William C. Wampler III

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Republican

Will Wampler’s professional experience includes the implementation of GO Virginia – an economic development initiative that is focused on the creation of higher-paying jobs in Southwest Virginia and other regions of the state. There are several innovative GO Virginia projects now underway in our region that include: a project to retain talented young people in the region and to provide pathways for these students to get high-paying jobs with employers in the region; a project in partnership with Virginia Tech to study new methods and ways to commercialize coal by-products; and a project at Mountain Empire Community College to utilize drone technologies to improve one of our oldest and strongest industries, agriculture.

John Avoli

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

John Avoli’s political career started in 1990 when John ran for Staunton City Council. He served on the council for 16 years, including 14 as Staunton’s mayor.

John worked collaboratively during that time to improve life in Staunton. He worked with “great teams” of council members, city staff and numerous boards and commissions. The record of accomplishment is well-documented. Here are a few highlights of  John’s work on council in Staunton:

Wendell Walker

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

Since the 1990s, Wendell Walker has served as an active leader in the Republican Party. He has served in positions at various levels of leadership and has helped to recruit, campaign with, and elect many local, state, and national officials.

Wendell understands the importance of having conservative representation at all levels of government, and has worked in every election towards that goal, from local Constitutional officers and City Council to U.S. Congressional races and our current President.

Chris Runion

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

Chris Runion, as a business owner with an accounting background, Chris Runion is uniquely qualified to go to Richmond and try to bring some fiscal sanity to the mess that Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration is making. The Democrats in Richmond go from one fiscal issue to the next with one solution: Let’s raise taxes.

Chris will be a delegate that is faithful, honest, transparent and accountable to the citizens of the 25th District, standing firm for our God-given rights, the right to life and our Second Amendment rights.

Joshua Cole

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

Josh has served the state by acting as the Chief of Staff for Delegate Kelly Convirs-Fowler, fighting for the people by working alongside Delegate Convirs-Fowler on issues important to all Virginians, like fair housing.

Simultaneously, Josh serves on Stafford County Public Schools Superintendent’s Equity, Diversity and Opportunity Committee, the Greater Fredericksburg Area Interfaith Council, as the President of the Stafford County NAACP and participates with numerous other local and community initiatives.

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

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

Sally Hudson

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

Carrie Coyner

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Republican

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

Rodney Willett

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ibraheem Samirah

Current Position: State Delegate since 2019
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

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

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

Suhas Subramanyam

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

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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.

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.

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.

Scott Wyatt

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

William C. Wampler IIIWilliam C. Wampler III

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Republican

Will Wampler’s professional experience includes the implementation of GO Virginia – an economic development initiative that is focused on the creation of higher-paying jobs in Southwest Virginia and other regions of the state. There are several innovative GO Virginia projects now underway in our region that include: a project to retain talented young people in the region and to provide pathways for these students to get high-paying jobs with employers in the region; a project in partnership with Virginia Tech to study new methods and ways to commercialize coal by-products; and a project at Mountain Empire Community College to utilize drone technologies to improve one of our oldest and strongest industries, agriculture.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Republican

Will Wampler’s professional experience includes the implementation of GO Virginia – an economic development initiative that is focused on the creation of higher-paying jobs in Southwest Virginia and other regions of the state. There are several innovative GO Virginia projects now underway in our region that include: a project to retain talented young people in the region and to provide pathways for these students to get high-paying jobs with employers in the region; a project in partnership with Virginia Tech to study new methods and ways to commercialize coal by-products; and a project at Mountain Empire Community College to utilize drone technologies to improve one of our oldest and strongest industries, agriculture.

About

Will is seeking to represent the 4th District in the Virginia House of Delegates, which includes the Town of Abingdon, Dickenson County, and parts of Washington, Russell, and Wise Counties. A native of Southwest Virginia, Will was born and raised in Bristol. After graduating from Virginia High School, Will earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of South Carolina. Will went on to study at Liberty University School of Law and earned his law degree.

An attorney, Will owns his own law practice, Wampler Law, PLC in Abingdon that provides a broad array of legal services to individuals and businesses. Prior to establishing his own law office, Will clerked for Virginia Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth McClanahan and worked for a public affairs and consulting firm, McGuireWoods Consulting, where he focused on education and workforce issues, public infrastructure, and economic development in Virginia.

Will’s professional experience includes the implementation of GO Virginia – an economic development initiative that is focused on the creation of higher-paying jobs in Southwest Virginia and other regions of the state. There are several innovative GO Virginia projects now underway in our region that include: a project to retain talented young people in the region and to provide pathways for these students to get high-paying jobs with employers in the region; a project in partnership with Virginia Tech to study new methods and ways to commercialize coal by-products; and a project at Mountain Empire Community College to utilize drone technologies to improve one of our oldest and strongest industries, agriculture.

Will is also proud of his past work supporting a non-profit called the The Literacy Lab. The Literacy Lab is an organization that places teams of tutors into Virginia’s high-need public school systems to ensure that our youngest students reach grade-level reading before exiting the 3rd grade. Not only does this effort improve the educational and economic outcomes of our young students, but it helps retain high-quality teachers in the school systems they serve.  

When Will is not pursuing work-related activities, he enjoys spending his time outdoors. Whether it’s chasing deer, turkey, or ducks here in Southwest Virginia or fly-fishing some of the premier trout waters in this part of the world – Will has always been an avid hunter and fisherman.

Above all, Will believes that service to others is one of the greatest callings in life, that is why he’s seeking to represent the people of the 4th House District.

Experience

Work Experience

Education

Contact

Email:

Offices

Campaign
P.O. Box 1683, Abingdon, VA 24212
Phone: 276-200-4007

Web

Campaign Site, Facebook, Instagram

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

William C. Wampler III (R)14,38962.91%
Starla J. Kiser (D)8,46136.99%
Write-in (Write-in)21.09%
TOTAL22,871

Finances

Source: Follow the Money

Issues

Civil Rights

Life

There is nothing else that happens after conception, but the creation of human life and it must be protected. I am pro-life. I will oppose abortion, taxpayer funding of abortion, and always support life as a legislator. 

Economy

Agriculture

Farming is one of Virginia’s largest industries – it employs over 330,000 people and has an economic impact of over $70 billion dollars annually. It is Southwest Virginia’s strongest industry by far. As your delegate, I will work support local farmers, work to ensure that the state and federal government stays off our family farms and will work to reduce regulations for our small and major producers.

Coal

Coal has long been the lifeblood of the Southwest Virginia economy.  I will always stand up for and protect the coal industry and our way of life here. I will continue to support the coalfield tax credit and oppose efforts by regulatory agencies to put our miners out of work. Coal is what produces 30% of our nation’s energy – it should not be a political football. 

I will help the coalfield region of the 4th House District find ways to put abandoned and reclaimed mine lands into productive reuse. This is a great opportunity, unique to the Appalachian region. 

Jobs and Economic Development

It is a priority of mine to help provide all people who want to work with employment opportunities so they can generate a stable income, live happily, and raise their families here. Let’s preserve what jobs we have, expand where we can, and aggressively recruit new industries and new jobs to our region. 

We have unique challenges that other regions do not, so we have to get creative in developing ways to attract new industries and new economic development prospects to the area. We must bring high-paying jobs back to Southwest Virginia.

Again, we have to focus on providing pathways for our young people, through internships, work-study programs, and certificate programs as means to find a fulfilling career. These can take place both in our high schools and at our community colleges. Students need the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on work experience prior to graduating.

Lastly, as a region, we must ensure that when a company wants to locate in Southwest Virginia, we have a commercial site or property ready for them to build on or settle into. I will work to build our portfolio of available sites and commercial properties. This includes the revitalization of aging assets into hubs of economic activity. 

Education

Our students deserve a high-quality education and if elected this will always be a top priority of mine. It is critical to our region to ensure our children have access to the best educational environments and opportunities. As a Delegate, I will work to ensure:

Our teachers are paid well
Our school infrastructure is maintained and enhanced when and where it’s needed
That the voices of our local teachers and school administrators are heard in Richmond. 
Pathways to high-paying jobs are also a priority of mine. Too often, students in Southwest Virginia have to leave our area for educational or employment opportunities. I will work to expand career and technical certificate programs in our high schools, so our students are ready to get a high-paying job after they graduate without incurring massive student loan debts.

We have several great higher-education institutions right here in Southwest Virginia. If you want an affordable, high-quality education here you should look into enrolling at one of our schools.

Nestled in Wise County, the University of Virginia’s College at Wise is a beacon of educational opportunity for the young people of Southwest Virginia. With great athletics and its robust course offerings, UVA-Wise has been ranked as one of the top liberal arts Colleges in the United States. 

If you visit Buchanan County, you will also find the Appalachian School of Law and the Appalachian College of Pharmacy.

Our area also has three excellent community colleges – Virginia Highlands Community College, Mountain Empire Community College, and Southwest Virginia Community College. 

Lastly, the region has three private colleges – Emory and Henry College, King University, and Lincoln Memorial University. All three are great schools that provide private options for young people here. 

Infrastructure

Rural Broadband Technologies

In the House of Delegates, I will deliver a new push to bring high-speed broadband and wireless technologies to our underserved communities. Like water and electricity, broadband is now an essential utility. I’ll work to ensure that our coalfield communities are connected and have access to broadband for our students, our families, our emergency services providers, and law enforcement.

Southwest Virginia is also home to many artisans, musicians, and craftsmen – they all deserve high-speed internet connectivity to help showcase their creativity and market their products.

Safety

The 2nd Amendment

I have been a hunter and gun owner my entire life and believe in this right absolutely. The 2nd Amendment grants American citizens the right to bear arms, which I believe is essential to protect ourselves, our property, and the other rights granted in the Constitution. I will always stand up for our gun rights and fight attempts to curtail or take this right away. 

