Terry Kilgore

Current Position: State Delegate for District 1 since 1994
Affiliation: Republican

Terry Kilgore served as Chairman of the House Commerce and Labor Committee and is a member of the House Courts of Justice Committee and the House Rules Committee.

Terry serves on various boards and organizations in the Commonwealth including Chairman of the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, the Coal and Energy Commission, and the Southwest Virginia Health Authority. He also serves on the Appalachian Region Interstate Compact Commission, Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation, Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center and the Southwest Virginia Public Education Consortium.

Will Morefield

Current Position: State Delegate for District 3 since 2010
Affiliation: Republican

Even though Will Morefield is one of the youngest delegates at 33, he is a senior member in the House who proudly represents the counties of Bland, Buchanan, Russell, and Tazewell. This gives him a strong and unique voice in Richmond for our area.

As delegate, Will was the first elected official to publicly stand up for coal. As a member of the Natural Resources Committee, he advocates for coal and natural gas jobs and has initiated Project Jonah, which will be the largest aquaculture project in the world – creating hundreds of jobs right here in Southwest Virginia. As a member of the Counties, Cities and Town Committee, Will successfully fights for teacher pay raises and for expanding infrastructure and drinking water projects.

William C. Wampler III

Current Position: State Delegate for District 4
Affiliation: Republican

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

Israel O’Quinn

Current Position: State Delegate for District 5 since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

As a strong advocate for Southwest Virginia, Israel O’Quinn works to ensure the 5th District is well-represented in Richmond. Israel served as Deputy Majority Whip and his legislative committee assignments include Commerce and Labor, Privileges and Elections, as well as Militia, Police and Public Safety. He serves as the Chairman of Subcommittee Number Four in the Privileges and Elections Committee and he also serves as Chairman of Subcommittee Number Three in the Commerce and Labor Committee.

Israel is a member of the legislative Coal and Energy Commission and he serves on the Board of Directors for the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center.

Jeffrey Campbell

Current Position: State Delegate for District 6 since 2014
Affiliation: Republican

I can think of no other governmental function that so positively affects a community and its people than the location or relocation of a new industry within its borders, bringing with it job opportunities and economic prospects that promote the public welfare and create a better way of life for the residents.  Our government must make this the No. 1 priority for the citizens of the 6th District.  We can do better.

Nick Rush

Current Position: State Delegate for District 7 since 2012
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Montgomery County Board of Supervisors from 1992 – 2004

Nick was first elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in November of 2011 and has been re-elected in 2013, 2015, and most recently in 2017 to continue serving the citizens of the 7th House District. At the beginning of the 2018 legislative session, Nick was elected Majority Whip by his fellow Caucus members.

As a strong voice for the New River Valley, Nick has worked hard to make the NRV the “best place to live, work, raise a family and retire.”

Joseph McNamara

Current Position: State Delegate for District 8 since 2018
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Roanoke County Board of Supervisors from 1998 – 2018

“As the next Delegate from the Roanoke and New River Valleys, Joe McNamara will continue Delegate Greg Habeeb’s work to advance pro-life, fiscally conservative, and pro-Second Amendment principles!”

Elected to the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors in 1996, he has successfully reduced the Roanoke County budget and has never raised a tax.

Charlie Poindexter

Current Position: State Delegate for District 9 since 2008
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Franklin County Board of Supervisors from 1999 – 2007

Some of Charlie Poindexter’s successful legislation includes establishment of a Drug Court for Franklin County, Betterment Loans for citizens financially unable to repair their septic systems, assurance of adequate water for private wells, reduced vehicle registration fees for handicapped-equipped vehicles, expanding the use of bio-mass materials for energy production, green jobs tax credits, alternative fuels refueling infrastructure, revocation of hospitality industry fees, local government procurement/sharing of technology, consolidation of water quality reporting, establishment of sexual offender registry data and granting an extension of time on behalf of consumers for the attorney general and the SCC to review utility rate increase requests.

Wendy Gooditis

Current Position: State Delegate for District 10 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Sam Rasoul

Current Position: State Delegate for District 11 since 2014
Affiliation: Democrat

Sam Rasoul is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of a non-profit healthcare firm helping with maternal child health in East Africa. Equipped with an understanding that leadership is a bold journey for justice, he organizes community leaders through The Impact Center; his initiative to develop & empower new age leaders.

Sam committed to decline any donations from special interest Political Action Committees and lobbyists in an effort to raise awareness of the control many powerful special interests have over the political system.

Chris Hurst

Current Position: State Delegate for District 12 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

“I’ve dedicated my life to public service and giving a voice to the people of southwest Virginia.”
“My career in news was fulfilling but instead of asking questions, I became focused on finding solutions.”

Danica Roem

Current Position: State Delegate for District 13 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Danny Marshall

Current Position: State Delegate for District 14 since 2002
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Danville City Council from 2000 – 2001

Danny Marshall is working for Jobs,  Economic Development, A Strong Region and a Strong Virginia.

Danny is the past president of Marshall Concrete Products, a family business that was in our area for more than 40 years and provided 180+ jobs for our region.  He is a former member of the Danville City Council, and Danny has served as president of the Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce. He has served on numerous area development boards and commissions, including the Dan River Region Vision Committee.

Les Adams

Current Position: State Delegate for District 16 since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

Delegate Les Adams is a 6th generation resident of Pittsylvania County and Southside Virginia.  As a local attorney, family man, and small business owner, Les is invested in our community and future prosperity.

Les serves on the House Courts of Justice Committee, which includes his appointments to the Criminal Law Subcommittee and the Judicial Subcommittee.  He is also a member of the Committees on Privileges and Elections, Transportation and Science and Technology.

Chris Head

Current Position: State Delegate for District 17 since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

Chris Head is a proven conservative leader who knows how to create jobs and meet a payroll.

He is ardently and un-apologetically pro life. He is a strong defender of the Second Amendment and NRA Member.

Mike Webert

Current Position: State Delegate for District 18 since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

Michael Webert is a proven leader in our community. Since first being elected in 2011, he has passed several pieces of legislation. From reducing red-tape, cutting taxes, fighting for our Second Amendment rights, protecting the unborn, and promoting conservation practices that protect our environment.

Michael has a proven track record of bipartisan accomplishments in the General Assembly and looks forward to continuing to serve the people of the 18th District

Terry Austin

Current Position: State Delegate for District 19 since 2014
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Botetourt County Board of Supervisors from 1997 – 2013

Currently serving a third term in the House, Terry Austin is on the committees of Appropriations, Transportation, Rules, and Cities, Count & Towns. In 2018, he was appointed to serve on the Joint Audit & Legislative Commission (JLARC).

Terry is President of Austin Electrical Construction Inc., a small business that specializes in airport runway lighting which he founded forty-six years ago. He also serves on the boards of Bank of Botetourt and Carilion.

John Avoli

Current Position: State Delegate for District 20 since 2020
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

Kelly Fowler

Current Position: State Delegate for District 21 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Kelly Fowler’s life has always been dedicated to the service of others. She’s worked as an elementary school teacher and owns her own small real estate business specializing in military family relocation and advocacy. She has been a resident of Virginia Beach since childhood and cares deeply for her community.

Delegate Fowler supports transparency and will serve with integrity, and will support legislation to ensure others do the same.

Kathy Byron

Current Position: State Delegate for District 22 since 1998
Affiliation: Republican

Kathy Byrone serves as Vice-chairman of the House Commerce and Labor Committee and is a member of  the Finance Committee and House Science and Technology Committee.

Kathy also serves on various boards and organizations in the Commonwealth including the Virginia Workforce Development Board, Tobacco Community Revitalization Commission (where she serves as the Chairman of the Research and Development Committee).

Wendell Walker

Current Position: State Delegate for District 23
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

Ronnie Campbell

Current Position: State Delegate for District 24 since 2019
Affiliation: Republican

Ronnie Campbell is a retired Virginia State Trooper with a M.S. in Risk Management from Virginia Commonwealth University and a B.S. in Criminal Justice.

Ronnie sits on the following committees: Courts of Justice; Militia, Police and Public Safety; and Science and Technology and on the following subcommittees: Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #2 and Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #3.

 

Chris Runion

Current Position: State Delegate for District 25
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

Tony Wilt

Current Position: State Delegate for District 26 since 2010
Affiliation: Republican

Tony Wilt serves on three committees in the House, which include Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources (ACNR); Commerce and Labor; and Militia, Police and Public Safety (MPP). In 2014 he was appointed as Chairman of ACNR Subcommittee #3, which predominantly considers water quality and Chesapeake Bay related issues. In 2018 he was named Chair of MPP Subcommittee #2.

In addition, he serves as the Chairman of the Virginia Small Business Commission, is a member of the Chesapeake Bay Commission, the Manufacturing Development Commission, and the Board of Visitors for the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind.

Roxann Robinson

Current Position: State Delegate for District 27 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.

Joshua Cole

Current Position: State Delegate for District 28
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

Bill Wiley

Current Position: State Delegate for District 29 since 2020
Affiliation: Republican

Bill was elected as a Republican to Winchester City Council in 2014, and resides in Ward 1 with his wife, Katy, and three boys: Clarke, Stewart, and Dawson.

William Wiley has been a member of City council since 2014 voted Vice-President in 2015 and President in 2018.  Prior to being elected to City Council, Wiley served for five years on the Winchester Planning Commission and was Chairman for three of those years.  Professionally, he serves as the business development manager for Howard Shockey and Sons, Inc. and is an associate real estate broker at Oakcrest Commercial Real Estate.  He resides in Ward 1 of Winchester with his Wife, Katy and three boys, Clarke, Stewart, & Dawson.  He is a graduate of George Mason University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Master’s in Education.

Source: Campaign page

Nick Freitas

Current Position: State Delegate since 2016
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2021 US Representative for District 30

“I am first and foremost a Christian. My dedication to the belief that we all have inherent value and are entitled to liberty and equality before the law is rooted in this worldview. Principles of individual liberty, personal responsibility, respect for God and limited, constitutional government are not merely convenient political concepts, but essentials which are fundamental to our liberty, prosperity and security.” – Nick Freitas

Liz Guzman

Current Position: State Delegate for District 31 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Elizabeth  Guzman has been working in the public sector for 10 years, and currently works as the Division Chief for Administrative Services for the Center for Adult Services for the City of Alexandria. Her personal and professional experience have given her strong insight into the needs of the 31st House of Delegates district, and Elizabeth cares about the many challenges residents in Prince William County and Fauquier County face. Elizabeth will fight as a strong advocate for the needs of the 31st District, whether that’s legislating for change in Richmond, or attending a community meeting in Catlett.

Featured video: This interview was conducted by Nader Momtaz in Liz Guzman’s office in Woodbridge, VA on Oct. 17, 2019. Original interview recording has not been edited in any way.

David Reid

Current Position: State Delegate for District 32 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Dave LaRock

Current Position: State Delegate for District 33 since 2014
Affiliation: Republican

Overview: N/A

Kathleen Murphy

Virginia Restricts Use Of Public Roads In Neighborhoods
thenewspaper.comDecember 13, 2019 (Short)

Virginia Restricts Use Of Public Roads In Neighborhoods
thenewspaper.com – December 13, 2019

State Delegate Kathleen Murphy (D-McLean) introduced the legislation making the non-resident bans possible. Her bill sailed through the state Senate on a 32 to 7 vote, and the measure cleared the House of Delegates without opposition.

“A county operating under the urban county executive form of government may by ordinance develop a program to issue resident permits or stickers to residents of a designated area that will allow such residents to make turns into or out of the designated area during certain times of the day when such turns would otherwise be restricted,” Virginia Code Section 15.2-2022.1 states.

On Saturday, the Virginia House Democratic Caucus announced their remaining elected leadership positions. The election results are as follows:

Vice Chair of Operations: Jeion Ward
Vice Chair of Outreach: Kathleen Murphy
Secretary: Marcus Simon
Treasurer: Betsy Carr
Sergeant-at-Arms: Delores McQuinn

“I am pleased to congratulate Dels. Jeion Ward, Kathleen Murphy, Betsy Carr, and Delores McQuinn on their re-election to caucus leadership positions and to welcome Del. Marcus Simon to his new role as Secretary,” said Caucus Chair Rip Sullivan.

Democrats walk away with Fairfax election, gain legislative majorities
Inside Nova , Brian TrompterNovember 7, 2019 (Short)

It would be tough to imagine a better night than Nov. 5 was for local Democrats.

Candidates backed by the Fairfax County Democratic Committee secured all but one of the 10 seats on the county’s Board of Supervisors, had a strong showing in the School Board race and beat back an independent challenger for commonwealth’s attorney.

Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-34th) received 10,004 votes (56.7 percent) to defeat Republican challenger Gary Pan, who earned 7,630 votes (43.2 percent).

Kathleen Murphy For Delegate - "Good Things"
Murphy for DelegateJune 28, 2015 (00:30)

Current Position: State Delegate for District 34 since 2015
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Mark Keam

This year, Dominion is looking for an explicit legislative green light to build, on its own, what would be the nation’s largest offshore wind project off the coast of Virginia Beach, and recoup the estimated $8 billion cost from ratepayers.

On a 5-4 tally, the bill advanced, but unease from Democratic Dels. Mark Keam of Fairfax and Alfonso Lopez of Arlington showed not everyone is sold on the idea that such a project would be in the public interest.

Current Position: State Delegate for District 35 since 2010
Affiliation: Democrat

In 2009, Mark became the first Asian-born immigrant and the first Korean American elected to any state-level office in Virginia. Since then, voters in the 35th District have returned Mark to Richmond for additional two-year terms.

Over the past decade, Mark has authored dozens of state laws that impact the quality of life for Virginians, such as improving public education and healthcare, creating innovative tech sector and environmental jobs, supporting military veterans and public safety, reforming tax codes and business regulations, and providing more government transparency, accountability, and efficiency.

Featured video: This interview was conducted by Kerrie Thompson in the Fairfax Regional Library in the Fall of 2019. Original interview recording has not been edited in any way.

Ken Plum

Representing the Commonwealth
Ken PlumDecember 23, 2020 (Short)

Last Sunday evening Confederate General Robert E. Lee lost his position of representing the Commonwealth as part of the Statuary Hall Collection at the United States Capitol. A copy of a statue of General Lee by sculptor Edward Valentine had been standing in the Capitol since 1909 most recently in the Crypt where a statue representing each of the thirteen original states stood. General Lee’s statue was carted off just as statues of him have been taken down across the state including the huge equestrian statue of him that will be taken down from Monument Avenue in Richmond as soon as lawsuits about it are resolved.
The other statue representing Virginia in the Capitol Statuary Collection is a copy of Houdon’s statue that stands in the Rotunda of the State Capitol in Richmond of the Father of Our Country George Washington. It was Washington’s strong leadership and the time-honored precedents he set that helped the new nation to get started. Lee on the other hand had led an insurrection that attempted to break away from the nation and establish the Confederate States as a separate country that allowed slavery of human beings!
Who else could represent Virginia as the second statue allowed by each state in the Statuary Collection? The Governor appointed a commission to answer that question. After their public hearings and deliberations, the commission concluded that the appropriate person should be Barbara Johns. For too long a time many Virginians have not known of the heroic acts that Barbara Johns did to help set the course for recent history in Virginia. Her statue is already on the Virginia Capital grounds in the Virginia Civil Rights Memorial recognizing her leadership in bringing about changes in the unequal ways that white and black schools were funded in Virginia.

Redistricting Underway
Ken PlumDecember 10, 2020 (Short)

The Constitution requires that after the federal census every ten years there is to be a reapportionment of legislative districts based on population growth and shifts reflecting “one-man, one-vote.” Virginia voters made history this year by approving a constitutional amendment establishing a Redistricting Commission. With Virginia having elections in odd-numbered years including in 2021 elections for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and members of the House of Delegates, Virginia is on a fast track to get the Commission underway.

In the special session that ended in October, the General Assembly passed enabling legislation to establish the Commission by November 15. Already the eight legislators who will be on the Commission have been named as well as the retired judges who will participate. In all instances of appointing members, consideration shall be given “to the racial, ethnic, geographic, and gender diversity of the Commonwealth.” The partisan leadership in the House and Senate who made the appointments were prohibited from appointing themselves.
Applications are being accepted through December 28 from citizens who would like to serve on the Commission. Persons who have been involved in partisan political activity or who are relatives of members in office or those involved in partisan political activity are not eligible to serve on the Commission. For details on who is eligible for membership and details on applying, go to redistricting.dls.virginia.gov.

Electric Vehicles to be the Norm
Fatimah WaseemAugust 22, 2019 (Short)

In 1996 I had the great learning experience of chairing the Northern Virginia Electric Vehicle Launch Committee through the sponsorship of the Electric Transportation Coalition (ETC) and the US Departments of Energy and Transportation. The national goal to clean up the air we breathe was the impetus to the study we did in our region as was being done in nine other suburban regions throughout the country. The one-inch thick report we produced–“The Path to an EV Ready Community”–provided a guide that is still relevant and valuable today.
General Motors came out with its EV-1 vehicle which I had the pleasure to drive for a day; prospects were looking good for electric vehicles until suddenly the bottom dropped out of the market. All big manufacturers dropped their testing and production of electric vehicles. Our report was clearly ahead of its time.
Fast forward a couple of decades and electric vehicles have come into their own. All manufacturers I know of are predicting that over the next couple of decades electric vehicles will be the only cars and trucks they produce. They are environmentally clean, outperform traditional cars, need less maintenance, and are safer.

Northam: ‘We are going to move forward with legalizing marijuana in Virginia’
Virginia Mercury, Ned OliverNovember 16, 2020 (Short)

Gov. Ralph Northam said Monday he plans to propose legislation legalizing marijuana when the General Assembly convenes in January, setting the state on a path to become the first in the South to allow recreational use of the drug.

“We are going to move forward with legalizing marijuana in Virginia,” Northam said. “I support that and am committed to doing it the right way.”

Northam, a physician who says he’s never used the drug, cautioned “it’s not going to happen overnight,” saying he envisions an 18 to 24 month timetable for the state to establish and regulate the new marketplace.

Current Position: State Delegate for District 36 since 1978
Affiliation: Democrat

Ken Plum was first elected Delegate for the 36th District in 1978. The 36th District includes parts of Fairfax County.

Delegate Plum serves as Chair of the Agriculture, Chesapeake, and Natural Resources Committee and is a member of the Communications, Technology and Innovation, Appropriations, and Public Safety committees. Delegate Plum is retired teacher and school administrator and is focuses full-time focus on being a Delegate.

The interview below was conducted by Nader Momtaz in Ken Plum’s Pocahontas Building office in Richmond, VA on Jan. 17, 2020. Original interview recording has not been edited in any way.

David Bulova

General Laws Committee
May 20, 2021 – 6:00 pm (ET)

I would like to curate an aircast on the activities of the recent activities of the General Laws committee during this winter’s General Assembly.

Host:

  • Committee Chair, Delegate David Bulova

Featured Guest(s):

  • Delegate Betsy Carr, Chair, Open Government/Procurement Subcommittee

  • Delegate Chris Hurst, Chair, Professions/Occupations and Administrative Process Subcommittee

Producer:

  • Shuaib Ahmed, Democracy onAir

The more streamlined permit by rule process has incentivized most of these developers to keep their solar farms under 150 megawatts, leaving only the largest proposals in the SCC’s hands. Ken Schrad, director of the SCC’s Division of Information Resources, said the commission has only heard three applications for solar projects, with the most significant being sPower’s 500 megawatt Spotsylvania farm, touted at the time of its proposal as the biggest one east of the Rocky Mountains.

Webert has contended that more ought to be placed in the commission’s hands: “With the SCC, it’s basically a formal legal proceeding where there’s a cross-examination because the SCC commissioners are actually judges,” he said during one hearing on his proposal. “So you can push for additional mitigation and other things.”

But at a later hearing on Jan. 27, Del. David Bulova, D-Fairfax, questioned whether a tightening of the permit by rule program’s size limits would solve the problem, saying “this is not the way to go ahead and deal with that concern.”

Del. Israel O’Quinn, R-Washington, is carrying a bill of his own to set up an empty fund to support school construction needs. He just needs his colleagues working on the budget to put money into it.

After the recession, spending on school construction and other areas in Virginia dropped. Before 2009, a few sources of state funding were available to help with capital costs. For example, a school construction grant fund boasted an annual budget of $28 million, offering districts an average of $202,000 a year.

Localities shoulder the burden of building schools. The poorest local governments already have the least amount in their budgets to go toward school infrastructure needs, so the schools get worse.

Del. David Bulova, D-Fairfax, voted against O’Quinn’s bill in committee, questioning where the money would come from and whether the legislature could come up with enough to meaningfully tackle the problem.

“We’re potentially shifting what has long been a local responsibility to the state having a share of that,” Bulova said.

In support of the bill, Del. Elizabeth Guzman, D-Woodbridge, responded to Davis’s stance and said: “Some statements were made here that if we diversify the admission process that it’s going to lower the bar of those schools. I don’t think that’s accurate, and it actually sounded very offensive.”

Del. David Bulova, D-Fairfax Station, also supported HB 2305. He explained how the bill would require guidelines, not regulations. Guidelines would give the Board of Education a chance to put together the best practices for diversity and inclusion, as opposed to state-mandated regulations, which are harder for opposers to support.

Voting for the bill were Bulova, Guzman, Del. Suhas Subramanyam, D-Sterling; Del. Schuyler VanValkenburg, D-Henrico; and Del. Shelly Simonds, D-Newport News. Opposed were Davis, Del. Roxann Robinson, R-Chesterfield, and Del. Bill Wiley, R-Winchester.

 

Agency 229 provides funding to Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station. Through these entities, the agency supports scientists and other specialists who conduct innovative agricultural research at the VAES and its 11 Agricultural Research Extension Centers. Data collected from that research is disseminated to Extension agents, who then share the information with farmers and agricultural businesses.

Throughout the 2021 Virginia General Assembly, Virginia Farm Bureau Federation has advocated for increased Agency 229 funding through a state budget amendment.

The proposal has gained bipartisan support from Del. David L. Bulova, D-Fairfax, and Sen. Emmett W. Hanger Jr., R-Mount Solon.

Early Voting For Democratic Primary Starts Next Week In Fairfax
Patch, Michael O'ConnellApril 14, 2021 (Medium)

The deadline in Fairfax County for requesting an application to vote by mail is 5 p.m., on Friday, May 28. Applications received after April 23 and before the deadline will be sent out as they are received.

Voters will need to return their mail-in ballots by 7 p.m., on June 8. They can either drop them off in person or by mail by the June 8 deadline.

All in-person voters and those dropping off ballots are required to follow CDC COVID-19 guidance by wearing a mask or face covering and practicing safe social distancing.

Incumbent David Bulova (D-37), who represents the Fairfax City area in the Virginia House of Delegates, does not have a challenger in the Democratic Primary, so he will not be on the June 8 ballot.

Current Position: State Delegate for District 37 since 2006
Affiliation: Democrat

David Bulova was first elected Delegate for the 37th District in 2005. The 37th District includes the city of Fairfax and parts of Fairfax County.

Delegate Bulova serves as Chair of the General Laws Committee and Chair of the Commerce, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Subcommittee in the Appropriations Committee. Additionally, he serves as a member of the Education Committee, Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources and Appropriations Committee.

The interview below was conducted by Tim O’Shea in David Bulova’s Fairfax City office in July, 2019. Original interview recording has not been edited in any way.

Kaye Kory

Virginia Delegate Champions Bills for Workers and Environment
Kevin DauryFebruary 11, 2021 (Short)

Last week, Delegate Kaye Kory acted as chief co-patron of two important bills up for vote in the Virginia House of Delegates. The first is meant to assist Virginia workers through the creation of the office of the Secretary of Labor. The purpose of the second is to create a rebate program associated with the purchase or lease of electronic vehicles.

Both pieces of legislation passed in the House and will now require a Senate vote and the governor’s approval to become laws.

Regarding the bill for Virginia workers, Kory said, ““The passage of this bill will help the Commonwealth’s workers by cutting bureaucratic red tape that will streamline services to the workers who need help amid a historic pandemic.”

Animal welfare-related bills to note in General Assembly
Lacy Shirley February 10, 2021 (Short)

The Humane Cosmetics Act (SB 1379/HB 2250) introduced by Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon) and Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church) prohibits the testing of cosmetics on animals in Virginia and prohibits the sale of any cosmetic in Virginia that was developed or manufactured using animal testing.

There are many alternatives to testing new ingredients that do not involve animals. Rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, and rats are often the subjects used for cosmetic testing. When laboratory experiments end, the outcome for the lab animals is most often euthanasia.

Currently, Virginia is only one of four states that requires manufacturers to use alternative non-animal testing methods when available. The bills in the Senate and House are identical, and both passed with significant support, so they now cross over to the opposite chamber.

HB 2230 seeks to direct Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to develop a program to educate people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and others about supported decision-making agreements.

HB 2230 is the result of a bill introduced last session by Del. Kaye Kory, D-Falls Church, which led to a work group study that recommended the language of the bill. Kory, a co-patron of the bill, also spoke before the vote, highlighting the long road the legislation has taken.

“Six years ago, when I was a member of the joint health care commission, I asked for a study on supported decision-making and it took until this year for us to finally put this language in code,” she said.

Current Position: State Delegate for District 38 since 2010
Affiliation: Democrat

Delegate Kaye Kory was elected as the State Delegate for the 38th District in November 2009 and was sworn in on January 6, 2010.  She represents parts of Fairfax County. She currently serves as Chair of the Counties, Cities and Towns committee​​, and the committees on Finance and Public Safety

Though Delegate Kory has achieved prominence in Education, her “activist” roots run broad and deep. Kaye has served on numerous boards and committees in her 30 years in Fairfax County.

Vivian Watts

RICHMOND — Virginia Democrats took aim at a member of the state’s new bipartisan redistricting commission as it prepared for its first meeting Thursday evening, with one lawmaker writing legislation to enable the panel to remove a Republican appointee who made comments on social media that used crude language and disparaged women.

Del. Vivian E. Watts (D-Fairfax) filed a bill Friday to allow the commissioners to vote to remove a member for “neglect of duty or gross misconduct.”

Her target, she said, was Jose A. Feliciano Jr. of Fredericksburg, one of eight citizens appointed to the commission earlier this month by a panel of retired judges, who chose from names nominated by leaders of the General Assembly.

The leaders of the General Assembly finance committees are laying the groundwork now for a hard look at Virginia tax policy—particularly how the state taxes income—for possible action as early as next year after election of a new governor and House of Delegates.

Senate Finance Chairwoman Janet Howell, D-Fairfax, said Tuesday that she is forming a special joint subcommittee to look at the state’s income tax and whether to make it more progressive by tying tax rates more closely to how much income people earn.

On the other side of the assembly, House Finance Chairwoman Vivian Watts, D-Fairfax, is pushing for a detailed study of Virginia’s income tax by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission—over the objection of Republicans who hope to win back the governor’s office and House majority in elections in November.

After more than a month of back-and-forth debate, the Virginia General Assembly voted last weekend to allow businesses whose Paycheck Protection Program loans were forgiven last year, or who received one of the state’s Rebuild Virginia grants, to deduct up to $100,000 on their 2020 tax returns for eligible expenses paid for by the loans and grants.

