VA House – Southcentral VA Districts

The Southcentral Virginia house districts include Districts: 27, 55, 60, 61, 62, 63, 65, 66, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 97, and 98.

The VCU onAir Chapter curates posts in the Southcentral VA region.

 

Roxann Robinson

Current Position: State Delegate since 2010
Affiliation: Republican

Dr. Roxann Robinson is a highly respected optometrist and small business owner. For 30 years she owned and operated her optometric practice here in Chesterfield County. During that time she grew the practice from two employees to nine.

A firm believer in helping others, Roxann is actively involved in many programs that improve our community’s quality of life. She has served as the Clinical Director of Opening Eyes, a program that provides vision exams to Special Olympic athletes.

Buddy Fowler

Current Position: State Delegate since 2014
Affiliation: Republican

Buddy Fowler serves on the General Laws Committee where he chairs a Subcommittee. He also serves on the Privileges and Elections Committee where he is a member of the Election Law and Constitutional Amendment Subcommittees. Finally, Buddy serves on the Finance Committee (where he keeps taxes low!).

After graduating Mary Washington University with a degree in History, Buddy became a small business owner, and served as an aide to Delegates Frank Hargrove and John Cox.

 

James Edmunds

Current Position: State Delegate since 2010
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Halifax County Board of Supervisors from 1999 – 2009

Owner and Manager of: Non-Typical Outdoors (a supplier of seed for animal food plots) Halifax

Operator of the Halifax County Fair

Third generation farmer, raising cattle, grain and timber on family farm. Married to the former Jennifer Wilkerson and the father of two children, Paul (18) and Caroline (14). Attends First Presbyterian Church in South Boston where he has served as Deacon and Elder.

Thomas Wright

Current Position: State Delegate since 2001
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Chair, Lunenburg County Board of Supervisors from 1993 – 2000

Wright was born in Richmond, Virginia. He graduated from Victoria High School in 1966, and received a B.A. degree in political science from Old Dominion University in 1970.Wright was elected to the Lunenburg County Board of Supervisors in 1993 and 1997. He served as chairman 1995–1997.State Senator Richard J. Holland died on April 16, 2000. He was succeeded in office by 61st district Delegate Frank Ruff, who won a special election on November 7, 2000. Wright received the Republican nomination to replace Ruff, and won the seat in another special election on December 19.

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.

Lashrecse Aird

Current Position: State Delegate since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat

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Lee Ware

Current Position: State Delegate since 1998
Affiliation: Republican

In deciding how to vote as your delegate to the House, I consider both my core convictions and our place within the larger Commonwealth of Virginia. For example, we all want the best public schools, from kindergarten through college. We all want a good transportation system.

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Republican

Kirk Cox was first elected from the 66th District to the House of Delegates in 1989. The 66th House District includes all of Colonial Heights and parts of Chesterfield. Kirk is proud to represent the very district where he grew up.

On January 10, 2018, Kirk was unanimously elected as Speaker of the House by the members of the House of Delegates. Upon being sworn in, Kirk became the first Speaker in state history from Colonial Heights, the first Speaker to represent a portion of Chesterfield County since the 1800s, and the first Speaker whose profession was that of a public school teacher.

Featured video: This interview was conducted by Katlyn Weiser in Kirk Cox’s office in Richmond, VA on Dec. 6, 2019. Original interview recording has not been edited in any way.

Dawn Adams

Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Dr. Dawn M. Adams has been an advocate for healthy communities for over 30 years. After receiving her Bachelors of Nursing degree from James Madison University, Dawn positioned herself in the center of Virginia’s healthcare system as a Critical Care Registered Nurse (RN). As an RN, Dawn saw first-hand how our state’s most vulnerable citizens continually fell through the cracks as a result of limited healthcare access and coverage.

Dawn is honored to take the lessons she’s learned as a nurse practitioner, administrator, educator, and community leader to represent her community as Delegate of Virginia’s House District 68 and is proud to represent the people of the city of Richmond, Chesterfield and Henrico counties.

Betsy Carr

Current Position: State Delegate since 2010
Affiliation: Democrat

Betsy Carr was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2009 representing parts of the City of Richmond and the County of Chesterfield on both sides of the James River.

In the House of Delegates she serves on the Appropriations, Transportation, General Laws, and Rules Committees. She also serves on the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, the Commission on Employee Retirement Security and Pension Reform, the Joint Commission on Administrative Rules, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission, and the Virginia Housing Commission. She is Treasurer of the House Democratic Caucus.

Delores McQuinn

Current Position: State Delegate since 2009
Affiliation: Democrat

From wikipedia

McQuinn was a member of the Richmond School Board 1992–96, serving as vice chair.

McQuinn was elected to the Richmond City Council in a special election on April 6, 1999, replacing Leonidas B. Young, II, who resigned in February, and Sherwood T. White, an interim appointment. She served as Vice-Mayor 2003–2004 and Vice-President of the Council 2007–2008.

When Delegate Dwight Clinton Jones was elected Mayor of Richmond in November 2008, McQuinn ran for the Democratic nomination for his 70th district House seat. She defeated lawyer Carlos Brown for the nomination, and was unopposed in the general election on January 6, 2009.

Jeffrey Bourne

Current Position: State Delegate since 2017
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): City of Richmond School Board from 2013 – 2017

Jeff Bourne has spent much of his professional career serving Virginia and the people of Richmond.

Prior to winning elected office, Jeff was appointed by Attorney General Mark Herring to serve as the Deputy Attorney General for transportation, real estate and construction litigation for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Prior to that appointment, Jeff was head of Government Relations at the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority. Jeff also served as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Mayor of Richmond.

Schuyler VanValkenburg

Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Schuyler VanValkenburg knows firsthand the immeasurable impact a high quality education can have, and is committed to ensuring that for every child across the commonwealth.

He also knows how important it is provide equitable access and opportunities for every citizen – both by ensuring a democracy where every voice is heard and every vote counted and by increasing job growth and access to economic opportunity.

Finally, Schuyler believes in an inclusive society, and believes that Virginia has no place for discriminatory laws and policies which and that threaten the constitutional right to equal protection.

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.

Lamont Bagby

Current Position: State Delegate since 2015
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): Henrico County School Board (Chair) from 2008 – 2015

Lamont Bagby (born December 21, 1976) is an American politician of the Democratic Party. On November 3, 2015, he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 74th district, which includes Charles City County, parts of Henrico County and the City of Richmond. He is a former member of the Henrico County School Board.

Roslyn Tyler

Current Position: State Delegate since 2006
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): Sussex County Board of Supervisors from 1984 – 1995

Delegate Roslyn Cain “Roz” Tyler, House of Delegates Representative of the 75thDistrict, was elected to the Virginia General Assembly in 2005. The 75th District includes all of the City of Emporia, all of Brunswick County, all of Greensville County and parts of Dinwiddie County, Lunenberg County, Southampton County, Sussex County, Surry County, Isle of Wight County, and the City of Franklin

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.

Keith Hodges

Current Position: State Delegate since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

“I hope voters will consider my roots in the community, my long history of community service, my experience and my beliefs and values that I believe reflect those of the people of the 98th District”.

Helping people from all walks of life everyday, making community service a priority.
Small business owner of Gloucester Pharmacy

Margaret Ransone

Current Position: State Delegate since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

Margaret Ransone is a mother, wife, successful business woman, lifelong resident of Westmoreland County, and citizen legislator who represents the 99th District in the Virginia House of Delegates.

Margaret’s background in natural resources in the rural community have proven to be an asset for all Virginians as she serves in the House of Delegates.

VA House - Southcentral VA DistrictsVA House – Southcentral VA Districts

The Southcentral Virginia house districts include Districts: 27, 55, 60, 61, 62, 63, 65, 66, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 97, and 98.

The VCU onAir Chapter curates posts in the Southcentral VA region.

 

Summary

The Southcentral Virginia house districts include Districts: 27, 55, 60, 61, 62, 63, 65, 66, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 97, and 98.

The VCU onAir Chapter curates posts in the Southcentral VA region.

 

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Roxann Robinson 1Roxann Robinson

Current Position: State Delegate since 2010
Affiliation: Republican

Dr. Roxann Robinson is a highly respected optometrist and small business owner. For 30 years she owned and operated her optometric practice here in Chesterfield County. During that time she grew the practice from two employees to nine.

A firm believer in helping others, Roxann is actively involved in many programs that improve our community’s quality of life. She has served as the Clinical Director of Opening Eyes, a program that provides vision exams to Special Olympic athletes.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2010
Affiliation: Republican

Dr. Roxann Robinson is a highly respected optometrist and small business owner. For 30 years she owned and operated her optometric practice here in Chesterfield County. During that time she grew the practice from two employees to nine.

A firm believer in helping others, Roxann is actively involved in many programs that improve our community’s quality of life. She has served as the Clinical Director of Opening Eyes, a program that provides vision exams to Special Olympic athletes.

About

Roxann Robinson

Source: Campaign page

Dr. Roxann Robinson is a highly respected optometrist and small business owner. For 30 years she owned and operated her optometric practice here in Chesterfield County. During that time she grew the practice from two employees to nine. A firm believer in helping others, Roxann is actively involved in many programs that improve our community’s quality of life. She has served as the Clinical Director of Opening Eyes, a program that provides vision exams to Special Olympic athletes. As a part of the Chesterfield business community, Dr. Robinson works with locals schools to insure that underprivileged children have the proper eyesight in order to see and learn. Roxann has served on the Board of Directors at the Manchester Family YMCA and is a member of her local Rotary club. Roxann and Michael Lind, her husband, have called Chesterfield home for 34 years.

Honors

  • Owner of successful small business for over 30 years
  • Past President: Virginia Optometric Association
  • Past President: Virginia Academy of Optometry
  • Clinical Director of Opening Eyes, a program that provides vision exams to Special Olympics participants
  • Virginia Optometrist of the Year (2000)
  • Appointed by Governor Gilmore to the Virginia Board of Optometry
  • Has testified in front of the General Assembly regarding Optometric issues

“For 34 years I have been a self-employed optometrist. Chesterfield has been home since 1983. I have seen our community flourish during those years and have enjoyed the exceptional quality of life we experience in Chesterfield County. I understand the challenges facing our community and I will work diligently to preserve our quality of life. As a small healthcare business owner, I am well aware of how government red tape, regulations, and taxes are obstacles to business creation and expansion. I believe that creating new jobs, re-invigorating our workforce and giving the next generation the tools they need to be economically independent must be the top priority for the General Assembly. As your Delegate for the past seven years, I support ethics reforms and believe that we need transparency at every level of our government. We’ve made motions in the right direction, but I believe in continuing these reforms to protect your voice and ensure that the people’s work is done.”

Experience

Work Experience

  • Optometrist
    2019 to present

Education

  • B.S., Visual Science; O.D.
    Illinois College of Optometry, IL
    2019 to present
  • B.S., Biology,
    Fairmont State College, WV
    1978 to present

Awards

  • Virginia Optometrist of the Year (2000)
  • Illinois College of Optometry, Alumna of the Year (2007)

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1956
  • Place of Birth: Weirton, WV
  • Gender: Female
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Methodist
  • Spouse: Michael Earl Lind

Membership & Affiliation

  • Virginia Optometric Association
  • irginia Academy of Optometry
  • Manchester Family YMCA (board of directors)
  • Virginia Board of Optometry (former member)
  • James River Rotary

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Martha Crosby
Administrative Assistant During Session: Martha Anderson

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1027

District Office
P.O. Box 4627
Midlothian, VA 23112
Phone: (804) 698-1027

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

On March 24, 2010, Governor Bob McDonnell appointed the 27th district incumbent, Republican Samuel A. Nixon, as Virginia’s Chief Information Officer. Robinson became the Republican nominee to succeed Nixon. She defeated Democrat William Brown, a county planning commissioner, in a special election on June 15, receiving 72% of the vote. Robinson was unopposed for reelection in 2011 and 2013.In 2017, Robinson was opposed by Democrat Larry Barnett. The race was too close to call on election night, but Barnett conceded two days later, and Robinson won re-election by an estimated margin of 124 votes. In the 2018 Legislative Session, Robinson was appointed to chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee.

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

Roxann L. Robinson (R)15,29050.25%
Larry V. Barnett (D)15,10149.63%
Write-In (Write-in)370.12%
TOTAL30,428

2017 State DelegateArray

Roxann Robinson (R)14,46150.2%
Larry Vincent Barnett (D)14,33349.7%
Write In (Write-in)380.1%
TOTAL28,832

2015 State DelegateArray

Roxann Robinson (R)10,55158.5%
Martin Mooradian, Jr (D)7,47241.4%
Write In (Write-in)250.1%
TOTAL18,048

2013 State DelegateArray

Roxann Robinson (R)17,61292.4%
Write In (Write-in)1,4397.6%
TOTAL19,051

Finances

ROBINSON, ROXANN L has run in 5 races for public office, winning 4 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $650,327.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Science and Technology (Chair)
Education
Appropriations
Health, Welfare and Institutions

Subcommittees

All Subcommittees
   Appropriations – Commerce, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Technology Subcommittee
Appropriations – Higher Education Subcommittee
Appropriations – Transportation Subcommittee
Education – Subcommittee #2
Education – Subcommittee #3
Health, Welfare and Institutions – Subcommittee #1

Appointments

Other Commission & Committee Appointments
   Administrative Rules, Joint Commission on
Appropriations – Higher Education Subcommittee
Commerce, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Technology Subcommittee
House Appropriations
House Education
House Health Welfare and Institutions
House Science & Technology
Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders (PANS) Associated with Streptococcal Infections and Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANDAS), Advisory Council on
School Leadership & Student Outcomes
School Readiness Committee
Sexual and Domestic Violence, Advisory Committee on
Standards of Learning Innovation Committee
Workforce Development, Virginia Board of

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Governance

Ethics Reform

Delegate Robinson supports honest and transparent government at every level. She voted for a $100 annual limit on all gifts to lawmakers, and the creation of a bipartisan body to advise lawmakers on ethical issues. Though these are steps in the right direction, she intends to support future efforts to increase government transparency accountability.

Civil Rights

Women’s Issues

Delegate Robinson promotes women’s issues and interests by supporting opportunities to which women can avail themselves. She created a resolution that made May Women’s Maternal Mental Health Month to help raise awareness for the psychological effects pregnancy, labor, and early childhood can have on a mother. Additionally, she supports reforms to protect young women on college campuses to ensure that places of learning aren’t hindered by concerns of sexual assault. She believes in balancing the rights of the victims and ensuring public safety at the institution

Economy

Taxation

Delegate Robinson believes that tax increases contribute to further hardship for taxpayers and should not be used as a one-step, fast solution. As your Delegate, she will work to limit government spending to reduce taxes on Virginia families and small businesses. She prioritizes a balanced budget and believes that it is more important to use funds appropriately rather than raising taxes.

Economic Opportunity

Having been a small business owner for thirty years, Delegate Robinson has a unique understanding of the day-to-day challenges faced by small business owners. Because of this, she does not support legislation that stifles hard-working business owners and instead promotes legislation that helps to expand small business. She knows that these family-owned businesses are the backbone to the economy in our community in Chesterfield.

Education

Education Reform

As a member of the Education Committee, Delegate Robinson is committed to ensuring that Chesterfield County’s public schools remains among the best in the Commonwealth. She believes that local school boards, not bureaucrats in Richmond, should be making decisions about their local schools. During the last two years, she has introduced legislation to repeal the Labor Day School Start Date law, commonly known as the Kings Dominion Law. The legislation, if passed, would allow local school districts the ability to choose when students go back to class. This past year she was appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe to serve on the SOL Innovation Committee which reviews and makes recommendations to the General Assembly on ways to improve Virginia’s SOLs. With her support, the General Assembly voted to reduce the number of SOL tests from 28 to 17.