Opioid Epidemic

Opioids and other forms of substance abuse have the ability to destroy communities, cripple families, and ruin lives. We must fight against the spread of these addictive drugs. Thanks to our strong Southwest Virginia legislators already in office, we are making progress to shrink the availability of these drugs and punish those who flood our communities with them. As your delegate, I will continue to work to bring state resources to bear on this issue. 

Opioid addiction creates a terrible cycle that we must break in order for our region to thrive.

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John AvoliJohn Avoli

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

John Avoli’s political career started in 1990 when John ran for Staunton City Council. He served on the council for 16 years, including 14 as Staunton’s mayor.

John worked collaboratively during that time to improve life in Staunton. He worked with “great teams” of council members, city staff and numerous boards and commissions. The record of accomplishment is well-documented. Here are a few highlights of  John’s work on council in Staunton:

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

John Avoli’s political career started in 1990 when John ran for Staunton City Council. He served on the council for 16 years, including 14 as Staunton’s mayor.

John worked collaboratively during that time to improve life in Staunton. He worked with “great teams” of council members, city staff and numerous boards and commissions. The record of accomplishment is well-documented. Here are a few highlights of  John’s work on council in Staunton:

About

John Avoli 1John Avoli’s life story symbolizes the American Dream. Born in a mountain top village in Italy, he came to the United States at age 10, settling with his family in the small West Virginia steel mill town of Weirton.

He graduated from Madonna High School, and earned a scholarship to play football and study at the University of Richmond. After his 1974 graduation from Richmond, John began a long career in public education by becoming a teacher and football and track coach at Wilson Memorial High School in Fishersville.

He earned a master’s degree in school administration from the University of Virginia in 1979, and was appointed the assistant principal of Valley Vocational Technical Center in Fishersville the same year. After four years of helping run Valley Vo-Tech and serving students in Waynesboro, Staunton and Augusta County, John was named principal of Stuarts Draft High School in 1983.

John returned to Valley Vo-Tech in 1987 as principal. He held that position until 2001. That is when John became executive director of the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton. He held that position until his 2017 retirement.

John said his career as an educator offered the opportunity to positively influence the lives of young people. He is “in his glory” when he encounters former students who are raising their families, serving as volunteers and being productive members of the community.

His political career started in 1990 when John ran for Staunton City Council. He served on the council for 16 years, including 14 as Staunton’s mayor.

John worked collaboratively during that time to improve life in Staunton. He worked with “great teams” of council members, city staff and numerous boards and commissions. The record of accomplishment is well-documented. Here are a few highlights of  John’s work on council in Staunton:

EDUCATION – The renovation of the middle school and elementary schools in Staunton, and a new and expanded city library.

RECREATION – Gypsy Hill Park received several upgrades including a new gym and new athletic fields. Several other facilities in the city were renovated.

PUBLIC SAFETY – The West End Fire Station was constructed. The city also partnered with Augusta County to build Middle River Regional Jail in Verona and the regional juvenile detention home.

PUBLIC WORKS – The city upgraded a water treatment plant and improved water and sewer lines throughout Staunton. The city worked with Augusta County on a regional wastewater treatment plant and with Augusta County and Waynesboro on a regional landfill.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT – The city created the Green Hills Industrial Park, and established a public-private partnership to develop the former Staunton Correctional Center.

DOWNTOWN REDEVELOPMENT – Staunton created a Virginia and National Main Street program.

During the 16 years John served on Staunton City Council, a new city parking garage was built, as was the Blackfriars Playhouse and the renovation and opening of the Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center.

A downtown “big dig” brought a major infrastructure improvement to the city of Staunton. The city also opened a new city hall and office complex and renovated the former Booker T. Washington High School. The old school became a city recreation center.

John’s American Dream has offered him the chance to give back much to his community over the past four-plus decades.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Mayor
    Staunton City Council
  • Principal
    Valley Vo-Tech
    1987 to 2001
  • Executive Director
    Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton
    2001 to 2017
  • Principal
    Stuarts Draft High School
    1983 to 1987
  • Assistant Principal
    Valley Vocational Technical Center
    1979 to 1983
  • Teacher and Coach
    Wilson Memorial High School

Education

  • MA in School Education
    University of Virginia
    1979
  • BA
    University of Richmond
  • High School Degree
    Madonna High School

Offices

John Avoli For Delegate
P.O. Box 1942
Staunton, VA 24402
Phone: 540-290-1023

Web

Facebook, Instagram

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

G. “John” Avoli (R)14,70758.47%
Jennifer L. Lewis (D)10,40841.38%
Write-in (Write-in)39.16%
TOTAL25,154

Finances

Source: Follow the Money

Issues

Governance

Support Independent, Fair Redistricting

I believe in the importance of supporting independent and fair redistricting. Gerrymandering prevents the equitable representation of all constituents – and Virginia is no exception to this issue. Serving in public office is a privilege and not a right. Unfair redistricting for personal gain is not a philosophy that I will practice or engage in.

Democracy

Support the 2nd Amendment

As an NRA member, I strongly support the 2nd Amendment and the right to bear arms. The framers of our country had the foresight to include this provision in our constitution so that we may protect ourselves from government tyranny, as well as the ability to provide safety to our families in times of distress. This provision is especially critical given how rural our district is.  I also will support legislation that results in responsible hunting, firearms training, and shooting sports.

Economy

Support Small Businesses

I am very supportive of small businesses and have firsthand experience in business practices as a result of my efforts to revitalize downtown Staunton during my time as Mayor. In order to ensure the continued success of not only downtown Staunton but also the surrounding area, I will always support fewer government regulations. The heart and soul of America is the small business. As a result, the responsibility of government should be to encourage business growth, not hinder it.

Limit Wasteful Tax Increases

I believe in limiting wasteful tax increases. Elected officials and public servants must always be fiscally responsible, as the revenue generated from taxes are funds that could have been spent by their constituents on a car payment, mortgage, or groceries. When the legislature chooses to increase taxes, they must always keep this in mind. In turn, I pledge to consider tax increases a last resort, and only an option once all other avenues have been explored and exhausted.  My belief is public servants need to be stewards of their constituents hard earned money, not treat constituents’ bank accounts as their own personal funds.

Education

Support Public Education

During my time as a high school principal and Director of Valley Vocational tech center, I witnessed firsthand the need for a strong skilled labor force in our society. It is my belief that as part of our public education system we must expand our workforce development programs through the community college system. While a four-year education can be beneficial for some, it is not for everyone. By expanding our vocational programs in the community colleges, we can provide a viable option for the younger generation. Training our youth who choose to work in vocational and technical trades is necessary to cultivate a workforce so that our localities can continue to prosper.

I also support the limiting of standardized testing. Too often public schools solely focus their curriculum based on students passing state-mandated tests. By doing so, education providers are short-changing our youth in their development of real world, applicable skills that they will need for the future. Not every student is the same. Some may want to be doctors or lawyers, while others may want to take over the family farm or go to trade school. As a result, we must ensure the curriculum that is being practiced in our public schools facilitates a level of education that is suitable for all students, no matter their goals.

Additionally, we must ensure that our teachers are compensated fairly for their work. Our educators are providing our youth with the foundational skills that they will utilize for the rest of their lives. As a result, we must ensure that our educators are paid a livable wage so that they may continue to do what they love, which is critical to the success of future generations of Americans.

Lastly, it is my belief that parents, not the state, should have the right to decide what is best for the education of their children. If the circumstances are right for private schooling, parochial schooling, or homeschooling, the caretakers of those children should have the ability to decide what path is best for their loved ones.

Health Care

Protect the Right to Life

I am a pro-life supporter. I believe that life begins at conception and that all life must be protected. As an educator and elected official, I have sustained that position throughout my career. As your Delegate, I will be a champion for the unborn and vote to defeat any legislation making third term abortions legal.

Address the Mental Health and Opioid Crisis

I believe that we are experiencing one of the biggest drug epidemics of our lifetime. Our proximity to I-81 and I-64 make our district ripe for the manufacturing and distribution of illegal substances. It is crucial that we address the mental health and drug crisis head on – through community policing, increased access to mental health facilities, and public education on the effects of drugs. If I am elected, I pledge to support legislation that will assist local law enforcement and mental health professionals to explore all options as to how to tackle this issue.

Make Health Insurance Affordable for All

Healthcare reform that puts patients first is one of my top priorities. We must utilize all avenues to lower the cost of health insurance. All too often do I hear horror stories of folks who have been negatively affected by the complex health insurance of today’s system. As a fiscal conservative, I believe that the best ways to lower health insurance prices is for cross state, open market policies and allowing small businesses to participate in association health plans. Competition and free markets will help bring prices down while improving access to quality care.

Infrastructure

Improve Interstate 81

I-81 has become very congested and dangerous for travel and improvements to the I-81 corridor are long overdue.  Unfortunately, the 2019 Legislature was unable to pass a funding proposal. Under Steve Landes’s leadership, the legislature did create an Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Fund and Interstate 81 Committee. If I am elected as your delegate, I will work with the Commonwealth Transportation Board to develop an Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Program and make citizens aware of progress toward improvements.

Safety

Support Emergency Personnel

I believe in supporting all law enforcement, first responders, and firefighters. They need and deserve the support to effectively serve and protect our localities. We must continue to invest in their recruitment, training, and retention. I will support legislation for increases in pay and new equipment for all law enforcement, first responders, and firefighters.

Internet Service in Rural Areas

It is imperative in today’s America that the rural areas of our Commonwealth have access to internet services. The lack of broadband providers in the rural areas of Augusta, Nelson and Highland Counties prevents members of our community from earning income and advancing their intellectual development. It is no secret that access to the internet can be utilized to create income via starting an online business, selling ads, or creating computer applications. These potential sources of income, in addition to traditional and established ways of earning income, can help folks elevate their standard of living. Additionally, we are doing a disservice to our youth by disallowing them access to internet services. The internet and web-based services are critical to education as well as the integration of our youth into modern society.

