Jason Miyares 2Jason Miyares

Current Position: State Delegate for District 82 since 2016
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2021 Attorney General
Former Position(s): State Delegate for 82nd since 2016

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.

"Pledge"
Miyares For VirginiaSeptember 24, 2021 (00:30)
Jason Miyares Releases Second TV Ad "Pledge"
Jasonmiyares.com, Press ReleaseSeptember 23, 2021 (Short)

VIRGINIA BEACH — Today, the Miyares for Virginia campaign released their second television ad for the 2021 attorney general election. “Pledge” takes place in a classroom, and highlights Miyares’ personal story.

 

Miyares is the son of a Cuban immigrant and would be the first Virginia attorney general to be the son of an immigrant if elected.

 

[Teacher]

The Pledge of Allegiance. Now, I want everyone to write down what that means to you.

[Miyares]

We teach kids the pledge.

But I actually had to teach it to my mother

Who fled Cuba, penniless and homeless, so she could become a US citizen.

I’m Jason Miyares.

The son of an immigrant, I grew up to be a prosecutor.

And now, a candidate for attorney general.

[Teacher]

Ruthie

[Student]

With liberty and justice for all.

[Miyares]

I’m running for attorney general because I believe liberty and justice for all is what every Virginian deserves.

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate for District 82 since 2016
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2021 Attorney General
Former Position(s): State Delegate for 82nd since 2016

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.

News

“Pledge”
Miyares For VirginiaSeptember 24, 2021 (00:30)
Jason Miyares Releases Second TV Ad “Pledge”
Jasonmiyares.com, Press ReleaseSeptember 23, 2021 (Short)

VIRGINIA BEACH — Today, the Miyares for Virginia campaign released their second television ad for the 2021 attorney general election. “Pledge” takes place in a classroom, and highlights Miyares’ personal story.

 

Miyares is the son of a Cuban immigrant and would be the first Virginia attorney general to be the son of an immigrant if elected.

 

[Teacher]

The Pledge of Allegiance. Now, I want everyone to write down what that means to you.

[Miyares]

We teach kids the pledge.

But I actually had to teach it to my mother

Who fled Cuba, penniless and homeless, so she could become a US citizen.

I’m Jason Miyares.

The son of an immigrant, I grew up to be a prosecutor.

And now, a candidate for attorney general.

[Teacher]

Ruthie

[Student]

With liberty and justice for all.

[Miyares]

I’m running for attorney general because I believe liberty and justice for all is what every Virginian deserves.

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About

Jason Miyares 1

Source: Campaign page

A New Generation of Virginia Leadership

Delegate Jason Miyares is an example of President Ronald Reagan’s “Shining City on the Hill.” His story begins with his mother, Miriam Maria Miyares, who fled communist Cuba in 1965 with the clothes on her back and no idea from where her next meal would come. She legally immigrated to the United States and instilled in her three sons a passionate love of the freedom and democracy of America. Miyares grew up in Virginia Beach, attending local public schools and growing up in a middle-class household that emphasized the values of hard work, love of country, and service above self.

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.

In the House of Delegates, he serves on the General Laws, Courts of Justice and Transportation Committees, where he has advanced legislation on coastal flooding, improving education, transparency in government and regulatory reform. A former prosecutor (Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney) for the City of Virginia Beach, Miyares worked to keep our most violent criminals off our streets and our families safe. Prior to his service in the Virginia House, he served as a Senior Advisor to former Congressman Scott Rigell.

Delegate Jason Miyares’ passion is building the right environment in Virginia for job creation, flooding mitigation, restoring funding for Virginia Beach public schools, fiscal discipline and government transparency and repealing burdensome regulations that are hurting Virginia small business owners.

As Delegate, Jason Miyares brings common-sense conservative leadership and accountability to Richmond, while fighting for fiscal discipline and job creation. He also serves on the Board of Veterans Services (BVS) and is Chairman of the Commission on Economic Opportunity for Virginians in Aspiring & Diverse Communities (the Opportunity Commission) focusing on opening barriers of economic opportunities for all Virginians. In 2019 he was recognized as “Legislator of the Year” from the College Affordability and Public Trust for his work on transparency and affordability in higher education. The year before, in 2018, Delegate Jason Miyares was recognized as “Legislator of the Year” from the Hampton Roads Military Officers Association of America for his “outstanding and dedicated service” to Virginia’s military veterans.