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Buddy Fowler

Current Position: State Delegate since 2014
Affiliation: Republican

Buddy Fowler serves on the General Laws Committee where he chairs a Subcommittee. He also serves on the Privileges and Elections Committee where he is a member of the Election Law and Constitutional Amendment Subcommittees. Finally, Buddy serves on the Finance Committee (where he keeps taxes low!).

After graduating Mary Washington University with a degree in History, Buddy became a small business owner, and served as an aide to Delegates Frank Hargrove and John Cox.

 

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2014
Affiliation: Republican

Buddy Fowler serves on the General Laws Committee where he chairs a Subcommittee. He also serves on the Privileges and Elections Committee where he is a member of the Election Law and Constitutional Amendment Subcommittees. Finally, Buddy serves on the Finance Committee (where he keeps taxes low!).

After graduating Mary Washington University with a degree in History, Buddy became a small business owner, and served as an aide to Delegates Frank Hargrove and John Cox.

 

About

Buddy Fowler

Source: Campaign page

Hyland “Buddy” Fowler Jr. is honored to represent Virginia’s 55th House district. The 55th is comprised of approximately 80,000 people in parts of Hanover, Caroline, and Spotsylvania counties. 

Buddy serves on the General Laws Committee where he chairs a Subcommittee. He also serves on the Privileges and Elections Committee where he is a member of the Election Law and Constitutional Amendment Subcommittees. Finally, Buddy serves on the Finance Committee (where he keeps taxes low!).

After graduating Mary Washington University with a degree in History, Buddy became a small business owner, and served as an aide to Delegates Frank Hargrove and John Cox. 

A lifelong resident of Virginia, Buddy and his wife, Patsy, reside in Hanover County where they raised their three children. He is a member of Slash Christian Church, volunteers with Boy Scout Troop 700, and is an Ashland Little League Coach.

Experience

Volunteer Experience

  • Member
    2019 to present

    Slash Christian Church
    Ashland Clay Springs Ruritan
    Boy Scouts of America, Troop 700
    Sons of the American Revolution, Thomas Jefferson Chapter
    Sons of Confederate Veterans, Hanover Dragoons Camp #827
    Hanover County Historical Society
    National Wild Turkey Federation, Lee Davis Longbeards
    Ducks Unlimited, Hanover Chapter

Education

  • B.A., History
    Mary Washington College
    1995 to present

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1955
  • Place of Birth: Richmond, VA
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Disciples of Christ
  • Spouse: Patsy Lynn Traylor (Pat)
  • Children: Laura Lee Pike, Zachary, and Martha

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Dale Hargrove Alderman
Administrative Assistant: Kathy Glazebrook

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1055

District Office
10321 Washington Highway
Glen Allen, VA 23059
Phone: (804) 305-8867

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

H. F. “Buddy” Fowler, Jr. (R)17,35660.06%
Morgan K. Goodman (D)11,50839.82%
Write-In (Write-in)360.12%
TOTAL28,900

2017 State DelegateArray

Buddy Fowler (R)10,87059.9%
Morgan Kathleen Goodman (D)12,05639.9%
Write In (Write-in)700.2%
TOTAL22,996

2015 State DelegateArray

Buddy Fowler (R)10,87060.3%
Antoinette Lee Radler (D)7,11839.5%
Write In (Write-in)380.2%
TOTAL18,026

2013 State DelegateArray

Buddy Fowler (R)15,33456.8%
Antoinette Lee Radler (D)10,12337.5%
Write In (Write-in)540.2%
TOTAL25,511

Finances

FOWLER JR, H F (BUDDY) has run in 4 races for public office, winning 3 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $350,249.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Privileges and Elections
Finance
General Laws

Appointments

Other Commission & Committee Appointments
   Block Grants
Enslaved African Americans in Virginia, Task Force to Assist in Identification of the History of Formerly
House Elections Subcommittee
House Finance
House General Laws
House General Laws Subcommittee #4
House Privileges and Elections
Reapportionment Joint Committee
Volunteer Firefighter’s and Rescue Squad Worker’s Service Award Fund Board
War Memorial Board, Virginia

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Governance

Ethics

During the 2015 General Assembly session, we passed House Bill 2070. When combined with the meaningful steps the General Assembly took last year, this legislation significantly strengthens Virginia’s ethics, transparency and disclosure laws. These changes will increase transparency, hold elected officials accountable, and help restore trust in government. HB 2070 made the following changes:  adopted a $100 aggregate annual gift cap,  created an ethics advisory commission,  required lawmakers to seek pre-approval for travel,  doubled the frequency of reporting,  required all disclosure be filed online for easy review by the public,  required legislators to report gifts to family members,  and implemented mandatory ethics training. My opponent criticizes me for accepting what she believes is a flawed Ethics bill. Apparently, my opponent was not informed that the “Ethics” legislation represented a bipartisan effort that included the leadership of both the House Republican and Democratic Caucuses! Due to both parties “being at the table”, HB 2070 passed the House of Delegates by a vote of 92-0, and State Senate by a vote of 38-0!

Economy

The House of Delegates remains laser-focused on improving Virginia’s economy. During the 2015 General Assembly, we passed legislation to attract innovative new companies to Virginia (HB1662, Uber & Lyft). The General Assembly also passed HB1360, which provides entrepreneur’s access to a new financial capital source called “Crowdfunding”. The General Assembly also fought to protect Virginia’s status as a right-to-work state with the first passage of a Constitutional amendment, (HJ490). This amendment will have to pass again in the 2016 General Assembly and then the people will ultimately decide the amendments fate in a referendum. I was proud to be a co-patron of the Right-to-Work constitutional amendment. I will continue to support our entrepreneurs, as well as pro-economic growth policies. I will oppose legislation that hinders the free enterprise system and retards employment. Finally, for my commitment and support for these important issues over the last 2 years, I have received recognition from two important organizations. I am honored to have earned an A+ Rating from the VA Chamber of Commerce on issues important to Virginia businesses, and a 100% rating from the National Federation of Independent Business for my support of issues confronting small business.

Education

Patsy and I are proud that our three children all graduated from Hanover County Public Schools. A good education is critical for future success. Whether you are college bound, or seeking a credential in Career and Technical Education, a high school diploma is the first step towards securing future prosperity. Many important public education reforms have been enacted since I first took office in January of 2014. These reforms, which I supported, are intended to improve the quality of classroom instruction, reform the Standards of Learning tests and Standards of Accreditation, and also to provide local school divisions with increased budgeting flexibility so as to provide local School Boards with the ability to fund their most important priorities. I also believe that the teacher is the most important ingredient in education and for that reason the overwhelming majority of education funding must be centered in the classroom. I believe the General Assembly should have a benchmark of requiring 70% of every education “dollar” be spent on classroom instruction. I have supported funding the state’s share of a pay increase for public school teachers, and just as important, I have supporting fully funding the Virginia Retirement System. Education Reforms – K-12 Public Education is the largest part of the State Budget. However, the General Assembly is not simply throwing money at education. Over the last 3 years, the General Assembly has passed numerous reforms to the Standards of Learning and Accreditation! During my first term in the General Assembly, I supported reforming the Standards of Learning by reducing the number of tests, by changing the SOLs to reflect actual learning, and also co-patroned legislation to eliminate the A-F grading system for school accreditation. I also supported the creation of the first Governor’s School for Career and Technical Education, which began this summer in Hanover County! In 2016, I supported HB895 will overhaul the current “standard” and “advanced” diplomas and verified units of credits and develop new graduation standards in consultation with stakeholders. The new standards will emphasize critical and creative thinking and the establishment of multiple paths toward college and career readiness including internships, externships and credentialing. I also supported HB525 which requires the State Board of Education to review current SOL testing and make recommendation on number of tests, subject matter, and questions composition. Finally, I supported the creation of “Virtual” Schools (HB8), which would have provided students with the opportunity to take courses not offered in their local school division through online public schools. Unfortunately, Governor McAuliffe “vetoed” this innovative idea. In the future, I will continue to push for additional SOL reforms, and innovative ways to not only teach our children, but also provide for greater educational choices for families. Higher Education – There is no question that the cost of a college education is becoming less affordable every year. For this reason, making college more affordable has been a priority, and I supported several bills to do that, including legislation to cap unreasonable mandatory student fees, encourage colleges to offer affordable “flat-fee” degrees and make it easier for families to find the information they need about college costs. In 2015, the budget included funding to open up 2,100 more in-state enrollment slots and transfer slots for Virginia families and $10.1 million more for student financial aid. I also supported HB2320 which requires the State Council of Higher Education to establish a more affordable, $4,000 per year online degree program for Virginia students. I will continue to support innovative solutions like these in order to keep a college degree within the reach of Virginia students.

Environment

One of my top priorities as a lifelong outdoor enthusiast will be to work to support efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. I believe it is important to continue current efforts at modernizing local sewage treatment plants, and to provide adequate funding for the “Cost Sharing” program that assists farmers in the implementation of agricultural “best management practices”. These BMPs are intended to reduce the agricultural runoff into our streams and rivers. It is my belief that environmental regulations must be based on 3 important principles including: regulations must be based on sound science; must produce results that are measurable; and must be affordable and workable. The best intended environmental regulations are useless if they are too costly or complex to implement. Bio-solids – Sewage bio-solids and industrial bio-solids is a very important issue. During the 2015 General Assembly, I introduced legislation and ultimately was chief co-patron to legislation that imposed a fee on the application of industrial biosolids similar to the fee already paid for applying sewage bio-solids. The revenue provides a revenue source which local governments can access to pay for local environmental monitoring. In addition, I introduced legislation calling for an environmental “study” of the bio-solid program, and ultimately co-patroned another “study” resolution (HJ506) which was much more comprehensive. I am extremely proud of the fact that my efforts on this issue gained the support of both the Sierra Club and the Virginia Conservation Network. During the 2016 General Assembly, I was a co-patron of HJ506 which required a study of the shortterm and long-term effects of the storage and land application of industrial wastes and treated sewage sludge (biosolids) on public health, residential wells, and surface and ground water. Ultimately, the General Assembly passed HJ120 which is a 2 year study that directs the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to analyze scientific literature on the health effects of biosolids and industrial residuals, and to evaluate the feasibility of requiring municipal utilities that are currently permitted to generate “Class B” material to upgrade their facilities to generate “Class A” material, and undertake other analyses. I voted in favor of HJ120.

Health Care

Medicaid expansion – Clearly, the number one health care issue facing the Virginia General Assembly will be whether, or not, to expand Virginia’s Medicaid program. I am opposed to expanding Medicaid, not because Medicaid expansion is part of Obamacare and not because this is a Republican vs Democrat issue. When you boil the Medicaid expansion issue down, it is simply a math problem. Here are some numbers to ponder: ¸ Over the last 30 years, the cost of VA’s Medicaid program has increased by 1600% and is currently increasing at about 8% annually. Just maintaining the current Medicaid program will cost VA taxpayers an additional $2 billion over the next 8 years. ¸ VA already has approximately 940,000 people on Medicaid. That means 1 out of every 8.5 Virginians is on Medicaid already! ¸ The cost of the Medicaid program has been increasing so fast that for every new dollar that comes into the state’s treasury, 40 cents will have to go to Medicaid. In other words, Medicaid is beginning to “crowd out” other programs such as Education, Public Safety, Mental Health, Transportation, etc. ¸ While the Federal Government “promises” to pay 90% of the “expansion” in perpetuity, the Feds are already $20 trillion in debt and are proposing to reduce funding for Medicaid. This will leave states like Virginia holding the bag. If the Feds reduce the “Expansion” match to 50% like the existing Medicaid program, the cost to Virginians will be an additional $1 billion per year. We simply cannot afford that type of expense. ¸ There are years of research that have documented significant fraud within the program and the problems all states are having servicing Medicaid patients. It would be irresponsible to send good money after bad. ¸ Finally, none of the federal funds cover the extensive administrative costs, state or local. In Hanover County alone, the administrative costs are estimated to be approximately $250,000 annually.

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James Edmunds 1James Edmunds

Current Position: State Delegate since 2010
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Halifax County Board of Supervisors from 1999 – 2009

Owner and Manager of: Non-Typical Outdoors (a supplier of seed for animal food plots) Halifax

Operator of the Halifax County Fair

Third generation farmer, raising cattle, grain and timber on family farm. Married to the former Jennifer Wilkerson and the father of two children, Paul (18) and Caroline (14). Attends First Presbyterian Church in South Boston where he has served as Deacon and Elder.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2010
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Halifax County Board of Supervisors from 1999 – 2009

Owner and Manager of: Non-Typical Outdoors (a supplier of seed for animal food plots) Halifax

Operator of the Halifax County Fair

Third generation farmer, raising cattle, grain and timber on family farm. Married to the former Jennifer Wilkerson and the father of two children, Paul (18) and Caroline (14). Attends First Presbyterian Church in South Boston where he has served as Deacon and Elder.

About

James Edmunds

Source: Campaign page

Owner and Manager of: Non-Typical Outdoors (a supplier of seed for animal food plots) Halifax

Operator of the Halifax County Fair

Elected to the Virginia House of Delegates as the 60th District representative in 2009 and is now serving his fifth term.

  • Member of the Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee
  • Chairman of the Natural Resources Sub-Committee
  • Member of the Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee
  • Member of the Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee

Appointed by Speaker William Howell to the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission

  • Member of the Southside Economic Development Committee
  • Member of the Agribusiness Committee

Legislative Awards:

  • Named a Distinguished Advocate for Virginia Business by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Virginia Legislative Sportsman’s Caucus

  • co-chairman with Senator Emmett Hanger

Served 10 years on the Halifax County Board of Supervisors:

  • Chairman, Recreation Committee
  • Chairman, Fair Committee
  • Member, Finance Committee
  • Member, Policy and Personnel Committee
  • Member, Agriculture Committee

Protector of environment:

  • Recipient of Virginia League of Conservation Voters 2013 Legislative Leadership Award in “recognition of dedicated leadership in supporting and protecting the natural resources of the Commonwealth of Virginia”
  • National Remington and Progressive Farmer Farm Pond Management Award
  • Izaak Walton League Conservationist of the Year Award
  • Wild Turkey Federation Conservationist of the Year Award
  • Halifax County Sportsman’s Club Conservationist of the Year Award

Civic involvement:

  • Member of Halifax Education Foundation Board of Trustees
  • Member of National Wild Turkey Federation
  • Former member of Halifax County Rotary Club

Third generation farmer, raising cattle, grain and timber on family farm. Married to the former Jennifer Wilkerson and the father of two children, Paul (18) and Caroline (14). Attends First Presbyterian Church in South Boston where he has served as Deacon and Elder.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Owner and Manager
    Non-Typical Outdoors
    2019 to present

    a supplier of seed for animal food plots in Halifax

Education

  • B.S., Business Administration,
    Averett University
    1996 to present

Awards

  • National Remington and Progressive Farmer, Farm Pond Management Award (2019)
  • zaak Walton League, Conservationist of the Year (2019)
  • Halifax County Sportsman’s Club, Conservationist of the Year (2019)
  • National Wild Turkey Federation, Conservationist of the Year, Wild Turkey Woodlands Award (2004), Hunting Heritage Landowner Program Award (2006) (2019)
  • Virginia League of Conservation Voters, Legislative Leadership Award (2013)

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1970
  • Place of Birth: South Boston, VA
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Presbyterian
  • Spouse: Jennifer Leigh Wilkerson
  • Children: Paul and Carolin

Membership & Affiliation

  • First Presbyterian Church (former deacon and elder)
  • NRA
  • National Wild Turkey Federation
  • American Tree Farm System
  • Halifax County Rotary
  • Virginia Board of Forestry
  • Halifax County Public Schools Education Foundation
  • Southern Virginia Higher Education Center

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Shelia Bradley
Administrative Assistant During Session: Sharon Wiltshire

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1060

District Office
P.O. Box 1115
Halifax, VA 24558

Phone: (434) 476-0077

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Edmunds was elected to the Halifax County Board of Supervisors from the 5th district in 1999, and became vice chair a year later. He was reelected without opposition in 2003 and 2007.In 2009, Clarke Hogan, Virginia House of Delegates member from the 60th district, announced he would not run for a fifth term. Edmunds received the Republican nomination and was elected unopposed.

