experience.

    When Chris Stolle learned that one of the last remaining open tracts on the Lynnhaven River that was once under consideration for a large waterfront development may be able to be permanently preserved, he stepped in to help.

    Preserving the land at Pleasure House Point would allow the citizens of Virginia Beach, the Hampton Roads community, and statewide residents to continue to benefit from this natural area.

    Working with the Trust for Public Land, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the City of Virginia Beach along with a team of very motivated Virginia Beach citizens, Chris worked to secure the $10 Million in state funding that was needed to finalize the preservation of this treasure.  Pleasure House Point is now home to the Brock center ….  The beauty of Pleasure House Point is now preserved for future generations to come to discover and enjoy!

    Health Care

    Chris’ background as a physician, a hospital administrator, and employer in the health care industry has made him one of the leading experts in healthcare in the General Assembly.  Chris said “I originally decided to run for office because of my frustration with our healthcare system and in particular how we provide care to those most in need.  I am absolutely dedicated to ensuring high quality, accessible and affordable healthcare for all Virginians.  Our current system is badly broken; I am very pleased to be part of finding innovative solutions to these very difficult problems.”  Health care reform is an immediate concern for all Virginians that we will continue to address. As we look for ways to reform health care, it is crucial that we have individuals with firsthand knowledge of the challenges at the table to advocate for patients, and to ensure the quality, safety, affordability and accessibility of health care in the future.

    Dr. Stolle has carried many pieces of legislation important to the health of Virginians which include: HJ99 (2010) – Directed the Joint Commission on Health Care to study catastrophic health insurance coverage options; HB2216 (2011) – Allows a laboratory, with authorization from patient, to provide a copy of the report of the results directly to the insurance carrier. HB638 (2012) – Provides that a court may authorize medical treatment for an incapacitated person; HB1280 (2012) – Amends the criteria for psychiatric inpatient admission for inmates at local correctional facilities; HB86 (2014) – Expands the criteria for inpatient psychiatric hospital admissions from local correctional facilities; HB1499 (2013) – Clarifies the circumstances under which emergency medical services personnel may administer medications; HB1588 (2013) – Physician Loan Repayment Program; HB391 (2014) – National accrediting organizations; HB580 (2014) – Active duty military health care providers; practice at public and private health care facilities: HB893 (2014) – Anatomic pathology services; HB2322 (2015) – Health benefit plans; essential health benefits waiver; HB221 (2016) – Active duty health care providers at public or private health care facilities; HB435 (2016) – Licensure of adult day care centers; and HB1691 (2011) – Provides for a program established by the Department of Veterans Services to monitor and coordinate mental health and rehabilitative services support for Veterans.

    For his efforts in support of the health of Virginians Chris has received the Virginia Healthcare and Hospital Association Hero of Healthcare award, the Virginia College of Emergency Physicians “Emergency Medicine Heroes” award, and the Virginia Association of Nursing “Friend of Nursing” Award.

    Safety

    Our neighbors and our children deserve the security of feeling safe at home or throughout the community.  Chris patroned legislation to make our schools safer, combat domestic violence, fight human trafficking, and address the heroin and opioid crisis that plagues the Commonwealth and the nation.

    The state police and many localities are now also facing force shortages.  Chris has supported pay raises for law enforcement while also supporting major initiatives geared toward cracking down on repeat, chronic and habitual domestic violence offenders and empowering women with the ability to protect themselves and their children in their most vulnerable moments.

    Chris also introduced legislation that: protects our port by giving the Port of Virginia the ability to retain employees with special police powers; enhances our prescription monitoring system; protects emergency room health care workers from battery, protects children born with substance abuse exposure, and provides our courts with the ability to addresses the unique mental health needs of our veterans with a veterans’ court docket.  He introduced HB1705 in 2013 to update the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund to ensure that restitution payments to victims of crimes would not be delayed by bureaucracy.

    Veterans

    Chris is the son of a career naval officer, served himself in the Navy for 24 years, is married to a former marine, and currently has a son deployed to the Middle East.  Chris and his wife Lisa, both Naval Academy graduates raised five children while moving from duty station to duty station.  Chris Stolle understands the challenges our active duty members, retirees, veterans and their families face.  Improving the quality of life for those who are currently serving and those who have served in the past, has, and will remain one of Chris’s key legislative priorities.

    Dr. Stolle successfully carried the “Veteran’s Courts” bill to provide medical treatment options for veterans returning from war with untreated traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.  Delegate Stolle worked with state leaders for two years to pass legislation that has brought Virginia two new veteran’s care centers.  Through Delegate Stolle’s efforts with city leaders, the Virginia Beach City Council voted to donate 25 acres of city land as the site for the Veterans Care Center in Hampton Roads.  Dr. Stolle has also carried other legislation important to veterans which include: HB580 (2014) – Active duty military health care providers; practice at public and private health care facilities: HB893 (2014) – HB221 (2016) – Active duty health care providers at public or private health care facilities; HB760 (2010) – Establish the Veterans Skills Database; HB1118 (2010) – Allows individuals who receive payments from the Virginia Military Family Relief Fund to subtract them from their federal adjustable gross income; HB1691 (2011) – Provides for the program established by the Department of Veterans Services to monitor and coordinate mental health and rehabilitative services support for Veterans; HB1848 (2011) – Active Duty eligibility for in-state tuition charges.  HB253 (2012) – Virginia Personnel Act – hiring preference for veterans; HB640 (2012) – Code of Virginia relating to the enrollment of children of military families into public schools; HB1497 (2013) – Participation in public school interscholastic programs by students in military families.  HB576 (2014) – Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program.  Chris serves on the Board of Veterans Services and is committed to ensuring Virginia is the most Veteran friendly state in the nation.

    For his efforts in support of our Veterans, Chris received the Virginia Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) 2016 Legislator of the Year award and the Virginia Chamber of Commerce 2015 and 2016 Military and Veteran’s Advocacy award.

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    On January 28, 1886, Collis P. Huntington founded The Chesapeake Dry Dock and Construction Company. It was his dream to build a shipyard where the greatest ships in the world would be built – 130 years later, that dream continues to be a reality.

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    Nancy GuyNancy Guy

    Current Position: State Delegate
    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.

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    Current Position: State Delegate
    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.

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    Nancy Guy 1

    Source: Campaign page

    Nancy 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.

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    2019 State DelegateArray

    Nancy D. Guy (D)10,97149.97%
    Christopher P. Stolle (R)10,94449.85%
    Write-In (Write-in)390.18%
    TOTAL21,954

    Issues

    Source: Campaign page

    PUBLIC SCHOOL FUNDING
     
    Nancy feels strongly that public education should be the among the highest spending priorities of state and local government. In the ten years Mr. Stolle has been in office, state funding for public education across the board has decreased and in Virginia Beach and Norfolk has gone down over a thousand dollars per pupil in spite of rising state revenues.  The Literacy Fund, which historically assisted localities with the capital costs of building and renovating schools, was completely zeroed out.   Nancy fully supports Governor Northam’s proposal to more fully fund education in the second half of the biennial budget with the projected increase in revenues, including a 5% teacher pay raise over two years, an increase in the number of guidance counselors and a return to funding the Literacy Fund.  She will continue to fight for equitable funding for public education in subsequent budgets. 
     
    ENVIRONMENT
     
    Nancy feels we have a moral imperative to protect the environment for future generations.  In the two years of the Trump administration the health rating of the Chesapeake Bay, which runs the length of the 83rd District has gone from a “C” to a “D+.” With the federal government focused on enabling polluters rather than controlling them it is imperative that the state steps up its efforts to protect this important resource for both ecological and economic reasons.   Likewise, in 2018 the United States, for the first time in ten years, increased its output of carbon emissions. Nancy is proud that Virginia is a member of the Under2Coalition and pledged to support the goals of the Paris Climate Accord.  She will oppose any effort to undermine these efforts.  She also supports Virginia’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative which would force utilities to move investment from fossil fuel plants to renewable sources like wind and solar. Chris Stolle has stated that he opposes RGGI. Although he  has tried to position himself as an “environmentally friendly” Republican, his current rating from the Virginia Conservation League is still only 43%, and his lifetime rating is 33%. His web page does address the realities of sea level rise, but skirts the issue of climate change, saying glibly “regardless of the cause.” It is our duty to recognize that the cause is climate change and take steps to correct the problem. 
     
    GUN SAFETY
     
    Nancy supports common sense controls like universal back ground checks and limits on the volume of gun purchases.  Chris Stolle has an “A” rating from the NRA (93%) and has voted against even such common sense controls as the one gun a month purchase limitation.  He voted multiple times for a bill that would authorize those who have a restraining order filed against them to carry a concealed firearm.  The grip of the gun lobby on Richmond is so strong that, once again in 2019, Virginia failed to let a bill that would require universal background checks to even get out of committee for a vote on the House floor.
     
    REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS
     
    Nancy feels that it is not the role of government to dictate that a woman must become a mother.  With the current make-up of the United States Supreme Court, we can no longer assume that women’s decisions about reproduction will be constitutionally protected.  If Roe v. Wade is overturned the issue will immediately become one for state legislatures to decide. Even though he is an OB-GYN by training, Chris Stolle currently has a 17% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, and voted multiple times for the law requiring women who seek an abortion to first have an ultrasound and be shown a picture of the fetus.  The bill was so outrageous that it became a punch line on national comedy shows. He also voted for the “personhood” bill, which defined life as legally starting at conception, and would confer legal rights on an unborn fetus.  He has voted repeatedly to eliminate state funding to providers of abortions, including Planned Parenthood. 
     
     
    REDISTRICTING
     
    Nancy fully supports the proposed legislation of One Virginia 2021 that would create a non-partisan, third-party process for redistricting in Virginia and end gerrymandering. For too long in Virginia, the politicians have chosen their voters instead of the other way around.  The incumbent, Chris Stolle, has said he does not support this proposal.  The 83rd was redrawn following his election in 2009 to include two non-contiguous precincts with a conservative voting history and remove more diverse precincts that were a natural part of the District which has “protected” his seat for almost a decade.  The 83rd is one of the Districts that has been redrawn by order of the Federal Court because of racial gerrymandering and the Republican House Caucus, of which Mr. Stolle is a member, has appealed that decision.  The process should be fair to all and not be slanted regardless of which political party has the majority in the legislature.
     
    THE BIG PICTURE
     
    Even voters who do not live in the 83rd District should support Nancy because the Democratic Party needs only two more seats to gain a majority in the House of Delegates. The Republican Party has had control of the Virginia legislature for a quarter of a century.  Because of this control they have prevented many common sense laws from even coming forward for debate. This is despite the fact that most Virginians actually vote for Democratic candidates.  All of Virginia’s statewide officials (Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General) as well as both U.S. Senators have been Democrats the last two election cycles.  Virginia has voted for the Democratic nominee in the last three presidential elections and in 2018 flipped three House of Representatives seats to make its Congressional delegation a 7-4 Democratic majority. Despite having a razor thin 51-49 majority in the Virginia House of Delegates after the elections in 2017, the Republicans  have refused to share power and stacked key committees with a majority of Republicans to keep legislation off the floor. They seek to continue to artificially preserve their majority by filing legal challenges to keep the racially gerrymandered districts that they drew in 2011 and by relentlessly opposing efforts to make voting easier by opposing early voting bills and increasing voter ID requirements.  This has to stop and this is the year to finally stop it. 

    Civil Rights

    Reproductive Rights

    Nancy feels that it is not the role of government to dictate that a woman must become a mother.  With the current make-up of the United States Supreme Court, we can no longer assume that women’s decisions about reproduction will be constitutionally protected.  If Roe v. Wade is overturned the issue will immediately become one for state legislatures to decide. Even though he is an OB-GYN by training, Chris Stolle currently has a 17% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, and voted multiple times for the law requiring women who seek an abortion to first have an ultrasound and be shown a picture of the fetus.  The bill was so outrageous that it became a punch line on national comedy shows. He also voted for the “personhood” bill, which defined life as legally starting at conception, and would confer legal rights on an unborn fetus.  He has voted repeatedly to eliminate state funding to providers of abortions, including Planned Parenthood.

    Democracy

    Redistricting

    Nancy fully supports the proposed legislation of One Virginia 2021 that would create a non-partisan, third-party process for redistricting in Virginia and end gerrymandering. For too long in Virginia, the politicians have chosen their voters instead of the other way around.  The incumbent, Chris Stolle, has said he does not support this proposal.  The 83rd was redrawn following his election in 2009 to include two non-contiguous precincts with a conservative voting history and remove more diverse precincts that were a natural part of the District which has “protected” his seat for almost a decade.  The 83rd is one of the Districts that has been redrawn by order of the Federal Court because of racial gerrymandering and the Republican House Caucus, of which Mr. Stolle is a member, has appealed that decision.  The process should be fair to all and not be slanted regardless of which political party has the majority in the legislature.

    Education

    Public School Funding

    Nancy feels strongly that public education should be the among the highest spending priorities of state and local government. In the ten years Mr. Stolle has been in office, state funding for public education across the board has decreased and in Virginia Beach and Norfolk has gone down over a thousand dollars per pupil in spite of rising state revenues.  The Literacy Fund, which historically assisted localities with the capital costs of building and renovating schools, was completely zeroed out.   Nancy fully supports Governor Northam’s proposal to more fully fund education in the second half of the biennial budget with the projected increase in revenues, including a 5% teacher pay raise over two years, an increase in the number of guidance counselors and a return to funding the Literacy Fund.  She will continue to fight for equitable funding for public education in subsequent budgets.