Del. Vivian Watts, chair of the House Finance Committee, had proposed allowing up to $25,000 in expense deductions for individual filers, saying it would target the relief to small businesses most. The Senate version first allowed up to $50,000 and then was amended to up to $100,000. Both added Rebuild Virginia grant recipients to their bills, too.

Watts said the impasse became moot after Feb. 15, when the state’s regular review of its budget projections showed stronger than anticipated tax revenue. That new forecast showed that an additional $410 million in revenue could be added to the state’s fiscal year 2021 budget.

Current Position: State Delegate for District 39 since 1982
Affiliation: Democrat

Vivian Watts was first elected Delegate for the 39th District in 1982. The 39th District includes the city of Annandale and parts of Fairfax County.

Delegate Watts is Chair of the House Finance Committee and is a member of the Courts of Justice, Rules, and Transportation committees. From 1986 to 1990, Vivian Watts was Secretary of Transportation for the Commonwealth.

The interview below occurred during the 2020 General Assembly.

Dan Helmer

Current Position: State Delegate for District 40 since 2020
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

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

Eileen Filler-Corn

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Women Veterans Week
Facebook, Eileen Filler-CornMarch 17, 2021

This week is #WomenVeteransWeek. I am proud to salute the amazing women who have served our country. Click the link below to find out more about how the Virginia Department of Veterans Services is honoring women veterans.

GOP delegates stripped of committee assignments over letter casting doubt on election
Virginia Mercury, Graham MoomawJanuary 13, 2021 (Short)
House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, right, listens as House Minority Leader Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, back to camera, objects to a procedural resolution on conducting the session as the Virginia House of Delegates conducts their special session inside the Siegel Center in Richmond, VA Tuesday, August 18, 2020.

Democratic leaders in the Virginia House of Delegates have stripped three Republicans of some committee assignments after they signed a letter casting doubt on the results of the presidential election and urging Vice President Mike Pence to block the lopsided Democratic victory in Virginia.

House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, stripped Dels. Dave LaRock, R-Loudoun, Ronnie Campbell, R-Rockbridge and Mark Cole, R-Spotsylvania, of one committee assignment each. They were not booted from all their committee seats.

LaRock was booted from the Transportation Committee, Cole was removed from the Privileges and Elections Committee and Campbell lost his spot on the Courts of Justice Committee.

“By seeking to disenfranchise millions of Virginians and undercut faith in our democratic institutions, Delegate Dave LaRock, Delegate Mark Cole and Delegate Ronnie Campbell showed exceedingly poor judgment and conducted themselves in a manner unbecoming of their office,” said Kunal Atit, a spokesman for Filler-Corn. “Their attempt to cast doubt on our elections process in order to impede the peaceful transfer of power between one president and another is an affront to our democracy and violates the public trust.”

Prior to last week’s rally in D.C. that culminated in a deadly mob attack on the U.S. Capitol, LaRock spearheaded a letter addressed to Pence that asked him to block some Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden.

“Should you, as Vice President, announce a winner based on a tally of unconstitutionally and fraudulently elected Presidential Electors, it would create a rent in the fabric of the nation,” the delegates said in the letter, which was on LaRock’s letterhead and co-signed by Cole and Campbell.

LaRock in particular is facing mounting calls to resign after he offered a defense of last week’s event and used an outdated racial term by saying his detractors should “focus on the needs of the colored community.”

LaRock appears undaunted, telling constituents in a recent message he isn’t going anywhere.

“I have stayed loyal to the president even now as RINOs are jumping ship and that won’t end,” he said. “Democrat Trump haters want to humiliate our president and they want to intimidate me and make me unelectable.”

Virginia's off-year elections could pose key test for both parties
Abby Phillip et al.January 28, 2021 (Short)

For the first time in the chamber’s 402-year history, the Speaker of the House of Delegates is a woman: Eileen Filler-Corn.

Under her leadership, Democrats have moved quickly to pass a wave of legislation seeking to fulfill campaign promises to their voters and push the state further to the left. They have passed bills legalizing marijuana, instituting universal background checks, raising the minimum wage and loosening voting restrictions. If Gov. Ralph Northam signs their latest high-profile bill into law, Virginia will also soon become the first southern state to abolish the death penalty.

“We are doing exactly what we told Virginians we would do. And I think that’s important,” Filler-Corn told CNN in an interview. “Campaigning on the issues and the values that are important to you — and following through.”

Virginia lawmakers approved a bill Saturday that would legalize the sale and recreational use of marijuana — but not until 2024.

The move makes Virginia the first Southern state to vote to legalize recreational marijuana, joining 15 other states and the District of Columbia. The legislation now goes to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, who supports legalization, for his signature.

“The House and Senate took a strong step in legalizing the sale and possession of Marijuana here in the Commonwealth,” Filler-Corn said on Twitter. “This legislation will make our criminal justice system fairer and help end the targeting of black and brown communities over the possession of cannabis.”

Current Position: State Delegate for District 41
Affiliation: Democrat

Eileen Filler-Corn has served in the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 41st District, since 2010. The 41st District, located in Fairfax County, includes Burke and parts of Fairfax, Fairfax Station and West Springfield.  She currently is the 56th Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates.

Speaker Filler-Corn is also Chair of the House Rules Committee.

Kathy Tran

Current Position: State Delegate for District 42 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Mark Sickles

Proposed Va. bill would protect against workplace discrimination based on disability

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) – A proposed bill in the Virginia House of Delegates would protect people with disabilities from workforce discrimination.

Del. Mark Sickles, D-Fairfax, introduced House Bill 1848 as an amendment to the Virginia Human Rights Act. The bill would extend discrimination protections to employment, housing and public accommodations for those with disabilities.

“HB 1848 amends last year’s Virginia Values Act to make sure Virginians will all abilities can fully participate in our economy if reasonable accommodations can be made in the workplace,” Sickles said in a statement. “Virginia should be a place for all people, regardless of ability, to live and work free from discrimination.”

Two bills that will expand the already live Virginia sports betting market are just a few steps from the governor’s desk.

HB 1847 from Del. Mark Sickles and SB 1254 from Sen. Jeremy McPike were identical bills at the beginning of the session. The bills clarified a few details from last year’s enabling sports betting legislation, including which VA sports betting licenses counted against a mobile-license limit and betting on amateur sports.

The House threw the process for a bit of a loop, however, when it requested language to promote minority participation in the process. The Senate initially rejected the language but eventually accepted the House version after input from the Virginia Lottery.

Virginia lawmakers voted 54-44 on Friday to approve a bill for providing home care workers with paid sick leave, which had been a divisive issue even among Democrats who control the Senate in the state.

The compromise measure would allow up to five sick days a year, or more if an employer chooses a higher limit, for home care workers serving Medicaid patients. Advocates of the bill said there are about 30,000 such workers in Virginia. State lawmakers also were expected to approve a budget agreement, which will fund the measure with public money, though Del. Mark Sickles was quick to add that the bill’s passage would not affect the private sector “whatsoever.”

The bill now goes to Gov. Ralph Northam (D) for his approval.

Current Position: State Delegate for District 43 since 2004
Affiliation: Democrat

Mark Sickles was first elected Delegate for the 43rd District in 2004. The 43rd District includes parts of Fairfax County.

Mark Sickles is Chair of the Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee, Vice Chair of the Appropriations Committee and is a member of Privileges and Elections and Rules committees. Delegate Sickles is currently the House Democratic Caucus Deputy Minority Leader.

Paul Krizek

Current Position: State Delegate for District 44 since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Mark Levine

Current Position: State Delegate for District 44 since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat

Mark Levine was elected in 2015 to represent the 45th Delegate District of Virginia (Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax).

Mark has a record of crafting progressive legislation at the local, state, and federal level that spans three decades. Mark is dedicated to turning the progressive ideals of our community into laws that help people and advance justice for all Americans. Mark co-founded the bi-partisan, bi-cameral Virginia Transparency Caucus, to make committee and subcommittee meetings in the General Assembly accessible to the public.

Featured video: This interview was conducted by Kerrie Thompson at the Sherwood Community Center in Fairfax City during the LWV-Fairfax Redistricting Forum on Nov. 17, 2019. Original interview recording has not been edited in any way.

Charniele Herring

Lawmakers reach compromise on
Patrick WilsonFebruary 18, 2021 (Medium)

RICHMOND — Democrats in the House and Senate who had been at odds over legislation to allow criminal record expungement reached an agreement that advocates said will be a huge improvement for Virginia.

House Majority Leader Charniele Herring, D-Alexandria, outlined the changes Wednesday when the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced her bill.

She said the compromise would “remove barriers and address systematic inequities to provide a clean slate for Virginians who have paid their debt to society or have had charges deferred or dismissed.”

Opinion: Easier path to expungement will tilt the justice system toward fairness
Mark R. Herring and Delegate Charniele HerringFebruary 21, 2021 (Medium)

For decades the criminal justice system has been failing our most vulnerable communities while working for the most privileged members of society. Black and brown Virginians are arrested and convicted disproportionately at alarming rates for crimes their white counterparts will see zero or little jail time for.

Systemic racial biases in our criminal justice system have led to Black and brown Virginians filling our prison cells for minor crimes. But even when individuals have served their time, they must live the rest of their lives with their convictions as a stain on their records.

Virginia’s current expungement laws are some of the most restrictive in the country and, most notably, they offer no chance of a clean slate. Right now, expungement only applies to offenses that did not result in a conviction or a deferral and dismissal of the case. So, Virginians who have served their sentence, which is often a much larger sentence than the crime warranted, are either unable to clear their records, or have to jump through numerous hoops to do so.

Democrats committed to expanding Virginia's Court of Appeals
Amy FriedenbergerFebruary 11, 2021 (Medium)

RICHMOND — The General Assembly is under a tight deadline to add new judges to Virginia’s Court of Appeals, with the goal being able to appoint them to the bench before the legislative session concludes at month’s end.

Gov. Ralph Northam identified expanding the court by adding more judges a priority, requesting the General Assembly put $5 million in the budget to accomplish it, but the process has been rocky in the Democrat-controlled legislature. Both chambers need to pass legislation, and agree on how much to put in the state spending plan to support the effort.

The Senate passed a bill last week to add six new judges — two more than what Northam proposed — to the 11-member court. The House of Delegates did not take any action on its own bill, which caused senators to raise eyebrows. House Majority Leader Charniele Herring, D-Alexandria, chairwoman of the House Courts of Justice Committee, said the House didn’t have enough time to review the bill in committee before the deadline to complete action on House bills last week. She said she remains committed to expanding the court, despite what she said has been a “problem with the process.”

Lawmakers pass bills to collect data on pretrial detention
Josephine WalkerFebruary 19, 2021 (Medium)

RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia General Assembly passed legislation this week that lawmakers said will increase transparency and equity in the judicial system, which disproportionately impacts communities of color.

The bills, introduced by Senator Louise Lucas, D-Portsmouth, and Delegate Charniele Herring, D-Alexandria, will create a centralized, publicly-accessible data collection system on pretrial detention. Senate Bill 1391 and House Bill 2110 both passed Thursday, February 18.

Pretrial detention is the practice of holding a defendant in jail until trial. It is used, officials say, to guarantee the defendant appears in court and to ensure public safety. The compiled pretrial data would be distributed annually by the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission (VCSC).

Current Position: State Delegate for District 46 since 2009
Affiliation: Democrat

Charniele Herring was first elected Delegate for the 46th District in 2009. The 46th District includes parts of the City of Alexandria.

Delegate Herring is Chair of the Courts of Justice Committee and is a member of the Rules Committee. She presently serves on the Board of the Parent Teacher Leadership Institute of Alexandria and as a Trustee of Hopkins House—advocating for strong pre-k education.

Todd Gilbert

Current Position: State Delegate for District 15 since 2006
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Prosecutor from 1997 – 2006

Delegate Gilbert is a member of the Courts of Justice Committee, the Rules Committee, and serves as the Vice-Chairman of the House General Laws Committee. He also serves on the Virginia State Crime Commission, which helps to study and direct polices on public safety throughout Virginia and he is the Chairman of the House Criminal Law Subcommittee.

Prior to his election to the House of Delegates, Delegate Gilbert began his career as a full-time prosecutor. His first job was with the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Lynchburg, where he was a member of the Violent Crime Prosecution Team.

Patrick Hope

RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) – A permanent ban on guns at the State Capitol is closer to becoming law, but not without objections from Republicans who say it is stifling Virginians’ First and Second Amendment rights.

Friday, a House Committee approved a Senate bill that would prohibit firearms and other weapons in Capitol Square.

But for years, open carry was the order of the day for gun rights advocates visiting lawmakers.

Amended bill to limit solitary confinement heads to Senate floor
Noah FleischmanFebruary 3, 2021 (Short)

Senator Joseph D. Morrissey (D-Richmond) introduced Senate Bill 1301, to prohibit solitary confinement in adult and juvenile correctional facilities. The Senate Appropriations and Finance Committee voted 12-4 Wednesday to advance the bill with amendments.
The amended bill would allow inmates to be held in solitary confinement for 48 consecutive hours, but that can be extended to allow for an investigation to be completed. Isolated, or solitary, confinement is defined in the bill as being confined in a cell alone or with another inmate for more than 20 hours a day for an adult and 17 hours a day for a juvenile.
The Virginia Department of Corrections would still be allowed to use solitary confinement in three circumstances: if an inmate is a threat to them self or others, during a facility-wide lockdown, or for an inmate’s own protection.

Though it didn’t garner as much attention as other police reform measures during the special legislative session that ended this fall, a provision to decriminalize jaywalking in a pretextual policing bill from Delegate Patrick Hope, D-Arlington, means that come March 1, police will no longer be able to stop folks for the act of crossing the street outside of a marked crosswalk.

Criminal justice reformers called it a small step along the path to reducing encounters with the police, especially for people of color.

Although jaywalking will remain illegal, other advocates worry decriminalization could encourage pedestrians towards further unsafe crossings at a time when Virginia’s pedestrian death rate is already at a record high.

 

Current Position: State Delegate for District 47 since 2010
Affiliation: Democrat

Patrick Hope was first elected Delegate for the 47th District in 2010. The 47th District includes parts of Arlington County.

Delegate Patrick Hope serves as Chair of the Public Safety Committee and is a member of the Courts of Justice and Health, Welfare and Institutions committees. Delegate Patrick Hope is a health care attorney.

Rip Sullivan

Current Position: State Delegate for District 48 since 2014
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Alfonso Lopez

Current Position: State Delegate for District 49 since 2010
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Lee Carter

Current Position: State Delegate for District 50 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2021 Governor

Overview: N/A

Hala Ayala

Current Position: State Delegate for District 51 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Luke Torian

More federal money available for rental relief in the state
Free Press Staff ReportFebruary 18, 2021 (Short)

Prince William County Delegate Luke Torian, chair of the House Appropriations Committee and a member of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, and Fairfax Sen. Janet Howell, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, expressed delight at the heightened funding for the state’s rental relief initiative.

“This program has been critical to addressing and preventing evictions for thousands of Virginians,” Delegate Torian stated.

The extra funding for eviction relief arrives as a new law the General Assembly passed and the governor signed begins to take effect that bars landlords from evicting tenants they have not been informed of rental relief programs and provided assistance in applying for such help.

Retirement savings bill passes Senate panel with reduced scope
Michael MartzFebruary 16, 2021 (Medium)

“I didn’t want the bill killed,” Torian said in an interview after the vote. “People have just got to understand that we need to give retirement opportunities to everyone. We can’t allow people to continue being in a disadvantaged position.”

The legislation is the culmination of multiple studies of how to encourage people to save for their retirement. Virginia529 led the last study, which reported to the General Assembly in December that 1.2 million working Virginians, or 45% of the work force, lack access to a retirement savings plan at their jobs. Black, Hispanic and Asian workers, and women have disproportionately less access than others, it said.

Torian’s legislation would allow Virginia to approve a treasury loan of up to $2 million a year to establish the program, with the expectation that it would break even in 10 years. Eligible businesses would have to offer the option but would not contribute to an employee’s IRA account. Employees could opt out of the program, control how much they contribute monthly and carry their IRA with them if they changed jobs.

In an interview on Thursday, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Del. Luke Torian (D-Prince William) didn’t take a firm stance on the idea.

“You just have to weigh the risks. I’m not saying I’m opposed but I’m open to the discussion,” Torian said.

The push from the Senate comes as Gov. Northam calls on school districts to open their doors even sooner. At a press conference last week, he urged localities to begin offering in-person learning options by March 15.

'Miles to go' - House and Senate face off after adopting budgets
Micahel MartzFebruary 12, 2021 (Medium)

“This budget’s first goal is to help pave Virginia’s way out of the pandemic, fully funding vaccine distribution efforts,” House Appropriations Chairman Luke Torian, D-Prince William, told the House.

“It will foster financial security for all Virginia families through a redoubled emphasis on workers’ rights, much-deserved pay raises, and paid sick leave for our front-line workforce,” Torian said. “It will protect our public schools from lost funding resulting from COVID-19 and maintain affordable access to our colleges and universities.”

Debate was much more partisan in the House than in the Senate. The House voted down more than a dozen objections to budget amendments recommended by the committee, including funding to support pending legislative initiatives to legalize marijuana, expunge criminal records for minor offenses, end mandatory-minimum sentences for a variety of offenses and require five days of paid sick leave for essential employees, including home health workers paid through the state’s Medicaid program.

Current Position: State Delegate for District 52 since 2010
Affiliation: Democrat

Luke Torian was first elected Delegate for the 52nd District in 2010. The 52nd District includes parts of Prince William County.

Delegate Torian is Chair of the House Appropriations Committee and is a member of the General Laws and Rules committees. From 1986 to 1990, Vivian Watts was Secretary of Transportation for the Commonwealth. Delegate Torian has served as the Pastor of First Mount Zion Baptist Church in Dumfries for 23 years.

Marcus Simon

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Twitter
Twitter, Marcus SimonMarch 17, 2021

This is an important and necessary proposal. We legislators can pass laws to increase voter access & a national-model state level voting rights act, but it’s up to local elections officials to implement them. As Attorney General @jonesjay will make sure they do. https://twitter.com/bluevirginia/status/1372161014872092676

Delays in U.S. census data have disrupted plans to draw new districts for this year’s elections of all 100 seats in the Virginia House of Delegates, raising the possibility that the races will be run under the old political map.

On top of that uncertainty, the General Assembly has passed legislation to move all local and municipal elections to November, which could force more than a dozen cities and more than 100 towns around the state to reschedule council and school board elections that usually take place in May.
The census delay, announced on Friday, makes it virtually impossible to hold to the redistricting schedule outlined in Virginia’s constitution, said Del. Marcus B. Simon (D-Fairfax), who sits on the state’s bipartisan Redistricting Commission.

Simon said lawmakers are just beginning to discuss options. There is precedent for holding elections for three straight years, which happened in the early 1980s when a newly redrawn map was found to be racially gerrymandered. Elections went ahead under the old map, then took place the following year under a corrected map and again, as scheduled, the year after that.

With his proposal to repeal Virginia’s right-to-work law bottled up in committee for the third year in a row, Del. Lee Carter, D-Manassas, tried unsuccessfully to force his Democratic colleagues to bring it to a floor vote Wednesday.

Del. Marcus Simon, D-Fairfax, offered a competing motion to block Carter’s attempt, calling it a highly unusual departure from the House’s normal procedures and leadership structure. “We have a process by which we do business here,” said Simon, who handles rules issues for Democratic leadership as the caucus’s parliamentarian.

Simon’s motion to quash Carter’s attempt passed 83-13, with a dozen other progressive Democrats joining Carter to try to bring the bill to the floor.

Virginia House Joins Senate in Voting to End Death Penalty
Sarah Rankin February 5, 2021 (Short)

Virginia moved another step closer to ending capital punishment on Friday when the state House joined the Senate in voting to abolish the death penalty.

Democrats favoring abolishment said the death penalty is an archaic punishment in an era when many countries have already moved away from the practice, and too costly to implement, given the litigation involved. They also said it has been applied unfairly, with people of color, the mentally ill and the indigent more likely to end up on death row.

“The government should not be in the business of killing human beings. It’s immoral, inhumane,” Democratic Del. Marcus Simon said.

Current Position: State Delegate for District 53 since 2014
Affiliation: Democrat

Marcus Simon was first elected Delegate for the 53rd District in 2014. The 53rd District includes the City of Falls Church and parts of Fairfax County.

Delegate Simon is Chair of the House Privileges and Elections Committee and is a member of the Courts of Justice, Rules, and General Laws committees. In 2008 Delegate Simon co-founded the Law Firm of Leggett, Simon, Freemyers & Lyon and Ekko Title, a real estate settlement, title and escrow company.

Robert Orrock

Current Position: State Delegate for District 54 since 1990
Affiliation: Republican

Delegate Robert D. “Bobby” Orrock has represented the 54th Virginia House of Delegates district since he was first elected in 1989.

Bobby has been a teacher at Spotsylvania High School for over three decades and is keenly aware of the importance of creating a Virginia where coming generations will have better opportunities to compete in a world economy, while being better able to live, learn, work and raise their families.

Karrie Delaney

Current Position: State Delegate for District 67 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

As a local community leader and a mom,  Karrie Delaney is dedicated to bringing innovative economic growth, world-class education, and healthcare for all to Northern Virginia.”

Karrie Delaney has always been committed to strengthening the community for everyone.

The daughter of a U.S. Army veteran, Karrie saw firsthand the importance of supporting our returning heroes. Her dad came home from Korea in the late 1950’s to get his GED and a good-paying job in a VA Hospital.

Featured video: This interview was conducted by Kerrie Thompson at the Sherwood Community Center in Fairfax City during the LWV-Fairfax Redistricting Forum on Nov. 17, 2019. Original interview recording has not been edited in any way.

Buddy Fowler

Current Position: State Delegate for District 55 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.

 

John McGuire

Current Position: State Delegate for District 56 since 2018
Affiliation: Republican

John McGuire’s believes one of the biggest keys to success in life, no matter what you do, is teamwork. As a member of the Virginia General Assembly, John’s focus is on good policy, not politics.

Whether it’s fighting for better services for our veterans, law enforcement, and first responders, tackling the Heroin/Opioid epidemic, or making sure our tax dollars are being used efficiently, John knows that by listening to each other and working together, we can create a brighter future for our Commonwealth.

Sally Hudson

Current Position: State Delegate for District 57
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

Rob Bell

Current Position: State Delegate for District 58 since 2002
Affiliation: Republican

Rob Bell has written laws that crack down on repeat-offense drunk driving and keep sex offenders off school property. He has also passed laws to expand Virginia’s protective orders and to require life in prison for those convicted of raping children.  In 2015 he wrote the law to address sexual assaults on college campuses, and in 2016 Bell led the effort to expand Virginia’s stalking laws and empower crime victims.

In recent years, Rob has worked to improve mental health care in Virginia. In 2014, he patroned Virginia’s “bed of last resort” law to ensure that a bed at a state hospital is always available when a court has ordered treatment.

Matthew Fariss

Current Position: State Delegate for District 59 since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

Matt Fariss is a seventh generation native of Campbell County with a desire for future generations to continue to reside in the region. His wife, Crystal, and children, Hunter, Bobby, and Harrison are the reason Matt entered this campaign.

He hopes that they can continue to enjoy the same rights and freedoms that he has been blessed with, and, as delegate, he will fight against liberal policies that will put those liberties in jeopardy. Despite his various successes, he is first and foremost a Christian family man committed to serving his family and community.

James Edmunds

Current Position: State Delegate for District 60 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 for District 61 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 for District 62
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 for District 63 since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Emily Brewer

Current Position: State Delegate for District 64 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.

Lee Ware

Current Position: State Delegate for District 65 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.

Kirk Cox

Current Position: State Delegate for District 66 since 1989
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2021 Governor

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 for District 68 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

General Laws Committee aircast
May 12, 2021 – 6:00 pm (ET)

Host:

  • Delegate David Bulova

Delegate Suggests Removing Financial Incentive For Traffic Stops
WVTF, Michael PopleMay 3, 2021 (Short)

The firestorm caused by the Windsor police officer who pepper sprayed an African-American Army officer may end up changing the relationship between money and policing in Virginia.

Delegate Betsy Carr of Richmond says this incident reveals why police departments and sheriff’s offices should be de-incentivized from making traffic stops.  “Police are incentivized if they’re going to get money from it just to make more traffic stops, and a lot of time Black and brown folks are the people who are bearing the brunt of this.”

But Dana Schrad at the police chiefs association says local governments get that money, not police.  “The financial incentive is not on the part of the police department,” Schrad argues. “It might be on the part of the locality. But the locality has always expressed that their chief concern is that speeding on that route that goes through their community presents risks for the business owners and presents risks for the residents, and they want to see speeding laws enforced.”

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Richmond endorsements
February 23, 2021

See link above for latest Delegate Carr endorsements including Senator Ghazala Hashmi and Delegate Delores McQuinn.

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Mid-Session Legislative Update
Other, Delegate CarrFebruary 17, 2021

“I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dear Friend,

The 2021 legislative session is in full swing. The House of Delegates meets virtually to conduct business while the Senate meets at the Science Museum of Virginia. While the environment is certainly different, I have enjoyed continuing to meet with many constituents and advocacy groups about their priorities.

SESSION UPDATE

The two Chambers of the General Assembly are approaching “Crossover” – when the legislation passed in the House moves to the Senate for consideration and vice versa.

It is an honor to have all of my bills pass the House of Delegates this session:

  1. HB1901 expands the availability of the online Virginia Driver’s Manual course in order to provide greater accessibility, which is particularly important as we continue to battle COVID-19.

  2. HB1902 prohibits food vendors from using styrofoam food containers by 2025.

  3. HB1903 allows localities to reduce speed limits in residential and business districts to 15 miles per hour.

  4. HB1969 provides fiscally stressed local governments (such as Richmond) important tools to transform blighted, derelict properties back into productive, tax paying use and provisioned for affordable housing opportunities.

  5. HB1971 clarifies the Virginia Fair Housing Law to ensure that someone with a disability can request accessible parking in order to fully use and enjoy their housing.

  6. HB1981 provides that if a tenant does not feel safe having workers come into their home, they can notify the landlord that they do not want non-emergency maintenance to be addressed during a pandemic, such as COVID-19. The tenant must agree to hold the landlord harmless for any routine maintenance not addressed.