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

James Edmunds (R)14,46166.21%
Janie S. Zimmerman (D)7,35133.66%
Write In (Write-in)290.13%
TOTAL21,841

2017 State DelegateArray

James Edmunds (R)13,33061.98%
Jamaal Maalik Johnston (D)8,17737.95%
Write In (Write-in)410.19%
TOTAL21,548

2015 State DelegateArray

James Edmunds (R)10,76899.2%
Write In (Write-in)920.8%
TOTAL10,860

2013 State DelegateArray

James Edmunds (R)12,80664.2%
Jasper Louis Hendricks, III (D)7,10535.6%
Write In (Write-in)350.2%
TOTAL19,946

Finances

EDMUNDS II, JAMES E has run in 5 races for public office, winning 5 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $371,695.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Militia, Police and Public Safety
Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources
Health, Welfare and Institutions

Subcommittees

Chair: Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources – Subcommittee #2
Health, Welfare and Institutions – Subcommittee #2

Appointments

Other Commission & Committee Appointments
   Henrietta Lacks Commission
House Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources
House Health Welfare and Institutions
House Militia Police and Public Safety
Roanoke River Basin Advisory Committee, Virginia
Roanoke River Bi-State Commission, Virginia Delegation of the
Southern Virginia Higher Education Center Board of Trustees
Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Source: Campaign page

James Edmunds knows what issues affect Southside the most. He is a strong voice for our district in Richmond, helping to solve the problems we face in our area, as well as to preserve the freedoms — like our gun & hunting rights, and traditional values, etc. — we currently hold dear.

Economy

Recruit new industry, protect our small businesses, and keep taxes low.

Education

Get Southside schools on par with, or better than, the rest of the Commonwealth.

Environment

Conservation

Three things: Clean Air, Clean Water & Open Spaces.

Health Care

Make sure seniors on fixed incomes don’t have to choose between purchasing medication or their next meal.

Safety

Stand up for our Volunteer Fire and Rescue Departments, and make sure our police get the resources they need.

 

Agriculture

Promote sustainable agriculture so we never become dependent on foreign food sources, and protect Southside’s family farms

 

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Thomas Wright 1Thomas Wright

Current Position: State Delegate since 2001
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Chair, Lunenburg County Board of Supervisors from 1993 – 2000

Wright was born in Richmond, Virginia. He graduated from Victoria High School in 1966, and received a B.A. degree in political science from Old Dominion University in 1970.Wright was elected to the Lunenburg County Board of Supervisors in 1993 and 1997. He served as chairman 1995–1997.State Senator Richard J. Holland died on April 16, 2000. He was succeeded in office by 61st district Delegate Frank Ruff, who won a special election on November 7, 2000. Wright received the Republican nomination to replace Ruff, and won the seat in another special election on December 19.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2001
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Chair, Lunenburg County Board of Supervisors from 1993 – 2000

Wright was born in Richmond, Virginia. He graduated from Victoria High School in 1966, and received a B.A. degree in political science from Old Dominion University in 1970.Wright was elected to the Lunenburg County Board of Supervisors in 1993 and 1997. He served as chairman 1995–1997.State Senator Richard J. Holland died on April 16, 2000. He was succeeded in office by 61st district Delegate Frank Ruff, who won a special election on November 7, 2000. Wright received the Republican nomination to replace Ruff, and won the seat in another special election on December 19.

About

Thomas Wright

Source: Wikipedia

Wright was born in Richmond, Virginia. He graduated from Victoria High School in 1966, and received a B.A. degree in political science from Old Dominion University in 1970.Wright was elected to the Lunenburg County Board of Supervisors in 1993 and 1997. He served as chairman 1995–1997.State Senator Richard J. Holland died on April 16, 2000. He was succeeded in office by 61st district Delegate Frank Ruff, who won a special election on November 7, 2000. Wright received the Republican nomination to replace Ruff, and won the seat in another special election on December 19.

From Government page

  • Membership & Affiliation: Victoria Christian Church (trustee, elder)
    Victoria High School Preservation Foundation (board of directors)
    Lunenburg County Crime Solvers Association (charter member)
    Lunenburg County Rotary
    Victoria Chamber of Commerce (former member)
    Lunenburg County Chamber of Commerce
    South Hill Chamber of Commerce
    Regional Economic Development Advisory Council
    Workforce Investment Board
    Fort Pickett Local Reuse Authority
    Southside Business and Education Commission
    Crossroads Community Services Board (former member)
    Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission
    State Water Commission (chairman)
    Virginia Roanoke River Basin Advisory Council
    Roanoke River Basin Bi-State Commission (vice chairman)
    Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship Awards Committee
    Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission
    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission

Experience

Work Experience

  • Grocer
    2019 to present

Education

  • B.A. political science
    Old Dominion University 
    1970 to present

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1948
  • Place of Birth: Richmond, VA
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Christian
  • Spouse: Frances Rose Abernathy
  • Children: Thomas C., III and Briggs

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Nancy L. Snead
Administrative Assistant During Session: Harriet Frank

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1061

District Office
1415 8th Street
Victoria, VA 23974

Phone: (434) 696-3061

Web

Government Page

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

Thomas Wright (R)15,47466.77%
Trudy Bell Berry (D)7,66733.08%
Write In (Write-in)33
TOTAL23,174

2017 State DelegateArray

Thomas Wright (R)17,50797.23%
Write In (Write-in)5012.77%
TOTAL18,008

2015 State DelegateArray

Thomas Wright (R)12,41371.3%
Gregory Lance Marston (D)4,98728.6%
Write In (Write-in)200.1%
TOTAL17,420
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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.

Summary

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.

About

Carrie Coyner 1

Source: Campaign page

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

Web

Campaign Site

Politics

Recent Elections

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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Lashrecse Aird 1Lashrecse Aird

Current Position: State Delegate since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

About

Lashrecse Aird

Source: Campaign page

Virginia General Assembly Delegate Lashrecse Aird was elected in November 2015 to represent the 63rd District, which includes all of the City of Petersburg, parts of the City of Hopewell, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie and Prince George County. She holds the special distinction of being the youngest woman ever elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. During the 2016 General Assembly Session, Delegate Aird was appointed to serve on the General Laws; Health, Welfare and Institutions; and Appropriations committees.

Delegate Aird’s service is guided by her allegiance to the citizens she represents and her devotion to improving their quality of life. In her first legislative session, she successfully sponsored and supported legislation to improve education, health care and workforce and economic development.

Delegate Aird’s professional and civic life reflect her conviction that the struggle for equality begins with political freedom and education. Working side by side with the president and as a member of the executive leadership team at Richard Bland College of William and Mary, she guides policy development that helps today’s students become tomorrow’s leaders.

A tireless and trusted community leader, Delegate Aird is actively engaged in numerous civic boards and organizations. Through her hard work and clarity of vision, she has risen to a leadership position in each organization that she serves. Currently she chairs the 4th Congressional District Committee for the Democratic Party of Virginia. In addition, she is Chair of the Petersburg Democratic Committee; Chair of the Petersburg Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s Political Awareness and Involvement Committee; and a former member of the Petersburg Planning Commission and the Governor’s Council on Women.

Delegate Aird earned her undergraduate degree from Virginia State University in 2008. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Political Leadership Program; a graduate of the American Council on Education Virginia Network for Women in Higher Education’s Senior Leadership Seminar; a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Minority Political Leadership Institute. In addition, she has completed coursework at Virginia Commonwealth University toward a Master’s in Public Administration.

Delegate Aird has been recognized with numerous awards and honors, including being named to the Virginia Leadership Institute’s Top Ten Leaders under Forty; Virginia Commonwealth University’s Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges; and the recipient of Virginia State University’s Young Trojan Distinguished Alumni Award for two consecutive years.

Delegate Aird is a resident of Petersburg where she and her husband, Blaine, reside and are raising their two young boys, Blaine and Blake.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Higher Education Administration
    2019 to present

Volunteer Experience

Source

    Education

    • B.A.
      Virginia State University
      2008 to present

    Awards

    Source

    Virginia Leadership Institute, Top Ten Leaders Under 40 (2014)
    Virginia State University Alumni Association, Young Trojan Distinguished Alumni (2013, 2014)
    Virginia State University, Presidential Medallion (2016)
    Tri-Cities 40 Under 40 (2017)
    Virginia Education Association, Solid as a Rock Award (2017)
    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Award for Political Affairs (2018)

    Personal

      • Birth Year: 1986
      • Place of Birth: Buffalo, NY
      • Gender: Female
      • Race(s): African American
      • Religion: Baptist
      • Spouse: Blaine John Paul Aird
      • Children: Blaine and Blake

    Membership & Affiliation

    Source

    Tabernacle Baptist Church, Petersburg
    Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Petersburg Alumnae Chapter
    Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society
    Virginia State University Alumni Association
    Petersburg Democratic Committee (chairman)
    Southside Regional Medical Center (board of directors)
    Democratic Party of Virginia 4th Congressional District Committee (chairman)
    Sorenson Institute for Political Leadership (2015)

    Contact

    Legislative Assistant: Brianna Menchion
    Administrative Assistant During Session: Jennifer Powers

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    900 E. Main St,
    Richmond, Virginia 23219
    Phone: (804) 698-1063

    District Office
    P.O. Box 3943
    Petersburg, VA 23805

    Phone: (804) 452-7076

    Web

    Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

    Politics

    Recent Elections

    2019 State DelegateArray

    Lashrecse D. Aird (D)12,79655.04%
    Lary C. Haake III ()10,29144.27%
    Write-In (Write-in)1600.69%
    TOTAL23,247

    2017 State DelegateArray

    Lashrecse Aird (D)15,62395.1%
    Write In (Write-in)8054.9%
    TOTAL16,428

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Finances

    AIRD, LASHRECSE D has run in 3 races for public office, winning 2 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $229,120.

    Source: Follow the Money

    Committees

    Committees

    Appropriations
    Health, Welfare and Institutions
    General Laws

    Subcommittees

    Appropriations – Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee
    Appropriations – Health and Human Resources Subcommittee
    General Laws – Subcommittee #2
    General Laws – Subcommittee #3
    Health, Welfare and Institutions – Subcommittee #2

    Appointments

    Source

    Appropriations – Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee
    Geographic Information Network Advisory Board
    Higher Education, Joint Subcommittee on the Future Competitiveness of Virginia
    House Appropriations
    House General Laws
    House Health Welfare and Institutions
    Local Government Fiscal Stress, Joint Subcommittee on
    Mental Health Services in the Twenty-First Century, Joint Subcommittee to Study
    Online Virginia Network Authority

    Voting Record

    See: Vote Smart

    New Legislation

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Issues

    Source: Campaign page

    Lashrecse Aird has been working, living and raising her family with her husband in the 63rd District; now she wants to do her part by representing you at the General Assembly. She understands the challenges of the district because she confronts them on a daily basis. When elected, Lashrecse Aird will continue to ensure Democratic views such as Medicaid expansion, increased k-12 funding, voting rights, women’s right to choose, senior and veteran services, and equality for all remain legislative priorities for the 63rd District. Furthermore, Aird is determined to introduce and support legislation that will specifically address the current and future challenges of the 63rd HOD district.

    Civil Rights

    Women’s Rights

    Aird will actively pursue the cause of making sure that woman get equal pay for equal work. As a mother and wife, she will be an advocate for women’s reproductive access and work to ensure that they have the right to choose. She believes that the decision of family planning should remain at the discretion of a woman.

    Economy

    Economic development

    Economic development resources are critical in this area. Aird wants to ensure that companies are enticed to bring their jobs to the 63rd District so we can increase the number of quality jobs available. We need those to be high-paying jobs, with benefits from companies that have a shared investment in its employees and our district

    Education

    K-12 Funding & Higher Education

    Our children need to have the educational tools to succeed. Aird believes in universal pre-school education so all children are learning through those critical years of their life and begin school on target with their peers. To ensure that, Aird will support initiatives that prevents childhood poverty, homelessness and childhood hunger. Additionally, as an administrator at Richard Bland College, Aird will advocate for resources to ensure the proper preparation for higher- education pathways or access to job-readiness training and credentials.

    Safety

    Crime Prevention

    Having been a resident of the 63rd District for nearly 10 years, Aird understands that violence is a problem that can only be addressed together. Using her influence, Aird will work to initiate projects that will strengthen not only law enforcement departments, but also their outreach into our communities.

    Social Security

    Senior Care and Veteran Resources

    We need to provide services for our seniors and our veterans, both of whom have made critical contributions to our communities and our well-being and now deserve our help and support.

    As the daughter of a Veteran, Aird understands the resources that our veterans need; Aird will support legislation that increases veteran care including tax cuts for veterans. Also, Aird will give special attention to focusing on the challenges of female veterans and those veterans under 25 to ensure we are providing all necessary access to services.

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    Lee Ware 1Lee Ware

    Current Position: State Delegate since 1998
    Affiliation: Republican

    In deciding how to vote as your delegate to the House, I consider both my core convictions and our place within the larger Commonwealth of Virginia. For example, we all want the best public schools, from kindergarten through college. We all want a good transportation system.

    Summary

    Current Position: State Delegate since 1998
    Affiliation: Republican

    In deciding how to vote as your delegate to the House, I consider both my core convictions and our place within the larger Commonwealth of Virginia. For example, we all want the best public schools, from kindergarten through college. We all want a good transportation system.

    About

    Auto Draft 10

    Source: Campaign page

    Lee Ware is serving his tenth term in the House of Delegates from the 65th District. The 65th House District encompasses all of Powhatan County, the Brandermill (403), Skinquarter (309), Swift Creek (411), Tomahawk (310), and Woolridge (313) precincts and parts of the Evergreen (312) and Midlothian (503) precincts of Chesterfield County; the Columbia (201) and Fork Union (301) precincts of Fluvanna County; and the Fife (101), Hadensville (102), Sandy Hook (202), and Three Square (201) precincts and also part of the Goochland Court House precincts of Goochland County.

    Delegate Ware serves on four major committees in the House of Delegates: Finance–of which he is Chairman; Commerce and Labor; Agriculture, Chesapeake, & Natural Resources; and Rules. He also serves, by appointment of the Speaker, on the Coal & Energy, Unemployment, Small Business, Water, Health Insurance Reform, Jamestown-Yorktown, War of 1812 Bicentennial, and Civics Education commissions. With colleagues from the Senate he serves, too, on the Joint Subcommittee for Tax Preferences.

    A Citizen-Legislator Delegate Ware, who is 65, is the former Academic Dean of Benedictine Preparatory School of Richmond. Previously he was a teacher of History and Government in Blessed Sacrament Huguenot Academy in Powhatan, and, prior to that vocation, was for fifteen years a teacher of History and Government in Powhatan High School. The recipient of numerous civic and professional awards, he has been named Outstanding Virginia Teacher of the Constitution by the John Marshall Foundation. He is also a former award-winning editor of newspapers in both Virginia and New Hampshire. He is a graduate of Wheaton College with a double major in History and Literature, and he has pursued graduate studies at Harvard University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Longwood College. Delegate Ware served two terms on the Board of Supervisors of Powhatan County and he also served one year as the board’s chairman. In 1994 he became the first public school teacher to serve on the State Board of Education, by appointment of Governor George Allen. Delegate Ware and his wife, Kathy, who is a certified public accountant, are parents of four children, each of whom was graduated from our local public schools. He is a member of St. John Neumann Roman Catholic Church of Powhatan.