    Environment

    Nancy feels we have a moral imperative to protect the environment for future generations.  In the two years of the Trump administration the health rating of the Chesapeake Bay, which runs the length of the 83rd District has gone from a “C” to a “D+.” With the federal government focused on enabling polluters rather than controlling them it is imperative that the state steps up its efforts to protect this important resource for both ecological and economic reasons.   Likewise, in 2018 the United States, for the first time in ten years, increased its output of carbon emissions. Nancy is proud that Virginia is a member of the Under2Coalition and pledged to support the goals of the Paris Climate Accord.  She will oppose any effort to undermine these efforts.  She also supports Virginia’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative which would force utilities to move investment from fossil fuel plants to renewable sources like wind and solar. Chris Stolle has stated that he opposes RGGI. Although he  has tried to position himself as an “environmentally friendly” Republican, his current rating from the Virginia Conservation League is still only 43%, and his lifetime rating is 33%. His web page does address the realities of sea level rise, but skirts the issue of climate change, saying glibly “regardless of the cause.” It is our duty to recognize that the cause is climate change and take steps to correct the problem.

    Safety

    Nancy supports common sense controls like universal back ground checks and limits on the volume of gun purchases.  Chris Stolle has an “A” rating from the NRA (93%) and has voted against even such common sense controls as the one gun a month purchase limitation.  He voted multiple times for a bill that would authorize those who have a restraining order filed against them to carry a concealed firearm.  The grip of the gun lobby on Richmond is so strong that, once again in 2019, Virginia failed to let a bill that would require universal background checks to even get out of committee for a vote on the House floor.

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    We can do better and we must • Nancy Guy for Delegate
    Nancy Guy For Delegate
    Published on August 27, 2019
    By: Nancy Guy For Delegate

    Nancy Guy is a Democrat running for the House of Delegates in Virginia Beach. She’s a mother, grandmother, retired lawyer, educational consultant, and former elected-member of the Virginia Beach School Board. She’s running in one of the most competitive districts in the Commonwealth because she believes in fully funding public education, ensuring access to quality, affordable healthcare for all Virginians, passing commonsense gun safety legislation, and addressing the threats of sea level rise and climate change head-on

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    Glenn Davis 1Glenn Davis

    Current Position: State Delegate 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)

    Summary

    Current Position: State Delegate 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)

    About

    Glenn Davis

    Source: Campaign page

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

    Glenn began his entrepreneurial career in a one-bedroom apartment in Virginia Beach, Virginia. There, he started his first company, a telecommunications management firm which soon became a leading telecom business garnering many awards and in 2007 was named by the Inc. 5000 as one of the 100 fastest growing IT companies in America. 

    Over Glenn’s 19 years of experience as an entrepreneur and business executive, he has developed a proven track record in business, and has received numerous awards including the Entrepreneurial Excellence Award from the Regent University School of Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship and has spoken at national conferences and business schools.

    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). 

    In 2017, Glenn sought the Republican nomination for Virginia Lieutenant Governor, traveling over 60,000 miles across Virginia in a grassroots campaign. His issues-based campaign and focus on improving the lives of Virginians from all regions and backgrounds earned respect and support from all across the Commonwealth. Glenn emerged from the campaign as a pre-eminent leader for Virginia Republicans on economic and regulatory reform.

    Representing the 84th House of Delegates District in the Virginia General Assembly, Glenn serves on the Education, Transportation, and General Laws Committees. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the Joint Commission on Technology and Science and chaired its Cyber Security and Blockchain subcommittees.

    Prior to joining the House of Delegates, Glenn was twice elected to the Virginia Beach City Council, in 2008 and 2012. Glenn is a graduate of the EO/MIT Entrepreneurial Master’s program, a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership, a member and past president of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization of Southeast Virginia, has served as Chairman of Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads, and sits on the Board of Governors of Green Run Collegiate, a charter school connected to the Green Run community where he grew up. 

    Glenn and his wife, Chelle, live in Virginia Beach and are both very active in the community and charitable efforts throughout Hampton Roads.

    Experience

    Work Experience

    • Telecommunications

    Education


    • George Mason University

      O/MIT Entrepreneurial Masters Program

    Awards

    Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, “Rising 25” (2005)
    Inside Business Magazine, Top 40 Under 40 (2006)
    Inc. 5000 (2007, 2008)
    Regent School of Global Leadership Entrepreneurial Excellence Award (2010)
    Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Freshman Legislator of the Year (2014), Small Business Advocate (2015), Economic Competitiveness Award (2015)
    Children’s Harbor, Safe Harbor Award (2015)

    Personal

    • Birth Year: 1973
    • Place of Birth: Norfolk, VA
    • Gender: Male
    • Race(s): Caucasian
    • Religion: Catholic
    • Spouse: Chelle

    Membership & Affiliation

    Green Run Collegiate (board of governors)
    Hampton Roads Community Foundation
    Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads
    Southeast Virginia Entrepreneurs’ Organization
    Virginia Beach Rotary
    Sorenson Institute for Political Leadership (2007)

    Contact

    Legislative Assistant: Maura Pratt
    Administrative Assistant During Session: Smokie Crews

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    900 E. Main St,
    Richmond, Virginia 23219
    Phone: (804) 698-1084

    District Office
    One Columbus Center #695
    Virginia Beach, VA 23462
    Phone: (757) 802-4982

    Web

    Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram

    Politics

    Recent Elections

    2019 State DelegateArray

    Glenn R. Davis Jr. (R)10,58251.16%
    Karen P. Mallard (D)10,08248.74%
    Write-In (Write-in)210.10%
    TOTAL20,685

    2017 State DelegateArray

    Glenn Davis (R)10,83551.6%
    Veronica Richardson Coleman (D)10,09348.1%
    Write In (Write-in)520.2%
    TOTAL20,980

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Finances

    DAVIS JR, GLENN R has run in 3 races for public office, winning 3 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $609,058.

    Source: Follow the Money

    Committees

    Committees

    Transportation
    Education
    General Laws

    Subcommittees

    Education – Subcommittee #1
    Education – Subcommittee #2 General Laws – Subcommittee #2
    General Laws – Subcommittee #2
    General Laws – Subcommittee #4
    Transportation – Subcommittee #1
    Transportation – Subcommittee #2

    Appointments

    Voting Record

    See: Vote Smart

    New Legislation

    • Chief Patron
    • Chief Co-Patron
    • Co-Patron

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Issues

    Governance

    Innovative Solutions

    Glenn has identified bold, innovative solutions to many of the problems facing our Commonwealth. Whether tax, education, or job-creation, Glenn believes Virginia should work to replace outdated policies with new innovative policies, taking advantage of recent technology to create better efficiencies and cut the cost of government.

    Glenn, at his own expense, has visited MIT to identify 21st-Century coal research, traveled to Estonia to better understand 21st-Century robotics manufacturing opportunities, and worked to identify new technology to bring high-speed bandwidth to homes in rural Virginia.

    Civil Rights

    2nd Amendment

    Troughout high school, Glenn shot 3-position smallbore rifle competitively for his school’s NJROTC unit and as part of a rifle team out of Langley Air Force Base.  Today Glenn enjoys various shooting sports including skeet, sporting clays, and long range precision shooting.

    Glenn believes that Virginia should protect the rights secured by the Second Amendment while ensuring that the necessary laws exist to keep firearms out of the hands of those that should not possess them.

    Economy

    Virginia used to be #1 in the nation for business and job growth. Now Virginia continues to fall in and out of the top 10 and has the 30th worst tax policies in the nation. 

    Glenn is an entrepreneur and has the history and experience to eliminate the tax and regulatory burdens that are holding back economic opportunities for Virginians. 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), and Advancement of Innovation and Technology (2017).

    Education

    Glenn is extremely passionate about the education of our children. He has been heavily involved in numerous initiatives including SOL reforms to reduce the number of standardized tests in our schools and additional opportunities for our students with disabilities. Additionally, Glenn has focused on growing opportunities for students to graduate high school with a high tech skill set in the trades, allowing them to enter high wage careers right out of high school, without the additional burden of college debt.

    Glenn has also seen the benefits of charter schools first hand serving on the Governing Board of Green Run Collegiate, a charter school in Virginia Beach he helped create.

    Life & Family

    Glenn supports policies that strengthen our families and keep our communities safe. As a pro-life conservative, Glenn believes that we should further streamline the adoption process so women can be more confident that their babies will not end up lost, growing up inside a governmental system, but rather in a loving home, allowing not only their child to achieve their dreams, but also allowing loving couples to reach theirs.

    Glenn also recognizes that the family is the bedrock of any functioning society and will support policies that strengthen our families and keep our communities safe.

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    I’m Done With Political Charlatans
    Glenn Davis
    Published on February 23, 2018
    By: Glenn Davis

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    Karen MallardKaren Mallard

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

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

    Overview: N/A

    About

    Karen Mallard 1

    Source: Campaign page

    Throughout her life, Karen Mallard has always fought for the underdog.

    When she was only eleven years old, Karen and her father successfully advocated for the removal of a sewage treatment plant that dumped waste into the Guest River, where Karen and her neighbors were baptized. When the coal company in her parents’ home in Wise County, Virginia cut their miners’ health benefits, Karen passed out bologna sandwiches to strikers and joined them on the picket line. 

    For the past 30 years, Karen Mallard has used this compassion and fighting spirit to serve the Virginia Beach community as a public-school teacher, union leader, political organizer, PTA board member, and little league board member.

    Through her work as an early childhood reading specialist and Vice President of the Virginia Beach Education Association, Karen has helped thousands of Virginia Beach kids learn to read while advocating for their right to a first-class education. Her favorite pupil, however, is her father, whom she taught to read while attending the University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

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    Issues

    Source: Campaign page

    Health Care
    Karen believes that health care is a right not a privilege. Working hand-in-hand with the federal government, the VA, local hospitals and health care providers, she believes that we can carve out a fairer, more equitable system that better serves the needs of all Virginians.

    In Virginia, Medicaid Expansion has helped more than 13,000 Virginia Beach residents gain access to affordable health care coverage, but its future remains in peril. Karen Mallard has always stood unequivocally in favor of Medicaid Expansion and can be trusted to protect it in the House of Delegates.

    Education
    As one of the first members of her family to attend college, Karen knows that a quality education can mean the difference between poverty and prosperity. During her thirty-year career as a teacher at Holland Elementary School, North Landing Elementary School, and Three Oaks Elementary School, Karen has taught generations of Virginia Beach students to read while advocating for their right to a world-class education.

    Karen knows that Virginia’s teacher shortage means larger class sizes and more stressful learning environments for both students and teachers. As your Delegate, Karen will work to attract talented teachers and give every child in Virginia Beach the head start they both need and deserve. 

    Environmental Preservation
    Growing up in coal country in Wise County, Virginia, Karen saw the impact of environmental devastation on the health and income of her family and neighbors. When she was only eleven years old, Karen and her father successfully advocated to move a sewage treatment plant that dumped waste into the Guest River, where she and her community members were baptized.

    In the House of Delegates, Karen will fight to protect Virginia Beach residents whose homes are threatened by flooding, the inevitable result of climate change and rising sea levels. She will stand against any and all offshore drilling on our coastline and will work tirelessly to attract high-paying green jobs to our community.

     

    Education

    As one of the first members of her family to attend college, Karen knows that a quality education can mean the difference between poverty and prosperity. During her thirty-year career as a teacher at Holland Elementary School, North Landing Elementary School, and Three Oaks Elementary School, Karen has taught generations of Virginia Beach students to read while advocating for their right to a world-class education.

    Karen knows that Virginia’s teacher shortage means larger class sizes and more stressful learning environments for both students and teachers. As your Delegate, Karen will work to attract talented teachers and give every child in Virginia Beach the head start they both need and deserve.

    Environment

    Growing up in coal country in Wise County, Virginia, Karen saw the impact of environmental devastation on the health and income of her family and neighbors. When she was only eleven years old, Karen and her father successfully advocated to move a sewage treatment plant that dumped waste into the Guest River, where she and her community members were baptized.

    In the House of Delegates, Karen will fight to protect Virginia Beach residents whose homes are threatened by flooding, the inevitable result of climate change and rising sea levels. She will stand against any and all offshore drilling on our coastline and will work tirelessly to attract high-paying green jobs to our community.

    Health Care

    Karen believes that health care is a right not a privilege. Working hand-in-hand with the federal government, the VA, local hospitals and health care providers, she believes that we can carve out a fairer, more equitable system that better serves the needs of all Virginians.

    In Virginia, Medicaid Expansion has helped more than 13,000 Virginia Beach residents gain access to affordable health care coverage, but its future remains in peril. Karen Mallard has always stood unequivocally in favor of Medicaid Expansion and can be trusted to protect it in the House of Delegates.

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    Karen Mallard Thanks Sister District
    Sister District
    Published on April 3, 2019
    By: Sister District

    Karen Mallard is running for the Virginia House of Delegates District 51. The election is November 5, 2019—help us get Karen elected

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    Alex Askew

    Current Position: State Delegate
    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.

    Summary

    Current Position: State Delegate
    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.

    About

    Source: Campaign page

    I was born in Virginia Beach and raised here by my mother, a public school teacher. I came up through the Virginia Beach public education system, including Tallwood High School, before attending Hampton University. After graduating, I worked for nearly seven election cycles on a variety of local, state-wide, and national campaigns and projects.

    I now serve as a legislative aide for the Virginia House of Delegates, guiding elected officials towards tangible solutions. I’ve 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, I remain 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.