  7. HB2299 implements several recommendations from JLARC’s review of K-12 special education in Virginia in order to improve the quality of learning that students in special education receive

Review my legislation

I am also proud to support the following legislation:

  • Abolishing the Death Penalty

  • Reviewing the racial and ethnic impact for proposed criminal justice bills

  • Ensuring paid sick leave for workers

  • Tax rebates for Electric Vehicles

  • Legalizing and regulating marijuana – focusing on social and economic equity

  • Prohibiting firearms in polling places

  • Establishing and funding the “Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back” (G3) Program

  • Transit equity and modernization study

  • Ensuring tenant rights and protections

  • Providing abortion coverage under health benefits

  • Entering the National Popular Vote Compact

  • Requiring law enforcement officers to report wrongdoings by other officers

  • Community and environmental justice outreach

  • Ending qualified immunity for law enforcement officers

  • Establishing the Produce Rx Program to address food insecurity

  • Establishing a process for automatic expungement

  • Protecting domestic workers under the Virginia Human Rights Act

  • Facilitating the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine

  • Recognizing racism as a public health crisis

Review my co-sponsored legislation

Budget Amendments that I have introduced:

  • Restoring funding for nursing homes with special populations (at the request of the Virginia Home)

  • Establishing a pediatric cancer research fund

  • Providing for additional English Learner Teachers (at the request of Richmond Public Schools)

  • Increasing funding for the Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG) program

  • Supporting Solar Hands-On Instructional Network of Excellence (SHINE)

  • Restoring funding for local libraries

  • Planning and establishing the Fetal and Infant Mortality Review Team (at the request of NARAL and Birth in Color)

  • Providing Medicaid support for Mobile Vision Clinics for Kids

  • Funding demographic services for aging groups (at the request of Senior Connections)

  • Increasing funding for the Family and Children’s Trust (FACT) Fund (at the request of Voices for Virginia’s Children)

  • Restoring funding for the marine archaeology program

  • Creating urban green space at the Science Museum of Virginia

  • Increasing funding for the VCU Wilder School’s RISE initiative to confront racial equity and social justice work in public affairs

Review my budget amendments

Legislative Resources & How-Tos

Participating in the Legislative Session

Watch: All House and Senate committees, subcommittees, and floor sessions are live-streamed and available to the public. Visit the Virginia General Assembly website and click on “Members and Session” on the left-hand side of the page.

Share Your Views: You have the opportunity to participate in the committee process through the new HODSpeak website. You can sign up to speak during the committee and can call in on either your computer or phone. Specific instructions are sent out in advance of the meeting after you sign up.

Track Legislation: You can use the Legislative Information System website to access bill information, committee information, and meeting schedules.

How to read a bill:

  • Regular font shows you what the Code of Virginia already says

  • Italicized font means that language is being added to the Code of Virginia

  • Strikethrough means that language will be removed from the Code of Virginia

  • Bold font indicates a title or headers

COVID-19 UPDATES

Addressing this pandemic has been a priority of mine since early last year. I have been working closely with my General Assembly colleagues to pass emergency legislation, HB 2333, to expand the capacity of vaccine distribution efforts. However, the critical issue now is to supply Virginians with sufficient doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, which comes from the federal government. I am extremely appreciative of all the work put in by President Biden to speed up production and try to make up for the deficiencies of the last Administration.

I will continue to work tirelessly to ensure all my constituents have quick, easy, and equitable access to vaccines across my district.

Vaccinating Virginia

  • Virginia ranks 10th among all states for percent of the population that has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 12th for percent of available doses administered.

  • Soon, there will be a new statewide pre-registration system to improve the process and allow individuals to confirm their pre-registration status at any time.

  • Call the Virginia Department of Health’s Call Center at 877-ASK-VDH3 (877-275-8345) for assistance with questions and pre-registration. Assistance is available in English, Spanish, and other languages and the call center’s capacity is expected to increase exponentially to help ensure folks receive the answers they need.

  • It is important to remember that Virginia – and all states – rely on the federal government to distribute vaccine doses. This is based on population. Virginia is receiving around 105,000 doses per week. President Biden has announced an increased distribution of 16% but it may be weeks before we see a significant increase.

  • Once Virginia receives doses, they distribute the doses proportionally to each local health district.

  • All local health districts are in Phase 1b of vaccine eligibility, meaning around 50% of all Virginians are now eligible. There is flexibility in how doses are administered to individuals, but roughly half of the available supply is dedicated to people aged 65 or older.

When can I get vaccinated?

At this point, there are simply not enough available doses yet for everyone who is eligible to receive them. Virginia will not be able to meet the demand until March or April.

  • If you are eligible based on occupation, please check with your employer to see if arrangements are being made.

  • If you are eligible based on age or medical condition, then please register with the local health department in the locality in which you live.

If you receive a first dose of the vaccine, you WILL receive the second dose three or four weeks later.

Watch Dr. Danny Avula, Virginia Vaccine Coordinator and Director of the Richmond & Henrico Health District, present information on vaccinations to the House Appropriations committee on January 22:

THANK YOU

It is an honor to serve you in the General Assembly. If you have any questions, concerns, or issues that I can help address, please email me at delegate.carr@betsycarr.org or call 804-698-1069. I am available to meet with you or your civic association or community group via a web call to discuss your legislative priorities. Finally, I am happy to share that you can now find me on Twitter (@delbetsycarr) as well. I look forward to staying in touch.

Sincerely,

Betsy B. Carr

Current Position: State Delegate for District 69 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

Virginia tops 10,000 COVID-19 deaths; 'honor their memories,' Northam urges
Channel 6 News Richmond, WTVR CBS 6 Writer StaffMarch 14, 2021 (Short)

Gov. Ralph Northam declared Sunday as a day of prayer and remembrance to honor the Virginians who died of COVID-19 as the state marks a grim milestone: more than 10,000 deaths in the Commonwealth are linked to COVID-19.

“Sunday marks one year since we first learned that a Virginian had died from COVID-19 in our Commonwealth,” Northam said in a statement. “Since then, more than [10,000] of our fellow Virginians have lost their lives to this disease, leaving behind families, friends, colleagues, and neighbors of all races, religions, and backgrounds. And while we cannot bring them back, we can honor their memories — and prevent more grief and loss — by working together to keep each other safe.”

Del. Delores McQuinn also introduced a resolution during the 2021 General Assembly session designating March 14, in 2021 and in each succeeding year, as Victims of COVID-19 Remembrance Day in Virginia.

Does your child have asthma? According to the CDC, the condition is “a leading chronic disease” for children and teenagers.

Recently the Virginia Senate approved HB 2019, supported by Delegate Delores McQuinn, to place albuterol inhalers in public schools. The legislation passed by a vote of 37-2.

“I have heard of too many instances, including from students that I know personally, of them having an asthma attack, but not having their inhaler on them because they forgot to bring it with them that day, or their parents did not provide them with one,” said McQuinn. This bill will ensure this life-saving medication is readily available to our students.”

Governor Ralph Northam on Friday unveiled a plan to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in Virginia’s state government. The ONE Virginia plan, which will support more than 100 state agencies in prioritizing fair and equitable services, is the first of its kind in the country.

“Using the Inclusive Excellence framework, ONE Virginia will help implement tangible reforms that interrupt long-held systems of structural inequity to create sustainable change, innovation, and productivity across state government, throughout Virginia, and around our country,” Underwood stated in a release.

The plan is being codified by the General Assembly through previously-passed legislation. House Bill 1993 — sponsored by Delegates Alex Askew, D-Virginia Beach, and Delores McQuinn, D-Richmond — requires state agencies to establish and maintain diversity, equity and inclusion plans in coordination with the Governor’s Chief Diversity Officer.

On Friday, Norment presented the idea to the House Rules Committee, which Filler-Corn oversees. Though he insisted he was not trying to “poke a finger in anyone’s eye,” Filler-Corn’s leadership team clearly felt otherwise.

“This is a step when we are taking the power away from our first woman speaker. I cannot support something like that,” said House Majority Leader Charniele Herring, D-Alexandria. “Because it will tell every young girl out there who seeks to achieve something that is so magnificent that there are people out there who are trying to take that authority from you. That’s not the way that we should do things.”

Del. Delores McQuinn, D-Richmond, also a member of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, defended the speaker’s action as a “proud moment” for the state. “For days, for years, walking past that room often left me sort of disgusted and anxious and bothered. And sometimes even preoccupied by what I saw as I walked through that particular space,” McQuinn said. “Some individuals want to call it a museum and even with that I take offense because I don’t see this as a museum.”

Current Position: State Delegate for District 70 since 2009
Affiliation: Democrat

Delores McQuinn was first elected Delegate for the 70th District in 2009. The 70th District includes parts of Chesterfield and Henrico Counties and the city of Richmond.

Delegate McQuinn is Chair of the Transportation Committee and is a member of the Education, Rules, and Appropriations committees.  Delegate McQuinn served as Vice-Mayor of Richmond from 2003 to 2004 and Vice-President of the City Council 2007 to 2008.

Jeffrey Bourne

Current Position: State Delegate for District 71 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 for District 72 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 for District 73 since 2020
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 for District 74 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

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Tyler's Bill Expands High Speed Internet to Rural Areas
Campaign Website, Independent Messenger March 12, 2021

Delegate Roslyn Tyler, who serves as Vice-Chairperson of the Broadband Advisory and Chairperson of the House of Appropriation Compensation /Government Committee, sponsored House Bill 2304 that passed the House and the Senate with bipartisan support.

Delegate Roslyn Tyler, who serves as Vice-Chairperson of the Broadband Advisory and Chairperson of the House of Appropriation Compensation /Government Committee, sponsored House Bill 2304 that passed the House and the Senate with bipartisan support.

The purpose of HB 2304 is to allow electric utility companies such as Dominion Energy to provide high speed internet services to unserved communities and bridge the digital divide in the Commonwealth. Virginia ‘s invested owned utilities are already building broadband networks within their existing grids. This program will allow them to build more capacity than they need strictly for the grid and lease that capacity to ISPs to serve unserved Virginians.

This pilot project has been successful in serving other counties with over 538 miles of fiber optic deployment and over 11,100 home, businesses and community anchors connected with thousands more in the pipeline. The House Bill 2304 will become law when signed by Governor Ralph Northam prior to July 1, 2021.

Broadband expansion/High Speed internet has been one of Delegate Tyler’s priorities and the Covid-19 pandemic has proven the necessity of reliable internet services for education, businesses, agriculture and economic development. The House of Appropriation in the 2021-2022 budget included $100 million dollars for funding localities through competitive grants.

Four Emporia-Greensville officials endorse McAuliffe for governor
Owen FitzGeraldFebruary 19, 2021 (Short)

Four officials representing the City of Emporia and Greensville County communities have endorsed former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, in his campaign for a second term in November.

Del. Roslyn Tyler, D-75, endorsed McAuliffe, along with Greensville County Board of Supervisors Chairman James Brown, Board Vice Chairman Belinda Astrop, and Board member Tony Conwell.

“After this pandemic, our Commonwealth needs a leader who will act holistically to make sure all Virginians benefit in our recovery,” Astrop said in a press release. “From losing jobs to facing the risk of eviction, Virginians need big solutions and a forward-looking vision that won’t tinker around the edges. We need a bold leader like Terry McAuliffe.”

 

State reform of Governor’s Schools blocked; local boards act
Matthew BarakatFebruary 23, 2021 (Short)

A push to increase the numbers of Black and Hispanic students at Virginia’s selective “Governor’s Schools” by changing admissions policies has failed, despite the support of Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration.

The bill’s sponsor, Del. Roslyn Tyler, singled out Saslaw and Petersen for blocking it, but said in a statement that she considers the effort a success “because it allowed students, alumni, teachers, administrators, elected official and other stakeholders to have a public conversation on racial biasness, inclusion and lack of diversity at the governor schools.”

She said she is confident that the Northam administration will push for reforms even without the legislation.

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The House of Delegates of the 244th Virginia General Assembly adopted and passed House Resolution 95 calling attention to and noting the 165th anniversary of Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services.

In a country not just 250 years old, the 165th anniversary of anything is an event to be celebrated. It is an especially remarkable achievement when you consider that only18 of our 50 states had been admitted to the union, important inventions such as the telephone, electricity, automobiles, airplanes, vaccinations, etc. had yet to be invented, and events that shaped our nation and world had yet to occur.

Delegate Roslyn Tyler recently presented Tod Balsbaugh, VP of Advancement, the proclamation at her office in Emporia. Jackson-Feild is grateful to the General Assembly for this document and for helping to provide essential mental health services to children with severe mental illness.

Current Position: State Delegate for District 75 since 2006
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2021 State Delegate
Former Position(s): Sussex County Board of Supervisors from 1984 – 1995

Roslyn Tyler was first elected Delegate for the 75th District in 2005. The 75th District includes all of the Cities of Emporia and Franklin and all of  Brunswick and Greensville counties and parts of Dinwiddie, Lunenberg, Southampton, Sussex, Surrey, and Isle of Wight Counties. Delegate Tyler is Chair of the House Education Committee and is a member of the Appropriations and Public Safety committees.

Clinton Jenkins

Current Position: State Delegate for District 76 since 2020
Affiliation: Democrat

After working for a time as a Subcontracts Administrator for BAE Systems Shipyard, Clint Jenkins later became the Ethics Officer for the shipyard. While employed in the ship repair industries, Clint began to work part-time as a real estate agent. Today, he manages a local real estate company with his daughter, Ashlin.

A strong commitment to service has defined Clint’s involvement in his community. He knows the needs and concerns of the people of the 76th District because he has seen and heard them firsthand. He is committed to representing his constituents with honesty, integrity, and transparency.

Cliff Hayes

“I told him ‘Cliff we need to do something. This shouldn’t have happened.’ I said ‘This can’t happen to anyone else again.’ And he said ‘I got you 100%,’” said Shawn Eure-Wilson, Jamile’s mother.

Hayes then spearheaded the legislation. Currently, to get an Ashanti Alert, you have to show evidence of abduction, and the current Amber Alert system applies only to children with autism, not adults.

“This bill expands to include those with autism regardless of age. With Autism Spectrum Disorder, there’s a tendency to wander anyway,” said Arketa Howard, an advocate for the Autism Society of Tidewater.

bill to govern training and use of non-lethal weapons by police to control protests hit close to home for Del. Cliff Hayes, D-Chesapeake, whose 20-year-old cousin was critically wounded by a “bean bag” round fired at him mistakenly during an anti-racism protest in Texas at the end of May.

He told his colleagues Thursday that Justin Howell, a student at Texas State University, suffered a fractured skull and brain damage after police fired a so-called “non-lethal” munition during a protest at the University of Texas in Austin on May 31 after the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minnesota.

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said police hit Howell mistakenly while firing at another protester who was hurling objects at them, and Texas news accounts said they also fired on protesters trying to carry Howell to safety.

Del. Cliff Hayes, D-Chesapeake, who has 25 years’ experience as an IT professional in Hampton Roads – including with law-enforcement agencies – heads a JCOTS panel examining the two-edged sword of facial recognition systems. On one hand, they promise quantum advances in crime fighting and national security. On the other, they are the fondest dream of totalitarian regimes as witnessed by wholesale deployment throughout China.

Hayes is skeptical about the technology’s widespread use.

“One of the things I know is that there is always this push to use technology to make ourselves more efficient. The question is how you define it. When you talk about effectiveness, what lens do you look at it through. Is it through a tactical or quantitative lens, or is it through an ethical and moral lens?” he said.

Jez started hearing about the facility two years ago. That’s when he reached out to C.E. “Cliff” Hayes, Jr., who was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2016.
“He was really integral,” Jez said about Hayes, who helped pass a binding resolution in the House of Delegates honoring his meet in 2017. “He’s just been a good advocate for our event, even though it wasn’t even in his jurisdiction. I started talking to him about this new track and he put me in contact with some people from the city. They did a great sale. I was just going to host one meet there, then it became two, then it became me bringing the VA Showcase there.”
Hayes thinks the track meet and the facility will have a “huge” economic impact to the area.

Current Position: State Delegate for District 77 since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): Chesapeake City Council (2004-12) from 2004 – 2012

Cliff Hayes was first elected Delegate for the 77th District in 2016. The 77th District includes parts of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach.

Delegate Hayes serves as Chair of the Communications, Technology and Innovation Committee and is a member of the Health, Welfare and Institutions,  and Appropriations committees. Delegate Hayes serves as the CIO/Technology Director for the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office.

Jay Leftwich

Current Position: State Delegate for District 78 since 2014
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Chesapeake School Board (2002-13; chairman 2012-13) from 2002 – 2013

James Leftwich is a Partner at Basnight, Kinser, Leftwich & Nuckolls, P.C., where he has been for 29 years.

Jay successfully won election to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2013 to represent the 78th District, which is located in Chesapeake. He currently serves on the following committees: Courts of Justice, Education, General Laws, and Privileges and Elections in the House. Jay is also the Chairman of the House Courts of Justice Subcommittee #2, Privileges and Elections Subcommittee #2, and the Education Subcommittee #3.

Stephen Heretick

Current Position: State Delegate for District 79 since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): Portsmouth City Council from 2004 – 2012

Politicians are often on the wrong side of history; whether it be a failure to protect us against predatory tolls on our tunnels, cuts in state funding for our local schools, blocking working-class families from accessing healthcare, or eroding the voting rights of our elderly and disabled…enough

Don Scott

Current Position: State Delegate for District 80 since 2020
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

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

Barry Knight

Current Position: State Delegate for District 81 since 2009
Affiliation: Republican

Barry D. Knight was born and raised in Virginia and has worked his whole life in agri-business with a strong dedication to supporting the local economy and protecting citizens’ rights. Barry’s solid work ethic and common sense approach has helped him develop one of the most productive hog farming businesses in Hampton Roads.

Strongly committed to giving back to the community, Barry decided to focus his time on public service and now serves as the Delegate for Virginia’s 81st District in the Virginia General Assembly.

Jason Miyares

Current Position: State Delegate for District 82 since 2016
Affiliation: Republican

In November of 2015, Jason Miyares won the open seat to the 82nd District for the House of Delegates by the widest margin in the district’s history while becoming the first Cuban-American ever elected to the Virginia General Assembly. Jason Miyares has brought commonsense conservative leadership and accountability to Richmond while fighting for fiscal discipline and government transparency.

In November of 2015, he won the open seat to the 82nd District for the House of Delegates by the widest margin in the district’s history while becoming the first Cuban-American ever electd to the Virginia General Assembly. Jason Miyares has brought commonsense conservative leadership and accountability to Richmond while fighting for fiscal discipline and government transparency.

Nancy Guy

Current Position: State Delegate for Dsitrict 84 since 2020
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

Glenn Davis

Current Position: State Delegate for District 84 since 2014
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Virginia Beach City Council from 2009 – 2013

Delegate Glenn Davis is a public servant, business owner, and serial entrepreneur.

In the Virginia General Assembly, Glenn is one of Virginia’s leading advocates for economic development, regulatory and tax reform, and helping grow Virginia’s small businesses. His initiatives in these areas have earned him multiple awards and honors from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, including Freshman Legislator of the Year (2014), Small Business Advocate Award (2015), Champion of Free Enterprise Award (2016), Advancement of Innovation and Technology Award (2017), and multiple Free Enterprise Awards for his legislation on Virginia’s Business Climate, as well as Workforce and Education (2018)

Alex Askew

Current Position: State Delegate for District 85 since 2020
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

Ibraheem Samirah

Current Position: State Delegate for District 86 since 2019
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

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

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

Suhas Subramanyam

Current Position: State Delegate for District 87 since 2020
Affiliation: Democrat

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Mark Cole

Current Position: State Delegate for District 88 since 2002
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Spotsylvania County Board of Supervisors from 2000 – 2002

Mark Cole has served in the Virginia House of Delegates since 2002 representing the 88th District, which includes parts of Stafford, Spotsylvania and Fauquier counties, and the city of Fredericksburg. He is a member of the House committees on Finance and Education, Small Business Commission, Rappahannock River Basin Commission, and is Chairman of the Privileges and Elections Committee.

Jay Jones

Current Position: State Delegate for District 89 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Jay Jones completed his undergraduate studies at the College of William and Mary, where he was a double major in Government and History, and obtained his law degree from the University of Virginia.  Upon graduation from law school, Jay began practicing law in Norfolk.  Prior to attending law school, he was an associate with Goldman Sachs where he focused on risk management and rating advisory.

Jay was raised in a family that believes deeply in public service and devotion to our city and its people. Currently, Jay serves as a member of the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Virginia.

Joseph Lindsey

Current Position: State Delegate since 2014
Affiliation: Democrat

Joseph (Joe) C. Lindsey is a lifelong resident of Norfolk, Virginia, successful attorney and community leader who has spent his life as a public servant.

Joe understands well how policies affect people and small businesses in our community. As the representative for the 90th District, Joe works to create a strong, self-sufficient, successful community with greater opportunities for Virginia. This spirit of servant leadership is at the core of everything he does, and something he strives to promote throughout the house.

Martha Mugler

Current Position: State Delegate for District 91
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

Jeion Ward

When the General Assembly voted last year to ramp up Virginia’s minimum wage to $12, agricultural employees were among a handful of groups excluded from the increase — an exemption that traces its roots to Jim Crow-era segregation.
Lawmakers in the Senate said Monday they stand by that decision, voting down legislation passed by the House of Delegates that would have extended the state’s employment laws to farmworkers for the first time.
“I understand the exuberance and I understand the need to move forward, but we just had a robust discussion on this last year,” said Sen. Lynwood Lewis, D-Accomack, one of 10 lawmakers on the Senate’s Commerce and Labor Committee who opposed the legislation.

On Thursday, lawmakers in the Virginia House of Delegates took the first step in a long, complicated process of repealing a voter-approved constitutional amendment that prohibits two people of the same gender from marrying.

Approved in 2006, the Marshall-Newman Amendment’s prohibition on same-sex marriage is no longer enforced in the commonwealth, ever since a pair of Supreme Court decisions in 2013 and 2015, respectively, overturned a law prohibiting federal recognition of same-sex marriages, and declared all remaining bans on same-sex nuptials unconstitutional.

However, due to Virginia’s complicated legal framework — and the fact that the ban was a constitutional amendment, rather than a simple statute — eliminating Marshall-Newman from the state’s constitution requires having a pro-LGBTQ majority in both legislative chambers that will approve a bill to repeal the amendment, followed by an election, after which a different legislature must pass the exact same bill. If approved, the proposal then goes on the general election ballot where voters must approve it.

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — Governor Ralph Northam announced the results of the Commonwealth’s disparity study Friday which identified the need to address diversity in state contracting.

Following the results, Northam established goals of 23.1 percent discretionary spending with woman- and minority-owned businesses and 42 percent with SWaM-certified businesses in Virginia.

“State contracting, which represents more than $6 billion annually, can be a powerful tool to create economic opportunity. This study makes clear that the Commonwealth has significant work to do to maximize the participation of woman- and minority-owned businesses in state contract work,” said Northam.

Two per train? Why legislation mandating train crew size keeps getting filed.
Virginia Mercury, Wyatt GordonFebruary 4, 2021 (Short)

Every year over the past three years, lawmakers in Virginia’s General Assembly have introduced legislation that would require railroads moving freight through the commonwealth “to operate with a crew of at least two individuals.”

This year, it’s being pushed by Del. Jeion Ward, D-Hampton, in a bill that’s been referred to the House Labor and Commerce Committee.

With the exception of a handful of short, local lines, that crew size is already standard across the industry.

Current Position: State Delegate for District 92 since 2004
Affiliation: Democrat

Jeion Ward was first elected Delegate for the 92nd District in 2004. The 92nd District includes parts of Hampton.

Delegate Ward serves as Chair of the Labor and Commerce Committee and is a member of the Communications, Technology and Innovation, Rules, and Transportation committees.  Delegate Ward is President of the Hampton Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 4260.

Michael Mullin

Current Position: State Delegate for District 93 since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat

Mike Mullin is passionate about a lot of things, and it’s one reason he is such a good Delegate for the 93rd District of Virginia. In Mike’s first year as a legislator, he passed four bills — more than any other freshman legislator in the House of Delegates that year.

He served on the Counties, Cities and Towns Committee and the Courts of Justice Committee. In his first year, he was most proud of his bill to ensure that people who commit domestic violence aren’t eligible for “first offender status” if they have committed other violent felonies. “This bill could help stop the cycle of violence and protect women and children,” he says. “It just might save the life of somebody you love.”

Shelly Simonds

Current Position: State Delegate for District 94
Affiliation: Democrat

My husband, Paul, and I moved to Newport News in 2000, when he was hired as a NASA engineer. We soon realized that Newport News was the perfect place to raise our two daughters, Georgia and Tessa. And after my second daughter turned two, I returned to the workforce as a Spanish teacher at their school, Hilton Elementary, and discovered a new passion for teaching. I had never had a workplace where I felt like I was part of a team with such purpose. We spent our lunch breaks talking about our students and how we could encourage them.

I’ve also been a longtime environmental activist. I got my start in Virginia politics as a member of the Legislative Contact Team with the League of Conservation Voters. This work is also incredibly important to me, and something that I want to fight for in the General Assembly, if elected.

Marcia Price

Current Position: State Delegate for District 95 since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat

Marcia Price, affectionately known as “Cia”, was born and raised on the Peninsula.

Price worked as a special assistant in the Virginia Liaison Office under then Governor Mark Warner and as a state coordinator for the NAACP This Is My Vote! Campaign for voter registration, education, and mobilization.

Price serves on the Health, Welfare, and Institutions Committee (Subcommittee #1), the Privileges and Elections Committee (Subcommittee #3), and the General Laws Committee (Subcommittee #2). She currently serves as Secretary of both the House Democratic Caucus and the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus.  Del. Price is a member of the Hampton Roads Caucus and the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.

Featured video: Original interview recording and has not been edited in any way. This interview was conducted by Katlyn Weiser in Marcia Price’s office in the fall of 2019.

Amanda Batten

Current Position: State Delegate for District 96 since 2020
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

Scott Wyatt

Current Position: State Delegate for District 97
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 for District 98 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 for District 99 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.

Robert Bloxom

Current Position: State Delegate for District 100 since 2014
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Eastern Shore Soil and Water Conservation District (former Director)

From Wikipedia: Robert Spurgeon Bloxom Jr. (born February 12, 1963) is an American politician from the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from the 100th district, succeeding Lynwood Lewis. Bloxom is a member of the Republican Party.

Bloxom’s father, Robert Bloxom Sr., served in the House of Delegates before becoming Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry.

Terry Kilgore 2Terry Kilgore

Current Position: State Delegate for District 1 since 1994
Affiliation: Republican

Terry Kilgore served as Chairman of the House Commerce and Labor Committee and is a member of the House Courts of Justice Committee and the House Rules Committee.

Terry serves on various boards and organizations in the Commonwealth including Chairman of the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, the Coal and Energy Commission, and the Southwest Virginia Health Authority. He also serves on the Appalachian Region Interstate Compact Commission, Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation, Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center and the Southwest Virginia Public Education Consortium.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate for District 1 since 1994
Affiliation: Republican

Terry Kilgore served as Chairman of the House Commerce and Labor Committee and is a member of the House Courts of Justice Committee and the House Rules Committee.

Terry serves on various boards and organizations in the Commonwealth including Chairman of the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, the Coal and Energy Commission, and the Southwest Virginia Health Authority. He also serves on the Appalachian Region Interstate Compact Commission, Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation, Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center and the Southwest Virginia Public Education Consortium.

About

Terry Kilgore

Source: Campaign page

Delegate Terry G. Kilgore has been a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the citizens of the 1st legislative district, since he was first elected in 1993. As Delegate, Terry represents Scott and Lee Counties, part of Wise County, and the City of Norton. He serves as Chairman of the House Commerce and Labor Committee and is a member of the House Courts of Justice Committee and the House Rules Committee.

Terry serves on various boards and organizations in the Commonwealth including Chairman of the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, the Coal and Energy Commission, and the Southwest Virginia Health Authority. He also serves on the Appalachian Region Interstate Compact Commission, Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation, Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center and the Southwest Virginia Public Education Consortium.

Terry and his wife, Debbie, reside in Gate City, Virginia in Scott County. They have two grown children, Kayla and Kyle. He practices law in Gate City and serves as the Dean of Institutional Advancement at the Appalachian School of Pharmacy in Grundy, VA.

