Brenda Pogge

Current Position: State Delegate since 2008
Affiliation: Republican

Overview: N/A

Mark Downey

Current Position: Pediatrician
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Amanda Batten

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Republican

An active member of the community, Amanda Batten currently works as legislative aide to Delegate Brenda Pogge, representative of District 96 in the Virginia House of Delegates. She was previously employed as a fundraising manager for the Medical Society of Virginia and as legislative aide to Virginia Senator Thomas K. Norment, Jr.

Before moving to Williamsburg and working in politics, Amanda homeschooled her son and consulted for a marketing firm.

James Jobe

Current Position: Student, Old Dominion University
Affiliation: Libertarian
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Brenda Pogge 2Brenda Pogge

Current Position: State Delegate since 2008
Affiliation: Republican

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2008
Affiliation: Republican

Overview: N/A

About

Brenda Pogge 1

Source: Campaign page

Delegate Brenda Pogge represents Virginia’s 96th House of Delegates District, which includes parts of James City and York Counties. A member of the House since 2008, Delegate Pogge serves as vice-chair of the House Finance Committee. Additionally, she is a member of the House Education Committee and the House Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee. Delegate Pogge chairs the Virginia Disability Commission and is a member of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board, the Virginia Indian Commemorative Commission, the School Readiness Committee, and the Virginia Commission on Civics Education. She also serves on the Task Force to Commemorate the Centennial Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote. Prior to serving in the General Assembly, Delegate Pogge enjoyed a career as a REALTOR ® on the Peninsula.

For over twenty years, Brenda has worked tirelessly on behalf of conservative causes and candidates. As a longtime activist, Delegate Pogge understands firsthand the need for conservative fiscal and social leadership in Richmond. A champion of limited government and fiscal responsibility, Brenda consistently endorses commonsense, pro-family legislation.

A resident of James City County, Brenda is a member of the Toano Kiwanis Club. She and her husband, Roger, are members of CrossWalk Community Church and together have five children and nine grandchildren. Over an eleven year period, Brenda and Roger also served as foster parents to more than twenty children. Both Brenda and Roger remain active in the Williamsburg community.

A note from Delegate Pogge:
“As a citizen legislator, I strongly believe in the importance of receiving feedback from constituents. My office is always accessible by phone, email, and via appointment. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I may ever be of assistance with any state agency or state-related matter. I am honored to serve as your representative in Virginia’s House of Delegates, and I look forward to hearing from you throughout the year.”

Experience

Work Experience

  • Realtor

Education


  • Alpha College of Real Estate
    1985

Awards

Realtor Award (Bronze 1996, Silver 1997)
Family Foundation, Citizen of the Year (2000)
American Conservative Union, Defender of Liberty Award (2011)

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1957
  • Place of Birth: Norfolk, VA
  • Gender: Female
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Spouse: Roger Franklin Pogge
  • Children: Sarah Pogge Lewis, David, Joshua, Timothy, and Jonathan

Membership & Affiliation

Crosswalk Community Church
Jamestown Heritage Republican Women’s Club
Kiwanis

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Amanda Etter Batten
Administrative Assistant During Session: Kathy Wyatt

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1096

District Office
P.O. Box 196
Norge, VA 23127

Phone: (757) 223-9690

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2017 State DelegateArray

Brenda Pogge (R)19,84156.9%
Kelly Anne Delucia (D)14,94742.9%
Write In (Write-in)570.2%
TOTAL34,845

Finances

POGGE, BRENDA L has run in 6 races for public office, winning 6 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $659,104

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Vice Chair: Finance
Education
Health, Welfare and Institutions

Subcommittees

Chair: Education – Subcommittee #2
Chair: Finance – Subcommittee #3
Finance – Subcommittee #2
Health, Welfare and Institutions – Subcommittee #2

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Twitter

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Mark DowneyMark Downey

Current Position: Pediatrician
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: Pediatrician
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

About

Mark Downey 1

Source: Campaign page

As I enter my 18th year in practice as a pediatrician, I’m thankful to be a part of the lives of so many children and families in the greater Williamsburg area and surrounding counties.