Miyares attended elementary and high school in Virginia Beach, graduating with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from James Madison University and is a graduate of the College of William & Mary School of Law, where he served on the Honor Council. He is the Past President of Cape Henry Rotary where he was a Paul Harris Fellow, Past Chairman of the Hampton Roads Young Republicans, Founding Member of the Hampton Roads Federalist Society, Member of the Virginia Beach Bar Association, and a Member of Galilee Episcopal Church. He lives in Virginia Beach, with his wife Page Atkinson Miyares, an owner and broker at Atkinson Realty, a third-generation family owned business in the North End, their three daughters and their very lovable Golden Retriever, Buckley.

Delegate Jason Miyares is proud to have the endorsements of over twenty current and past local elected Virginia Beach officials and scores of additional community leaders and business owners.

PARTIAL LIST OF ENDORSEMENTS
Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)
National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB)
Virginia Farm Bureau Federation
African-American Political Action Council (AAPAC)
Former Congressman Scott Rigell
Former Senator Jeff McWaters
Senator Frank Wagner
Senator John Cosgrove
Senator Bill DeSteph
Delegate Barry Knight
Delegate Glenn Davis
Delegate Chris Stolle
Sheriff Ken Stolle
Treasurer John Atkinson
Clerk of the Court Tina Sinnen
Commonwealth’s Attorney Colin Stolle
Mayor Bobby Dyer
Vice Mayor Louis Jones
City Councilman John Moss
City Councilwoman Shannon Kane
City Councilwoman Rosemary Wilson
City Councilman Jim Wood
School Board Chairman Dan Edwards
School Board Member Ashley McLeod
School Board Member Kim Melnyk
School Board Member Carolyn Weems

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Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney

Education

  • JD
    The College of William and Mary in Virginia School of Law
    2006
  • BA
    James Madison University
    1998

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1976
  • Place of Birth: Greensboro, NC
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Latino
  • Religion: Episcopal
  • Spouse: Page
  • Children: Gabriella, Elaina, and Sophia

Membership & Affiliation

: Galilee Episcopal Church
Cape Henry Rotary (former president)
Hampton Roads Federalist Society
Virginia Beach Bar Association
Sorenson Institute for Political Leadership (former fellow, 2000)
Virginia Beach Young Life Committee (former member)
Willam and Mary School of Law Honor Council (former student member)
I’Anson-Hoffman Inn of Court (former student member)
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach (former prosecutor)

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Becky Chambliss
Administrative Assistant During Session: Pat Frasher

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1082

District Office
618 Village Drive, Suite J
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454
Phone: (757) 353-4696

Campaign Office
1112 Laskin Rd, Ste A
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Phone: (757) 699-1776

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Wikipedia, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State Delegate

Jason S. Miyares (R)15,77159.20%
Gayle H. Johnson (D)10,84040.69%
Write-In (Write-in)270.10%
TOTAL26,638

2017 State Delegate

Jason Miyares (R)16,048
Leigh Anne Bowling (D)11,174
Write In (Write-in)290.1%
TOTAL27,251

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

MIYARES, JASON S has run in 3 races for public office, winning 2 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $619,023.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Courts of Justice
Transportation
General Laws

Subcommittees

Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #2
Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #3
Courts of Justice – Ethics Subcommittee General Laws – Subcommittee #1 General Laws – Subcommittee #3 General Laws – Subcommittee #4 Transportation – Subcommittee #2 Transportation – Subcommittee #3 Transportation – Subcommittee #4
General Laws – Subcommittee #1
General Laws – Subcommittee #3
General Laws – Subcommittee #4
Transportation – Subcommittee #2
Transportation – Subcommittee #3
Transportation – Subcommittee #4

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Democracy

Common Sense Election Reform

Democrats continue to oppose cleaning voter rolls and commonsense election integrity measures like showing an ID to vote. Jason supports reform measures that give the confidence for all Virginians that elections are run with integrity and openness.