Experience

Work Experience

Education

  • JD
    Marshall-Wythe School of Law, The College of William and Mary
    1986
  • B.A., 1983
    Clinch Valley College

Personal

Birth Year: 1961
Place of Birth: Kingsport, TN
Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian
Religion: Methodist
Spouse: Debbie Sue Wright
Children: Kayla Wright and Kyle Bellamy

Membership & Affiliation

Methodist Church

  • Methodist Church

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Gerald Miller
Administrative Assistant During Session: Margie Doggett

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1001

District Office
P.O. Box 669
Gate City, VA 24251
Phone: (276) 386-7011

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Twitter

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Terry Gene Kilgore (born August 23, 1961) is an American politician. A Republican, he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1993, and became chair of the Commerce and Labor committee in 2008. He currently represents the 1st district in the far southwestern corner of the state, near Cumberland Gap.

Kilgore’s twin brother, Jerry Kilgore, was Attorney General of Virginia 2002–2005, and was the unsuccessful Republican candidate for Governor of Virginia in 2005, losing to Tim Kaine. Kilgore’s mother, Willie Mae Kilgore, was the registrar of voters in Kilgore’s home jurisdiction, Scott County, until December 2008. He has two children, Kayla Wright Kilgore and Kyle Bellamy Kilgore.

Recent Elections

2019 State Delegate

Terry Kilgore (R)16,74895.69%
Write-In (Write-in)7544.31%
TOTAL17,502

2017 State Delegate

Terry Kilgore (R)14,84876.0%
Alicia Delynn Kallen (D)4,63923.8%
Write in (Write-in)420.2%
TOTAL19,529

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

KILGORE, TERRY G has run in 10 races for public office, winning 10 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $2,877,199.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Chair: Commerce and Labor
Courts of Justice
Rules

Subcommittees

Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #2
Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #3
Rules – Subcommittee #2
Rules – Joint Rules

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

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Will Morefieldns 1Will Morefield

Current Position: State Delegate for District 3 since 2010
Affiliation: Republican

Even though Will Morefield is one of the youngest delegates at 33, he is a senior member in the House who proudly represents the counties of Bland, Buchanan, Russell, and Tazewell. This gives him a strong and unique voice in Richmond for our area.

As delegate, Will was the first elected official to publicly stand up for coal. As a member of the Natural Resources Committee, he advocates for coal and natural gas jobs and has initiated Project Jonah, which will be the largest aquaculture project in the world – creating hundreds of jobs right here in Southwest Virginia. As a member of the Counties, Cities and Town Committee, Will successfully fights for teacher pay raises and for expanding infrastructure and drinking water projects.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate for District 3 since 2010
Affiliation: Republican

Even though Will Morefield is one of the youngest delegates at 33, he is a senior member in the House who proudly represents the counties of Bland, Buchanan, Russell, and Tazewell. This gives him a strong and unique voice in Richmond for our area.

As delegate, Will was the first elected official to publicly stand up for coal. As a member of the Natural Resources Committee, he advocates for coal and natural gas jobs and has initiated Project Jonah, which will be the largest aquaculture project in the world – creating hundreds of jobs right here in Southwest Virginia. As a member of the Counties, Cities and Town Committee, Will successfully fights for teacher pay raises and for expanding infrastructure and drinking water projects.

About

Will Morefieldns

Source: Campaign page

Will Morefield grew up in Tazewell County to a multi-generation coalmining family. He attended and graduated Tazewell County Schools and was raised in a Christian home, learning at an early age the strong values that makes Southwest Virginia great.

After graduating from Midwestern State University in Texas in 2007, Will Morefield returned to Virginia and ran for the House of Delegates in 2010. Will ran because the people of this district who grapple with and overcome challenges every day deserve a representative who will deliver solutions to their problems and not just talk about them.

Even though Will Morefield is one of the youngest delegates at 33, he is a senior member in the House who proudly represents the counties of Bland, Buchanan, Russell, and Tazewell. This gives him a strong and unique voice in Richmond for our area. As delegate, Will was the first elected official to publicly stand up for coal. As a member of the Natural Resources Committee, he advocates for coal and natural gas jobs and has initiated Project Jonah, which will be the largest aquaculture project in the world – creating hundreds of jobs right here in Southwest Virginia. As a member of the Counties, Cities and Town Committee, Will successfully fights for teacher pay raises and for expanding infrastructure and drinking water projects.

Will is married to his wife April and they recently welcomed their beautiful daughter Kennedy into the world. Will and April Morefield both refuse to see Kennedy grow up in an area with few opportunities to succeed. This is why Will Morefield will continue to fight for a regional authority that will attract new industry to our region. He will continue to stand up for the coalminers, farmers and teachers who are the bedrock of our community. Will Morefield will continue to fight for Southwest Virginia because the hardworking people of the 3rd District deserve the hardest working delegate in Richmond!

Experience

Work Experience

  • Small business owner

Education

  • M.B.A
    King College, TN
    2013
  • B.A.A.S
    Midwestern State University, TX
    2007

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1984
  • Place of Birth: Bluefield, WV
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Baptist
  • Spouse: April
  • Children: Kennedy and Charleston

Membership & Affiliation

Tazewell Area Chamber of Commerce
Coal and Energy Commission

Contact

Legislative Assistant: M. E. Marty Hall, Jr., Chief of Staff
Administrative Assistant During Session: Lynn Yarbrough

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1003

District Office
P.O. Box 828
North Tazewell, VA 24630

Phone: (276) 345-4300

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, YouTube, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State Delegate

Will Morefield (R)17,09998.03%
Write In (Write-in)3431.97%
TOTAL17,442

2017 State Delegate

Will Morefield (R)13,57278.13%
William Carey Bunch, Jr (D)3,75921.64%
Write In (Write-in)400.23%
TOTAL17,371

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

MOREFIELD, JAMES W (WILL) has run in 6 races for public office, winning 5 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $854,177.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Vice Chair: Militia, Police and Public Safety
Counties Cities and Towns
Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources
General Laws

Subcommittees

Chair: Counties Cities and Towns – Subcommittee #3
Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources – Subcommittee #1
Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources – Subcommittee #2
General Laws – Subcommittee #3
Militia, Police and Public Safety – Subcommittee #2

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Ballotpedia

Issues

Civil Rights

Sanctity of Life

As a new father who looks into the innocent and trusting eyes of our newborn daughter, I know  the value of protecting the lives of the unborn. Our U.S. Constitution guarantees Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of happiness. As your state delegate, I will always passionately defend life.

Second Amendment

I have always recognized our God given right to keep and bear arms. This includes both for recreational use and to protect ourselves and our family. I will always be a stanch supporter of your Second Amendment rights.

Economy

Job Creation

One of my main priorities is attracting more quality jobs to our district. I am currently working to create a regional authority to bring new industry to our region. I initiated Project Jonah (the largest aquaculture project in the world) bringing hundreds of jobs to our area. I don’t believe in just talking about job creation, I believe in rolling up my sleeves and actually making it happen!

Education

Education is the foundation for success, but in order to have a successful education system we need qualified teachers. This is why I fought for teacher pay raises. This will allow us to be competitive and to retain quality educators instead of losing them to larger areas.

Coal

In my time as Delegate, I have fought hard to advocate for coal and natural gas jobs. I know the significant role coal plays in our community and  in our state! I am proud to be the the first elected official to publicly stand up for coal and am honored to have the support and trust of Virginia Coal and Energy Alliance as I fight for our district.

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William C. Wampler IIIWilliam C. Wampler III

Current Position: State Delegate for District 4
Affiliation: Republican

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

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate for District 4
Affiliation: Republican

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

About

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

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

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

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

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

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

Experience

Work Experience

Education

Contact

Email:

Offices

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

Web

Campaign Site, Facebook, Instagram

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State Delegate

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

Finances

Source: Follow the Money

Issues

Civil Rights

Life

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

Economy

Agriculture

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

Coal

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

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

Jobs and Economic Development

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

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

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

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

Education

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Infrastructure

Rural Broadband Technologies

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

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

Safety

The 2nd Amendment

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

Opioid Epidemic

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

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

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Israel O'QuinnIsrael O’Quinn

Current Position: State Delegate for District 5 since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

As a strong advocate for Southwest Virginia, Israel O’Quinn works to ensure the 5th District is well-represented in Richmond. Israel served as Deputy Majority Whip and his legislative committee assignments include Commerce and Labor, Privileges and Elections, as well as Militia, Police and Public Safety. He serves as the Chairman of Subcommittee Number Four in the Privileges and Elections Committee and he also serves as Chairman of Subcommittee Number Three in the Commerce and Labor Committee.

Israel is a member of the legislative Coal and Energy Commission and he serves on the Board of Directors for the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate for District 5 since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

As a strong advocate for Southwest Virginia, Israel O’Quinn works to ensure the 5th District is well-represented in Richmond. Israel served as Deputy Majority Whip and his legislative committee assignments include Commerce and Labor, Privileges and Elections, as well as Militia, Police and Public Safety. He serves as the Chairman of Subcommittee Number Four in the Privileges and Elections Committee and he also serves as Chairman of Subcommittee Number Three in the Commerce and Labor Committee.

Israel is a member of the legislative Coal and Energy Commission and he serves on the Board of Directors for the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center.

About

Delegate Israel O’Quinn was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates on November 8, 2011. He represents the 5th House District which is comprised of Bristol City, Galax City, Grayson County, Smyth County (part) and Washington County (part).

As a strong advocate for Southwest Virginia, Israel works to ensure the 5th District is well-represented in Richmond. Israel serves as Deputy Majority Whip and his legislative committee assignments include Commerce and Labor, Privileges and Elections, as well as Militia, Police and Public Safety. He serves as the Chairman of Subcommittee Number Four in the Privileges and Elections Committee and he also serves as Chairman of Subcommittee Number Three in the Commerce and Labor Committee. Israel is a member of the legislative Coal and Energy Commission and he serves on the Board of Directors for the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center.

As a citizen legislator, Israel is employed by K-VA-T Food Stores, the parent company of the Food City retail supermarket chain. He currently directs the company’s Office of Strategic Initiatives, in addition to chairing the company’s Energy Conservation Committee, which has implemented a number of energy conservation measures throughout the K-VA-T distribution center and numerous stores. Prior to joining the K-VA-T team in 2006, Israel served in various roles in government and campaigns. He spent two years in the office of Attorney General Jerry Kilgore and worked on a number of political campaigns, including those for Governor, Attorney General, US Senate, House of Delegates and various local offices.

Israel is Past Chairman of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, which has Five Star accreditation from the US Chamber of Commerce. Israel is a recipient of the The Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 award, as well as Emory & Henry College’s Young Alumnus of the Year award. While at Emory & Henry College, Israel played on the varsity baseball team and graduated with degrees in Political Science and History. Israel is also a graduate of Patrick Henry High School in Glade Spring, Virginia.

Israel and his wife, Emily, reside in Washington County, Virginia. Emily works as a corporate communications professional and she is an avid supporter of community organizations at both the state and local levels. Over the years, her service on a number of boards has focused on various business and philanthropic initiatives including expanding educational opportunities for children and increasing access to the arts.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Businessman

Education

  • B.A., Political Science/History
    Emory & Henry College
    2002

Awards

Emory & Henry College, Young Alumnus of the Year (2006)
Business Journals, 40 Under 40 (2008)
Virginia Retail Merchants, Legislator of the Year (2014)
Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Business Advocate of the Year (2015)

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1980
  • Place of Birth: Abingdon, VA
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Baptist
  • Spouse: Emily Lauren Gentry

Membership & Affiliation

Bristol Chamber of Commerce (former chairman)
Virginia Tobacco Commission (former commissioner)
Virginia Public Safety Foundation (board member)
Tennessee Valley Corridor (former board member)
Virginia Coal and Energy Commission
K-VA-T Food Stores Charitable Foundation (board member)
Food Marketing Institute (committee member)

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Jacob Holmes
Administrative Assistant During Session: Judy Miles

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1005

District Office
Physical Address:
101 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Bristol, VA 24201
Phone: (276) 525-1311

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

Twitter

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State Delegate

Israel O’Quinn (R)18,49097.66%
Write In (Write-in)4442.34%
TOTAL18,934

2017 State Delegate

Israel O’Quinn (R)18,40297.26%
Write In (Write-in)5182.74%
TOTAL18,920

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Committees

Committees

Privileges and Elections
Militia, Police and Public Safety
Commerce and Labor

Subcommittees

Chair: Commerce and Labor – Subcommittee #3
Chair: Privileges and Elections – Subcommittee #4
Commerce and Labor – Subcommittee #1
Militia, Police and Public Safety – Subcommittee #2

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

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Jeffrey Campbell 1Jeffrey Campbell

Current Position: State Delegate for District 6 since 2014
Affiliation: Republican

I can think of no other governmental function that so positively affects a community and its people than the location or relocation of a new industry within its borders, bringing with it job opportunities and economic prospects that promote the public welfare and create a better way of life for the residents.  Our government must make this the No. 1 priority for the citizens of the 6th District.  We can do better.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate for District 6 since 2014
Affiliation: Republican

I can think of no other governmental function that so positively affects a community and its people than the location or relocation of a new industry within its borders, bringing with it job opportunities and economic prospects that promote the public welfare and create a better way of life for the residents.  Our government must make this the No. 1 priority for the citizens of the 6th District.  We can do better.

About

Jeffrey Campbell

Source: Campaign page

I was born in Saltville in 1966, the youngest of three children to working class parents.  My father was a machinist by trade and my mother worked as a retail clerk.  They were both children of the Great Depression with little formal education.  They believed in the value of hard work and instilled in me the importance of family and community.  Times were tough everywhere when I was kid.  Stagflation and gas shortages.  Layoffs and plant closures following the passage of NAFTA.  We didn’t have many luxuries.  But my parents impressed on me the value of perseverance.  That ability to persevere carried me through many long, tough struggles in my personal life, such as the loss of my father when I was a teenager to having the will to work all night long in a local factory just to be able to afford to finish college and law school during the daytime.

That same perseverance instilled in me by my parents helped me struggle for years to attract industry and jobs to Saltville while serving as Mayor.  In talking with many of the people in the 6th District, I have discovered that they, like me, faced many of these same struggles.  But we can make a change.  We can attract industry to the 6th District and we can provide good paying jobs and opportunity for our people.  We can do so through ingenuity and, most of all, perseverance.  However, we can’t do it without changing the status quo.  In Virginia, the rules of the economic development game favor the more affluent and politically influential areas of the state.  So, if we continue to play by their rules, we are destined to perish.  I understand how to manipulate this system to bring jobs to our district.  I managed to do it from Saltville, a town of 2,300 people.

I can think of no other governmental function that so positively affects a community and its people than the location or relocation of a new industry within its borders, bringing with it job opportunities and economic prospects that promote the public welfare and create a better way of life for the residents.  Our government must make this the No. 1 priority for the citizens of the 6th District.  We can do better.

It’s an honor to represent you in Richmond as your Delegate from the 6th District.  If I can ever be of service, please don’t hesitate to contact my office.

Biography – A Lifetime of Service

Elective Office
  • Member, Virginia House of Delegates (Sixth District)  2014-Present
  • Mayor, Town of Saltville   2004- 2010
  • Councilman, Town of Saltville   1998 – 2004

Career

  • Campbell Law Firm – Engaged in private practice of law since 2000.
    Current and former representative clients:
  • County of Smyth
  • Town of Saltville
  • Town of Chilhowie
  • Branch Banking & Trust
  • Smyth County Department of Social Services
  • Pro-Erectors, Inc.
  • Smyth Paint & Decorating, Inc.
  • Smyth County Eye Associates, Inc.
  • Southeast Educational Associates, Inc.
  • Lowery Investments, LLC
  • Marion Pediatric Associates, P.C.
  • REL, Inc.
  • Riverfront Cafe, Inc.
  • Reynolds Holding Group, LLC
  • DeBusk Farms, LLC

Military Service

  • United States Army Reserve   1993-2001

Civic Involvement

  • Saltville Industrial Development Authority
  • Allison Gap Ruritan Club
  • Smyth County Tourism Association
  • Mount Rogers Planning District Commission
  • Youth Football, Basketball & Baseball Coach

Education

  • R.B. Worthy High School, 1984
  • Emory & Henry College, 1992, B.A. – Mass Communication/Political Science
  • Appalachian School of Law, J.D.

Personal

  • Married to Carie Hammond Campbell
  • Children: Chelsea, Cassidy, Jake, & Chloe
  • Lifetime resident of Smyth County

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • USA (Reserves)
    1993 to 2001

Education

  • JD
    Appalachian School of Law
    2000
  • BA
    Emory & Henry College
    1992

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1966
  • Place of Birth: Smyth County, VA
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Protestant
  • Spouse: Carie Michelle Hammond
  • Children: Chelsea, Cassidy, Jake, and Chloe

Membership & Affiliation

Main Street Christian Church
Allison Gap Ruritan
Saltville Historical Foundation
Smyth County Tourism Association
Mount Rogers Planning District Commission

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Jed Arnold
Administrative Assistant During Session: Judy Miles

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1006

District Office
P.O. Box 986
Marion, VA 24354

Phone: (276) 227-0247

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Twitter

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State Delegate

Jeffrey Campbell (R)16,87976.86%
James R. “Jim” Barker (D)5,05023.00%
Write In (Write-in)320.15%
TOTAL21,961

2017 State Delegate

Jeffrey Campbell (R)16,79581.3%
Kenneth David Browning ()3,69517.9%
Write In (Write-in)1670.8%
TOTAL20,657

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

CAMPBELL, JEFFREY L has run in 3 races for public office, winning 3 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $681,956

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Courts of Justice
Science and Technology
Counties Cities and Towns
Militia, Police and Public Safety

Subcommittees

Counties Cities and Towns – Subcommittee #1
Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #2
Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #4
Militia, Police and Public Safety – Subcommittee #1

Appointments

Appalachian Region Interstate Compact Commission
District Courts, Committee on
House Counties Cities and Towns
House Courts of Justice
House Militia Police and Public Safety
House Science & Technology
Southwest Virginia Public Education Consortium Governing Board
Western Virginia Public Education Consortium

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Civil Rights

The 2nd Amendment

The Second Amendment provides for the civil right of citizens to purchase and own firearms. I believe that it is a fundamental civil right on par with freedoms of speech, religion and press. The basic human right to defend one’s self and their family must be protected by and free from interference from the government. Accordingly, I view laws abridging the right of a citizen to own and possess a firearm with the greatest of scrutiny.

As a lifelong resident of this district, I understand the heritage in the outdoor sports that we all enjoy. Hunting, fishing and trapping are a way of life for many of us. The right to hunt is now protected constitutionally in Virginia, which I fully supported. However, we all must be vigilant to the defense of our right to own and possess firearms by realizing that the fact of the very need for such a constitutional amendment stands for the proposition that there are forces at work who would love nothing better than to disarm all of us. We must further understand, just as the drafters of the Constitution did, that all of the civil rights afforded to us are only as safe as our ability to defend the integrity of such an over-reaching, tyrannical government.  It is imperative that the General Assembly be on guard and take necessary action to protect against these federal transgressions. As your Delegate, I have supported all the rights afforded to us by the Second Amendment and oppose any and all legislation that attempts to infringe upon these rights.

Economy

Economic Development

Economic Development in the 6th District is my number one priority.  Carroll, Smyth and Wythe counties have suffered from the effects of NAFTA with plant closures in the woodworking and textile industries.  Redevelopment efforts have been slow in most places as a result of a lack of discretionary money available to the localities.  As a result our county governments have been forced to rely on the referrals we get from the economic development authorities in Richmond.  Historically, the more promising prospects have been directed to the more affluent and politically influential areas of the Commonwealth.  The lack of local money available to market and recruit directly to the industrial sector has tilted the scales in favor of the urban regions of the Commonwealth.  I have proposed, and will continue to advocate for legislation, that would appropriate more discretionary money for localities to hire industrial recruiters and economic development professionals to level the playing field with other areas of the Commonwealth.

Additionally, the 6th District needs more money from the Commonwealth for training our workforce in the skill sets necessary to attract high paying, high tech jobs in the 21st Century.

Lastly, our economic development efforts must contain a focal aspect in agribusiness.  We are blessed with some of the most rich and fertile farms anywhere in the Commonwealth.  Our farmers need more diversity in their marketplaces to become profitable once again.  I support legislation that will promote the efforts of our local farmers and discourage unnecessary over regulation that stifles growth both within the 6th District and abroad.  Agribusiness ranks number one in Virginia’s economy in terms of gross domestic product.  We need to capture as much of this opportunity as we can and we are naturally positioned to do so.

When I was first elected to council in Saltville in 1998, our town suffered from massive unemployment and economic decline.  We had five empty industrial buildings.  I made a promise to fill those buildings when I asked for the people’s vote of confidence in electing me.  I am proud to say that when I left office twelve years later that all of those buildings were filled and we had created hundreds of jobs for our locality.  I make that same solemn promise to the citizens of the 6th District.  I will work tirelessly and endlessly to bring good paying jobs and tax base to our region and I will not quit until every citizen of the 6th District who wants a job can have one.

 

Education

A lot of people seeking office say that they support public education.  Unfortunately, few actually offer specific detail to their ideology or offer insight into how they would make positive contributions to the system if elected.  In my opinion, our public school system has suffered from a lack of commitment and trust by the legislature in the professionals that have chosen the very noble profession of teaching.

There have been too many “reform efforts” launched out of political motivation and justified through a misrepresentation of the lack of quality of the public school system through a use of subjective test scores.  We need to remove the politics from the equation and re-evaluate the continued implementation of the Standards of Learning testing that has become certainly the primary, if not the sole, focus of the academic year for all public schools in Virginia.  The enormous pressure to meet these demands has led to a diminution in the quality of the educational experience for the children.  Teachers no longer have enough classroom time to give attention to the children that need it most.  The demands to cover the testing objectives have destroyed the flexibility for educators to teach children the process of how to learn.

The educational process is about far more than a child successfully processing enough material into his or her short term memory to pass a multiple choice test.  The pressures to meet these arbitrary performance standards have led to our children not mastering the tools of “how to learn.”  There is no time to expose the child sufficiently to the concepts of analytical, deductive and inductive reasoning and abstract thought.  These are the skills that provide the foundation for the next generation of inventors and entrepreneurs.  And we, as a society, are throwing these away by requiring our educational system to prove its competence through an annual test.  This is not only illogical; it is destructive to the future of our children.

The General Assembly talks about “outcome based” education and support the continued mandate of the Standards of Learning while ignoring the very compelling fact that nearly fifteen years after the implementation of the test our children are suffering from lower college entrance exam scores and a greater need for college remediation than they were when the test was first implemented.  If this is truly a system of outcome based education, then the outcome is clear.  I have introduced, and will continue to support, legislation that leads to reform for the Standards of Learning in Virginia.

The education of our children is the key to the ongoing development of our localities.  Our children’s futures depend on it and, in my opinion, should receive the General Assembly’s premium commitment to its success.

Safety

Public safety should always be near the top of the list in any responsible candidate or elected official’s platform.  We have a right and the government has a duty to ensure that we are safe and secure in our homes, in our schools and while in the general public.

As a practicing attorney since 2000, I know firsthand the measure of the crime rate in the 6th District.  Very few criminal cases cross the dockets that do not involve drugs as a factor.  The Commonwealth, and indeed, the entire nation spends billions of dollars annually to detect and deter illegal drugs through our criminal justice system.  I am here to tell you that, in my humble experience, it isn’t working.  More and more younger people are being exposed, becoming addicted to and falling prey to illegal drugs than ever before.  Despite our best efforts to prosecute and imprison those persons responsible, the drug abuse rates continue to escalate.  Catching those responsible for the supply is a crucial part of the balanced equation.  However, we must do more to curb the demand which, in my opinion, will be more effective in reducing the affect of illegal drugs in our community.

More public money needs to be invested in drug abuse education, counseling and treatment.  We need to explore the possibility that there are many social factors that lead an individual to migrate toward the use of illegal drugs.  If  we are to be successful in winning this war, we must do more to take the profitability out of the equation for drug dealers.  That begins with curbing the demand.

Where will we find this money?  Through a more balanced and judicious use of the public’s resources in the use of incarceration as a punishment.  We spend at least $24,667 a year to incarcerate an individual in a Virginia correctional facility.  Many of these individuals pose no threat to society at all.  Incarceration should be reserved for those individuals that create a threat to public safety.

I further support the institution of armed police officers into every school in the Commonwealth.  The tragedy that has befallen places such as Sandy Hook and Columbine should never happen here at home and I believe the best way to ensure this is by providing a well-trained, well-armed security officer as a first line of defense.  I cannot count the numbers of children that have expressed credible fear to me in regard to having to return to school after the Sandy Hook incident.  Our children and teachers deserve a safe school and I would support, wholeheartedly, the efforts to provide such.

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Nick RushNick Rush

Current Position: State Delegate for District 7 since 2012
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Montgomery County Board of Supervisors from 1992 – 2004

Nick was first elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in November of 2011 and has been re-elected in 2013, 2015, and most recently in 2017 to continue serving the citizens of the 7th House District. At the beginning of the 2018 legislative session, Nick was elected Majority Whip by his fellow Caucus members.

As a strong voice for the New River Valley, Nick has worked hard to make the NRV the “best place to live, work, raise a family and retire.”

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate for District 7 since 2012
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Montgomery County Board of Supervisors from 1992 – 2004

Nick was first elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in November of 2011 and has been re-elected in 2013, 2015, and most recently in 2017 to continue serving the citizens of the 7th House District. At the beginning of the 2018 legislative session, Nick was elected Majority Whip by his fellow Caucus members.

As a strong voice for the New River Valley, Nick has worked hard to make the NRV the “best place to live, work, raise a family and retire.”

About

Source: Campaign page

After graduating from Christiansburg High School, Nick served in the United States Army as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. Nick left active duty as a non-commissioned officer in 1989. At 23 years old, he was elected to the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors as the youngest member in history. Nick served for 12 years on the board and is a former Chairman and Vice Chairman.

Nick was first elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in November of 2011 and has been re-elected in 2013, 2015, and most recently in 2017 to continue serving the citizens of the 7th House District. At the beginning of the 2018 legislative session, Nick was elected Majority Whip by his fellow Caucus members.

As a strong voice for the New River Valley, Nick has worked hard to make the NRV the “best place to live, work, raise a family and retire.”