Support Agriculture

I am very supportive of Agriculture in the 20th District. Clean air and water, along with the success of family-owned farms, are a priority for me. These family-owned farms are the backbone of our community and it is critical that the Commonwealth of Virginia provides clarity and support when dealing with the people of these communities.

I also believe that we need to continue to develop and promote agritourism. Agritourism in Virginia is on the rise and what better District to capitalize on it than the 20th District.

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Wendell WalkerWendell Walker

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

Since the 1990s, Wendell Walker has served as an active leader in the Republican Party. He has served in positions at various levels of leadership and has helped to recruit, campaign with, and elect many local, state, and national officials.

Wendell understands the importance of having conservative representation at all levels of government, and has worked in every election towards that goal, from local Constitutional officers and City Council to U.S. Congressional races and our current President.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

Since the 1990s, Wendell Walker has served as an active leader in the Republican Party. He has served in positions at various levels of leadership and has helped to recruit, campaign with, and elect many local, state, and national officials.

Wendell understands the importance of having conservative representation at all levels of government, and has worked in every election towards that goal, from local Constitutional officers and City Council to U.S. Congressional races and our current President.

About

Wendell Walker 1

Source: Campaign page

Wendell Walker has been a Lynchburg resident since 1975, when he came here from Georgia to attend what was then Liberty Baptist College, now Liberty University.  He had the opportunity to work with Dr. Jerry Falwell and others in the ministry while a student. He then started a small business as a landscape contractor in Lynchburg. Over the last twenty years, Wendell has worked with the Commonwealth of Virginia, developing tomorrow’s workforce through Registered Apprenticeship programs.

Since the 1990s, Wendell has served as an active leader in the Republican Party. He has served in positions at various levels of leadership and has helped to recruit, campaign with, and elect many local, state, and national officials. Wendell understands the importance of having conservative representation at all levels of government, and has worked in every election towards that goal, from local Constitutional officers and City Council to U.S. Congressional races and our current President.

Wendell and his wife, Patsy, have two grown children. Their daughter, Rebecca, lives in Lynchburg. Their son, Greg, and his wife, Jessica, have two children and live in Ohio. Wendell and Patsy are members of Thomas Road Baptist Church where they have served faithfully.

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2019 State DelegateArray

Wendell S. Walker (R)13,52963.84%
David A. Zilles (D)7,60935.91%
Write-in (Write-in)53.25%
TOTAL21,191

Issues

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Life and Family:
Wendell Walker is a pro-life leader in our community. For many years, he has worked and supported the right to life, from conception to natural death, on the local, state and national level. Wendell supports many pro-life and pro-family organizations and believes that institutions such as Planned Parenthood do not deserve your tax dollars.

2nd Amendment:
As a lifetime member of the NRA, Wendell Walker understands the importance of owning firearms. Recently, bills proposed in the General Assembly and supported by the governor are written to limit your ability to purchase and own firearms, and defend yourself in Virginia. In the face of such legislation, Wendell will fight for your 2nd Amendment rights.

Public Safety:
Wendell supports our law enforcement, our military, and our first responders. He knows the importance of our heroes having the crucial resources they need to do their jobs. Wendell also understands the potential consequences that come with sanctuary cities and will fight to keep them out of Virginia. There’s no place in Virginia for sanctuary cities.

Taxes:
Wendell knows that you can put the money you have earned to better use than the government.  He will vote against measures that will increase the tax burden on citizens in the 23rd District, and will introduce legislation to reduce unnecessary regulation and taxes on businesses and families.

President Trump:
Wendell Walker supports President Trump’s economic policy and Supreme Court Justice Appointments. Like President Trump, Wendell is not a Career politician. Rather, he is a hard-working businessman who believes in an America first and Virginia first approach.

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Chris RunionChris Runion

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

Chris Runion, as a business owner with an accounting background, Chris Runion is uniquely qualified to go to Richmond and try to bring some fiscal sanity to the mess that Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration is making. The Democrats in Richmond go from one fiscal issue to the next with one solution: Let’s raise taxes.

Chris will be a delegate that is faithful, honest, transparent and accountable to the citizens of the 25th District, standing firm for our God-given rights, the right to life and our Second Amendment rights.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

Chris Runion, as a business owner with an accounting background, Chris Runion is uniquely qualified to go to Richmond and try to bring some fiscal sanity to the mess that Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration is making. The Democrats in Richmond go from one fiscal issue to the next with one solution: Let’s raise taxes.

Chris will be a delegate that is faithful, honest, transparent and accountable to the citizens of the 25th District, standing firm for our God-given rights, the right to life and our Second Amendment rights.

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Chris Runion is a lifelong conservative Republican from the Shenandoah Valley. He grew up on a farm where his parents worked hard and raised five sons. He went to Virginia Tech and graduated with an accounting degree. Jennifer and Chris married shortly after he graduated from Virginia Tech, and they settled in Bridgewater to start their family. While working for a large poultry company Chris earned an MBA from James Madison University. During his time as a business owner, Chris served in our community in a number of roles, including on the Rockingham Planning Commission and as president of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce.

One of the most important characteristics of a representative is leadership and experience — the ability to provide consistent, rock-solid conservative leadership. As a business owner with an accounting background, Chris Runion is uniquely qualified to go to Richmond and try to bring some fiscal sanity to the mess that Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration is making. The Democrats in Richmond go from one fiscal issue to the next with one solution: Let’s raise taxes.

Chris will be a delegate that is faithful, honest, transparent and accountable to the citizens of the 25th District, standing firm for our God-given rights, the right to life and our Second Amendment rights.

 

Leadership Experience

• Member, NFIB State Leadership Council

• Active member of the Greater Augusta Chamber

• Former President, Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce

• Former Vice Chair, Rockingham County Republicans

• Former Member & Chairman, Rockingham County Planning Commission

• Past District Governor of Rotary

• Chairman, Shenandoah Valley Economic Education

• Board Member, Rockingham Insurance

• Board Member, Farmers & Merchants Bank (F&M Bank)

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2019 State DelegateArray

Chris S. Runion (R)16,74758.13%
Jennifer L. Kitchen (D)11,51739.97%
Janice L. Allen ()5151.79%
Write-in (Write-in)33.11%
TOTAL28,812
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Joshua ColeJoshua Cole

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

Josh has served the state by acting as the Chief of Staff for Delegate Kelly Convirs-Fowler, fighting for the people by working alongside Delegate Convirs-Fowler on issues important to all Virginians, like fair housing.

Simultaneously, Josh serves on Stafford County Public Schools Superintendent’s Equity, Diversity and Opportunity Committee, the Greater Fredericksburg Area Interfaith Council, as the President of the Stafford County NAACP and participates with numerous other local and community initiatives.

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Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

Josh has served the state by acting as the Chief of Staff for Delegate Kelly Convirs-Fowler, fighting for the people by working alongside Delegate Convirs-Fowler on issues important to all Virginians, like fair housing.

Simultaneously, Josh serves on Stafford County Public Schools Superintendent’s Equity, Diversity and Opportunity Committee, the Greater Fredericksburg Area Interfaith Council, as the President of the Stafford County NAACP and participates with numerous other local and community initiatives.

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

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

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

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

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Joshua G. Cole (D)13,33451.82%
Paul V. Milde III (R)12,29447.78%
Write-in (Write-in)101.39%
TOTAL25,729

Issues

Civil Rights

Ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment

Until we pass the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), it is still remains legal to discriminate against Virginians on the basis of one’s gender. I refuse to stand idle while women and members of the LGBTQ+ community continue to be treated as second class citizens across the Commonwealth.  I believe that all people are created equal, regardless of their sex or gender identity. Virginia must become the 38th state to pass the ERA to meet the threshold for ratification in the United States Constitution, and I intend to make it happen.

Protecting Reproductive Freedom

Every year, conservatives in Richmond work tirelessly to deny citizens across the Commonwealth their reproductive liberty and body autonomy. I will work to block any attempt to criminalize abortion, silence victims of assault, and restrict access to contraceptives in Virginia.

Economy

Economic Justice

A living wage is about more than a paycheck, it’s about investing in our communities and our people. Yet our leaders in the General Assembly can’t be bothered to pass legislation that raises Virginia’s minimum wage from $7.25/hour. And, as I hear from my neighbors each and every week, this just isn’t cutting it anymore. Not when you need $65,000 a year to maintain a one bedroom apartment in Fredericksburg, not when the top 1% of Virginians make 17.7 times more than the bottom 99% (according to the Economic Policy Institute), and not when Stafford County is the #6 wealthiest county in America. We can do better, and as your delegate, I will do better.

As the son of a single mother, I saw firsthand what it takes to hold down a job in our state, and the hardworking spirit of Virginians. In the Capitol, I’ll fight for the men and women of the 28th District putting in an honest day’s work, day in and day out.

Education

In takes someone who understands our problems to fix our problems. A product of the Stafford County Public School System and now serving on Superintendent Kinzer’s Equity, Diversity, and Opportunity Committee, I know the problems our schools face not only from a student’s perspective but from that of a community member as well.

Solving our problems starts early, with early childhood education, and universal pre-school for all Virginia’s sons and daughters. As these children rise up through the public education system, they should be meet by facilities that receive a fair and equal distribution of state and local funding, to eliminate the inequalities that we see going on statewide.

Guiding these men and women through the halls of our institutions should be teachers who don’t just hear our praise, but feel it in their pocketbooks and wallets. An across-the-board pay raise for our teachers and paraprofessionals is not only required, but mandatory if we intend to keep the best and the brightest in Virginia educating our children.

Beyond this, ending the playground-to-prison pipeline is one of my top legislative priorities. Too many children are subject to overpunishment that puts them on a path curtailing their education and increasing the risk they engage in criminal activity. By simply practicing restorative justice within our schools, eliminating or reducing out of school suspensions for minor behavioral episodes, and reclassifying incidents away from criminal occurrences and back towards childhood outbursts, we can keep our children in the classroom and on a path to success.

