VA 2019 Senate Competitive Districts

Virginia onAir curators – college student interns – have summarized here the 5 competitive Virginia Senate races in the November 5, 2019 election.  In one quick glance, by each district, you see its regional location, its boundaries, the candidates, and their positions on issues. Curators also fully describe each candidate in-depth, on their profile.

To view this post, select the feature image or post title.

To view more details on each competitive district, go to a subcategory, like Southeastern VA Senate Candidates.  To view ALL the candidates running for the 40 Senate districts, go to this slide show.

In compiling this post, we used Ned Oliver’s Virginia Mercury article as a guide. If you know of other competitive districts, we will be happy to consider them for inclusion in this post.

Curators will continue to focus on these districts and will request to video each candidate in an interview on the important issues.

About Virginia Elections

To vote in the November 5, 2019 Commonwealth General Election, you must register by October 13, 2019.

Offices on the ballot: State Senate and House of Delegates and Virginia City and County officeholders

The Virginia Department of Elections based in the capital city of Richmond is responsible for overseeing elections in Virginia.  Christopher E. “Chris” Piper has been appointed as the Commissioner.

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Number:  (804) 864-8901 Toll Free: (800) 552-9745
Office Hours: 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   Monday through Friday

Dick Saslaw

Current Position: State Senator since 1980
Affiliation: Democrat

Dick Saslaw proudly serves Virginia’s 35th Senate District and as Democratic Leader in the Senate of Virginia. His distinguished public service has brought about real, positive results for families in Northern Virginia.

Throughout his tenure in the General Assembly, Dick has fought for investments in public K-12 and higher education, fought to improve the social safety net, maintain Virginia’s business-friendly climate, and find solutions for Northern Virginia’s transportation problems. In Richmond, he has distinguished himself for his ability to work across the aisle to get results.

Louise Lucas

Current Position: State Senator since 1992
Affiliation: Democrat

Louise Lucas is a Portsmouth native and product of the Portsmouth Public School System. She is President/CEO of Lucas Lodge, Lucas Transportation, Portsmouth Day Support Program and Southside Direct Care Provider organizations operating in The Lucas Professional Center located in Portsmouth.

Senator Lucas served in the position of Congressional Liaison for Sponsored Program at Old Dominion University from 1992 – 1994. She also served as Assistant Professor, Department of Academic Affairs and Special Assistant to the Vice President for University Advancement at Norfolk State University from 1994 – 1998.

Tom Norment

Current Position: State Senator since 1992
Affiliation: Republican

Tommy Norment maintains an active role in the community. He is a member of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Board of Trustees and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s Board of Directors. He is on the Hampton Roads Board of Directors of TowneBank and he chairs the Williamsburg Board of TowneBank. Tommy is also a member of the Williamsburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the James City County Ruritan Club.

Professionally, Tommy is an attorney with Kaufman and Canoles, P.C., and a professor at the College of William and Mary.

Monty Mason

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2013 – 2015

Senator Monty Mason proudly represents the Virginia Peninsula’s 1st State Senate district, including the City of Williamsburg and parts of Newport News, James City County, Hampton, York County and Suffolk. Monty was twice elected to the House of Delegates in the 93rd District in 2013 and 2015 before winning his race for State Senate in a special election in November of 2016.

Monty’s career in business spans more than 25 years and includes working in real estate with Land America Financial Group and the financial sector with more than a decade at VISA Inc. in fraud and risk management.

Mamie Locke

Current Position: State Senator since 2004
Affiliation: Democrat

Mamie Locke has a Ph.D. from Atlanta University, Political Science, 1984.  Mamie is a Professor of Political Science, at Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia.

She is member of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, Past President and Council Member. Dr. Locke has participated on numerous panels of political science and women’s studies organizations as a guest speaker, addressing various political issues and topics on race and gender.

Herb Jones Jr.

Current Position: Co-Founder, Pyramid Technologies, LLC
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

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Ryan McDougle

Current Position: State Senator since 2006
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2002 – 2006

As a small businessman, I understand the need to keep taxes low and minimize government spending. I will always protect your constitutional rights from government overreach. I will also support policies that expand choices for education and healthcare.

Stan Scott

Current Position: Candidate
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Lionell Spruill

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 1994 – 2016

Lionell Spruill is a member of the Virginia Senate representing the 5th District which represents part of Chesapeake and Norfolk.  Previously, he served as the House of Delegates representative, serving since 1994.  That district covered parts of Chesapeake and Suffolk.

Senator Spruill was born in South Norfolk, on December 28, 1946.  He was one of 15 children.  He retired from Bell Atlantic as a Central Office Technician.  His educational background includes Carver High School and Norfolk State University with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws.

Jeff Staples

Current Position: Automotive repair professional
Affiliation: Other
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Lynwood Lewis

Current Position: State Senator since 2014
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Elizabeth Lankford

Current Position: Owner of Blue Crab Company
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Cheryl Turpin

Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Jen Kiggans

Current Position: State Senator
Affiliation: Republican

After earning a degree from Boston University in International Relations, Jen Kiggans stepped up to serve her country in the United States Navy. Jen served for ten years as a helicopter pilot flying H-46 and H-3 helicopters, completing two deployments to the Persian Gulf. Her husband is a retired F-18 pilot who retired after 20 years as a Naval aviator.

Jen is currently a board-certified Adult-Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and graduate of Old Dominion University’s Nursing School and Vanderbilt University’s Nurse Practitioner program. When she is not at EVMS, she serves as a primary care provider for a small private practice. Jen is a passionate advocate for accessibility and affordability of mental health care and mental health screening.

 

Bill DeSteph

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2014 – 2016

Bill DeSteph is a pragmatic, compassionate veteran, entrepreneur, leader, and father, whose chosen pursuit is to serve and protect our nation’s citizens. He has devoted his entire career to assessing critical problems, devising prudent strategies, and executing innovative solutions.

As Senator representing the 8th Senate District, he brings a proven record of accountability and economic development to the Virginia General Assembly.

Missy Cotter Smasal

Current Position: Navy office and small business owner
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Jenn McClellan

Current Position: State Senator since 2017
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2006 – 2017

During Jenn McClellan’s tenure in the General Assembly, Jennifer has served as a member of Governor Ralph Northam’s Transition Committee, Chair of Governor McAuliffe’s Transition Team, and a member of Governor McDonnell’s Domestic Violence Prevention and Response Advisory Board, Governor Kaine’s Poverty Reduction Task Force and Commission on Sexual Violence, and the Civil Rights Memorial Commission.

Jennifer has also been a longtime Democratic Party activist and leader at the local, state, and national level.  She serves as a member of the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Party of Virginia Steering and Central Committees, and the Richmond City Democratic Committee.

Mark Lewis

Current Position: Candidate
Affiliation: Libertarian
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Ghazala Hashmi

Current Position: State Senator
Affiliation: Democrat

Dr. Ghazala Hashmi is an experienced educator and advocate who has spent over 25 years working within Virginia’s college and university system. She currently serves as the Founding Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) at Reynolds Community College.

Ghazala is guided by the principles of integrity, social justice, and ethics in government in her approach to public service.

Amanda Chase

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Republican

Senator Amanda Chase is not a politician.  She’s a mom who fights for everyone and has proven she can get things done for the people of her district.

Amanda has been a leader on government accountability in calling for a review of Economic Development Authorities in the state of Virginia and requiring localities to have their budgets approved by local board members who are elected by the people.

Amanda Pohl

Current Position: Nonprofit professional and Adjunct professor of social work
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

"We are all impacted by current policies that limit our personal and professional lives and impede our great state’s ability to thrive.

Basics like affordable health care, quality education, better infrastructure, and equality are foundational rights that should be available to all, not just a few."

Siobhan Dunnavant

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Republican

Since 1999, Siobhan Dunnavant has served as a well-respected OB-GYN in private practice right here in Henrico. Committed to being a citizen legislator, she continues to practice medicine full time when not in session, and sees patients twice a week and delivers babies during session.

Debra Rodman

Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Geary Higgins

Current Position: Catoctin District Supervisor
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Jasmine Moawad-Barrientos

Current Position: Civil Rights Advocate
Affiliation: Other
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

John Cosgrove

Current Position: State Senator
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2008 – 2013; Chesapeake City Council from 2004 – 2008

A retired Naval Officer who has served many years in elected office, Senator John Cosgrove has spent his life in service to his community, state, and nation.  John was elected to the Senate in a special election in 2013 after serving four years on Chesapeake City Council followed by twelve years in the House of Delegates.

In Richmond, John has been a leader on issues related to transportation, technology, and military affairs.  John’s record of service and tireless work in his district make him an effective advocate for the needs of South Hampton Roads.

Rebecca Raveson

Current Position: Former loan officer
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Frank Ruff

Current Position: State Senator since 2000
Affiliation: Republican

Frank Ruff is a leader in reforming economic development to expand current businesses and attract new employers. He has worked with prospective job creators to encourage them to come to our region. From assistance with funding for industrial parks to enhancing tourism, from working with the Governor and local leaders to recruit new industry, to the creation of a much needed law enforcement hazardous driving school, he has been a leader in the fight for small-town communities across the Fifteenth Senate District.

Roz Dance

Current Position: State Senator since 2014
Affiliation: Democrat

Rosalyn Dance became the first in her family to go to college. She served 34 years at Southside VA Training Center (SVTC), where she rose from a nurse’s aide to a nurse to an administrator.

In the Senate, she serves on the Senate Finance Committee, Senate Commerce and Labor Committee, Senate Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources Committee, and the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee. Additionally, Rosalyn has the honor of serving on the following commissions: Chairwoman, Joint Commission on Health Care; the Health Insurance Reform Commission; the Commission on Unemployment Compensation, and the Joint Committee on Local Government Fiscal Stress.

Virginia Smith

Current Position: Elementary School Teacher, retired
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Joe Morrissey

Current Position: State Senator
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2008 – 2015

I’ve been working and fighting for a better Richmond since 1989, when I was elected as your Commonwealth’s Attorney and then a member of the Virginia House of Delegates.

As a delegate, I fought for Democratic Party principles, like bringing Obamacare to Virginia, improving Richmond City Schools, and helping people get their right to vote back.

Waylin Ross

Current Position: Founder, ParaLobby, LLC
Affiliation: Other
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Bryce Reeves

Current Position: State Senator since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

“By listening and asking questions, Bryce has been able to lead by always focusing on our priorities and doing what’s right.”
“Bryce knows the best ideas – and most effective ways of creating change – come from local leaders and people all across the Commonwealth, not from the political insiders in

Amy Laufer

Current Position: Founder of Virginia’s List
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

David Suetterlein

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Republican

With nine years experience as a staffer in the General Assembly, including eight years serving the District’s former Senator, Ralph Smith, David Suetterlein is ready to serve the people of Western Virginia in the Senate. David’s service to Senator Smith and his leadership in Republican politics make him a strong voice to fight for economic growth, lower taxes, and increased government accountability.

Flourette Ketner

Current Position: Non profit board member
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Bill Stanley

Current Position: State Senator since 2011
Affiliation: Republican

Bill Stanley’s political foundation was cemented by the conservative values of his father, a Ronald Reagan Republican who preached the benefits of working hard, personal responsibility, spending less than you earn, and standing by your principals no matter what the cost.

During his tenure, Bill has been a strong voice for Southside and Southwest in Virginia’s Capitol. He has sponsored legislation to spur economic development to create jobs and reduce unemployment in Southside Virginia. Bill’s energy and enthusiasm, grassroots focus, and track record of effective leadership are making a difference for Southside families for future generations.

Sherman Witcher

Current Position: Works in agriculture
Affiliation: Other
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

John Edwards

Current Position: State Senator since 1996
Affiliation: Democrat

John Edwards  currently serves on the following Senate committees: Courts of Justice, Privileges and Elections, Transportation, Commerce and Labor, Education and Health, Finance, Rules (Chair).

Edwards serves on the Virginia War Memorial Foundation Board, the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission, the Virginia Capital Representation Resource Center Board, and the Virginia Commission of At-Risk Youth & Children. He is Chairman of the Virginia Code Commission and serves on the Board of Governors of the Virginia Bar Association.

 

Steven Nelson

Current Position: Virginia sales manager, US Law Shield
Affiliation: Other
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Mark Peake

Current Position: State Senator since 2017
Affiliation: Republican

“I’m not running to pass more laws. I want to get laws off the books. We need more freedom, less government. More freedom, less government is the message I was elected on and it’s exactly how I approach every vote that comes before the Senate of Virginia.”

Dakota Claytor

Current Position: Freelance hair stylist and private music educator
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Steve Newman

Current Position: State Senator since 1996
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 1991 – 1995; Lynchburg City Council

Steve Newman is the author of many bills of importance to Central Virginia including Governor McDonnell’s entire Education Package in the 2010 General Assembly. H has served on the Governor’s Higher Education Reform Commission 2010 and co-sponsored the resulting bill in the Virginia Senate. Newman has been rated as one of Virginia’s most pro-job and pro-business Senate members

Emmett Hanger

Current Position: State Senator since 1996
Affiliation: Republican

“Emmett Hanger has a strong voting record of limited government and fiscal conservatism. He values the protection of individual rights, coupled with a keen sense of individual responsibility. More importantly, Emmett believes common-sense solutions in government should win-out over party politics.”

Annette Hyde

Current Position: Yoga Teacher
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Creigh Deeds

Current Position: State Senator since 2001
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 1991 – 2000; Commonwealth’s Attorney of Bath County. from 1987 – 1991

Senator Deeds’ public service career began in 1987 when he was elected to serve as the Commonwealth’s Attorney of Bath County. In 1991 he ran against an incumbent and won in the 18th District in the House of Delegates. After serving 10 years in the House, Sen. Deeds was elected to the Senate in a special election in 2001. Senator Deeds was the Democratic nominee for Attorney General in 2005 and for Governor in 2009.

Senator Deeds chairs the Joint Subcommittee to Study Mental Health Services in the Twenty-First Century. He also serves on the Small Business Commission, the Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability, and the Joint Committee to Study Interstate 73.

Mark Obenshain

Current Position: State Senator since 2001
Affiliation: Republican

Mark was elected to the Senate of Virginia in 2003, where he serves as Chairman of the Senate Courts of Justice Committee.  He also serves on the Commerce & Labor; Finance;  Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources;  and Rules Committees. Mark is also Chairman of the Virginia State Crime Commission.

He has quickly established himself as a conservative leader, taking the lead on property rights, school choice, family values, and government reform, and emerging as one of the Senate’s leading voices on public safety and other key issues.

April Moore

Current Position: Nonprofit organizer, retired
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2020 State Senator

Overview: N/A

John Bell

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2016 – 2019

Delegate John Bell is a retired member of the United States Air Force. He served almost 26 years before retiring as a Major in 2007. During his Air Force career, John served as a Finance Officer all over the world, including tours in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

John has worked across party lines to pass Medicaid expansion, increase school funding and teacher pay, fight for common-sense gun safety reforms and champion policies to address the opioid addiction crisis

Jill Vogel

Current Position: State Senator since 2008
Affiliation: Republican

Jill Vogel is a nationally recognized attorney and native Virginian. She has held legal and policy positions in and out of government, including serving as Deputy General Counsel at the Department of Energy. As managing partner of a law firm that specializes in charity and non-profit organizations, election law, and ethics, she has consistently been listed by Washingtonian Magazine as a “top lawyer in her field.”

In the past, Senator Vogel has been named Legislator of the Year by the Virginia State Police, the Virginia Courts Clerks Association, the Virginia Treasurers Association and the Commissioners of Revenue Association of Virginia.

Ronnie Ross III

Current Position: Teacher, Fauquier County
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Richard Stuart

Current Position: State Senator since 2008
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): Commonwealth's Attorney, Westmoreland County from 2004 – 2005

“One of my priorities as your Senator is to improve our local economies. People are hurting and family budgets are tightening. That is why I will continue to support legislation and initiatives that put less of a burden on small businesses and families when it comes to paying taxes.”

Jeremy McPike

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat

“Jeremy McPike is a public servant who has dedicated his life to serving our community. As a volunteer firefighter and EMT, Jeremy understands the urgency of identifying and solving challenges, and that’s the approach he will take to Richmond.”