Delegate Rush currently resides in the Town of Christiansburg with his wife Jennifer and their daughter.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Registered representative
    Invest Financial Corporation
  • Paratrooper
    82nd Airborne Div.
    1986 to 1989

Education


  • New River Community College

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1968
  • Place of Birth: Christiansburg, VA
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Christian
  • Spouse: Jennifer Gaye Whitaker
  • Children: Cody, Forrest, and Lilly

Membership & Affiliation

Community Christian Church
New River Economic Development Alliance
Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce
Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce
Floyd County Chamber of Commerce

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Judi Lynch, Director of Legislative Affairs
Administrative Assistant During Session: Susan Nienaber

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1007

Pocahontas Building 900 E. Main St, Richmond, Virginia 23219 Office: (804) 698-1007 Email Address:DelNRush@house.virginia.gov Room Number: W232 Map It Legislative Assistant: Judi Lynch, Director of Legislative Affairs Administrative Assistant During Session: Susan Nienaber District Office
P.O. Box 1591
Christiansburg, VA 24068
Office: (540) 382-7731
Phone: (540) 382-7731

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, YouTube

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State Delegate

Nick Rush (R)13,84266.74%
Rhonda G. Seltz (D)6,88333.19%
Write In (Write-in)140.07%
TOTAL20,739

2017 State Delegate

Nick Rush (R)17,56066.3%
Flourette Marie Moore Ketner (D)8,87833.5%
Write In (Write-in)320.1%
TOTAL26,470

Finances

RUSH, LARRY N (NICK) has run in 4 races for public office, winning 4 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $322,027.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Privileges and Elections
Militia, Police and Public Safety
   Appropriations

Subcommittees

Chair: Appropriations – Higher Education Subcommittee
Appropriations – Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee
Appropriations – Public Safety Subcommittee
Appropriations – Special Subcommittee on Amazon
Privileges and Elections – Subcommittee #3
Privileges and Elections – Subcommittee #4

Appointments

Appropriations – Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee
Appropriations – Higher Education Subcommittee
Higher Education, Joint Subcommittee on the Future Competitiveness of Virginia
House Appropriations
House Militia Police and Public Safety
House Privileges and Elections
Infrastructure and Security Subcommittee
Local Government Fiscal Stress, Joint Subcommittee on
MEI Project Approval Commission
Mental Health Services in the Twenty-First Century, Joint Subcommittee to Study
Online Virginia Network Authority
Recreational Facilities Authority, Virginia
Service System Structure and Financing
Teacher Education and Licensure, Advisory Board
Western Virginia Public Education Consortium

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

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Joseph McNamaraJoseph McNamara

Current Position: State Delegate for District 8 since 2018
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Roanoke County Board of Supervisors from 1998 – 2018

“As the next Delegate from the Roanoke and New River Valleys, Joe McNamara will continue Delegate Greg Habeeb’s work to advance pro-life, fiscally conservative, and pro-Second Amendment principles!”

Elected to the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors in 1996, he has successfully reduced the Roanoke County budget and has never raised a tax.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate for District 8 since 2018
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Roanoke County Board of Supervisors from 1998 – 2018

“As the next Delegate from the Roanoke and New River Valleys, Joe McNamara will continue Delegate Greg Habeeb’s work to advance pro-life, fiscally conservative, and pro-Second Amendment principles!”

Elected to the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors in 1996, he has successfully reduced the Roanoke County budget and has never raised a tax.

About

Joseph McNamara 1

Joe McNamara is married to his lovely wife Cheryl and together they have five children – Josh, Patrick, Joey, Corey, and Colleen. We also can’t forget to add Tibs (a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel).

Joe graduated from the University of Virginia with a BS of Accounting, and a BS of Finance, he is a Certified Public Accountant. Joe has Masters Coursework in Taxation with Virginia Tech.

Elected to the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors in 1996, he has successfully reduced the Roanoke County budget and has never raised a tax.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Small Business Owner

Education

  • B.S., Commerce, Accounting and Finance
    University of Virginia
    1985

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1963
  • Place of Birth: Cleveland, OH
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Catholic
  • Spouse: Cheryl Edwards McNamara
  • Children: Joshua, Patrick, Joey, Corey, and Colleen

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Archer McGiffin
Administrative Assistant During Session: Sharon Wiltshire

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1008

District Office
P.O. Box 21094
Roanoke, VA 24018

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Twitter

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State Delegate

Joseph McNamara (R)15,19566.38%
Darlene W. Lewis (D)7,67333.52%
Write In (Write-in)220.10%
TOTAL22,890

2018 State Delegate

Joseph McNamara (R)21,80162.04%
E. Carter Turner III (D)13,29237.83%
Write In (Write-in)470.13%
TOTAL35,140

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Committees

Committees

Science and Technology
Finance
Counties Cities and Towns

Subcommittees

Counties Cities and Towns – Subcommittee #2
Counties Cities and Towns – Subcommittee #3
Finance – Subcommittee #2

Appointments

House Counties Cities and Towns
House Finance
House Science & Technology

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

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Charlie Poindexter 1Charlie Poindexter

Current Position: State Delegate for District 9 since 2008
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Franklin County Board of Supervisors from 1999 – 2007

Some of Charlie Poindexter’s successful legislation includes establishment of a Drug Court for Franklin County, Betterment Loans for citizens financially unable to repair their septic systems, assurance of adequate water for private wells, reduced vehicle registration fees for handicapped-equipped vehicles, expanding the use of bio-mass materials for energy production, green jobs tax credits, alternative fuels refueling infrastructure, revocation of hospitality industry fees, local government procurement/sharing of technology, consolidation of water quality reporting, establishment of sexual offender registry data and granting an extension of time on behalf of consumers for the attorney general and the SCC to review utility rate increase requests.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate for District 9 since 2008
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Franklin County Board of Supervisors from 1999 – 2007

Some of Charlie Poindexter’s successful legislation includes establishment of a Drug Court for Franklin County, Betterment Loans for citizens financially unable to repair their septic systems, assurance of adequate water for private wells, reduced vehicle registration fees for handicapped-equipped vehicles, expanding the use of bio-mass materials for energy production, green jobs tax credits, alternative fuels refueling infrastructure, revocation of hospitality industry fees, local government procurement/sharing of technology, consolidation of water quality reporting, establishment of sexual offender registry data and granting an extension of time on behalf of consumers for the attorney general and the SCC to review utility rate increase requests.

About

Charlie Poindexter

Source: Campaign page

Charles ‘Charlie’ Poindexter was first elected as 9th District Delegate to the Virginia General Assembly in 2007. He brought with him eight years of service on the Franklin County Board of Supervisors in addition to more than thirty years experience in the field of Information Systems Technology. Charlie retired in 1997 from the Mitre Corporation as Site Manager and Senior Principal Systems Engineer to the Directorate of Requirements for Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia.

During his career, Charlie also worked in industry for Computer Sciences Corporation managing development of Intelligence and Command and Control computer software systems for the USAF; for Litton Industries, Greenbelt Space Flight Center, performing NASA satellite data processing; and for Systems Development Corporation in Falls Church and Hampton modernizing software development technologies and implementing online Command and Control and Intelligence systems. He has lived in the Washington, D.C. , area and Tidewater but also worked Department of Defense projects in Texas, Boston, New Jersey, Alaska, and other locations in the US, Europe and Asia. He was the chief developer of automation of the Air Tasking Order (ATO), which is the daily plan for joint and allied air operations in a wartime scenario.

The son of farmer, sawmiller, and small business owner Francis Poindexter (dec.), Charlie is a Franklin County native who holds to his conservative, Christian, rural roots and the high standards set by his family and his excellent teachers. His mother, Katie Ingram Poindexter (dec.), worked as the cafeteria manager and dietician at the high school for many years. His sister is a retired Franklin County teacher and his brother is a teacher in Pittsylvania County.

Charlie graduated with athletic and academic honors from Franklin County High School, earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Lynchburg College, and a Masters of Science in Management from the George Washington University. At Lynchburg College, Charlie was the starting center and co-captain on the men’s basketball team (’61-’64) and President of the Men’s Blue Key Honor Society. In 2011, he was honored to receive Lynchburg College’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

During his eight years on the Franklin County Board of Supervisors, Charlie served as Chairman of the Tri-County Lake Administration (TLAC), Chairman of the Roanoke River Basin Advisory Committee, vice-chairman of the West Piedmont Planning District Commission, and as the Board’s representative for the Tri-County Smith Mountain Lake Relicense Committee in negotiations with AEP and FERC for the 40-year license for the Smith Mountain Lake project. He also served as a member of the Septic Studies and Grant Oversight Committee and was a member of the Virginia Association of Counties’ Agricultural and Environmental Steering Committee, which developed positions on water quality, wastewater systems, erosion, sediment, bio-solids, agriculture, and similar issues.

In the House of Delegates, Charlie serves on the Appropriations Committee, the Agriculture and Natural Resources and Chesapeake Committee, and the Cities, Towns, and Counties Committee. He is vice-chairman of the State Energy and Environment Commission and serves on the Board of Directors for the Roanoke Higher Education Authority and the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation. He is a member of the Western Virginia Public Education Consortium. Charlie is continuing his work on the Roanoke River Basin Advisory Committee and is a Legislative Member of the Virginia/North Carolina Roanoke River Bi-State Commission.

Some of Charlie’s successful legislation includes establishment of a Drug Court for Franklin County, Betterment Loans for citizens financially unable to repair their septic systems, assurance of adequate water for private wells, reduced vehicle registration fees for handicapped-equipped vehicles, expanding the use of bio-mass materials for energy production, green jobs tax credits, alternative fuels refueling infrastructure, revocation of hospitality industry fees, local government procurement/sharing of technology, consolidation of water quality reporting, establishment of sexual offender registry data and granting an extension of time on behalf of consumers for the attorney general and the SCC to review utility rate increase requests.

Charlie carries a 100% rating by the Family Foundation, an A rating by the NRA, is endorsed by the Virginia Society for Human Life PAC , the Virginia Farm Bureau, the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), and the Fraternal Order of Police. He is a member of the Air Force Association and he sits on the Board of Directors of the Blue Ridge Mountains Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Charlie is a member of Crafts United Methodist Church, where he sings in the choir and is chairman of the Board of Trustees. He and his wife, freelance editor and writer Janet Poindexter, have six adult children and ten grandchildren. They live at Smith Mountain Lake in Glade Hill near the original 1792 Poindexter homeplace.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Farmer
  • T Systems Engineer (retired)

Education

  • M.S.A., Management
    George Washington University, Washington, DC
    1973
  • B.S., Math
    Lynchburg College
    1964

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1942
  • Place of Birth: Roanoke, VA
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Methodist
  • Spouse: Janet
  • Children: six

Membership & Affiliation

Crafts United Methodist Church (Pastor Parish Relations, chairman)
Franklin County Historical Society
Air Force Association
Farm Bureau
W.E. Skelton 4-H Center (board of trustees)

Contact

Legislative Assistant: William Pace
Administrative Assistant During Session: Ann Vazquez

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1009

District Office
P.O. Box 117
Glade Hill, VA 24092
Phone: (540) 576-2600

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube

Twitter

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State Delegate

Charlie Poindexter (R)19,04096.31%
Write-In (Write-in)7293.69%
TOTAL19,769

2017 State Delegate

Charlie Poindexter (R)16,41370.35%
Stephanie Christine Cook (D)6,91629.65%
Write-In (Write-in)270.12%
TOTAL23,356

Committees

Committees

Vice Chair: Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources
Counties Cities and Towns
Appropriations

Subcommittees

Chair: Appropriations – Compensation and Retirement Subcommittee
Chair: Counties Cities and Towns – Subcommittee #1
Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources – Subcommittee #1
Appropriations – Commerce, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Technology Subcommittee
Appropriations – General Government and Capital Outlay Subcommittee
Appropriations – Higher Education Subcommittee
Counties Cities and Towns – Subcommittee #3

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Governance

Taxes & Spending

I believe we should keep taxes low to encourage investment and growth. We don’t need to raise your taxes in order to pay for every little program and department that government thinks it needs.

You are the person that can best spend the money you own. When I go to Richmond, I will not raise your taxes.

Families all across the Commonwealth are tightening their belts. I believe government should to the same. In Virginia, we balance our budget every year and for the last two years, we have done that without raising your taxes.

When I go back to Richmond, I promise to be a good steward of taxpayer dollars as I always have been. We should fund appropriately the core services of government, without being frivolous or irresponsible.

Economy

Undoubtedly, jobs and the economy are the most important issues during this campaign. Unemployment in some parts of Southern Virginia is almost 20 percent. As your Delegate, jobs will be my number one priority. I have a specific, five-point plan to put Southern Virginia working.

First, we must keep taxes low. Tax increases kill jobs and discourages investment.

Second, I will continue to work with Governor McDonnell to attract new jobs and encourage opportunities. Over the last two years, we have invested over $100 million in economic development. We must continue to make that investment in the future.

Third, we must reduce and eliminate unnecessary regulations. Unnecessary regulation burdens businesses and means job creators aren’t focused on growing their companies.

Fourth, we must invest in education and transportation. Our education system must produce students that can compete in the global economy. Our transportation system must encourage growth and economic movement.

Finally, we must develop Virginia’s energy resources. The high cost of energy hurts businesses and families. The cost of electricity, gasoline, heating oil, diesel fuel and other energy must be reduced – but it must be reduced by developing our own energy resources. We should continue to explore for energy resources, focus on developing the resources we have and develop alternative energy.

All of these issues deserve significant attention, but at the moment these issues are framed in relation to creating jobs and moving our economy forward.

Education

Our education system must be the best in the world. I believe we should empower local school boards, teachers and parents so they can best decide how to educate our children.

Bureaucrats in Richmond and Washington don’t know your children, and the don’t know how best to educate them.

I also believe we should continue to invest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mechanical (STEM) Education and Career & Technical Education. Our children should be skilled in trade and labor, so they can fulfill the jobs our communities need.

Health Care

believe Virginia should have the best health care system in the world. We should work to ensure access to quality and affordable care for all Virginians. In Richmond, I have worked to improve our health care system with market-based reforms.

We cannot do it alone, however. The federal government is imposing unfunded mandates and requirements that are making it difficult for state governments to meet their obligations. In Richmond, we must tackle these challenges with common sense and an understanding about the issues.

Infrastructure

Electric Utilities

I believe we should stop unfair rate hikes. I have passed legislation that works toward this goal. I passed a bill that gives Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli more time to review rate increase requests. I also passed legislation that ended the interim rate hikes imposed by utility companies.

The real problem with electric utilities, however, is Washington. Barack Obama and the EPA are imposing crushing regulations on our utility companies. Eighty percent of the current proposed rate increases in our region are due to regulation from Washington. That’s not fair. And Washington should stop hurting families with their ridiculous regulations.

Small Town, Rural Values

I am a conservative Christian who believes every life is precious. I am unapologetic about my pro-life position and I will fight to defend these values in Richmond.

I am also pro-gun. I am proud to be endorsed by the National Rifle Association and I believe that every individual should have the right to own and carry a firearm. I will defend your gun rights as your Delegate.

Your property rights are often under attack by government. I believe we should protect the rights of property owners.

Charlie PoindexterAbout

From Campaign Website

Charles ‘Charlie’ Poindexter was first elected as 9th District Delegate to the Virginia General Assembly in 2007. He brought with him eight years of service on the Franklin County Board of Supervisors in addition to more than thirty years experience in the field of Information Systems Technology. Charlie retired in 1997 from the Mitre Corporation as Site Manager and Senior Principal Systems Engineer to the Directorate of Requirements for Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Virginia.

During his career, Charlie also worked in industry for Computer Sciences Corporation managing development of Intelligence and Command and Control computer software systems for the USAF; for Litton Industries, Greenbelt Space Flight Center, performing NASA satellite data processing; and for Systems Development Corporation in Falls Church and Hampton modernizing software development technologies and implementing online Command and Control and Intelligence systems. He has lived in the Washington, D.C. , area and Tidewater but also worked Department of Defense projects in Texas, Boston, New Jersey, Alaska, and other locations in the US, Europe and Asia. He was the chief developer of automation of the Air Tasking Order (ATO), which is the daily plan for joint and allied air operations in a wartime scenario.

The son of farmer, sawmiller, and small business owner Francis Poindexter (dec.), Charlie is a Franklin County native who holds to his conservative, Christian, rural roots and the high standards set by his family and his excellent teachers. His mother, Katie Ingram Poindexter (dec.), worked as the cafeteria manager and dietician at the high school for many years. His sister is a retired Franklin County teacher and his brother is a teacher in Pittsylvania County.

Charlie graduated with athletic and academic honors from Franklin County High School, earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Lynchburg College, and a Masters of Science in Management from the George Washington University. At Lynchburg College, Charlie was the starting center and co-captain on the men’s basketball team (’61-’64) and President of the Men’s Blue Key Honor Society. In 2011, he was honored to receive Lynchburg College’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

During his eight years on the Franklin County Board of Supervisors, Charlie served as Chairman of the Tri-County Lake Administration (TLAC), Chairman of the Roanoke River Basin Advisory Committee, vice-chairman of the West Piedmont Planning District Commission, and as the Board’s representative for the Tri-County Smith Mountain Lake Relicense Committee in negotiations with AEP and FERC for the 40-year license for the Smith Mountain Lake project. He also served as a member of the Septic Studies and Grant Oversight Committee and was a member of the Virginia Association of Counties’ Agricultural and Environmental Steering Committee, which developed positions on water quality, wastewater systems, erosion, sediment, bio-solids, agriculture, and similar issues.

In the House of Delegates, Charlie serves on the Appropriations Committee, the Agriculture and Natural Resources and Chesapeake Committee, and the Cities, Towns, and Counties Committee. He is vice-chairman of the State Energy and Environment Commission and serves on the Board of Directors for the Roanoke Higher Education Authority and the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation. He is a member of the Western Virginia Public Education Consortium. Charlie is continuing his work on the Roanoke River Basin Advisory Committee and is a Legislative Member of the Virginia/North Carolina Roanoke River Bi-State Commission.

Some of Charlie’s successful legislation includes establishment of a Drug Court for Franklin County, Betterment Loans for citizens financially unable to repair their septic systems, assurance of adequate water for private wells, reduced vehicle registration fees for handicapped-equipped vehicles, expanding the use of bio-mass materials for energy production, green jobs tax credits, alternative fuels refueling infrastructure, revocation of hospitality industry fees, local government procurement/sharing of technology, consolidation of water quality reporting, establishment of sexual offender registry data and granting an extension of time on behalf of consumers for the attorney general and the SCC to review utility rate increase requests.

Charlie carries a 100% rating by the Family Foundation, an A rating by the NRA, is endorsed by the Virginia Society for Human Life PAC , the Virginia Farm Bureau, the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), and the Fraternal Order of Police. He is a member of the Air Force Association and he sits on the Board of Directors of the Blue Ridge Mountains Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Charlie is a member of Crafts United Methodist Church, where he sings in the choir and is chairman of the Board of Trustees. He and his wife, freelance editor and writer Janet Poindexter, have six adult children and ten grandchildren. They live at Smith Mountain Lake in Glade Hill near the original 1792 Poindexter homeplace.

Personal Information

  • Birth Year: 1942
  • Place of Birth: Roanoke, VA
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Methodist
  • Spouse: Janet
  • Children: six
  • Membership & Affiliation: Crafts United Methodist Church (Pastor Parish Relations, chairman)
    Franklin County Historical Society
    Air Force Association
    Farm Bureau
    W.E. Skelton 4-H Center (board of trustees)
  • Occupation/Profession: Farmer; IT Systems Engineer (retired)
  • Awards: Lynchburg College Distinguished Alumni (2011)

Education

Franklin County High School (1960)
Lynchburg College (B.S., Math, 1964)
George Washington University, Washington, DC (M.S.A., Management, 1973)

Political Career

Committees

Vice Chair: Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources

Counties Cities and Towns
Appropriations

Subcommittees

Chair: Appropriations – Compensation and Retirement Subcommittee

Chair: Counties Cities and Towns – Subcommittee #1

Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources – Subcommittee #1
Appropriations – Commerce, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Technology Subcommittee
Appropriations – General Government and Capital Outlay Subcommittee
Appropriations – Higher Education Subcommittee
Counties Cities and Towns – Subcommittee #3

Other Appointments

Appropriations – Higher Education Subcommittee
Commerce, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Technology Subcommittee
House Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources
House Appropriations
House Counties Cities and Towns
New College Institute
Roanoke Higher Education Authority
Roanoke River Basin Advisory Committee, Virginia
Roanoke River Bi-State Commission, Virginia Delegation of the
Southern States Energy Board
Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation
Western Virginia Public Education Consortium

Policy Positions

From campaign website

Jobs & The Economy

Undoubtedly, jobs and the economy are the most important issues during this campaign. Unemployment in some parts of Southern Virginia is almost 20 percent. As your Delegate, jobs will be my number one priority. I have a specific, five-point plan to put Southern Virginia working.

First, we must keep taxes low. Tax increases kill jobs and discourages investment.

Second, I will continue to work with Governor McDonnell to attract new jobs and encourage opportunities. Over the last two years, we have invested over $100 million in economic development. We must continue to make that investment in the future.

Third, we must reduce and eliminate unnecessary regulations. Unnecessary regulation burdens businesses and means job creators aren’t focused on growing their companies.

Fourth, we must invest in education and transportation. Our education system must produce students that can compete in the global economy. Our transportation system must encourage growth and economic movement.

Finally, we must develop Virginia’s energy resources. The high cost of energy hurts businesses and families. The cost of electricity, gasoline, heating oil, diesel fuel and other energy must be reduced – but it must be reduced by developing our own energy resources. We should continue to explore for energy resources, focus on developing the resources we have and develop alternative energy.

All of these issues deserve significant attention, but at the moment these issues are framed in relation to creating jobs and moving our economy forward.

Taxes

I believe we should keep taxes low to encourage investment and growth. We don’t need to raise your taxes in order to pay for every little program and department that government thinks it needs.

You are the person that can best spend the money you own. When I go to Richmond, I will not raise your taxes.

Spending

Families all across the Commonwealth are tightening their belts. I believe government should to the same. In Virginia, we balance our budget every year and for the last two years, we have done that without raising your taxes.

When I go back to Richmond, I promise to be a good steward of taxpayer dollars as I always have been. We should fund appropriately the core services of government, without being frivolous or irresponsible.

Education

Our education system must be the best in the world. I believe we should empower local school boards, teachers and parents so they can best decide how to educate our children.

Bureaucrats in Richmond and Washington don’t know your children, and the don’t know how best to educate them.

I also believe we should continue to invest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mechanical (STEM) Education and Career & Technical Education. Our children should be skilled in trade and labor, so they can fulfill the jobs our communities need.

Electric Utilities

I believe we should stop unfair rate hikes. I have passed legislation that works toward this goal. I passed a bill that gives Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli more time to review rate increase requests. I also passed legislation that ended the interim rate hikes imposed by utility companies.

The real problem with electric utilities, however, is Washington. Barack Obama and the EPA are imposing crushing regulations on our utility companies. Eighty percent of the current proposed rate increases in our region are due to regulation from Washington. That’s not fair. And Washington should stop hurting families with their ridiculous regulations.

Health Care

I believe Virginia should have the best health care system in the world. We should work to ensure access to quality and affordable care for all Virginians. In Richmond, I have worked to improve our health care system with market-based reforms.

We cannot do it alone, however. The federal government is imposing unfunded mandates and requirements that are making it difficult for state governments to meet their obligations. In Richmond, we must tackle these challenges with common sense and an understanding about the issues.

Small Town, Rural Values

I am a conservative Christian who believes every life is precious. I am unapologetic about my pro-life position and I will fight to defend these values in Richmond.

I am also pro-gun. I am proud to be endorsed by the National Rifle Association and I believe that every individual should have the right to own and carry a firearm. I will defend your gun rights as your Delegate.

Your property rights are often under attack by government. I believe we should protect the rights of property owners.

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Wendy Gooditis 1Wendy Gooditis

Current Position: State Delegate for District 10 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate for District 10 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

About

Wendy Gooditis

Source: Campaign page

Wendy was raised to work hard and serve others. She grew up in Cranbury, New Jersey with two older brothers. Her father spent his childhood in rural Alabama during the Great Depression, where his family had scraped and saved to buy milk for him as an infant. As an adult, he rode in a commuter van over two hours each day to work, but still found time to teach Wendy how to play the piano and work hard for what she believed in.

Her mother and grandmother were public school teachers. In the 1930s, Wendy’s grandmother pushed social limits to earn her graduate degree, and Wendy’s mother followed suit. From them, Wendy learned early the importance of education, perseverance, and working women.

In college, Wendy applied her equestrian background to service. She worked as a student mounted marshal for the Rutgers Police, logging 30 hours a week with a full course load. After graduation, following in her family’s tradition of strong, working women, Wendy went on to lead a team of mid-career men at Bell Laboratories when she was 26 years old.

After she met Chris, her husband of 25 years, Wendy made the move to Virginia. Following the birth of her children in the mid-1990s, Wendy became enamored with education. She received her Masters in Education from Shenandoah University. During her career in education she taught in the Clarke County public school system, at an area private school, and partially homeschooled her children. As her kids entered college, Wendy knew that she would need to help pay the tuition bills. She joined RE/MAX as a realtor in 2013, and has been there since.

Like millions of other Americans in 2017, Wendy decided that she had to get off the sidelines. She co-founded an Indivisible chapter in the predominantly red Clarke County. However, she knew that was not enough. After deciding to run for the 10th district seat in the spring, she stormed to victory on November 7th 2017 beating 3 term incumbent Randy Minchew.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Real Estate Agent
    RE/MAX
    2013 to present
  • Educator
    Clarke County public school system
    2019 to present

Education

  • M.S., Education
    Shenandoah University
    2019 to 2012
  • B.S., Communications
    Rutgers University
    2019 to 1982

Personal

Birth Year: 1960
Place of Birth: New Brunswick, NJ
Gender: Female
Race(s): American Indian, Caucasian
Religion: Quaker
Spouse: Christopher Joseph Gooditis (Chris)
Children: Chloe and Locke Gooditis
Membership & Affiliation: Goose Creek Society of Friends

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Truman S. Braslaw
Administrative Assistant During Session: Mary Woodley

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1010

District Office
District Office
P.O. Box 180
Boyce, VA 22620
Phone: (540) 300-3857

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter

Twitter

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Gooditis grew up in Cranbury, New Jersey; she lived in Virginia for 20 years before running for office. Formerly an employee for Bell Laboratories, Gooditis became a teacher in the 1990s, teaching in the Clarke County, Virginia public schools and at a private school. Gooditis then became a real estate agent.

After Donald Trump’s rise, Gooditis became a co-founder of the anti-Trump Indivisibles chapter in Clarke County.

Gooditis’s successful 2017 run for the 10th district seat in the Virginia House of Delegates was her first run for elected office.  She defeated incumbent Republican Randy Minchew, who had held the seat since 2011.

Recent Elections

2019 State Delegate

Wendy Gooditis (D)15,92852.31%
John Randall Minchew (R)14,50047.62%
Write In (Write-in)190.06%
TOTAL30,447

2017 State Delegate

Wendy Gooditis (D)15,16151.9%
John Randall Minchew (R)14,02548.0%
Write In (Write-in)260.1%
TOTAL29,212

Finances

GOODITIS, WENDY  has run in 1 race for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of$480,257.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Science and Technology
Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources

Subcommittees

Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources – Subcommittee #3

Appointments

House Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources
House Science & Technology

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Source: Campaign page

Suicide rates are on the rise in Virginia, especially among women.Lawmakers are trying to figure out ways to reverse the trend. Since 2010, the suicide rate among women in Virginia has increased 24 percent.

Freddy Mejia at the Commonwealth Institute says a number of factors may have contributed. “Making sure that mental health is accessible to this population is crucial. We also know that increased access to lethal means, such as illicit and prescription drugs as well as firearms, may have contributed to this rise.”

Earlier this year, Delegate Wendy Gooditis, a Democrat from Northern Virginia, introduced a bill that requires the state to issue an annual report to lawmakers about suicide prevention. “My family was horrifically affected by the loss of my brother this year following a couple of years of suicide attempts, so in my personal and professional opinion anything we can do to spread the word and help these people is really important.”