Environment

Environmental Action

We have a lot to be thankful for in our district, but one of our greatest resources, one of the things we take most for granted, is the natural environment we’re blessed with in Stafford County and Fredericksburg. It can be a place we go for picnics and playgrounds, or, for the many farmers who populate our district, the means for income and employment. That’s why protecting our environment is a charge I take seriously.

This is about more than keeping our grass green. It’s about reducing the number of days with extreme heat, so we can keep our infrastructure from buckling. It’s about preserving green spaces so that we have a place to bring our children. It’s about holding bad actors who continue to pollute our beautiful Virginian environment accountable for their actions. I will work with, and for, the communities of our district so that we can leave behind a Virginia that is greener and greater than it is today.

Health Care

Passing Medicaid expansion was a huge win for Virginians, and long overdue. But with Republicans tacking on work requirements, the access to healthcare we should all have is being curtailed by those looking to play politics with our lives. Now, we’ve got a job to finish: repeal the requirements and pass Medicaid-for-All so every Virginian can see a doctor. No one should ever have to choose between spending money on medication or spending it on groceries. Virginia can, and must, do better.

But improving our healthcare system should not end there. In a state with such a large active and retired military population, especially here in the 28th district, it’s essential that we dedicate more time and resources to improving the systems we have in place to care for our veterans. Long wait times, uncovered care, and unkempt facilities are not how we show our respect for those who have given so much for all of us.

Infrastructure

Transportation

If you’re a Virginian with a driver’s license, then I don’t have to tell you about how our infrastructure can’t handle the Virginia of today, let alone the Virginia of tomorrow.

One of the worst commutes in America, in terms of traffic, is along the I-95 corridor from Fredericksburg to Washington, DC. But you already knew that. With so many of our residents heading up and down 95 each and every week, we need a delegate who will actually put forward the legislation to end this traffic nightmare, not just talk about the issue. We need solutions that will rebuild our roads and improve our public transportation options, not rhetoric that leaves us stuck in the same old gridlock. As your delegate, I’ll get gridlock out of the House of Delegates, and off of our streets and roads.

Safety

Criminal Justice Reform

It is now common cause, uniting Virginias of all political stripes, to champion the idea that our criminal justice system is in desperate need of reform. But the folks in Richmond continue to fail to act to right the wrongs of our penal codes. The effects of this misapplication of justice on our diverse community have been far and wide, and it’s time for them to come to an end.

It begins with a return to community policing. Our communities are built on strong ties between neighbors, and those should extend to relationships between our citizens and the police. Enabling that trust should be accelerated by the passing of a statewide requirement for force-wide use of body and dash cameras.

And rebuilding our communities also means creating sensible drug rehabilitation policies. Too many communities have been decimated by burdensome arrests and jail sentences caused by infractions related to issues of mental health and addiction. We see this happening more and more in the face of our opioid and heroin epidemic. But we’ve substituted incarceration for care. I’ll fight to make sure our government provides mental health and addiction care to those who have and will end up in legal trouble due to addiction, and that we help with their re-entry into society. Our system should not be one of just punishment, but progress too.

Housing

For over two decades, I’ve been fortunate enough to call the 28th District my home. But as I look around today, I see more and more families expressing difficulty finding an affordable place to live in Fredericksburg and Stafford County. It’s no surprise.

We know why this happens. With many in the district shuttling up I-95 for work every day, six-figure salaries from the NoVA area end up here in our area. Developers see these opportunities and our housing stock is proof of that. Those dollars and dealers inflate home values, pricing out the hardworking residents who work to keep our district moving forward. Shouldn’t the residents who work to make this community feel like home be able to afford a home of their own?

Our government can take meaningful steps to ensure that rent-controlled, workforce housing is available to all Virginians. I was proud to stand with Del. Convirs-Fowler as she introduced a bill to further restrict discrimination in housing practices. This is just the beginning though, and we’ve got a lot of work to do. We’ll make the 28th a place for everyone to live and work.

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Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

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

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Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

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

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Dan Helmer is a West Point graduate, Rhodes Scholar, Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, and a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. Today he helps run a small business where he works to protect veterans’ healthcare. He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife Karen, a public school teacher, and their sons, Aaron and Harris, who attend Fairfax County Public Schools.

Dan is the son of an immigrant and the grandson of refugees. His grandparents came to America as Holocaust survivors. He has always wanted to serve the country that welcomed his family. His passion for service led him to West Point, took him on tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, and South Korea, and now motivates his campaign for Delegate here in Fairfax and Prince William Counties.

In Richmond, Dan will take on the special interests that are making healthcare unaffordable for seniors and those with pre-existing conditions. He will advocate for universal background checks and other common-sense gun safety measures to reduce gun violence. He will fight to ensure that no politician gets between a woman and her doctor. He will stop predatory lenders from ripping off active duty military families and students.

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2019 State DelegateArray

Dan I. Helmer (D)15,91352.34%
Timothy D. “Tim” Hugo (R)14,45747.55%
Write-In (Write-in)340.11%
TOTAL30,404

Issues

Governance

CLEAN GOVERNMENT

It’s time to end corrupt, pay-to-play politics in Richmond. My opponent took a quarter million dollars from the predatory lending industry and then voted to allow them to rip off our troops, students, and the poor — voting to raise caps on interest rates to 300%. He took tens of thousands of dollars from the insurance industry and voted to allow them to deny coverage for those with pre-existing conditions. And he took thousands from the NRA and voted away every single reasonable gun safety measure in Virginia in the wake of tragedies in Virginia Beach and Virginia Tech. That’s just wrong.

I’ll stand up to the current, corrupt campaign finance system in Virginia, ending the ability of corporate polluters like Dominion to influence their regulators through unlimited donations. I’ll demand that campaign funds only be used for legitimate campaign purposes, not personal expenses. I’ll put meaningful contribution limits in place.

I will also end the practice of partisan political gerrymandering in Virginia by supporting non-partisan redistricting. We need a system where voters choose their politicians. Instead, we have one where special interests buy them. It’s time for a change.

Civil Rights

Economy

Education

EDUCATION

My wife Karen is a public school teacher, our kids go to Fairfax County public schools, and I graduated from a public high school. My education gave me incredible opportunities, including the chance to attend and graduate from West Point and become a Rhodes Scholar. I want all of our children to have the resources they need to succeed in school. That starts with adequately funding our classrooms and increasing teacher pay. Too often, students throughout Virginia are jammed into overcrowded classrooms and trailers, and quality educators are leaving the Commonwealth for more competitive salaries elsewhere.

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Health Care

HEALTHCARE

I was appalled by the decision of our current Delegate to support a bill that would allow insurance companies to deny coverage in our Commonwealth to those with pre-existing conditions like my wife, Karen. I will fight to stop Delegate Tim Hugo’s age tax, which would allow insurance companies to charge more to those over 50.

I will protect healthcare for hundreds of thousands of Virginians – including tens of thousands of veterans and people with disabilities – who now have access to the care they need as a result of Medicaid expansion. I run a small business that employs over 25 people, so I understand how the surging costs of healthcare affect our families and companies. That’s why I will fight to lower the cost of private health insurance for every Virginian. My company takes on medical device makers and pharmaceutical companies that rip off the VA and prevent veterans from getting the care they’ve earned. I know how to stand up to special interests like the health insurance industry, who have given tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to our current Delegate. In Richmond, I’ll use those skills to fight to make healthcare accessible and affordable for all. This also means fighting to protect health benefits for police and firefighters who have served the Commonwealth; they should be covered if they get cancer or face PTSD as a result of their service to our community.

Infrastructure

TRANSPORTATION

My family and I face the same transportation challenges as most constituents of District 40. Every morning, I wait for over seven minutes at the intersection of Fairfax County Parkway and Popes Head Road, wondering why in 17 years, our current Delegate has done nothing to reduce this wait time. The traffic only gets worse from there.

For too long, Richmond politicians have failed to invest in our roads, mass transit system, and pedestrian infrastructure. Our current Delegate has overseen a massive transfer of our tax dollars to fund infrastructure in the rest of the Commonwealth while leaving our roads crumbling. As a result, our traffic is among the worst in the nation. Politicians in Richmond seem out of touch with the reality faced by most of us and have stopped common-sense investments in fixing Route 28, alleviating congestion on Braddock Rd and in Clifton, and fixing deadly intersections like the Fairfax County Parkway/Popes Head interchange. We need leadership that will make infrastructure a priority.

GUN SAFETY

You shouldn’t feel like you need to wear the body armor I wore in Iraq and Afghanistan just to be safe when you go shopping. Serving our country in uniform, I’ve seen the damage firearms can do in the wrong hands. As a gun owner myself, I know what responsible gun ownership looks like, and I know that it’s time for action to end gun violence in our communities.

We need universal background checks.

We need bans on high-capacity magazines & silencers.

We need to close the private sale and gun show loopholes and introduce common sense gun reform to protect our kids and our communities.

We need Extreme Risk Protective Orders that empower our police to ensure that dangerous individuals don’t have access to firearms.

Three times a year, my wife has to huddle in a corner of her classroom with her students for active shooter drills. Drills like these belong in military training, not in our schools. Enough is enough: District 40 is ready for gun safety reform.

WOMEN’S RIGHTS

Reproductive rights are under attack in our country. While our current Delegate voted to force women who need reproductive healthcare to undergo a medically unnecessary transvaginal exam, I will fight to ensure that family planning decisions are between a woman and her doctor. No Virginian should have to get permission from politicians to do what is right for themselves and their family. Families need access to reproductive healthcare that includes cancer screenings, birth control, and safe and legal abortion.