Adam Ebbin

Current Position: State Senator since 2012
Affiliation: Democrat

As a leader in the General Assembly, Adam Ebbin has fought to advance progressive priorities, including incentives for cleaner energy, funding for mass transit improvements, ending discrimination in state employment, and electoral reform.

Adam has distinguished himself as a voice for the easily exploited.

Barbara Favola

Current Position: State Senator since 2012
Affiliation: Democrat

Throughout her public life, Barbara Favola has been a vigorous supporter of universal human rights.  In the Virginia Senate, Barbara is focusing her legislative efforts on women’s reproductive rights, health care access, K-12 education funding, workforce training, safety net programs, helping foster children, preventing domestic violence and sensible environmental policies.

Senator Favola also believes that a living wage is essential for families and communities to thrive.  She acknowledges that job creation and economic security are the cornerstones of a vibrant Commonwealth and a secure future.

Janet Howell

Current Position: State Senator since 1992
Affiliation: Democrat

Senator Howell is one of Virginia’s most influential senators.  She was the first woman to serve on the powerful Senate Finance Committee. She also serves on the Courts of Justice, Education and Health, Privileges and Elections and Rules committees, and is a Senate budget conferee.

Senator Howell is credited with major legal reforms. Education, children, and families have always been top priorities.

Jennifer Boysko

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat

Jennifer Boysko’s  priorities are working to continue to build the New Virginia economy here in Virginia that supports both working families and small businesses in her district. She has actively sought to restore funding to our public schools and has worked on legislation that would make sure everyone has access to affordable healthcare.

Boysko seeks to find common ground and work with both Republicans and Democrats to get things done. However, finding common ground does not mean we abandon our priorities and values. She will always stand up and speak out for the issues most passionately held where there are stark differences that cannot be negotiated.

 

Suzanne Fox

Current Position: Entrepreneur, Loudon County
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

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Chap Petersen

Current Position: State Senator since 2008
Affiliation: Democrat

Chap has been an attorney in private practice since 1994, successfully representing thousands of local people and businesses. In 2011, his peers selected him as one of thirty “Leaders of the Law” in Virginia.  His law firm, Chap Petersen & Associates, PLC, is located in downtown Fairfax, near the historic Fairfax County courthouse.

Chap began his career in politics by serving on the Fairfax City Council (1998-2002) and as a member in the Virginia House of Delegates (2002-2006).

Scott Surovell

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat

Scott is a co-founding partner and owner of Surovell Isaacs & Levy PLC, an 18-attorney law firm in Fairfax dedicated to helping Northern Virginia’s people and small businesses solve their legal problems.

Surovell has been a leader in the Virginia General Assembly on government transparency, criminal justice reform, consumer protection and environmental protection. In 2016, Surovell passed legislation requiring government officials to redact public documents instead of withholding entire records  and passed similar legislation applying to homeowner, condo and cooperative associations the following year.

Dave Marsden

Current Position: State Senator since 2010
Affiliation: Democrat

Elected to the Virginia Senate in 2010 in a special election, David Marsden has earned a reputation as a hard working legislator who gets things done for FairfaxCounty and the Commonwealth. Before serving in the Virginia Senate, he served 4 years in the Virginia House of Delegates.

Never afraid to put progress above partisanship, Senator Marsden has worked with Democrats and Republicans to pass legislation to relieve traffic congestion, improve education, and create jobs and he brings over 40 years of experience and expertise in the juvenile justice field to the legislature.

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

Benton Chafin

Current Position: State Senator since 2014
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2013 – 2014

Benton Chafin is a strong advocate who will fight bad policy from Richmond and Washington that undermines our values, our coal industries, and our jobs.

As a strong advocate for Southwest Virginia in the House and the Senate, Ben successfully sponsored and passed a bill that counters the EPA’s assault on our coal jobs. He has voted to defend our 2nd Amendment rights, voted against tax increases, and stood for life and traditional marriage.

George McCall

Current Position: Executive Chairman, First Sentinel Bank
Affiliation: Other
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

George Barker

Current Position: State Senator since 2008
Affiliation: Democrat

With a background in healthcare management and policy, Senator Barker has worked tirelessly to address the rising costs of quality healthcare for Virginia families.

Since being elected in 2007, he has established a reputation as bipartisan leader who knows how to get things done. The Washington Post described him as, “one of the more effective, pragmatic lawmakers in Richmond.” From fixing transportation and improving our education system, to creating an environment that is good for businesses and job growth, Senator Barker is committed to working together to find common sense solutions that will benefit Virginians in his district and across the Commonwealth.

Dutch Hillenburg

Current Position: Federal employee, retired
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Todd Pillion

Current Position: State Senator since 2014
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2014 – 2019

Though only in his second full term in elected office, Todd has been recognized as a leader for Southwest Virginia and the Commonwealth through his work on the opioid epidemic, economic development, and promoting commonsense policies good for Virginia families and businesses.

Recently ranked as the second most effective legislator in the General Assembly, Todd is a recipient of the Virginia Chamber’s Innovation Award; the Award of Merit from the Virginia Pharmacists Association; the Child Advocate Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics-Virginia; and The Healthcare Hero Award from the Business Journal of the Tri-Cities, among others.

Ken Heath

Current Position: Marion Director of Community and Economic Development
Affiliation: Other
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

VA 2019 Senate Competitive DistrictsVA 2019 Senate Competitive Districts

Virginia onAir curators – college student interns – have summarized here the 5 competitive Virginia Senate races in the November 5, 2019 election.  In one quick glance, by each district, you see its regional location, its boundaries, the candidates, and their positions on issues. Curators also fully describe each candidate in-depth, on their profile.

To view this post, select the feature image or post title.

To view more details on each competitive district, go to a subcategory, like Southeastern VA Senate Candidates.  To view ALL the candidates running for the 40 Senate districts, go to this slide show.

In compiling this post, we used Ned Oliver’s Virginia Mercury article as a guide. If you know of other competitive districts, we will be happy to consider them for inclusion in this post.

Curators will continue to focus on these districts and will request to video each candidate in an interview on the important issues.

Summary

Virginia onAir curators – college student interns – have summarized here the 5 competitive Virginia Senate races in the November 5, 2019 election.  In one quick glance, by each district, you see its regional location, its boundaries, the candidates, and their positions on issues. Curators also fully describe each candidate in-depth, on their profile.

To view this post, select the feature image or post title.

To view more details on each competitive district, go to a subcategory, like Southeastern VA Senate Candidates.  To view ALL the candidates running for the 40 Senate districts, go to this slide show.

In compiling this post, we used Ned Oliver’s Virginia Mercury article as a guide. If you know of other competitive districts, we will be happy to consider them for inclusion in this post.

Curators will continue to focus on these districts and will request to video each candidate in an interview on the important issues.

VA Senate District 6

District Description: Accomack County (All), Mathews County (All), Northampton County (All), Norfolk City (Part), Virginia Beach City (Part)
Current Senator: Lynwood Lewis since 2014 (D)

VA Senate 6 – 2019

To view an overview of VA Senate District 10, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues, go here.

For more information, see Lynwood Lewis’s post.
For more information, see Elizabeth Lankford’s post.

VA Senate District 7

District Description: Virginia Beach City (Part), Norfolk City (Part)
Current Senator: Frank W. Wagner since 2001 (R)

VA Senate 7 – 2019

To view an overview of VA Senate District 10, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues, go here.

For more information, see Cheryl Turpin’s post.
For more information, see Jen Kiggans’s post.

VA Senate District 10

District Description: Powhatan County (All), Chesterfield County (Part), Richmond City (Part)
Current Senator: Glen Sturtevant since 2016 (R)

VA Senate 10 – 2019

To view an overview of VA Senate District 10, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues, go here.

For more information, see Glen Sturtevant’s post.
For more information, see Ghazala Hashmi’s post.

VA Senate District 12

District Description: Henrico County (Part), Hanover County (Part)
Current Senator: Siobhan Dunnavant since 2016 (R)

To view an overview of VA Senate District 10, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues, go here.

For more information, see Siobhan Dunnavant’s post.
For more information, see Debra Rodman’s post.

VA Senate District 13

District Description: Loudoun County (Part), Prince William County (Part)
Current Senator: Richard Black since 2012 (R)

Senate 13

To view an overview of VA Senate District 10, its 2019 candidates, and their positions on key issues, go here.

For more information, see John Bell’s post.
For more information, see Geary Higgin’s post.
For more information, see Jasmine Moawad-Barrientos’s post.

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About Virginia Elections 2About Virginia Elections

To vote in the November 5, 2019 Commonwealth General Election, you must register by October 13, 2019.

Offices on the ballot: State Senate and House of Delegates and Virginia City and County officeholders

The Virginia Department of Elections based in the capital city of Richmond is responsible for overseeing elections in Virginia.  Christopher E. “Chris” Piper has been appointed as the Commissioner.

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Office Hours: 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   Monday through Friday

Summary

To vote in the November 5, 2019 Commonwealth General Election, you must register by October 13, 2019.

Offices on the ballot: State Senate and House of Delegates and Virginia City and County officeholders

The Virginia Department of Elections based in the capital city of Richmond is responsible for overseeing elections in Virginia.  Christopher E. “Chris” Piper has been appointed as the Commissioner.

Web elections.virginia.gov
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Email: info@elections.virginia.gov
Address:  Washington Building, First Floor
1100 Bank Street, Richmond 23219
Number:  (804) 864-8901 Toll Free: (800) 552-9745
Office Hours: 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   Monday through Friday

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  1. A U.S. citizen
  2. A resident of Virginia
  3. At least 18 years old by the next general election

If you have been convicted of a felony, you must have your voting rights restored.
If you were declared mentally incapacitated, you must have your capacity restored by court order.

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You must register to vote before you may vote in Virginia.

If you are a student living at school in Virginia, you can choose whether to register at home or at school. But you may not register at both! Decide which location you consider to be your primary home, and register to vote there.

When you move, be sure to update your voter registration with your new address.

For more information, go this Virginia Elections web page.

Voter Photo ID

You will need to show one acceptable photo identification card (photo ID) whenever you vote in person. This is Virginia law for all voters.

Many types of photo ID are acceptable for voting in Virginia. You only need to show ONE acceptable photo ID to vote.

Photo IDs can be used to vote up to one year after the ID has expired.

Need a Photo ID?

If you don’t have an ID, simply go to your nearest voter registration office to get a free Voter Photo ID, even on Election Day! You will be required to complete an photo ID application, have your photo taken and to sign a digital signature pad.

Forgot your photo ID on Election Day?

If you get to your polling place without acceptable photo ID, you can vote a provisional ballot. You will be given instructions on what to do so your vote can count.

Acceptable forms of valid identification

  • Virginia driver’s license
  • Virginia DMV-issued photo ID
  • United States passport
  • Employer-issued photo ID
  • Student photo ID issued by a school, college, or university located in Virginia
  • Other U.S. or Virginia government-issued photo ID
  • Tribal enrollment or other tribal photo ID
  • Virginia Voter Photo ID card

 

Voter Registration

To register to vote

Go to this page at the Virginia Department of Elections website.

To be eligible to vote, you must be:

  1. A U.S. citizen
  2. A resident of Virginia
  3. At least 18 years old by the next general election

If you have been convicted of a felony, you must have your voting rights restored.
If you were declared mentally incapacitated, you must have your capacity restored by court order.

For registered Voters

Go to this page at the Virginia Department of Elections website to:

  • Access your Virginia Voter Record to update registration
  • Apply to vote absentee
  • View your voter-related information

Update/Check Registration

Go to this page at the Virginia Department of Elections website to:

  • Access your Virginia Voter Record to update registration
  • Apply to vote absentee
  • View your voter-related information

3rd Party Registration Training

Published July 29, 2018 by the Dept. of Elections

Email Department of Elections

General questions: info@elections.virginia.gov

Campaign Finance: cfda@elections.virginia.gov

Media inquiries: media@elections.virginia.gov

We are constantly updating our media list to insure our contacts receive the latest news. Please ensure we have your current contact information. To update your media contacts or to add new media contacts please email Andrea Gaines at andrea.gaines@elections.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 864-8928.

How to become a candidate for office

Candidates for office must meet certain qualifications and are required to file specific documents in order to qualify to appear on the ballot. These qualifications and requirements may vary slightly depending on whether the office sought is a local office, a general assembly seat, a statewide office, or a federal office. Generally, all candidates must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • Be qualified to vote for and hold the office sought, and
  • Be a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia for one year immediately preceding the election.

The board has developed and published candidate informational bulletins specific to each office type. In addition to the qualifications, forms and filing requirements, candidate information bulletins provide candidates with information he/she will need to run for office.

Excellent summary of “Ballot Access Requirements” here in this Ballotpedia post.

This post from the Virginia Dept. of Elections outlines the requirements on how to access registered voter names and their voting history in state of Virginia. If qualified, here is some of the information one can obtain… “full name, residence address, mailing address, gender, date of birth, registration date, date last registration form received, registration status, locality, precinct, voting districts and voter identification number”.

Instructions for Potential Candidates

  1. Read the candidate bulletin for the office sought.
  2. Complete the Certificate of Candidate Qualification form for the office sought. This form may be filed any time after January 1 of the election year and before the filing deadline of the election. It must be filed before a candidate can purchase a registered voter’s list.
  3. Complete the necessary Campaign Finance documents and review the laws and policies for Campaign Committees.
  4. Complete the appropriate Statement of Economic Interest form, if required.  Effective April 26, 2017, non-incumbent candidates for Statewide and General Assembly offices are required to file a SOEI with the Department of Elections. Also effective April 26, 2017, candidates for constitutional and local offices are required to file a SOEI with their local General Registrar.Candidates for General Assembly offices should complete this form. Candidate for all other offices should completethis form.Candidates for Statewide and General Assembly offices should log in here to upload and submit the completed SOEI form to the Department of Elections.
  5. Complete the Declaration of Candidacy form and Petition of Qualified Voter form ( petition is not required if candidate is participating in non-primary party nomination process ). These forms must be filed together on or before the filing deadline for the election.
  1. Submit all qualifying forms by deadline specified in the Candidate Bulletin.

For more information, go this Virginia Elections web page.

To learn more about running for office in a city or county, go your city or county Board of Elections webpage.

State Board of Elections

The State Board of Elections is authorized to supervise, coordinate, and adopt regulations governing the work of local electoral boards, registrars, and officers of election; to provide electronic application for voter registration and delivery of absentee ballots to eligible military and overseas voters; to establish and maintain a statewide automated voter registration system to include procedures for ascertaining current addresses of registrants; to prescribe standard forms for registration, transfer and identification of voters; and to require cancellation of records for registrants no longer qualified. Code of VirginiaTitle 24.2, Chapters 14 and 4.1. The Department of Elections conducts the board’s administrative and programmatic operations and discharges the board’s duties consistent with delegated authority.

Wikipedia Entry

Source: Wikipedia

The Virginia State Board of Elections (SBE) was created in 1946 as a nonpolitical agency responsible for ensuring uniformity, fairness, accuracy and purity in all elections in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The SBE promotes the proper administration of election laws, campaign finance disclosure compliance, and voter registration processes in the state by promulgating rules, regulations, issuing instructions, and providing information to local electoral boards and general registrars. In addition, the SBE maintains a centralized database of statewide voter registration and election related data.

State Board

The SBE is a three-member body consisting of a chair, vice-chair, and secretary, that manages the electoral process and investigates and adjudicates disputes and campaign law violations. Under the Code of Virginia, “Two Board members shall be of the political party which cast the highest number of votes for Governor at that election.” The Board has power to promulgate rules to initiate Circuit Court proceedings for the removal of county and city electoral board members. It can call on the Attorney General of Virginia to initiate investigations. It also certifies independent and third-party candidates for the ballot, after sending their Petitions of Qualified Voters (nominating petitions) to local registrars for signature counting. The Board has power to prescribe such forms. It posts lists of candidates on the Internet.

Ballot access

Virginia has one of the most restrictive set of ballot access laws in the United States. According to the Code of Virginia subsection 24.2-101, without “major party” status for automatic ballot access in Virginia, minor party and independent candidates have to gather petition signatures to get on the ballot. For example, the requirement for statewide elections is 10,000 signatures, including at least 400 from each of Virginia’s 11 congressional districts. In order for a minor party to gain automatic ballot access as a major party, one of its nominated candidates must receive 10% of the vote in a statewide race. To obtain the signatures necessary to receive statewide ballot access in Virginia, it has been quoted to cost between $45,000 to $90,000 or up to $100,000.