I currently work as a pediatrician at Pediatric Associates of Williamsburg, a practice of Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters. When I’m not in the office, I enjoy swimming and rowing as well as volunteering my time for my neighborhood Queens Lake swim team, the Bruton High School swim team, and the Williamsburg Boat Club rowing team.

I’ve been a resident of the 96th District for the majority of my life, beginning when I moved here with my parents at the age of two, after my father retired from the US Air Force. I grew up in the Queens Lake neighborhood in upper York County attending Waller Mill and Magruder Elementary School, Queens Lake Middle School and Bruton High School. I graduated from Bruton High School in 1984 and focused on academics (Valedictorian) and civics (Senior Class President.)

I graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Chemical Engineering, but after working for four years as a chemical engineer, I decided to pursue a different path. I went to medical school at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. Again, I balanced my interest in serving my patients, achieving excellence in academics (Valedictorian) and leadership (Class President.) After my residency and starting my career as a physician, I returned to Williamsburg in 2001 to join Pediatric Associates of Williamsburg. 

I’m honored to be the father of four fantastic children: Mae (20), Mallory (19), Zelly (16) and Joe (11), with my wife, Kristin, who I’ve been blessed to be married to for the past 21 years. Since moving back to Queens Lake I have strived to make our neighborhood as wonderful of a place for the next generation of children as it was when I grew up here. I want to do the same for our community.

As I look to the future I hope to take my passion as a pediatrician, father, and neighborhood volunteer to serve the wonderful people of the 96th District as their Delegate for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
 

Web

Campaign Site, YouTube

Issues

Source: Campaign page

EXPANDING OPPORTUNITY THROUGH PUBLIC EDUCATION
I am grateful for the excellent education I’ve received in Virginia schools. From Queens Lake to Bruton to UVA to MCV, I’ve been able to take advantage of our excellent public school systems. Our children all deserve access to an excellent public education, regardless of what zip code they live in.

Advocating for early childhood education will be a cornerstone of my education policy. By investing in our children early, we set them up for success later in life. I will drive forward legislative efforts to make sure that our high school graduates are prepared with the skills they need for whatever path they choose. I will work to improve outcomes in our public schools, with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math, the areas where opportunity is likely to expand.
 
WOMEN’S RIGHTS
As a doctor, I trust women to make their own decisions about their health and reproductive rights.  I would rather help prevent unplanned pregnancies and will work to expand access to LARC (long-acting reversible contraception) which has been shown to reduce rates of teen pregnancy and abortion by over 50% (Colorado).

Support- Passing ERA in Virginia
Support- Equal pay
 
ENCOURAGING ECONOMIC GROWTH
Our district is blessed with a diverse economy, with tourism, education, military and a growing start-up culture. We need to continue to grow our economy while creating a highly-skilled workforce for the future.

Offering incentives for young adults to pursue high demand jobs and the jobs of the future are an important part of preparing for the changing nature of work. I will push for tax policies that reward people for hard work, support small business, support our aquaculture, cybersecurity and clean energy sectors and keep our district moving forward. In addition, from my own experience, I’d like to see incentives for primary care providers, geriatricians, psychiatrists and rural health care providers to ensure we can meet the needs ahead.
 
INCREASING HEALTH CARE ACCESS
I work in the healthcare system every day, and while we can provide excellent care, it comes at an alarmingly high price. I see patients who have insurance but still have tremendous out-of-pocket costs that can make a visit to the doctor or a prescription drug prohibitively expensive. As a pediatrician, I bring knowledge and firsthand experience in what is wrong with our health care system and will work towards the most effective solutions for our district and Commonwealth.

I will work for accessible, affordable, and excellent healthcare for every American. I support efforts to invest in preventative care to reduce the epidemic of untreated chronic diseases that lead to expensive medical interventions down the line, costing us all. We have to prevent health problems before they snowball into other issues that affect the individual as well as our communities. This is particularly true for mental health and addiction, which can spiral quickly into critical situations that cost opportunities to contribute to our communities in addition to expensive health care and correctional bills, often paid by taxpayers directly. Prevention is less expensive than reactivity for all of us.
 