In Iraq and Afghanistan, I served side by side with women who swore an oath to defend a constitution that doesn’t recognize their equality. It’s unconscionable that our current Delegate cast the deciding vote to once again deny all American women constitutional equality in 2019. The Equal Rights Amendment has my full support during the next legislative session and I will work across the aisle to get it passed in Virginia and added to the U.S. Constitution.

Finally, I’ll remove taxes on feminine hygiene products. Feminine hygiene products are basic necessities and a lack of affordable access to these products is a barrier to dignity for thousands of women in our Commonwealth.

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Sally Hudson 1Sally Hudson

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

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Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

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Sally Hudson is a teacher, economist, and community organizer in Charlottesville, Virginia. As an Assistant Professor at UVA, Sally teaches statistics and studies some of the most pressing economic challenges we face, from workforce development to student debt. She advises public and non-profit agencies across Virginia and the country and consults for leading philanthropic groups like the Bloomberg and Buffett Foundations.

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

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

Prior to joining the UVA faculty, Sally studied economics and math at Stanford University and earned her PhD in economics at MIT.

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Education

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2019 State DelegateArray

Sally L. Hudson (D)21,36596.11%
Write-In (Write-in)8653.89%
TOTAL22,230

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HUDSON, SALLY L has run in 1 race for public office, winning 0 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $198,293.

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Issues

Civil Rights

Dismantle mass incarceration

Nowhere do we fall further short of “liberty and justice for all” than our criminal justice code. We need reformers in Richmond to dismantle mass incarceration.

  • permanently end drivers license suspensions for unpaid court debt
  • reform our cash bail system to decriminalize poverty
  • legalize marijuana and end the War on Drugs

Virginia spends $100,000 a year to incarcerate a juvenile. Just imagine what we could achieve if we re-route those public resources toward support services that help our communities thrive.

Democracy

Voting rights act

When corporations write the rules and politicians pick the voters, all other progress gets sidelined. Virginia needs a modern Voting Rights Act that empowers every voter:

  • make voting convenient with same-day and automatic registration, early voting, and vote by mail
  • ban corporate campaign contributions and promote public financing so that every voter has a voice
  • empower an independent redistricting commission to end gerrymandering so that every vote counts
  • permit ranked choice voting to promote competitive elections and end partisan gridlock

Economy

Housing

Our housing shortage is straining so many families: first-time homebuyers and long-time residents, local renters, and commuting workers. With more funding and flexibility from Richmond, our local leaders can expand housing options for all those who call this community home.

  • permit localities to use inclusionary zoning as a tool for promoting affordable construction
  • re-invest in the state housing trust fund to develop and rehabilitate affordable units
  • prohibit housing discrimination on the basis of means of payment, sexual orientation, and gender identity
  • promote progressive state income tax reform so localities aren’t forced to rely on more regressive revenue sources

Education

Resources & funding for schools

As an educator, I know strong schools are the backbone of a strong community. I’ll be a champion for all our students and the resources they need to thrive:

  • expanding universal pre-kindergarten so that every child gets a strong start
  • raising salaries for teachers and the vital staff in all our schools
  • investing in the arts and after-school programs that keep kids engaged
  • expanding apprenticeships and technical training for modern careers
  • restoring state support for public colleges to reverse rising tuition prices

As an economist, I know all these programs cost money. Good schools are worth it. I’ll work to raise the revenue it takes to fund them.

  • support progressive income taxation in Virginia, where our top tax bracket currently treats millionaires and minimum wage earners alike
  • adopt “combined reporting” so that corporations that do business in Virginia pay their fair share

Environment

Energy

We need leaders who invest in clean energy at the pace that climate change requires.

  • join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to ratchet down emissions
  • empower clean, local power producers to compete with large utilities by lifting caps on net metering and meter aggregation
  • support utility scale-solar installations and offshore wind turbines
  • end fracked gas pipeline construction throughout Virginia

Health Care

Medicaid & Affordable Care Act

Medicaid expansion was a strong first step, but too many families still lack access to quality care. Here in Central Virginia, we’ve seen the highest health insurance prices in the country. States can work now to shore up the Affordable Care Act.

  • support a statewide public option so that all patients can purchase affordable insurance no matter where they work
  • empower nurse practioners and physician assistants to provide primary care, especially in underserved regions

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Carrie CoynerCarrie Coyner

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Republican

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

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Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Republican

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

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Carrie was elected to the Chesterfield County School Board in November 2011 and has passionately served her community for eight years. She is the owner and founder of RudyCoyner, Attorneys at Law, located in Chesterfield where she has practiced business and real estate law for almost 15 years. Carrie holds bachelor’s degrees in Spanish language and U.S. government from the University of Virginia and a juris doctorate from the University of Richmond, School of Law.

Carrie has served on the Board of Management for the Chester YMCA, Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee for Chesterfield County, Board of Directors for the Chesterfield County Chamber of Commerce, Elizabeth Scott Elementary School PTA Board, and currently serves as the children’s choir director and adult Sunday school teacher at Chester United Methodist Church. Carrie and her husband Matt, have three children who are all students in Chesterfield County Public Schools.

SEVEN YEARS OF REAL RESULTS FOR FAMILIES

  • State-wide speaker on education and housing issues
  • Constant voice for equity in our schools
  • Chair, School Safety Task Force Working Group 4, Student Support Services
  • Leader in community revitalization projects
  • Smaller class sizes
  • More elective choices for students
  • Improved safety in our schools
  • Wellness initiatives in elementary schools
  • After school learning centers in our community
  • Expanded backpack food ministries
  • Supported upgrades to the auditorium sound system, parking lot lighting and baseball stadium at Thomas Dale High School
  • Led efforts in renaming Carver College & Career Academy
  • Increased English as a Second Language teachers in our schools
  • New construction – Enon Elementary & Harrowgate Elementary Schools
  • Increased musical instruments in our schools

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2019 State DelegateArray

Carrie Emerson Coyner (R)13,18255.10%
Lindsey M. Dougherty (D)10,70144.73%
Write-In (Write-in)400.17%
TOTAL23,923
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Rodney Willett

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

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RODNEY’S VIRGINIA ROOTS
A Virginia native who grew up in a family of teachers, Rodney has dedicated his career to public service. Rodney attended Virginia’s oldest university – The College of William and Mary – where he earned both his undergraduate and law degrees, and where he was instrumental in founding the Pulley Family Endowment, which supports public service work by students.

As an attorney, Rodney represented local governments in Virginia, where he learned firsthand what good governance can look like and the positive impact it can bring to working families. He was also instrumental in establishing and expanding free legal assistance programs while running his practice. 
 
CREATING CHANGE
In the late 90’s, Rodney saw the potential for technology to transform government, and created Virginia Interactive, where he led a public/private partnership with the Commonwealth to move information and citizen/business services online, helping put Virginia at the forefront of the online revolution.

Rodney has continued this work with his current company, Impact Makers. Impact Makers’ “all profits to charity” model has led the company to contribute nearly $3 million in financial and pro bono support to nonprofits that help families facing health care, education and housing issues.

Rodney is running for the House of Delegates because he wants to put his exceptional experience to work advocating for the interests of everyone in his home district, the 73rd.
 
LEADING WITH EXPERIENCE
Rodney lives in Henrico with his wife, Lydia, an attorney and fellow W&M graduate. They have three children – a middle school teacher, a college student at UVA, and a high school student.

Rodney chairs the Richmond Performing Arts Alliance and champions its early learning through arts program for kids. He also serves on the board of Rx Partnership, which provides free or low-cost prescription medication fulfillment to uninsured Virginians. As a member of Virginia’s Children’s Health Insurance Advisory Board, Rodney has fought to endure the continuation of life-saving healthcare coverage for kids.

Rodney’s work has had a positive impact on all Virginians. It’s time to put that experience to work for Henrico.

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2019 State DelegateArray

Rodney T. Willett (D)14,89352.20%
Mary Margaret Kastelberg (R)13,60047.67%
Write-In (Write-in)380.13%
TOTAL28,531

Issues

Civil Rights

INCLUSIVE VIRGINIA

Businesses around the country know they can invest in Virginia because we have successfully fought back efforts to codify discrimination. If we want to continue attracting companies that bring good-paying jobs and good corporate partnerships, we need laws that protect the rights of all our citizens. Rodney’s core principle is that ALL Virginians deserve equal opportunity, justice and fairness, no matter their skin color, ethnicity, faith, country of origin, sexual orientation or gender identity. He will actively fight prejudice, bigotry and discrimination, which includes advocating for passing the ERA to give women long overdue constitutional protections.

Economy

Henrico and the Greater Richmond area are engines for economic development.  Rodney wants to preserve and grow that engine by applying smart policies that help eliminate red tape and minimize bureaucracy for businesses. His expertise in using technology to help streamline government will be put to work creating good jobs in Henrico and developing retraining programs for workers who need new job skills. Rodney also believes in equal pay for equal work, and will work to raise the minimum wage so Virginia workers can support their families.

Education

Rodney believes strongly in public education and will advocate for more and better funding for schools, including support for sufficient counseling resources, and hiring the best and brightest teachers by paying them fair wages. Studies have shown that children who receive early childhood education are more likely to succeed later in life. Early investments result in the biggest impact. Rodney supports universal Pre-K enrollment for all Virginia kids. Investing in education isn’t just the smart thing to do, it’s the right thing to do.

Environment

Rodney believes climate change is real. As a coastal state, Virginia is threatened by rising sea levels, which will ruin communities, homes and livelihoods while menacing our military installations. Severe and dangerous weather events are becoming more common and more dangerous. Rodney will work in the General Assembly to take concrete steps to move to renewable energy sources.  As an outdoorsman and hiker, Rodney also values our unique public lands and iconic waterways, such as Shenandoah National Park, and he will ensure they are protected from harmful development.