Litigation

The Virginia State Board of Elections has been a party in a number of lawsuits.

Sarvis v. Judd

In July 2014, The Rutherford Institute supported the Libertarian Party of Virginia and alleged Virginia ballot laws favored “the election chances of Democrat and Republican candidates at the expense of Libertarian Party and independent candidates.”

In Robert C. Sarvis, et al. v. Charles E. Judd, et al, the lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Libertarian Party of Virginia, several Libertarian Party candidates and an independent (non-party) candidate for public office in the November 2014 general election. The lawsuit challenged the Virginia State Board of Elections and the laws which require minor-party candidates to gather signatures on petitions to achieve ballot access as well as the laws which require minor-party and independent candidates’ names to be placed below those of major-party candidates on the ballot.

Libertarian Party of Virginia v. Judd

In 2013, the ACLU supported the Libertarian Party of Virginia, and contended that the Libertarians would suffer “irreparable harm” given Virginia’s ballot access laws.

In Libertarian Party of Virginia v. Judd, the Libertarian Party won the case regarding state residency requirements for petition circulators per the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on May 29, 2013. It was the first time a minor party had won a constitutional election law case in the Fourth Circuit since 1989 and 1988. In response to the Fourth Circuit’s ruling, the State of Virginia via former Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli as well as several other states, like Oklahoma, submitted petitions to the Supreme Court of the United States asking to reverse the Fourth Circuit’s decision. On December 2, 2013, the petitions against the Fourth Circuit’s ruling were denied by the Supreme Court, and so the Libertarian Party of Virginia won the case regarding state residency requirements for petition circulators.

Perry v. Judd

In January 2012, Texas Governor Rick Perry, former senator Rick Santorum, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr. failed to qualify for the ballot and sued the State Board of Elections. U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney Jr. denied the request to add their names to Virginia’s Republican primary ballot.

Project Vote v. Long

In February 2010, after receiving reports from local community partners regarding large numbers of rejected voter registration applications, Project Vote and its voting partner, Advancement Project, sought to review Norfolk’s rejected registration applications to ascertain if qualified persons were unlawfully kept off the voting rolls. Elisa Long, the general registrar of Norfolk, and Nancy Rodrigues, secretary of the State Board of Elections denied Project Vote and Advancement Project the right to review the records, and both groups filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Norfolk, Virginia.

In July 2011, the Court granted Project Vote’s Motion for Summary Judgment and ordered the Norfolk County Registrar “to permit access to any requesting party for copy and/or inspection of voter registration applications and related records,” in compliance with public disclosure requirements under the National Voter Registration Act.

Harper v. Virginia Board of Elections

In Harper v. Virginia Board of Elections (1966) the U.S. Supreme Court found that Virginia’s poll tax was unconstitutional under the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. The 24th Amendment (1964) prohibited poll taxes in federal elections. However, five states continued to impose a poll tax for voters in state elections. By this ruling, the Supreme Court banned the use of a poll tax in state elections.

Commissioners

Commissioner, Virginia Department of Elections
Deputy Commissioner, Virginia Department of Elections

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Dick Saslaw 3Dick Saslaw

Current Position: State Senator since 1980
Affiliation: Democrat

Dick Saslaw proudly serves Virginia’s 35th Senate District and as Democratic Leader in the Senate of Virginia. His distinguished public service has brought about real, positive results for families in Northern Virginia.

Throughout his tenure in the General Assembly, Dick has fought for investments in public K-12 and higher education, fought to improve the social safety net, maintain Virginia’s business-friendly climate, and find solutions for Northern Virginia’s transportation problems. In Richmond, he has distinguished himself for his ability to work across the aisle to get results.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 1980
Affiliation: Democrat

Dick Saslaw proudly serves Virginia’s 35th Senate District and as Democratic Leader in the Senate of Virginia. His distinguished public service has brought about real, positive results for families in Northern Virginia.

Throughout his tenure in the General Assembly, Dick has fought for investments in public K-12 and higher education, fought to improve the social safety net, maintain Virginia’s business-friendly climate, and find solutions for Northern Virginia’s transportation problems. In Richmond, he has distinguished himself for his ability to work across the aisle to get results.

About

Dick Saslaw

Source: Campaign page

Dick Saslaw proudly serves Virginia’s 35th Senate District and as Democratic Leader in the Senate of Virginia. His distinguished public service has brought about real, positive results for families in Northern Virginia. Throughout his tenure in the General Assembly, Dick has fought for investments in public K-12 and higher education, fought to improve the social safety net, maintain Virginia’s business-friendly climate, and find solutions for Northern Virginia’s transportation problems. In Richmond, he has distinguished himself for his ability to work across the aisle to get results.

Senator Saslaw worked tirelessly and helped lead the charge to expand Medicaid for hundreds of thousands of Virginians without access to healthcare. No longer will Virginia leave billions of federal dollars unclaimed. Instead, these monies will help benefit more than 400,000 of our Commonwealth neighbors in need of affordable healthcare and provide hope for the otherwise desperate. Senator Saslaw was honored by the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association as a 2018 “Healthcare Hero” for his multi-year dedication to expanding Medicaid in the Commonwealth.

Democratic Leader Saslaw plays a key role in working with Governor Ralph Northam to grow the New Virginia Economy. Competing in a 21st-century global economy, Virginia must focus on building a talented workforce pipeline that can attract and retain businesses and investment. Senator Saslaw has helped advocate for innovative new programs like the Workforce Credentials Grant, which provides funding for workers looking for education and training in high-demand industries like cybersecurity. Virginia boasts one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation and ranks 4th on CNBC’s list of “America’s Top States for Business.”

In the General Assembly, Senator Saslaw serves on the Senate Committees on Finance, Commerce & Labor, Courts of Justice, Education & Health, and Rules. Dick has been honored by groups far and wide for his efforts to make Virginia a great place to live, work, and raise a family. These awards include:

Virginia Education Association “Legislator of the Year”
The Hispanic Alliance “Leader of the Year”
League of Conservation Voters “Legislative Hero”
Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce “NOVAForward Legacy Award”
Virginia Chamber of Commerce “Leadership in Energy Award” & “Free Enterprise Award” (Transportation Category)
Virginia Transit Association “Distinguished Legislative Leadership Award”
Virginia Professional Fire Fighters “Legislator of the Year”
Virginia FREE “Virginia’s Most Effective Senator”
VA Autism Project & Autism Speaks “Autism Champion”

Dick grew up in Washington, D.C. He served in the U.S. Army for two years prior to earning a B.S. in economics from the University of Maryland. In college, he was a member of the track team, and is still an active runner. He is a successful local businessman in the gasoline and auto service industry.

Dick and his wife, Eleanor, are proud grandparents and have lived in Northern Virginia since 1968. Eleanor currently serves on the State Board of Virginia’s Community Colleges is a previous chair of the board. She also previously served as president of the State Board of Education. Dick and Eleanor’s adult daughter, Jennifer, is a graduate of the 35th District’s own Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, the University of Virginia, and the Stanford School of Law. She is also a former Peace Corps volunteer.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Businessman
    Gasoline and auto service industry.

Education

  • B.S. in economics
    University of Maryland

Awards

  • Virginia Education Association “Legislator of the Year” (2019)
  • The Hispanic Alliance “Leader of the Year” (2019)
  • League of Conservation Voters “Legislative Hero” (2019)
  • Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce “NOVAForward Legacy Award” (2019)
  • Virginia Chamber of Commerce “Leadership in Energy Award” & “Free Enterprise Award” (Transportation Category) (2019)
  • Virginia Transit Association “Distinguished Legislative Leadership Award” (2019)
  • Virginia Professional Fire Fighters “Legislator of the Year” (2019)
  • Virginia FREE “Virginia’s Most Effective Senator” (2019)
  • VA Autism Project & Autism Speaks “Autism Champion” (2019)

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Janet Muldoon,Josue Turrubiates

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E602
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7535
Fax: (804) 698-7651

District Office
P.O. Box 1856
Springfield, VA 22151-0856
Phone: (703) 978-0200
Fax: (703) 978-3032

Web

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

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Richard Lawrence “Dick” Saslaw (born February 5, 1940) is an American politician. A Democrat, he served in the Virginia House of Delegates 1976–80, after which he was elected to the Senate of Virginia. He currently represents the 35th district, made up of all of the city of Falls Church and portions of Fairfax County and the city of Alexandria.

Saslaw has been the leader of the Virginia Senate Democrats since 1998, serving as Majority Leader from 2008–2012, 2014 – June 12, 2014, and Minority Leader 1998–2008, 2012–2014. He ran for Congress in Virginia’s 8th congressional district in 1984. He was defeated by then-Congressman Stanford Parris.

In the 2007 Virginia legislative elections, Democrats gained a majority by picking up four seats in the Virginia State Senate. Senator Saslaw was named Majority Leader when the Democrats assumed control of the chamber in 2008.

He also serves as chair of the Senate’s Labor and Commerce Committee.

Education has been one of his priorities. In 2006, the Association of School Boards named him Virginia Legislator of the Year.

Recent Elections

2019 State Senator

Richard L. “Dick” Saslaw (D)35,13192.49%
Write-In (Write-in)2,8517.51%
TOTAL37,982

2015 State Senator

Dick Saslaw (D)18,75474.4%
Terrence Wayne Modglin (G)6,05524.0%
Write In (Write-in)3831.5%
TOTAL25,192

2011 State Senator

Dick Saslaw (D)15,90561.7%
Robert Christopher Sarvis (R)9,27235.9%
Katherine Ann Pettigrew (G)5912.3%
Write In (Write-in)280.1%
TOTAL25,796

2007 State Senator

Dick Saslaw (D)16,85677.9%
Mario T. Palmiotto ()4,53221.0%
Write In (Write-in)2381.1%
TOTAL21,626

2003 State Senator

Dick Saslaw (D)17,73582.5%
C. W. Levy ()3,53716.4%
Write In (Write-in)2311.1%
TOTAL21,503

Finances

SASLAW, RICHARD has run in 5 races for public office, winning 5 of them. The candidate has raised a total of$5,531,456.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Commerce and Labor
Courts of Justice
Education and Health
Finance
Rules

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Governance

Fiscal Responsibility

Senator Saslaw has earned a reputation for fiscal discipline through his leadership on the Senate Finance Committee. Since 2008, he has served as a key budget negotiator, and has worked across party lines to pass balanced budgets. With a “pay as you go” philosophy, Dick has led the way to keep future generations from carrying a burden of debt. On June 7, 2018, Governor Northam signed the biennial budget that included Medicaid expansion. This culminated more than five years of leaving behind billions of federal dollars that will now be available for providing hope and access to health care for nearly 400,000 Virginians.

Due to the fiscal prudence of Dick Saslaw and a bipartisan coalition in the state Senate, Virginia has maintained its stellar AAA bond rating – even as we recovered from the Great Recession. During this same period, we have built reserves in the Rainy Day Fund as well as developed and funded the Revenue Cash Reserve to meet the bond houses threshold for retaining the AAA bond rating.

Saslaw has prevented raids on the General Fund (the sole source of funding for public education, public safety, and health and human services). In addition, he has always been a fiscal watchdog and uses his leadership role to protect Virginia taxpayers. Actions by the federal government under the pseudonym of “tax reform” delivered a windfall to the top earners in America. Middle-class and working families in lower income brackets did not realize the same relief. Saslaw supports and will work for refunds on the earned income tax credit which will be the next fight in the legislature.

Civil Rights

Champion for Women’s Rights

Dick Saslaw has a deep appreciation for equality and fairness in the workplace. He has always been consistent in his support for the Equal Rights Amendment. To the chants of “we shall overcome” in a packed committee room, he called the question in early 2018 when the issue was being tabled. It is past time for this amendment to become part of the Bill of Rights, ensuring pay parity and shattering the glass ceiling.

Equally important is a women’s right to the healthcare she needs, when she needs it. When making the most important decision, Dick believes that conversation should be between a patient and her doctor – not male legislators in the General Assembly. Putting hurdles like invasive ultrasounds and unreasonable waiting periods adds an unreasonable onus on individuals making one of the most serious decisions of their life.

The US Supreme Court is about to shift its objectivity to a hard-right conservatism. Women should not have to fear for their lives when exercising their constitutionally-protected right to choose. They should not have to fear retribution for accessing critical healthcare. Dick Saslaw stands with the women of Virginia and has been a champion for choice. He trusts women and will continue to fight for their rights.

Economy

Dick Saslaw, a small business owner in Northern Virginia for many years, understands what it takes to establish a strong business climate. He knows first-hand the importance of balancing a budget, making payroll at the end of the month, and treating employees right. In the Senate, Saslaw has led the charge to make Virginia a top business destination.

For many years now, Virginia has been recognized as one of the top states for business, due in large part to Dick Saslaw’s work in the state Senate. He currently sits on the Commerce and Labor Committee, where his stewardship has kept Virginia on a solid economic foundation. Saslaw’s bipartisan approach to growing the economy has earned him recognition from non-partisan business groups, such as the Northern Virginia Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce.

Investing in our economy and working families makes our workforce competitive. Senator Saslaw has supported critical investments to spur job creation across the Commonwealth. His priorities have been keeping costs low, ensuring Virginia has an educated workforce, and investing in strategic infrastructure projects. Dick has always been focused on making Virginia a more attractive place to live and work. The Senator supports increasing mass transit in Virginia to cut down on traffic gridlock on our roads and to make sure companies can conduct business in the Commonwealth efficiently. He led the fight to appropriately fund Metro, ensuring its viability with public safety as a top priority.

Competing in a 21st-century global economy, Virginia must focus on building a talented workforce pipeline that can attract and retain businesses and investment. Senator Saslaw has helped advocate for innovative new programs like the Workforce Credentials Grant, which provides funding for workers looking for education and training in high-demand industries like cybersecurity. He has also supported increasing Virginia’s minimum wage, because he believes in paying workers what they are worth.  He continues to push for measures that will retain the best and brightest students in the Commonwealth.

Education

Virginia has been recognized as the best place to raise a child due to the available opportunities for future success. Senator Saslaw believes that a strong public education system is the key to a productive workforce and a strong economy. Dick Saslaw supported increased funding for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs in local schools in order to prepare Virginia’s students for the careers of the 21st Century. He has worked for smaller class sizes, state-of-the-art classroom technology, and more funding for school construction. Senator Saslaw has also worked closely with his Democratic colleagues and the Governor to increase pay for Virginia teachers.

Saslaw believes that appropriate funding for public education is a core responsibility of state government. In the Senate, he has protected K-12 schools from reckless cuts. Recognizing the value of early education, Dick supports funding for pre-K learning. The Senator continues working to ensure that every Virginian can have a quality education that is affordable and accessible. In Richmond, Dick has supported legislation to provide resources to help Virginia students navigate loan debt and plot a successful financial trajectory after receiving their degrees. He’s also worked to develop new post-secondary pathways, like workforce credentials, for Virginians who aspire to build a career and earn a family-sustaining wage. Above all, he believes that investing in our world-class education system, workforce development pipeline, and institutions of higher education produces the best return on investment for Virginia.

Senator Saslaw has been previously honored as “Legislator of the Year” by the non-partisan Virginia Education Association for his commitment to improving education.

Environment

Energy Modernization and Security

As your state Senator, Dick Saslaw is proud to be a voice for moving Virginia away from fossil fuels and bringing our power grid into the modern age. He worked closely with Governor Northam to pass the Grid Transformation and Security Act (SB 966), a landmark piece of legislation for Virginia’s energy future. SB 966 will dramatically increase the quantity of renewable energy in the public interest from 500 megawatts to 5,000 megawatts, enough to power more than 80,000 homes. This includes a forward-looking mix of solar and wind energy. It will provide hundreds of millions of dollars in ratepayer rebates, including the entirety of Dominion’s annual federal tax break, and maintain the SCC’s oversight authority. Further, Dominion will commit $130 million to help underprivileged Virginians with new, energy-efficient air conditioners, weatherization services, and bill payment assistance. These funds directly support low-income, elderly, disabled, and veteran populations.