    Thank you to the residents of Virginia Beach for being my motivation throughout my life. You have inspired me to fight for affordable healthcare, quality education, economic opportunities, and a safe environment for all of us. Together, we can create positive change for our community.

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    Recent Elections

    2019 State DelegateArray

    Alex Q. Askew (D)12,07951.64%
    N. D. “Rocky” Holcomb III (R)11,27748.21%
    Write-In (Write-in)330.14%
    TOTAL23,389

    Issues

    Education

    Our young people are the key to a successful future. Each and every student in our district deserves the best public education we can provide them. We must strengthen our public education system by providing teachers and parents with adequate resources to help our children succeed.

    Teacher pay raises
    Let’s raise teacher pay to at least the national average.

    Expanding access to early childhood education
    By providing more children with the opportunity to enter into the classroom early and jumpstart their educational development, we will better prepare them to meet their curriculum standards and perform well on standardized tests.

    College tuition
    For students pursuing higher education, we must make tuition at our colleges and universities affordable. In our ever-expanding global economy, higher education is more essential than ever. Students should not be burdened with mounting student loan debt because they chose to continue their education and improve their lives for themselves and their families. We must ensure that the coming generations have the resources to save, acquire wealth, and invest in their communities.

    Health Care

    Healthcare

    The General Assembly must continue to protect every Virginian’s access to affordable healthcare.

    Safety

    We must pass legislation to guarantee that our coastlines are permanently protected from offshore drilling and large polluters.

    No one in Virginia should ever have to worry if their air is safe to breathe or if their water is clean to drink. Richmond must hold polluters accountable for their actions and we must act immediately to ensure a clean and sustainable environment.

    Criminal justice reform
    We must do more as a Commonwealth to make sure that our criminal justice system is equitable and serves justice fairly to every citizen of Virginia.

    Alex is also a proponent of establishing a process for the restoration of voting rights for those have served their time and repaid their debt to society.

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    Sister District
    Published on April 3, 2019
    By: Sister District

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    Rocky HolcombRocky Holcomb

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

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

    Overview: N/A

    About

    Rocky Holcomb 1

    Source: Campaign page

    Rocky Holcomb is the Chief Deputy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office, where he has served since 1991, following his time in the United States Marine Corps. He is a graduate of Regent University, with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Management, and he is a distinguished graduate of the West Point Leadership Course.

    Rocky represented the 85th House of Delegates District from 2017-2018 as the first ever full time law enforcement member to be Elected to the Virginia General Assembly. He has proven to be able to work across the aisle to pass common sense legislation that best represents his constituents.

    Rocky and his wife of 25 years, Tracie, live in Kempsville with their two children who are attending Old Dominion University and Mary Washington University.

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    Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

    Issues

    Governance

    Protecting the Middle Class

    As a member of the middle class, I understand how heavy taxation can strangle a household. I will not vote to raise taxes as a member of the General Assembly. Small business is the cornerstone of the economy, and small business owners should be able to conduct their business without burdensome regulations. My goal is to make sure my fellow neighbors and community members get to keep their hard earned money in the own pockets.

    Education

    All students deserve the right to a quality education, and parents deserve to have a say in that education based on their child’s needs. Taxpayer’s dollars need to be spent to increase teacher pay, and increase the resources available to students in the classroom. Tuition freezes and expanding vocational training will help young adults get the education they need to transition into a career following high school.

    Infrastructure

    Transportation

    I will work in a bi-partisan manner to find common sense solutions to the Hampton Roads traffic congestion issue, and make sure tax dollars towards transportation is spent wisely. I will also work towards reducing tolls for residents who have to travel through the Norfolk tunnel on a daily basis. It should not cost the residents of Hampton Roads money out of their pocket just to get to work.

    Safety

    Criminal Justice Reform

    As a law enforcement officer, I have the knowledge and experience to pass legislation that improves our criminal justice system. Improving rehabilitation programs for those who are incarcerated will help with their reintegration into society, and help ensure they do not re-offend, improving public safety. Those who are incarcerated based on circumstances caused by drug addiction or mental illness need to get help, not sit in jail untreated. Taking more time to evaluate those who are arrested and get them the help they need will save lives, and prevent more tragic incidents.

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    Rocky Holcomb
    Published on January 16, 2019
    By: Rocky Holcomb

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    Jay JonesJay Jones

    Current Position: State Delegate 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.

    Summary

    Current Position: State Delegate 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.

    About

    Jerrauld (Jay) Jones

    Source: Campaign page

    Delegate Jerrauld “Jay” Jones is a lifelong resident of the 89th House District and he strives to make a positive impact in his community each and every day. Jay is running to be the 89th District’s representative for the House of Delegates because of his deep and abiding love for the City of Norfolk. Jay Jay has served as a mentor with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization and served as a tutor and mentor to local schoolchildren.

    Jay 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’s family has a long history of service to the city.  His grandfather, Hilary H. Jones, Jr., was a pioneer in the Civil Rights Movement.  A lawyer, he became the first African American appointed to the Norfolk School Board and subsequently the State Board of Education.

    Both of Jay’s parents are longtime public servants. Jay’s father, Jerrauld C. Jones, served eight terms in the House of Delegates representing the 89th District. He stepped down in 2002 to accept an appointment by Governor Mark Warner to serve as the Director of the Department of Juvenile Justice for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    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.  He is also a board member of Festevents, Ltd., the private not-for-profit organization which is the official event marketing and production agency for the City of Norfolk.  Jay also serves on the Old Dominion University Athletic Foundation’s Next Generation Board and is a lifelong member of the Basilica of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception.

    In his spare time, Jay enjoys attending Tides games at Harbor Park, attending festivals, concerts, and other events around Norfolk, and spending time with friends and family.

    Experience

    Work Experience

    • Attorney

    Education

    • JD
      University of Virginia School of Law
      2015
    • B.A., History and Government
      College of William and Mary in Virginia
      2010

    Personal

    • Birth Year: 1989
    • Place of Birth: Norfolk, VA
    • Gender: Male
    • Race(s): African American
    • Religion: Roman Catholic

    Membership & Affiliation

    Basilica of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception
    Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Virginia (board member)
    Elizabeth River Trail Foundation (board member)
    Festevents, Ltd. (board member)
    Old Dominion Athletic Foundation (Next Generation board member)

    Contact

    Legislative Assistant: Alex Q. Askew
    Administrative Assistant During Session: Susan Bain

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    900 E. Main St,
    Richmond, Virginia 23219
    Phone: (804) 698-1089

    District Office
    P.O. Box 2892
    Norfolk, VA 23501

    Phone: (757) 529-1455

    Web

    Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook

    Politics

    Recent Elections

    2019 State DelegateArray

    Jerrauld C. “Jay” Jones (D)14,39896.18%
    Write-In (Write-in)5723.82%
    TOTAL14,970

    2017 State DelegateArray

    Jay Jones (D)16,54184.5%
    Terry Richard Hurst (L)2,94415.0%
    Write In (Write-in)970.5%
    TOTAL19,582

    Finances

    JONES, JERRAULD C (JAY) has run in 2 races for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $311,791.

    Source: Follow the Money

    Committees

    Committees

    Transportation
    Finance
    General Laws

    Subcommittees

    Finance – Subcommittee #1
    General Laws – Subcommittee #3
    Transportation – Subcommittee #2

    Appointments

    Voting Record

    See: Vote Smart

    New Legislation

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Issues

    Civil Rights

    CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

    Embedded in my ideas for a successful community that thrives economically well into the future is a belief in a justice system that is fair and equal to all citizens. As an attorney, I know that Virginia is long overdue to reassess the community-wide effects of a number of its criminal procedures.

    I am also a strong proponent of a simpler process for the restoration of voting rights for offenders that have served their time and repaid their debt to society. We should be encouraging ex-offenders to engage civically and return to the workforce as productive members of the community.

    Economy

    Jobs

    As your delegate, I will support policies that seek to expand our economy and diversify the workforce.  Specifically, I will work to help make Norfolk the premier destination in our region for entrepreneurs to jumpstart their small businesses and contribute to the continued growth and economic diversification of our region.

    The Commonwealth and Norfolk must continue to find ways to support entrepreneurs continued innovation and expansion. Governor McAuliffe has partnered with Virginia Commonwealth University and Junior Achievement of Central Virginia to host a Virginia Entrepreneurial Challenge for high school juniors and seniors from across Virginia. I will work with the Governor to launch similar regional opportunities for our young entrepreneurs here in Norfolk.

    Second, I will work tirelessly to support the growth of small businesses in our region. Small businesses are the life-blood of job growth in America and they are the key to the economic diversification of our region. They provide the majority of all jobs in the country and over two-thirds of all new jobs since the 1970s. Norfolk has taken a stand as a city ready to support the growth of small businesses in our region. As your legislator, I will push the state to be an equal partner for our job creation initiatives.

    Education

    We need to ensure that our children have access to the strongest educational curriculum possible so they may become the innovators and producers of our Commonwealth. Companies continue to examine the strength of a workforce by the strength of the educational opportunities available to them. By investing in our educational institutions at all levels, we can give graduates the skills necessary to becoming the innovators of the future. A strong local school system provides a consistent skilled workforce for new businesses looking to find a home in Norfolk.

    I am committed to providing resources to our K-12 students, including opportunities for vocational and technical training to ensure they have the skills they need to be successful in the workforce. Also, I am committed to ensuring that higher education in Virginia remains affordable for all students.

    Environment

    As a coastal city, Norfolk cannot ignore sea level rise. For our investments in job creation, education, and transportation to be sustainable for future generations, we must tackle the growing regional threat of climate change. I will support and sponsor legislation aimed at addressing the increased threat of rising seas while protecting the integrity and natural beauty of the Elizabeth River and the Chesapeake Bay.

    The City of Norfolk has been a leader in coastal resiliency and adaptation, but more can be done at the state level. I applaud the work of the Joint Subcommittee on Coastal Flooding and the Commonwealth Center for Recurrent Flooding Resiliency at Old Dominion University. I support more coordination at the state level to ensure our coastal communities are taking advantage of any available federal funding for major adaptation projects.

    Infrastructure

    TRANSPORTATION

    Our region’s diverse transportation network must be a top priority in the General Assembly to support continued economic growth. As the economic driver of the Hampton Roads region, the Commonwealth should invest in a variety of transportation options, including roads, trains, and transit, to service the needs of Norfolk citizens and businesses. I support the continued expansion of light rail in the city and to surrounding areas to meet the demands of our regional economy.

    The General Assembly’s landmark bi-partisan transportation funding legislation during the 2013 session has already begun to transform our transportation network. New funding has supported the expansion of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT), expansion of I-64 on the Peninsula, expansion of the High-Rise Bridge, and expanded military highway interchange. This is just the beginning. Hampton Roads must find a long-term funding solution for our growing transit needs so we can continue investing in our transportation infrastructure for the future of our region

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    Virginia’s youngest delegate speaks out
    13News Now
    Published on May 21, 2018
    By: 13News Now

    At just 28-years old, Jay Jones went to Richmond in January as the youngest member of the General Assembly.

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    Joseph Lindsey 2Joseph 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.

    Summary

    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.

    About

    Joseph Lindsey

    Source: Campaign page

    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.

    To represent the interests of his constituents, Joe serves on several special committees and subcommittees in the Virginia House of Delegates (see current committee listing below).

    Experience

    Work Experience

    • Attorney

    Education

    • JD
      American University Washington College of Law
      1984
    • B.A., Political Science
      : Hampton Institute
      1981

    Personal

    • Birth Year: 1959
    • Place of Birth: Norfolk, VA
    • Gender: Male
    • Race(s): African American
    • Religion: Protestant
    • Spouse: Rhoda Venetia German
    • Children: Ashley Hawkins and Jason

    Membership & Affiliation

    Calvary Revival Church
    Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association
    Southampton Roads Bar Association
    Virginia State Bar

    Contact

    Legislative Assistant: Shakira Brown
    Administrative Assistant During Session: Julie Hammel

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    900 E. Main St,
    Richmond, Virginia 23219
    Phone: (804) 698-1090

    District Office
    500 East Plume Street, Ste. 105
    Norfolk, VA 23510
    Phone: (757) 623-6522

    Web

    Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

    Politics

    Recent Elections

    2019 State DelegateArray

    Joseph C. “Joe” Lindsey (D)12,58491.84%
    Write-In (Write-in)1,1188.16%
    TOTAL13,702

    2017 State DelegateArray

    Joseph Lindsey (D)15,99697.3%
    Write In (Write-in)4482.7%
    TOTAL16,444

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Finances

    LINDSEY, JOSEPH C (JOE) has run in 5 races for public office, winning 3 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $272,413.

    Source: Follow the Money

    Committees

    Committees

    Privileges and Elections
    Commerce and Labor
    Finance

    Subcommittees

    Finance – Subcommittee #3
    Commerce and Labor – Subcommittee #2
    Privileges and Elections – Subcommittee #2

    Appointments

    Voting Record

    See: Vote Smart

    New Legislation

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

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    Joseph Lindsey
    2019 Commemoration
    Published on September 5, 2018
    By: 2019 Commemoration

    If you don’t have a real sense of history, you don’t learn lessons to take you forward in life. Delegate Joseph Lindsey shares the importance of the past.

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    Martha MuglerMartha Mugler

    Current Position: State Delegate
    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.

    Summary

    Current Position: State Delegate
    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.

    About

    Martha Mugler 1

    Source: Campaign page

    Martha 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.