    Experience

    Work Experience

    • History and government teacher

    Education


    • Harvard College,

    • Virginia Commonwealth University

      continuing education

    • BA
      Wheaton College, IL
      1974 to present

    Personal

    • Birth Year: 1952
    • Place of Birth: Fitchburg, MA
    • Gender: Male
    • Race(s): Caucasian
    • Religion: Roman Catholic
    • Spouse: Kathleen Annette Nulton
    • Children: Karen Reid, Rob, Thomas, and Jeb

    Membership & Affiliation

    Source

    St. John Neumann Catholic Church
    Virginia State Board of Education (former member)
    Powhatan County Social Services Board (former member, chairman)

    Contact

    Legislative Assistant: David A. Bovenizer, IV, Counsel and Consigliere
    Administrative Assistant During Session: Barbara Monroe

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    900 E. Main St,
    Richmond, Virginia 23219
    Phone: (804) 698-1065

    District Office
    P.O. Box 689
    Powhatan, VA 23139

    Phone: (804) 598-6696

    Web

    Government Page, Campaign Site

    Politics

    Recent Elections

    2019 State DelegateArray

    R. Lee Ware, Jr. (R)24,75165.06%
    Michael P. “Mike” Asip (D)13,27334.88%
    Write-In (Write-in)260.07%
    TOTAL38,050

    2017 State DelegateArray

    Lee Ware (R)22,39464.0%
    Francis M. Stevens (D)12,53035.8%
    Write In (Write-in)600.2%
    TOTAL34,984

    2015 State DelegateArray

    Lee Ware (D)19,84297.3%
    Write In (Write-in)5482.7%
    TOTAL20,390

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Finances

    WARE JR, R LEE has run in 11 races for public office, winning 10 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,424,681.

    Source: Follow the Money

    Committees

    Committees

    Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources
    Chair: Finance
    Commerce and Labor
    Rules

    Subcommittees

    Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources – Subcommittee #2
    Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources – Subcommittee #3
    Finance – Subcommittee #2
    Finance – Subcommittee #3
    Commerce and Labor – Subcommittee #1
    Rules – Subcommittee #1

    Appointments

    Voting Record

    See: Vote Smart

    New Legislation

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Issues

    Source: Campaign page

    Principles and Issues

    Every voter has something to contribute to how we govern ourselves as a Commonwealth. Accordingly, every day since my fellow citizens elected me to the House of Delegates in 1998, my primary objective has been to represent our shared interests in deliberations at the Capitol.

    To do so, I meet regularly with individual citizens, civic associations, local officials and employees, and educators, and I receive, ponder, and respond to a steady stream of calls, letters, and email. Your interests and concerns then become the portfolio that I carry to Richmond, and which I represent in each and every vote that I cast on your behalf.

    In deciding how to vote as your delegate to the House, I consider both my core convictions and our place within the larger Commonwealth of Virginia. For example, we all want the best public schools, from kindergarten through college. We all want a good transportation system. And, we all want to be safe and secure in our homes and neighborhoods.

    Ends, Means, Consequences

    On these and other perennial issues, most differences concern only how to achieve a shared objective. The challenge to which I devote my energies on any major issue, therefore, is how to balance the ethical relationship among ends, means, and consequences.

    For example, there is broad consensus that everyone should have access to healthcare. But, what are the best means of achieving this good end? Should government or the private sector be the principal insurer? In either case, what would be the consequences for taxpayers, for businesses, for doctors and nurses, for hospital systems and patients? And, would individual liberty be enhanced—or diminished?

    It is because the means and consequences matter as much as the ends or objectives of public policy that I embrace principles of the Republican Party. While independency is possible at the local level, to be effective in Richmond every legislator must declare an allegiance. For example, though there are two Independents in the House of Delegates, both are members of the Republican Caucus. Each represents a traditional, rural district. (One of them is my seatmate.)

    Our system of government is characterized by faction and friction—exactly as the Founders intended. Within these necessary constraints, it has I believe been the Republicans in the House—including my fellow neighboring delegates Sam Nixon, Kirk Cox, Manoli Loupassi, Watkins Abbitt, Bill Janis, and Tommy Wright—who have protected us against too much taxation and too much governmental spending at any level. And also, I might add, against too-intrusive a state government.

    A Record of Achievement

    Our achievements in the current biennium have been significant. We increased state support for public education. We prevented costly new proposals just before the recession confirmed our judgment against an increase in state spending—and taxation. And, through my own legislation, we have preserved 220,000 acres of land for the future, and for farming, through permanent conservation easements.

    These achievements, and also a complete record of my votes on every bill that has come before the House of Delegates, are readily accessible to you by visiting the official webpage of the House of Delegates. To do so, please click on the resources link in the top of the page.

    Of course there is much more to be done, on many issues. Which is precisely why I am seeking voters’ support to continue to represent your best interests, within the context of our beautiful and bountiful Commonwealth, for another term.

    Governance

    Taxes and Spending

    It seems that everyday there is a story about how government spending is increasing and taxpayers are shelling out more money. Delegate Ware supports keeping the rate of growth of governmental taxing and spending in balance with economic conditions in the private sector.

    Like you, Lee expects government to use fiscal restraint when spending our hard-earned tax dollars, and he believes that providing tax incentives to businesses – not more governmental spending – is the key to spurring economic recovery

    Economy

    Education

    Improving Education

    As the father of four children, each of whom was graduated from our public schools, Delegate Lee Ware understands the vital importance of parent-and-teacher cooperation in the creation and maintenance of outstanding schools. His wife, Kathy, as a PTO leader, complemented this devotion for many years.

    Like you, Lee Ware is a taxpayer. Like you, he understands that voters rightly expect state government to maximize the efficiency of the public purse—including in administering taxpayer dollars for education. This is why he champions strict fiscal discipline in state spending generally, and this is why he works to funnelDelegate Lee Ware on Education taxpayer dollars to the classroom. Lee Ware has helped engineer a 123% increase in state funds for Chesterfield Schools during his decade as our Delegate. For Powhatan Schools the increase has been 175%.

    Attracting and retaining the best-qualified teachers, and ensuring that our children are given every opportunity to experience—and to excel—in the adventure of learning, are among his legislative priorities.

    Named Virginia’s ‘Outstanding Teacher on the Constitution’ in an annual ceremony by the John Marshall Foundation, and the first public school teacher appointed to the State Board of Education, Lee Ware brings the unique experience of the classroom to the Capitol for his constituents. To him, education is both a personal career and a public commitment.

    • For full state support of local schools’ obligations
    • For the highest academic standards – – and opportunities
    • For merit pay for outstanding teachers
    • For salaries sufficient to attract and retain the best teachers
    • For rigorous academic standards
    • For maintaining decision-making authority at the local level
    • For proper benefits for all educational personnel
    • For local control of the school-year calendar

    Infrastructure

    Good Growth and Transportation

    Virginia’s transportation issues are a growth issue and Delegate Lee Ware believes we need a state-wide transportation reform plan that addresses both road construction as well as development and growth.

    Delegate Ware also supports additional rail improvements that help take cars off our roads and enable families to spend more time with one another – not stuck in traffic.

    As both a county supervisor and now as a legislator, Delegate Ware has worked for comprehensive planning that balances commercial development and residential expansion.

    He crafted the legislation that enhanced Virginia’s conservation easements, leading to the preservation of 220,000 acres—and also of numerous family farms.

    His bill of the 2009 Session to create “green roof” incentives for environmentally-friendly building was passed into law. And another of his 2009 bills—to enable counties to better preserve Virginia’s 3,000 miles of “scenic byways” —was passed by the House of Delegates.

    As vice chairman of the House committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake, and Natural Resources, Delegate Ware is a leader on every issue of importance to Virginia’s largest industry, to restoring the Bay, and to the wise use—and also the faithful renewal—of the resources of nature that make Virginia both bountiful and beautiful. His advocacy of wise land use and urban design contributes both to our prosperity and to the attractiveness of the communities in which we live.

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    Current Position: State Delegate
    Affiliation: Republican

    Kirk Cox was first elected from the 66th District to the House of Delegates in 1989. The 66th House District includes all of Colonial Heights and parts of Chesterfield. Kirk is proud to represent the very district where he grew up.

    On January 10, 2018, Kirk was unanimously elected as Speaker of the House by the members of the House of Delegates. Upon being sworn in, Kirk became the first Speaker in state history from Colonial Heights, the first Speaker to represent a portion of Chesterfield County since the 1800s, and the first Speaker whose profession was that of a public school teacher.

    Featured video: This interview was conducted by Katlyn Weiser in Kirk Cox’s office in Richmond, VA on Dec. 6, 2019. Original interview recording has not been edited in any way.

    Summary

    Current Position: State Delegate
    Affiliation: Republican

    Kirk Cox was first elected from the 66th District to the House of Delegates in 1989. The 66th House District includes all of Colonial Heights and parts of Chesterfield. Kirk is proud to represent the very district where he grew up.

    On January 10, 2018, Kirk was unanimously elected as Speaker of the House by the members of the House of Delegates. Upon being sworn in, Kirk became the first Speaker in state history from Colonial Heights, the first Speaker to represent a portion of Chesterfield County since the 1800s, and the first Speaker whose profession was that of a public school teacher.

    Featured video: This interview was conducted by Katlyn Weiser in Kirk Cox’s office in Richmond, VA on Dec. 6, 2019. Original interview recording has not been edited in any way.

    About

    Kirkland Cox

    Source: Campaign page

    Kirk Cox was first elected from the 66th District to the House of Delegates in 1989. The 66th House District includes all of Colonial Heights and parts of Chesterfield. Kirk is proud to represent the very district where he grew up and graduated from High School. Following his graduation from Colonial Heights High School, he graduated from James Madison University where he holds a B.S. in both Political Science and General Social Science.

    On January 10, 2018, Kirk was unanimously elected as Speaker of the House by the members of the House of Delegates. Upon being sworn in, Kirk became the first Speaker in state history from Colonial Heights, the first Speaker to represent a portion of Chesterfield County since the 1800s, and the first Speaker whose profession was that of a public school teacher.

    Despite serving as Speaker of the House, Kirk’s priority has always been his hometown district. As Delegate Kirk is honored to represent many of the same students he taught in the classroom during a teaching career that spanned three decades. During the majority of his career, he would serve in Richmond during the day and work on teaching lesson plans at night. As a government teacher, Kirk always believed students learned best by being able to see first hand the workings of their government. Many times, Kirk would welcome his students to the Capitol so they could see first-hand representative democracy in action.

    Kirk’s history as a teacher gives him a unique aspect about the job teachers perform everyday. That is why Kirk has fought to make sure teacher’s receive the pay they deserve, supporting 4 pay raises for teachers in the past 6 years, including a 5% raise in 2019.

    Kirk works tirelessly to make Colonial Heights, Chesterfield, and all of Virginia the best place to live, work, and raise a family. In addition to championing a quality public education system, Kirk is also dedicated to improving veteran services, supporting citizens with disabilities, increasing economic development opportunities, and creating jobs.

    Most important to Kirk is listening to what ideas and concerns are on the minds of the constituents he represents. He credits many of his major legislative successes to the suggestions made by constituents who he meets while knocking on doors in their community.

    Just in 2019, Kirk championed legislation to lift the age cap on Autism related healthcare coverage, make our schools some of the safest in the nation, protect the unborn, take care of our veterans and their families, and provide tax relief to hard working middle class families.

    Kirk lives in Colonial Heights with his wife, Julie. Colonial Heights is where they met while in High School, and later where they raised their four sons—Lane, Carter, Blake, and Cameron. The Coxes are members of The Heights Baptist Church where he serves as a Deacon. Kirk is active in the Colonial Heights community and previously coached youth baseball for 14 seasons.

    Experience

    Work Experience

    • Teacher (retired)

    Education

    • B.S., Political Science; B.S., General Social Science
      James Madison University
      1979 to present

    Awards

    Source

    Governor’s School for the Gifted, teaching honor
    Colonial Heights Jaycees, Outstanding Young Citizen (1996)
    The Family Foundation, Outstanding Legislator (1997, 2000)
    Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Award (1998)
    Department of the Army, Commander’s Award for Public Service (1998)
    U.S. Selective Service Meritorious Service Award (2002)
    Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Legislator of the Year (2003)
    Virginia National Guard Medal of Merit (2004)
    American Legion, Distinguished Service (2005)
    State VFW Support Award (2005, 2007)
    Military Officers Association of America, Legislator of the Year (2006), President’s Award, Exceptional Leadership, Meritorious Service (2008), Outstanding Service Award (2011)
    Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Services Organizations Award (2006, 2008)
    Virginia State Police Association, Legislator of the Year (2007)
    Collaborations (Brain Injuries) Leadership Award (2007)
    Virginia Assembly of Independent Baptists Commendation (2007)
    Virginia Council for Private Education, Legislator of the Year (2008)
    The Arc of Virginia, Advocate of the Year (2008), Catalyst for Change Award (2013)
    Greater Richmond ARC recognition, Compassionate Service (2008)
    Department of Rehabilitative Services, Virginia Brain Injury Council, Toggle Award (2009)
    Virginia Economic Developers Association, Legislator of the Year (2009)
    Chesterfield County Economic Development, Legislator of the Year (2009)
    Treasurer’s Association of Virginia, Legislator of the Year (2009)
    Faith Baptist Church, Community Heroes Award (2009)
    Chester Lions, Community Service Award (2010)
    Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Excellence in Education and Workforce Training Award (2013), Champion of Free Enterprise (2014), Military and Veterans Affairs Advocate (2014, 2015), Business Advocate of the Year (2016), Economic Competitiveness Award (2016)
    Distinguished Friend of Agribusiness (2017)

    Contact

    Legislative Assistants: Matthew Moran, Margaret Graham, Zachary Wood, Parker Slaybaugh, Dean Goodson
    Administrative Assistant During Session: Brenda Strang

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    900 E. Main St,
    Richmond, Virginia 23219
    Phone: Office: (804) 698-1066

    District Office
    P.O. Box 1205
    Colonial Heights, VA 23834

    Phone: Office: (804) 526-5135

    Web

    Twitter, Facebook, Government Page, Campaign Site

    Politics

    Source: Wikipedia

    Marvin Kirkland “Kirk” Cox
    (born August 17, 1957) is an American politician and member of the Republican Party. He has served in the Virginia House of Delegates since 1990, representing the 66th District, made up of the southern Richmond suburb of Colonial Heights and nearby parts of Chesterfield County. He also serves as the 55th Speaker of the House of Delegates, a role he assumed in January 2018 from Bill Howell. Prior to that, he had served as House Majority Leader since December 2010, and before that House Majority Whip from 2004 to 2010.

    Recent Elections

    2019 State DelegateArray

    M. Kirkland “Kirk” Cox (R)14,44351.67%
    Sheila C. Bynum-Coleman (D)13,14747.03%
    L. K. Harris, Sr. ()3431.23%
    Write-In (Write-in)190.07%
    TOTAL27,952

    2017 State DelegateArray

    M. Kirkland Kirk Cox (R)18,57263.4%
    Katie Ann Sponsler (D)10,65636.4%
    Write In (Write-in)430.1%
    TOTAL29,271

    2015 State DelegateArray

    M. Kirkland Kirk Cox (R)12,68396.4%
    Write In (Write-in)4703.6%
    TOTAL13,153

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Finances

    COX, M KIRKLAND (KIRK) has run in 11 races for public office, winning 10 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $4,016,155.

    Source: Follow the Money

    Committees

    Committees

    Chair: Rules

    Subcommittees

    Chair: Rules – Joint Rules

    Appointments

    District Courts, Committee on
    Employee Retirement Security and Pension Reform, Commission on
    Governor’s Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates
    Growth and Opportunity Board, Virginia
    House Rules
    Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission
    Joint Rules
    Legislative Support Commission
    Online Virginia Network Authority
    Virginia Commonwealth University Health System Authority, Board of Directors of the
    Virginia Indian Commemorative Commission
    Women of Virginia, Commemorative Commission to Honor the Contributions of the
    World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission, Virginia

    Voting Record

    See: Vote Smart

    New Legislation

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Issues

    Governance

    Reducing Unnecessary Government Spending

    Kirk believes strongly that government should focus on the core functions of government and must live within its means. Nowhere is this more evident than when he is working on the state budget. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee and a Budget Conferee, Kirk advocates for a balanced, responsible budget that does not raise taxes or fees on hardworking Virginians. Kirk believes in leading by example, and that means cutting spending within the legislature itself. Since 2010, the legislative branch returned over $19 million in savings to the state’s general fund. By focusing on passing conservative, responsible, and balanced budgets, Kirk’s leadership has placed Virginia in a position to move forward.