Additionally, the Grid Transformation and Security Act will provide for significant undergrounding of power lines to guard against the types of power outages we witness all too frequently during severe weather. Dick has long been a proponent of undergrounding power lines, putting forward legislation in 2014, 2017, and 2018. This is not only common sense for the safety of our communities and maintaining local services, but it’s crucial for businesses as well. For small businesses and local entrepreneurs, a day or two without power could mean all the difference to their bottom line. As a former business owner himself, Dick knows that many residents of the 35th District rely on the power staying on.

Dick is proud of the fact that the Grid Transformation and Security Act was fully supported by two of the largest environmental groups in the nation – the League of Conservation Voters and the Natural Resources Defense Council, as well as several citizen and corporate stakeholder groups.

Health Care

Medicaid Expansion

Senator Saslaw worked tirelessly and helped lead the charge to expand Medicaid for hundreds of thousands of Virginians without access to healthcare. No longer will Virginia leave billions of federal dollars unclaimed. Instead, these monies will help benefit more than 400,000 of our Commonwealth neighbors in need of affordable healthcare and provide hope for the otherwise desperate. Senator Saslaw was honored by the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association as a 2018 “Healthcare Hero” for his multi-year dedication to expanding Medicaid in the Commonwealth.

Dick believes that leaving citizens to rely on visits to the emergency room to treat ailments is costly, foolish, and overall poor stewardship of taxpayer money. More importantly, it is the wrong moral course for our Commonwealth. Dick knows that Virginians deserve the right to access healthcare. Despite what others may have you believe, Medicaid expansion is not a divisive partisan issue in Virginia. With 83% of the Commonwealth in support of expansion, including 72% of Republicans, it was high time to enact this sensible expansion of Medicaid. During his time in Richmond, Dick has always fought to enact policies that safeguard the welfare of his constituents and advance their quality of life. He looks forward to working with Governor Northam to ensure Medicaid has a successful expansion in Virginia and our underprivileged citizens get the access to healthcare they deserve.

Infrastructure

Transportation

Dick Saslaw has led the fight for necessary transportation funding for our region. He serves on the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Transportation and continues to work to ensure that Northern Virginia receives the funding required to meet its growing transportation needs. He has been a longtime advocate for making critical investments in infrastructure aimed at reducing gridlock. He strongly believes that Virginia must expand the use of mass transit, increase efficiency, develop multimodal transportation options, and invest in maintenance of our existing roads, trains, and buses.

Saslaw knows that Virginia’s transportation problems cannot be fixed overnight and has advocated for commonsense measures to generate new revenue. In the Senate, he is one of the leading advocates for new sources of sustainable transportation funding. During the 2018 Session, Dick championed a bill (SB 856) to provide annual funding for the Metro system in partnership with Maryland and Washington. The bill earned widespread support in the business community and among the various transportation authorities throughout the Commonwealth.

Metro removes more than 1 million car trips from the D.C. region’s road every week day and more than half of all jobs in Northern Virginia are located within a half mile of a Metro stop. For every dollar the Commonwealth invests in Metro and Virginia Railway Express (VRE) it receives approximately $2.50 in value. Metro must be fixed from a financial and operational standpoint to secure our region’s primary mass transportation system for the next decade and beyond.

It is well understood that leading companies place high priority on locating to regions with efficient public transportation. Amazon has been particularly vocal in listing it as one of the top criteria for the location of their next headquarters. Senator Saslaw will continue working to prioritize the most important transportation projects that show the greatest potential for alleviating traffic on our busiest roadways.

Safety

Gun Violence Prevention

An epidemic of gun violence is raging in this nation. The murder rate per 100,000 in this country is 10 times greater than in comparable industrialized democracies. We are 4.6% of the world’s population but we are home to 43% of all guns not currently held by the military or police. In the U.S., military-style weapons are in the hands of civilians. In the absence of the federal government acting, the states are going to have to react … or the voters will.

Young people are the victims in what has become today’s “shooting galleries” – our nation’s schools. Even after the mass shooting at VA Tech in 2007, we still are far from a solution to this scourge. Dick Saslaw has worked closely with the Coalition Against Gun Violence, Everytown for Gun Safety, and Moms Demand Action to do more than just offer his thoughts and prayers to the thousands of people whose lives have been shattered with weapons in the wrong hands. Arming teachers is not only unacceptable, it is foolish to think a hand gun is going to stop a large-caliber, high-capacity weapon.

Taking on the NRA and Civil Defense League, Senator Saslaw has used his influence with colleagues and the Governor to pull in the reigns on unreasonable legislation. With his leadership, all the Governor’s vetoes on this issue for the past five years were sustained. Domestic violence abusers must now surrender their weapons within two days after being ordered to do so by the courts.

Dick Saslaw is ready to stop the violence. Universal background checks are a long overdue step in the right direction. Banning the sale of mechanical devices that accelerate the firing mechanism on weapons (such as bump stocks) and prohibiting civilian use of assault-style weapons will do even more to help end this epidemic.

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Louise Lucas 2Louise Lucas

Current Position: State Senator since 1992
Affiliation: Democrat

Louise Lucas is a Portsmouth native and product of the Portsmouth Public School System. She is President/CEO of Lucas Lodge, Lucas Transportation, Portsmouth Day Support Program and Southside Direct Care Provider organizations operating in The Lucas Professional Center located in Portsmouth.

Senator Lucas served in the position of Congressional Liaison for Sponsored Program at Old Dominion University from 1992 – 1994. She also served as Assistant Professor, Department of Academic Affairs and Special Assistant to the Vice President for University Advancement at Norfolk State University from 1994 – 1998.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 1992
Affiliation: Democrat

Louise Lucas is a Portsmouth native and product of the Portsmouth Public School System. She is President/CEO of Lucas Lodge, Lucas Transportation, Portsmouth Day Support Program and Southside Direct Care Provider organizations operating in The Lucas Professional Center located in Portsmouth.

Senator Lucas served in the position of Congressional Liaison for Sponsored Program at Old Dominion University from 1992 – 1994. She also served as Assistant Professor, Department of Academic Affairs and Special Assistant to the Vice President for University Advancement at Norfolk State University from 1994 – 1998.

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Louise Lucas

Source: Wikipedia

The Honorable L. Louise Lucas is a Portsmouth native and product of the Portsmouth Public School System. She is President/CEO of Lucas Lodge, Lucas Transportation, Portsmouth Day Support Program and Southside Direct Care Provider organizations operating in The Lucas Professional Center located in Portsmouth.

Senator Lucas began her federal career in 1967 as an Apprentice Shipfitter at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) and became the first Woman Shipfitter in July 1971. Senator Lucas began her public sector career path as Interim Executive Director of the Southeastern Tidewater Opportunity Project (STOP) in 1985 and was appointed Executive Director in 1986 where she served until 1992.

Graduating with honors, Senator Lucas received her Bachelor of Science degree (Cum Laude) in Vocational-Industrial Education from Norfolk State University in 1971 and her Master of Arts Degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Urban Affairs with a concentration in Human Resources Planning and Administration also from Norfolk State University in 1982.

Senator Lucas served in the position of Congressional Liaison for Sponsored Program at Old Dominion University from 1992 – 1994. She also served as Assistant Professor, Department of Academic Affairs and Special Assistant to the Vice President for University Advancement at Norfolk State University from 1994 – 1998.

Senator L. Louise Lucas was elected to the Virginia General Assembly in November 1991 and continues to serve the citizens of the 18th Senatorial District.

Senator Lucas is the mother of two daughters, Lisa L. Lucas-Burke and Theresa Lynn Lucas-Lamb who partner with her in various business entities and one son, the late Jeffery Lee Lucas, Sr. She has five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Experience

Work Experience

  • President/CEO
    Lucas Lodge
    2019 to present

Education

  • MA
    Norfolk State University
    2019 to present

    Urban Affairs, with a concentration in Human Resources Planning and Administration, magna cum laude

  • B.S., Vocational-Industrial Education
    Norfolk State University
    2019 to present

Personal

Born in Portsmouth, Virginia on January 22, 19444. Baptist; member: Deaconess, New Mount Olivet Baptist Church.

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Vernon Tillage, Denis Young

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E508
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7518
Fax: (804) 698-7651

District Office
P.O. Box 700
Portsmouth, VA 23705-0700
Phone: (757) 397-8209
Fax: (757) 966-9671

Web

Government Page, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

L. Louise Lucas (D)43,02192.49%
Write-In (Write-in)3,4947.51%
TOTAL46,515

2015 State DelegateArray

Louise Lucas (D)20,32195.6%
Write In (Write-in)9424.4%
TOTAL21,263

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Committees

Committees

Commerce and Labor
Courts of Justice
Education and Health
Finance

Appointments

Studies and Commissions
   Block Grants
Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship Committee
Electric Utility Regulation, Commission on
Federal Action Contingency Trust Fund Approval, Commission
Health Care, Joint Commission on

Voting Record

DANCE, ROSALYN has run in 8 races for public office, winning 7 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $939,451.

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

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Thomas Norment 1Tom Norment

Current Position: State Senator since 1992
Affiliation: Republican

Tommy Norment maintains an active role in the community. He is a member of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Board of Trustees and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s Board of Directors. He is on the Hampton Roads Board of Directors of TowneBank and he chairs the Williamsburg Board of TowneBank. Tommy is also a member of the Williamsburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the James City County Ruritan Club.

Professionally, Tommy is an attorney with Kaufman and Canoles, P.C., and a professor at the College of William and Mary.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 1992
Affiliation: Republican

Tommy Norment maintains an active role in the community. He is a member of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Board of Trustees and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s Board of Directors. He is on the Hampton Roads Board of Directors of TowneBank and he chairs the Williamsburg Board of TowneBank. Tommy is also a member of the Williamsburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the James City County Ruritan Club.

Professionally, Tommy is an attorney with Kaufman and Canoles, P.C., and a professor at the College of William and Mary.

About

Thomas Norment

Source: Campaign page

Tommy Norment first came to Virginia’s 3rd Senatorial District as a child when his father worked at Cheatham Annex.

A graduate of James Blair High School in Williamsburg, Tommy attended college at Virginia Military Institute before returning to Williamsburg to attend the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary. In 1987, Tommy was elected to the James City County Board of Supervisors. He served as Chairman of the Board in 1991 before being elected to the Senate of Virginia.

Tommy maintains an active role in the community. He is a member of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Board of Trustees and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s Board of Directors. He is on the Hampton Roads Board of Directors of TowneBank and he chairs the Williamsburg Board of TowneBank. Tommy is also a member of the Williamsburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the James City County Ruritan Club.

Professionally, Tommy is an attorney with Kaufman and Canoles, P.C., and a professor at the College of William and Mary.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Professor
    College of William and Mary

Education

  • JD
    Marshall-Wythe School of Law
  • BA
    Virginia Military Institute

Personal

Born in Richmond, Virginia on April 12, 1946

Membership & Affiliation

Episcopal; member: Bruton Parish Church

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Zachary Lemaster, Eric Philipkosky, Alex Rendon, Daniel J. Spiker

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E603
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7503
Fax: (804) 698-7651

District Office
P.O. Box 6205
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Phone: (757) 259-7810
Fax: (757) 259-7812

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, YouTube, Facebook

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Initially a Democrat, Norment won election to the James City County Board of Supervisors as a Republican and served from 1987-1991. He was elected to the state Senate in 1991, defeating Democrat Bill Fears with 54% of the vote. Norment was unopposed for re-election in 1995, re-elected with 63% of the vote in 1999, re-elected with 62% of the vote in 2003, re-elected unopposed in 2007 and 2011, and re-elected with 70% of the vote in 2015.  Norment has led the Virginia Senate Republican caucus since 2008.

 

Recent Elections

2019 State Senator

Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R)50,44861.69%
Herbert C. “Herb” Jones, Jr. (D)31,05637.98%
Write-In (Write-in)2720.33%
TOTAL81,776

2015 State Delegate

Thomas Norment (R)0
Hugo Eduardo Reyes (D)0
Write In (Write-in)0
TOTAL0

Finances

NORMENT JR, THOMAS K has run in 6 races for public office, winning 5 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $7,015,647.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Finance (Co-Chair)
Commerce and Labor
Courts of Justice
Rules

Appointments

Crime Commission, Virginia State
District Courts, Committee on
Electric Utility Regulation, Commission on
Employee Retirement Security and Pension Reform, Commission on
Ethics Advisory Council, Virginia Conflict of Interest and
Governor’s Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates
Growth and Opportunity Board, Virginia
Higher Education, Joint Subcommittee on the Future Competitiveness of Virginia
Intergovernmental Cooperation, Virginia Commission on
Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board of Trustees
Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability
Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission
Joint Rules
Local Government Fiscal Stress, Joint Subcommittee on
MEI Project Approval Commission
Public Private Partnership Advisory Commission

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

  • Chief Patron
  • Chief Co-Patron
  • Co-Patron

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

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Monty MasonMonty Mason

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2013 – 2015

Senator Monty Mason proudly represents the Virginia Peninsula’s 1st State Senate district, including the City of Williamsburg and parts of Newport News, James City County, Hampton, York County and Suffolk. Monty was twice elected to the House of Delegates in the 93rd District in 2013 and 2015 before winning his race for State Senate in a special election in November of 2016.

Monty’s career in business spans more than 25 years and includes working in real estate with Land America Financial Group and the financial sector with more than a decade at VISA Inc. in fraud and risk management.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2013 – 2015

Senator Monty Mason proudly represents the Virginia Peninsula’s 1st State Senate district, including the City of Williamsburg and parts of Newport News, James City County, Hampton, York County and Suffolk. Monty was twice elected to the House of Delegates in the 93rd District in 2013 and 2015 before winning his race for State Senate in a special election in November of 2016.

Monty’s career in business spans more than 25 years and includes working in real estate with Land America Financial Group and the financial sector with more than a decade at VISA Inc. in fraud and risk management.

About

Monty Mason 1

Source: Campaign page

Senator Monty Mason proudly represents the Virginia Peninsula’s 1st State Senate district, including the City of Williamsburg and parts of Newport News, James City County, Hampton, York County and Suffolk. Monty was twice elected to the House of Delegates in the 93rd District in 2013 and 2015 before winning his race for State Senate in a special election in November of 2016.

During his tenure in the legislature Monty has worked to improve the child welfare system, protect seniors, serve our veterans, create opportunities for small businesses and improve education for Virginia’s children. He has worked to better the Foster Care system in Virginia by carrying legislation to implement the Families First Prevention Services Act, bringing federal dollars to the Commonwealth for prevention services. No stranger to community service before he took office, Monty has been volunteering and supporting the community for nearly two decades. He is a strong supporter of the College of William and Mary and was honored with the Alumni Service Award in 2018.  He was formerly Chairman of the William and Mary Athletic Educational Foundation and Williamsburg Economic Development Authority.

Monty also serves on the Virginia Living Museum Board of Directors, the Let Freedom Ring Foundation, the Statewide Advisory Board for the Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership, the Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance Board, the Executive Board of Smart Beginnings Virginia Peninsula, and the Advisory Board of Literacy for Life. His legislative appointments include serving on the Rehabilitation and Social Services committee, Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources committee, and the General Laws and Technology committee. Additionally, he serves as Virginia’s legislative representative to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and was recently appointed to the Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission, the State Executive Council to the Office of Children’s Services, and the State Water Commission. He sponsors an annual College Creek cleanup to remove debris and trash from a portion of the creek every April.

Monty’s career in business spans more than 25 years and includes working in real estate with Land America Financial Group and the financial sector with more than a decade at VISA Inc. in fraud and risk management.

Monty is a 1989 graduate of William and Mary where he earned a BA in government. He lives in Williamsburg with his wife, Pamela, who works at the College of William and Mary.  They have two daughters, Taylor Anne and Hawley.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Senior director
    Visa

    specializing on fraud prevention and risk management.

Education

  • BA
    College of William and Mary
    1989

Personal

Born in Farmville on September 8, 1967
Married Pamela Henney Mason

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Thomas Cross

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E515
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7501

District Office
P.O. Box 232
Williamsburg, VA 23187
Phone: (757) 229-9310

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Mason ran for the Virginia House of Delegates in the 2013 elections. He defeated incumbent Republican Michael B. Watson.[2] Mason took office as the Virginia State Senator for District 1 in 2016. For the 2018 legislative session, Senator Mason sat on three committees: General Laws & Technology; Rehabilitation & Social Services; and, Agriculture, Conservation, & Natural Resources.