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    Recent Elections

    2019 State DelegateArray

    Martha M. Mugler (D)11,53554.74%
    Colleen Holmes Holcomb (R)9,48745.02%
    Write-In (Write-in)490.23%
    TOTAL21,071

    Issues

    Source: Campaign page

    Martha Mugler, a 10 year veteran of the Hampton School Board, is running for the Virginia House of Delegates 91st District.

    Martha has a lifelong history of public service and dedication to the community. She has lived, worked, and raised her family in the district and she has served on the Virginia 529/Able Now Board, the Hampton Arts Foundation Board, Downtown Hampton Child Development Center Board, the Educational Advisory Committee of Hampton Roads Educational Telecommunications Association for WHRO and is passionate about education, equal rights for all Virginians, and the environment.

    “In the last decade as an elected School Board member in Hampton, I have worked to support academic excellence in our schools. I entered the work with a passion for pre-kindergarten and expansion of Virginia Preschool Initiative funding. Throughout the decade of service, my focus has expanded to Standards of Learning Reform. During my tenure I have participated in efforts to lobby our locality, the Virginia Legislature, and United States Congress and Senate to promote public education, special education funding, and oppose efforts to divert funding away from public education”, said Martha.

    “With much encouragement, thought, and prayer, I have come to the conclusion that it is time for me to take my experience to another level.”

    “I will always support efforts to protect our coastline and our beloved Chesapeake Bay, as well as, mitigation to address the impact of climate change and sea level rise in our region. I support a resolution to ratify the ERA and of course, support the arts and the creative economy.”

    “As the Delegate from the 91st will be a member of the Fort Monroe Authority, I pledge to participate fully and work to ensure this special place is given the opportunity to prosper and maintain its historic integrity”.

    “I have lived most of my life as a resident of the 91st House District and believe I know the needs of our community. Having served at the local level on the school board I clearly understand the impact that legislation can have on our localities. It would be my honor to represent the citizens of the 91st District.”

    Economy

    • Making investments in our workforce
    • Supporting the Virginia Advanced Energy Economy
    • Supporting V3 (Virginia Values Veterans)

    Education

    • Protecting public education funding
    • Expanding early childhood opportunities
    • Affordable and accessible higher education

    Environment

    • Protecting the Chesapeake Bay
    • Addressing effects of climate change and sea level rise

    Health Care

    • Ensuring access and affordability
    • Protecting individuals with pre-existing conditions
    • Women’s health
    • Mental health care access and coverage

    Fort Monroe

    • Ensuring that the Fort is positioned to prosper and that the historical integrity is maintained and preserved

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    Colleen HolcombColleen Holcomb

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

    Overview: N/A

    Summary

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

    Overview: N/A

    About

    Colleen Holcomb 1

    Source: Campaign page

    Colleen was born into a large family who instilled in her a profound love for people, a desire to serve, and a determination to make it her life’s work to make people’s lives better, however possible. That led her to pursue careers in policy, ministry, and ultimately to a career in law.

    She graduated from Wellesley College and earned a law degree from Regent Law School where she received the National Association of Women Lawyers’ Outstanding Graduate Award. She also earned a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Regent University School of Communications and Arts. 

    Upon completing her law degree Holcomb worked in the non-profit sector to continue her passion of improving the lives of those around her. She held roles with The Flying Hospital, Inc and Christian Broadcasting Network. She has also served as Director of Communications for the Christian Legal Society. With her husband Wayne they run Holcomb Law, P.C., a law firm that serves the local Hampton Roads Area.

    Between them Colleen and Wayne have three children all of whom have attended Poquoson Public Schools. Colleen is thankful for the opportunities her hard-working family and community gave her, and she is determined to put her experiences to work for the people of Virginia’s 91st District in Richmond.

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    Economy

    Encourage continued job growth and opportunities within the Commonwealth by promoting innovation and limiting taxation and regulation.
    As owners of a small law firm, my husband and I have a unique vantage point on the impact regulation and taxation have on the families in Virginia’s 91st District. We feel that impact as business owners and we see the ways the economy impacts our clients who represent every section of the economic spectrum. In Richmond, I will work to reduce burdensome red tape, reduce taxes and help small businesses throughout community thrive and create jobs.

    Additionally, maintaining Virginia’s Right-to-Work laws is vital to attracting large corporations and incentivizing the growth of small businesses. Not only do Right-to-Work laws attract high paying employers to states, national statistics indicate that Right-to-Work states enjoy higher standards of living than non-Right-to-Work states Additionally, families in Right-to-Work states statistically enjoy greater after-tax income and have higher purchasing power than families in non-Right-to-Work states. Right to Work is a significant draw for high paying employers and it is an indicator of prosperity for families. Thus, I will fight all efforts to overturn Virginia’s status as a right-to-work state.

    Education

    Improve our children’s education by empowering parents and local communities, not bureaucrats in Richmond.
    I am proud and humbled to be the first member of my family to graduate from college. Thus, I have a unique understanding of how vital strong public schools are to our community and families. As your Delegate, I will fight for funding for the schools in Virginia’s 91st district so that our communities are not having to make choices between necessary public services and educating our children. I will work to ensure that more money is directed to the teachers and the classroom, instead of the bureaucracy. I will also fight to ensure that educational decisions are made at the local level – not dictated by Richmond.

    Additionally, in speaking with many of the businesses located here in Virginia’s 91st District, I find that businesses are very interested in working with local schools to develop workforce development partnerships.

    Business are willing to invest in students to provide on-the-job training, in order to ensure a well-prepared workforce. We need the General Assembly to come alongside these local businesses promote and assist these partnerships.

    We also need to ensure that schools are working closely with the business community to inform students and their parents of opportunities so the students can best plan for their futures.

    We are also very excited about the apprenticeship programs available to all students in the 91st district from New Horizons, partnerships with the Newport News Shipyard, and other workforce development programs like the Academies of Hampton, the aviation program offered at Poquoson High School. Through programs like these we can ensure that students are workforce ready whether they choose to enter college immediately, delay college or go immediately into their chosen fields.

    Environment

    Flood and Sea Level Rise

    Regardless of your view on the issue of climate change, we cannot deny that the sea levels are rising.
    Regardless of your view on the issue of climate change, we cannot deny that the sea levels are rising, and that Hampton Roads is a flood zone that is likely to see significantly more flooding in the years to come if predictive models are accurate.

    Having this information, the General Assembly must take action. I support efforts advocated by some of my colleagues and friends, in the Virginia Beach area, including Delegate Jason Miyares, who has called for the formation the Virginia Hurricane and Flood Risk Reduction Authority, an entity capable of working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to expedite needed resiliency projects.

    We are eager to mobilize business leaders to join with the General Assembly to take the necessary action to prepare our coastline before flooding happens and to have a plan of action when it does.

    Health Care

    End crippling healthcare premiums. Improve health care for all by promoting free market solutions. Encourage innovation and competition. Fight the expansion of failed government-run health care.
    As a family law attorney, I am overwhelmed by the hard-working families we see everyday whose budgets have been crippled by the cost of health care. So-called health care “reform” has been devastating to so many in Virginia’s 91st district. I am determined to fight for proven solutions to decrease costs and increase access to health care for all Virginians by encouraging competition and innovation rather than expanding failed and expensive government-run programs.

    One of the best ways to do this is by allowing Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements (“MEWAs”). These arrangements allow smaller employers to pool together and enable them to provide to their employees the comprehensive and affordable health care plans available to larger corporations.
    COLLEEN ON SUPPORTING OUR FIRST RESPONDERS
    Provide the support and health care coverage that our first responders deserve.
    Our first responders put their lives on the line daily to protect us. Yet we aren’t doing everything we can to protect them – and that needs to change. While entering burning buildings our firefighters are exposure a host of unseen carcinogens that have made cancer a major occupational hazard for firefighters. 
I support amending the law to ensure that firefighter health benefits fully cover any cancer they receive in the line of duty and to make sure they get the best treatment possible.

    Improving Foster Care

    Better provide for our children in need.
    A battle I am determined to fight in the General Assembly is working across party lines to better serve children in foster care. Virginia recently slipped from #47 to #48, making us one of the worst states in the nation at placing foster children in families before they age out of the system. This is a human rights crisis that must be addressed. Our children deserve better!

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    Jeion Ward 2Jeion Ward

    Current Position: State Delegate since 2004
    Affiliation: Democrat

    Delegate Jeion Ward began serving as a member of the Virginia General Assembly, representing the 92nd District of the House of Delegates, in 2004.  As a member of the House of Delegates, she serves on the commerce and labor, transportation and general laws committees.

    As a lifelong resident of the Hampton Roads area, Jeion and her family have remained active in the community for over thirty years.

    In 1998, after serving four years as Vice President, Jeion was elected President of the Hampton Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 4260, a position she currently holds.  Jeion is a member of the Executive Council of the Virginia AFL-CIO. She has coordinated both partisan and non-partisan “Get-Out-The Vote” campaigns in targeted areas of Hampton and Newport News since 1997. In addition, she has organized voter registration drives and restoration of rights campaigns.

    Summary

    Current Position: State Delegate since 2004
    Affiliation: Democrat

    Delegate Jeion Ward began serving as a member of the Virginia General Assembly, representing the 92nd District of the House of Delegates, in 2004.  As a member of the House of Delegates, she serves on the commerce and labor, transportation and general laws committees.

    As a lifelong resident of the Hampton Roads area, Jeion and her family have remained active in the community for over thirty years.

    In 1998, after serving four years as Vice President, Jeion was elected President of the Hampton Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 4260, a position she currently holds.  Jeion is a member of the Executive Council of the Virginia AFL-CIO. She has coordinated both partisan and non-partisan “Get-Out-The Vote” campaigns in targeted areas of Hampton and Newport News since 1997. In addition, she has organized voter registration drives and restoration of rights campaigns.

    About

    Jeion Ward 1

    Source: Campaign page

    Delegate Jeion Ward began serving as a member of the Virginia General Assembly, representing the 92nd District of the House of Delegates, in 2004.  As a member of the House of Delegates, she serves on the commerce and labor, transportation and general laws committees.

    As a lifelong resident of the Hampton Roads area, Jeion and her family have remained active in the community for over thirty years. Jeion attended Huntington High School until the close of the eleventh grade. She then went on to graduate from the first fully integrated class at Warwick High School in Newport News.

    Jeion has been married for 44 years to her high school sweetheart James Ward.  The Wards have three sons: James Jr., Jason and Jeremy. As her children reached school age, Jeion became more active in her children’s elementary, middle and high school development.  Her roles have included PTA board member, room mother, band booster and athletics team mom.

    Jeion became active in the newly chartered Hampton Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 4260 and began working to improve the professional opportunities for teacher assistants. While working full-time as a teacher assistant, Jeion completed the first two years of her degree at Thomas Nelson Community College with a 4.0 GPA and then transferred to Christopher Newport University, where she was placed on the Dean’s List each semester. She was inducted into Sigma Tau Delta, English Honor Society and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Certification in Middle Education, grades 5-8.

    In 1998, after serving four years as Vice President, Jeion was elected President of the Hampton Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 4260, a position she currently holds.  Jeion is a member of the Executive Council of the Virginia AFL-CIO. She has coordinated both partisan and non-partisan “Get-Out-The Vote” campaigns in targeted areas of Hampton and Newport News since 1997. In addition, she has organized voter registration drives and restoration of rights campaigns.

    With community service at the forefront of her agenda, Jeion remains active in the Hampton Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the Hampton Branch NAACP, the National Council of Negro Women, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Democratic Women’s Club, the Coalition of Labor Union Women, Hampton Democratic Committee, and the Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Red Cross and Transitions Family Violent Services.

    Experience

    Work Experience

    • Middle school teacher

    Education

    • BA
      Christopher Newport University
      1995

    • Thomas Nelson Community College

    Awards

    American Federation of Teachers Pioneer Award (1997)
    National Association of Letter Carriers Branch #247, Appreciation Award (2005)
    SCLC Political Woman of the Year, Virginia State Unit (2006)
    Virginia Community Action Partnership, Appreciation Award (2006)
    H/NN Chapter Continental Societies, Inc., Thaddeus E. Hayes Continental HEER Arts and Humanities Award (2006)
    Office of Human Affairs, Community Volunteer Award (2006)
    Hunter Andrews Democrat of the Year (2006)
    Dr. William H. Butts Award, Outstanding Contribution to the Disability Community (2006)
    Coalition of Labor Union Women, WV Chapter, Profiles of Courage Award (2007)
    BPW/VA Federation/CLA, Honorable Mention (2007)
    Coalition for the Preservation of VSDBM-H, VSDBM-H Defender Award (2007)
    Women in Government, Presidential Leadership Award (2007)
    United Food and Commercial Workers Minority Coalition, Legislator of the Year (2015)
    200+ Men, Leadership Award

    Personal

    • Birth Year: 1954
    • Place of Birth: Newport News, VA
    • Gender: Female
    • Race(s): African American
    • Religion: Christian
    • Spouse: James Addrill Ward, Sr.
    • Children: James A., Jr., Jason A., and Jeremy A.