    2019 Session – Gov Spending

    HB2653 Higher educational institutions, public, institutional partnership performance agreements. (Cox–R–66) Permits any public institution of higher education to propose in conjunction with the six-year plan process, and the General Assembly to adopt by reference in the general appropriation act, an institutional partnership performance agreement that advances the objectives of the Virginia Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2011 by aligning the strategies, activities, and investments of the institution, the Commonwealth, and any identified partners concerning (i) college access, affordability, cost predictability, and employment pathways for undergraduate Virginia students and (ii) strategic talent development and other high-priority economic initiatives of the Commonwealth. The bill contains provisions relating to mandatory and permissive contents of, the approval process for, and the legal effect of any such agreement. Status: Passed the House 94-Y, 0-N. Passed the Senate 40-Y, 0-N.

    HB1920 New Economy Workforce Credential Grant Fund and Program; grant priority. (Stolle-R-83) Requires the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, in awarding grants pursuant to the New Economy Workforce Credential Grant Program, to give priority to institutions that offer noncredit workforce training programs in high-demand fields in which employer demand is currently unmet by the available workforce. Status: Passed the House 99-Y, 0-N. Passed the Senate 39-Y, 0-N.

    HB1729 School counselors; nomenclature; staff time. (Landes-R-25) Changes the name of guidance counselors to school counselors and requires each school counselor employed by a school board in a public elementary or secondary school to spend at least 80 percent of his staff time during normal school hours in the direct counseling of individual students or groups of students. Status: Passed the House 99-Y, 0-N. Passed the Senate 40-Y, 0-N. Signed into law by the Governor.

    HB2192 Public school buildings and facilities; modernization. (Rush-R-7) Provides that it is the legislative intent that public school buildings and facilities be designed, constructed, maintained, and operated to generate more electricity than consumed, and allows local school boards to enter into leases with private developers to achieve that goal. The bill also provides that private developers that contract with local school boards to modernize public school buildings and facilities may receive financing from the Virginia Small Business Financing Authority. Status: Passed the House 96-Y, 1-N. Passed Senate 40-Y, 0-N.

    HB1737 School crisis, emergency management, and medical emergency response plans; development and review.(Wright-R-61)Requires each school board to include the chief law-enforcement officer, the fire chief, the chief of the emergency medical services agency, the executive director of the relevant regional emergency medical services council, and the emergency management official of the locality, or their designees, in the development and review of school crisis, emergency management, and medical emergency response plans. Under current law, the school board is required to provide copies of such plans to the chief law-enforcement officer, the fire chief, the chief of the emergency medical services agency, and the emergency management official of the locality but is not required to include such first responders in the development and review of such plans. Status: Passed the House 99-Y, 0-N. Senate 40-Y ,0-N. Signed into law by the Governor.

    HB1970 Telemedicine services; payment and coverage of services. (Kilgore-R-1)Requires insurers, corporations, or health maintenance organizations to cover medically necessary remote patient monitoring services as part of their coverage of telemedicine services to the full extent that these services are available. The bill defines remote patient monitoring services as the delivery of home health services using telecommunications technology to enhance the delivery of home health care, including monitoring of clinical patient data such as weight, blood pressure, pulse, pulse oximetry, blood glucose, and other condition-specific data; medication adherence monitoring; and interactive video conferencing with or without digital image upload. The bill requires the Board of Medical Assistance Services to include in the state plan for medical assistance services a provision for the payment of medical assistance for medically necessary health care services provided through telemedicine services.Status: Passed the House 97-Y, 0-N. Passed the Senate 40-Y, 0-N.

    HB1611 Virginia College Savings Plan; prepaid tuition contracts; pricing reserves. (Landes-R-25)Provides that in the event that the ratio of the assets of the Virginia College Savings Plan (the Plan) to the obligations of the Plan exceeds 105 percent, the pricing reserve, which the bill defines as the percentage by which the sum of advanced payments to be made pursuant to each prepaid tuition contract of the Plan exceeds the amount estimated to be required to provide tuition at the fixed, guaranteed level that is specified in such prepaid tuition contract, shall not exceed five percent. The bill provides that in the event that the ratio of the assets of the Plan to the obligations of the Plan does not meet or exceed 105 percent, the pricing reserve may exceed five percent but shall not exceed 10 percent.Status: Passed the House 94-Y, 5-N. Passed the Senate with substitute 40-Y, 0-N.

    HB2538 Balance billing; emergency and elective services. (Ware-R-65)Requires a facility where a covered person receives scheduled elective services to post the required notice or inform the covered person of the required notice at the time of pre-admission or pre-registration. The bill also requires such a facility to inform the covered person or his legal representative of the names of all provider groups providing health care services at the facility, that consultation with the covered person’s managed care plan is recommended to determine if the provider groups providing health care services at the facility are in-network providers, and that the covered person may be financially responsible for health care services performed by a provider that is not an in-network provider, in addition to any cost-sharing requirements.Status: Passed the House 99-Y, 0-N. Passed the Senate 40-Y, 0-N.

    HB2577 Health Insurance; coverage for autism spectrum disorder. (Thomas-R-28)Requires health insurers, health care subscription plans, and health maintenance organizations to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder in individuals of any age. Currently, such coverage is required to be provided for individuals from age two through age 10. Status: Passed the House 97-Y, 1-N 1-A. Passed the Senate 39-Y, 0-N.

    HB1655 Real property tax exemption for disabled veterans; surviving spouse’s ability to change residence. (Miyares-R-82)Enacts as statutory law an amendment to subdivision (a) of Section 6-A of Article X of the Constitution of Virginia that was adopted by the voters on November 6, 2018, which applies the real property tax exemption for the surviving spouse of a disabled veteran to such spouse’s principal place of residence regardless of whether such spouse moves to a different residence. The provisions of the bill would apply to taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2019. The bill makes technical corrections related to the real property tax exemptions for surviving spouses of members of the armed forces killed in action and surviving spouses of certain persons killed in the line of duty.Status: Passed the House 94-Y, 0-N. Passed the Senate 40-Y 0-N. Signed into law by the Governor.

    HB2528 Felony homicide; certain drug offenses, penalty. (Hugo-R-40)Provides that a person is guilty of felony homicide, which constitutes second degree murder and is punishable by confinement of not less than five nor more than 40 years, if the underlying felonious act that resulted in the killing of another involved the manufacture, sale, gift, or distribution of a Schedule I or II controlled substance to another and (i) such other person’s death results from his use of the controlled substance and (ii) the controlled substance is the proximate cause of his death. Status: Passed the House 69-Y, 30-N. Passed Senate 40-Y, 0-N.

    HB2719 Health insurance; small employers. (Pillion-R-4)Revises the definition of “small employer” for purposes of group health insurance policies to provide that an individual who performs any service for remuneration under a contract of hire for (i) a corporation in which he is a shareholder or an immediate family member of a shareholder, or (ii) a limited liability company in which he is a member, regardless of the number of members of the limited liability company, shall be deemed to be an employee of the corporation or the limited liability company. The measure provides that a health insurance issuer shall not be required to issue more than one group health plan for each employer identification number issued by the Internal Revenue Service for a business entity, without regard to the number of shareholders or members of such business entity.Status: Passed the House (99-Y 0-N). Passed the Senate 40-Y, 0-N.HB2529 Income tax, state; conformity of taxation system. (Hugo-R-40)Advances conformity of the Commonwealth’s tax code with the federal tax code to December 31, 2018, effective starting in taxable year 2018. Starting in taxable year 2019, the bill deconforms from the provisions of the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) that limit the deduction for state and local taxes and that suspend the overall limit on itemized deductions. The bill establishes income tax subtractions starting in taxable year 2018 for Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income (GILTI) and for one-fifth of the amount of business interest that is disallowed as a deduction from federal income tax. The bill increases the standard deduction to $4,500 for single individuals and $9,000 for married persons filing jointly for taxable years 2019 through 2025. Under current law, the standard deduction is $3,000 for single individuals and $6,000 for married couples filing jointly. The bill provides for a refund, not to exceed a taxpayer’s tax liability of up to $110 for individuals and $220 for married persons filing a joint return. The refund will be issued in October 2019 and will be available only for a taxpayer filing a final return by July 2019. The refunds will be reduced and prorated if the additional revenues generated by the TCJA are insufficient to fully fund the refunds. The bill establishes the Taxpayer Relief Fund (the Fund). For fiscal years 2019 through 2025, any additional revenues attributable to the TCJA, beyond those necessary to fund the provisions of the bill, would accrue to the Fund. The bill directs the General Assembly to appropriate money from the Fund to enact permanent or temporary tax reform measures. Status: Passed the House 95-Y, 4-N. Passed Senate with substitute 35-Y, 5-N. Signed into law by the Governor.

    Economy

    Creating Virginia Jobs

    Kirk understands the vital importance of helping businesses create new jobs. As a Delegate, he works to help bring both new businesses and new jobs to the Commonwealth. In 2016, Kirk successfully carried legislation creating the Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board (GO Virginia). This business-driven initiative facilitates greater collaboration between the business community, higher education, and local governments. By aligning the needs of the three segments, we will encourage the creation of good-paying jobs in high demand fields, and make economic development dollars go further. Overall, Kirk understands that the General Assembly must support legislation that will improve economic growth, create private sector jobs, and significantly decrease burdensome regulations on our small businesses.

    2019 Session – Small Business

    HB2440 Intangible personal property; classification and exemption of certain business property. (Campbell, R.-R-24) Classifies as intangible property, and exempts from taxation, personal property that is employed in a trade or business, has an original cost of less than $25, and is not classified as machinery and tools, merchants’ capital, or short-term rental property. Status: Passed the House 97-Y, 1-N. Passed the Senate 40-Y, 0-N. HB2197 Summary judgment; limited use of discovery depositions and affidavits. (Gilbert-R-15) Allows for the limited use of discovery depositions and affidavits in support of or in opposition to a motion for summary judgment, provided that the only parties to the action are business entities and the amount at issue is $50,000 or more.
    Status: Passed the House 97-Y, 0-N. Passed the Senate (25-Y, 15-N). Signed into law by Governor.

    Education

    Promoting a World Class Education

    As a retired public school teacher with 30 years of in-classroom experience and the father of four public school graduates, Kirk believes that a world-class education system is critical to growing Virginia’s economy. Kirk’s vision for K-12 education is rooted in increased accountability and encouraging innovation in the classroom. He supported increased funding targeted to classrooms—not school bureaucracy – and co-patroned legislation adding more school choice options and reducing the number of SOL tests. Kirk led the effort to fund teacher pay raises in the state budget in 2014 and 2017. Additionally, the state’s adopted budget sent 35% of lottery funds, or $191 million, back to local school divisions with no strings attached.

    2019 Session – Education & School Safety

    HB1729 Guidance counselors; changes name to school counselors, staff time. (Landes-R-25) School counselors; nomenclature; staff time. Changes the name of guidance counselors to school counselors and requires each school counselor employed by a school board in a public elementary or secondary school to spend at least 80 percent of his staff time during normal school hours in the direct counseling of individual students or groups of students.
    Status: Passed the House 97-Y, 0-N. Passed the Senate 40-Y, 0-N. Signed into law by Governor.

    HB2018 Career and Technical Education Work-Based Learning Guide; Bd of Education shall review and revise. (Peace-R-97) Board of Education; Career and Technical Education Work-Based Learning Guide. Requires the Board of Education to review and revise, in consultation with certain stakeholders and no later than December 1, 2019, its Career and Technical Education Work-Based Learning Guide to expand the opportunities available for students to earn credit for graduation through high-quality work-based learning experiences such as job shadowing, mentorships, internships, and externships.
    Status: Passed the House 99-Y, 0-N. Passed the Senate 40-Y, 0-N. Signed into law by Governor.

    HB2014 Family First Prevention Services Act; statutory alignment. (Peace-R-97) Family First Prevention Services Act; statutory alignment. Aligns the Code of Virginia with the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018. The bill contains an emergency clause for provisions of the bill relating to background checks for employees of, volunteers at, and contractors providing services to juveniles at children’s residential facilities.
    Status: Passed the House 93-Y, 0-N. Passed the Senate 40-Y, 0-N.

    HB1930 Concussions in student-athletes; guidelines, policies, and procedures shall be biennially updated. (Richard P. Bell-R-20) Concussions in student-athletes; guidelines, policies, and procedures. Requires (i) the Board of Education to collaborate with various stakeholders to biennially update its guidelines on policies to inform and educate coaches, student-athletes, and student-athletes’ parents or guardians of the nature and risk of concussions, criteria for removal from and return to play, risks of not reporting the injury and continuing to play, and the effects of concussions on student-athletes’ academic performance and (ii) each local school division to biennially update its policies and procedures regarding the identification and handling of suspected concussions in student-athletes.
    Status:Passed the House 97-Y, 0-N. Passed the Senate 40-Y, 0-N. Signed into law by Governor.

    HB1734 Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety; threat assessment, case management tool. (Marshall -R-14) Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety; threat assessment; case management tool. Requires the Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety to develop a case management tool for use by public elementary and secondary school threat assessment teams and requires such threat assessment teams to use such tool to collect and report to the Center quantitative data on its activities.
    Status: Passed the House 99-Y, 0-N. Passed the Senate 40-Y, 0-N.

    HB2449 Scholastic records; disclosure of directory information. (Wilt-R-2) Scholastic records; disclosure of directory information. Provides that a school or institution of higher education may disclose certain directory information of a student to certain internal persons for educational purposes or internal business if the student has not opted out of such disclosure. Under current law, such disclosures require written consent. The bill also provides an exception for state and federal law requirements from the prohibition of such disclosures.
    Status: Passed the House 99-Y, 0-N. Passed the Senate 40-Y, 0-N.

    Increasing Access and Affordability to Higher Education

    Health Care

    Fighting the Heroin and Prescription Drug Crisis

    The ongoing heroin and prescription drug crisis impacts families from all walks of life in all corners of our Commonwealth. In the House of Delegates, Kirk supported common sense legislation aimed at cracking down on pill mills and doctors that over prescribe. Kirk has observed the effects of heroin use first hand by visiting inmates in the Heroin Addiction and Recovery Program (HARP) started by Sheriff Karl Leonard at Chesterfield County Jail. During the 2017 session, Kirk successfully passed legislation to create a statewide pilot program for addiction recovery programs, modeled off HARP. Kirk will continue fighting the heroin and prescription drug crisis and support legislation meant to keep Virginians safe.

    2019 Session – Healthcare
    HB2247 Optometry, Board of; adds requirements for members. (Robinson-R-27) Adds to the requirements for the five licensed optometrist members of the Board of Optometry that they be individuals who at the time of appointment (i) have met all requirements for practice as an optometrist and are qualified to engage in the full scope of the practice of optometry and (ii) are actively engaged in the delivery of clinical care to patients for an average of at least 20 hours per week.
    Status: Passed the House 98-Y, 0-N. Passed the Senate 40-Y, 0-N.

    HB1970 Telemedicine services; payment and coverage of services. (Kilgore-R-1) Requires insurers, corporations, or health maintenance organizations to cover medically necessary remote patient monitoring services as part of their coverage of telemedicine services to the full extent that these services are available.
    Status: Passed the House 97-Y, 0-N. Passed the Senate 40-Y, 0-N.

    HB2260 Health insurance; catastrophic health plans. (Robinson-R-27) Authorizes health carriers to offer catastrophic plans on the individual market and to offer such plans to all individuals.
    Status: Passed the House 51-Y, 48-N. Passed the Senate 27-Y, 11-N.

    HB2538 Balance billing; emergency and elective services. (Ware-R-65) Requires a facility where a covered person receives scheduled elective services to post the required notice or inform the covered person of the required notice at the time of pre-admission or pre-registration.
    Status: Passed the House 9-Y, 0-N. Passed the Senate 40-Y, 0-N.