APPLYING COMMON SENSE GUN SAFETY
Guns are the third leading cause of death in American children. It doesn’t have to be this way – we have the tools to address our epidemic of gun violence, we just need to elect leaders with the courage to tackle this issue.

As a dad and pediatrician, I know how important it is to take action on common sense gun safety. Like many parents, I trust that my son and daughters will be safe when I send him to school, but we know that nowhere is really safe in a country that allows guns to easily get into the hands of people who would do others harm.

It is long past time us to take common sense steps to prevent gun violence. If elected, I will fight for solutions that protect our children and families, including accountable and responsible gun ownership measures, universal background checks and registration for both firearms and people who sell them.
 
HONORING OUR COMMITMENT TO VETERANS
Veterans, service members, and their families have made huge sacrifices for our country. They deserve to be treated with respect because of their service to our country. Part of respecting our servicemen and women, vets, and their families is ensuring they have access to the services and support they need.

I believe that even at the state level, we can ensure that the VA is working for veterans–and making connections so that vets receive the top-quality healthcare they deserve. We should promote policies for hiring veterans and support laws that increase job opportunities for veterans, while upholding our commitment to service members, and make sure they receive the retirement and disability pay they deserve.
 
FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE
We need to take action to lessen the impact of climate change. Here in the Virginia, we are seeing the effects of sea level rise, which is undeniable. In recent years, fast-moving storms have flooded Norfolk and Richmond and the Peninsula has seen an intense increase in tornados and water-related damage. The York River is an important asset for the 96th district and we need to ensure that we treasure it as a natural resource.

We must champion policies to create new, sustainable, clean energy jobs and grow our economy. As scientist, I will apply evidence-based principles and methods to my evaluation of environmental policy and regulation and insist that our government agencies do the same.

CYBER SAFETY FOR ALL
Technology has given us many advantages, but new challenges arise as a result.

We need to ensure that our laws keep pace with our technology advances. I will advocate for stronger resources to enforce our existing laws and to ensure that we don’t lag behind in the keeping pace with advancements. We should be promoting the proper ways technology can benefit us, and discouraging illegal and uncivil behavior.

Civil discourse is often left behind as people hide behind their computers, venting rather than listening. Our kids are often the most affected and adults should set a good example, no matter how strongly they disagree with other people. I believe in sincere, face-to-face communication, and my code of ethics reflects my belief in how people should be treated, no matter what they believe. That’s how I’m running my campaign and that’s an issue I feel strongly about — if elected to the House of Delegates, that’s how I’ll behave, to set a good example for our kids.

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Amanda Batten 3Amanda Batten

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Republican

An active member of the community, Amanda Batten currently works as legislative aide to Delegate Brenda Pogge, representative of District 96 in the Virginia House of Delegates. She was previously employed as a fundraising manager for the Medical Society of Virginia and as legislative aide to Virginia Senator Thomas K. Norment, Jr.

Before moving to Williamsburg and working in politics, Amanda homeschooled her son and consulted for a marketing firm.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate
Affiliation: Republican

An active member of the community, Amanda Batten currently works as legislative aide to Delegate Brenda Pogge, representative of District 96 in the Virginia House of Delegates. She was previously employed as a fundraising manager for the Medical Society of Virginia and as legislative aide to Virginia Senator Thomas K. Norment, Jr.

Before moving to Williamsburg and working in politics, Amanda homeschooled her son and consulted for a marketing firm.

About

Source: Campaign page

An active member of the community, Amanda Batten currently works as legislative aide to Delegate Brenda Pogge, representative of District 96 in the Virginia House of Delegates. She was previously employed as a fundraising manager for the Medical Society of Virginia and as legislative aide to Virginia Senator Thomas K. Norment, Jr. Before moving to Williamsburg and working in politics, Amanda homeschooled her son and consulted for a marketing firm.