    Membership & Affiliation

    Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Temple
    NAACP
    National Council of Negro Women
    Peninsula Central Labor Council
    Democratic Women’s Club
    Hampton Federation of Teachers (president)
    Coalition of Labor Union Women
    Virginia AFL-CIO (executive council)
    Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Hampton Alumnae Chapter

    Contact

    Legislative Assistant: Diamond Clark
    Administrative Assistant During Session: Jennifer Powers

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    900 E. Main St,
    Richmond, Virginia 23219
    Phone: (804) 698-1092

    District Office
    P.O. Box 7310
    Hampton, VA 23666
    Phone: (757) 827-5921

    Web

    Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

    Politics

    Recent Elections

    2019 State DelegateArray

    Jeion A. Ward (D)15,60893.51%
    Write-In (Write-in)1,0836.49%
    TOTAL16,691

    2017 State DelegateArray

    Jeion Ward (D)18,87397.3%
    Write In (Write-in)5182.7%
    TOTAL19,391

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Committees

    Committees

    Transportation
    Commerce and Labor
    General Laws
    Rules

    Subcommittees

    General Laws – Subcommittee #1
    Commerce and Labor – Subcommittee #2
    Transportation – Subcommittee #1
    Rules – Subcommittee #1

    New Legislation

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Issues

    Economy

    Green Jobs/Renewable Energy

    Over the years of our country’s progress, we have realized dramatic technological achievements.  But many of these achievements have come at the expense of our environment and health.  Asbestos became widespread during the industrial revolution and assisted in technological advancements including electric appliances, fire retardant coatings, and drywall.  It was also a major component in the construction of our ships.  Years later we discovered it was a major cause of lung cancer and mesothelioma.   Cars and trucks serve as the most prevalent and convenient means of travel, but the resulting emissions have had a major impact on climate change and the need for oil has contributed greatly to energy insecurity.  Just as asbestos removal became a billion dollar industry that created jobs while improving the lives of millions, creating renewable energy sources and solutions will do the same.

    I support passage of clean energy and climate-change laws that will reduce global warming and move America toward energy independence.  These laws will also prompt the market to expand job opportunities in green technologies and manufacturing.  The development of solar, wind, geothermal, hydropower, biomass, and hydrogen technologies, have the potential not only to offset job losses that have been experienced in traditional industries, but will also provide long term and more dynamic job opportunities to current and succeeding generations of workers.

    Given Hampton’s proximity to major national and international transportation centers, we are uniquely situated to provide manufacturers with access to markets, not only across the continent, but also around the world.  In pursuing this once in a lifetime chance to position ourselves as a global industry leader, I pledge to support the expansion of the Governor’s Opportunity Fund.  This will provide the needed incentives required to compete for green manufacturing businesses, which will result in needed jobs and economic development.

    Jobs and the Economy

    We are currently recovering from the worse economic downturn since the Great Depression.  This event has strained localities, resulted in home foreclosures, forced cuts in services and the maintenance of our roads, tunnels, and bridges, and made growing unemployment a harsh reality.  With a civilian labor force of over 70,000 and an unemployment rate of 7.3% (2009) the City of Hampton faces critical challenges, but our location, local assets, and access to stable industries have made us privileged to opportunity.  I will continue my endeavor to expand those opportunities by assisting small and minority businesses and creating jobs through rebuilding our infrastructure.

    Small and Minority Business

    Firms with under 500 employees represent 99.7% of all employer firms and employ just over half of all private sector employees.  Small businesses pay 44% of total U.S. private payroll and have generated 64% of net new jobs over the past 15 years.  They are vital to returning strength to the economy and developing our communities.  That is why I support the Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP). This initiative offers three programs for new and existing businesses, in addition to a worker retraining program.  Through my efforts, and the work of my colleagues in the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, the Commonwealth of Virginia completed a Procurement Disparity Study detailing the impact of Virginia’s support of small minority businesses and what can be done to improve the health of minority businesses.  As your Delegate, I will continue to champion the cause of small business development.

    Creating Jobs Through Rebuilding Infrastructure

    Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Virginia received a total of $694.5 million in highway funding.  $117.8 million of this funding will be for projects selected by the state’s five large urban metropolitan planning organizations.  $100.6 million is targeted to improve or replace 122 structurally deficient and functionally obsolete bridges and culverts.  $146.4 million is targeted toward repaving or overlaying 609 lane miles of highway and primary roads in Virginia.  $91.3 million is targeted to fund necessary improvements near expanding military installations supporting 21,400 jobs.  $61.7 million is targeted to improve Virginia’s rail network and access to the neighboring Port of Virginia.  $20.8 million is targeted to be used for enhancement projects.  Finally, $175 million is targeted to advance much-needed congestion-relief projects including building 100 lane miles of new roadway.  Through my work as the ranking member of the House Committee on Transportation, I will make certain that Hampton Roads realizes its fair share of job opportunities provided by ARRA infrastructure projects.

    Education

    Every child should have the opportunity to learn and achieve in a secure and nurturing environment.  This requires schools that are safe, manageable classroom sizes, challenging curriculum, and a commitment to equal access to all students. Though these are not the only criteria that will insure our children’s success, they form the foundation essential to creating successful students.

     

    Safe Schools

    Parents and teachers stress school safety and order among their highest priorities.  Studies show that it is rare for violent crimes involving children to occur in school and schools remain one of the safest spaces for our children.  However, we must not rest on this knowledge and must constantly strive to make schools the safest environment possible.  Many children with persistent behavior problems lead volatile lives.  Every school should have the resources necessary to provide an organized and stable environment.   That is why I support:

    • Rigorously and fairly enforced discipline codes that are supported by the entire community
    • Prevention and intervention strategies that are based on defensible research and well tested methods.
    • Programs that provide behavioral, academic support, mentoring, skill development, and assistance for at-risk students and their families.
    • A commitment to high standards for safe buildings and school safety plans that protect students from dangers from outside of school.

     

    Reduce Classroom Size

    Research has shown that reducing class size, particularly for younger children, has a positive effect on student achievement overall and an especially significant impact on the education of disadvantaged children.  Large gains in both math and reading stem from more effective teaching and more focused learning.  Smaller class sizes allow for more teacher-student interaction and present to teachers the opportunity to recognize the needs of individual students and customize instruction and assignments.   Students in smaller classes create fewer discipline problems and engage in more pro-social behavior, allowing teachers to devote more time to instruction and less to controlling the class. Smaller classrooms are more pleasant and have fewer distractions.

    • Ideally, every Virginia classroom should range in size from 15 to 19 students.

     

    Charter Schools

    I support charter schools that embody the core values of public education in a democratic society:  Every student should have equal access to these schools, academic standards should be high, their workers should be protected; and each school should be committed to helping all public schools better serve the needs of their communities.  Like all of Virginia’s public schools, charter schools should meet the following criteria:

    • Be tuition-free, not-for-profit, and open to all students.
    • Transparent and subject to full disclosure of finances, curriculum, student demographics and academic performance.
    • Meet the same standards that are required of other pubic schools.
    • Work in cooperation with local school districts and their stakeholders.

     

    Competitive Curriculum

    The top priority for our schools is to prepare each student to compete for jobs by providing a well rounded and challenging education.  This is only possible through a rich curriculum that takes students beyond basic skills and provides enrichment critical to the development of an entrepreneurial and knowledge based workforce.  We are often led to believe that only certain schools are able to provide students with this critical component of success.  However, every school should aspire and have the ability to provide every child with equal access to a competitive curriculum.  This includes:

    • Making sure children are exposed to the rich content that will propel them past the notorious fourth-grade reading slump.
    • Providing hands on experiences for our students beyond the classroom.
    • Renewing our commitment to technical education.

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    MS Does What MS Wants To Do
    Jeion Ward
    Published on January 26, 2016
    By: Jeion Ward

    Delegate Ward stands up on the house floor to advocate for those living with Multiple Sclerosis

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    Michael Mullin 1Michael Mullin

    Current Position: State Delegate 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.”

    Summary

    Current Position: State Delegate 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.”

    About

    Michael Mullin

    Mike 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.”

    He excels at turning his experiences and understanding of the communities of the Peninsula into real results for his constituents. In his second year as a legislator, he was reappointed to the Counties, Cities, and Towns Committee and the Courts of Justice Committee, and newly appointed to the Commerce and Labor Committee. He again passed four bills, highlighted by a new law to protect victims of human trafficking. Delegate Mullin served on the House Select Committee on School Safety throughout 2018. In the 2019 Legislative Session, Delegate Mullin passed ten pieces of legislation and continues to be a leader in the General Assembly.

    When Mike isn’t in Richmond in session in the House of Delegates, he is a private practice attorney and resident of Newport News. He came to the Peninsula as a 17-year-old college freshman at Christopher Newport University and loved the city so much he wanted to raise his family here, so he returned after earning his law degree from The Catholic University. 


    Mike is a Certified Gang Investigator by the Virginia Gang Investigator’s Association and volunteers his time to stop gang violence in our communities.  He is a graduate of the Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership and a member of the Christopher Newport University Alumni Society.

    Experience

    Work Experience

    • Criminal Prosecutor

    Education

    • JD
      The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, DC
      2007
    • BA
      Christopher Newport University
      2004

    Personal

    • Birth Year: 1981
    • Place of Birth: Fairfax, VA
    • Gender: Male
    • Race(s): Caucasian
    • Religion: Roman Catholic
    • Spouse: Laura Hadley Mullin
    • Children: Daniel, Henry, and William

     

    Membership & Affiliation

    Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church
    Knights of Columbus, Walter Pollard Council #5480
    Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys
    Virginia Gang Investigator’s Association
    Virginia State Bar
    Christopher Newport University Alumni Association

    Contact

    Legislative Assistant: Hannah Cannon
    Administrative Assistant During Session: Jane Hornbeck

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    900 E. Main St,
    Richmond, Virginia 23219
    Phone: (804) 698-1093

    District Office
    566 Denbigh Boulevard, Suite C
    Newport News, VA 23608
    Phone: (757) 525-9526

    Web

    Government Page, Campaign Site, YouTube

    Politics

    Recent Elections

    2019 State DelegateArray

    Michael P. Mullin (D)14,34855.66%
    Heather L. Cordasco (R)11,40244.23%
    Write-In (Write-in)280.11%
    TOTAL25,778

    2017 State DelegateArray

    Michael Mullin (D)15,98860.0%
    Heather Lynn Cordasco (R)10,62539.9%
    Write In (Write-in)420.2%
    TOTAL26,655

    Finances

    MULLIN, MICHAEL P has run in 3 races for public office, winning 2 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,082,406.

    Source: Follow the Money

    Committees

    Committees

    Courts of Justice
    Counties Cities and Towns
    Commerce and Labor

    Subcommittees

    Counties Cities and Towns – Subcommittee #2
    Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #1
    Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #4
    Courts of Justice – Ethics Subcommittee
    Commerce and Labor – Subcommittee #1

    Appointments

    House Commerce and Labor
    House Counties Cities and Towns
    House Courts of Justice
    Prevention and Response Protocol Subcommittee
    Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program, Commission on

    Voting Record

    See: Vote Smart

    New Legislation

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Issues

    Economy

    Mike has been working to bring good high-paying jobs to the region.  Partnering with our local colleges and universities, Mike is finding ways to grow our economy and create high quality jobs across the Peninsula. Mike believes investing in local small businesses so they can create jobs and help our area thrive and grow is critical. Mike voted to support expanding Worker Retraining tax credits that will help small businesses create the most ready and trained workforce. Mike also voted to waive tax penalties on small businesses in their first two years when they are starting up.

    Women make up almost half of the workforce, so fighting to ensure equal pay for equal work becomes a reality in Virginia is a goal of Mike’s.

    Mike has received endorsements from the KML Carpenters, the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, the Virginia AFL-CIO, Virginia Professional Firefighters Association.

    Education

    As the father of three young boys, Mike is committed to working for a world class education for every Virginia child. Mike will work to expand early childhood education so that each child has access to a quality pre-K education. Studies show that children who attend pre-K are more prepared for school. Mike will always support efforts to fully fund our public schools and that means not diverting funds to private institutions. We must also pay teachers a better salary. Our children deserve the best teachers and our teachers deserve fair compensation. Mike is proud to have supported a 2% salary increase for teachers last session. Mike has also worked to end the culture of high-stakes testing by eliminating some of the Standards of Learning requirements.

    Mike’s commitment to education has earned him the endorsement of the Virginia Education Association.

    Environment

    Mike is committed to making sure we have an environment that protects our region’s natural beauty and encourages job creation.

    These goals are accomplished by:

    Protecting the Chesapeake Bay: Jobs in Hampton Roads rely on a clean and protected Chesapeake Bay. Mike will continue to be a strong voice for providing full funding for the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay.

    Promoting Renewable Energy: Mike believes that we must find ways to promote clean energy with investments in wind, solar, and other renewable resources. Mike will also continue to advocate for legislation that will create an electric and clean vehicle infrastructure for the future.

    Addressing the Problem of Climate Change: The Virginia Peninsula is created by the York and James Rivers, so the impacts of climate change, particularly flooding, are of great concern to residents and businesses. Mike is committed to expanding our efforts to curb climate change, including renewable energy, efficient modes of transportation, and recycling.

    Mike is proud to be endorsed by the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters.

    Health Care

    Mike was a strong supporter of expanding Medicaid in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Medicaid expansion, enacted in 2018, extends coverage to nearly 400,000 Virginians, and put money back into the state budget for schools, mental health, and state employee raises. Mike believes this was a common-sense solution that improves the lives of citizens of the 93rd District and Virginia.

    Mike is a strong advocate and supporter of women making their own health choices. That is why Mike has stood in support of Planned Parenthood and advocated for affordable birth control.

    Mike has received endorsement from NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia for these efforts.

    Safety

    Criminal Justice

    As a former criminal prosecutor, Mike has been a leader in combating gang violence and cracking down on sex crimes in Hampton Roads. He will always make sure that the most vulnerable in our community are protected.

    In Richmond, Mike has put his background in criminal justice to work, focusing on ending the school-to-prison pipeline. Too often, Virginia children go straight from the classroom to prison. Mike is working to ensure our system is more focused on educating kids than on channeling them to the criminal justice system.