    HB2559 Electronic transmission of certain prescriptions; exceptions. (Pillion-R-4) Provides certain exceptions, effective July 1, 2020, to the requirement that any prescription for a controlled substance that contains an opioid be issued as an electronic prescription.
    Status: Passed the House 99-Y, 0-N. Passed the Senate 40-Y, 0-N.

    HB2639 Health care shared savings; incentive programs. (Byron-R-22) Requires health carriers to establish a comparable health care service incentive program under which savings are shared with a covered person who elects to receive a covered health care service from a lower-cost provider. Incentive payments are not required for savings of $25 or less.
    Status:Passed the House 97-Y, 1-N. Passed the Senate 40-Y, 0-N.

    HB1971 Health professions and facilities; adverse action in another jurisdiction. (Stolle-R-87) Provides that the mandatory suspension of a license, certificate, or registration of a health professional by the Director of the Department of Health Professions is not required when the license, certificate, or registration of a health professional is revoked, suspended, or surrendered in another jurisdiction based on disciplinary action or mandatory suspension in the Commonwealth.
    Status: Passed by the House 99-Y, 0-N. Passed the Senate 40-Y, 0-N. Signed into law by the Governor.

    HB1917 DOC; Director to establish health care continuous quality improvement committee. (Stolle-R-87) Requires the Director of the Department of Corrections to establish a health care continuous quality improvement committee, consisting of the Director and specified health care professionals employed by the Department.
    Status: Passed the House 98-Y, 0-N. Passed the Senate 40-Y,0 -N.

    HB2558 Medicaid recipients; treatment involving opioids or opioid replacements, payment. (Pillion-R-4) Prohibits health care providers licensed by the Board of Medicine from requesting or requiring a patient who is a recipient of medical assistance services pursuant to the state plan for medical assistance to pay out-of-pocket costs associated with the provision of service involving (i) the prescription of an opioid for the management of pain or (ii) the prescription of buprenorphine-containing products, methadone, or other opioid replacements approved for the treatment of opioid addiction by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for medication-assisted treatment of opioid addiction.
    Status: Passed the House 97-Y, 0-N. Passed the Senate 40-Y, 0-N.

    HB1640 Health carriers; services provided by nurse practitioners. (Ransone-R-99) Requires health insurers and health services plan providers whose policies or contracts cover services that may be legally performed by licensed nurse practitioners to provide equal coverage for such services when rendered by a licensed nurse practitioner. The bill contains an enactment that exempts the measure from the requirement that the Health Insurance Reform Commission review any legislative measure containing a mandated health insurance benefit or provider. The bill has a delayed effective date of October 1, 2019.
    Status: Passed the House 99-Y, 0-N. Passed the Senate 40-Y, 0-N.

    HB2318 Naloxone; possession and administration by school nurses and local health department employees. (McGuire-R-56) Possession and administration of naloxone; school nurses; local health department employees. Adds school nurses, local health department employees that are assigned to a public school pursuant to an agreement between the local health department and school board, and other school board employees or individuals contracted by a school board to provide school health services, to the list of individuals who may possess and administer naloxone or other opioid antagonist, provided that they have completed a training program.
    Status: Passed the House 95-Y, 0-N. Passed the Senate 40-Y, 0-N.

    HB1952 Patient care team; podiatrists and physician assistants. (Campbell-R-6) Establishes the definition of “patient care team podiatrist” and amends the definition of “physician assistant.” The bill modifies the supervision requirements for physician assistants by establishing a patient care team model.
    Status: Passed the House 99-Y 0-N. Passed Senate 40-Y, 0-N. Signed into law by the Governor.

    HB2126 Accident and sickness insurance; step therapy protocols. (Davis-R-84) Requires carriers issuing health benefit plans to utilize certain clinical review criteria to establish step therapy protocols. The measure establishes clinical review criteria used to establish such protocols and requires carriers to establish a process by which a patient or provider may seek a step therapy override exception determination.
    Status:Passed the House 99-Y, 0-N. Passed Senate 40-Y, 0-N.

    HB1682 Dental services; contracts between carriers and providers, PPO network arrangement, etc. (Ware – R – 65) Establishes limits on the ability of a health insurer or other person to sell or otherwise grant access, as provided in a dentist’s or oral surgeon’s provider contract, to a third-party carrier. Access as provided in a provider contract refers to the right to have dental services provided by the participating provider to the enrollees of the third-party carrier in accordance with the terms of a provider contract. The measure provides that such access may be granted only if it is expressly permitted by the provider contract and notice is given to the affected participating providers.
    Status: Passed the House 98-Y, 0-N. Passed the Senate 40-Y, 0-N.

    HB2169 Physician assistants; licensure by endorsement. (Thomas-R-28) Physician assistants; licensure by endorsement. Authorizes the Board of Medicine to issue a license by endorsement to an applicant for licensure as a physician assistant who (i) is the spouse of an active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States or the Commonwealth, (ii) holds current certification from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, and (iii) holds a license as a physician assistant that is in good standing, or that is eligible for reinstatement if lapsed, under the laws of another state, the District of Columbia, or a United States possession or territory.
    Status: Passed the House 96-Y, 0-N. Passed Senate 40-Y, 0-N.

    Veterans

    Helping Our Veterans

    A strong supporter of the military, veterans, and their families, Kirk has introduced over 120 pieces of legislation designed to make life easier for active duty military, veterans, and their families. Kirk worked tirelessly to fund the establishment of a veterans’ care center in Richmond and subsequent buildings and expansions in Salem, Prince William, and Hampton Roads. His efforts led to funding for the expansion of the Virginia War Memorial and its Paul & Phyllis Galanti Education Center. Kirk introduced legislation establishing the Wounded Warrior Program (now the Virginia Veteran & Family Support program) in Virginia to better assist service members with TBI and PTSD, as well as their families. To ensure veterans receive their earned benefits, he has fought to increase the number of authorized veterans’ claim officers and to invest in the development of the automated claims system that will lessen the time a claim takes.

    2019 Session – Veterans

    HB1623 Military families; relocation to the Commonwealth; student registration. (Cole-R-88) Permits any student whose parent has received orders to relocate to a duty station in the Commonwealth to register for courses and other academic programs and participate in the lottery process for charter schools and college partnership laboratory schools in the school division in which such student will reside at the same time and in the same manner as students who reside in the local school division. The bill requires each such student to provide to the school board proof of residency in the local school division no later than 10 days after his parent establishes such residency.
    Status: Passed the House 99-Y, 0-N. Passed the Senate 40-Y, 0-N.

    HB1636 Trespass; unmanned aircraft system; military airfield or military helicopter landing zone; penalty. (Knight-R-81) Provides that any person who knowingly and intentionally causes an unmanned aircraft system to enter the airspace within one mile of the boundary of any military airfield or military helicopter landing zone in the Commonwealth, for any reason, is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.
    Status: Passed the House 98-Y, 0-N, 1-A. Passed the Senate 39-Y, 1-N.

    HB1655 Real property tax exemption for disabled veterans; surviving spouse’s ability to change residence. (Miyares-R-82)Enacts as law an amendment to subdivision (a) of Section 6-A of Article X of the Constitution of Virginia that was adopted by the voters on November 6, 2018, which applies the real property tax exemption for surviving spouse of a disabled veteran to such spouse’s principal place of residence regardless of whether spouse moves to a different residence.
    Status: Passed the House 94-Y, 0-N. Passed the Senate 40-Y, 0-N. Signed into law by Governor.

    HB1832 Special license plate; Navy and Marine Corps Medal. (Leftwich-R-78) Creates a special license plate for persons awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal or for unremarried surviving spouses of such persons.
    Status: Passed the House 96-Y, 0-N. Passed by the Senate 40-Y, 0-N. Signed into law by Governor.

    HB2551 Commercial driver’s licenses; military service members. (Thomas-R-28) Requires the Commissioner of the Department of Motor Vehicles to waive certain knowledge and skills tests required for obtaining a commercial learner’s permit or commercial driver’s license or a commercial driver’s license endorsement for certain current or former military service members, as authorized by federal law.
    Status: Passed the House 99-Y, 0-N. Passed by the Senate 40-Y, 0-N. Signed into law by Governor.

    HB2632 Veterans Services, Board of; increases membership and clarifies scope of responsibilities. (Helsel-R-91) Increases the membership of the Board of Veterans Services by adding an additional member of the House of Delegates, an additional member of the Senate of Virginia, an additional non-legislative citizen member, and an additional ex officio member, the Chairman of the Virginia War Memorial Foundation. The bill also clarifies the scope of responsibility of the Board to include policy recommendations related to the mission of the Virginia War Memorial. The bill has a delayed effective date of January 1, 2020.
    Status: Passed the House 99-Y, 0-N. Passed the Senate 40-Y, 0-N.

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    Dawn Adams 1Dawn Adams

    Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
    Affiliation: Democrat

    Dr. Dawn M. Adams has been an advocate for healthy communities for over 30 years. After receiving her Bachelors of Nursing degree from James Madison University, Dawn positioned herself in the center of Virginia’s healthcare system as a Critical Care Registered Nurse (RN). As an RN, Dawn saw first-hand how our state’s most vulnerable citizens continually fell through the cracks as a result of limited healthcare access and coverage.

    Dawn is honored to take the lessons she’s learned as a nurse practitioner, administrator, educator, and community leader to represent her community as Delegate of Virginia’s House District 68 and is proud to represent the people of the city of Richmond, Chesterfield and Henrico counties.

    Summary

    Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
    Affiliation: Democrat

    Dr. Dawn M. Adams has been an advocate for healthy communities for over 30 years. After receiving her Bachelors of Nursing degree from James Madison University, Dawn positioned herself in the center of Virginia’s healthcare system as a Critical Care Registered Nurse (RN). As an RN, Dawn saw first-hand how our state’s most vulnerable citizens continually fell through the cracks as a result of limited healthcare access and coverage.

    Dawn is honored to take the lessons she’s learned as a nurse practitioner, administrator, educator, and community leader to represent her community as Delegate of Virginia’s House District 68 and is proud to represent the people of the city of Richmond, Chesterfield and Henrico counties.

    About

    Dawn Adams

    Source: Facebook

    Dr. Dawn M. Adams has been an advocate for healthy communities for over 30 years. After receiving her Bachelors of Nursing degree from James Madison University, Dawn positioned herself in the center of Virginia’s healthcare system as a Critical Care Registered Nurse (RN). As an RN, Dawn saw first-hand how our state’s most vulnerable citizens continually fell through the cracks as a result of limited healthcare access and coverage.

    In 1989, Dawn returned to school to earn her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Virginia, and soon became a Nurse Practitioner. From there, she went on to earn her Doctorate in Nursing from Old Dominion University, where she now serves as an adjunct professor. Dawn’s research focused on identifying barriers to healthcare access for all people across the economic spectrum. For her research, she won the ODU Nursing Scholar award. As she studied and worked intimately in medicine, it became abundantly clear to her that the right to affordable public education and access to adequate healthcare are inextricably linked—both are necessary as well as critical to building a healthy, successful community.

    Prior to beginning her career in education, Dawn worked alongside a nurse lobbyist. This afforded her the opportunity to engage in community stakeholder meetings concerning Medicaid expansion, lobby as an advocate for healthcare access, and attend the 2014 General Assembly (GA) session. This experience led Dawn to author a proposal for a Health Policy Fellowship for nurses. This fellowship is currently available to nurses who attend graduate programs within Virginia.

    While at the GA, Dawn was approached by the Assistant Commissioner for Virginia Department for Behavioral Health & Developmental Services. He prompted Dawn to utilize her education and experience to solve the problem of inadequate community-based care. Due to Dawn’s success in this field, she served as the Director of the Office of Integrated Health. In this role, she managed a multi-million-dollar state budget and built strong relationships with state and local agencies to implement local community programs and construct public policy for individuals with developmental disabilities. She has also began work to partner primary care service providers with mental health services.

    Dawn’s effort to help our community extends beyond her continuous work in healthcare. Her numerous experiences, which include being the first participant in the Virginia Nurse Advocate Health Policy Fellowship, creating beneficial relationships with Virginia’s elected representatives, and developing public policy in her work as a civil servant, have helped her to identify the troubling disconnect between political maneuvering and our government’s obligation to serve the people. This is what fueled her desire to run for office.

    Despite all odds, being outspent 5 to 1, on November, 7, 2017, nearly 20,000 voters in the 68th District cast their vote to bring Dawn into the General Assembly, giving her the highest voter turnout of any Democratic Candidate running against an incumbent.

    Dawn is honored to take the lessons she’s learned as a nurse practitioner, administrator, educator, and community leader to represent her community as Delegate of Virginia’s House District 68 and is proud to represent the people of the city of Richmond, Chesterfield and Henrico counties.

    Experience

    Work Experience

    • Director, Office of Integrated Health
    • Nurse Practitioner

      DNP, ANP-BC

    • Adjunct Professor
      ODU

    Education

    • Post-master’s certificate: FNP
      Virginia Commonwealth University
      1999 to present
    • M.S., Nursing/Community Health and Organizational Planning
      University of Virginia
      1989 to present
    • B.S., Nursing
      James Madison University
      1986 to present

    Personal

    • Place of Birth: Naval Air Station Pensacola, FL
    • Gender: Female
    • Race(s): Caucasian
    • Religion: N/A
    • Spouse: Margaret J. Constante (Maggie)

    Membership & Affiliation

    American Association of Nurse Practitioners
    American Nurses Association
    Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners
    Sigma Theta Tau

    Contact

    Legislative Assistant: Maureen K. D. Hains
    Administrative Assistant During Session: Smokie Crews

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    900 E. Main St,
    Richmond, Virginia 23219
    Phone: (804) 698-1068

    District Office
    P.O. Box 25331
    Richmond, VA 23260
    Phone: (804) 698-1068

    Web

    Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram

    Politics

    Source: Wikipedia

    In 2017, Adams challenged Republican incumbent Manoli Loupassi for the 68th district seat in the House of Delegates, ultimately winning by 336 votes of the 40,000 cast in the district.[4] Adams is Virginia’s first openly lesbian member of the Virginia General Assembly,[5] and became part of a record high with 25 women elected to the House of Delegates that year (the previous record had been 19).[6]

    Her committee assignments include the House Militia, Police and Public Safety, and The House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committees.[7]

    She is up for re-election in the 2019 United States elections on November 5, 2019.

    Recent Elections

    2019 State DelegateArray

    Dawn M. Adams (D)20,89754.60%
    Garrison R. Coward (R)17,32945.27%
    Write-In (Write-in)490.13%
    TOTAL38,275

    2017 State DelegateArray

    Dawn Adams (D)19,76150.4%
    George Manuel Loupassi (R)19,42549.5%
    Write In (Write-in)460.1%
    TOTAL39,232

    Finances

    ADAMS, DAWN M has run in 2 races for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $368,727.

    Source: Follow the Money

    Committees

    Committees

    Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources
    Militia, Police and Public Safety
    Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources – Subcommittee #2
    Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources – Subcommittee #4

    Appointments

    Voting Record

    See: Vote Smart

    New Legislation

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Issues

    Source: Campaign page

    Dr. Dawn M. Adams holds a life-long passion for helping people achieve what each of us most desire from life: secure and healthy lives for ourselves and our families. Over her years as a resident of District 68 and as a nurse in Virginia’s healthcare system, Dawn has witnessed first-hand the struggles and heartbreak caused by poverty, inadequate living conditions, and limited healthcare access and coverage. As your Delegate, Dawn will work tirelessly to ensure that members of this community and all Virginians can live in safe, secure, and healthy communities.

    Governance

    Fiscal Responsibility

    Virginia is a Balanced Budget state. This means that it is required by law that we balance the budget, and not because any one party has decided to be more financially responsible. The real question regarding the budget is how are we spending the money and collecting the revenue to prepare for the Commonwealths priorities? Dawn gets it, and her peers within the General Assembly know it. She is well aware of the General Assembly’s responsibility to be good stewards of our State’s funds and has submitted several pieces of legislation toward that end.