Health Care

AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE
Nothing hurts a family more than a loved one experiencing a healthcare nightmare – and not being able to pay the bill. Rodney believes every Virginian deserves access to affordable, quality healthcare that covers pre-existing and chronic conditions. Medicaid expansion was a good start, but still too many Virginians lack reliable health care at reasonable costs. Prescription drugs must be affordable: No one should ever have to choose between a meal and medication. But that’s not all – Rodney is also advocating that Virginia put more funding into mental health care and addiction treatment, to help keep the most disadvantaged Virginians from falling through the cracks.

PRESCRIPTION DRUG PRICES
Rodney is proud to be on the board of Rx Partnership, which has helped more than 12,000 uninsured Virginians obtain 60,000 needed prescriptions in the past 12 months alone. Rodney believes that no one should ever have to choose between a meal and medicine. His own experiences with his aging parents and their steep monthly medication costs have led him to be active on this issue. Public/private partnerships hold the key to solving this pervasive problem, and Rodney is an expert at establishing those initiatives.

WOMEN’S HEALTH CARE
Rodney trusts women. He believes they must have the ability to make their own decisions, in consultation with their doctors, about their bodies. He supports a woman’s right to choose and access to affordable contraception. He will fight to ensure that Republicans do not roll back these vital protections and make it harder for women to get the healthcare they need.

Safety

Guns

Almost all of us remember where we were when we heard about the Virginia Tech shooting. Too many preventable gun-related tragedies have unfolded in our Commonwealth. Common sense gun safety measures are not a political issue, they’re a public health issue. Establishing universal background checks is a proven way to keep guns away from violent criminals and potential terrorists. Rodney will advocate for legislation that keeps guns from domestic abusers, protecting our families. Rodney will support red flag laws so that those who present an immediate danger to themselves or others can have firearms temporarily removed. Rodney will fight for bipartisan gun safety laws in the House of Delegates. He will not settle for continued inaction.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Don ScottDon Scott

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

Don sits on several boards and commissions, including Future of Hampton Roads, the 1st Vice President of the Southeastern Employment and Training Association, and as a Chair of the Portsmouth Economic Development Authority. In the past, he served as the chair of the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals, on the board for the California Workforce Association, and as a member and board member of 200+ Men Hampton Roads. He’s also a member of the Eureka Club, is a lifetime VFW member, post #993 Craddock, and a lifetime member of the NAACP.

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

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2019 State DelegateArray

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

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Nancy GuyNancy Guy

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

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Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2019 State DelegateArray

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

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

Civil Rights

Reproductive Rights

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

Democracy

Redistricting

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

Education

Public School Funding

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

Environment

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

Safety

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

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

Issues

Education

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

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

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

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

Health Care

Healthcare

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

Safety

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

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

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

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

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Ibraheem Samirah

Current Position: State Delegate since 2019
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

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

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

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2019
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

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

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

About

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Growing up in the Chicago suburbs, I enjoyed a typical American childhood– watching basketball in the bleachers, riding bikes with my brothers, and then getting around to my homework.

That all changed in middle school when my father traveled to Jordan to care for his ailing mother and was denied re-entry to the U.S. by the Bush Administration. My family uprooted and relocated to stay together and fight for my father’s reinstatement. It took eleven years, but we won.

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

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

Experience

Work Experience

  • Dentist
    2019 to present

Education

  • B.A., Political Science
    B.A., Political Science
    2009 to 2013
  • Doctor of Medical Dentistry
    Boston University
    2013 to 2017

Personal

Place of Birth: Chicago, IL
Gender: Male
Race(s): Other
Religion: Muslim

Membership & Affiliation: ADAMS Center
Jewish Voice for Peace
Sigma Alpha Mu-Delta Beta Chapter
NAACP
Black Lives Matter
American Dental Association
Virginia Dental Association

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Jacob Shuford

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
P.O. Box 406
Phone: (804) 698-1086

District Office
397 Herndon Parkway, Suite 110, Herndon, VA 20170
Phone: (571) 324-2448

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Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

Ibraheem Samirah (D)14,73088.92%
Write-In (Write-in)1,83611.08%
TOTAL16,566

2019 State DelegateArray

Ibraheem Samirah (D)3,73859.5%
Gregg Nelson (R)2,16234.4%
Connie Haines Hutchinson ()3705.9%
Write in (Write-in)13.2%
TOTAL6,283

Source: Ballotpedia

Finances

Source: VPAP

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Ballotpedia

Issues

Governance

Criminal Justice

The “tough-on-crime” approach to criminal justice has been a massive failure. Instead of reducing crime, it has led to the mass incarceration of people of color and low-income people. I favor an approach to criminal justice that is both rehabilitative and restorative, where we address crime by attacking its socio-economic roots rather than the communities it harms.

One of the best ways to begin to end mass incarceration would be to legalize marijuana for adult-use in Virginia, and expunge past convictions that have historically targeted Black and Latino communities. While states across the country have seen impressive results from legalization efforts, Virginia continues to arrest more and more people for marijuana possession each year. This clogs up our criminal justice system and creates financial and legal complications for thousands of young people who have done nothing wrong.

Reforming or ending cash bail entirely should be a top priority for criminal justice reform. Too often, Virginians who have never been convicted of a crime are sent to jail simply because they are poor. That time spent in jail away from their job and their home often puts families through financial ruin. A justice system where your personal wealth decides the privileges you get is not one that can be called fair.

Other criminal justice priorities include:

  • Dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline by reforming discipline and law enforcement practices in schools and recognizing racial discrimination.
  • Ending the use of private prisons in the Virginia justice system.
  • Raising the felony larceny threshold so the law can’t be used against low-level offenders who are most often low-income and people of color.
  • Banning the practice of solitary confinement in Virginia’s prisons.
  • Abolishing the death penalty in Virgini.
  • Reimagining juvenile detention to be a community-centered, rehabilitative experience by ensuring child offenders are housed in facilities near their families that offer educational and economic opportunities.
  • Holding law enforcement accountable for wrong-doing.

Civil Rights

Women’s Empowerment

The Equal Rights Amendment will finally clear the legal avenues to achieving gender pay equity in the entire nation. The gravity being, that of thirty eight states required to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution, and after half a century of activism in the face of gridlock, Virginia could be the deciding vote in 2019.

In Virginia, all factors considered, Latinx women make 53 cents to a white man’s dollar. African-American women earn 59 cents to that dollar, while white women earn 79 cents. That pay gap is the effect of pervasive racism and sexism in the job market without adequate mechanisms of law to bring disparity to justice in the courts. In the next era of Democratic leadership in Virginia, we will ratify the ERA and achieve equal pay for all.

I’m a medical professional, which means I know that reproductive and contraceptive care is healthcare. As states across the nation crack down on the constitutional right to choose, Virginia should lead the way in affordable and accessible abortion and other vital reproductive care. That means permanently codifying Roe v. Wade into law in Virginia to ensure that this fundamental right is not infringed. It also means working to eventually cover the cost of essential reproductive care under medicaid as well as private insurance.

Democracy

I strongly believe that we need to do everything we can to increase ballot access and voter turnout. In many ways, our democratic system has been distorted by both state and federal level Republicans who have rigged elections in their favor. Look no further than gerrymandering, voter ID laws, and discriminatory election administration to see these insidious efforts. Plus, this election rigging almost always targets people of color and other marginalized communities. I will work to roll back voter disenfranchisement and ensure voting is a right for all in Virginia.

One of the best ways to open up our elections to marginalized people would be to adopt automatic voter registration. AVR would modernize the voting system to ensure that voter registration doesn’t continue to serve as a significant barrier to American citizens exercising their right to vote. Whenever a Virginian interacts with state agencies, they would be registered to vote while given the chance to opt-out.

Partisan gerrymandering at the state and federal level must be stopped. Communities deserve representatives that come from and answer to the place where they live. I support the formation of an independent redistricting commission that would be a check on the redistricting process and ensure extreme partisans cannot weaponize the process.

The Electoral College is an outdated institution that creates an undemocratic system for deciding who holds the most important office in the land. I believe that the candidate who gets the most votes should win an election. That’s why I gladly support entering Virginia into the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which would pledge our electoral college votes to whoever wins the popular vote in presidential elections.

Virginia’s policy of felony dienfranchisement is, quite frankly, a legacy of slavery and the Jim Crow era. We must finally join 47 other states and restore the right to vote to ex-felons, who are overwhelmingly people of color.

Economy

This year, Virginia was ranked the best state to do business by CNBC. At the same time, we were ranked the worst state for workers’ prosperity by Oxfam. These two rankings are not a coincidence. For years, a focus on making Virginia “business-friendly” has been a smokescreen for pushing through ultra-conservative reforms that take political and economic power away from working families and give it increasingly to corporate giants that want to squeeze their workers for all they are worth. My economic vision acknowledges that our economy is stronger, our productivity is higher, and our public health is better when everyone is cared for.

Helping working Virginians prosper means putting more money in their pockets. People are working harder than ever but aren’t seeing the profit of their labor, and Virginia’s minimum wage of $7.25 is a chief culprit. We must immediately raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour to ensure that nobody working 40 hours a week has to live in poverty. We must also make a serious effort to crack down on wage effort, a practice that deprives Virginia’s workers of millions of dollars that they rightfully earned.

Decades of research shows that strong unions are key to higher earnings, better benefits, and an improved quality of life for workers. Despite this, Virginia’s GOP have made it harder and harder for Virginians to organize in the workplace. We must repeal the so called “Right-to-Work: law and ensure that unions have the power to bargain for a fair shake in their job.

Other economic priorities include:

  • Taking a hard look at Virginia’s tax code and making historic reforms so that the wealthy and big corporations pay their fair share of taxes and contribute to essential public services.
  • Ensuring paid family and medical leave, so working Virginians can take the necessary time-off from work without financial penalty.
  • Establishing prevailing wages so that blue-collar workers don’t continue to be underpaid.
  • Repealing the Comstock Rule that bans Project Labor Agreements.

