Emily Brewer

Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Affiliation: Republican

Delegate Emily Brewer is a fighter for the values and principles of the Commonwealth of Virginia.  As a conservative, Emily fights for a more limited government, fiscal responsibility, and to protect your rights and liberties.

Emily is a small business owner. She started her career training first responders, law enforcement, and public safety officials. Moving on to start her own marketing firm before starting her brick and mortar business.  She now owns and operates a small wine and craft beer shop in Suffolk.

Michele Joyce

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

Overview: N/A

Emily Brewer 1Emily Brewer

Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Affiliation: Republican

Delegate Emily Brewer is a fighter for the values and principles of the Commonwealth of Virginia.  As a conservative, Emily fights for a more limited government, fiscal responsibility, and to protect your rights and liberties.

Emily is a small business owner. She started her career training first responders, law enforcement, and public safety officials. Moving on to start her own marketing firm before starting her brick and mortar business.  She now owns and operates a small wine and craft beer shop in Suffolk.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Affiliation: Republican

Delegate Emily Brewer is a fighter for the values and principles of the Commonwealth of Virginia.  As a conservative, Emily fights for a more limited government, fiscal responsibility, and to protect your rights and liberties.

Emily is a small business owner. She started her career training first responders, law enforcement, and public safety officials. Moving on to start her own marketing firm before starting her brick and mortar business.  She now owns and operates a small wine and craft beer shop in Suffolk.

About

Emily Brewer

Source: Campaign page

Delegate Emily Brewer is a fighter for the values and principles of the Commonwealth of Virginia.  As a conservative, Emily fights for a more limited government, fiscal responsibility, and to protect your rights and liberties.

A Lifetime in Western Tidewater

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

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

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

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

Attracting New Jobs To The Region

Emily is a small business owner. She started her career training first responders, law enforcement, and public safety officials. Moving on to start her own marketing firm before starting her brick and mortar business.  She now owns and operates a small wine and craft beer shop in Suffolk.

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

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

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


Preserving Conservative Values

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

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

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

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

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

Experience

Work Experience

  • Small Business Owner (wine shop)

Personal

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

Membership & Affiliation

Ruritan, Holland Chapter
PBCCC Foundation Board
Rotary Club of Suffolk

Contact

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

Email:

Offices

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

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

Phone: (757) 239-1213

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook, Twitter

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

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

2017 State DelegateArray

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

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

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

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Science and Technology Militia
Police and Public Safety
Finance

Subcommittees

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

Appointments

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

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Source: Campaign page

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

Governance

Taxes

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

Civil Rights

Life

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

Economy

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

Education

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

Infrastructure

Broadband Access

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

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

Agriculture

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

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Michele JoyceMichele Joyce

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

Overview: N/A

Summary

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

Overview: N/A

About

Source: Campaign page

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

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

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

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

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

Web

Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Issues

Source: Campaign page

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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