Legislative Priority – What is your top priority if elected to the General Assembly?
(answer from Virginia21 2019 General Assembly Candidate Survey)

My top priority is protecting the health and safety of my constituents through improved access to medical care, common sense gun safety reforms, and environmental protections.

Democracy

REDISTRICTING & VOTING RIGHTS

Gerrymandering is the issue that first got Wendy out of her chair at a town hall back in February 2017. As a 19-year resident of the district, she has watched its lines be contorted and redrawn.

Wendy believes that free and fair elections are tenets of our democracy. Voters should be choosing their politicians instead of politicians choosing their voters. She has supported a constitutional amendment in Virginia to ensure that district lines are not drawn to favor any individual or political party. Furthermore, she firmly opposes any effort to make voting harder — and is appalled by Virginia House Republicans efforts to require photo identification for absentee ballots and multiple forms of state ID at the voting booth.

Economy

Wendy believes that the economy should work for everyone, giving each Virginian a fair shot. That means competitive public and technical education systems, a living minimum wage and jobs for our veterans. It also means the protection of worker rights and labor unions as well as equal economic opportunity for all Virginians. It means government investment in public infrastructure so that we can can build better roads, bike lanes and transit systems. Virginia’s economy is developing quickly, and we must take steps to ensure that our workforce is well trained and paid so that it can grow, compete and prosper.

Virginia21 2019 General Assembly Candidate Survey

A Prosperous Virginia – In your view, how can we ensure that Virginia has the high employment rates and good job opportunities that will encourage students to remain in the Commonwealth after graduating from postsecondary institutions? What policies are needed to close employment equity gaps and offer socioeconomic mobility for young Virginians?

I believe greater state public education funding can even the playing field in K-12 schools between wealthy and poor localities. This would, in turn, produce more equitaby distributed college-readiness among students. I believe good education is the cornerstone of a healthy and meaningful life for individuals, families, and our society as a whole.

Education

As a career educator and mom of two, Wendy understands that our communities are only as strong as our schools. In Richmond, she fights for competitive public schools so that each child in Virginia can learn and succeed.

The wage for Virginia public school teachers is about $7,000 under the national average. Because Wendy’s mom and grandmother were public school teachers, she understands firsthand the impact of underpaid educators. This life experience makes her a staunch supporter of a living wage and benefits for public educators, so that Virginia can recruit and retain the nation’s top talent. She knows that investing in Virginia’s families means investing in Virginia’s teachers.

Virginia21 2019 General Assembly Candidate Survey

Higher Education Attainment – Please share your platform on higher education funding and college affordability. Do you support increasing state financing of student aid in the biennial budget? Do you support increasing the amount awarded to students enrolled in private colleges and universities through the Tuition Assistance Grant? How can Virginia ensure equity in access and attainment for all students, particularly those from underserved groups?

Answer:
I support funding for our public colleges and universities, as I understand that education is a critical area of investment for our economic future. I also support Tuition Assistance Grants for students attending institutions that demonstrate financial responsibility and provide quality education. I believe financial aid assistance, especially at our public colleges and universities, should be increased to provide greater access to underserved communities.

Student Debt – Student loan debt has surpassed auto loans and credit cards to become the second highest form of consumer debt. The average Virginia college graduate now owes over $30,000 in student debt. How should Virginia address the mounting burden of student debt and its economic impact? Do you support strengthening oversight of student loan servicers?

Answer:
I support strengthened oversight of student loan services and believe they should be held to a high standard of ethical conduct. I also believe the state can do more to provide financial aid in order to lessen the average student debt burden. Lastly, I think increased investments in our public higher education institutions will increase the value of a degree earned in Virginia, giving graduates better ability to pay back their loans.

Campus SafetyIn your opinion, how should the General Assembly address issues of student safety on college campuses? What addtional action (if any) should Virginia take to combat campus sexual assault and safeguard the rights of survivors beyond current Title IX protections? Student safety is a top priority for me. I believe we need to institute just and transparent processes at all colleges and universities that receive state money for adjudicating claims of sexual assault. Survivors must be heard

Answer:
I support strengthened oversight of student loan services and believe they should be held to a high standard of ethical conduct. I also believe the state can do more to provide financial aid in order to lessen the average student debt burden. Lastly, I think increased investments in our public higher education institutions will increase the value of a degree earned in Virginia, giving graduates better ability to pay back their loans.

Environment

Wendy believes that strong communities start with a healthy planet. Raising her children on the banks of the Shenandoah River, Wendy chose to live in District 10 because of its beautiful green spaces, clean water, and clear air.

In office, Wendy defends and expands existing environmental protections. To ensure that she can legislate without bias, Wendy has pledged never to take campaign contributions from Dominion Power or Appalachian Power.

Wendy supports Virginia’s investment in renewable energy, making alternative energy options like solar panels and wind energy more accessible and affordable. She pushes for cleanup efforts and the preservation of District 10’s best green spaces. Development must be responsible, and cannot come at the cost of our land, water, and air.

Health Care

Wendy believes that everyone should receive the health care they need and deserve. She knows how critical state support can be – until recently, Wendy and her family purchased their healthcare through the Affordable Care Act.

Wendy voted to expand Medicaid. As a result an estimated 400,000 Virginians don’t have to keep making the impossible choices between paying healthcare bills or paying the mortgage. She also understands that Medicaid expansion is good for Virginia’s economy – through a healthy workforce and the creation of about 30,000 new jobs.

About a week into her candidacy, Wendy lost her brother, Brian, to mental illness. He had been denied Medicaid in Virginia for years. She’s fighting so that Virginia families don’t have to experience what hers did. In the United States we don’t abandon the most vulnerable among us, we help and care for them.

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Sam Rasoul 1Sam Rasoul

Current Position: State Delegate for District 11 since 2014
Affiliation: Democrat

Sam Rasoul is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of a non-profit healthcare firm helping with maternal child health in East Africa. Equipped with an understanding that leadership is a bold journey for justice, he organizes community leaders through The Impact Center; his initiative to develop & empower new age leaders.

Sam committed to decline any donations from special interest Political Action Committees and lobbyists in an effort to raise awareness of the control many powerful special interests have over the political system.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate for District 11 since 2014
Affiliation: Democrat

Sam Rasoul is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of a non-profit healthcare firm helping with maternal child health in East Africa. Equipped with an understanding that leadership is a bold journey for justice, he organizes community leaders through The Impact Center; his initiative to develop & empower new age leaders.

Sam committed to decline any donations from special interest Political Action Committees and lobbyists in an effort to raise awareness of the control many powerful special interests have over the political system.

About

Sam Rasoul

Source: Campaign page

Sam Rasoul represents the Eleventh District in the Virginia House of Delegates. It is the honor of his lifetime to represent the Valley that raised him. Growing up he learned and worked at his parent’s corner store, a community hub. Through his experiences, he realized the value in listening, and neighbors helping neighbors. 

Sam lives in Roanoke with his wife Layaly and their three beautiful children. He is continually inspired by the innocence and wisdom of his children. After completing his Master’s Degree, he became a small business owner, and later the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of a non-profit healthcare firm helping with maternal child health in East Africa. Equipped with an understanding that leadership is a bold journey for justice, he organizes community leaders through The Impact Center; his initiative to develop & empower new age leaders. Sam committed to decline any donations from special interest Political Action Committees and lobbyists in an effort to raise awareness of the control many powerful special interests have over the political system.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Healthcare consultant
  • Virginia Defense Force
    2007 to 2008

Education

  • MBA
    Hawaii Pacific University, HI
    2003
  • BA
    Roanoke College
    2002

Awards

The Roanoker Magazine, Platinum Award for “Government Person Who Gets It”
Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Martin Luther King, Jr., Drum Major for Justice Award
Virginia Education Association, Solid as a Rock Award

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1981
  • Place of Birth: Warren, OH
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Other
  • Religion: Muslim
  • Spouse: Layaly
  • Children: Jennah, Amirah, Issa

Membership & Affiliation

Kiwanis of Roanoke
Williamson Road Business Association
Goodwill (board member)
Science Museum of Western Virginia (board member)
NAACP (lifetime member)
Junior Achievement
American National University (adjunct business professor)
Meals on Wheels
Education: Roanoke College (B.B.A., 2002)
Hawaii Pacific University, HI (M.B.A., 2003)

Occupation/Profession: Healthcare consultant
House Leadership: Minority Caucus Secretary (2015-)
Military Service: Virginia Defense Force (2007-08)
Awards: The Roanoker Magazine, Platinum Award for “Government Person Who Gets It”
Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Martin Luther King, Jr., Drum Major for Justice Award
Virginia Education Association, Solid as a Rock Award

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Lillian Franklin
Administrative Assistant During Session: Polly Wall

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219

District Office
1417 Peters Creek Road NW
Roanoke, Virginia 24017

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Rasoul first ran for elected office in 2008 when he challenged incumbent Republican Bob Goodlatte for Virginia’s 6th Congressional seat. Rasoul earned 36% to Goodlatte’s 61%.

Rasoul was elected in a special election held on January 7, 2014. The special election was held to fill the vacancy created by the resignation, in November 2013, of Delegate Onzlee Ware. After winning the Democratic primary by 44 votes, Rasoul received nearly 70% of the vote over his Republican opponent Octavia Johnson in the general election. He was inducted into office on January 8, 2014.

In September 2016 he initiated House Joint Resolution 541 to the Virginia House of Delegates, a proposed amendment to the Virginia Constitution for “top two open primaries” for various Virginia elections, in which candidates from opposing parties would run on one ballot.The top two candidates in the proposed public primaries would subsequently compete in traditional one-on-one runoffs in Virginia’s general elections.

Recent Elections

2019 State Delegate

Sam Rasoul (D)10,26994.38%
Write In (Write-in)6115.62%
TOTAL10,880

2017 State Delegate

Sam Rasoul (D)15,66796.93%
Write In (Write-in)4963.07%
TOTAL16,163

Finances

RASOUL, SAM has run in 4 races for public office, winning 3 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $478,335.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Delegation

Minority Caucus Secretary (2015-)

Committees

Privileges and Elections
Militia, Police and Public Safety
Health, Welfare and Institutions

Subcommittees

Health, Welfare and Institutions – Subcommittee #2
Militia, Police and Public Safety – Subcommittee #2
Privileges and Elections – Subcommittee #4

Appointments

Block Grants
House Health Welfare and Institutions
House Militia Police and Public Safety
House Privileges and Elections
Recreational Facilities Authority, Virginia
Roanoke River Basin Advisory Committee, Virginia
Roanoke River Bi-State Commission, Virginia Delegation of the
Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation
Western Virginia Public Education Consortium

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Source: Campaign page

SYSTEMIC ISSUES

No single issue happens in a vacuum. So often, we think in our silos to solve problems, but this only puts a bandaid on the issue. We must push ourselves to think about systemic issues as an intricate puzzle, with each problem a single piece interconnecting with another issue. It’s only when we look at the whole puzzle that we’ll be able to confront each individual problem.

Civil Rights

Women’s Rights

Women are crucial to driving innovation, growth, & prosperity in our country. Too many people face discrimination and we must take every opportunity to stand up and fight for equality. I support women’s right to choose, any measure to close the gender pay gap, & the Equal Rights Amendment.

Most Recent Bills > Equal Rights Amendment

LGBTQ & Minority Rights

We have made great gains recently, but the fight is not over. We must continue to make progress toward equal rights for all. I will advocate to preserve and expand protections and end harmful practices that disproportionately affect the LGBTQ & Minority communities.

Most Recent Bills > Fair Housing LawGrocery Fund

Democracy

Campaign Reform

I made a pledge to campaign free from special interest donations so that I can support, uplift, and show how powerful our grassroot networks are. While I was the first elected to take this pledge, VA is now covered in elected officials who have taken similar pledges.

Voter Access

It should not be difficult to exercise your right to vote. In order for your voice to be heard, I believe it is my duty to expand and make it easier to vote. This includes longer voting hours, and no – absentee voting.

Most Recent Bills > Vote By MailEarly Voting

Economy

Economic Development

To improve the economic well-being & quality of life for our VA communities we have to lay the groundwork for multilateral policies. We must recognize the role of early childhood education, criminal justice reform, neighborhood desegregation, and economic diversification has on our overall success.

Most Recent Bills > Green New Deal, Blockchain Tech.

Education

A quality education is the key to uplifting any person, or group. It is essential that we continue to improve our public school system from the bottom up, starting with pre-k and working up to higher education.

Most Recent Bills >Socio-Emot. Learning,Comm. Schools

Environment

Every person, community, and neighborhood deserves a healthy environment to raise a family. While pushing policies like the Green New Deal, we can also provide thousands of good paying jobs in clean energy.

Health Care

We must increase coverage, support small businesses, expand primary care, and lower premiums. Medicare for All is the next step toward addressing inequalities. In 2018, Medicaid Expansion passed allowing over 230,000 people to gain coverage here in Virginia.

Most Recent Bills >Medicaid Expansion

Safety

Gun Violence Prevention

There are nearly 13,000 gun homicides a year in the US. Marginalized and minority groups are regularly inflicted by this systemic issue and have been left powerless. To protect our vulnerable communities, VA must implement a comprehensive gun violence prevention plan

Most Recent Bills > Public Entities Protection
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Chris Hurst 1Chris Hurst

Current Position: State Delegate for District 12 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

“I’ve dedicated my life to public service and giving a voice to the people of southwest Virginia.”
“My career in news was fulfilling but instead of asking questions, I became focused on finding solutions.”

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate for District 12 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

“I’ve dedicated my life to public service and giving a voice to the people of southwest Virginia.”
“My career in news was fulfilling but instead of asking questions, I became focused on finding solutions.”

About

Chris Hurst

Source: Campaign page

I’ve dedicated my life to public service and giving a voice to the people of southwest Virginia. When I came here almost a decade ago as a reporter, I quickly identified with our shared values of strong families, strong faith and personal integrity. I fell in love with the Blue Ridge Mountains and the people living in small towns with big hearts.

As a journalist, I’ve been a fierce advocate for families struggling for access to mental health care and equality in education for students with special needs. I’ve investigated the reasons why our workforce must adapt for the careers of the future, documented the dramatic rise of child abuse and opioid addiction, and held government leaders accountable while showing how our first responders are left without vital resources.

However, I decided to leave journalism and run for office after recovering from a profound tragedy. In 2015, I was just beginning a new life with my late girlfriend, Alison Parker. Yet I found myself on a different path after Alison and Adam Ward’s murder on television shocked me and the country. My career in news was fulfilling but instead of asking questions, I became focused on finding solutions. Your continued prayers and support gave me the strength to move forward and be a courageous fighter for all Virginians.

As your delegate, I have continued to fight tirelessly to increase access to and resources for mental health care, voted to ensure gun safety laws are put in place, and have been an advocate for quality and affordable schools with adequately paid teachers. I have fought to bring jobs to the 12th District and protect our land and water from outside industries and pollution. Join me as I continue to courageously fight for all Virginians.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Journalist

Education

  • B.A., Broadcast Journalism
    Emerson College, MA
    2009

Awards

Chris Hurst 2
Photograph by: Virginia League of Conservation Voters

National Alliance on Mental Illness, Media Person of the Year (2014)
NAACP, Roanoke Branch, Media Person of the Year (2015)
Edward R. Murrow Award (2016)
Legislative Leadership Award (2018)

  • (None)

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1987
  • Place of Birth: Philadelphia, PA
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Presbyterian

Membership & Affiliation

Kiwanis of Montgomery County-Blacksburg

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Sadie Gary
Administrative Assistant During Session: Connie Mason

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1012

District Office
P.O. Box 11389
Blacksburg, VA 24062
Phone: (540) 739-2553

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Twitter

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Chris Hurst (born July 9, 1987) is an American journalist, former news anchor and politician of the Democratic Party serving as a Delegatein the Virginia House of Delegates for the state’s 12th district. He defeated Republican incumbent Joseph R. Yost in the November 2017 election,receiving 54.3% of the vote.

Hurst was formerly a journalist for Roanoke’s WDBJ; he became an anchor at 22, which the station said made him the youngest anchor in the country.He entered politics in the aftermath of the 2015 on-air murder of his girlfriend, Alison Parker. In February 2017 he left his job and lived on his savings in order to run for the House of Delegates in the 12th district. In the race, Hurst was endorsed by Everytown for Gun Safety (the only House of Delegates candidate to receive the endorsement), while his opponent Yost had an A rating from the NRA. Hurst also ran on LGBT rights, education, mental health, and Medicaid expansion.

Recent Elections

2019 State Delegate

Chris Hurst (D)11,13553.56%
T. Forrest Hite (R)9,64346.39%
Write In (Write-in)110.05%
TOTAL20,789

2017 State Delegate

Chris Hurst (D)12,49554.4%
Joseph Ryan Yost (R)10,45845.5%
Write In (Write-in)360.2%
TOTAL22,989

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

HURST, CHRIS L has run in 1 race for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,252,791

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Science and Technology
Education

Subcommittees

Education – Subcommittee #2

Appointments

House Education
House Science & Technology
Interstate 81 Commission
Western Virginia Public Education Consortium

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Economy

Attracting Jobs to the NRV

With Southwest Virginia’s largest economic engine and one of the world’s leaders in innovation sitting in our backyard, we are in a very unique position to attract more good-paying jobs to the 12th District. As we continue to attract the nation’s brightest minds, our local and state governments need to do all they can to keep that talent right here in the New River Valley. That means creating opportunities for small businesses and innovations while evaluating regulations that can deter growth. As your Delegate, this is my number one priority.

Access to Broadband

There are many parts of the district where access to broadband internet is limited or nonexistent. In our digital world, the Commonwealth is doing all of us a disservice by not investing in the infrastructure and technology to bring broadband access to rural communities. By partnering with new businesses who are doing this great work day in and day out, I hope we can finally solve this problem for Southwest Virginia.

Education

Overhaul Outdated Funding Formulas

For years, legislators in Richmond have tweaked the funding formulas for our public schools with disastrous results. Students across the Commonwealth lose out on $800 million every year. I am working towards restoring pre K-12 funding to at least pre-recession levels. I have been able to partially restore At-Risk Add-On funding, which will help schools better serve at-risk students in our community.  Virginia must also change the funding formula so that school divisions with declining enrollment like Giles and Pulaski won’t lose out on needed resources from the state.

Attract The Best Teachers To Our Schools

Virginia is ranked 29th in the country in average teacher pay. That’s unacceptable. Teachers in Virginia earn, on average, about $7,000 less than other educators around the country. But it’s worse in the 12th District; teachers in Giles County make about $10,000 less than just the state average. I’ve consistently voted to increase teacher salaries each year I’ve been in the General Assembly.

Reduce the Burden of Standardized Testing

Virginia has improved the way our teachers, schools, and students are evaluated but there is still more work to be done. Study after study has shown that Virginia’s method of testing our students is inadequate. As your Delegate, I am fighting to give freedom back to school divisions while still ensuring success for all students.

College Affordability

The costs students face to attend college is constantly rising.  From tuition to room and board, to course supplies, I am fighting to keep college affordable. Which is why I introduced HB 2380, which requires that institutions of higher education include in the online course catalogue or online registration system information about which courses use exclusively low­ or no-­cost educational materials. In addition, I have helped ensure state funds will be used to freeze tuition rates for the next year, providing an average savings of 45% to students and families.

Environment

Protecting Our Natural Resources

For generations, families in the New River Valley have respected and protected their land. From the pristine waters of Wolf Creek to the untouched natural beauty of Pearis Mountain, our land is our most valuable resource. We must resist any threat to our rivers, streams, and forests. I introduced HB 2112, which curtails the ability of natural gas companies to enter private property to conduct surveys without landowner consent. I stand proudly with landowners in their fight against the Mountain Valley Pipeline and, as your delegate, have championed these efforts by supporting stop-work orders when our water and soil is in danger of contamination.

Transforming Our Energy Sources

For too long, our representatives in Richmond have stalled the transformation of how we power our homes and businesses. By removing restrictions on how Virginians get our energy, we can bring more investments in renewable sources like wind, solar and geothermal. We must increase diversity and competition in our energy mix to reduce our consumption of fossil fuels and lower utility bills.

Health Care

Expand Medicaid

I said I would fight to expand Medicaid because it made moral and economic sense, and we did. In 2018, Virginia finally passed Medicaid expansion which is bringing $12.2 million in new spending and over 2000 jobs to the 12th district. Most importantly, thousands of our neighbors have access to healthcare for the first time.

Women’s Healthcare

I am a journalist, not a doctor. Any decisions regarding women and their health care need to be made by the woman, in consultation with her family if she chooses, and her doctor. These decisions shouldn’t be made by lawmakers in Richmond.

Fight the Opioid Crisis

The opioid crisis is a battle that’s become all too familiar for our District, with too many lives already lost. We must expand access to life-saving treatment options and medications. We have to change the stigma around substance-use disorders and address the crisis as an illness, not just a series of poor choices.

Mental Health

Expanding Medicaid would directly impact and increase access to mental healthcare in Virginia. In addition, we need to give our police officers, sheriff’s deputies, fire departments and rescue squads the training and resources they need to handle mental health crises. Rural communities like ours face especially tough circumstances. Individuals in crisis are often transferred to treatment centers on the opposite side of the Commonwealth on their own dime. We must fundamentally change the way we view and treat mental illness. Virginia has to address the lack of rural mental health care providers and reinvest in support for our state hospitals.

Reduce Gun Violence

We must change the way we address the thousands of Virginians who die each year by bullets from guns. I think we do that by realizing this is a public health crisis: more people in the commonwealth die from gun violence than in car crashes. My focus remains on those most susceptible to homicide and suicide from firearms. I will work to protect men and women of color in cities from dying on the streets, to help women find safety after taking the courageous move to leave a dangerous relationship and to encourage parents to make sure children don’t have unsupervised access to a gun. As someone who has been personally touched by this issue, I will take the same objective, pragmatic approach to investigate solutions as I had when I worked as a journalist.

Infrastructure

Access to Broadband

There are many parts of the district where access to broadband internet is limited or nonexistent. In our digital world, the Commonwealth is doing all of us a disservice by not investing in the infrastructure and technology to bring broadband access to rural communities. By partnering with new businesses who are doing this great work day in and day out, I hope we can finally solve this problem for Southwest Virginia.

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Danica Roem 2Danica Roem

Current Position: State Delegate for District 13 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate for District 13 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

About

Danica Roem

Source: Wikipedia

Danica Roem (/ˈroʊm/ ROHM; born September 30, 1984) is an American journalist and politician of the Democratic Party. In the 2017 Virginia elections she was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, winning the Democratic primary for the 13th district on June 13, and the general election on November 7. She is the first openly transgender person to be elected to the Virginia General Assembly, and in January 2018 became the first to both be elected and serve while openly transgender in any U.S. state legislature. In December 2017 The Advocate named her as a finalist for its “Person of the Year”. In January 2018, Delegate Roem was included on the cover of Time Magazine in their “The Avengers” feature, highlighting new female candidates and elected officials from around the country.

Early life and education

Roem was born at Prince William Hospital and raised in Manassas, Virginia, the child of Marian and John Paul Roem. Her father committed suicide when she was three years old, and her maternal grandfather, Anthony Oliveto, acted as a father figure. Living in Manassas, Virginia for her whole life, she attended the majority of her schooling there. She went to Loch Lomond Elementary School for grades K-3, and then All Saints School for grades 4-8. She then attended Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Virginia and then went to her aunt and uncle’s alma mater, St. Bonaventure University in St. Bonaventure, New York to pursue journalism.[10] As a student at St. Bonaventure University, she had a 1.1 GPA her first semester and was more focused on music than homework. During her second semester, she made a comeback and raised her GPA to a 3.48 and made the Dean’s List. Her professors described her as tenacious, persistent, and one who worked for those who voices were often ignored. She moved back to Virginia after graduation.

Roem has stated that her role models growing up were Senator Chuck Colgan (D-29) and Delegate Harry Parrish (R-50) because, although they were affiliated with a party, they had more independent ideologies.

Journalism career

When Roem was a child, her grandfather would tell her, “the basis of my knowledge comes from reading the newspaper every day.” This influenced her to become a journalist. She was a journalist for ten and a half years. Her first job out of college, in 2006, was at the Gainesville Times in Gainesville, Virginia. Roem worked for nine years as the lead reporter for the Gainesville Times and Prince William Times. She then went to work as a news editor in August 2015 at the Montgomery County Sentinel in Rockville, Maryland, where she was employed there until December 2016. She then decided to run for public office. She said she has a wide knowledge of policy issues due to her journalism career. She won awards from the Virginia Press Association seven times.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Journalist
    Montgomery County Sentinel
    2019 to present
  • Journalist
    Gainesville Times
    2006 to 2015

Education

  • BA, Journalism
    St. Bonaventure University
    2019 to present

Awards

Named ‘Best Politician’ by readers of the Prince William Times and Gainesville Times from 2006-2015.

The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club “Justice Award” Winner.

 

Personal

Birth Year: 1984
Place of Birth: Manassas, VA
Gender: Female
Race(s): Caucasian
Religion: Roman Catholic

Membership & Affiliation

  • Virginia Press Association 7 awards
  • Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia Press Association 4 Awards

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Gabrielle Slais
Administrative Assistant During Session: Eliza Weathers District

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219

District Office
P.O. Box 726
Manassas, VA 20113

Phone: (571) 393-0242

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Twitter

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Campaign

Roem first got interested in politics in 2004 following President George W. Bush’s proposal to add a constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage. After that, she was interested in looking into how the government operates and how she could change it.

Roem was recruited to run for state delegate by her local Democratic Party, more specifically, by State Delegate Rip Sullivan, the recruiting chair for the Virginia House Democratic Caucus. She states that she had never considered running, but it did not take a lot of convincing.

Roem ran against Bob Marshall, who was a 13-term incumbent representative. Marshall is a self described “chief homophobe” and was a sponsor on Virginia’s bill to end same sex marriage and Virginia’s bathroom bill.

She was endorsed by the Victory Fund, EMILY’s List, Run for Something, Virginia’s List, and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

She was able to raise $500,000 in donations, much of it coming from LGBTQ+ supporters and other national allies, out raising her opponent 3-to-1. Her campaign knocked on more than 75,000 doors in a district with only 52,471 voters. Her campaign was notable for the transphobic discrimination she faced. Marshall consistently attacked Roem’s gender identity through his advertisements. She was also attacked by a conversion therapy advocate, who stated that Roem was trans because her father committed suicide and her grandfather failed to serve as an adequate role model for her.[Roem stated she never wanted the focus to be about her gender identity, and instead focused mainly on traffic issues in the district that she had faced.

2017 election

Roem ran as a Democrat in the 2017 election for the 13th District of the Virginia House of Delegates against Republican incumbent Bob Marshall, who has held the office for the past 25 years. In January 2017, Marshall introduced the “Physical Privacy Act” (HB 1612), a bathroom bill which died in committee two weeks later in January. Marshall has referred to himself as Virginia’s “chief homophobe”.

Roem declared her candidacy in January 2017. She received endorsements from the Victory Fund[ and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. Between April 1 and June 1, Roem received 1,064 donations of under $100, the highest of any delegate candidate in the state other than Chris Hurst. Roem’s platform was based on economic and transportation issues, centered on a promise to fix Virginia State Route 28.

In July 2017, following President Donald Trump’s announcement of a ban on transgender people serving in the U.S. military, Roem received a $50,000 donation from Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele.