Education

Every Virginian wants a quality education for their child – it’s the building block on which a lifetime of success can be built. But for many, getting access to even the opportunity to succeed can be near impossible. My long-term vision is to create a Virginia where a child can receive a world-class education from pre-K to college regardless of their family’s income, race, zip code, ability, or citizenship status. That will require large investments in schools at the state level, so students in historically underinvested communities can still go to quality, productive schools.

Empowering our public school teachers is a sure way to improve educational outcomes in Virginia. While the General Assembly was able to secure a 5% pay raise for teachers in 2019, we are still behind target. Virginia has to offer a competitive salary to ensure that teachers can focus on teaching rather than worrying about making ends meet. We also have to protect and expand teacher’s rights to use collective bargaining to secure better pay, conditions, and benefits.

Environment

The climate crisis is here. The experts warn that we are woefully unprepared. The United Nations’ top scientists have given humanity 11 years to drastically reverse course, or face irreparable harm from climate change. That means we’ve already missed our window for half-measures and small ideas. In order to preserve our clean air and water, improve public health, and bring our energy grid and infrastructure into the 21st century, we need an authentically Virginian Green New Deal: a legislative plan of action to begin the economic transition to a decarbonized Commonwealth.

The diverse communities of Virginia make the case for a Green New Deal themselves. Virginia’s Tidewater region faces increased threat from sea level rise and increasingly dangerous storms and hurricanes. Appalachian communities that are reliant on coal and natural gas industries are in desperate need of an energy sector transition that can reinvigorate the economy. And in Union Hill, a historically black community, a textbook example of environmental racism is transpiring as major fossil-fuel peddlers are working to build a pipeline compressor station that will target the community with pollution.

The Green New Deal would work to provide a just transition for those disproportionately impacted by climate change. That means:

  • An education and jobs program that will retrain marginalized communities to work in good paying jobs in the renewable energy sector as part of a state-wide effort to rapidly eclipse fossil fuels with green energy production.
  • Significant investments in clean public transit like buses, trains, light-rail, and accommodation for bikes and pedestrians.
  • The immediate blockage of all dirty energy infrastructure projects like the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines.
  • Updates to Virginia’s roads, bridges, tunnels, and water systems to ensure that frontline communities in coastal regions can be resilient to the effects of a changing climate.
  • A focus on research and development to utilize Virginia’s growing tech sector to be a global leader in renewable energy technology.
  • Protecting and honoring Virginia’s parks, forests, waterways, and public green spaces that promote healthier communities, preserve biodiversity, and bring in millions of dollars in state revenue through tourism.

Health Care

Democrats fought hard to expand Medicaid access in Virginia so more working families don’t have to choose between life-saving care and financial stability. Now we need to fulfill the vision of universal coverage by expanding Medicaid to cover even more Virginians on the margins, and eventually provide a Medicaid option to any Virginian who is tired of dealing with expensive and inefficient private health insurance.

As the price of prescription drugs like insulin skyrocket nationwide, those who don’t have the money to afford it are forced to simply face their illness without pharmaceuticals. That is unacceptable. I will fight for legislation that caps the costs of prescription drug copays at affordable rates for working families – both private policy holders and medicaid recipients alike. I will also work to regulate (or cut out entirely) the middlemen between patients and manufactures that soak up a significant share of the profit.

Investing in mental health services, especially in our public schools, needs to become a bipartisan objective in Virginia. These investment could go towards increasing wraparound services, strengthening mental health assessments, and hiring more social service workers. Alongside this, we need to make sure our services are accessible for people of all backgrounds, especially LGBTQ people, who suffer disproportionately from mental health issues. We also need to understand the direct correlation between mental health and poverty, discrimination, and isolation, and tackle those issues head on.

I’m a medical professional, which means I know that reproductive and contraceptive care is healthcare. As states across the nation crack down on the constitutional right to choose, Virginia should lead the way in affordable and accessible abortion and other vital reproductive care. That means funding Planned Parenthood, rolling back outdated restrictions, and investing in comprehensive sex education in public schools.

Our campaign recognizes the physical and mental health gaps around motherhood, and is dedicated to closing them. Our pregnancy care system should prioritize the mental health of mothers by closely screening and offering robust resources for both pre- and post-natal wellness. We must work diligently to address the mortality rate among Black mothers and make pregnancy and safe and healthy experience for all, both mother and child.

Infrastructure

Transportation

The single most important connection to any family’s economy is the one that goes from work to home. For many, it’s a smoggy highway too old to accommodate its volume of traffic. For many, our homes are simply too far from public transportation to utilize its potential. By developing pedestrian and bicycle friendly affordable housing concentrated around systems of light rail and electric buses that connect our workplaces and centers of commerce, we ease the economic and environmental tension of transport for all.

Housing

Housing is a critical issue that is often ignored by politicians of both parties. The economic consensus is clear that where you live, down to the exact neighborhood and block, often determines your social and economic outcomes. That’s because housing not only decides your personal health and stability, but your physical access to good jobs, quality schools, healthy food options, public transit and other crucial services. It is for this reason that racial and economic segregation presents generational disadvantages to communities across Virginia.

With big companies like Amazon quickly buying up real estate in Northern Virginia, affordable housing is going from a problem to a crisis in the region. While rents rise and new development struggles to keep up with the need for affordable units, families that have long lived in Fairfax County, Arlington, and Alexandria are being pushed out of their homes and farther out into the suburbs. Meanwhile, those who don’t are seeing rent eat up 40%, 50%, or even 60% of their paycheck each month.

The fight for affordable housing for all needs to be fought on two interconnected fronts: supply and cost.

To increase the supply of affordable housing, we need zoning reform legislation that can make it easier for cities and towns to move away from exclusionary, single-family zoning, and move towards building dense housing developments. Not only does density promote affordability by increasing supply, but it’s also better for the environment, combats the legacy of neighborhood segregation, facilitates better public transit, and makes for a more connected local and regional economy. The Commonwealth should work with local governments to streamline and incentivize the construction process for developers who agree to stipulations about density, size, sustainability and the share of affordable units in new projects.

Reforming rules around short-term rentals can also help provide more affordable choices for those who need housing. Companies like AirBNB take thousands of affordable units off the market by allowing landlords to rent out second or third properties on their platform, decreasing supply and therefore driving up costs for the remaining units. New rules should stipulate that AirBNB hosts in the neediest housing markets in the Commonwealth can only use their primary dwelling for short-term rentals.

Alongside measures to increase supply, we need measures like rent control and greater tennant’s rights to ensure that people can afford to stay where they are. Raising wages for workers is also an often-overlooked way to help families afford housing.

Safety

Gun Safety

For far too long, politicians who are bought-and-sold by the NRA and gun manufacturers have controlled the agenda on gun safety. We have had to endure years of inaction as our communities suffer every day from senseless, preventable violence. I pledge to support a suite of reforms that can preserve the right to gun ownership while making historic progress on curbing gun violence in Virginia. These reforms include:

  • Universal, mandatory background checks on all firearm purchases
  • A ban on assault-style weapons that are frequently used in mass murders
  • Red Flag laws that can stop shootings before they happen
  • A ban on high capacity magazines, bump stocks, and silencers
  • Meaningful waiting periods for firearm purchases
  • Child Access Prevention mandates that can reduce accidental deaths

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Suhas SubramanyamSuhas Subramanyam

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

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Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

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About

Suhas Subramanyam 1

Source: Campaign page

Suhas has dedicated his life to serving his community and solving some of our country’s biggest challenges. His family’s story in America began in 1979, when Suhas’s mother, a native of Bengaluru, India, immigrated to the United States. She landed in Dulles Airport to start a new life where she could become a physician and raise a family. She united with Suhas’s father, who was born in India and raised by the widow of a deceased army veteran. Together, they pursued the American dream and passed along values that Suhas holds today: serve your community, succeed with hard work, and empower those without a voice.

These values stayed with Suhas when, while attending Tulane University in New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina hit the city. Suhas’s community service work in the aftermath of the storm propelled him into a life of community service. He helped organize volunteers to rebuild and revitalize communities affected by the storm and, as President of the college’s environmental club, pushed local officials to prioritize environmental standards during the rebuild. He graduated summa cum laude and turned down lucrative corporate opportunities to help get Democratic leaders elected.

Suhas has since worked tirelessly to improve the health and prosperity of all Virginians and Americans. He served on Capitol Hill as a health care and veterans policy aide, where he worked to expand and improve health care access to millions of Americans and drafted legislation to increase job opportunities and funding for veterans. He later earned his law degree with honors at Northwestern University School of Law, volunteering at the Center for Wrongful Convictions. There, he was part of the legal team that freed a man who had spent 21 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Suhas also clerked for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, where he helped re-introduce the DREAM Act and worked on criminal justice reforms.

After spending time as a technology and regulatory attorney, Suhas was named a White House technology policy advisor to President Obama. He led a task force on technology policy that President Obama charged with addressing some of the country’s most challenging technology issues, including job creation and displacement in the technology sector, regulating emerging technology, and addressing cybersecurity and IT modernization in the public sector. He also helped save taxpayers money by working on projects to make government processes and services more efficient using technology. After leaving the White House, Suhas started his own consulting firm based in Loudoun County to advise companies and nonprofits on technology, government regulations, and economic empowerment.

Suhas is a proud resident of Loudoun County and has always maintained his commitment to serving the community. He serves as a volunteer firefighter in Loudoun County, and he is an active member of the Rotary Club of Ashburn. He was also appointed by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors to the Loudoun Health Council, where he works to address some of the most pressing health care issues in Northern Virginia. For his professional accomplishments and work in the community, Suhas was named to the Loudoun Times-Mirror’s 40 Under 40.

He is married to Miranda Peña Subramanyam, who works for a government contractor and volunteers in her free time at the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter. They were married in Sterling, Virginia, where they currently reside.