Amanda resides in Toano with her husband, Rick, and son, Troy. She is currently a board member of the Virginia Symphony Society, and she previously served on the board of the Thomas Nelson Community College Educational Foundation and the Providence Classical School Board. A graduate of Ashford University, Amanda has also completed the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Political Leaders Program and the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance’s LEAD Historic Triangle program.

For over ten years, Amanda has volunteered for Republican candidates and principles in James City County and York County. She completed three terms as chairman of the James City County Republican Committee, and she currently serves as First Vice President of the Jamestown Heritage Republican Women’s Club. She is also the Eastern Vice Chairwoman of the State Central Committee of the Republican Party of Virginia.

Web

Campaign Site

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State DelegateArray

Amanda E. Batten (R)17,14252.48%
Mark C. Downey (D)15,14146.35%
James W. Jobe (L)3571.09%
Write-In (Write-in)260.08%
TOTAL32,666

Issues

Source: Campaign page

Low Taxes
Virginians deserve to keep more of their hard-earned dollars. I believe each individual is the best judge of how to spend his or her income, and I will fight against higher taxes. I oppose hidden fees that increase the cost of doing business as well as tax policies favoring special interests and select industries. All Virginians deserve a return on their investment of tax dollars, and I will fight for efficiencies while prioritizing the core functions of government.

Life
I firmly believe in the sanctity of human life, and I will steadfastly support efforts to ensure Virginia protects its most vulnerable citizens throughout all stages of life.  All lives are valuable and of equal worth.  Respect for life is the cornerstone of our society and the foundation for human decency.
 
Energy
Government mandates and overregulation can distort the energy market, leading to high rates and systemic inefficiencies. I believe we must continue improving our electric grid to ensure stable and reliable delivery of energy—especially in hurricane prone areas such as the Historic Triangle. 

2nd Amendment
Just as it guarantees our essential liberties of free speech, freedom of religion, and due process, the Constitution of the United States protects our right to keep and bear arms. I support this Constitutional right and do not support restrictive policies infringing on this liberty.
 
Health Care
Premiums, deductibles, and out-of-pocket health care expenses continue to soar. With monthly health insurance premiums often rivaling household expenses for housing and utilities, consumers are forced to make difficult choices. I do not believe that a government-run system will improve this dynamic. Instead, I will prioritize transparency and competition in the system as well as innovations to expand access and drive down costs for care and prescription medications.

Education
Outside of family, teachers are often the most influential people in the life of a child. Our funding priorities should reflect this reality. Dollars need to be directed toward teacher salaries and practical classroom needs—not bureaucratic overhead. Parental involvement being key to a child’s success in school, I support policies that encourage parents to play an active role in their child’s education. I also believe in keeping college affordable by establishing policies that require transparency in the establishment of tuition prices.

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James JobeJames Jobe

Current Position: Student, Old Dominion University
Affiliation: Libertarian
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: Student, Old Dominion University
Affiliation: Libertarian
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate

Overview: N/A

About

Source: Campaign page

​I am a resident of James City County running for Virginia House of Delegates District 96 on an electoral and government reform platform as a Libertarian. District 96 is composed of parts of James City and York Counties and is currently represented by Republican Brenda Pogge since she was elected in 2007. Virginia has long been controlled by special interest groups, such as Dominion Energy. Dominion Energy donated to 17 Virginia candidates’ political committees in 2018 alone, a year without an election (VPAP.org).  This campaign is about bringing awareness to the corruption in our Commonwealth and what steps must be taken to reverse the trend. A large problem with government is that it relies on politicians to legislate themselves. Instead of ensuring there is no corruption, they continue to raise their own paychecks, make it easier to be re-elected, and make it easier to raise more money from outside influences.

Issues

Governance

Ranked-Choice Voting

I would introduce a bill to change our current system from first-past-the-post  to ranked-choice voting.  This system is used in much of the world. As the name suggests, under this system voters would rank the candidates on the ballot from their favorite to least favorite.  If no candidate receives over 50% on the first choice votes, then the last place candidate is eliminated, and their votes are distributed to the individual voters’ second ranked choice. This process repeats until a candidate has over 50%. ​The purpose of this, is to ensure that no votes are wasted. For example, in the 2016 Presidential Election, anyone who had voted for Gary Johnson would have had their next choice votes counted.  There is no reason to vote for the lesser of two evils because you can vote your conscience without repercussions. There is no more spoiler effect. 