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

Monty Mason (D)36,86989.83%
Write In (Write-in)4,17410.17%
TOTAL41,043

2016 State SenatorArray

Monty Mason (D)49,25158.1%
Thomas Richard Holston (R)31,74037.4%
John Bernard Bloom ()3,5344.2%
Write In (Write-in)2860.3%
TOTAL84,811

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

MASON, T MONTY has run in 4 races for public office, winning 3 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,969,771.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
General Laws and Technology
Rehabilitation and Social Services

Appointments

Alcoholic Beverage Control Subcommittee
Children’s Services Act
Hampton Roads Transportation Accountability Commission
Subcommittee #1 Agriculture
Water Commission, State

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Economy

Jobs

Monty has been working to bring good, high paying jobs to our community.  Working with the V3 (Virginia Values Veterans) he is making sure that we can attract and retain highly skilled and qualified workers and keep them on the Virginia peninsula. His work in the General Assembly has earned him the Champion of Free Enterprise Award from the Chamber of Commerce.

The Mason plan:

  • Invest in small businesses so they can create jobs and help our area thrive and grow.
  • Provide funding to grow the tourism industry by supporting small businesses that promote tourism.
  • Continue to work with and support the Economic Development Authorities, local Chambers of Commerce, and local governments promoting economic expansion opportunities in the regio

Education

Education is the lifeblood that drives our economy.  Monty has championed Standards of Learning reforms, which will improve the quality of all the schools in our community, and help our kids, no matter where they live or their economic background.

Monty will continue to fight to expand Pre-K so that all children are prepared when they enter the school system and given the same opportunity to succeed.  He led the fight to eliminate the bureaucratic grading scale that unfairly targeted many Peninsula schools.  Monty understands the importance of history to our region, and worked to place a representative of Colonial Williamsburg on the Standards of Learning Commission.

Infrastructure

Transportation

A thriving transportation system is critical to a well-balanced economy.  Monty has been instrumental in bringing the topic of transit to the forefront on the Peninsula.  He has coordinated with other public officials to hold community meetings on transit and is working to expand public transit in the region.  He has worked closely with Hampton Roads Transit and WATA to push for more attention to this issue. He is currently working with area officials to provide transit to Lackey Free Clinic, which treats more than a thousand low-income patients each year but is located three miles from the nearest bus stop.

Mason has fought to increase funding for our roads to reduce traffic congestion and commute times. Monty is focused on keeping the momentum to get the third leg of the I-64 expansion funded and built.  Monty will continue to work to improve our roads and reduce commute times.

Social Security

We must always support seniors who have paved the way for the successes we have today.  Monty is committed to making sure more seniors can get in-home services and to keep property taxes low so more seniors can stay in their homes.  Monty has fought for harsh penalties for those who take advantage of our senior citizens by committing computer and telephone fraud.  He has also promoted legislation giving the state the authority to shut down any senior facility that is not properly licensed.  Monty has been a champion of seniors and fighting to do what is right.

Veterans

Our Veterans who have sacrificed so much for our freedom deserve to be treated with dignity, honor, and respect when they come home.  Monty has helped to expand employment opportunities for veterans by working with V3 (Virginia Values Veterans) to help employers find veterans for job openings.  He is working across the aisle to expand the number of V3 certified companies on the VA peninsula to keep our veterans in the area and expand our workforce!

Monty helped lead the way to pass a bill to ensure that children of active duty service members receive the best education possible.  He has also fought to allow National Guard and active duty servicemen and women based in Virginia to receive in-state tuition.

Monty worked with the Department of Veteran Affairs and Community College System to pass legislation to allow veterans to count their military training towards classes that they take.  This will standardize the audit acceptance process and allow veterans to get the most out of their GI Bill benefits.

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Mamie LockeMamie Locke

Current Position: State Senator since 2004
Affiliation: Democrat

Mamie Locke has a Ph.D. from Atlanta University, Political Science, 1984.  Mamie is a Professor of Political Science, at Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia.

She is member of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, Past President and Council Member. Dr. Locke has participated on numerous panels of political science and women’s studies organizations as a guest speaker, addressing various political issues and topics on race and gender.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2004
Affiliation: Democrat

Mamie Locke has a Ph.D. from Atlanta University, Political Science, 1984.  Mamie is a Professor of Political Science, at Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia.

She is member of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, Past President and Council Member. Dr. Locke has participated on numerous panels of political science and women’s studies organizations as a guest speaker, addressing various political issues and topics on race and gender.

About

Mamie Locke 1

Education

  • Ph.D., Atlanta University, Political Science, 1984
  • M.A., Atlanta University, Political Science, 1978
  • B.A., Tougaloo College, History/Political Science, 1976
  • Certificate, Management Development Program, Harvard University, 1996
  • American University in Cairo, Middle Eastern Studies, 1986
  • Certificate in Archives Administration, Emory University, 1979
  • Civic Leadership Institute, Class of 2003

Employment

  • Professor of Political Science, Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia

Professional Memberships

  • National Conference of Black Political Scientists, Past President and Council Member
  • Former member of Editorial Board for the National Political Science Review
  • American Political Science Association, former Council member;
  • 1993 Program Committee; Editorial Board PS: Politics and Political Science; Organized Section of Women and Politics Research, Secretary and Board member 1994-1999
  • Southern Political Science Association, former member of Committee on the Status of Women
  • Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences

Awards and Honors

  • Fulbright-Hays Summer Seminars Abroad (Egypt), 1986
  • Outstanding Young Women of America, 1987, 1988
  • Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1990
  • Who’s Who Among Black Americans, 1992
  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 1994
  • Pathfinder Award for Continued Support through Civic Excellence and Social Activism, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Gamma Iota Chapter, 1996
  • Plaque for Meritorius Community Service and Excellence in Academic Leadership, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Gamma Iota Chapter, 1998
  • Outstanding President Award, Mid-Atlantic Region, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., 1998
  • Peninsula Women’s Forum, Outstanding Woman in Government, 1999
  • Outstanding Public Service Award, Conference of Minority Public Administrators, 2000
  • Martin Luther King Memorial Award, Old Dominion University, 2001
  • Lawrence Bethel Woman of Courage Award, 100 Black Men of America, 2001
  • Marguerite Adams Award for Political Action, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., 2001
  • Distinguished Citizen of the Year, CHUMS, Inc., 2002
  • “Mayor of the Year,” Old Northampton Community Organization, 2002
  • Humanitarian Award, National Conference for Community and Justice, 2002
  • Citizen of the Year, Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2003
  • Trailblazer Award, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, 2003
  • Distinguished Woman Award, Newport News/Hampton Chapter, Continental Societies, Incorporated, 2006
  • Citizen of the Year, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, 2006
  • Spirit and Leadership Award, Alternatives, Inc., 2007
  • Senator of the Year, American Council of Engineering Companies in Virginia, 2008
  • Legislator of the Year, Virginia Association of Roofing Professionals, 2010
  • Diane Blair Award for Outstanding Achievement in Politics and Government, Southern Political Science Association, 2010
  • Legislator of the Year, Virginia Education Association, 2010
  • Legislator of the Year, Virginia Court Clerks’ Association, 2011
  • Trailblazer Award, Virginia Leadership Institute, 2011

Civic/Social Activities

  • Member, State Senate, Virginia General Assembly, 2004-Present
  • Member, Hampton City Council, 1996-2004; Mayor, 2000-2004; Vice Mayor 1998-2000
  • Commissioner, Hampton Redevelopment and Housing Authority, 1996-2004
  • Commissioner, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, 2000-2004
  • Member, Peninsula Mayors and Chairs Caucus, 2000-2004
  • Member, Hampton Roads Mayors and Chairs Caucus, 2000-2004
  • Board of Directors, National League of Cities, 2003
  • Second Vice President, Women in Municipal Government (National League of Cities), 2003
  • Regional Director, Region 3, National Caucus of Local Elected Officials (National League of Cities), 1999-2002
  • National League of Cities, 2001 Program Committee
  • Municipalities in Transition Panel: Families and Communities, National League of Cities, 2002
  • Transitions (Family Violence Services), Past Board Member
  • Virginia Law Foundation, Past Board Member
  • Downtown Hampton Child Development Center, Board Member
  • Towne Bank, Board Member
  • Links, Incorporated, Hampton Chapter
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Hampton Chapter, Life Member
  • NAACP, Life Member
  • St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church (past member of Finance Council)

Senate Appointments

  • General Laws, General Laws and Technology
  • Local Government
  • Education and Health
  • Rehabilitation and Social Services
  • Martin Luther King Memorial Commission
  • Virginia Housing Commission, Vice Chair
  • Joint Commission on Technology and Science

Additional Affiliations

  • Chair, Senate Democratic Caucus
  • Reproductive Rights Caucus
  • Senate Democratic Caucus
  • Progressive Caucus

Publications

  • “Women of the Senate,” Virginia Capitol Connections, Volume 14, Number 2, Spring 2008
  • “State of the Black Union 2007,” Virginia Capitol Connections, Volume 13, Number 2, Spring 2007

Additional Information

Dr. Locke has participated on numerous panels of political science and women’s studies organizations as a guest speaker, addressing various political issues and topics on race and gender. She has also served as a speaker for various community organizations. Most recently she was a panel member for the session “Women Doing Politics” at the annual meeting of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, keynote speaker for the annual meeting of the local chapter of the National Council of Negro Women, speaker for Tougaloo College’s annual Founder’s Day Convocation, keynote speaker for the annual Martin Luther King program at St. James United Methodist Church, Black History Month speaker for program sponsored by the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women, speaker for the annual Black Heritage Foundation program sponsored jointly by Savannah State University and the City of Savannah, and keynote speaker for the national meeting of the Conference of Minority Public Administrators.

Dr. Locke has a number of publications on race and gender. These articles have appeared as book chapters and in such publications as Women and Politics, Africana Women’s Studies Series, Phoebe, Network, and The Journal of Mississippi History. She is the co-editor of two books, African American Politics: The Struggle for Liberation and Urban Politics: A Planning Perspective. Dr. Locke was recognized for her dual service as a university administrator and elected official by Black Issues in Higher Education.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Dean, School Of Liberal Arts
    Hampton University

Education

  • M.A., Ph.D
    Atlanta University
  • BA
    Tougaloo College
  • Certificate in Management Development
    Harvard University
  • Certificate in Archives Administration
    Emory University/Georgia Department of Archives and History

Personal

Born in Brandon, Mississippi on March 19, 1954

Membership & Affiliation

Roman Catholic Church

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Theressa Parker

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E510
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7502 F
Fax: (804) 698-7651

District Office
P.O. Box 9048
Hampton, VA 23670
Phone: (757) 825-5880
Fax: (757) 825-7327

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Locke was first elected to Hampton City Council in 1996. The council chose her as Vice Mayor in 1998 and Mayor in 2000.

In 2003, she won a three-way Democratic primary for the 2nd Senate district nomination with 48.11% of the vote.She then won the general election over Republican P. K. Bomersheim and independent J. B. Hobson with 64.75%.

In 2007, Locke was unopposed.

In 2011, she defeated Republican Tom E. Harmon IV with 65.39% of the vote.

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

Mamie E. Locke (D)36,55192.79%
Write-In (Write-in)2,8397.21%
TOTAL39,390

2015 State SenatorArray

Mamie Locke (D)17,45994.1%
Write In (Write-in)1,0875.9%
TOTAL18,546

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

LOCKE, MAMIE has run in 4 races for public office, winning 4 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $701,235.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Education and Health
General Laws and Technology
Rehabilitation and Social Services
Rules

Appointments

Brown v. Board of Education Scholarship Committee
Educational Opportunity for Military Children, Virginia Council on
Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Monument Subcommittee
Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Monument Subcommittee Work Group #1 Virginians on the Monument
Enslaved African Americans in Virginia, Task Force to Assist in Identification of the History of Formerly
Flooding, Joint Subcommittee on Coastal
Fort Monroe Authority Board of Trustees
Freedom of Information Advisory Council
Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization Board
History of Lynching Work Group
Joint Rules
King, Jr., Dr. Martin Luther, Memorial Commission
Revisions to SOQ & SOL
Technology and Science, Joint Commission on
Virginia Housing Commission

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

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Herb Jones Jr.Herb Jones Jr.

Current Position: Co-Founder, Pyramid Technologies, LLC
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

N/A

Summary

Current Position: Co-Founder, Pyramid Technologies, LLC
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

N/A

About

Herb Jones Jr. 2

Source: Campaign page

Herb began his career in government service as a second lieutenant in the 24th Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia. Over the next 10 years, he was stationed at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Fort Meade, Maryland, Bangkok, Thailand, and Fort Lee, Virginia.

Herb left active duty to start a career in finance and investments with Edward Jones, Signet Financial Services, Bank of America, and Colonial Downs. Herb ran to be the County Treasurer for New Kent in 1999 and served three terms. At the same time, he remained in the US Army Reserves. He was called up twice after 9/11 and served here in Virginia and two tours in Iraq.

In 2011, Herb decided not run for a fourth term and took a position with the federal government as a operations officer in Afghanistan 2012. He served in this capacity until November 2014. As a result of Herb’s extensive military knowledge and experience, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam appointed Herb to his Military Advisory Council.

Herb and his brother, Michael, started Pyramid Technologies, LLC, a cloud-computing, project management, and logistics firm. He currently serves as the co-founder and CEO of Pyramid. Herb and his wife, Yvonne, reside in the Providence Forge area of New Kent County. Yvonne is a retired educator who served as the principal at New Kent High School for 14 years. They have two sons, and one grandson.

Experience

Work Experience

Awards

  • Champion, Progressive Change Campaign Committee (2019)

Contact

Email:

Offices

Campaign
P.O. Box 432, Providence Forge, VA 23140
Phone: 804-993-4648

Web

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Campaign Site

Issues

Economy

Economic Policy

Technology has changed the 21st economy and workforce. These changes affect every aspect of day-to-day living. It affects our schools, the way we communicate, the way we conduct business. The effect is global. Currently, US business has a deficit in homegrown talent to full positions in our workforce. we can plan accordingly and ensure that our workforce training meets the needs of the changing economy.

I believe in organized labor. Unions have historically been the bedrock of the American middle-class. Unions are responsible for the establishment of minimum-wage laws, overtime rules, worker’s compensation, severance pay, and many other benefits all Americans enjoy today. Given the changing workforce needs, unions and the training opportunities they provide, i.e., apprenticeship programs, are vital in preparing the next generation of skilled workers and for the future of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the United States.

The United States is the wealthiest nation in the history of the planet, but not everyone is benefiting from this. People are working longer and harder, and still falling behind. I believe that the minimum wage should be a living wage. I believe that the minimum living wage should be $15/hour. But just setting a minimum wage is not enough. We have to create an economy and jobs that people earn much more than the “minimum living” wage.

Tax Reform

The Commonwealth of Virginia state income tax structure is inherently unfair and needs to be overhauled. A person who earns $17,000/year the income tax rate is 5.75% If a person earns 10 million dollars a year, the income tax rate is 5.75%. This is simply wrong. I think that the state income structure should be reformed so that the first $60,000 of earned income is exempt from the state income tax. We should reform the tax code to create a more modern rate that lifts the burden off of hard-working Virginians. This reform helps, working families, retirees, students, and veterans…

Education

I believe our schools and education systems of today are the economies of tomorrow. I believe learning is a lifelong process that starts at birth and doesn’t stop when we graduate from high school or college. Over the past 20 years, we have seen radical changes in technology. We must bring the new technologies into our schools and education systems up to 21st century standards. We are still using 20th century metrics to measure the success of our students, teachers and schools. This is shortsighted and will result in the US continuing to fall behind other developed countries. Today, a strong grade-point-average is not enough; our students must be creative problem solvers, and able to work collaboratively. We must provide our teachers and staff with the tools and techniques to prepare our students to prosper in a vibrant, dynamic, evolving economy. To do this, we must 1) provide quality pre-kindergarten for all families; 2) equip teachers, staff with the training and tools that facilitate collaborative, dynamic learning; 3) attract and retain the best and the brightest talent available by treating and compensating teachers as the professionals they are; 4) create learning environments that are safe, nurturing and up to 21st century standards; 5) create greater opportunities for skilled training and apprenticeships so student are prepared to begin a career that may or may not include college.