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Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

Suhas Subramanyam (D)17,69362.00%
William M. “Bill” Drennan, Jr. (R)10,81837.91%
Write-In (Write-in)250.09%
TOTAL28,536

Issues

Source: Campaign page

Education and Job Training
A great community starts with great public schools. Like many, my wife and I grew up going to public schools, and we live in this community because it’s a great place to start a family because it has schools with great teachers.

Improving our schools in Loudoun and Prince William Counties starts with fully funding them, providing them top-notch resources, and making sure we recruit and retain great teachers by paying them what they are worth.There are too many underpaid and overworked teachers, and there are too many instances where parents have to foot the bill for activities that the schools should cover. We also need to lower class sizes, stop constantly re-zoning kids into new schools, and invest in early-childhood education and programs for children with disabilities and special needs. We must also continue to address racism, cultural insensitivity, and inequity throughout our school systems.

Furthermore, we cannot continue to let our future leaders enter the workforce saddled with debt because of their post-secondary education. The cost of college has forced too many people to take on astronomical student loans that take decades to repay. In Richmond, I will fight for a tuition cap at state schools and maintain funding for post-secondary education. I also plan to increase access to workforce training programs to help people in our community who are looking to switch into professions in high demand by local employers.
Traffic and Infrastructure
We are spending too many hours on the roads and away from our families. Whether it’s the high tolls on the Dulles Greenway or the congestion on I-66, Rt. 50, Rt. 7, Rt. 28, Rt 15, Loudoun County Parkway, and so many other roads in Northern Virginia, the traffic has been a disaster for so many people in our community. Roads are not properly maintained, our toll costs are rising, and traffic has worsened over the years.

Solving our traffic problems requires a comprehensive approach that starts with creating jobs here so we don’t have to commute, getting our fair share of infrastructure funding from Richmond so that more of our state tax dollars are spent in Loudoun and Prince William, and developing responsibly so that we are not outgrowing our existing infrastructure. I will also advocate for additional funding to widen existing roads to keep up with growth around the district. As a volunteer firefighter/EMT I regularly see the accidents caused by poor traffic planning.

I also oppose any and all tolls in Northern Virginia, especially those like the Dulles Greenway and on I-66. Significantly reducing the tolls on the Dulles Greenway will require a long-term strategy that involves reducing our reliance on toll roads and raising revenue for if and when a partial or full buyback of the toll road becomes possible. Again, we also need funding from the state to widen, maintain, and improve existing roads.

Finally, let’s attract employers and create high-paying jobs in Loudoun and Prince William Counties so that we don’t have to commute to other places to make a living. This means encouraging the construction of more office space, malls and retail in areas like South Riding rather than putting more pressure on our traffic instructure with more crowded residential units.

Health
Everyone should have access to quality, affordable health care. As a member and former Chair of the Loudoun Health Council and volunteer firefighter/EMT, I have seen far too many of our neighbors ask not to be taken to the hospital because of high costs of care or because they couldn’t afford their prescription drugs. One medical emergency could put a family in debt for decades.

I will fight to protect access to health care for seniors and people with preexisting conditions, and I will work to increase and improve access, lower health care costs, and address the skyrocketing prescription drug costs. I support price transparency for healthcare and drug costs, increasing our focus on evidence-based medicine, and consider alternative delivery systems for health and primary care. I will also work to remove the onerous work requirements that accompanied Medicaid expansion.I was a health care aide on Capitoll Hill when Congress passed the Affordable Care Act and worked to protect Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. I have the policy expertise to make these changes happen in Richmond.

We also need to ensure access to mental health services and human services for people of all ages and incomes. This includes making counseling and therapeutic services available to children and adults as well as continuing the work started this year to allow walk-in visits at state mental health centers. We must also address addiction and the opioid crisis by investing in preventative services and improving access to screening and intervention.

Justice and Safety
My wife, Miranda, went to church in Newtown, Connecticut and her congregation lost a young member that day in Sandy Hook. We need to make progress on gun violence prevention so that we and our loved ones feel safe in our schools, places of worship, and public places. I would support comprehensive solutions to reducing gun violence, including expanding mandatory universal background checks, closing the gun show loophole, banning the sales of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and supporting studies on gun violence as a public health issue.

As an attorney who has successfully helped free wrongfully-accused people of color, I also know firsthand the issues we need to address in our criminal justice system. There are several issues we need to address in our criminal justice system, including:

    • ending the school to prison pipeline
    • putting an end to for-profit prisons
    • putting an end to suspending driver’s licenses for unpaid court fees and granting drivers licenses for all immigrants
    • decriminalizing marijuana
    • reexamining mandatory minimums

Equality
No Virginian should be treated differently because of their race, sexual orientation, gender, or beliefs. We cannot continue to thrive as a Commonwealth if we are not all provided with equal protection under the law. That is why as your Delegate, I will fight for a statewide fairness ordinance, work tirelessly to ensure that we ratify the equal rights amendment, and updating Virginia housing, employment, and hate crime laws to prevent LGBTQ+ discrimination.

We also need to ensure that inequality doesn’t exist for women in the workplace and put an end to sexual assault, harassment, and inequality in the workplace. I am proud of the work I have done to address the gender pay gap during my time at the White House and will work tirelessly in Richmond to close the pay gap in Virginia.

Environment and Climate Change
Our environment is our most precious resource, and I have spent my life working to protect it and combat climate change. I have lived through and been personally affected by several natural disasters, including Hurricane Katrina and several floods, to know that climate change is one of the greatest crises of our generation.

That’s why I, along with other concerned citizens in Loudoun and Prince William Counties, started Zero Carbon Virginia, an organization of concerned citizens devoted to bringing Virginia’s energy industry into the 21st century. We introduced the Renewables First Act (HB 1686), a bill that places a moratorium on all new fossil fuel capacity construction until renewable energy generation facilities with a capacity of at least 5,500 megawatts are in operation. Unfortunately, it, like other clean energy legislation, was rejected immediately by the House of Delegates.

We must reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and move to more sustainable energy sources to mitigate the economic, environmental and social costs of fossil fuels. We can do so while creating high quality green jobs that protect and retrain workers. I will support legislation like the Renewables First Act or Renewable Portfolio Standards that help us take bold steps towards making Virginia a leader in clean energy.

Finally, we must also preserve the green spaces and rural heritage that make Loudoun County and Prince William County so beautiful. I will work to ensure that we protect our natural resources and open spaces.

Broken and Divided Politics
I have worked in every branch of the United States government and served as a voter protection attorney during the 2012 Obama campaign, and it’s clear to me that our political system is dysfunctional. We continue to engage in divisive politics that puts partisanship and scoring political points over solving problems. In the meantime, we have allowed outside interests to run our political processes instead of doing what is best for the Commonwealth and the country.

I intend to break the cycle and promise to be a strong voice in Richmond for healing political divisions, changing the rhetoric in our politics, and putting decisions in the hands of people, not outside interests.

It also means bold campaign finance reform that puts caps on contributions, curbs the influence of outside groups and corporate PACs, and prevents politicians from using campaign spending accounts for personal expenses.

We need to make it easier to vote, and that means no-excuse absentee voting, extended early voting, and rolling back restrictive voter ID laws. With redistricting approaching, we also need a system where people should choose their legislators, not the other way around. That means we need fair, nonpartisan redistricting and an end to gerrymandering.

Finally, I plan to continue the work I did as a technology advisor in President Obama’s White House to use technology to make government more efficient, more transparency, and more accountable. Click here to watch my TEDx talk on restoring trust in government.

I have spent my career fighting to restore trust in our government and standing up to special interests. If I am privileged to be your Delegate, I will ensure that your voice is what matters most Richmond.

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Martha MuglerMartha Mugler

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

About

Martha Mugler 1

Source: Campaign page

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

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

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

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

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

She is the proud mother of three children, Chandler, Will & Anne-Logan and Granmommie to 4-year-old Devon and one-year-old Will. Martha is married to the Honorable Ross A. Mugler.

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Campaign Site, Twitter

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

Martha M. Mugler (D)11,53554.74%
Colleen Holmes Holcomb (R)9,48745.02%
Write-In (Write-in)490.23%
TOTAL21,071

Issues

Source: Campaign page

Martha Mugler, a 10 year veteran of the Hampton School Board, is running for the Virginia House of Delegates 91st District.

Martha has a lifelong history of public service and dedication to the community. She has lived, worked, and raised her family in the district and she has served on the Virginia 529/Able Now Board, the Hampton Arts Foundation Board, Downtown Hampton Child Development Center Board, the Educational Advisory Committee of Hampton Roads Educational Telecommunications Association for WHRO and is passionate about education, equal rights for all Virginians, and the environment.

“In the last decade as an elected School Board member in Hampton, I have worked to support academic excellence in our schools. I entered the work with a passion for pre-kindergarten and expansion of Virginia Preschool Initiative funding. Throughout the decade of service, my focus has expanded to Standards of Learning Reform. During my tenure I have participated in efforts to lobby our locality, the Virginia Legislature, and United States Congress and Senate to promote public education, special education funding, and oppose efforts to divert funding away from public education”, said Martha.

“With much encouragement, thought, and prayer, I have come to the conclusion that it is time for me to take my experience to another level.”

“I will always support efforts to protect our coastline and our beloved Chesapeake Bay, as well as, mitigation to address the impact of climate change and sea level rise in our region. I support a resolution to ratify the ERA and of course, support the arts and the creative economy.”

“As the Delegate from the 91st will be a member of the Fort Monroe Authority, I pledge to participate fully and work to ensure this special place is given the opportunity to prosper and maintain its historic integrity”.

“I have lived most of my life as a resident of the 91st House District and believe I know the needs of our community. Having served at the local level on the school board I clearly understand the impact that legislation can have on our localities. It would be my honor to represent the citizens of the 91st District.”

Economy

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

Education

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

Environment

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

Health Care

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

Fort Monroe

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

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