In August 2017, Roem received an endorsement from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). In October 2017, she was endorsed by former Vice President Joe Biden.

In September 2017, Roem posted a web video entitled “Inspire”, criticizing her opponent’s refusal to debate her or to refer to her as a woman. In the video, she says “There are millions of transgender people in the country, and we all deserve representation in government.”

In October 2017, Roem’s campaign received reports that residents of her district were receiving anti-transgender robocalls. Roem said the calls were being made by the American Principles Project, which has circulated a petition to “Stop Transgender Medical Experimentation on Children”. Also in October 2017, the Republican Party of Virginia mailed campaign fliers attacking comments Roem made during a September radio interview. Although the fliers, approved by Roem’s opponent, used male pronouns to refer to Roem, the party’s executive director dismissed the idea that they were attacking Roem’s gender identity.

Over the course of the campaign, she out-raised Marshall by a 5 to 1 margin, collecting over $370,000, including over 4,100 small-dollar donations from Progressive Change Campaign Committee members.

Recent Elections

2019 State Delegate

Danica Roem (D)12,06655.92%
Kelly S. McGinn (R)9,46843.88%
Write In (Write-in)420.19%
TOTAL21,576

2017 State Delegate

Danica Roem (D)12,07753.7%
Robert Gerard Marshall (R)10,31845.9%
Write In (Write-in)900.4%
TOTAL22,485

Finances

ROEM, DANICA  has run in 1 race for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of$978,782.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Counties Cities and Towns
Science and Technology

Subcommittees

Counties Cities and Towns – Subcommittee #2

Appointments

House Counties Cities and Towns
House Science & Technology

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Governance

Increase Accessibility

Through the first half of 2019, I hosted or participated in 20 local town hall meetings in the greater Prince William County area since January 2018, including events in each of the four communities I represent: Manassas, Manassas Park, Gainesville and Haymarket. Being present and available in the community is the same work ethic I showed for more than nine years as your local reporter. As your local elected official, I remain accessible and accountable to you. 

On many nights during the 2019 session, I posted two-minute videos recapping my day in Richmond so my constituents would know what I was doing on their behalf. I take my commitment to open government seriously and will continue to do so on behalf of the people of the Thirteenth District.

Create a Publicly Searchable Cold Case Database

In 2018, I introduced HB 938 to create a publicly searchable cold-case database to involve the public in assisting law enforcement officials with solving homicide, missing person, and unidentified person cases. As more cases are entered into the system, more people in every area—law enforcement, victim advocacy and the general public—can become a part of the conversation that will resolve cases. Manassas remains home to the only unsolved murder of a state trooper in Virginia history, now more than 40 years old. Since the bill advanced out of committee in 2018, I have worked across the aisle to secure funding for the legislation and I am ready to pass it into law in 2020.

Increase Citizen Review

House Bill 2375, one of my three bills that passed during the 2019 session, increases transparency in local government by requiring governing bodies to hold a public hearing before fast-tracking a zoning ordinance change through a planning commission. They will also have to advertise that public hearing in the print edition of a newspaper and on the governing body’s website so it is in the public record at least two weeks ahead of the vote. 

 When budget amendments arrived late this year in Richmond, I voted against cutting the amount of public review time from 48 hours to 24 hours before the General Assembly voted on them and adjourned. The rule change passed anyway, so I logged into Facebook that night and early the next morning and read page after page of the budget amendments live on camera so the public would know what we were voting on that Sunday.

I will keep fighting for citizens to have more access to information and continue my work to increase government transparency so you know exactly what your elected officials are doing with your time and your dime.

Strengthen the Freedom of Information Act

There’s no reason why Maryland’s government should be more open and accessible than Virginia’s government, yet that’s exactly where we find ourselves. I authored HB 940 (2018) HB 2507 (2019) to establish a state-level Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) ombudsman through the Office of the Attorney General. The Ombudsman would be a dedicated, independent, neutral position to streamline and mediate FOIA requests, and ensure that they are being addressed effectively and more efficiently between FOIA requestors and state agencies. I’ll bring this legislation back in 2020 so we can create this important position to help everyday citizens navigate the complex and confusing world of state agencies and public information. 

I also filed HB 1603 (2018) to eliminate fees for the first two hours it takes an agency or governing body to fulfill a FOIA request. In many cases, these fees are designed to limit the public’s access to information, not strengthen it. I’ll continue working to make FOIA more accessible to the public and stand up to unnecessary exemptions that harm open government.

Prevent Child Warfare Fraud

One of my other government accountability bills that was signed into law is HB 2339 (2019), which allows the Department of Social Services to work with the Department of Taxation to modify existing child support orders and prevent child welfare fraud. I had to wage an epic fight for this bill on the floor of the House of Delegates and prevailed as a freshman member of the minority party because I learned the rules and procedures and built a reputation as a bipartisan consensus seeker who always works in good faith.

The relationships I built across the aisle during my time in office so far allowed this bill to pass out of the House of Delegates and Senate. I’m committed to maintaining those relationships so I can make a good law even better in 2020 by allowing the Department of Social Services to notify Virginians that they are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and other benefits.

Enact Real Campaign Finance Reform

Not only have I refused to accept any money from for-profit corporations, their PACs, their trade associations and their lobbyists, I introduced HB 562 (2018) to ban public service corporations from donating to elected officials because the regulated should not be to have undue influence over their regulators. 

Through my advocacy to reform our campaign finance system and eliminate conflicts of interest, I’ve led by example both on the campaign trail and in the General Assembly through my actions. 

I pledged not to take any money from Dominion Energy before the Activate Virginia pledge even existed in 2017. I continue to rely on people power to fund my campaigns and on my constituents to help me craft our legislation, not on corporations.

Civil Rights

Creating a Fairer Tax System

When the majority caucus this year proposed disproportionately extending federal tax cuts to people making more than $50,000 a year while providing barely anything for those who earned less, I fought for all of my constituents to be included until half of the tax cuts went to people making less than $50,000.
I’ll continue supporting a fair, equitable tax system that takes care of all of my constituents, including making the Earned Income Tax Credit fully refundable, without playing political games. That’s why I voted for conformity of the tax code this year and last year so my CPA constituents could do their work in a timely manner without the uncertainty of waiting for the Virginia General Assembly to do its job. I’ll continue legislating in a fiscally responsible manner to make sure Virginia pays its bills and maintains its AAA bond rating.

Ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment

On Feb. 21, 2019, a 50-50 vote in the House of Delegates ended our chance this year for Virginia to become the 38th and final state needed to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. The ERA text states the following:

Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

Section 3: This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.

I wore my mother’s 43-year-old “Women’s Bicentennial” ERA medallion necklace almost daily during session in 2019. Ratification of the ERA has an 81 percent favorability rating in Virginia. Its support goes across party lines and ideologies. I’ll continue advocating for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment so we are all considered equal under the Constitution.

Championing Your Rights

The Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the Bill Rights ensures your right to privacy so you can have the autonomy to make your own reproductive health care choices and marry the consenting adult you love. That’s why we need to update the Code of Virginia to remove discriminatory language and ensure equal rights of all Virginians.

My legislative record is solidly on the side of justice and inclusion so we provide equity and equality for women, people of color, LGBTQ people, immigrants, workers, the disabled, seniors, students, people experiencing homelessness, survivors of sexual assault and human trafficking and all of my constitutions who need a hand up.

I’m proud to stand up for my constituents no matter what they look like, where they come from, how they worship if they do or who they love because of who they are, not despite it.

Economy

Tax Policy: Creating a Fairer Tax System

During the 2019 General Assembly Session, a majority of the House of Delegates proposed disproportionately extending federal tax cuts to Virginians making more than $50,000 a year while providing barely anything for those who earned less. In response, I fought for all my constituents to be included until half of the tax cuts went to Virginians making less than $50,000.
I’ll continue supporting a fair, equitable tax system that takes care of all of my constituents, including making the Earned Income Tax Credit fully refundable, without playing political games. As a regular practice, the General Assembly has historically voted to conform the state tax code to the federal tax code upon Congress’ passage of new federal tax legislation. Following my CPA constituents’ advice and to ensure my constituents could file their taxes without a delay for the 2018 tax year, I voted for conformity every step of the legislative process during the 2019 General Assembly session.
I’ll continue legislating in an inclusive and fiscally responsible manner to make sure Virginia pays its bills and maintains its AAA bond rating.

Education

Raising Teacher Pay

When I voted to fulfill my campaign promise to expand Medicaid to 400,000 uninsured constituents, the state government was able to bring home $371 million from the federal government, which freed up enough money in the state budget to tackle major education funding issues. By casting this vote, I also fulfilled another campaign promise to raise teacher pay. By voting for the approved FY 2019-2020 budget and related amendments in 2019, I voted to raise salaries for public school instructional staff by 5 percent. This is a great start but not the end of this important issue as we work to make sure Prince William County teachers do not have the lowest salaries in Northern Virginia while also bringing Virginia above the national average for teacher salaries. The budget also included the In-State Undergraduate Tuition Moderation Fund to prevent tuition hikes in higher education. I’ll continue to work across the aisle to fully fund K-12 and higher education while taking care of our students, instructional staff and administrators.

Feeding Hungry Kids

For the 2018 and 2019 General Assembly sessions, I have worked with one of my Gainesville constituents to author legislation to ensure Virginia students do not go hungry at school. During the 2019 session, I introduced and passed into law HB 2400 to require all public school districts throughout Virginia to post prominently on their websites an online portal for parents to apply for free and reduced meals for their children. There are thousands of children throughout Virginia, including Prince William County and Manassas Park who are eligible for free and reduced school meals but are not enrolled because completed paper applications never made it back to school. Having an online system that’s easy to find on the school division website will allow parents to apply on their own time and without the social stigma of having to turn in a paper form declaring that their income allows them to be qualified for the program in the first place. The law goes into effect July 1, 2019, so I will monitor our local school divisions to make sure they are compliant.

Leading By Example

When Google offered me $2,500 in exchange of using two seconds of a video of me for their International Women’s Day 2018 ad, I declined taking the money for myself. Instead, I asked Google to pay off $2,500 worth of school meal debts in the 13th District. This money was used to pay off all school meal debt at Loch Lomond Elementary School in Manassas, PACE West in Gainesville and took care of almost all the debt at Sinclair Elementary School in Manassas.

Meanwhile, I contributed hundreds of dollars to the “Settle the Debt” campaign to pay off school meal debts in Prince William County as my Gainesville constituent Adelle Settle raised more than $40,000 to pay off school meal debts across Prince William County Schools.

While it’s important to pay down existing debts, it’s even more important to address the systemic problems that cause debt in the first place. I will continue to advocate for maximizing enrollment in the federal Community Eligibility Program so more schools can provide meals without charge to students while I continue to advocate for the reduction and elimination of school meal debts at the state level.

Eliminating School Meal Shaming

No student should be shamed for their parents’ income situation. In addition to introducing anti-school meal shaming legislation in 2018 as a constituent service request, I signed on as the chief-co-patron of Del. Patrick Hope’s HB 50 (2018) and worked with him to pass this legislation to prevent students from being forced to wear a wristband or do chores as a result of having school meal debt. HB 50 also requires all communication concerning school meal debt to be addressed to the parent, not the student because children should just be able to focus on learning instead of being shamed for debt that their parents/guardians owe. In fact, parents often don’t know what happens when their kids carry school meal debts. I authored HB 2462 (2019) to require school districts inform parents of the policies, procedures and consequences for students carrying school meal debt. I also introduced HB 2376 (2019) to ban school officials from forcing students to throw away meals after they’ve been served to them because the student carries school meal debt or their parents/guardians cannot afford their meals. Thankfully, this shaming practice does not apply in Prince William or Manassas Park but it exists in other parts of Virginia. While HB 2462 and HB 2376 had bipartisan support of more than 50 co-patrons each – a majority of the House of Delegates – the Chairman of the House Education Committee recommended for them to instead be considered for administrative implementation through the Code of Virginia. I’ve followed up with Education Secretary Atif Qarni since then to make sure that happens. I believe forcing a student to throw away a meal should be explicitly banned in the Code of Virginia instead of at the will of the agency, so I will reintroduce that legislation to prohibit that form of school meal shaming.

Being Accessible to Student Constituents

It’s one thing for a legislator to make time for adults when the adults can vote for them. It’s another to make time for students who are too young to vote. I serve all of my constituents, regardless of their eligibility to vote and the best place to interact with students is to meet them where they’re at: school. In 2017, I heard from Manassas Park residents that they felt invisible to their elected officials so I told them that would stop with me and started engaging with my student constituents at school. Two weeks after I won the 2017 campaign, I toured every public school in Manassas Park. 

In May of 2018, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine and I hosted a student-led gun prevention roundtable at Manassas Park High School where we answered questions and heard public policy ideas from Manassas Park, Stonewall Jackson, Patriot and Hylton high school students. When Stonewall Jackson High School students asked me to attend a public hearing about the proposed boundary lines for the 13th high school in Prince William County, I went and listened to the students express their frustration that the proposed lines packed students of color at one school while diluting the presence of students of color at Patriot and Battlefield High Schools.

I have conducted student town halls at Stonewall Jackson High School and the George Mason University Science and Technology campus in Manassas. By writing and passing commending resolutions in the House of Delegates, my team and I have honored educators and students alike from Prince William and Manassas Park, and twice joined the Battlefield BEST Club as they, in partnership with the Virginia Student Training and Refurbishment (STAR) Program, gave away refurbished laptops to families who needed them at Sinclair and Tyler Elementary Schools.

I attended the Manassas Park High School senior awards ceremony and sat on stage at each of the graduation ceremonies for every public high school in western Prince William County as well as the eighth grade promotion ceremony at Manassas Park Middle School, the fifth grade promotion ceremonies at Piney Branch, Sinclair, Sudley, Manassas Park Elementary Schools and even the second grade promotion ceremonies at Cougar Elementary School.

Whether it’s an outdoor festival at Osbourn Park High School to raise money for hurricane survivors in Puerto Rico, joining the advisory board for the George Mason University Science and Technology campus or testifying in front of our local school boards in favor of including LGBTQ students and staff in their non-discrimination policies (which are now implemented both in Prince William and Manassas Park), I’ve been present in our community, accessible and accountable as I’ve advocated for our community. I’ll continue to do so as your delegate.

Creating Equitable, Safe and Fun Learning Environments

During the 2019 session, I signed onto Del. Jeff Bourne’s HB 1600, to address the statewide of problem of black students and disabled students being disproportionately more likely to be given long-term suspensions from schools than other students. The bill, now signed into law, reduces the length of long-term suspensions from 364 days – the highest in the nation – to 45 days except in the most severe circumstances. Simply put, a child cannot learn while rehabilitating their behavior if they are being taken out of school for months at a time without education. This legislation marks the first major crack we took in the House of Delegates at addressing the school-to-prison pipeline, one of the policy promises I made during my 2017 campaign. 

In Northern Virginia, we heard parents raise awareness about how denying elementary school students 15-minutes of recess in a day is actually detrimental to children as they need that unstructured time to reset and unwind before continuing their education. In 2018, I signed on as a co-patron to Del. Karrie Delaney’s HB 1419, to allow school divisions to count recess as instructional time in elementary schools. After the bill was signed into law, the Prince William County School Board was the first in the commonwealth to adopt it, so students in kindergarten through fifth grade now have an additional 15 minutes of recess per day. I’ll continue working with my colleagues who advocate on behalf of students to improve their learning environment inside and outside of the classroom.

Environment

Ban Above-Ground Transmission Lines Near I-66

As the lead reporter of the Gainesville Times, I was at Silver Lake in 2006 when activists floated balloons 155-feet-high in the air so we could see how a proposal from Dominion Energy to build transmission lines along the Interstate 66 corridor would affect the environment.

Eight years later, I identified Amazon as the owner of the controversial data center in Haymarket on Sept. 10, 2014 when Dominion Energy officials refused to name their corporate client when they proposed building 110-foot-high transmission lines along the I-66 corridor again.

Simply put, the people of Haymarket and Gainesville have had enough of these drawn out fights against corporate giants spanning the last 13 years.

When legislators proposed to include the hybrid route for the Haymarket Transmission Line in a large bill (SB 966/HB 1558) favored by Dominion Energy in 2018, I actually read the text and found out that the bill would actually allow above-ground transmission lines:

“§ 8. Approval of a proposed transmission line for inclusion in this program shall not preclude the placing of existing or future overhead facilities in the same area or corridor by other transmission projects.”

In Catholic school we would call this “sin by omission” as the bill simply does not mention above-ground transmission lines rather than including provisions to ban them. I called this out on the House floor (video) and voted against the bill. After the legislation passed the House, that line was stripped from the bill. 

I take constituent requests very seriously. When my Haymarket and Gainesville constituents contacted my office by an overwhelming majority in opposition to the Haymarket Transmission Line project, I filed HB 2469 (2019) to ban above-ground transmission lines in perpetuity along the Interstate 66 corridor between Gainesville and Haymarket. With many of my constituents in Richmond to testify for the bill, we challenged Dominion head-on in the House Commerce and Labor Committee. I earned bipartisan support for my bill this time around and plan to build upon that in 2020 to finally pass the legislation.

I also carried HB 556 (2018) to allow citizen groups like the Coalition to Protect Prince William County to recover some of their legal fees from the State Corporation Commission to level the playing field between small constituent advocacy organizations and public service corporations like Dominion Energy.

Meanwhile, I filed HB 562 (2018) to ban public service corporations like Dominion from being able to donate to political campaigns so regulated monopolies don’t have undue influence over their regulators.

I don’t take Dominion’s money or money from any for-profit corporation, their PACs, their lobbyists or trade associations. 

Controlled Development

As a member of the House Counties, Cities and Towns Committee, I sit on Subcommittee 2, which deals with legislation regarding residential developments. My legislative philosophy in most circumstances is that I generally try to empower localities to make their own land-use decisions as the people closest to the area know the most about their environment and property.

When those issues relate to Prince William County, the first question I ask if how will this bill affect residential development: will it make it easier for the Board of County Supervisors to bring development under control and will it be a tool the Board of County Supervisors can be counted on to use responsibly?

While other local governing bodies in Virginia are likely to use the proffer bill (HB 2342, 2019) that passed this year responsibly, I had severe concerns about whether Prince William County  would fall into the same old habits that created the county’s over-development problem in the first place. We need to have adequate, existing infrastructure for roads, schools, water and first responders in place before approving new developments. We need public policy that prioritizes infrastructure development before residential development.

That’s why I’ve attended a number of MIDCO and Planning Commission meetings regarding the Kline Farm and The Reserve at Long Forest in Manassas as those developments directly affect my Signal Hill and Yates Ford constituents. As a state delegate, I only speak in front of local elected governing bodies upon invitation, so I do not try to use the heavy hand of the state government to tell local elected officials how to do their jobs. At the same time, I do speak in front of appointed bodies, citizen organizations and listen to constituent feedback so I can take their ideas and make the best, most informed decisions I can for the people of the Thirteenth District in Richmond.

Health Care

Expanding Health Care Insurance Coverage

Expanding Medicaid to 400,000 uninsured Virginians – including 3,800 of my constituents – was the single most consequential and important vote I cast during my first term because I know what it’s like to be uninsured. More than 279,000 Virginia adults enrolled in Medicaid in less than five months – far surpassing enrollment timeline expectations. Passing Medicaid expansion through the budget also included historic investments in mental and behavioral programs across the state as well as much needed funding to combat the opioid crisis. 

At the same time, hundreds of thousands of Virginians who earn more than $17,256 per year remain uninsured or underinsured with $5,000 deductible plans that leave many people functionally uninsured. Meanwhile, even more Virginians have health insurance premiums that keep rising.

That means we need to stay vigilant. Here’s what we can do:

1) Maximize Medicaid expansion enrollment: I’ll continue working with the Department of Social Services in Prince William County and the City of Manassas Park to make sure than each and every one of the 3,800 constituents I represent, who are eligible for Medicaid expansion, have all the information they need to enroll if they so choose. My office has assisted many constituents in applying for coverage under Medicaid expansion and is happy to continue doing so in the future. Please visit www.coverva.org for eligibility and enrollment information. 

2) Create a public option: I’ll keep encouraging our federal delegation to pass U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine’s Medicare-X Choice Act, which would create a public option that could drastically reduce the uninsured and underinsured populations in Virginia. This would build on Medicare to create a public plan offered on the individual and small business health exchanges, giving Americans the option to choose between existing private insurance plans or a public option. The Medicare-X legislation is currently under consideration in Congress. If there is no action on it at the federal level by 2021, I’ll work with my colleagues in the House of Delegates to re-examine how we can use the framework from the Marketplace Virginia proposed compromise from five years ago as a means of establishing a state-level public option while preserving Medicaid expansion.

3) Fight “junk” plans: I have voted against “buyer-beware” proposals lacking even some of the most basic protections that would dilute the health insurance market pool and raise insurance premiums on people with pre-existing conditions. I’ll continue working to make sure our legislature strengthens the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in Virginia and does not undermine it.

Covering Your Health Care Needs

Far too often, doctors prescribe their patients treatments that health insurers simply won’t cover because they’re not required to do so. I worked hard to close some of these health insurance coverage gaps for my constituents during my first term in office and I remain dedicated to making sure your health care needs are not excluded from coverage.

1) Mental Health: While I support fully implementing the recommendations of the Deeds Commission, I’m continuing my work to emphasize suicide prevention in the commonwealth. I was honored to earn the 2018 Virginia Counselors Association’s “Legislator of the Year” award for my advocacy on behalf of mental health care causes, including my resolution HJ 138 that would have ensured all employees in a school district are trained to identify the signs of suicidal ideation in students. I also voted for HB 2053 (2019) and the budget amendments this past session that allocated $12.2 million to improve the student-to-counselor ratio to start making progress on this issue. I’ll continue supporting our counselors, school psychologists and social workers to make sure our most vulnerable students receive the care they need.

2) Autism Spectrum-Related Healthcare: In 2018, I introduced HB 1113 to eliminate the age cap for autism-related health insurance coverage on behalf of one of my Manassas Park constituents and a group of moms in Prince William County. In 2019, I signed on as a co-patron of HB 2577 to eliminate (2019) all age requirements for autism-related health insurance coverage. This year, we got it done. I’ll continue to advocate for my autistic and Aspie constituents, especially students who are at risk of being misunderstood and mistreated by peers or staff due to a lack of awareness and training.

3) Mechanical Prosthetic Devices: For my amputee constituents, I introduced HB1478 (2018) and HB 2669 (2019) to require health insurers to cover doctor-prescribed mechanical prosthetic devices, such as myoelectric, biomechanical or microprocessor-controlled devices. HB 2669 requires doctor prescribed mechanical prosthetic devices with a Medicare code to be covered under all health plans regulated by the commonwealth. This is an opportunity to give members of the limb loss community, such as one of my constituents, access to the care they need, when they need it. HB 2669 was referred to the Health Insurance Reform Commission for further consideration. I’ll continue advocating for the limb loss community as a means of improving the mental and physical quality-of-life of my constituents.

4) LGBTQ Healthcare: Whether it’s access to PrEP, IVF treatments or transition-related health care, LGBTQ health care is health care. I signed on as the chief co-patron to HB 1466 (2018) and HB 1864 (2019) to ensure health insurance coverage for transition-related healthcare in Virginia. None of my constituents should have their health care needs rejected when they are following their doctors’ orders and this is a key issue as I champion non-discrimination in general for my LGBTQ constituents.

Infrastructure

Fix Route 28 Now!

During the 2017 campaign, you may have seen my “Fix Route 28 Now!” yard signs and if you ever heard me speak, I’m sure it was one of the first things I mentioned. It’s my #1 issue because I know how it affects my constituents’ lives.

As a lifelong resident of the Manassas part of Prince William County, I covered our transportation issues for over nine years as the lead reporter of the Gainesville and Prince William Times. Prior to my journalism career it was a problem my family dealt with every single workday as my mother commuted up and down Route 28 for 40 years. I’m proud of the significant progress we’ve made since 2017. However, the people of the Thirteenth District elected me to fix the problem, not just improve it.  Fixing Route 28 remains my top legislative priority along with alleviating traffic congestion along Interstate 66.

Expand Mass Transit

Shortly after I was elected in November 2017, I met with Bob Schneider, Executive Director of the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission, and discussed the need to expand OmniRide bus service to Gainesville and Haymarket.

In 2018, I fulfilled my 2017 campaign promise to work across the aisle in favor of putting a floor on the Northern Virginia regional motor fuels tax and we got it done with HB 768/SB 896. Because of that vote, I was able to fulfill another campaign promise to expand mass transit in western Prince William County because the revenue from the motor fuels tax allocated $7.86 million more to the PRTC, allowing the PRTC board to launch the first ever OmniRide commuter bus linking Haymarket and northern Gainesville to Arlington on December 17, 2018.

As of now, four buses make six stops each along the westbound side of Heathcote Boulevard corridor and five locations near Metro stations in Arlington. This Sept. 9, two eastbound stops are due to be added at Carterwood and Sheringham.

The more mass transit options we provide for commuters, the more passenger vehicles we can remove each day from Interstate 66. I’ll continue advocating and legislating to make this happen.

Improve Dangerous Intersections

During the last two years, two fatal traffic accidents have shook Gainesville as we’ve mourned those who died at intersections Rollins Ford Road and Estate Manor Drive and Heathcote Boulevard and U.S. 29.

It shouldn’t take a fatality for us to improve road safety. That’s why I worked for months with VDOT to improve the Heathcote/29 intersection, which happened on June 29, 2019 with the additional lane paving for commuters along northbound U.S. 29 turning left onto Heathcote Boulevard.

I also worked for months with VDOT on coming up with alternative intersection designs at three intersections along Rollins Ford Road and held three bipartisan town halls dedicated to gathering feedback from my constituents so VDOT would know what options the people who live in the area prefer. VDOT has since presented us with alternative intersection designs for the area. I’ll continue to listen to what my constituents want for the area and work to secure funding to implement them.

Fully Fund the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority

In 2018, we had the opportunity in the General Assembly to both provide dedicated funding for the Metro and simultaneously preserve enough money with the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) to keep funding more fixes for Route 28, such as the 6-7-8 lane hybrid widening in Centreville. Before the Reconvene Session in April, where the General Assembly considers the Governor’s proposed amendments and vetoes, I wrote a letter to the Governor urging him to amend HB 1539 (2018) to keep the NVTA from losing $35.1 million per year to fix our roads and multi-modal projects. Given that HB 1539 called for transferring money from the NVTA to fund Metro, I asked the Governor to offer amendments to safeguard NVTA funding that only applied to the six Metro compact jurisdictions – Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church, Loudoun, Fairfax County and Fairfax City – not Prince William County, Manassas or Manassas Park. The Governor did exactly that in Recommendation #16 to HB 1539, which the majority caucus killed on a party-line vote of 51-48. As an immediate consequence of that vote that left crucial transportation funding on the table, Fairfax County decided to proceed only with the six-lane widening of Route 28 in Centreville instead of the 6-7-8 lane hybrid widening option that would widen the road to six lanes in the south near Compton Road and eight lanes by Route 29. 