Economy

Recreate a Pro-Business Virginia

Small businesses and entrepreneurs are struggling with high taxation, litigation and regulation coming out of Richmond. Jason will fight to preserve Virginia’s Right to Work status and is a passionate believer in a “bottom-up” economy that doesn’t favor big corporations but instead supports the policies that allow small business owners to grow, thrive and most importantly, hire. While the current Attorney General continues to side with far left, out of state political organizations over Virginia small business owners, Jason will always stand for job creation and opportunity.

Education

Fight for the next generation

The closure of schools for over a year has had an unconscionable impact on our children and most vulnerable. During a time when America was having a great debate about inequality in our great nation we shut down one of the great equalizing tools in our society; our schools. Over the past year we have seen the Virginia public education system fail our children, their parents, and in particular the most vulnerable students that struggle with learning disabilities or have an IEP. The Virginia State Constitution gives our kids the right to an education and Jason pledges to sue any school district on behalf of parents that is not fully open by the time he is sworn in.

Immigration

Opposing Illegal Immigration

As potentially the first Attorney General since 1786 that would be the child of an immigrant, Jason is a passionate believer in the American Miracle and that our nation is a nation of second chances. If your family came to America seeking freedom and opportunity chances are your family is a lot like the Miyares Family.   Miyares supports legal immigration, but he will not allow illegal immigrants to take advantage of American laws and is in favor of efforts to strengthen border security.

Safety

Punish Criminals and Protect Victims

The victims of violent crimes are too often ignored or forgotten in Richmond.  An out-of-control parole board has let out felons, rapists, murderers, cop killers, and child abusers out of prison and back in our neighborhoods and communities.  This failure to protect the safety of Virginia families is a fireable offense, and as a former criminal prosecutor, Jason has seen first-hand the toll violent crime has on victims, families and communities. As Virginia’s next Attorney General he will make your safety his mission to protect all Virginians.

Restore Law & Order

Time and time again we have seen how our current Attorney General remained silent and failed to step in when local prosecutors allowed dozens of rioters to avoid prosecution for their crimes, effectively setting them free. Jason has a record of putting violent criminals behind bars, consistently defending Virginians and if local prosecutors are unable or unwilling to prosecute violent criminals he will step in.

Stand with Police

It is time we stand with those that stand everyday to keep our communities safe and secure. We should be funding the police instead of defunding them, and give them the tools they need to succeed. Law enforcement officers risk their lives keeping our communities safe and they deserve to know we have their back. As a former prosecutor, Jason has worked with law enforcement and is honored to have the support of members of law enforcement, prosecutors and sheriffs throughout the commonwealth who are tired of a criminal first, victim last mindset in Richmond.

Social Security

Look out for the Vulnerable

Jason Miyares wants to create the Senior Strike Force which would be aimed at protecting senior citizens from fraud. The strike force will be made up of dedicated investigators and prosecutors whose sole purpose is to put those who defraud Virginia’s most vulnerable population behind bars.

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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.

Twitter

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

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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Candi KingCandi King

Delegate Candi Mundon King represents the 2nd District (Prince William and Stafford Counties) in the Virginia House of Delegates. With over a decade of experience in government and community relations, including experience securing millions of dollars in funding for underserved educational programs, Candi King knows how to get things done in Richmond. In her first legislative session, Candi was able to:

Expand COVID-19 vaccination capacity;

  • Secure pay raises for teachers, state and local employees;
  • Standardize special education eligibility criteria to provide equity for students;
  • Pass legislation to begin the process of modernizing our transportation system; and
  • Pass paid sick leave for home health care workers

Source: Candi King’s Website

Summary

Delegate Candi Mundon King represents the 2nd District (Prince William and Stafford Counties) in the Virginia House of Delegates. With over a decade of experience in government and community relations, including experience securing millions of dollars in funding for underserved educational programs, Candi King knows how to get things done in Richmond. In her first legislative session, Candi was able to:

Expand COVID-19 vaccination capacity;

  • Secure pay raises for teachers, state and local employees;
  • Standardize special education eligibility criteria to provide equity for students;
  • Pass legislation to begin the process of modernizing our transportation system; and
  • Pass paid sick leave for home health care workers

Source: Candi King’s Website

About

Source: Wikipedia

King announced her campaign for delegate in December 2020, shortly after her predecessor Jennifer Carroll Foy resigned to run for governor, causing a special election. After winning the Democratic primary, King faced Republican Heather Mitchell in the general election on January 5, 2021. King won with 51.5% of the vote, with a margin of 263 votes.

About

In the community, Candi helps families with special needs children navigate the education system and mentors high school students with the college admission process. She has also served as a Girl Scouts Troop Leader and Vice-Chair of the Woodbridge Democratic Committee. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Virginia Commission on Unemployment Compensation. Candi was born and raised in the Commonwealth and earned a degree in political science from Norfolk State University.

Source: Candi King’s Website

Issues

Delegate King has already tackled a myriad of issues despite her brief time in office. More can be found on these issues at the source link.

Delegate also focuses on rights for the disabled:

Make Virginia #1 for Disabled People
Virginia Can Be the #1 Place in America For People with Disabilities

I believe we can make Virginia the best place in the country for persons living with disabilities. We just need to focus more on the ABLE part of the disabled.

According to the CDC, over 61 million Americans are living with some form of disability. I know from my own experience that for families supporting a disabled loved one, resources and access to necessary services can be life-changing or life-limiting.

But I am inspired to see the many advances in states that have provided inclusive support to families and individuals. Through the hard work of advocates and community leaders, states have reformed their thinking and laws to provide more significant support for people living with disabilities. The evidence of this is the high ranking of states that provide economic opportunities, improved livability of cities and towns, affordability of housing, and access to health care and insurance to those living with disabilities.

I know the challenges families caring for a disabled child or extended family member face day in and day out. That is why I want to ensure that District 2 and the Commonwealth of Virginia move up in our national ranking for the best places to live for people with disabilities.

We all should be concerned that every resident of our district gets access to the support and resources they need. When those individuals in our community are supported, we all reap the benefits of a vibrant and cohesive society where everyone can contribute to the best of their abilities. But how do we ensure that Virginia gets the most of its citizens? How do we ensure that our communities and Commonwealth benefit from more of its citizens’ varying skills and talents?

Source: Candi King’s Website

Twitter

Contact

Email: Candi King’s Website

Web

Website

Wikipedia

Candi Patrice Mundon King is an American politician who has served as a Democratic member of the Virginia House of Delegates since 2021.

Biography

King obtained a bachelor’s degree in political science from Norfolk State University.[1] She has worked as a nonprofit program manager and an education advocate.[2]

Political career

2021

King announced her campaign for delegate in December 2020, shortly after her predecessor Jennifer Carroll Foy resigned to run for governor, causing a special election. After winning the Democratic primary, King faced Republican Heather Mitchell in the general election on January 5, 2021. King won with 51.5% of the vote, with a margin of 263 votes.[3]

King’s re-election involved a primary challenge from Prince William County resident Pamela Montgomery. The race became one of the most expensive primaries in the state because of money contributed by clean energy group Clean Virginia and utility provider Dominion Energy.[4] Despite the flood of outside money, King won with 67.77%-32.23%.[5]

Election results

2021 2nd House of Delegates District special election[6]
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocratCandi P. M. King4,45151.74
RepublicanHeather F. Mitchell4,14348.16
2021 2nd House of Delegates District Democratic Primary Election[5]
PartyCandidateVotes%
DemocratCandi P. M. King3,55367.77
DemocratPamela Montgomery1,69032.23