    Mike is a strong advocate for Virginia women and families affected by domestic or sexual abuse. This spring, Governor McAuliffe signed Mike’s legislation to ensure that violent felons will no longer be eligible for first offender status under the state’s domestic violence laws.

    Mike was awarded “Champion of Justice” by the Virginia Association of Commonwealth Attorneys for his work on these issues in Richmond.

    Affordable Housing

    Mike will support policies that ensure that all Virginians have access to safe and stable homes and any additional resources needed that will enable them to thrive in the community. This includes:

    * Increasing funding for the Virginia Housing Trust Fund, a flexible loan and grant resource that addresses a range of local housing needs from homelessness to homeownership

    * Promoting home energy efficiency programs that reduce monthly utility costs and help keep housing costs sustainable

    * Providing access to permanent and supportive homes for individuals with mental health and disability needs.

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    Mike Mullin for Virginia Re-Election Announcement
    Delegate Michael Mullin
    Published on February 28, 2017
    By: Delegate Michael Mullin

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    Heather CordascoHeather Cordasco

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

    Overview: N/A

    Summary

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

    Overview: N/A

    About

    Heather Cordasco 1

    Source: Campaign page

    Heather Cordasco served on the Williamsburg/James City County School Board from 2012-2015.  At Heather’s suggestion, WJCC schools participated in the Northstar Project, an organization that helps schools streamline processes so that more money can go to the classroom. Heather is a strong supporter of teachers and supports competitive salaries and supplying the resources they need in the classroom.

    As chair of the 21st Century Career Readiness Committee (formerly Career and Technology), she took a strong interest in career options for students. Heather encouraged the Association for Manufacturing Excellence to adopt the Williamsburg/James City County school system; as a result, students have the opportunity to explore careers in advanced manufacturing during Manufacturing Day. This led to closer relationships with county industries, and to local jobs for WJCC students. She currently sits on the New Horizons Foundation Board, a board that helps students who receive technical training to have funds to pay for trade job expenses, such as certifications and tools. The New Horizons Foundation Board is also a partner in “The Good Life” program that hires students with skills into great jobs right after their high school graduation.

    Heather also served on the Special Education Advisory Committee, and the New Horizons Board. She was appointed to the Regional Issues Committee for the Historic Triangle in 2012. Heather has been a member of the Education Committee of the Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce and was recently named the chair of that committee. She has served as the President of Network Peninsula, as a member of the local Red Cross board, and is the former president of the Kingsmill Women’s Social Club. She is currently the chair of the Grove Community Garden.

    Heather is also a graduate of LEAD Virginia and a recent graduate of the Lead Historic Triangle Class that is offered through the Greater Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce. She is a 2011 graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy and a 2009 Graduate of the James City County Citizens Academy. Heather has served on the Legislative Positions Committee for the Virginia School Boards Association and has been presented with the Award of Excellence from the VSBA twice. She has also advocated for local school systems at the National Virginia School Boards Association Advocacy Conference on Capitol Hill. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Nyack College in New York. She currently works at a nonprofit organization as a Philanthropy Officer, and as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer who holds multiple certifications with a specialty in older adult fitness. She taught a variety of adult fitness classes in James City County. Heather has been married to her husband Carlo for 31 years and has three children, all graduates of James City County Schools. This December, Heather became a grandmother!

    Residents of the Peninsula since 1993, the Cordasco family settled in James City County in 2004. Heather chaired the meal committee for the Jamestown High football team for the 2007 and 2008 seasons, feeding 90 boys every week. The Cordasco family worships at Foundations Church in Williamsburg.

    Web

    Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

    Issues

    Source: Campaign page

    Jobs and the Economy
     
    Improving our local economy and creating good paying jobs for peninsula families is important to Heather. Our tourist industry is vital to our local economy and we must do everything we can to continue to make the peninsula an attractive destination for visitors. Making investments that will diversify our economy will go a long way in expanding opportunities at our ports and attracting good paying manufacturing jobs. Keeping taxes low and reducing burdensome regulations help small businesses compete and local families make ends meet. Heather will oppose efforts to raise taxes and demand that our state government lives within its means.

    A well-trained work force is a magnet for employers and as a Williamsburg/James City School Board member, Heather helped expand opportunities for students to prepare for careers in cutting edge high-tech manufacturing and the trades. If elected to represent the 93rd district in the General Assembly, Heather will make expanding our local economy a top priority.

    Education
     
    A passionate advocate for our children’s education, Heather’s background serving our public schools gives her a unique perspective into what our local students, teachers and schools need. Heather’s three children have all graduated from our public school system. She has served on the Williamsburg/James City County School Board, the Special Education Advisory Committee, the New Horizons board and Chaired the 21st Century Career Readiness Committee. She currently sits on the New Horizon’s Foundation board to raise scholarship money for tools and certifications for students who have chosen the trades, manufacturing or construction as a career.

    While on the WJCC School Board, she helped create potential employment opportunities for our students by initiating Manufacturing Day. WJCC school system was the first in North American to be adopted by the Association for Manufacturer’s Excellence and to hold Manufacturing Day; a day for students, teachers and parents to explore careers in manufacturing. As a result of these decisions, organic relationships have developed with our local employers.

    Heather’s focus will be to ensure that our students have the tools to compete in tomorrow’s global economy while demanding excellence and accountability from every school. Heather believes that the best investment a school system can make is not in a new program or building but in quality teachers to lead our classrooms. While on the school board she also helped implement the Northstar project, that helps schools save money on process so that more money can be put in the classroom. Heather believes that the teacher is the most important asset and has supported pay raises.

    We have a lot of terrific schools in the 93rd district but unfortunately, we also have some schools that are underperforming. Heather believes that we need to find ways to get more resources into the classroom but also provide parents of children in failing schools with options to provide their kids the best education possible. Every child should have access to a quality education, regardless of economic or geographic restraints or status.

    Veterans and Military
     
    Almost ten percent of Virginia residents are active duty military or veterans giving our commonwealth one of the highest concentrations of military residents in the nation. Heather would like to propose legislation of across-the-board credentialing of military spouses or their family members in their chosen profession. Other states have adopted this type of legislation and it is beneficial not only to the family members of our military, but also to our businesses and schools who gain skilled, experienced employees.

    Because military families are frequently moving state to state, it’s in many cases practically impossible for a family member to get credentialed or licensed to move their business with them from state to state. By the time they receive their credential or license to do business, they are off moving to another state. As a result, many military family members give up on their businesses entirely. Heather’s legislation would permit military family members from being able to bring their credentials or licenses to Virginia. The Commonwealth of Virginia would recognize these out-of-state credentials as valid within the Commonwealth. Heather would also like to work on efforts to incentivize our retirees to stay here and reduce the financial burden on them.

    Reducing Traffic
     
    Heather understands that for far too long our traffic issues on the Peninsula have not been addressed properly. Working to bring solutions to local traffic congestion is a high priority of Heather’s. Peninsula residents would much rather be spending time at home with their families instead of being stuck in traffic.

    Heather is committed to building a broad coalition of local stakeholders and elected officials in ensuring the Peninsula gets its fair share of dollars to maintain the infrastructure in the area and see the completion of a third crossing. The completion of this construction is vital in helping reduce the bottle necking that is occurring and keeping residents from getting where they need to go. Traffic is a deterrent for new businesses to relocate into the area and for existing businesses to expand. Heather will also encourage businesses to offer the option of working remotely.

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    David Yancey 1David Yancey

    Current Position: State Delegate since 2012
    Affiliation: Republican

    Overview: N/A

    Summary

    Current Position: State Delegate since 2012
    Affiliation: Republican

    Overview: N/A

    About

    David Yancey 2

    Source: Campaign page

    David Yancey, was born and raised in Newport News. He is a 1990 graduate of Peninsula Catholic High School, and a 1995 graduate of the University of Georgia, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History.

    In 2001 David returned to Newport News to work in his family’s real estate business and a few years later he started his own real estate development company.

    Throughout the next decade David continued to grow his business, expanding to commercial fishing with a new business partner on the Eastern Shore.

    David holds professional licenses from the Commonwealth of Virginia in Real Estate, Contracting, and Commercial Fishing.

    In 2011, David was appointed to the City of Newport News Mayor’s Efficiency Task Force on city government. This one-year task force was a citizen committee designed to look at innovative ways to improve the role of government in Newport News. David worked with city employees to find ways to improve services and reduce costs for the city.

    In addition, the task force looked for ways to encourage local job growth and investment in the community by small businesses.

    The experiences that David had on this task force were part of the foundation for his future work in the General Assembly working to develop the economy and reduce bureaucracy for companies seeking to expand or relocate in Virginia.

    Education is a key issue for David, he sees it as the cornerstone to a robust economy and improving the lives of young people. In 2011, David was also appointed to serve on the Newport News Education Foundation, where he participated in events that were designed to improve the education of students in the public schools as well as engage local businesses in the education system. The experiences he had during this time proved invaluable. Once elected to the House of Delegates, David was appointed to the Education Committee. As a result, he has been able to represent our schools in Richmond with first hand knowledge of their needs.

    In the General Assembly, David serves on the House Transportation, Education, and the Commerce and Labor Committees. In 2017 he was appointed chairman of the subcommittee that oversees legislation governing the Department of Motor Vehicles.
    In addition, David is the current Chairman of the Governor’s Aerospace Advisory Committee. He represents Newport News on the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization and the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission, both of which oversee transportation projects throughout the entire Hampton Roads area.

    During the year, David is a volunteer Rugby Coach for the Newport News High School Rugby Football Club and the local Rugby Foundation. He has previously served as a Board member of the Virginia Rugby Union and past President of the Newport News Rugby Football Club, where he also started coaching. As a coach, he stresses the importance of staying in school and seeking a well-rounded education to be successful in the workforce.

    Experience

    Work Experience

    • Self-employed

    Education

    • (B.A., Political Science and History
      University of Georgia, GA
      1995

    Personal

    • Birth Year: 1972
    • Place of Birth: Newport News, VA
    • Gender: Male
    • Race(s): Caucasian
    • Religion: Roman Catholic

    Membership & Affiliation

    Rotary International
    Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce
    Newport News Rugby Football Club

    Contact

    Legislative Assistant: Gretchen Heal
    Administrative Assistant During Session: Karen Imes

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    900 E. Main St,
    Richmond, Virginia 23219
    Phone: (804) 698-1094

    District Office
    P.O. Box 1163
    Newport News, VA 23601

    Phone: (757) 897-3953

    Web

    Government Page, Campaign Site, YouTube

    Politics

    Recent Elections

    2017 State DelegateArray

    David Yancey (R)11,60148.5%
    Shelly Anne Simonds (D)11,59148.5%
    Michael David Bartley (L)6752.8%
    Write In (Write-in)29
    TOTAL23,896

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Finances

    YANCEY, DAVID E has run in 5 races for public office, winning 4 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $2,916,215.

    Source: Follow the Money

    Committees

    Committees

    Chair: Transportation
    Education
    Commerce and Labor

    Subcommittees

    Education – Subcommittee #3
    Commerce and Labor – Subcommittee #2
    Transportation – Subcommittee #4

    Appointments

    Voting Record

    See: Vote Smart

    New Legislation

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Issues

    Source: Campaign page

    Where David Yancey Stands on the Issues Important to All Virginians

    As your representative in the Virginia General Assembly, I have worked hard to stand up for the people of the 94th District. I will continue to support legislation that reflects the values and needs of my constituents and be an independent voice for our area.

    I am always eager to hear from constituents. I believe that government only works when citizens are engaged in the process. If you have any questions or concerns, or would just like to share your opinion with me, please email me at Info@DavidYanceyForDelegate.com.

    Economy

    David has a proven record of supporting legislation that makes it easier for Virginia businesses to operate and grow. As a business owner himself, David has first hand knowledge of how burdensome regulations and government red tape impact small businesses and their owners. That is why he introduced legislation that would require agencies to remove a regulation for each new regulation that was added. For his efforts to defend small businesses he has repeatedly received awards from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

    David is also working to grow the Aerospace industry here in Newport News through his service on the Governor’s Aerospace Advisory Board and by securing $4.2 million in funding to support the expansion of Jefferson Lab. In addition, he regularly lobbies aerospace firms to locate here on the Peninsula.

    Not only has Delegate Yancey supported the employees of the Newport News Shipyard by working with them to provide assistance during periods of layoffs, he also has supported legislation for the shipyard and secured funding for projects, including the current work on the foundry building.

    As he continues to work on behalf of his constituents, Delegate David Yancey will continue to be a leader in improving Virginia’s economy and supporting pro-business policies to encourage growth and competitiveness.

    Education

    As a member of the House Education Committee, David is an advocate for students and teachers. He has worked to reform the Standards of Learning so that the focus is on student learning and achievement instead of test taking and bureaucracy.

    David has also supported budget items to increase pay for our teachers and funding for teachers’ professional development, because success in the classroom starts with a qualified teacher. He works with local school officials to address their needs in the legislature, including passing legislation that helped get qualified teachers in the classrooms.

    One example of his assisting a local school is when he helped the PTA at R.O. Nelson Elementary School PTA receive a $1,500 donation from CSX Railroad. David encouraged the school to apply for Beyond Our Rails, an outreach program the company. He then reached out to CSX to help expedite the process and get the funding to the school in time to meet the student’s needs.

    Environment

    David recognizes the impact that rising waters in Hampton Roads have on the community, particularly in the Hilton section of Newport News. In response he introduced language in the budget to provide funding for storm water runoff. He also has introduced several pieces of legislation supporting the solar industry in Virginia. As a result of this legislation being enacted, he has received awards from the Sierra Club and from a regional Solar Energy Association.