Environment

We must leave a habitable environment for our children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and generations to come. We will consume most if not all mineable fossil fuels by the end of this century. Mankind’s activities are creating C02 that is heating up the planet at an unsustainable rate. We must get this under control. Many scientists say that we are falling behind. It is imperative that we invest in research the will provide renewable and alternative sources of energy.

Health Care

No one should have to declare bankruptcy as a result of medical expenses. Virginia finally expanded Medicaid and 400,000 more Virginians now have access to health care that they did not have before. In addition to my support of Medicaid Expansion, I also support CHIP and the important services they provide to Virginians. I will work to protect Medicaid Expansion, to fully fund the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS), and to provide access to healthcare for the 300,000 Virginians who will still not have access after Medicaid Expansion is fully implemented. I will work with our leaders in Washington to provide universal healthcare public options like Medicare for All. I will work to improve our healthcare systems through efficiencies and automation. More of our resources need to be allocated to addressing mental health needs and opioid addiction. We must stop putting people in prison for addiction disorders. I also support protecting women’s access to reproductive healthcare, to include Planned Parenthood and other providers that ensure essential healthcare to women and men.

Safety

Gun Violence & Gun Safety

Too many people die from gun violence, suicide and gun-related accidents. This must be addressed by our leaders in Richmond and Washington. I am a retired military officer. During my career, I trained with and operated firearms routinely. When I was deployed to Iraq, I carried a weapon every day. I believe in the importance of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, protecting everyone’s right to bear arms. I also believe in responsible gun ownership. My wife and I own fire arms. Gun safety is not a political issue; it is a commonsense issue. I was in Afghanistan when the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut occurred. My wife is a retired high school principal; I remember calling her to check on her in the wake of Sandy Hook. As I was talking to her, it occurred to me that I was safer in a combat zone in Afghanistan than she was in the United States as the principal of a high school. There’s something very wrong with that. The time to act is now, before any more children are victims of gun violence.

Cannabis & Hemp Policy

The war on drugs has been – and continues to be – an abject failure. At the center of this inept effort has been the ill-conceived and poorly implemented prohibitions and regulations on cannabis and industrial hemp. Over the past 50 years, billions of dollars in precious resources have been used to prosecute and imprison millions of people and across the United States and the Commonwealth of Virginia. I will work to create and implement commonsense regulations that will regulate the adult use of cannabis, and the cultivation and harvest of industrial hemp. Removing these barriers will create jobs, spur the economy, and save millions of dollars in prioritizing law enforcement resources. In states with full regulated adult use, the use of opioids is markedly lower.

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Ryan McDougleRyan McDougle

Current Position: State Senator since 2006
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2002 – 2006

As a small businessman, I understand the need to keep taxes low and minimize government spending. I will always protect your constitutional rights from government overreach. I will also support policies that expand choices for education and healthcare.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2006
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2002 – 2006

As a small businessman, I understand the need to keep taxes low and minimize government spending. I will always protect your constitutional rights from government overreach. I will also support policies that expand choices for education and healthcare.

About

Ryan McDougle 1

Source: Campaign page

Ryan’s commitment to public service is influenced by a grounded and humble upbringing. He quickly learned the value of hard work through his mother’s small business, Sandy’s Plants, at a young age. He went on to attend James Madison University before attaining his Juris Doctor degree at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at The College of William and Mary.

Upon graduation, Ryan worked as a prosecutor for the Hanover County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, where he specialized in prosecuting domestic violence and family abuse offenders. His professional work on behalf of children grew into a personal commitment that resulted in the creation of the Hanover County Child Advocate Response Team.

Ryan began his legislative service in the House of Delegates in 2002 and went on to win a special election in 2006 for the vacant 4th Senate District seat, where he currently serves. He is the Chairman of the Virginia Senate Republican Caucus and the Senate Rules Committee. He is also a member of the Finance, Courts of Justice, Rehabilitation & Social Services, and Commerce and Labor Committees in the Senate. As a member of the Senate Finance Committee and Chairman of the Public Safety Subcommittee, Ryan plays a unique and critical role in shaping the biennial budget for Virginia.

Ryan currently operates his own law practice, McDougle Law Firm, P.C., in Hanover. When he is not practicing law, working downtown at the Capitol, or visiting with constituents in the 4th District, Ryan spends his time with his wife Dr. Robyn McDougle and their daughter, Reagan

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney
    McDougle Law Firm, P.C
    2019 to present
  • Prosecutor
    Hanover County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office
    2019 to present

    Specialized in prosecuting domestic violence and family abuse offenders. His professional work on behalf of children grew into a personal commitment that resulted in the creation of the Hanover County Child Advocate Response Team.

Education

  • JD
    Marshall-Wythe School of Law at The College of William and Mary
    2019 to present

  • James Madison University
    2019 to present

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Kyler Hedrick, Jordan Stewart

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E501
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7504
Fax: (804) 698-7943

District Office
P.O. Box 187
Mechanicsville, VA 23111
Phone: (804) 730-1026
Fax: (804) 730-1051

Web

Government Page, Facebook, Campaign Site, Twitter

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

Ryan T. McDougle (R)45,71463.02%
R. Stanton “Stan” Scott (D)26,65436.74%
Write-In (Write-in)1730.24%
TOTAL72,541

2015 State DelegateArray

Ryan McDougle (R)37,88296.0%
Write-in (Write-in)1,5734%
TOTAL39,455

2011 State DelegateArray

Ryan McDougle (R)37,87997.4%
Write-in (Write-in)9942.6%
TOTAL38,873

Finances

MCDOUGLE, RYAN T has run in 6 races for public office, winning 6 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,971,211.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Delegation

Chair
   Virginia Senate Republican Caucus
Chair
   Senate Rules Committee

Committees

Rules (Chair)
Commerce and Labor
Courts of Justice
Finance
Rehabilitation and Social Services

Appointments

Administrative Rules, Joint Commission on
Alcoholic Beverage Control Subcommittee
Broadband Advisory Council
Coal Ash Special Subcommittee
Code Commission
District Courts, Committee on
Electric Utility Regulation, Commission on
General Assembly Building
Health Insurance Reform Commission
Intergovernmental Cooperation, Virginia Commission on
Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board of Trustees
Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission
Joint Rules
Legislative Support Commission
Rappahannock River Basin Commission
Standards of Learning Innovation Committee
Virginia Commonwealth University Health System
Authority, Board of Directors of the
Virginia Indian Commemorative Commission
Virginia Preschool Initiative, Joint Subcommittee W
Wireless Communications Infrastructure Group – Joint Subcommittees of House Commerce & Labor, Senate Commerce & Labor, and Senate General Laws & Technology
Women of Virginia, Commemorative Commission to Honor the Contributions of the Contact Information district04@senate.virginia.gov Legislative Staff Jordan Stewart, Director of Operations; Kyler Hedrick Session Office Pocahontas Building Room No: E501 Senate of Virginia P. O. Box 396 Richmond, VA 23218 Phone: (804) 698-7504 Fax: (804) 698-7943 Email district04@senate.virginia.gov District Office P.O. Box 187 Mechanicsville, VA 23111 Phone: (804) 730-1026 Fax: (804) 730-1051 Senate Connect

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Governance

HOLDING THE LINE ON TAXES

Ryan knows lower taxes means more jobs. He has fought for us to keep our hard-earned money throughout his time in public office. He carried legislation that brought an annual Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday to Virginia, and worked on a budget in 2019 to provide nearly $1 billion in tax relief to Virginians. He will continue to hold the line on lower taxes and protect our paychecks.

Civil Rights

PROTECTING OUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS

With an “A” rating from the NRA, you can trust Ryan to protect our right to keep and bear arms. He has sponsored numerous bills to both protect and expand our Second Amendment rights. As an avid sportsman himself, Ryan will always stand up for gun owners.

PROTECTING THOSE WHO CANNOT PROTECT THEMSELVES

Ryan will always defend the lives of the unborn. He recently voted against budget proposals that would have given more money to Planned Parenthood and constantly stands up for pro-life bills in the legislature.

Economy

MORE JOBS, STRONGER ECONOMY

Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and Ryan wants to make it easier to open and grow a business. A thriving private sector leads to job creation and higher employment. Our economy is booming and Ryan believes we should be fostering that growth to bring more jobs to our community.

Health Care

GREATER AFFORDABILITY AND CHOICES IN HEALTHCARE

Virginians deserve better healthcare – and that starts with making it more affordable and flexible. Ryan supports increasing the duration of short-term healthcare plans and allowing Virginians to purchase catastrophic health care insurance to access essential health benefits. Ryan voted against Medicaid expansion and will continue to fight against the restrictive single-payer healthcare plan of Obamacare.

Veterans

SUPPORTING THOSE WHO PROTECT US

Ryan has been and always will be a strong defender of our veterans and our law enforcement. Our men and women in the military and in law enforcement sacrifice so much to protect us and we have a duty to ensure they receive the honor and compensation they deserve for
their service.

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Stan ScottStan Scott

Current Position: Candidate
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: Candidate
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

About

Source: Campaign page

Stan has spent his life serving his country in one way or another. Now he’s ready to bring his experience and skills to the table to work with his fellow Virginians to construct the Commonwealth of the future.  Stan learned from his military service that we’re all in this together – that we’re most effective when operating as a healthy, well-trained, accepting, and mindful group. 

Experience

Work Experience

Education

Personal

Membership & Affiliation

Source

Stan has now been a member of the Hanover Democratic Committee for ten years, including seven on the Executive Committee organizing as a Precinct Chair. 

Contact

Email:

Offices

Campaign Office
8005 Creighton Parkway, Suite C179
Mechanicsville, VA 23111

Web

Campaign Site

Issues

Governance

Campaign Finance Reform

Our current representation fundraises with corporate interests, undermining private property rights.

Economy

Across the district, young people lack the education and business opportunities they need to enter the workforce, and older workers and entrepreneurs lack the connectivity needed to create virtual teams or start new businesses.

Education

We need to invest in accessible and high-quality early childhood education programs, excellent public schools, and dynamic institutions of post-secondary and higher education.

Environment

Local environmental protection matters in a district with thousands of miles of shoreline. Local watermen depend on clean water for their livelihood, in addition to the thousands of people who just like to hunt and fish.

Health Care

Without life-saving medications and treatment, a right to life or liberty has no meaning and pursuit of happiness becomes impossible.  As a product, health care responds poorly to market forces, and our state government must step in to expand the provider network and ensure universal access to care.

Safety

Gun Sense for Public Safety

Virginians have a right to enjoy public spaces, especially schools and churches, without fear of attack by someone with a firearm.

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Lionell Spruill 1Lionell Spruill

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 1994 – 2016

Lionell Spruill is a member of the Virginia Senate representing the 5th District which represents part of Chesapeake and Norfolk.  Previously, he served as the House of Delegates representative, serving since 1994.  That district covered parts of Chesapeake and Suffolk.

Senator Spruill was born in South Norfolk, on December 28, 1946.  He was one of 15 children.  He retired from Bell Atlantic as a Central Office Technician.  His educational background includes Carver High School and Norfolk State University with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws.

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 1994 – 2016

Lionell Spruill is a member of the Virginia Senate representing the 5th District which represents part of Chesapeake and Norfolk.  Previously, he served as the House of Delegates representative, serving since 1994.  That district covered parts of Chesapeake and Suffolk.

Senator Spruill was born in South Norfolk, on December 28, 1946.  He was one of 15 children.  He retired from Bell Atlantic as a Central Office Technician.  His educational background includes Carver High School and Norfolk State University with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws.

About

Lionell Spruill

Source: Campaign page

The Honorable Lionell Spruill, Sr., is a member of the Virginia Senate representing the 5th District which represents part of Chesapeake and Norfolk.  Previously, he served as the House of Delegates representative, serving since 1994.  That district covered parts of Chesapeake and Suffolk.

Senator Spruill was born in South Norfolk, on December 28, 1946.  He was one of 15 children.  He retired from Bell Atlantic as a Central Office Technician.  His educational background includes Carver High School and Norfolk State University with an Honorary Doctorate of Laws.

 

Experience

Work Experience

Education

Awards

  • Virginia Orthopaedic Society Legislator of the Year (2018)
  • A Dog’s Best Friend Award (2018)

Personal

Born in on December 28, 1946
One daughter – Nadia and three sons – Lionell, Jr., Clayton, and Tony, and grandfather to six grandchildren.

Membership & Affiliation

Source

Founder of Chesapeake’s first Block Security Program
Life Member of NAACP, Norfolk NAACP, The Chesapeake Men for Progress, Fourth Congressional District            Committee of the Democratic Party of Virginia
Served for seven years as a member of the Democratic National Committee.
Most Worshipful Past Grand Master of Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Virginia
Past Master of Providence Lodge #189
Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity Beta Lambda Boule.

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Susan Rowland, Holly Anderson

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E524
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7505

District Office
P. O. Box 5403
Chesapeake, VA 23324
Phone: (757) 424-2178
Fax: (757) 321-6646

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

Lionell Spruill Sr. (D)31,57679.25%
Jeff B. Staples ()7,81219.61%
Write-In (Write-in)4571.15%
TOTAL39,845

2016 State SenatorArray

Lionell Spruill (D)66,98996.2%
Write In (Write-in)2,6273.8%
TOTAL69,616

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

SPRUILL SR, LIONELL has run in 11 races for public office, winning 10 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,223,243.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Commerce and Labor
Privileges and Elections
Rehabilitation and Social Services

Appointments

Alcoholic Beverage Control Subcommittee

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Economy

Coordinate with economic development to bring new businesses and technology to the District.

Improve State Funding

Collaborate with state workforce development to bring funds to the district

Education

Greater Funding

Work to bring education funding to create a world class education system.

Promote Vocational Education

Promote vocational education for those who want to learn a trade or skill

Infrastructure

Improve Reliable Transportation

Support and work for a reliable transportation system including roads, highways, light rail, and public transit.

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Jeff Staples 2Jeff Staples

Current Position: Automotive repair professional
Affiliation: Other
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: Automotive repair professional
Affiliation: Other
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

About

Jeff Staples 3

Source: Campaign page

Jeff Staples is a graduate of Lynchburg College in Virginia. A native Virginian, he has always loved the Commonwealth, it’s cities, it’s rural areas and it’s people. 

He is an automotive repair professional in Chesapeake and is also in leadership roles of several state and local environmental and social justice organizations.

 For his volunteer work he has won several awards. He has been involved with fighting the Atlantic Coast and Southside Connector Pipelines since they were in the planning stages. 
Staples has seen the lack of interest the present leaders have for the 5th District and he want’s to help bring the area good, tech and clean energy jobs that will last well into the future. 
The choice is clear, the politics of the past, or let’s prepare for a brighter future. Please vote for Jeff Staples, Independent Candidate on November 5, 2019.
 

Experience

Work Experience

  • Automotive Repair Professional

Education

Contact

Email:

Offices

Jeff Staples for Virginia Senate
1453 Boxwood Dr.
Chesapeake, Va.
23323
Phone: 757-647-0410

Web

Campaign Site, Facebook, Twitter

Politics

Finances

Source: Follow the Money

Issues

Governance

Campaign Finance Reform

I have pledged to not take any corporate money. I will I work  to see that the Virginia Legislature bans corporate contributions for all elected state officials as well.

Civil Rights

Gender Rights

I support reproductive health freedom rights. I support the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. I will also support the increased protection for those who have suffered from or are threatened by domestic violence.

Legalization of Marijuana

Acknowledging the many medical benefits and the over criminalization of marijuana and how it is costing taxpayers billions per year to fund the war against it, I am in support of legalizing marijuana. I will fight to enforce our Constitution to prevent any infringements. 

Criminal Justice

I support fiscal accountability by supporting alternative sentences and rehabilitative programs and services for nonviolent offenders.

Education

Should be our #1 priority! I support statewide raises of no less than 5% for teachers and support staff. Fully funding two years of Community College education and programs that train for careers, should be furnished to all residents students at no tuition cost to boost economy and boost employment opportunities which in turn has the potential to reduce crime and recidivism.. This program will rapidly pay for itself by having a trained workforce ready to tackle the industries and technologies of tomorrow thus  earnestly boosting the Virginia economy.