References

  1. ^ Palermo, Jill. “Candi King wins Democratic primary in 2nd House of Delegates race”. Retrieved 30 January 2021.
  2. ^ Cheslow, Daniella. “Democrat Candi King Wins Special Election For Delegate In Northern Virginia”. Archived from the original on 28 January 2021. Retrieved 30 January 2021.
  3. ^ Palermo, Jill. “Democrat Candi King wins special election for 2nd District House of Delegates seat”. Retrieved 30 January 2021.
  4. ^ Writer, Daniel Berti Times Staff. “Del. Candi King fends off Clean Virginia-backed primary challenger in 2nd District”. Prince William Times. Retrieved 2021-06-18.
  5. ^ a b “2021 June Democratic Primary”. results.elections.virginia.gov. Retrieved 2021-06-18.
  6. ^ “2021 January Special”.


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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.

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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

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.

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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

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.

Twitter

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

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.

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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

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

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

Overview: N/A

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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

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.

Safety

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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.”

Below are clips from my participation in the General Laws Committee aircast on May 12, 2021.  See my Top News for complete YouTube recording.

Delegate Chris Hurst participates in first Virginia onAir aircast
May 12, 2021 – 6:10 pm to 7:05 am (ET)

https://youtu.be/o3CGtGh4k-0

This aircast was focused on the recent activities of House General Laws committee. A recording of this livestream is also archived in our Virginia onAir YouTube channel. The links below will open the YouTube video as a new tab and start at the designated time.

00:00 Jordan Toledo, Aircast Curator, introduces aircast

0:39 Jordan Toledo introduces Delegate David Bulova, Chair of the Virginia House of Delegates General Laws Committee

1:35 David Bulova explains what the General Laws Committee does

7:23 Delegate Betsy Carr, Chair of the Open Government/Procurement Subcommittee, discusses her committee’s activities

11:25 Delegate Chris Hurst, Chair of the Professions/Occupations and Administrative Process Subcommittee discusses his committee’s activitie

19:10 What happens when General Assembly is not in session

24:51 Megan Rhyne, Executive Director, Virginia Council for Open Government … Question for all 3 delegates …What can be done to cut down on the number of bills that are left in committee without receiving a hearing?

31:45 Nanayaa Obeng, Senior Global Politics major at GMU and Democracy onAir intern … Question for David Bulova … How have the universities addressed HB 1529 promoting greater transparency for donations?

35:15 Todd Gillette, Democracy onAir Chair with a PhD from GMU … Question for Betsy Carr and Chris Hurst …. What are your views on the Freedom of Information Act bills passed this year, HB 1931, expanding the use of virtual meetings, and HB 2004, expanding the required release of certain information related to criminal investigations? Also, are there related issues you would like to address in 2022?

45:07 Dr. Meredith Cary, Virginia resident and one of Delegate Bulova’s constituents … A “thank you” addressed to all delegates … As a licensed psychologist in Virginia, I would like to voice appreciation for the State’s being at the forefront for taking legislation action (April 2020) to extend telepsychology services to non-Virginia licensed psychologists for telehealth.

47:00 Closing

50:40 Short demo of how to find information about the General Laws Committee and the Delegates

For more information:General Laws Committee Post

Curator:

Host:

Featured Guest(s):

  • Delegate Betsy Carr, Chair, Open Government/Procurement Subcommittee – DelBCarr@house.virginia.gov

  • Delegate Chris Hurst, Chair, Professions/Occupations and Administrative Process Subcommittee – DelCHurst@house.virginia.gov

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.”

Below are clips from my participation in the General Laws Committee aircast on May 12, 2021.  See my Top News for complete YouTube recording.

News

Delegate Chris Hurst participates in first Virginia onAir aircast
May 12, 2021 – 6:10 pm to 7:05 am (ET)

This aircast was focused on the recent activities of House General Laws committee. A recording of this livestream is also archived in our Virginia onAir YouTube channel. The links below will open the YouTube video as a new tab and start at the designated time.