    Economy

    In Virginia, we are fortunate to have a relatively low unemployment rate. Yet,there is still work to be done to create more jobs that enrich individuals, families, and communities.  The growth, incentivization, and development of small business are a few ways to create more jobs. We need Dawn’s demonstrated ability to work across the aisle to develop other workforce solutions that will also reduce the demands for more healthcare workers, rebuild our crumbling transportation and educational infrastructure, install state-wide broadband, and operationalize energy alternatives to meet our persistent dependence on carbon fuel through solar and wind power installation.

    Education

    All kids deserve a good education. Education is the foundation from which children can dream and young people can aspire to be the person they were meant to become. Strong public school education creates strong adults. Teachers and the supportive infrastructure to address the increasing demands and pressures impacting our youth today are critical to their success or failure as students. Additionally high school graduates deserve affordable options for post-secondary school and when qualified, guaranteed admission to Virginia State schools. We need Dawn’s academic insight and ideas to make this a reality. Dawn will continue to fight for the cost-effective solutions that will maximize every opportunity for our children.

    Environment

    Virginia is home to the pristine splendor of our mountains, green forests, expansive ocean, and beautiful array of lakes, streams, and rivers. In our District (68th), the James River runs right through our backyards. We can do more to keep this scenic resource clean and open for recreation and ensure that the Chesapeake Bay and other waterways are safe and protected for generations to come.  As a member of the Virginia House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee, Dawn understands thatprotecting these resources makes sense for our children, families, and Virginia.

    Health Care

    Affordable healthcare coverage for all just makes sense. We can provide lower cost care to ensure all citizens receive the preventative medical, dental, and eye care that will keep them healthy, while addressing the opioid crisis, provide more comprehensive mental healthcare, and reducing the costs associated with chronic illness. At the same time, we must be prepared to take on the challenges of the epidemic of dementia, escalating needs of our aging population, the high cost of prescription drugs, and respond nimbly to the ever-changing policy demands from the federal government. We need Dawn’s three decades of diverse healthcare experience and ideas to develop affordable solutions to issues.

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    Betsy Carr 1Betsy Carr

    Current Position: State Delegate since 2010
    Affiliation: Democrat

    Betsy Carr was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2009 representing parts of the City of Richmond and the County of Chesterfield on both sides of the James River.

    In the House of Delegates she serves on the Appropriations, Transportation, General Laws, and Rules Committees. She also serves on the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, the Commission on Employee Retirement Security and Pension Reform, the Joint Commission on Administrative Rules, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission, and the Virginia Housing Commission. She is Treasurer of the House Democratic Caucus.

    Summary

    Current Position: State Delegate since 2010
    Affiliation: Democrat

    Betsy Carr was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2009 representing parts of the City of Richmond and the County of Chesterfield on both sides of the James River.

    In the House of Delegates she serves on the Appropriations, Transportation, General Laws, and Rules Committees. She also serves on the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, the Commission on Employee Retirement Security and Pension Reform, the Joint Commission on Administrative Rules, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission, and the Virginia Housing Commission. She is Treasurer of the House Democratic Caucus.

    About

    Betsy Carr

    Source: Campaign page

    Betsy Carr was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2009 representing parts of the City of Richmond and the County of Chesterfield on both sides of the James River. In the House of Delegates she serves on the Appropriations, Transportation, General Laws, and Rules Committees. She also serves on the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, the Commission on Employee Retirement Security and Pension Reform, the Joint Commission on Administrative Rules, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission, and the Virginia Housing Commission. She is Treasurer of the House Democratic Caucus.

    In addition to serving as a delegate, she also served for 16 years as outreach director at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Richmond. She is a founder and past director of the Micah Initiative, which involves over 120 faith communities in partnerships with 25 city elementary schools, providing over 1,700 mentors, tutors and volunteers. This program is serving as a model for other similar partnerships in the country.

    Betsy represented the fifth district of the City of Richmond on the Richmond School Board from 2006-2010. On the School Board, she chaired the Facilities Committee, served on the Audit and Finance Committees and represented the Board on the Community Partnerships Committee.

    Previously, Betsy has worked as supervisor of statewide programs at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, community relations and resource development chairperson at the University of Richmond’s Women’s Resource Center, and as a Development Associate at the Virginia Historical Society. While active in the Junior League she chaired the training committee.

    She is a graduate of Hope in the Cities’ Connecting Communities Fellowship Program and studied at the University of Richmond’s Management Training Institute. In 2005, Betsy was selected to receive one of the YWCA’s Outstanding Women Awards. In 2008 she served on the Virginia State Capitol Civil Rights Memorial Celebration Committee. An exhibition of Betsy’s photographs, taken during a World Neighbors trip to Mali, Africa, hangs in the Wilder Museum at Virginia Union University.

    Betsy is an honors graduate of Hollins College (now Hollins University). She is the first Hollins graduate to be elected to serve in the Virginia General Assembly. She has three grown sons and four grandchildren.

    Experience

    Work Experience

    • Outreach Director (St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Richmond, retired)

    Education

    • B.A.
      Hollins College
      1968

    Awards

    YWCA, Outstanding Woman (2005)
    Virginia League of Conservation Voters, Legislative Hero (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
    Virginia Asian Chamber of Commerce Award (2016)
    American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia Award (2017)
    Virginia Transit Association Award (2017)

    Personal

    Birth Year: 1946
    Place of Birth: Norfolk, VA
    Gender: Female
    Race(s): Caucasian
    Religion: Episcopalian
    Children: Thomas, Gordon, and James
    Membership & Affiliation: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

    Contact

    Legislative Assistant: Olivia Garrett
    Administrative Assistant During Session: Claire Martin

    Email:

    • Government –

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    900 E. Main St,
    Richmond, Virginia 23219
    Phone: (804) 698-1069

    District Office
    P.O. Box 406
    Richmond, VA 23218
    Office:
    Phone: (804) 698-1069

    Web

    Government Page, Campaign Site

    Politics

    Recent Elections

    2019 State DelegateArray

    Betsy B. Carr (D)18,93597.64%
    Write-In (Write-in)4582.36%
    TOTAL19,393

    Finances

    Source: VPAP

    Committees

    Committees

    Rules
    General Laws
    Transportation
    Appropriations

    Subcommittees

    Appropriations – Compensation and Retirement Subcommittee
    Appropriations – Higher Education Subcommittee
    Appropriations – Transportation Subcommittee
    General Laws – Subcommittee #1
    General Laws – Subcommittee #4
    Transportation – Subcommittee #1
    Transportation – Subcommittee #4
    Rules – Standards of Conduct Subcommittee
    Rules – Joint Rules

    Appointments

    New Legislation

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

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    Delores McQuinn 1Delores McQuinn

    Current Position: State Delegate since 2009
    Affiliation: Democrat

    From wikipedia

    McQuinn was a member of the Richmond School Board 1992–96, serving as vice chair.

    McQuinn was elected to the Richmond City Council in a special election on April 6, 1999, replacing Leonidas B. Young, II, who resigned in February, and Sherwood T. White, an interim appointment. She served as Vice-Mayor 2003–2004 and Vice-President of the Council 2007–2008.

    When Delegate Dwight Clinton Jones was elected Mayor of Richmond in November 2008, McQuinn ran for the Democratic nomination for his 70th district House seat. She defeated lawyer Carlos Brown for the nomination, and was unopposed in the general election on January 6, 2009.

    Summary

    Current Position: State Delegate since 2009
    Affiliation: Democrat

    From wikipedia

    McQuinn was a member of the Richmond School Board 1992–96, serving as vice chair.

    McQuinn was elected to the Richmond City Council in a special election on April 6, 1999, replacing Leonidas B. Young, II, who resigned in February, and Sherwood T. White, an interim appointment. She served as Vice-Mayor 2003–2004 and Vice-President of the Council 2007–2008.

    When Delegate Dwight Clinton Jones was elected Mayor of Richmond in November 2008, McQuinn ran for the Democratic nomination for his 70th district House seat. She defeated lawyer Carlos Brown for the nomination, and was unopposed in the general election on January 6, 2009.

    About

    Delores McQuinn

    Experience

    Education


    • Virginia Commonweath University

    • Virginia Union University

    Personal

    Birth Year: 1954
    Place of Birth: Henrico, VA
    Gender: Female
    Race(s): African American
    Religion: Baptist
    Spouse: Jonathan McQuinn
    Children: James E. Minor III and Daytriel J.
    Membership & Affiliation: New Bridge Baptist Church

    Contact

    Legislative Assistant: Keith Westbrook
    Administrative Assistant During Session: Dale Monroe

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    900 E. Main St,
    Richmond, Virginia 23219
    Phone: (804) 698-1070

    District Office
    P.O. Box 406
    Richmond, VA 23218

    Phone: (804) 698-1070

    Web

    Government Page

    Politics

    Source: Government

    Elected State/Local Office: Richmond City School Board (1992-96)
    Richmond City Council (1999-2009)
    House Leadership: Minority Caucus Sergeant at Arms (2012-)

    Recent Elections

    2019 State DelegateArray

    Delores L. McQuinn (D)19,58494.66%
    Write-In (Write-in)1,1055.34%
    TOTAL20,689

    Finances

    Source: VPAP

    Committees

    Committees

    Transportation
    General Laws
    Appropriations

    Subcommittees

    Appropriations – Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee
    Appropriations – Public Safety Subcommittee
    General Laws – Subcommittee #1
    Transportation – Subcommittee #2

    Appointments

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    Jeffrey Bourne 1Jeffrey Bourne

    Current Position: State Delegate since 2017
    Affiliation: Democrat
    Former Position(s): City of Richmond School Board from 2013 – 2017

    Jeff Bourne has spent much of his professional career serving Virginia and the people of Richmond.

    Prior to winning elected office, Jeff was appointed by Attorney General Mark Herring to serve as the Deputy Attorney General for transportation, real estate and construction litigation for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Prior to that appointment, Jeff was head of Government Relations at the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority. Jeff also served as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Mayor of Richmond.

    Summary

    Current Position: State Delegate since 2017
    Affiliation: Democrat
    Former Position(s): City of Richmond School Board from 2013 – 2017

    Jeff Bourne has spent much of his professional career serving Virginia and the people of Richmond.

    Prior to winning elected office, Jeff was appointed by Attorney General Mark Herring to serve as the Deputy Attorney General for transportation, real estate and construction litigation for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Prior to that appointment, Jeff was head of Government Relations at the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority. Jeff also served as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Mayor of Richmond.

    About

    Jeffrey Bourne

    Source: Government page

    Jeff Bourne has spent much of his professional career serving Virginia and the people of Richmond.

    Prior to winning elected office, Jeff was appointed by Attorney General Mark Herring to serve as the Deputy Attorney General for transportation, real estate and construction litigation for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Prior to that appointment, Jeff was head of Government Relations at the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority. Jeff also served as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Mayor of Richmond.

    But in 2013, Jeff was elected to serve as the 3rd District representative for the Richmond City School Board, which he was selected by his peers to lead as Chairman in 2013 and again in 2016. As Chair of Richmond City’s School Board, Jeff worked to advance education opportunities for Richmond’s kids. He led the effort to expand Pre-K to over 1,000 children, created a comprehensive academic improvement plan and helped create the Richmond Career Education and Employment Academy, which provides functional life skills training for students with disabilities. Jeff knows that no other project we undertake as a city, a region, a state, or a country is more important than creating the public education system that our children deserve.


    In 2017, when a special election to succeed State Senator Jennifer McClellan was held, Jeff was elected to the House of Delegates, where he now serves as a member of the Courts of Justice and Education committees and the Courts of Justice Mental Health subcommittee.

    In the House of Delegates Jeff’s commitment to education, environmental protection, criminal justice reform, and housing equality have been at the forefront of his work. Jeff is proud to have led the bipartisan passing of bills like HB 1600, which limited long-term school suspensions to 45 days, and HB 1922, which provides stronger safeguards against landlords who mishandle eviction proceedings.

    Jeff is proud to have compiled a voting record that has received a perfect rating from the Virginia League of Conservation Voters, the Virginia Education Association, and the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club. Most of all, he is honored to be the recipient of a perfect 0% rating from the Virginia Citizens Defense League and the National Rifle Association


    Jeff’s commitment to the community extends beyond the State Capitol. He serves on the Maymont Foundation Board, which helps foster community engagement, citizen leadership, and private philanthropy. He serves on the Board of Directors of Fit4Kids, and holds leadership roles with Next Up.

    Prior to public office, Jeff practiced law at Morris & Morris in Richmond, Va., where he handled civil litigation in liability and personal injury law. He earned both his B.A and J.D. at the College of William & Mary. He worships at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Battery Park, and he’s a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

    But above all this, Jeff’s most important responsibility is being an active dad to Sydney, a rising 6th grader, and Joseph, a rising 2nd grader in Richmond Public Schools.

    Jeff and his wife, Anedra, recently celebrated their 17th anniversary.

    Experience

    Work Experience

    • Attorney

    Education

    • JD
      William and Mary School of Law
      2007
    • B.A., Economics
      The College of William and Mary
      2007

    Personal

    • Birth Year: 1976
    • Place of Birth: Hartford, CT
    • Gender: Male
    • Race(s): African American
    • Religion: Episcopalian
    • Spouse: Anedra Wiseman Bourne
    • Children: Sydney and Joseph

    Membership & Affiliation

    • St. Philip’s Episcopal Church
      Board of Directors for ‘Fit 4 Kids’
      First Tee of Greater Richmond
      Next Up
      Family Lifeline

    Contact

    Legislative Assistant: Miles Gordon
    Administrative Assistant During Session: Katy Rugg

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    900 E. Main St,
    Richmond, Virginia 23219
    Phone: (804) 698-1071

    District Office
    P.O. Box 406
    Richmond, VA 23218
    Phone: (804) 698-1071

    Web

    Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

    Politics

    Recent Elections

    2019 State DelegateArray

    Jeffrey Bourne (D)20,31188.20%
    Peter J. Wells (L)2,63711.45%
    Write In (Write-in)810.35%
    TOTAL23,029

    2017 State DelegateArray

    Jeffrey Bourne (D)24,28797.98%
    Write In (Write-in)5022.02%
    TOTAL24,789

    2017 State DelegateArray

    Jeffrey Bourne (D)3,70889.9%
    John Waggoner Barclay (L)2736.6%
    Reginald Darnell Ford ()1353.3%
    Write In (Write-in)80.2%
    TOTAL4,124

    Finances

    BOURNE, JEFFREY M has run in 1 race for public office, winning 0 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $63,136.

    Source: Follow the Money

    Committees

    Committees

    Courts of Justice
    Education
    Commerce and Labor

    Subcommittees

    Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #2
    Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #4
    Education – Subcommittee #2
    Commerce and Labor – Subcommittee #3

    Voting Record

    See: Vote Smart

    New Legislation

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Issues

    Source: Campaign page

    Calling Richmond Home

    Virginia is a growth state. I see it when I drive the streets of Richmond every day. But that growth can’t come at the expense of making sure we have housing policies that are equitable for all Virginians. Housing is a human right, and no parent should ever have to wonder if the changing face of their community means they won’t be able to put a roof over their child’s head. Our growth should be a rising tide that lifts up all Virginians.

    This legislative session I am proud to have introduced HB 1645 and 1647 which seek to end, once and for all, income discrimination in housing and discriminatory zoning practices. This builds on the work my colleagues and I have done in passing two other bills that strengthen the rights of tenants, including HB 1922, which provides stronger safeguards against landlords who mishandle eviction proceedings and passed with unanimous, bipartisan support.

    I hear from constituents all the time who are concerned about where they will end up in a changing Virginia. Know this: we’re not going anywhere. Bill by bill, and brick by brick, we can continue to build a Richmond that is welcoming to all, and has a place for us all to call our home.

