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.

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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.

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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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    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

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    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.

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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

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