00:00 Jordan Toledo, Aircast Curator, introduces aircast

0:39 Jordan Toledo introduces Delegate David Bulova, Chair of the Virginia House of Delegates General Laws Committee

1:35 David Bulova explains what the General Laws Committee does

7:23 Delegate Betsy Carr, Chair of the Open Government/Procurement Subcommittee, discusses her committee’s activities

11:25 Delegate Chris Hurst, Chair of the Professions/Occupations and Administrative Process Subcommittee discusses his committee’s activitie

19:10 What happens when General Assembly is not in session

24:51 Megan Rhyne, Executive Director, Virginia Council for Open Government … Question for all 3 delegates …What can be done to cut down on the number of bills that are left in committee without receiving a hearing?

31:45 Nanayaa Obeng, Senior Global Politics major at GMU and Democracy onAir intern … Question for David Bulova … How have the universities addressed HB 1529 promoting greater transparency for donations?

35:15 Todd Gillette, Democracy onAir Chair with a PhD from GMU … Question for Betsy Carr and Chris Hurst …. What are your views on the Freedom of Information Act bills passed this year, HB 1931, expanding the use of virtual meetings, and HB 2004, expanding the required release of certain information related to criminal investigations? Also, are there related issues you would like to address in 2022?

45:07 Dr. Meredith Cary, Virginia resident and one of Delegate Bulova’s constituents … A “thank you” addressed to all delegates … As a licensed psychologist in Virginia, I would like to voice appreciation for the State’s being at the forefront for taking legislation action (April 2020) to extend telepsychology services to non-Virginia licensed psychologists for telehealth.

47:00 Closing

50:40 Short demo of how to find information about the General Laws Committee and the Delegates

For more information:General Laws Committee Post

Curator:

Host:

Featured Guest(s):

  • Delegate Betsy Carr, Chair, Open Government/Procurement Subcommittee – DelBCarr@house.virginia.gov

  • Delegate Chris Hurst, Chair, Professions/Occupations and Administrative Process Subcommittee – DelCHurst@house.virginia.gov

Twitter

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

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

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

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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

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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Todd Gilbert 1Todd 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.

House of Delegates approves spending plan for American Rescue Plan Act funds
The Northern Virginia Daily, Charles PaullinAugust 4, 2021 (Short)

The plan to spend the about $4.3 billion dollars in American Rescue Plan Act funds provided to Virginia in the federal government’s second stimulus package, passed the House of Delegates on Wednesday afternoon, but local representatives are unhappy with how it was done.

The 100-member House is split 55-45 with Democrats in the majority, but the plan passed with a bipartisan 71-25 vote. The state Senate was expected to vote on a plan later Wednesday.

House Minority leader Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, and Republican delegates Bill Wiley and Michael Webert, who both represent parts of Warren County, voted against the plan, with Gilbert and Wiley saying they felt shut out of the process.

Summary

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.

News

House of Delegates approves spending plan for American Rescue Plan Act funds
The Northern Virginia Daily, Charles PaullinAugust 4, 2021 (Short)

The plan to spend the about $4.3 billion dollars in American Rescue Plan Act funds provided to Virginia in the federal government’s second stimulus package, passed the House of Delegates on Wednesday afternoon, but local representatives are unhappy with how it was done.

The 100-member House is split 55-45 with Democrats in the majority, but the plan passed with a bipartisan 71-25 vote. The state Senate was expected to vote on a plan later Wednesday.

House Minority leader Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, and Republican delegates Bill Wiley and Michael Webert, who both represent parts of Warren County, voted against the plan, with Gilbert and Wiley saying they felt shut out of the process.

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About

Todd Gilbert

Source: Campaign page

Delegate Todd Gilbert represents the 15th district in the Virginia House of Delegates; it includes all of Page and Shenandoah Counties and portions of Warren and Rockingham Counties. He was first elected to the House in 2005. In 2018, Delegate Gilbert was elected Majority Leader of the House of Delegates. 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.

Delegate Gilbert has received numerous awards and distinctions during his tenure in the House of Delegates including the Virginia YMCA’s “Service to Youth Award” for his annual work with their Model General Assembly in Richmond. In 2013, he was named the Family Foundation’s “Legislator of the Year” for his work in promoting family values and religious freedom in Virginia. The Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys also awarded Gilbert their inaugural “Champion of Justice Award” for his extensive work in public safety policy. Both the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and the Virginia State Police Association have honored Gilbert with their “Legislator of the Year” Award. The American Conservative Union also named him a “Defender of Liberty” for his 100% conservative voting record during the legislative session. Finally, in 2017, Gilbert was named a “Legislator of the Year” by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce for his years of work as a pro-business leader.