    Infrastructure

    Transportation

    As your Delegate, David understands that the more time we spend sitting in traffic the less time we get to spend with our families. He also knows that to keep business growing on the Peninsula, there has to be a good transportation network. When he ran for office his priority was getting I-64 on the Peninsula expanded, and he has delivered on that promise. The expansion of I-64 is on schedule and on budget and when other politicians have tried to reallocate funding from the Peninsula, David has fought to keep the funding in place. Once completed the project will expand I-64 to three lanes in each direction all the way to Williamsburg.

    Last year David led a regional effort to allocate $4.4 billion for a project that will add an extra lane in each direction to the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel. To accomplish this he had to work with public officials from the region as well as with administration at Hampton University. One of his top priorities was protecting the historic areas of the university and ensuring they were involved in the entire process. This project will be complete in 2024 and will help alleviate traffic congestion on the Peninsula.

    Moving forward David will continue to work with others to ensure that the Peninsula gets its fair share of transportation dollars, and helping to reduce traffic congestion on the Peninsula.

    Safety

    David understands the impact crime can have on a person’s life. He has experienced it first hand when his father was assaulted while walking home one evening. As a result he has worked with the local police department and victims organizations to introduce legislation that helps them do their job and put criminals behind bars. He successfully passed a law to provide victims of human trafficking privacy when they are working with law enforcement. He introduced legislation that would impose higher penalties for crimes committed by gang members selling drugs. Both of these initiatives were a direct result of his meetings with police administration and ride-alongs with the police.

    Veterans

    David has fought to get one of two new Veterans centers in the state located in Hampton Roads. He has supported local veterans from wars ranging from WWII to the current conflicts by assisting them with their VA claims and attending their events and meetings. He has also authored and passed legislation which allows Virginia Community Colleges the ability to award academic credits to any student who has successfully completed a military training course or program as part of their military service that is applicable to the students certificate or degree requirement. He is honored to say that his grandfather’s uniform from WWII is displayed at the Virginia War Museum in Newport News.

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    Delegate David Yancey
    Published on September 21, 2017
    By: Delegate David Yancey

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    Shelly SimondsShelly Simonds

    Current Position: State Delegate
    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.

    Summary

    Current Position: State Delegate
    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.

    About

    Shelly Simonds 1

    Source: Campaign page

    When 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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    2019 State DelegateArray

    Shelly A. Simonds (D)11,56357.72%
    David E. Yancey (R)8,07040.28%
    Michael D. Bartley (L)3761.88%
    Write-In (Write-in)250.12%
    TOTAL20,034

    Issues

    Civil Rights

    Shelly is a strong advocate for civil rights and will always stand up to defend vulnerable members of our community. We need stronger leadership in the General Assembly to stand up to hatred and bigotry now more than ever.

    Shelly is committed to addressing racism and religious bigotry, as well as LGBTQ rights.

    Racism and Religious Bigotry
    As a longtime member of the NAACP, Shelly knows we need a leader in Richmond who isn’t afraid to stand up to racism in all its forms. At a time when racism and religious bigotry are on the march across America, getting too close to home, Shelly knows we need a Delegate who will stand up to prejudice, divisiveness and hatred. Shelly will always stand strong with our minority communities and will always vigorously oppose and protest efforts to sow division based on race or creed.

    LGTBQ Rights
    Shelly believes members of the LGBTQ community must have equal rights before the law. She’ll always defend non-discrimination protections in the workplace. She knows how important it is that we work to create a society where our LGBTQ youth are happy and healthy, instead of disproportionately affected by mental health issues and suicide. In Richmond, she will support LGBTQ anti-discrimination bills in public service and housing.

    Economy

    As Delegate, Shelly’s number one priority will be creating a Virginia economy that works for everyone. Too many of our citizens miss out on the American dream. This is why Shelly is dedicated to bringing good, well-paying jobs to Newport News, and why she strongly supports raising the minimum wage. Economic growth should benefit everyone.

    And to turn that belief into a reality, Shelly is committed to developing our workforce, investing in working families, strengthening small businesses, and empowering women at work.

    Education

    As a Newport News School Board member and former Spanish teacher, Shelly has the experience to fight for the highest quality education for our children. She is a longtime advocate for excellence in public schools, and will bring bold ideas and meaningful programs to our children’s education.

    Shelly is focusing her efforts on investing in teachers, connecting students to careers, and closing the achievement gap.

    Environment

    Shelly got her start in politics as an environmental activist working with the League of Conservation Voters. As Delegate, Shelly will be a staunch defender of our environment, and will fight to make Newport News a green city with a bright future.

    She will focus her efforts on fighting for sustainable, green communities, supporting clean energy, funding City Farm, and reducing traffic by expanding transit solutions.

    Health Care

    Shelly believes healthcare is one of the defining issues of our time. Too many Virginians don’t have access to the care they need and drug prices are too high.

    As Delegate, Shelly will make a priority of defending Healthcare and reducing drug prices, and making sure we protect women’s healthcare rights.

    Safety

    Criminal Justice Reform

    Shelly knows criminal justice reform in Virginia needs to be a bipartisan effort, and she looks forward to getting to Richmond to work with Republicans on this crucial issue. Virginia has the 8th highest incarceration rate in the country, with many people convicted for nonviolent drug offenses. We spend $25,000 per inmate per year—money that could be used to fix our roads and bridges and invest in our children’s’ future. We as a state can reduce crime and save money on incarceration if we work together on adopting reforms that have already worked in other states.

    Among Shelly’s priorities for Criminal Justice reform are advocating for preventative reform, and strong community policing.

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    Sister District
    Published on April 3, 2019
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    Michael BartleyMichael Bartley

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

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    Summary

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

    Overview: N/A

    About

    Source: Campaign page

    Nice to meet you!  My name is Michael D. Bartley.  I was born and raised in Ohio, and moved here to Newport News in 2000 with my wife Amanda.  I earned my BS in Aerospace Engineering from Trine University (Tri-State University) in Indiana.  I am an aerospace engineer at Eagle Technologies LLC, here in Newport News.  I am also an Eagle Scout, a Cleveland Browns fan, and an active member at Warwick United Church of Christ.

    My wife Amanda is an instructional assistant for Newport News Public Schools at Marshall Early Learning Center.  Our two children, Charlotte and Emily, attend public school, in third and first grades.  On the weekends, I enjoy spending time with my family.  We enjoy exploring our local parks, spending time with our church family, and relaxing.

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    Issues

    Source: Campaign page

    CIVIL FORFEITURE

    Legalized theft by the government, also known as civil forfeiture must not be allowed.  Cooperating with federal agencies in any way for civil forfeiture will be forbidden.  I will propose legislation to make it so property can only be forfeited after a guilty verdict or guilty plea on a felony.  Restore justice to those not convicted.

    Kelo v. City of New London is the worst Supreme Court decision of my lifetime.  Eminent domain should NEVER be used to take property from anybody other than for public use, and then only after compensation of one and a half times the value of the property and the costs to move.  Give property justice to ALL.

    DRINKING AGE
    Virginians that are 18 are old enough to vote, or die for their country, but not old enough to buy alcohol.  Students at universities are not allowed to consume alcohol in their dorms or other safe locations.  This encourages binge drinking at parties where they are more vulnerable.  If you truly care about the “rape culture” on campus then you logically must be in favor of lowering the drinking age to 18.  I will propose legislation to change this.  Give liberty to ALL.

    EDUCATION
    I am a father of two children, one of whom is entering first grade.  I support “Backpack Funding.” Children will be given a certain amount of money depending on their grade and special needs.  Parents will be able to choose any school they want and the funding will follow the child.  This money can be used for public education in or out of district, for private schools, or for tutors and materials for home schooled children.  It is time to let the poor send their children to the schools of their choice.  Give educational justice to ALL.

    ENVIRONMENT
    The Atlantic Coast Pipeline uses eminent domain for its construction, so I oppose it.  If the law allows people to trespass on land, then the law must be changed. I do not care how much of a “vitally important infrastructure project” this is, you may not use the government to take property from others for private use. This is not residential distribution of natural gas, so it is not a public use.

    I would like to reduce income taxes by using externality taxes. One of the most commonly proposed externality tax is a carbon tax. It is easiest to apply at the well head, as well as when it is imported. The tax should be set to increase over a known amount over time to allow the industry time to adjust. This should also replace other pollution regulations. Taxation prevents grandfathering of pollution, and forces economic pressure to reduce pollution. Under the present system, a manufacturer must have new plants meet current environmental standards, but old ones can be grandfathered in. This encourages old, polluting, inefficient plants to not be replaced by newer ones.

    GAMBLING
    Right now Virginians are only allowed to legally gamble by using the lottery.  This is hypocritical; the state can profit from gambling, but we can’t have a casino.  I will propose legislation to allow casino and online gambling in the state of Virginia.  Give gambling liberty to ALL.

    GUN RIGHTS
    “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a Free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”  I will propose “constitutional carry” legislation. While still issuing concealed licenses for reciprocity, concealed carry will be allowed without a permit in the commonwealth.  Give the liberty to conceal to ALL.

    LAW ENFORCEMENT
    Beyond legalizing all victimless crimes and ending civil forfeiture I will promote justice for ALL by:

    • Proposing legislation that will make those unable to pay a fine, to be able to do community service instead.
    • Proposing legislation that only driving offences can result in the loss of ones drivers license.
    • Proposing legislation that the state will cover all costs (bail, attorney’s fees, and lost wages) for those found not guilty of felonies and misdemeanors.  Anybody charged with felonies but only convicted of misdemeanors will also have their court cost covered.
    • Propose legislation to increase the funding of the public defenders.
    • Police will be required to use, and the state will fund, body cameras while on patrol.
    • Police will be required to video tape all interviews with suspects.
    • Prosecutors will be instructed to prosecute perjury of state officials as a high priority and sentences will be doubled.
    • Police misconduct will be investigated by officials in other departments.
    • Police officers may not be given any incentive or quotas to arrest or cite people.
    • Teenage “Sexting” is not a crime, and under no circumstances should it be treated as such.
    • All fines will be placed in the general fund of the state.   End policing for profit.
    • Make restitution payments a higher priority than fines.
    • Make every attempt to find a place other than jail for the mentally ill.

    MEDICAL
    Certificate of Public Need (COPN) requires a committee to approve expansion of medical facilities, with competitors able to have an input.  This is a way for established medical organizations to prevent competition.  It allows them to keep their prices artificially high while preventing Virginians from having access to medical care.  According to Christopher Koopman and Thomas Stratmann of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University “[i]n particular, for Virginia these programs could mean approximately 10,800 fewer hospital beds, 41 fewer hospitals offering MRI services, and 58 fewer hospitals offering CT scans. For those seeking quality health care throughout Virginia, this means less competition and fewer choices, without increased access to care for the poor.”  I will propose legislation that will repeal the need for a Certificate of Public Need.  Give medical liberty to ALL.

    PROSTITUTION
    It is now common to call prostitution “Human Trafficking”, but the vast majority of people in the sex trade participate voluntarily.  The way it stands now, if sex workers are raped, not paid, or are robbed, they have limited access to legal justice.  I will propose legislation to legalize, tax, and regulate prostitution, thus restoring justice for prostitutes.

    RESTORATION OF CIVIL RIGHTS
    I am grateful to our Governor for restoring the voting rights to felons that have served completed their sentences.  I will propose legislation make this permanent and add gun rights.  Restore liberty for ALL.

    If you are a convicted felon who has questions about the restoration of your right to vote, you can visit Revive My Vote to check your status and get more information.  Know your rights!

    TRANSPORTATION
    Right now, it takes two hours to get from 24th Street @ Marshall Ave. to Busch Gardens if you take public transportation.  Why?  Because the cities pick the layout for the bus routes.  They are about as good at this as they are at picking airlines to fly out of Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport.  We need to privatize HRT so that they can pick the routes instead and will be given a subsidy (per rider) to pick up people in low socioeconomic areas and the disabled.

    The state house of Virginia has abdicated its role in state road decisions; that must change.  I will call for the repeal of House Bill 2.  I will propose parallel toll lanes for expanding roads.  Let those who don’t want to wait in traffic pay the toll, those who don’t mind the traffic wait, but all will benefit from the extra lanes.  Liberate traffic congestion for ALL.

    VICTIMLESS CRIMES
    When a person is arrested for a low-level drug offence their life is substantially made worse.  It deprives an individual of their liberty, and can create single parent households that put innocent children at risk.  After release, it makes their life considerably harder due to their criminal record.  The tax payers are also required to pay a significant amount of money.  Police are also diverted away from crimes that have victims; every hour a police officer spends on a victimless crime, is an hour not spent bringing justice to victims of actual crime.  Let the police bring justice to ALL.

    I will propose the following legislation to change this:

    • Join the western states that are legalizing marijuana.
    • Allow doctors to prescribe anything for their patients.
    • Decriminalize personal use amounts of all drugs.
    • After the 2018-2019 legislative session and support is greater, I will propose legalization of all drugs in Virginia.
    • By expressly allowing any drug to be prescribed in the state of Virginia it will be possible for experimental medication to be given in the state, as long as it does not cross state lines.  This could put the Commonwealth of Virginia at the forefront of medical research.   Give medical Liberty to ALL.

     

     

     

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    Marcia Price

    Current Position: State Delegate 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.

    Summary

    Current Position: State Delegate 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.

