Luke Torian 1Luke Torian

Current Position: State Delegate since 2010
Affiliation: Democrat

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Current Position: State Delegate since 2010
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

About

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Source: Campaign page

Delegate Luke Torian was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, 52nd District, in 2009. He serves a constituency of approximately 99,000 citizens in Prince William County.

Delegate Torian serves on the following committees: Appropriations, Rules and General Laws.

Delegate Luke Torian is a community leader in Prince William County. He has played a major role in several organizations including Action in Community Through Service (ACTS), an organization designed to alleviate hunger, homelessness, and domestic violence in the community. He is one of the founders of Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE), an organization dedicated to making change on social justice issues. He also served on the Cardinal Bank Advisory Board from 2000 to 2003.

Delegate Torian earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Winston-Salem State University. He then continued his education by pursuing graduate studies at the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, then earning a Masters of Divinity degree from the School of Theology at Virginia Union University. In 1987, Delegate Torian earned a Doctorate of Ministry Degree from the School of Divinity at Howard University.

In 1997, he received the Prince William County Human Rights Commission Award for facilitating The Color of Fear, a dialogue on race relations. Delegate Torian has received Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.’s Citizen of The Year Award on two occasions. In 2003, Dr. John Maxwell, a renowned expert in leadership development, selected Delegate Torian as one of 50 leaders from across the country to participate in a special leadership institute in Atlanta, GA.

Delegate Torian has served as the Pastor of First Mount Zion Baptist Church in Dumfries for 23 years. He lives in Woodbridge with his wife Clarice. They are the proud parents of one daughter, Constance.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Pastor
    First Mount Zion Baptist Church in Dumfries
    1996 to present

Education

  • BA, Political Science
    Winston-Salem State University
    2019 to present
  • Masters of Divinity
    School of Theology at Virginia Union University
    2019 to present
  • Doctorate of Ministry Degree
    School of Divinity at Howard University
    2019 to 1987

Personal

Birth Year: 1958
Place of Birth: Roxboro, NC
Gender: Male
Race(s): African American
Religion: Christian/Protestant
Spouse: Clarice Jones
Children: Constance A.

Membership & Affiliation: First Mount Zion Baptist Church
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Prince William Ministerial Association
Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Phil Newell, Director of Legislative Affairs
Administrative Assistant During Session: Claire Martin

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1052

District Office
4222 Fortuna Plaza, Suite 659
Dumfries, VA 22025
Phone: (703) 785-2224

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Luke Torian was born in Roxboro, North Carolina. He received a B.A. degree in political science from Winston-Salem State University in 1980. Training to become a Baptist minister, he received a master’s degree in divinity in 1984 from the School of Theology at Virginia Union University, and a doctorate in ministry from the Howard University School of Divinity in 1987.Torian worked for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes for eight years. He was pastor of Gilfield Baptist Church in Charles City County, Virginia 1990–1995. Since then, he has been pastor of First Mount Zion Baptist Church in Dumfries.

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

Luke E. Torian (D)11,55473.02%
Maria E. Martin (R)4,20826.60%
Write-In ()600.38%
TOTAL15,822

2017 State DelegateArray

Luke Torian (D)14,83093.5%
Write In (Write-in)1,0356.5%
TOTAL15,865

2015 State DelegateArray

Luke Torian (D)7,68895.2%
Write In (Write-in)3894.8%
TOTAL8,077

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

TORIAN, LUKE E has run in 6 races for public office, winning 6 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $918,879.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Delegation

Chair, Appropriations – General Government and Capital Outlay Subcommittee

Committees

Appropriations
Rules
General Laws

Subcommittees

Appropriations – General Government and Capital Outlay Subcommittee
Appropriations – Higher Education Subcommittee
Appropriations – Transportation Subcommittee
Appropriations – Special Subcommittee on Amazon
General Laws – Subcommittee #3
Rules – Subcommittee #1
Rules – Joint Rules

Appointments

Appropriations – Higher Education Subcommittee
Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship Committee
Chesapeake Subcommittee
Civic Education, Commission on
Freedom of Information Advisory Council
Governor’s Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates
House Appropriations
House General Laws
House Rules
Infrastructure and Security Subcommittee
Joint Rules
Virginia Preschool Initiative, Joint Subcommittee
Water Commission, State

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

  • Chief Patron
  • Chief Co-Patron
  • Co-Patron
  • Proposed Budget Amendments

Source: Ballotpedia

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Maria MartinMaria Martin

Current Position: Prince William County School System
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

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Current Position: Prince William County School System
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

About

Maria Martin 1

Source: Campaign page

While her husband served in the Navy they were stationed in Italy, there Maria learned to paint, using oil on canvas. As an artist, she has held art exhibits in various places, including the Bolivian Embassy. Maria is a published author. In 2007 she completed her first book, “Eternal Life”, which is published in both English and Spanish, “Vida Eterna”. Maria and her youngest daughter, Carolena are co-editing a children’s book, expecting to be published later this year. Maria M​artin is running for the Virginia House of Delegates to serve the country she loves which has been her home for the last 26 years of her life. She has been an American citizen since 1997. 