Environment

Clean Energy

I will fully support the proposed Virginia Green New Deal. I am against the further exploitation of fossil fuel resources or infrastructure in the Commonwealth. I will also support workers training programs for new energies and technologies that will lead to good paying employment opportunities.
No to offshore oil and/or gas drilling, fracking and pipelines.
Yes to wind, solar, geothermal, tidal and other forms of clean energy.

Health Care

I will continue to work for the expansion of Medicaid access.  I will work to lower cost for prescription drugs and push for better access for Virginians to mental health care.

Infrastructure

Transportation

I plan to work for big increases in public transportation funding and availability.

Safety

Gun Rights

I do believe that the 2nd Amendment is the law of the land. I also am an avid deer and turkey hunter.  I do believe that we should have universal background checks for gun purchases/ownership transfers, except among family members. I also would vote to see bump stocks and noise suppressors banned from being legal in the Commonwealth.

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Lynwood Lewis 1Lynwood Lewis

Current Position: State Senator since 2014
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2014
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

About

Lynwood Lewis

Source: Campaign page

Lynwood Lewis was born and raised on the Eastern Shore in the Town of Parksley. His family farmed on the Eastern Shore of Virginia for over three generations. He currently resides in Accomac where he is raising his 13 year-old son, John Zadoc.

Lewis graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 1984 with a BA in History and Political Science and went on to receive his JD from the University of Richmond. Lewis continues the general practice of law in Accomac, Virginia as a partner in the firm of Custis, Dix, Lewis & Custis, L.L.P.

First elected to the House of Delegates in 2003, Lewis served, while in House, on the Chesapeake Bay Commission, the Governor’s Aerospace Advisory Council and the Speaker of the House appointed him to the Health Insurance Reform Commission.

In January of 2014, he was elected to the Virginia Senate from the 6th District. Senator Lewis sits on the Committees of Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources, Local Government and Education and Health. He serves as Co-Chair of the Subcommittee on Coastal Flooding and Adaptation in the General Assembly. Lewis has also been appointed to both the State Water Commission and the Modeling and Simulation Advisory Council.

Lewis was named the 2013 Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce. He has been named a Legislative Hero or Leader by the League of Conservation Voters five times – 2004, 2008, 2012, 2015 and 2018 – and in 2012 and 2013 he was awarded the Distinguished Advocate for Virginia Business by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. As a Senator, Lewis was named the 2015 Legislator of the Year by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Just recently, he received the Humane Society’s 2018 Humane Legislator Award, Chesapeake Climate Action Network’s 2018 Coastal Defender of the Year Award, the Sierra Club’s Legislative Leader Award and the HosPAC Healthcare Hero Award.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney

Education

  • JD
    University of Richmond School of Law
  • BA
    Hampden-Sydney College

Personal

Membership & Affiliation

Born in Parksley, Virginia on November 26, 1961

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Jessie Williams, Michele Haynie

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E609
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7506

District Office
P. O. Box 760
Accomac, VA 23301
Phone: (757) 787-1094
Fax: (757) 787-2749

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

Lynwood W. Lewis Jr. (D)25,77259.66%
Elizabeth A. Lankford (R)17,35740.18%
Write-In (Write-in)690.16%
TOTAL43,198

2019 State SenatorArray

Lynwood Lewis (D)16,73859.5%
Richard Hooper Ottinger (R)11,38640.4%
Write In (Write-in)290.1%
TOTAL28,153

Finances

LEWIS JR, LYNWOOD has run in 9 races for public office, winning 8 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $2,681,078

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
Education and Health
Local Government

Appointments

Flooding, Joint Subcommittee on Coastal
Modeling and Simulation Advisory Council
Subcommittee #1 Agriculture
The Virginia All Payers Claims Database and Doctor of Medical Science Degree and Licensure
Water Commission, State

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Civil Rights

  • Supports and co-sponsored Equal Rights Amendment
  • Supports and co-sponsored legislation that would expand Virginia’s anti-discrimination in housing and employment laws to include gender identity and sexual orientation.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

  • Fighting to end school-to-prison pipeline
  • Supports and has co-sponsored decriminalization of marijuana
  • Supports and co-sponsored legislation to end the harmful practice of suspending driver’s licenses for nonpayment of court fees
  • Supports body cameras for law enforcement officers
  • Supports targeted investments and prison reform that will substantially decrease recidivism rates
  • Supported raising the felony threshold to $500 in 2018 and continues to support increasing threshold to $1000
  • Supports reform of cash bail system in Virginia
  • Supports banning the box to prevent discrimination in employment

Democracy

Voting Rights

  • Supports and has sponsored legislation to repeal unnecessary and harmful Voter ID laws
  • Supports and has co-sponsored legislation to enact no-excuse in-person absentee voting
  • Supports restoration of voting rights to felons who have served their time
  • Consistently sponsored and supported legislation to end partisan and political gerrymandering. Firmly believes that voters should pick their legislators, not the other way around.
  • Opposes legislation that would allow any entity that takes taxpayer dollars to discriminate based on sexual orientation

Economy

  • Played and continues to play critical role in rural broadband deployment and expansion, fighting for prioritized funding and budget language changes to make grant funds more accessible
  • Introduced and passed legislation to establish working waterfront economic development areas, allowing localities to incentivize investment and procure special zoning to cultivate much-needed working waterfronts, particularly in rural coastal areas
  • Created and secured the initial seed funding for the Virginia Waterway Maintenance Fund, a fund that specifically addresses dire funding needs in rural coastal Virginia and waterways neglected by the US Coast Guard that have subsequently had their navigable markers removed. This legislation was a huge victory for rural coastal Virginia.
  • Fought for inclusion of Northampton, Accomack and Mathews Counties in 2018 legislation that incentivizes investments by businesses that will create guaranteed high-paying jobs and will remain in those localities for a significant amount of time. After the inclusion of the rural counties in the 6th District, subsequently co-sponsored this critical rural development legislation.
  • Long advocated for funding and policy that invests in and prioritizes the industries critical to the 6th District—industries like aquaculture, commercial fisheries, ecotourism, aerospace, trade, and forestry, as well as best management practices for farms and major investments in both the Port of Virginia and Wallops Flight Facility.
  • Supported and fought for investments in the Eastern Shore Public Library, Eastern Shore Community College and Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital—all critical pieces of attracting and retaining businesses and workers
  • Consistently fought for major structured investments in transportation infrastructure, roads and public transit, as well as working to address resiliency needs as it pertains to the regular flooding of roads in the 6th Senate District.
  • Expanding both the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel, projects that are long-overdue
  • Recognized as an advocate specifically for small and locally-owned businesses in Hampton Roads and on the Eastern Shore
  • Sponsored incentives for resiliency in building and business practices for commercial properties

Labor

  • Supports increased minimum wage, with preference given to the Congressman Bobby Scott model: an increase to $15/hour over four years with an appropriate carve-out for small businesses—the same that has been done in many other states.
  • Supports collective bargaining rights of workers
  • Supports investments in workforce training programs, especially for transitioning veterans
  • Supports transparency in pay for workers receiving debit cards rather than paper checks
  • Supports regulation of payday lenders
  • Opposes changing the current 1:1 ratio of journeyman to apprentices
  • Supports investments and incentives to attract medical and educational professionals to areas of high-need and with high-turnover (ie, student loan forgiveness)

Education

  • Supports fully funding public education—including a complete study of our Standards of Quality, which are woefully out of date. He sponsored legislation to do this in 2019, and it was killed in Committee by Republicans.
  • Supports pay raises for teachers and funding for them at a state level. This should not only be to obtain parity for teachers throughout Virginia, but we should be striving to lead nationally in teacher salaries.
  • Supports increases to at-risk funding for schools and funding through the lottery, as well as through General Fund. At-risk funding should be prioritized over additional lottery funding, as we should be prioritizing funding for schools who have the most need. This includes most of the school districts in the 6th Senate District.
  • Supports continuing to decrease the number of standardized tests required of students. Teachers should be able to teach to the student’s needs, not to a test.
  • Supports decreasing the counselor:student ratio and advocated heavily for legislation to do this as well as full funding for it. This is a mental health issue and a school safety issue as well as sound school policy.
  • Supports and has co-sponsored legislation to end the school-to-prison pipeline. Too many of our young people, especially young men and women of color, end up in our court system instead of receiving an education—and it is unacceptable.
  • Supports increased funding for Pre-K and advocates heavily for equity in access to early childhood education. Access to early education is critical to outcomes.
  • Supports investments in career and technical education and has supported legislation that increases access to these programs.
  • Fighting for state investments in local school infrastructure, despite precedent being that local school districts be responsible for these costs. Co-sponsored legislation to this effect.
  • Supports policy to make our schools safer and sponsored legislation to require local school boards to enter memorandums of understanding with local law enforcement as put forth by new state guidelines. MOUs should be public.
  • Opposes using public funds for private schools (charter schools).
  • Recognizes the burden of student loans is one of the most pressing fiscal problems of our time and supports addressing this at a state level
  • Supports and fought for a tuition freeze for colleges and universities to keep tuition costs from escalating any more
  • Supports seeking ways and reforms to make our world-class system of higher education more accessible across socioeconomic backgrounds

 

Environment

  • Chair of Joint Subcommittee on Coastal Flooding and Adaptation
  • Environmental Policy Liaison for the Senate Democratic Caucus
  • Responsible for much of the successful policy that has passed in recent years regarding the environment as it pertains to Coastal Virginia, including:
    • 2016 SB282 : Established Shoreline Resiliency Fund
    • 2016 SB283: Fitting crab pots with turtle excluder device
    • 2016 SB307: Allows for authorization of emergency beach restoration in case of weather event that was state or national emergency
    • 2017 SB1518: Expands recycling programs to include beneficial use
    • 2018 SB265: Created cabinet-level position (Special Assistant to the Governor on Coastal Flooding and Adaptation), resulting in the hiring of Rear Admiral Ann Phillips and a fully-developed Coastal Plan
    • 2018 SJ21: Constitutional amendment to allow localities the ability to provide tax abatements to property owners who take flooding remediation efforts on existing properties. Passed on 2018 ballot and enabling legislation that set parameters passed in 2019.
    • 2019 SB1559: Expands C-PACE loan program to include shoreline resiliency improvements
    • 2019 SB1599: Protects vulnerable Eastern Shore aquifer and our groundwater supply through incentivized approach
    • Opposes opening our waters to off-shore drilling AND seismic testing
    • Supports carbon capping and has sponsored the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative for several years, but Republican majority has stymied this
    • Supports moving away from plastic use, and has sponsored legislation to allow localities to ban or tax plastic bags
    • Supports and has co-sponsored legislation to increase both commercial and residential access to solar energy
    • Secured investments (Agricultural Best Management Practices) that helped farmers curb runoff pollution
    • Supports recycling of coal ash to protect public health and our drinking water
    • Supports increased funding for coastal resiliency, solutions to sea level rise, energy efficiency programs and green jobs
    • Secured investments to study and restore oyster populations, resulting in a healthier Chesapeake Bay and, in some tributaries, full restoration or near-full restoration of the native oyster

Health Care

  • Fought for and successfully passed Medicaid Expansion, ensuring long-awaited healthcare access for an estimated 400,000 Virginians and saving rural hospitals across the state
  • Supports greater access to and broader investments in mental health care and awareness in the Commonwealth
  • Passed comprehensive legislation to address the opioid crisis; established regional overdose task force that is now established on the Eastern Shore
  • Supports and has co-sponsored legislation to create and expand access to medicinal cannabis and supports a fully implemented medicinal marijuana program for the Commonwealth.
  • Supports seeking ways to address the damage done by current Administration at federal level to health care affordability and accessibility
  • Fought to make Eastern Shore Rural Health a designated care center for veterans,and will continue to fight for that designation and for the care that our veterans deserve
  • Opposes piecemeal changes to Certificate of Public Need that could lead to less oversight in medical care and hospital closure
  • Supports and helped pass legislation to end surprise billing by insurance companies

Housing

  • Supports continued increased investments in Housing Trust Fund in order to address a growing affordable housing crisis
  • Helped pass and will continue to support legislative reforms that address the exorbitant eviction rate in Virginia, particularly in Richmond and Hampton Roads
  • Supports and is focusing on addressing major infrastructure needs that inhibit new building or create barriers to existing improvements, like outdated sewer systems and aging water infrastructure.
  • Supports investments in programming to educate Virginians as it pertains to housing accessibility and affordability
  • Supports investments in energy efficiency and home rehabilitation efforts, both of which are sorely needed in rural Virginia and amongst a growing senior population
  • Supports incentives that encourage developers to both (a) resilient and (b) rent to residents from mixed incomes
  • Supports utilizing nearby intellectual capital (like ESCC, ODU, NASA, TCC) to extract innovative ideas for building and resiliency

More Issues

  • Supports a woman’s right to access reproductive care and believes that all decisions regarding her care should be between a woman and her doctor
  • Supports universal background checks on all guns purchased in the Commonwealth
  • Supports red flag laws
  • Opposes arming teachers
  • Supports legislation to address food insecurities and food deserts
  • Supports “hands free” legislation—Virginia has the highest rate of distracted driving in the country
  • Supports in-state tuition for DACA recipients
  • Supports Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Recognizes critical problems within our current foster care system and supports reforms
  • Supports new regulations and laws to address proliferation of elderly financial abuse; sponsored legislation to create elder abuse registry that was cost prohibitive and working in the interim to ensure the legislation that will be newly introduced (if elected) in 2020 can be implemented as intended

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Elizabeth LankfordElizabeth Lankford

Current Position: Owner of Blue Crab Company
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: Owner of Blue Crab Company
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Senator

Overview: N/A

About

Source: Campaign page

Growing up on the Eastern Shore Elizabeth Lankford learned about hard work and character. As a young girl, she was involved in her family’s agricultural business, seeing how the government can be both necessary and intrusive.

Now Elizabeth has decided to take the bold step into a run for State Senate because things haven’t gotten better while she was away. Opioids have spiraled out of control. Job growth hasn’t picked up despite the economy improving. Flooding isn’t just the same problem it was a decade ago but has gotten worse.  What we have right now isn’t working. It’s time for someone to step up and not just do the bare minimum needed to get re-elected. Things have to change.

Experience

Work Experience

Contact

Email:

Web

Campaign Site

Issues

Civil Rights

Right to Work

As a small businesswoman, Elizabeth knows that Right to Work enables an employee’s right to unionize while respecting those who wish to abstain.  Policies such as Right to Work have helped make Virginia a top ranked state for business. To bring prosperity to the 6th district, we must support our businesses and employees.

 
 

Economy

Job Creation

One of the main drivers of Elizabeth’s decision to run for State Senate was the lack of success seen with job creation in this district.  Better jobs mean a better economy. We need to attract young workers to come to, and stay in, the 6th district. This is not a Republican issue or Democratic issue.  This is about bringing prosperity to the area. She will seek out problem solvers in Richmond, regardless of what party they are in. 

Education

K-12 Education

This is our future.  We must keep a focus on innovation in our schools and making the area appealing for the best teachers to want to work here.  Elizabeth will be an advocate for Virginia’s school voucher program in Richmond. 

Secondary Education

Costs are skyrocketing for secondary education.  Whether a student’s pathways lead to a four-year institution or a career tech program, we must invest in our future workforce. We are lucky to have many secondary education programs across the district and must support them and their students. 

 

Environment

Natural Disaster Protection

We must improve our flood prevention measures.   We must improve our economy to be able to fund even more advanced measures.   If you believe in climate change or not, we can all agree that what puts us in the strongest position to make necessary changes, or respond to a natural disaster, is a strong economy.  That is what drives plans, innovations and improvements.  

Health Care

People need easier access to lifesaving cures and the government should not be in the way of innovations.  Costs are too high and access is limited in the rural areas of our district.  We need more options for coverage and care. This includes access to mental health care and addiction care. Opioids have taken too many lives in our community and we must reach across the aisle to create a common sense solution. We need someone to go fight for change.   

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Cheryl Turpin 2Cheryl Turpin

Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

About

Cheryl Turpin 1

Source: Campaign page

Delegate Cheryl Turpin grew up in an active military family. After serving in the Army for 23 years, Cheryl’s father retired from service and her family resided in Fairfax County, Virginia. For the past 18 years, Cheryl’s family has called the Kempsville area of Virginia Beach home. Her two adult daughters – Ellison and Patricia – attended Virginia Beach City Public Schools and are graduates of Kempsville High School.