    Civil Rights

    Making Justice For All

    In my time working as Deputy Attorney General, I was guided by one principle: equal justice under the law. Now, as your delegate, I pledge to do everything in my power to bring true equity to our criminal justice system in the state of Virginia.

    When I brought this experience to the Richmond School Board I saw how the playground-to-prison pipeline was decimating and demoralizing young people, especially in communities of color. For the school years from 2013-14 to 2017-18, disorderly conduct complaints made against Virginia children increased, and two-thirds of those complaints were against children of color. That’s why I sponsored HB 1685, which will ensure that children on school grounds cannot be charged with disorderly conduct, a policy that disproportionately affects students of color.

    But this is just a first step. We must continue to strengthen the ties between members of law enforcement and the communities that they not only serve, but of which they are themselves members. Together, we can ensure that our criminal justice system is treating every Virginian equally and fairly.

    Education

    Safer, Stronger Classrooms

    Our education system must be set up to make sure that all students have an equal opportunity to succeed. Virginia has one of the best public education systems in the country, and with your help I intend to keep it that way.

    One of the most important ways we can do this is by keeping kids in our classrooms. That’s why last session I was proud to work with colleagues from both parties to pass HB 1600 with near unanimous support, which limited long-term suspensions to 45 days. But our work isn’t done yet, just this year I introduced HB 1685, which will ensure that children on school grounds cannot be charged with disorderly conduct. With your help, we can pass this and other legislation that will help cut off the playground-to-prison pipeline for good.

    But the work does not end here. If my four years on the Richmond School Board and my two children have taught me anything, it’s that the job of building a better future for our kids is never done. I’ll continue to fight to equip our teachers with the tools and resources they need, and expand critical opportunities, like the Virginia Preschool Initiative, across our community.

    Environment

    Cleaner, Greener Virginia

    Standing up to protect Virginia’s natural environment is about more than keeping our grass green. It’s about strengthening our infrastructure by preventing a record number of days with extreme heat that cause roadways to buckle. It’s about preserving the health of our waterways, and the economic development that relies on them. It’s about making sure that we have a Virginia we are proud to leave to the next generation.

    I’m honored to have been recognized by the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club with an A+ rating, and by the Virginia League of Conservation Voters as one of thirty-five delegates who stand with them 100% of the time, and that’s a perfect record I have every intention of keeping.

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    Schuyler VanValkenburg 1Schuyler VanValkenburg

    Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
    Affiliation: Democrat

    Schuyler VanValkenburg knows firsthand the immeasurable impact a high quality education can have, and is committed to ensuring that for every child across the commonwealth.

    He also knows how important it is provide equitable access and opportunities for every citizen – both by ensuring a democracy where every voice is heard and every vote counted and by increasing job growth and access to economic opportunity.

    Finally, Schuyler believes in an inclusive society, and believes that Virginia has no place for discriminatory laws and policies which and that threaten the constitutional right to equal protection.

    Summary

    Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
    Affiliation: Democrat

    Schuyler VanValkenburg knows firsthand the immeasurable impact a high quality education can have, and is committed to ensuring that for every child across the commonwealth.

    He also knows how important it is provide equitable access and opportunities for every citizen – both by ensuring a democracy where every voice is heard and every vote counted and by increasing job growth and access to economic opportunity.

    Finally, Schuyler believes in an inclusive society, and believes that Virginia has no place for discriminatory laws and policies which and that threaten the constitutional right to equal protection.

    About

    Schuyler VanValkenburg

    Source: Campaign page

    As A Legislator

    Since Schuyer won election in 2017, he has been hard at work creating legislation to help Virginia and Henrico County.  For example, in his first session, he sponsored and passed a bill to prevent people from losing their state professional licensure due to student debt problems – a cruel policy which Virginia had allowed for too long.  After all, if you take someone’s license to work, how will they pay the debt for which you took the license? In the wake of the Parkland shootings, he was one of a few delegates chosen to serve on a select committee for school safety, so he held community input sessions and met with parent activists and school safety experts to work on a set of recommendations to the General Assembly.  He made sure the final recommendations were not just about physical infrastructure but also student mental and emotional health, and about school-community relations, to address not just tragic shootings but school violence more generally. He helped to pass Medicaid expansion, which enabled more 9,500 people in Henrico county access to affordable, quality healthcare coverage in its first few months of operation alone.  In his second session, Delegate VanValkenburg led the charge to get a higher standard for school counseling in the state budget, ensuring that schools will have the resources to reach a ratio of one counselor for every two hundred and fifty students. Delegate VanValkenburg has been proud to fight for equality of opportunity, quality education, and inclusiveness – and his record speaks to his commitment to those ideas.

    Personal Story and Background

    Schuyler VanValkenburg grew up thirty minutes north of Albany, NY, in the small city of Johnstown, nicknamed the “Glove City” for its leather tanning mills in the 19th century. He watched as the city’s economy continually suffered when factory jobs left for overseas factories. Early on, his family impressed on him the importance education would have in this changing world and he fell in love with history thanks to some very talented educators.

    After high school, he enrolled at the University of Richmond in 2001. His family’s insistence on bettering himself through education pushed him to excel in the history department and complete teacher licensure programs while he was there. During his undergraduate studies, he also met his wife. After college, they started a family and he began his teaching career in Henrico County Public Schools. He has been a teacher for twelve years, first at Short Pump Middle School, and now at Glen Allen High School.

    During his teaching career, Schuyler went back to school to earn his Masters degree in American History at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008, with a focus on women’s history. He also won National Board Certification and became the We the People constitutional competition coach at Glen Allen High School.

    Schuyler VanValkenburg’s experience growing up in small industrial town, attending the University of Richmond, and teaching in Henrico County, have all invigorated him in the fight to make Virginia a national leader in education in order to expand opportunity for all Virginians. He knows firsthand the immeasurable impact a high quality education can have, and is committed to ensuring that for every child across the commonwealth. He also knows how important it is provide equitable access and opportunities for every citizen – both by ensuring a democracy where every voice is heard and every vote counted and by increasing job growth and access to economic opportunity.  Finally, Schuyler believes in an inclusive society, and believes that Virginia has no place for discriminatory laws and policies which and that threaten the constitutional right to equal protection.

    Experience

    Work Experience

    • Teacher

    Education

    • M.A., History
      Virginia Commonwealth University
      2008
    • B.A., History
      University of Richmond
      2004

    Personal

    • Birth Year: 1982
    • Place of Birth: Charlotte, NC
    • Gender: Male
    • Race(s): Caucasian
    • Religion: Presbyterian
    • Children: Caden, Elliot, and Hollis

    Membership & Affiliation

    Virginia Education Association

    Contact

    Legislative Assistant: Emily Bruzzo
    Administrative Assistant During Session: Susan Bain

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    900 E. Main St,
    Richmond, Virginia 23219
    Phone: (804) 698-1072

    District Office
    900 E. Main Street
    Richmond, VA 23219

    Phone: (804) 698-1072

    Web

    Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

    Politics

    Recent Elections

    2019 State DelegateArray

    Schuyler T. VanValkenburg (D)16,34553.26%
    Gay Donna Vandergriff (R)14,31246.63%
    Write-In (Write-in)330.11%
    TOTAL30,690

    2017 State DelegateArray

    Schuyler VanValkenburg (D)16,65552.7%
    Edward Seayers Whitlock (R)14,86947.1%
    Write In (Write-in)750.2%
    TOTAL31,599

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Finances

    VANVALKENBURG, SCHUYLER T has run in 1 race for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $546,258.

    Source: Follow the Money

    Committees

    Committees

    Privileges and Elections
    Education

    Subcommittees

    Education – Subcommittee #3
    Privileges and Elections – Subcommittee #1

    Appointments

     

     

    Voting Record

    See: Vote Smart

    New Legislation

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Issues

    Civil Rights

    EQUALITY

    Virginia should be a bold symbol of the American value of egalitarianism.  Every person, regardless of religion, sexuality, gender, or race should have the same rights, opportunities, and social status as everyone else.  Period. I have and will push back against anti-LGBTQ legislation from bathroom bills to protections for conversion therapy. I also stand with criminal justice reformers – for example, I was part of the effort to raise the cap on felony crimes in Virginia and reduce the number of minor crimes (like stealing an iPod) being prosecuted as felonies. Virginia has a long way to go one women’s rights, too – I voted for the Equal Rights Amendment and spoke in its defense in one of the speeches I was most proud to make on the floor all year in 2019. I was also a vote against gender-discriminatory products like imposing taxes on necessities like femine hygenie products. Virginia still needs to make progress to close the wage gap and fight against gender discrimination in the workplace.

    Democracy

    DEMOCRACY AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

    As a teacher, I have seen the transformative power of knowledge and democratic engagement.  But Virginia’s laws as they currently stand don’t give our citizens enough ways to engage their government effectively.   I was proud to help start the process of gerrymandering reform by voting for the first stage of an independent redistricting commission amendment in 2019, but that commission will need additional stages and implementing legislation which we must follow through on by doing thing s like banning the use of partisan data in the commission process, for example.

    We need to make voter registration more accessible, reform and extend voting times and precinct efficiency, and make absentee and early voting easier.  Many populations with burdens on their time and ability to get to physical polling places, from college students to the elderly to those with high-travel jobs, are badly punished by Virginia’s current inflexible systems of voting.

    Economy

    ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY

    I believe in creating an economic environment that creates opportunity for all. In the past two years, I have sponsored and worked on legislation that would give Virginians more opportunities to engage in apprenticeship programs and job training, eliminate the use of non-compete clauses to restrict the opportunities of low-income workers, and prevent people from losing professional licenses for unpaid student debt.  Virginia’s prosperity is remarkable – we have some of the lowest unemployment and highest income to cost of living rates in the nation – but we must make sure it is accessible to everyone. The more people participate in our commonwealth’s economy, the better off we are.

    Education

    I am one of the few teachers in the General Assembly, and my thirteen year career in teaching has shown me first hand the need for adequate support for our school systems from the state.  This is particularly true when it comes to student safety, and I served on a special commission for student safety in the wake of the Parkland shootings which made significant bipartisan progress.  One such area that was particularly valueable was an increase in the budget for school counseling staff and the implementation of a 1:250 counselor:student ratio, which I was proud to fight specifically for in the 2019 session of the legislature.  I also was part of a bipartisan move to give schools more control over their own calendars and remove the influence of special interest tourism industry lobbies from our school calendars.

    But there is still so much more to do to improve our state’s education system.  Virginia remains one of the worst states in the nation for college affordability, our schools are funded almost 10% less per student by the state now than they were in 2008, leaving localities holding the bag, and our SOL testing system is a burden on schools, students, and parents.  As an educator and parent, improving Virginian’s access to educational opportunity from pre-school to trade school as the basis for prosperity and equality is my greatest passion.

    Health Care

    Virginia has achieved one of the most important goals I fought for in my first campaign for office: an expansion of our Medicaid program, with federal subsidy, to more than 200,000 additional low-income Virginians.  Health is the basis of everything – without affordable healthcare, a good job and educational opportunities are often out of reach – and so expanding Medicaid was a crucial milestone.

    There are new challenges, though.  Virginia continues to wrestle with its opioid epidemic, and I am a strong advocate of adopting a public-health approach to our drug problems rather than a primarily criminal one.  Virginia has one of the highest concentrations of veterans in the nation, and their health needs are special – we must make sure Virginia can pick up some of the care and attention our state’s veterans need and which the national V.A. doesn’t always provide.  Finally, the gap in healthcare between the rural and poor parts of our community and the wealthier ones is still staggering, and health infrastructure investment and concentrated programs must supplement Medicaid expansion in those areas of the state.

    Infrastructure

    COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

    Virginia’s state government can do more to help its counties and cities build infrastructure, fund crucial projects, and strengthen local programs on the ground.  I’ll work to ensure that the Richmond metropolitan region has the funding and communication necessary to promote our economy. From revitalizing Lakeside Avenue to fixing Sadler Road traffic by working with local planning authorities to mass transit planning like the GRTC pulse, shared growth and prosperity is key to Henrico and the region’s future

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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.

    About

    Rodney Willett 1

    Source: Campaign page

    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.

    Web

    Campaign Site, Facebook

    Politics

    Recent Elections

    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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    Lamont Bagby 1Lamont Bagby

    Current Position: State Delegate since 2015
    Affiliation: Democrat
    Former Position(s): Henrico County School Board (Chair) from 2008 – 2015

    Lamont Bagby (born December 21, 1976) is an American politician of the Democratic Party. On November 3, 2015, he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 74th district, which includes Charles City County, parts of Henrico County and the City of Richmond. He is a former member of the Henrico County School Board.

    Summary

    Current Position: State Delegate since 2015
    Affiliation: Democrat
    Former Position(s): Henrico County School Board (Chair) from 2008 – 2015

    Lamont Bagby (born December 21, 1976) is an American politician of the Democratic Party. On November 3, 2015, he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 74th district, which includes Charles City County, parts of Henrico County and the City of Richmond. He is a former member of the Henrico County School Board.

    About

    Lamont Bagby

    Source: Wikipedia

    Lamont Bagby (born December 21, 1976) is an American politician of the Democratic Party. On November 3, 2015, he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 74th district, which includes Charles City County, parts of Henrico County and the City of Richmond. He is a former member of the Henrico County School Board.

    Experience

    Work Experience

    • Director of Operations
      Peter Paul Development Center

    Education

    • MS Instructional Leadership
      Virginia Commonwealth University
      2009 to present
    • B.S., Business Education
      Norfolk State University
      1999 to present

    Awards

    Style Weekly, Top 40 Under 40 (2009)
    Omega Psi Phi, Upsilon Nu Chapter, Citizen of the Year (2014)

    Personal

    • Birth Year: 1976
    • Place of Birth: Richmond, VA
    • Gender: Male
    • Race(s): African American
    • Religion: Baptist
    • Children: Kenneth

    Membership & Affiliation

    Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church

    Contact

    Legislative Assistant: Michael Phillips
    Administrative Assistant During Session: Polly Wall

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    900 E. Main St,
    Richmond, Virginia 23219
    Phone: (804) 698-1074

    District Office
    P.O. Box 406
    Richmond, VA 23218

    Phone: (804) 698-1074

    Web

    Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

    Politics

    Source: Wikipedia

    Lamont Bagby was a member of the Henrico County School Board (2008–2015), serving as chair in 2011. Bagby was then elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in a special election on July 21, 2015, and took the oath of office July 23, replacing Joe Morrissey, who resigned in April.  He defeated David Lambert, son of longtime Virginia State Senator Benjamin Lambert. With all 33 precincts reporting, Bagby received 2,192 votes, or 84.5 percent, to Lambert’s 398 votes, or 15.34 percent. Bagby also defeated Lambert in the general election on November 3, 2015. 

    Recent Elections

    2019 State DelegateArray

    Lamont Bagby (D)20,44995.67%
    Write-In (Write-in)9254.33%
    TOTAL21,374

    2017 State DelegateArray

    Lamont Bagby (D)20,04176.0%
    Preston Taylor Brown ()6,14623.3199%
    Write In (Write-in)1990.8%
    TOTAL26,386

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Finances

    BAGBY, LAMONT has run in 4 races for public office, winning 3 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $215,647.

    Source: Follow the Money

    Committees

    Delegation

    Chairman of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus
       An organization dedicated to improving the economic, educational, political and social conditions of African Americans and other underrepresented groups in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    Committees

    Education
    Transportation
    Rules
    Commerce and Labor

    Subcommittees

    Education – Subcommittee #1
    Commerce and Labor – Subcommittee #1
    Transportation – Subcommittee #3
    Rules – Subcommittee #2

    Appointments

     

    Delegate Bagby was named to the top 40 Extraordinary leaders under 40 list in Style Weekly‘s Magazine in 2009. [6]

    Currently, Bagby is the chairman of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, an organization dedicated to improving the economic, educational, political and social conditions of African Americans and other underrepresented groups in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

     

    Voting Record

    See: Vote Smart

    New Legislation

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

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