    About

    Marcia Price 1

    Source: Campaign page

    Marcia Price, affectionately known as “Cia”, was born and raised on the Peninsula.  She graduated from Warwick High School in the Peninsula’s first graduating class of the International Baccalaureate Program, receiving the full IB Diploma and Advanced Studies Diploma (1998). Price attended Spelman College and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, with intensive study in Biology (2002). She also received her Master of Arts in Religious Studies from Howard University (2005).  Price has completed some coursework toward her Master of Divinity Degree at Howard University (2011-2013). With each program, she focused on learning as much as she could in order to return home to make a positive difference.

    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.  After what was supposed to be a month long internship at a dental office, Price enjoyed an almost 10 year career of dental office administration and management because she was passionate about helping people get the care that they needed.

    In September 2016, as a project of New Virginia Majority, Price worked to start the Virginia Black Leadership Organizing Collaborative (VA BLOC), a non-profit focused on “building empowered communities” through integrated voter engagement, civic involvement, and leadership development, where she serves as Director.

    Cia is a member of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church and has been active in organizations like Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., People to People, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, and Congressman Bobby Scott’s Young Professionals Advisory Council.  She currently serves on the Board for Habitat for Humanity serving the Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg.  She previously served on the Downing Gross Cultural Arts Center Advisory Board and the Newport News Commission on Youth.

    On November 7, 2017, she was reelected for her second term to represent the 95th District in the Virginia House of Delegates.  She 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.

    Del. Price has received several honors, including the 2017 Marguarite Adams Award for Political Action from the Mid-Atlantic Region of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the 2017 Community Service Award from the Hampton Democrats, the 2017 Community Service Award from Zeta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. She was named Greek of the Year for the Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (2009, 2011).  Also, she received the 2017 “Solid as a Rock Award” from the Virginia Education Association for her strong support of public education. In 2018, she was named the 2018 Champion of College Affordability by Partners for College Affordability and Public Trust. And in 2019, Del. Price received the Economic Justice Advocacy Award from the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy and the 2019 Friend of Nursing Award from the Virginia Nursing Association.

    Del. Price loves interacting with her constituents and is called upon to give speeches to help awaken audiences to the needs of the community and to inspire them toward action.

    As a fourth generation resident of the Peninsula, Del. Price embraces her family’s legacy of service and strives to make a positive impact in the Peninsula community that has given so much to her.

    Experience

    Education

    • M.A., Religious Studies
      Howard University, Washington, DC
      2005
    • B.A., Philosophy
      Spelman College, GA
      2002

    Awards

    Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Lambda Omega Chapter, Greek of the Year (2009, 2011)
    Howard University School of Divinity, Student Respondent for Inaugural Faculty/Student Symposium (2013)

    Personal

    • Birth Year: 1980
    • Place of Birth: Hampton VA
    • Gender: Female
    • Race(s): African American
    • Religion: Episcopalian

    Membership & Affiliation

    St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church
    Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg (board member)
    Virginia Council on Women
    NAACP, Newport News Unit
    Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Lambda Omega Chapter (financial officer)

    Contact

    Legislative Assistant: Tempestt Boone

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    900 E. Main St,
    Richmond, Virginia 23219
    Phone: (804) 698-1095

    District Office
    P.O. Box 196
    Newport News, VA 23607
    Phone: (757) 266-5935

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    Politics

    Recent Elections

    2019 State DelegateArray

    Marcia S. “Cia” Price (D)11,84790.22%
    Write-In (Write-in)1,2849.78%
    TOTAL13,131

    2017 State DelegateArray

    Marcia Price (D)0
    Write in (Write-in)0
    TOTAL0

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Finances

    PRICE, MARCIA S (CIA) has run in 2 races for public office, winning both of them. The candidate has raised a total of $135,130

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    Committees

    Committees

    Privileges and Elections
    Health, Welfare and Institutions
    General Laws

    Subcommittees

    General Laws – Subcommittee #2
    Health, Welfare and Institutions – Subcommittee #1
    Privileges and Elections – Subcommittee #3

    Appointments

    Voting Record

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    New Legislation

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

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    Interview with Delegate Marcia Price
    Published on September 8, 2019

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    Mark DowneyMark Downey

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

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

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    About

    Mark Downey 1

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    As I enter my 18th year in practice as a pediatrician, I’m thankful to be a part of the lives of so many children and families in the greater Williamsburg area and surrounding counties.

    I currently work as a pediatrician at Pediatric Associates of Williamsburg, a practice of Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters. When I’m not in the office, I enjoy swimming and rowing as well as volunteering my time for my neighborhood Queens Lake swim team, the Bruton High School swim team, and the Williamsburg Boat Club rowing team.

    I’ve been a resident of the 96th District for the majority of my life, beginning when I moved here with my parents at the age of two, after my father retired from the US Air Force. I grew up in the Queens Lake neighborhood in upper York County attending Waller Mill and Magruder Elementary School, Queens Lake Middle School and Bruton High School. I graduated from Bruton High School in 1984 and focused on academics (Valedictorian) and civics (Senior Class President.)

    I graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Chemical Engineering, but after working for four years as a chemical engineer, I decided to pursue a different path. I went to medical school at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. Again, I balanced my interest in serving my patients, achieving excellence in academics (Valedictorian) and leadership (Class President.) After my residency and starting my career as a physician, I returned to Williamsburg in 2001 to join Pediatric Associates of Williamsburg. 

    I’m honored to be the father of four fantastic children: Mae (20), Mallory (19), Zelly (16) and Joe (11), with my wife, Kristin, who I’ve been blessed to be married to for the past 21 years. Since moving back to Queens Lake I have strived to make our neighborhood as wonderful of a place for the next generation of children as it was when I grew up here. I want to do the same for our community.

    As I look to the future I hope to take my passion as a pediatrician, father, and neighborhood volunteer to serve the wonderful people of the 96th District as their Delegate for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
     

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    EXPANDING OPPORTUNITY THROUGH PUBLIC EDUCATION
    I am grateful for the excellent education I’ve received in Virginia schools. From Queens Lake to Bruton to UVA to MCV, I’ve been able to take advantage of our excellent public school systems. Our children all deserve access to an excellent public education, regardless of what zip code they live in.

    Advocating for early childhood education will be a cornerstone of my education policy. By investing in our children early, we set them up for success later in life. I will drive forward legislative efforts to make sure that our high school graduates are prepared with the skills they need for whatever path they choose. I will work to improve outcomes in our public schools, with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math, the areas where opportunity is likely to expand.
     
    WOMEN’S RIGHTS
    As a doctor, I trust women to make their own decisions about their health and reproductive rights.  I would rather help prevent unplanned pregnancies and will work to expand access to LARC (long-acting reversible contraception) which has been shown to reduce rates of teen pregnancy and abortion by over 50% (Colorado).

    Support- Passing ERA in Virginia
    Support- Equal pay
     
    ENCOURAGING ECONOMIC GROWTH
    Our district is blessed with a diverse economy, with tourism, education, military and a growing start-up culture. We need to continue to grow our economy while creating a highly-skilled workforce for the future.

    Offering incentives for young adults to pursue high demand jobs and the jobs of the future are an important part of preparing for the changing nature of work. I will push for tax policies that reward people for hard work, support small business, support our aquaculture, cybersecurity and clean energy sectors and keep our district moving forward. In addition, from my own experience, I’d like to see incentives for primary care providers, geriatricians, psychiatrists and rural health care providers to ensure we can meet the needs ahead.
     
    INCREASING HEALTH CARE ACCESS
    I work in the healthcare system every day, and while we can provide excellent care, it comes at an alarmingly high price. I see patients who have insurance but still have tremendous out-of-pocket costs that can make a visit to the doctor or a prescription drug prohibitively expensive. As a pediatrician, I bring knowledge and firsthand experience in what is wrong with our health care system and will work towards the most effective solutions for our district and Commonwealth.

    I will work for accessible, affordable, and excellent healthcare for every American. I support efforts to invest in preventative care to reduce the epidemic of untreated chronic diseases that lead to expensive medical interventions down the line, costing us all. We have to prevent health problems before they snowball into other issues that affect the individual as well as our communities. This is particularly true for mental health and addiction, which can spiral quickly into critical situations that cost opportunities to contribute to our communities in addition to expensive health care and correctional bills, often paid by taxpayers directly. Prevention is less expensive than reactivity for all of us.
     
    APPLYING COMMON SENSE GUN SAFETY
    Guns are the third leading cause of death in American children. It doesn’t have to be this way – we have the tools to address our epidemic of gun violence, we just need to elect leaders with the courage to tackle this issue.

    As a dad and pediatrician, I know how important it is to take action on common sense gun safety. Like many parents, I trust that my son and daughters will be safe when I send him to school, but we know that nowhere is really safe in a country that allows guns to easily get into the hands of people who would do others harm.

    It is long past time us to take common sense steps to prevent gun violence. If elected, I will fight for solutions that protect our children and families, including accountable and responsible gun ownership measures, universal background checks and registration for both firearms and people who sell them.
     
    HONORING OUR COMMITMENT TO VETERANS
    Veterans, service members, and their families have made huge sacrifices for our country. They deserve to be treated with respect because of their service to our country. Part of respecting our servicemen and women, vets, and their families is ensuring they have access to the services and support they need.

    I believe that even at the state level, we can ensure that the VA is working for veterans–and making connections so that vets receive the top-quality healthcare they deserve. We should promote policies for hiring veterans and support laws that increase job opportunities for veterans, while upholding our commitment to service members, and make sure they receive the retirement and disability pay they deserve.
     
    FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE
    We need to take action to lessen the impact of climate change. Here in the Virginia, we are seeing the effects of sea level rise, which is undeniable. In recent years, fast-moving storms have flooded Norfolk and Richmond and the Peninsula has seen an intense increase in tornados and water-related damage. The York River is an important asset for the 96th district and we need to ensure that we treasure it as a natural resource.

    We must champion policies to create new, sustainable, clean energy jobs and grow our economy. As scientist, I will apply evidence-based principles and methods to my evaluation of environmental policy and regulation and insist that our government agencies do the same.

    CYBER SAFETY FOR ALL
    Technology has given us many advantages, but new challenges arise as a result.

    We need to ensure that our laws keep pace with our technology advances. I will advocate for stronger resources to enforce our existing laws and to ensure that we don’t lag behind in the keeping pace with advancements. We should be promoting the proper ways technology can benefit us, and discouraging illegal and uncivil behavior.

    Civil discourse is often left behind as people hide behind their computers, venting rather than listening. Our kids are often the most affected and adults should set a good example, no matter how strongly they disagree with other people. I believe in sincere, face-to-face communication, and my code of ethics reflects my belief in how people should be treated, no matter what they believe. That’s how I’m running my campaign and that’s an issue I feel strongly about — if elected to the House of Delegates, that’s how I’ll behave, to set a good example for our kids.

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    Amanda Batten 3Amanda Batten

    Current Position: State Delegate
    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.

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    Current Position: State Delegate
    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.

    About

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    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.

    Amanda resides in Toano with her husband, Rick, and son, Troy. She is currently a board member of the Virginia Symphony Society, and she previously served on the board of the Thomas Nelson Community College Educational Foundation and the Providence Classical School Board. A graduate of Ashford University, Amanda has also completed the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Political Leaders Program and the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance’s LEAD Historic Triangle program.

    For over ten years, Amanda has volunteered for Republican candidates and principles in James City County and York County. She completed three terms as chairman of the James City County Republican Committee, and she currently serves as First Vice President of the Jamestown Heritage Republican Women’s Club. She is also the Eastern Vice Chairwoman of the State Central Committee of the Republican Party of Virginia.

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    2019 State DelegateArray

    Amanda E. Batten (R)17,14252.48%
    Mark C. Downey (D)15,14146.35%
    James W. Jobe (L)3571.09%
    Write-In (Write-in)260.08%
    TOTAL32,666

    Issues

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    Low Taxes
    Virginians deserve to keep more of their hard-earned dollars. I believe each individual is the best judge of how to spend his or her income, and I will fight against higher taxes. I oppose hidden fees that increase the cost of doing business as well as tax policies favoring special interests and select industries. All Virginians deserve a return on their investment of tax dollars, and I will fight for efficiencies while prioritizing the core functions of government.

    Life
    I firmly believe in the sanctity of human life, and I will steadfastly support efforts to ensure Virginia protects its most vulnerable citizens throughout all stages of life.  All lives are valuable and of equal worth.  Respect for life is the cornerstone of our society and the foundation for human decency.
     
    Energy
    Government mandates and overregulation can distort the energy market, leading to high rates and systemic inefficiencies. I believe we must continue improving our electric grid to ensure stable and reliable delivery of energy—especially in hurricane prone areas such as the Historic Triangle. 

    2nd Amendment
    Just as it guarantees our essential liberties of free speech, freedom of religion, and due process, the Constitution of the United States protects our right to keep and bear arms. I support this Constitutional right and do not support restrictive policies infringing on this liberty.
     
    Health Care
    Premiums, deductibles, and out-of-pocket health care expenses continue to soar. With monthly health insurance premiums often rivaling household expenses for housing and utilities, consumers are forced to make difficult choices. I do not believe that a government-run system will improve this dynamic. Instead, I will prioritize transparency and competition in the system as well as innovations to expand access and drive down costs for care and prescription medications.

    Education
    Outside of family, teachers are often the most influential people in the life of a child. Our funding priorities should reflect this reality. Dollars need to be directed toward teacher salaries and practical classroom needs—not bureaucratic overhead. Parental involvement being key to a child’s success in school, I support policies that encourage parents to play an active role in their child’s education. I also believe in keeping college a