Cheryl received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Virginia Commonwealth University and earned a Master of Education Degree from the University of Virginia. Cheryl has invested herself and her appreciation of education into the lives of local students for the past 24 years while serving as a High School Science teacher. For the past 8 years, she has taught Advanced Placement Environmental Science.

Giving Back to Students and the Community

In 2016, Cheryl was nominated for the prestigious honor of Teacher of the Year by her fellow teachers at Frank W. Cox High School. Cheryl has served her community for many years offering her leadership in a diverse range of organizations. Cheryl has served as a Board Member for the Make a Difference Foundation, as Activities Coordinator for several school PTA’s, a Girl Scouts Troop Leader, a coach for the Neighborhood Soccer League, and a member of the Sierra Club.

Cheryl has spent much of her career working with at-risk students. She is a partner in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) community. AVID is dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college. Cheryl is a long-time member of both the Virginia Education Association and the National Education Association.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Teacher

Education

  • M.ED
    University of Virginia
    2002
  • BS
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    1987

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1963
  • Place of Birth: Fort Bragg, NC
  • Gender: Female
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Children: Patricia and Ellison

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Dominic Melito
Administrative Assistant During Session: Mari Wadsworth

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1085

District Office
P.O. Box 66557
Virginia Beach, VA 23466
Office:
Phone: (757) 965-9763

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook, Twitter

Politics

Recent Elections

2017 State DelegateArray

Cheryl Turpin (D)11,84350.7%
Norman Dewey Holcomb, III (R)11,45449.1%
Write In (Write-in)490.2%
TOTAL23,346

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

TURPIN, CHERYL B has run in 2 races for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $610,661.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Privileges and Elections
Education

Subcommittees

Education – Subcommittee #2
Privileges and Elections – Subcommittee #2

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Civil Rights

Human Rights

  • Protect and provide healthcare to all the citizens of the Commonwealth.
  • Demand a minimum wage that allows people to provide for their families.
  • Work in a bipartisan way to overhaul our criminal justice and mental health care systems to keep the Commonwealth safe and secure.

Economy

Economic Opportunities

  • Increase infrastructure spending to improve our roads and traffic conditions to attract families and businesses to Virginia Beach.
  • Create small business loans to encourage young entrepreneurs to start new businesses.
  • Expand broadband access so that every student, business, and entrepreneur has the tools they need to stay competitive.

Education

Strengthen Education

  • Reduce the time dedicated to mandated testing and add it back into instructional time.
  • Provide full day public kindergarten for every child.
  • Give teachers the resources needed to increase the use of technology in the classroom.

Environment

Safe Environment

  • Guarantee that every child lives in a world with clean water and clean air.
  • Create a plan to protect property owners against rising sea levels due to global climate change.
  • Encourage the use of reusable and recyclable goods, which will reduce the amount of land needed to create new landfills.

Infrastructure

Transportation

  • Bring smart planning to local transportation so we can grow our economy and reduce traffic congestion at the same time.
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Jennifer KiggansJen Kiggans

Current Position: State Senator
Affiliation: Republican

After earning a degree from Boston University in International Relations, Jen Kiggans stepped up to serve her country in the United States Navy. Jen served for ten years as a helicopter pilot flying H-46 and H-3 helicopters, completing two deployments to the Persian Gulf. Her husband is a retired F-18 pilot who retired after 20 years as a Naval aviator.

Jen is currently a board-certified Adult-Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and graduate of Old Dominion University’s Nursing School and Vanderbilt University’s Nurse Practitioner program. When she is not at EVMS, she serves as a primary care provider for a small private practice. Jen is a passionate advocate for accessibility and affordability of mental health care and mental health screening.

 

Summary

Current Position: State Senator
Affiliation: Republican

After earning a degree from Boston University in International Relations, Jen Kiggans stepped up to serve her country in the United States Navy. Jen served for ten years as a helicopter pilot flying H-46 and H-3 helicopters, completing two deployments to the Persian Gulf. Her husband is a retired F-18 pilot who retired after 20 years as a Naval aviator.

Jen is currently a board-certified Adult-Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and graduate of Old Dominion University’s Nursing School and Vanderbilt University’s Nurse Practitioner program. When she is not at EVMS, she serves as a primary care provider for a small private practice. Jen is a passionate advocate for accessibility and affordability of mental health care and mental health screening.

 

About

Jen Kiggans

Source: Campaign page

Jen Kiggans, former Navy pilot and nurse practitioner is running as a political outsider for Virginia’s 7th Senate district seat. The seat is currently held by retiring Senator Frank Wagner and includes parts of Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

Jen’s support has been overwhelming in the few short months since she began this journey and she looks forward to continuing to share her positive message with the voters of Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

After earning a degree from Boston University in International Relations, Jen stepped up to serve her country in the United States Navy. Jen served for ten years as a helicopter pilot flying H-46 and H-3 helicopters, completing two deployments to the Persian Gulf. Her husband is a retired F-18 pilot who retired after 20 years as a Naval aviator.

Jen is currently a board-certified Adult-Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and graduate of Old Dominion University’s Nursing School and Vanderbilt University’s Nurse Practitioner program. When she is not at EVMS, she serves as a primary care provider for a small private practice. Jen is a passionate advocate for accessibility and affordability of mental health care and mental health screening.

Jen is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Virginia Geriatrics Society, American Nurses Association, and the American Legion. She is a recipient of the Boston University Scarlet Key Award for exceptional leadership and is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership.As an everyday citizen who is frustrated with the present political climate, Jen is running for the State Senate because she knows Virginia can do better than the current status quo. If elected, Jen will be a strong voice for Virginia’s veterans and the hardworking taxpayers of the 7th district. She will be a leader on the issues of job creation, keeping healthcare costs down, and limiting government spending. Jen believes politics is about public service rather than serving one’s self, and would be honored to have your support this November.

 

Experience

Work Experience

Education

Awards

  • Boston University Scarlet Key Award for exceptional leadership (None)

Contact

Legislative Aide: Joe Link

Offices

Jen for Virginia
4734 PRINCESS ANNE ROAD
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA 23462
Phone: (757) 990-3080

Richmond office
Phone: (804) 698-7507

Web

Campaign Site, YouTube, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State Senator

Jen A. Kiggans (R)29,58950.36%
Cheryl B. Turpin (D)29,07449.48%
Write-in (Write-in)91.15%
TOTAL58,754

Issues

Source: Campaign page

HEALTHCARE

  • Jen will draw on personal experience as a nurse practitioner to bring a professional perspective to Richmond working for those with pre-existing conditions and those most vulnerable among us.
  • Jen will make healthcare more affordable and accessible with innovative solutions for families, young people and retirees.
  • She will advocate for improved health plans and other solutions that bring competition into the healthcare marketplace to drive down costs.
  • Jen will fight to control the rising cost of prescription drugs.
  • Jen will use her experience as a prescriber of narcotics to effect change within the medical community to fight the opioid crisis in our communities and provide better access to treatment and rehabilitation options.

ECONOMY

  • Jen knows that hard work must be coupled with opportunity for upward mobility in order for every resident of the 7th District to have a shot at the American Dream. She’ll work to boost local job growth and draw businesses to Virginia Beach and Norfolk to provide more opportunities to grow a business and raise a family.
  • The Port of Virginia is a major economic engine in our region. It must be deepened and widened and Jen will work to ensure our port and shipyards continue to thrive and are economically successful.
  • Every Virginian that pays income tax will see a rebate this year because of the tax reform by the General Assembly. Jen looks forward to working with her colleagues to continue to bring common sense reform to our taxation system.
  • Jen will work to attract the technology industry, including data centers, to the Hampton Roads area and to foster a community where digital businesses are welcome.

VETERANS

  • As a veteran herself, Jen knows the challenges those who served our country face when they look to reenter society. Jen will expand job and career training opportunities for our veterans and their spouses.
  • Those who have served our country deserve the best benefits possible as they rejoin the workforce. From healthcare to retirement to education, Jen will fight for the benefits veterans deserve.
  • She will advocate, in a fiscally responsible way, reducing the tax burden for veterans to allow for them to build businesses and support their families.
  • As both a veteran and a veteran’s spouse, Jen will be an advocate for employment, childcare and deployment support for spouses of veterans.

PUBLIC SAFETY

    • Jen is a defender of constitutional rights granted to us by the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution and is committed to working across party lines.
    • Every family should feel safe in their community whether it be at work, home, church, school, or recreational activities. Jen will continue to advocate for mental health screening and treatment for our community members who are at risk. Jen will also fight for better pay for our law enforcement officials so that they get the compensation they deserve for their sacrifice to us.
    • First responders and firefighters are local heroes. Jen will support expanded cancer protections for our firefighters and first responders so that we take care of those who watch out for our safety.

ENVIRONMENT

  • Our community faces real threats from sea level rise and recurrent flooding. Jen will seek to replace retiring Senator Frank Wagner on the Joint Subcommittee on Coastal Flooding.
  • Jen will be an advocate for better community ratings for the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System so that Virginia Beach and Norfolk families can realize more savings on flood insurance each year.
  • With the Norfolk Naval Base and Joint Base Langley-Eustis providing jobs and housing for tens of thousands of Virginians – not to mention protecting our coast and serving as operations for so many active duty military members – we must ensure that these installations are protected from flooding and sea level rise. Jen will fight for these protections.
  • Jen is opposed to offshore drilling, will work to protect our beaches, and supports beach replenishment projects. She understands the importance of keeping our beaches safe and clean for our local families and for our visitors to enjoy.
  • Virginia Beach is now home to two offshore wind power turbines. Jen is a supporter of sustainable and renewable energy such as wind and solar power and will promote the exploration of other common sense alternative power sources.
  • The Chesapeake Bay and Back Bay need protection for our blue crab population to grow and to continue our oyster restoration projects.

EDUCATION

  • Every child, regardless of race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status deserves a quality education. Jen will fight for the opportunity of every student to have the education he or she deserves in a safe and protected environment.
  • Jen will advocate for improved pay and appropriate benefits for our teachers who have more and more responsibility placed on their shoulders each year.
  • College must be more affordable and there should be more opportunities for the many young Virginians who are choosing to go to community college or trade schools instead of a four year university. Jen will tirelessly advocate for more affordable college as well as increased opportunities for expanded community college and vocational training.

TRAFFIC

  • Our interstate is an invaluable resource for the transportation of goods, people and ideas to and from Virginia Beach and Norfolk. Jen will be a tireless advocate for more state funding and federal funding to continue making I-64 more efficient and safe.
  • There are solutions out there to help reduce traffic congestion in and around our communities. Jen will fight for innovations like signal modification, more efficient accident response practices and moveable barriers to reduce congestion.

FAMILIES

  • Jen will work to provide options other than abortion for women who have unplanned pregnancies. She believes in affordable and quality women’s healthcare including mental healthcare for women. Jen respects life at all ages and is an advocate for not only the unborn, but also for her geriatric patient population, people who live with Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia and improved support for their caregivers.
  • Jen will continue to ensure Virginia is a place where families want to stay and raise their children. She will support our growing and thriving local festivals, events, road races, parks, beaches, and entertainment venues.
  • Jen will work to combat domestic violence, fight human trafficking, and crack down on repeat, chronic and habitual domestic violence offenders while at the same time empowering women with the ability to protect themselves and their children during a crisis and beyond.
  • Jen will work to ensure our constitutional right of equality for all and fight discriminatory legislation across the board.
     

Civil Rights

Families

  • Jen will work to provide options other than abortion for women who have unplanned pregnancies. She believes in affordable and quality women’s healthcare including mental healthcare for women. Jen respects life at all ages and is an advocate for not only the unborn, but also for her geriatric patient population, people who live with Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia and improved support for their caregivers.
  • Jen will continue to ensure Virginia is a place where families want to stay and raise their children. She will support our growing and thriving local festivals, events, road races, parks, beaches, and entertainment venues.
  • Jen will work to combat domestic violence, fight human trafficking, and crack down on repeat, chronic and habitual domestic violence offenders while at the same time empowering women with the ability to protect themselves and their children during a crisis and beyond.
  • Jen will work to ensure our constitutional right of equality for all and fight discriminatory legislation across the board.

Economy

  • Jen knows that hard work must be coupled with opportunity for upward mobility in order for every resident of the 7th District to have a shot at the American Dream. She’ll work to boost local job growth and draw businesses to Virginia Beach and Norfolk to provide more opportunities to grow a business and raise a family.
  • The Port of Virginia is a major economic engine in our region. It must be deepened and widened and Jen will work to ensure our port and shipyards continue to thrive and are economically successful.
  • Every Virginian that pays income tax will see a rebate this year because of the tax reform by the General Assembly. Jen looks forward to working with her colleagues to continue to bring common sense reform to our taxation system.
  • Jen will work to attract the technology industry, including data centers, to the Hampton Roads area and to foster a community where digital businesses are welcome.

Education

  • Every child, regardless of race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status deserves a quality education. Jen will fight for the opportunity of every student to have the education he or she deserves in a safe and protected environment.
  • Jen will advocate for improved pay and appropriate benefits for our teachers who have more and more responsibility placed on their shoulders each year.
  • College must be more affordable and there should be more opportunities for the many young Virginians who are choosing to go to community college or trade schools instead of a four year university. Jen will tirelessly advocate for more affordable college as well as increased opportunities for expanded community college and vocational training.

Environment

  • Our community faces real threats from sea level rise and recurrent flooding. Jen will seek to replace retiring Senator Frank Wagner on the Joint Subcommittee on Coastal Flooding.
  • Jen will be an advocate for better community ratings for the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System so that Virginia Beach and Norfolk families can realize more savings on flood insurance each year.
  • With the Norfolk Naval Base and Joint Base Langley-Eustis providing jobs and housing for tens of thousands of Virginians – not to mention protecting our coast and serving as operations for so many active duty military members – we must ensure that these installations are protected from flooding and sea level rise. Jen will fight for these protections.
  • Jen is opposed to offshore drilling, will work to protect our beaches, and supports beach replenishment projects. She understands the importance of keeping our beaches safe and clean for our local families and for our visitors to enjoy.
  • Virginia Beach is now home to two offshore wind power turbines. Jen is a supporter of sustainable and renewable energy such as wind and solar power and will promote the exploration of other common sense alternative power sources.
  • The Chesapeake Bay and Back Bay need protection for our blue crab population to grow and to continue our oyster restoration projects.

Health Care

  • Jen will draw on personal experience as a nurse practitioner to bring a professional perspective to Richmond working for those with pre-existing conditions and those most vulnerable among us.
  • Jen will make healthcare more affordable and accessible with innovative solutions for families, young people and retirees.
  • She will advocate for improved health plans and other solutions that bring competition into the healthcare marketplace to drive down costs.
  • Jen will fight to control the rising cost of prescription drugs.
  • Jen will use her experience as a prescriber of narcotics to effect change within the medical community to fight the opioid crisis in our communities and provide better access to treatment and rehabilitation options.

Infrastructure

Traffic

  • Our interstate is an invaluable resource for the transportation of goods, people and ideas to and from Virginia Beach and Norfolk. Jen will be a tireless advocate for more state funding and federal funding to continue making I-64 more efficient and safe.
  • There are solutions out there to help reduce traffic congestion in and around our communities. Jen will fight for innovations like signal modification, more efficient accident response practices and moveable barriers to reduce congestion.

Safety

  • Jen is a defender of constitutional rights granted to us by the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution and is committed to working across party lines.
  • Every family should feel safe in their community whether it be at work, home, church, school, or recreational activities. Jen will continue to advocate for mental health screening and treatment for our community members who are at risk. Jen will also fight for better pay for our law enforcement officials so that they get the compensation they deserve for their sacrifice to us.
  • First responders and firefighters are local heroes. Jen will support expanded cancer protections for our firefighters and first responders so that we take care of those who watch out for our safety.

Veterans

  • As a veteran herself, Jen knows the challenges those who served our country face when they look to reenter society. Jen will expand job and career training opportunities for our veterans and their spouses.
  • Those who have served our country deserve the best benefits possible as they rejoin the workforce. From healthcare to retirement to education, Jen will fight for the benefits veterans deserve.
  • She will advocate, in a fiscally responsible way, reducing the tax burden for veterans to allow for them to build businesses and support their families.
  • As both a veteran and a veteran’s spouse, Jen will be an advocate for employment, childcare and deployment support for spouses of veterans.

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