Maria first came to the United States as a student. While living in Maryland she attended a community college, where she studied English and a variety of business classes. Maria returned to Bolivia; and then, seven years later, was offered sponsorship to the United States, and this time found herself in San Diego, California. In San Diego she met her husband, a career Navy man while attending church. Maria is grateful of being a wife and the mother of three children. Her oldest is a Biology teacher who is currently attending medical school, her second born is a Civil Engineer-Army Officer, and her youngest child is a writer and film director.

Education is also important to Maria. In 2012 she obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resources Management from Park University. She also obtained endorsements to teach Spanish and English as a Second Language from the University of Phoenix. As a resident of Prince William County for the last 25 years, Maria has worked in the Prince William County School System.
Maria has volunteered at the National Marine Corps Museum (NMCM). She has also volunteered to serve on a mobile team to help during the devastating hurricane Harvey storm in Houston Texas. Maria also dedicate her time to other efforts she believes are important.

Maria has been an active member of Move Church since 2000. That has given her the opportunity to serve in the Pastoral Team as a counselor, an interpreter, an altar minister,  an ambassador in the welcoming center, and as a worker and member in the building program.

TO THE VOTERS

I believe that we should all pursue happiness through the fulfillment of our desires whether at a personal of professional level, respecting the rights of others. I believe that over the years with the intention to please everyone, the rule of law’s purpose, to protect the civil rights of the people has been stretched to the point that it has lost its balance leaving some without a voice.

Contact

Email:

Offices

Campaign Office
P.O. BOX 84

Dumfries, VA 22026
Phone: 703-272-4724

Web

Campaign Site, Twitter, Government Page

Issues

Source: Campaign page

Promotion of the Arts
As an artist and a writer Maria wants to promote art in all the mediums, including the use technology in our district. She believes there is so much talent among our residents to explore. This is one of the factors that will bring us together because art has a language of its own.

Civil Rights

Protect Civil Rights

Maria believes that we should all pursue happiness through the fulfillment of our desires whether at a personal of professional level respecting the rights of others. She believes that over the years with the intention to please everyone the rule of law’s purpose to protect the civil rights of the people has been stretched to the point that it has lost its balance leaving some without a voice, even the most vulnerable. Maria is not only pro-life. She is pro-abundant-life. She believes in the scripture that says “My people perish because of a lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6)

Economy

Taxes

Maria will be an advocate to lower tax rates, in addition she will work to control and prioritize spending in order to keep Virginia one of the top states in the nation to live, educate, work and to raise families. Maria will advocate for tax policies that foster innovation in business and doesn’t overburden hard working families.

Small Business

Small businesses are fundamental to a vibrant economy. Entrepreneurs, independent contractors, and small businesses of our new economy, contribute to local economies by bringing both growth and innovation to the community. Small businesses give opportunities to achieve financial independence, and provide employment opportunities.

Education

Education

Maria believes quality education is an important factor in creating a strong foundation for future generations across Prince William County. All children deserve equal opportunities to excel and achieve their goals. It is our responsibility to create the environment at home and at school conducive to student success. Maria believes Virginia needs to invest more funds in classrooms and pay our hard-working teachers salaries comparable to other government employees with the same level of education. Virginia needs to attract and retain high quality teachers ensuring they are respected and protected in the workplace. Education works best at the local level, when the students and parents take responsibility and ownership of the system.

Environment

Encourage environmental policy

“Change your mind, change your life.” Is more than a slogan when we talk about our environment. Maria believes in the moral obligation of the people to be good stewards of God-given natural beauty and resources of our country. To preclude the devastating environmental changes in our district and state, we should encourage environmental policy. With individual self restriction we will improve our environment and protect our natural habitat. We should ensure that environmental policy meets the needs of localities. For that we must adopt new consumption behavior lifestyles, implement renewable sources of energy and implement research to prevent irreversible environmental damage.  Economic prosperity and environmental protection must advance together.   

Health Care

Programs for Virginia families

Healthcare cost is a major problem for Virginia families. Virginia needs to support, create and establish programs that incentivize wellness and disease prevention. Virginia needs to be a leader in the nation promoting medical innovation, development, and research. We need a patient friendly healthcare system that works for Virginia families. 

The opioids crisis is affecting far too many Virginia families as well as our economy; we must have a comprehensive approach to dealing with this deadly crises including research and alternative treatment. Maria will work with other lawmakers to find solutions to this crisis.

Infrastructure

Improving Interstate 95

Transportation being a common issue in Virginia is a true matter when we talk about the Interstate 95, which is the main artery in our district. Alternatives such as enhanced bus transit, construction of roads to relieve the congestion in of I95 and its parallel Route 1  are in the forefront of Maria’s concerns about the 52nd District. 

Veterans

Veteran programs & funding

Maria is the spouse of a veteran, her oldest daughter attended Marine Corps Officer Candidate School and her son presently serves as an Army officer. Maria has seen and experienced the many sacrifices service men and women and their families make while serving our nation. Virginia is the home for many veterans who have proudly served our country. Maria will make sure veteran designated funding is used towards programs that help all veterans to succeed in their new civilian roles. Treating our veterans with dignity, respect and responsibility will reduce or/and eliminate the risk of becoming homeless while reducing and/or preventing suicide. Maria will be an advocate for veterans.

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