However, I would not accept defeat when that transportation funding was lost. I spoke out on floor of the House of Delegates and called for NVTA funding to be restored by inserting a provision in the Interstate 81 bill (HB 2718, 2019) that included bringing back $20 million per year to the NVTA without raising taxes in Northern Virginia. This time, when the funding amendment arrived, I worked hard behind the scenes to whip support and helped deliver 48 Democratic votes for the amendment while 12 of 51 Republicans crossed the aisle to vote along with us. This allowed us to deliver and approve the largest transportation funding bill in six years.

In addition, I will continue to advocate for Del. Vivian Watts’ legislation, HB 2085 (2019), to restore another $30 million of funding for the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority. Combined with the $20 million I helped bring back this year, that will restore $50 million annually — and that does not even include the money that would come from the localities.

Northern Virginia candidates and politicians routinely talk about bringing back transportation funding from Richmond. In under two years in office, I helped secure $20 million a year for Route 28 improvements and other Northern Virginia regional transportation projects. I’m not afraid to take tough votes, fulfill my campaign promises and deliver the results I’ve promised for the people of the Thirteenth District.

Safety

Gun Violence Prevention

As of May 26, 2019, 73 of the 110 homicides committed in greater Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area have come from people being shot to death, including in Prince William County, according to the Washington Post. Gun violence also makes up an untold number of suicides and assaults in the region. It is possible to prevent people from killing other people or themselves without infringing upon someone’s Second Amendment rights for lawful self-defense and recreation.
This is why I signed onto legislation to require universal background checks (HB 140, 2018), prohibit bump stocks (HB 41, 2018) and allow localities to regulate firearms in government buildings (HB 261, 2018). I also support enacting “red flag” laws to allow a judge to issue an emergency substantial risk order to prohibit someone who is in imminent danger of hurting themselves or others from purchasing, possessing or transportation a firearm (HB 198 (2018) and HB 1763 (2019).
As we work across the aisle on this issue, we must involve our student constituents in the discussion. In May 2018, I hosted a student-led roundtable discussion with U.S. Senator Tim Kaine on gun-violence prevention at Manassas Park High School. Student participants from Manassas Park, Stonewall Jackson, Patriot and Hylton High School shared their stories, offered innovative policy solutions and stressed the critical need for gun violence prevention legislation as they feared for their safety in school and the local community. Our students and community deserve to live free from the threat of gun violence.
I’ll continue to support gun violence prevention bills where there is existing precedent in Virginia or other states for bipartisanship so we can get something done that is effective and data-driven. 

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Danny Marshall 1Danny Marshall

Current Position: State Delegate for District 14 since 2002
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Danville City Council from 2000 – 2001

Danny Marshall is working for Jobs,  Economic Development, A Strong Region and a Strong Virginia.

Danny is the past president of Marshall Concrete Products, a family business that was in our area for more than 40 years and provided 180+ jobs for our region.  He is a former member of the Danville City Council, and Danny has served as president of the Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce. He has served on numerous area development boards and commissions, including the Dan River Region Vision Committee.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate for District 14 since 2002
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Danville City Council from 2000 – 2001

Danny Marshall is working for Jobs,  Economic Development, A Strong Region and a Strong Virginia.

Danny is the past president of Marshall Concrete Products, a family business that was in our area for more than 40 years and provided 180+ jobs for our region.  He is a former member of the Danville City Council, and Danny has served as president of the Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce. He has served on numerous area development boards and commissions, including the Dan River Region Vision Committee.

About

Danny Marshall

Source: Campaign page

Working for Jobs,  Economic Development,  A Strong Region and a Strong Virginia

Experience and Knowledge of Business Bring Leadership Roles

House of Delegates Appointments:

  •     Commerce and Labor CommitteeChair of Workers Compensation Subcommittee

Directly involved in laws that make Virginia business-friendly

  •     Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources: Chair of Full Committee

Agriculture and Forestry is the second largest industry in Virginia and the largest industry in Pittsylvania County;  economic foundation for our area.

  •     Counties, Cities and Towns:

  Directly affects the laws for local governments as they relate to the state, as well as housing and real estate issues.

 

Positioned to Be Effective

Appointed to Legislative Commissions that Are All About Jobs:

  • Governor’s Economic Development and Jobs Creation Commission
  • Tobacco Commission: Chair Special Projects; Member R&D, Southside Economic    Development and the Executive Committee
  • Manufacturing Development Commission; Founding member
  • Virginia Housing Commission: Chairman;  Chair of Affordability, Real Estate Law and Mortgage Subcommittee; Works to make home ownership more affordable
  • Virginia Small Business Commission: Vice-chair; To study, report, and make recommendations on issues of concern to small businesses in the Commonwealth
  • Governor’s Rural Jobs Council and Education-Workforce Subcommittee (2012 appointment)
  • Virginia Workforce Council: Assist Governor in meeting workforce training needs in the Commonwealth

 

Direct Dollars to Our Area

  • Tobacco Commission:  Millions of  NON-tax dollars to help establish new businesses and expand existing businesses in Southside
  • Budget Amendments: 2013 Secured money in Governor’s Budget for Danville Community College Precision Tool training expansion: workforce training
  • Budget Amendment: 2013 Secured money to complete Danville Science Museum Digital Dome Theatre: educational training and regional asset

 

Special Recognitions

  • Honored in February 2007 by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia: named the “Legislator of the Year” for the House of Delegates.
  • Received “A” ratings yearly by the Family Foundation for voting “family values” on bills coming before the General Assembly
  • Received “A” ratings or endorsements:  

            Virginia Chamber of Commerce    

            National Federation of Independent Businesses            

            NRA (National Rifle Association)

            Virginia Farm Bureau

  • 2011 Service to Mankind Award –Danville SERTOMA
  • 2013 Virginia Chamber of Commerce Highest Award : “Champion of Free Enterprise” for pro-jobs and pro-economic development votes

 

Meet Danny

A native of Pittsylvania County, Danny Marshall graduated from George Washington High School and attended Danville Community and Averett Colleges. Danny is the past president of Marshall Concrete Products, a family business that was in our area for more than 40 years and provided 180+ jobs for our region.

Danny Marshall is also a former professional racecar driver who finished 3rd at the 24 Hours of Daytona race in both 1999 and 2000. He is a former member of the Danville City Council, and Danny has served as president of the Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce. He has served on numerous area development boards and commissions, including the Dan River Region Vision Committee.

Danny Marshall also served on Danville’s Industrial Development Authority, the Danville Area Development Foundation, the Dan River Region Economic Development Task Force, the Southern Virginia Economic Development Board, and the Pittsylvania Economic Development Organization. He is a past board member of the following: Danville Chamber of Commerce, Danville Arts and Humanities, and Danville Life Saving Crew. He is past president of the Virginia Concrete Masonry Association, Virginia Masonry Council, and the National Concrete Masonry Association.

Danny and his wife, Kaye, have been married for more than 40 years. Their daughter and son-in-law have twice made the Marshalls grandparents.

 

VITAL STATISTICS

Born: January 20, 1952 in Danville, VA

Wife of 40+ Years: Kaye Hardy Marshall
Parents: Webster & Elizabeth Marshall (Retired)
Daughter: Jessica Marshall Younginer
Son in law: Jeff Younginer
In laws: Jessie & Geraldine Hardy- (Retired)

EDUCATION
Dan River Elementary (Grades 1-8); George Washington HS (Grades 9-12)
(Graduated 1970)

Danville Community College 2 years

Averett University

WORK
High School — Janitor at Riverside Building Supply
High School — 2nd shift Dan River Inc #5

Marshall Concrete Products — Started in 1971 as full time ready mix truck driver;
President in 1990; employ 180+ people in 8 locations in Central and South West Virginia Community

Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce — Board member 9 years — President in 1995
Danville Chamber of Commerce- 1993-1996
Southern Piedmont Technology Council – Present
Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce – Present
Danville Life Saving Crew Board- 1989-91
Pittsylvania Economic Development Organization-1996-2000
Southern Virginia Economic Development Partnership-1996-2000
Dan River Region Task Force- 1995-2000
Dan River Region Economic Development Task Force- 1995-2000
Danville Industrial Authority 1995-2000
Danville Area Development Foundation 1995-Present
Elected to Danville City Council 2000

MOTORSPORTS
Started racing motorcycles in 1972
Started racing cars in 1985
Started racing pro class in 1998
24 Hours of Daytona 1994-01, 06, finished 3rd 1999 & 00,
6 Hours Watkins Glenn- 1995-2000
12 Hours Sebring 1995-1999
1998- 2nd place in points GT 3- USRRC
2000- Lime Rock 2nd in class,
Daytona July race — 2nd in class
2001 Homestead 2nd in class

Experience

Work Experience

  • Past president
    Marshall Concrete Products

Education


  • Averett University

  • Danville Community College

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1952
  • Place of Birth: Danville, VA
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Baptist
  • Spouse: D. Kaye Hardy
  • Children: Jessica Elizabeth Marshall Younginer

Membership & Affiliation

West Main Baptist Church
Pittsylvania Chamber of Commerce (former president)
Pittsylvania Economic Development Organization (former board member)
Dan River Region Vision (former board member)
National Concrete Masonry Association (former chairman)
Virginia Concrete Masonry Association (former chairman)
Virginia Masonry Council (former chairman)
Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce
Martinsville Henry County Chamber of Commerce
New College Institute (board of directors)
Tobacco Commission
Manufacturing Development Commission
Virginia Housing Commission
Virginia Small Business Commission
Virginia Workforce Council
Public-Private Partnership Advisory Commission
House of Delegates Cost Reduction Teams (Fleet Management chairman)
Governor’s Economic Development and Jobs Creation Commission

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Mary K. Franklin
Administrative Assistant During Session: Shirley Fox District

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1014

District Office
P.O. Box 439
Danville, VA 24543
Office:
Phone: (434) 797-5861

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State Delegate

Danny Marshall (R)12,13961.25%
Eric W. Stamps (D)7,65438.62%
Write In (Write-in)250.13%
TOTAL19,818

2017 State Delegate

Danny Marshall (R)15,50596.8%
Write In (Write-in)5073.2%
TOTAL16,012

Finances

MARSHALL III, DANNY W has run in 9 races for public office, winning 9 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,649,540.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Chair: Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources
Counties Cities and Towns
Commerce and Labor
Rules

Subcommittees

Counties Cities and Towns – Subcommittee #2
Counties Cities and Towns – Subcommittee #3
Commerce and Labor – Subcommittee #2
Commerce and Labor – Subcommittee #3
Rules – Subcommittee #2

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

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Les Adams 2Les Adams

Current Position: State Delegate for District 16 since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

Delegate Les Adams is a 6th generation resident of Pittsylvania County and Southside Virginia.  As a local attorney, family man, and small business owner, Les is invested in our community and future prosperity.

Les serves on the House Courts of Justice Committee, which includes his appointments to the Criminal Law Subcommittee and the Judicial Subcommittee.  He is also a member of the Committees on Privileges and Elections, Transportation and Science and Technology.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate for District 16 since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

Delegate Les Adams is a 6th generation resident of Pittsylvania County and Southside Virginia.  As a local attorney, family man, and small business owner, Les is invested in our community and future prosperity.

Les serves on the House Courts of Justice Committee, which includes his appointments to the Criminal Law Subcommittee and the Judicial Subcommittee.  He is also a member of the Committees on Privileges and Elections, Transportation and Science and Technology.

About

Les Adams

Source: Campaign page

Delegate Les Adams is a 6th generation resident of Pittsylvania County and Southside Virginia.  As a local attorney, family man, and small business owner, Les is invested in our community and future prosperity.

Les graduated Magna Cum Laude from Liberty University and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Richmond School of Law.  After law school, he served as the Judicial Law Clerk for the Danville Circuit Court before joining the Pittsylvania County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in 2002.  As an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, Les prosecuted all categories of crime and was promoted to the position of Career Prosecutor.  In that capacity he served as a faculty member at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina.  Les has also taught as an adjunct professor at Danville Community College and the Helms School of Government at Liberty University.

Today, Les is a practicing attorney and partner at the Chatham law firm of Adams and Fisk, PLC.  Since 2011, Les and his partners have substantially grown the firm over several practice areas in service to many clients, including the Town of Chatham.

Les has been a leader in our community for many years.  He has served as President of the Pittsylvania County Bar Association, Circuit Representative for the Young Lawyers Conference of the Virginia State Bar, member of the Board of Directors for Faith Christian Academy in Hurt, and member of the President’s Council of the local Good News Jail and Prison Ministry.  He is today an active member of the Chatham Rotary Club and Chatham Baptist Church, where he serves as deacon.

First elected to the House of Delegates in 2013, Les serves on the House Courts of Justice Committee, which includes his appointments to the Criminal Law Subcommittee and the Judicial Subcommittee.  He is also a member of the Committees on Privileges and Elections, Transportation and Science and Technology.  Other appointments which Les received include a seat on the Commission for Block Grants and membership to the Board of Trustees of the New College Institute.  Les is a member of the Business Development Caucus, the joint House and Senate Rural Caucus and the Conservative Caucus.

At home, Les resides in Chatham with his wife Melanie, a pharmacist, and their two sons, Roger and Garrett.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney

Education

  • JD
    University of Richmond School of Law
    1999
  • B.S., magna cum laude
    Liberty University
    1996

Personal

 

  • Birth Year: 1974
  • Place of Birth: Montgomery County, VA
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Baptist
  • Spouse: Melanie Evonne Schiefer
  • Children: Roger and Garrett

 

Membership & Affiliation

Chatham Baptist Church (deacon, Sunday School Director)
Chatham Rotary
Virginia State Bar
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
Pittsylvania County Bar Association

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Jesse T. Lynch
Administrative Assistant During Session: Katy Rugg District

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1017

District Office
P.O. Box 19130
Roanoke, VA 24019

Phone: (540) 283-2839

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

Twitter

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State Delegate

Les Adams (R)13,14674.56%
Dustin W. Evans (L)4,40224.97%
Write in (Write-in)830.47%
TOTAL17,631

2017 State Delegate

Les Adams (R)16,51396.11%
Write In (Write-in)6683.89%
TOTAL17,181

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

ADAMS, LES R has run in 4 races for public office, winning 3 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $322,398.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Vice Chair: Science and Technology
Courts of Justice
Transportation
Privileges and Elections

Subcommittees

Chair: Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #3
Chair: Privileges and Elections – Subcommittee #3
Chair: Transportation – Subcommittee #4
Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #1
Privileges and Elections – Subcommittee #2
Transportation – Subcommittee #1

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Source: Campaign page

OUR VALUES

I will not waver in the defense of foundational American principles and the commitment to limited government under the Constitution.  I will promote policies that are consistent with free enterprise, individual responsibility and traditional morality.  My constituents will always know that I stand firm in the protection of innocent life and will fight to preserve our rights that are under attack, including the rights to keep and bear arms and the free exercise of our religion.

Governance

Taxes & Spending

Political freedom cannot be separated from economic freedom and the ability to improve our station in life through learning and hard work. Burdensome taxes limit our ability to pursue our callings to serve others and provide for our families. Make no mistake, the Commonwealth must levy taxes to provide for the core functions for which it is lawfully obligated, but the primary role of any government is to allow for a system of ordered liberty under the rule of law. I recognize that taxes come from real people, and thus will stand always on the side of the individual taxpayer against a growing and encroaching government bureaucracy.

When governments collect money from citizens through taxation, those governments have a responsibility to appropriate those funds efficiently and responsibly. This requires the exercise of prudence by those in leadership and the implementation of policies which provide for the public safety and include incentives for responsible behavior. When politicians seek to convince us of their own generosity by insisting upon the redistribution of other people’s money, I will not be afraid to refuse them. Instead, I will continue to vote for the responsible appropriation of state funds.

Economy

I remain committed to improving the Commonwealth’s economic climate for small business.  Recognizing that governments do not create private sector jobs, I will continue to sponsor measures that increase competitiveness for our businesses in Southside Virginia and allow our economy to grow.  Likewise, I will continue to support legislation to reduce excessive regulations which unduly limit entrepreneurial success, while actively recruiting new employers to our region.  Furthermore, our economy is substantially aided by the insistence on our due share of funds for highway maintenance and the promotion of the future I-73 corridor.

Education

The Constitution of Virginia requires that the General Assembly provide for a system of public education that is of high quality.  We know that by meeting this obligation we position our children, and our community, for greater future success.  To do this, I believe that decisions regarding a child’s education are best addressed by parents and their localities, which should enjoy more options and flexibility.  I will continue to support improvements to how we assess achievement under the Standards of Learning and provide more avenues for students to learn.  With regard to higher education, I will continue to vote for measures that reduce tuition costs and remain a servant to the needs of our local institutions.

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Christopher Head 1Chris Head

Current Position: State Delegate for District 17 since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

Chris Head is a proven conservative leader who knows how to create jobs and meet a payroll.

He is ardently and un-apologetically pro life. He is a strong defender of the Second Amendment and NRA Member.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate for District 17 since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

Chris Head is a proven conservative leader who knows how to create jobs and meet a payroll.

He is ardently and un-apologetically pro life. He is a strong defender of the Second Amendment and NRA Member.

About

Christopher Head

Source: Campaign page

Chris Head represents the 17th District in the Virginia House of Delegates, which includes parts of Roanoke, Roanoke County and Botetourt County.

Chris is a proven conservative leader who knows how to create jobs and meet a payroll. Chris and his wife, Betsy, own Home Instead Senior Care in Roanoke and Lynchburg, a company that provides services to seniors so they don’t have to leave their homes. They were awarded Small Business of the Year in 2009.

He is ardently and un-apologetically pro life. He is a strong defender of the Second Amendment and NRA Member.

Chris and Betsy have been married 24 years and have three children. They live in Botetourt County.

PROVEN BUSINESSMAN

Chris is a true conservative who practices what he preaches every day. Chris and his wife Betsy run a successful family business, Home Instead Senior Care, which focuses on keeping families together and helping loved ones live independently. The business provides non-medical in-home care to seniors in Roanoke and Lynchburg. Thousands of families in the Roanoke area have trusted and depended on Chris and Betsy with their loved ones.  In 2009 they won the Business of the Year Award from the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce.  Chris knows how to balance a budget when raising taxes isn’t an option.  We need him in Richmond to fight for us.

Over two thousand seniors and their families have counted on Chris to help them live independently and he has not failed them.  Awarded Small Business of the Year from the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce for 2009, Chris is ready to bring that same attitude of success to Richmond and fight for you.

Chris Co-founded and Chairs the Business Development Caucus, playing a leading role in creating jobs. Chris is Endorsed by National Federation of Independent Business.  A+ rating and recipient of the Champion of Free Enterprise Award from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

LESS GOVERNMENT

Chris has held a life-long commitment to smaller government and more local control. As your Virginia House Delegate, Chris will keep his word to fight tax increases and preserve our Southwest Virginia traditional values. As a deacon at Bonsack Baptist Church, Chris volunteers his time to strengthen his church and our community. He is a member of the NRA and is a strong supporter of our Second Amendment rights and the heritage of gun ownership.

Putting Families First

Chris Head’s personal and business life is about keeping families together and making them stronger. As a deacon at Bonsack Baptist Church, Chris volunteers his time to strengthen his church and community. Chris is pro-life and will work to protect Virginia’s most defenseless, our unborn children.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Franchise owner
    Home Instead Senior Care

Education

  • B.Mus
    University of Georgia,
    1985

Awards

Roanoke Regional Small Business of the Year (2009)

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1963
  • Place of Birth: Commerce, GA
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Baptist
  • Spouse: Elizabeth Ann Frost
  • Children: Victoria (Tori), Abigail (Abby), and Michael

Membership & Affiliation

Bonsack Baptist Church (deacon)
Downtown Roanoke Kiwanis
Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce (board of directors)
Virginia Association of Home Care and Hospice (former board member)
Home Instead Senior Care Franchise Exchange Council

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Jesse T. Lynch
Administrative Assistant During Session: Katy Rugg

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1017

District Office
P.O. Box 19130
Roanoke, VA 24019

Phone: (540) 283-2839

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Twitter

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

When William Fralin retired in 2009 from his 17th House of Delegate seat, Head ran for the Republican nomination. He finished second in a five-way primary to William Cleaveland.

Cleaveland chose not to run for a second term in 2011, and Head was nominated to replace him. Head defeated Democratic candidate Freeda S. Cathcart in the general election, 11852-6207.

Head is a member of the Appropriations; Health, Welfare & Institutions; and Military, Police, & Public Safety Committees. He also serves on the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, which reviews regulations of the executive branch. He is also the founder and chairman of the Business Development Caucus in the House of Delegates.

Recent Elections

2019 State Delegate

Chris Head (R)15,28893.53%
Write In (Write-in)1,0576.47%
TOTAL16,345

2017 State Delegate

Chris Head (R)15,99760.56%
Djuna Lauren Osborne (D)10,37839.29%
Write In (Write-in)390.15%
TOTAL26,414

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

HEAD, CHRISTOPHER T has run in 5 races for public office, winning 4 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $573,549.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Privileges and Elections
Health, Welfare and Institutions
Commerce and Labor

Subcommittees

Health, Welfare and Institutions – Subcommittee #2
Commerce and Labor – Subcommittee #2
Privileges and Elections – Subcommittee #3
Privileges and Elections – Subcommittee #4

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

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Mike Webert 1Mike Webert

Current Position: State Delegate for District 18 since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

Michael Webert is a proven leader in our community. Since first being elected in 2011, he has passed several pieces of legislation. From reducing red-tape, cutting taxes, fighting for our Second Amendment rights, protecting the unborn, and promoting conservation practices that protect our environment.

Michael has a proven track record of bipartisan accomplishments in the General Assembly and looks forward to continuing to serve the people of the 18th District

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate for District 18 since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

Michael Webert is a proven leader in our community. Since first being elected in 2011, he has passed several pieces of legislation. From reducing red-tape, cutting taxes, fighting for our Second Amendment rights, protecting the unborn, and promoting conservation practices that protect our environment.

Michael has a proven track record of bipartisan accomplishments in the General Assembly and looks forward to continuing to serve the people of the 18th District

About

Mike Webert

Source: Campaign page

Originally born in Denver, Colorado, Michael has called Virginia home for nearly twenty years. He moved to Fauquier County in 1999 where his mothers’ family has called home since the early 1930s.

Michael is a family man, a farmer, and a business owner. He and his lovely wife Rebecca reside in Marshall, VA with their two young sons. Michael is a graduate of George Mason University where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Communications.

After being a radio producer and briefly working in the landscaping industry, Michael went back to his roots (His great grandfather Crane was an Angus breeder in the 50s) and his first business which was in Agriculture. He began managing his family farm, Locust Hill Farm, in 2007.

Locust Hill Farm grows a wide variety of products. They are an Angus and Hereford cattle seedstock producer and sell bulls nationwide. They produce high-quality forages for the horse industry and produce high-quality grain. Fields of corn and soybeans are a common view along with pastures filled with the animals both Michael and his wife love.

After having met Rebecca while she was the Virginia Angus Association’s Executive Director, it became abundantly clear they had more in common than just a love of cattle. Rebecca and Michael were married in 2011.

Michael and Rebecca are also co-owners of Black Locust Livestock Marketing and Consulting; a part-time business that works to help other livestock producers market their livestock and develop strategies in today’s competitive environment.

Michael’s roots run deep in the agricultural community. His great grandfather came to Virginia in the early 30s, and his family has been active in the community ever since. Michael currently sits on the board of the Fauquier Livestock Exchange, which is only fitting as his grandfather was an original stockholder.

Michael and his family have strong ties to the environment and conservation. Being a farmer, Michael believes we must treat the land with respect. Michael has led by example as Locust Hill Farm was awarded the Conservation Farm Award in 2010 by John Marshall Soil and Water Conservation District of which Michael is now an Associate Director.

Michael also serves on the Rappahannock River Basin Commission where he has been a champion for the Chesapeake Bay – in 2015 he was awarded the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Legislator of the year. He has also sponsored and passed legislation that will help the Commonwealth reach its Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) goals that are included in the Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan for the Commonwealth.

Michael is a proven leader in our community. Since first being elected in 2011, he has passed several pieces of legislation. From reducing red-tape, cutting taxes, fighting for our Second Amendment rights, protecting the unborn, and promoting conservation practices that protect our environment, Michael has a proven track record of bipartisan accomplishments in the General Assembly and looks forward to continuing to serve the people of the 18th District.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Farmer

Education

  • B.A., Communication
    George Mason University
    2010

Awards

John Marshall Soil and Water Conservation District, Conservation Farm Award (2010)

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1979
  • Place of Birth: Denver, CO
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Christian
  • Spouse: Rebecca
  • Children: William and Benjamin

Membership & Affiliation

Fauquier County Farm Bureau (board member)
Fauquier Livestock Exchange (board member)
John Marshall Soil and Water Conservation District Board (associate director)
Virginia Forage and Grassland Council (former vice president)
Warrenton Rugby Football Club (former president)
Virginia Angus Association
Virginia Hereford Association
Northern Virginia Angus Association
Blue Ridge Cattlemen’s Association

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Andrew Loposser
Administrative Assistant During Session: Sherry Means District

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1018

District Office
P.O. Box 631
Marshall, VA 20116
Phone: (540) 999-8218

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube

Twitter

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State Delegate

Mike Webert (R)16,64860.31%
Laura L. Galante (D)10,72738.86%
Write In (Write-in)2290.83%
TOTAL27,604

2017 State Delegate

Mike Webert (R)16,68660.4%
Tristan Dailey Shields (D)9,48634.3%
Wilton King (G)1,4335.2%
Write In (Write-in)350.1%
TOTAL27,640

2015 State Delegate

Mike Webert (R)13,99696.9%
Write In (Write-in)4433.1%
TOTAL14,439

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

WEBERT, MICHAEL J has run in 5 races for public office, winning 4 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $624,060.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Militia, Police and Public Safety
Counties Cities and Towns
Commerce and Labor

Subcommittees

Counties Cities and Towns – Subcommittee #2
Commerce and Labor – Subcommittee #1
Militia, Police and Public Safety – Subcommittee #1

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Governance

Reducing Taxes

Mike will continue to work for lower taxes that keep more money in the pockets of Virginia families and small businesses, and out of the hands of Richmond so good-paying jobs are created here at home.

Civil Rights

Protecting the Unborn

Mike is a devoted Christian and believes that strong leadership means leaning on that faith in good times and bad. As a Christian, a father, and a husband, Mike believes life begins at conception and is 100% pro-life.

Defending the 2nd Amendment

As an avid hunter, sportsman, and lifetime member of the NRA, Mike will fight to protect our 2nd Amendment rights, and the liberties enshrined by our forefathers. Mike will oppose any legislation that takes away your right to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Economy

Supporting Small Business Development

Mike is one of the founding members, and serves as the Co-Chairman of the Virginia Business Development Caucus (BDC). The BDC was founded by business owners who serve in the General Assembly to introduce and shepherd legislation that promotes entrepreneurship and job growth in the Commonwealth. To monitor and oppose legislation that is contrary to those goals of the caucus. Members of the Virginia General Assembly who are or have been business owners, entrepreneurs or employers who regularly make a payroll, and those who wish to promote the business owner as the key player in economic recovery and long-term economic viability.

Regulatory Reform

In 2018, Mike sponsored and passed House Bill 883 (HB 883) – the most comprehensive regulatory reform bill in the history of the Commonwealth. Cutting red tape and making it easier for businesses to operate is essential to a healthy and growing economy. This bill has laid the foundation for a systematic review and reduction of unnecessary regulatory requirements across state government.

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