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. In 1999, he was fortunate to be able to return home and work in the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Shenandoah County for six years where he was lead prosecutor in a number of major cases. After his election to the House, Gilbert worked for several years as a prosecutor in both the Warren County and Frederick County Commonwealth’s Attorneys Offices. He has taught the art of trial advocacy to fellow prosecutors at the Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ annual trial advocacy school. Taking advantage of his experience in Virginia’s criminal justice system, Gilbert’s primary legislative focus is public safety.

Gilbert is a 1989 graduate of Central High School of Woodstock, where he served as student body president and played three varsity sports. He attended the University of Virginia, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Government in 1993. While at UVA, he was a legislative intern in the Capitol Hill office of then U.S. Representative George Allen. Upon graduation, he attended the Southern Methodist University School of Law, where he earned his law degree in 1996 and also led the student body as president of the Student Bar Association. While at SMU Law, Gilbert won the school’s annual mock trial competition and participated on the school’s competitive mock trial team.

When not in Richmond for the legislative session, Delegate Gilbert now works in a private law practice. He is a member of the First Baptist Church of Woodstock.

Todd is married to the lovely and talented Jennifer Wishon Gilbert, and in 2017 they were blessed with a son.  Jennifer is a broadcast journalist who is currently the White House Correspondent for CBN News. Jennifer covers the President and national politics in Washington, D.C. The Gilberts live on a small farm outside of Mount Jackson, Virginia.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney

Education

  • JD
    Southern Methodist University School of Law
    1996
  • BA
    University of Virginia
    1993

Awards

Family Foundation, Legislator of the Year
Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys, Champion of Justice Award
Virginia State Police, Legislator of the Year
Circuit Court Clerks Association, Legislator of the Year
Virginia Retail Merchants Association, Legislator of the Year
Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, Legislator of the Year

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1970
  • Place of Birth: Newton, TX
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Southern Baptist
  • Spouse: Jennifer Wishon
  • Children: Christopher Grant

Membership & Affiliation

First Baptist Church of Woodstock
Shenandoah County Bar Association
Virginia State Bar
Virginia YMCA (board of directors)
Virginia YMCA Model General Assembly Committee

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Jeffrey Walters
Administrative Assistant During Session: Lorraine Taylor

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1015

District Office
P.O. Box 309
Woodstock, VA 22664
Phone: (540) 459-7550

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Virginia House of Delegates

Elections

He was first elected to represent the 15th district in the Virginia House of Delegates in 2005.

Tenure

In 2010, Gilbert was appointed to be Deputy Majority Leader of the House of Delegates.

Gilbert will become the Virginia House of Delegates Majority Leader on January 10, 2018, so long as Republicans maintain their majority following the next elections. He was chosen by the House Republican Caucus following their decision to promote current House Majority Leader Kirk Cox to Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates.

Committee assignments

  • House General Laws Committee (Chairman)
  • Militia Police and Public Safety Committee
  • Courts of Justice Committee

Other assignments

  • Virginia State Crime Commission
  • Board of Directors of the Virginia YMCA.

Recent Elections

2019 State Delegate

Todd Gilbert (R)18,91474.36%
Beverly Harrison (D)6,49325.53%
Write In (Write-in)300.12%
TOTAL25,437

2017 State Delegate

Todd Gilbert (R)19,28494.3%
Write In (Write-in)1,1715.7%
TOTAL20,455

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

GILBERT, CHRISTOPHER TODD (TODD) has run in 8 races for public office, winning 7 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,656,150.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Delegation

Majority Leader (2018-)

Committees

Vice Chair: General Laws
Rules
Courts of Justice

Subcommittees

Chair: Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #1
Chair: Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #4
Courts of Justice – Ethics Subcommittee
General Laws – Subcommittee #3
Rules – Joint Rules