Civil Rights

Drug Reform

Marijuana, as well as psychedelics, have been shown to be safer than both alcohol and tobacco, and yet, they remain illegal both at the federal level, and at the state level in Virginia. This is largely due to the federal war on drugs in the 1970s brought on by Richard Nixon, whom admitted to crafting it to silence left anti-war activists as well as racial minorities. This was further perpetuated by Ronald Reagan in the 1980s, who criminalized the use of marijuana, while simultaneously using the Central Intelligence Agency to monetize crack-cocaine in the inner cities in order to fund a coup in Nicaragua. This continues today through federal corruption by the pharmaceutical and prison industries to keep these substances illegal. I would support legislation, which would be contrary to federal law, to allow for legal marijuana and psychedelic markets. 

Additionally, people should not be serving time in jail or prison for non-violent drug possession charges. What someone chooses to do with their body should be their business and no one else’s. The government has no right to infringe on their liberty. The government is saying that drugs will ruin lives. And they do. Because the government ruins drug user’s lives by putting them away for often long amounts of time for a crime that harms no one but themselves. You own your body, not the government. I would support legislation, which would also be contrary to federal law, to decriminalize drug possession or use of any substance. 

End Civil Asset Forfeiture

Civil forfeiture is essentially the process of the government stealing your property in the process of an investigation, often never returning it, while no charges have been filed. Sound illegal? It is not. This is a violation of the constitution and of someone’s individual rights but yet the process continues to happen. 

Democracy

Gerrymandering

Gerrymandering is the process of drawing legislative district lines to benefit your party unfairly. They can also used to protect incumbents through bipartisan gerrymandering. Presently, the controlling party in the Virginia assembly draws these district lines.  I support a plan similar to the Citizen’s Redistricting Commission in California. The proposal shifts the powers to a multi-partisan appointed citizen body, whose meetings are open to the public and radically transparent.  

Term Limits

One of the largest influences on corruption are the lack of term-limits for the General Assembly. Currently, members of the House of Delegates and the State Senate can serve as long as they want, as long as they keep winning re-election. I also support an Article V Convention for a Constitutional Amendment which would place term limits on Congress and limit federal power. 

A lack of term limits present a large problem because it removes checks-and-balances. Seemingly, each election cycle would provide this. This is largely negated by gerrymandering, incumbency advantages, and candidates running unopposed. Gerrymandering allows many candidates to walk through elections simply based on the D or R next to their name, as the districts are constructed to be noncompetitive. Incumbents have large advantages in name recognition and fundraising abilities compared to their competition. It is very common for candidates to run unopposed in state and local races, as their is little motivation to run in long-shot districts. A solution to these problems are legislative term limits. Term limits prevent politicians from serving for decades and continuing to accept corporate bribes. It also allows politicians to act on their conscience and propose unconventional legislation because their jobs are not at stake and can’t be pushed out by party leaders. A new cycle of politicians with new ideas opposed to ones serving for forty years is change I definitely support.

State Campaign Contribution Limits

​​Virginia is one of only five states that allows corporations to contribute unlimited amounts money to legislators or their campaigns (Daily Press). They also are one of thirteen states that allow individuals to contribute unbounded. This is a huge problem. Elections and politicians are being bought. They don’t serve you. They serve Dominion Energy. They serve Altria. They are voting with their money, and shutting people out of the process. 

Politicians continually allowed to accept unbounded money presents numerous conflicts of interest. They know that if they vote a certain way on a certain bill, the money stops. With often hundreds of thousands of dollars at stake, pleasing their donors becomes their number one priority, when it should be protecting the rights of their constituents. 

If elected, I would introduce a bill that would cap state candidates from accepting more than $1000 per donor, per year.

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