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Civil Rights

Protecting the 2nd Amendment

Delegate Gilbert is a recognized leader in protecting our individual right to keep and bear arms and has an “A+” career rating from the National Rifle Association.  The National Rifle Association awarded Delegate Gilbert the “Defender of Freedom Award” at the 146th National Rifle Association annual meeting in Atlanta in April 2017.  The Defender of Freedom Award is awarded to individuals who have distinguished themselves in preserving and protecting our Second Amendment rights.  He has sponsored a number of initiatives aimed at expanding the right to carry a concealed firearm for personal protection.  He sponsored a bill, now the law, to ensure that law-abiding citizens who posses a concealed handgun permit no longer have to be disarmed in Virginia’s restaurants when they go out to dinner with their family.  In 2012, he was the chief co-sponsor of the bill that repealed Virginia’s “one gun a month” handgun rationing law.  Delegate Gilbert does not believe that law-abiding citizens should have to get the permission of their government to carry a concealed firearm.  He believes that the only outcome achieved by more gun laws and restrictions, including so-called “gun-free zones”, is to disarm good, law-abiding people while ensuring they are at the mercy of armed predators who will never follow the law.

Economy

In his twelve years in the House of Delegates, Todd has worked to make Virginia one of the top states in America to do business.  By keeping his promise never to raise taxes and working against burdensome regulations, Delegate Gilbert has helped Virginia withstand the economic downturn better than most states.  He strongly believes in Virginia’s right-to-work laws and voted to make them part of our state constitution because he knows they contribute to job creation in Virginia.  Todd believes that those seeking a good paying job should not be forced to join a labor union and has been awarded the Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s “Champion of Free Enterprise Award” for having a 100% pro-business voting record and holds an “A” rating from the Chamber for his votes to protect economic liberty.  In 2013, he has also helped to strengthen Virginia’s job market by passing legislation to help reduce frivolous lawsuits, and was awarded the “Advocate in Legal Reform Award” by the Chamber of Commerce for his efforts.

Environment

Energy Independence

Delegate Gilbert believes that America’s dependence on foreign sources of energy are an imminent threat to our economy and national security.  America continues to compete with foreign rivals for access to oil sold to us by countries who don’t have America’s interests at heart.  Meanwhile, America has untold reserves of oil, natural gas, and coal that remain untapped, even right here in Virginia.  Todd believes that cheaper energy means economic security and that we should continue to develop these resources along with new clean-coal burning and nuclear plants.  He has co-sponsored legislation to allow oil and natural gas drilling off Virginia’s coast and voted against a number of so-called “green” initiatives which are only helping to make the cost of energy skyrocket for most citizens.

Health Care

Fighting for Healthcare Freedom

Delegate Gilbert fought against the implementation of Obamacare in Virginia.  As a limited government conservative, he believes that the passage and implementation of Obamacare has crippled America’s health care system and paved the way for socialized medicine in the United States.  Health care rationing will ultimately ensure that all Americans, whose health decisions should be between them and their doctor, are at the mercy of their government with respect to their medical treatment.  Todd has co-sponsored legislation to exempt Virginians from the provisions of Obamacare and in a recent session was one of only a handful of representatives to vote against laying the groundwork for the expensive expansion of Medicaid under the mandates of Obamacare.

Safety

As a former career prosecutor of nearly fifteen years, Delegate Gilbert has a unique understanding of the nature of crime and criminals.  He has served on the Virginia Criminal Sentencing Commission and the Commission on VASAP which oversees DUI offenders in the Commonwealth.  He currently serves on the Virginia Crime Commission which helps to shape public safety policy in Virginia.  Todd has sponsored and supported countless new laws aimed at protecting our children from sexual predators, including mandatory life sentences for those convicted of raping a child.  For his efforts, Delegate Gilbert has been named “Legislator of the Year” by the Virginia State Police Association and the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police.  He also won accolades from Virginia’s prosecutors, having earned the Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ inaugural “Champion of Justice Award” for his work on behalf of public safety.

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