VA Senate 10 – 2019 Election

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

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Another increasingly Democratic district that Republicans barely held onto in 2015. (Democrats have carried the district in every statewide and national election since 2013.) Sturtevant, a lawyer, cast himself as a moderate, breaking with the majority of his party to back the ERA and red flag laws. Democrats say it was too little, too late, noting, among other things, his vote against universal background checks. He’ll face Hashmi, who directs a teaching center at Reynolds Community College.”

 

VA Senate 12 – 2019

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

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Democrats say Henrico is solidly blue now. Ergo, they say, it makes sense the district would elect a Democrat. To make their point, they note Dunnavant, who has held the district since 2015, doesn’t note her party affiliation or the fact that she’s conservative in television spots she’s been running. But their margins in the districts are still narrow. Northam won by just 5 points. Republicans counter that Dunnavant’s status as a doctor puts her on solid footing during a year health care is expected to be a major subject of debate. She faces Rodman, an anthropology professor who won election to the House in 2017.”

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.

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

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.

Virginia Smith

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

Overview: N/A

Waylin Ross

Current Position: Founder, ParaLobby, LLC
Affiliation: Other
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

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.”

VA Senate 10 – 2019 ElectionVA Senate 10 – 2019 Election

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

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Another increasingly Democratic district that Republicans barely held onto in 2015. (Democrats have carried the district in every statewide and national election since 2013.) Sturtevant, a lawyer, cast himself as a moderate, breaking with the majority of his party to back the ERA and red flag laws. Democrats say it was too little, too late, noting, among other things, his vote against universal background checks. He’ll face Hashmi, who directs a teaching center at Reynolds Community College.”

 

Summary

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

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Another increasingly Democratic district that Republicans barely held onto in 2015. (Democrats have carried the district in every statewide and national election since 2013.) Sturtevant, a lawyer, cast himself as a moderate, breaking with the majority of his party to back the ERA and red flag laws. Democrats say it was too little, too late, noting, among other things, his vote against universal background checks. He’ll face Hashmi, who directs a teaching center at Reynolds Community College.”

 

VA Senate District 10

District Map (PDF)

VA Senate District #10

Glen Sturtevant

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 10 since 2016
Affiliation: Republican

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 10

For more information, see Glen Sturtevant’s post.

Glen SturtevantGlen Sturtevant grew up in rural Spotsylvania County, where he learned the value of hard work while working through high school at his neighborhood grocery store. As a young man, Glen was very involved in Scouting, and after demonstrating his commitment to community service and servant leadership, he was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout.

As a proud product of Virginia public schools, Glen knows firsthand the benefits of learning from excellent teachers in neighborhood schools alongside students from diverse backgrounds. After graduating high school, Glen attended Catholic University and met his future wife Lori. They quickly became college sweethearts, and after graduation, Lori and Glen were married. As a schoolteacher, Lori put Glen through George Mason University School of Law. In law school, he served as an editor for the school’s legal journal and helped prosecute criminals in the Fairfax Commonwealth Attorney’s office.

After passing the Virginia State Bar, Glen and Lori moved to Richmond and started their family. The adoption of their children motivated Glen to get involved improving Richmond Public Schools. As a concerned parent, he helped lead the Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation, a non-profit focused on working with the private sector to support educational excellence in the school system.

Glen was elected to the Virginia Senate to succeed retiring Senator John Watkins in November 2015 and was sworn into office in January 2016. Since then, Glen has focused on making meaningful reforms to improve our public schools, ensuring that college is more affordable and accessible for Virginia students and families, reducing individuals’ tax burdens and promoting policies to grow our economy and create jobs, making healthcare more affordable, and increasing transparency and accountability in state government.

Even so, his biggest priority is being a husband and father. Glen and Lori have been married for more than a decade and the most fulfilling part of their life is raising their three beautiful children: Ethan (9), Reed (6), and Emily (5).

 

Ghazala Hashmi

Current Position: Founding Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) at Reynolds Community College
Affiliation: Democrat

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 10

For more information, see Ghazala Hashmi’s post.

VA Senate 10 – 2019Dr. 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 immigrated to the U.S. from India 50 years ago. As an immigrant living in a small town in the South, she saw first-hand how community building and fostering important dialogue can bridge the cultural and socioeconomic divisions that we face. She later earned her PhD in English from Emory University, and she and her husband moved to the Richmond area in 1991. Their daughters were born and raised in Midlothian and educated in Chesterfield County Public Schools. Ghazala is guided by the principles of integrity, social justice, and ethics in government in her approach to public service. If elected, Ghazala Hashmi would be the first Muslim-American woman to serve in the Virginia State Senate.

Ghazala’s Path to Victory

The district has been trending increasingly more Democratic over the last several elections. The current GOP incumbent pulled out a slight victory in 2015, but the district voted for Clinton and Northam by more than 10 points. Senate District 10 is ready for a progressive leader in the State Senate who truly understands the district — its priorities, its diversity, and its potential — and is ready to fight for residents every day in Richmond. By sharing her plans on important issues like improving public education, implementing commonsense gun safety reforms, and protecting the natural beauty of our Commonwealth, Ghazala will build a meaningful connection with voters that will propel her to victory.

Issues

Economy

Glen Sturtevant

Growing Our Economy & Cutting Taxes

Glen is focused on making Virginia a better state for our local businesses to grow and create new, good paying jobs. He was a chief co-sponsor of the second largest tax cut in Virginia history, which included the first meaningful increase in our standard deduction in a generation and an additional tax rebate this fall. Glen has a proven record of advancing balanced budgets that invest in our top priorities, like public education, transportation, and public safety, without raising taxes or fees.

 

Education

Glen Sturtevant

Improving our Schools

Glen believes every child deserves to get a quality education at a safe school, regardless of where they live. Glen fights for more funding for education every year – so that more of our tax dollars are spent in the classroom. As the husband of a school teacher, Glen understands that great teachers are our best asset to ensure kids succeed and worked to recruit and retain top notch teachers by providing 5% pay raises this year.

Freezing College Tuition

Glen is a strong leader for Virginia students and their families by working to make college more affordable and accessible. Growing student loan debt is a significant problem, and Glen is fighting against extreme tuition and fee hikes by supporting freezing tuition. He introduced bills to cap the rate of tuition growth and provide guaranteed tuition costs for 4 years, so students and their families aren’t priced out of higher education.

Ghazala Hashmi

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education is the foundation upon which Virginia students can build a lifetime of skills for social and academic success. Quality and accessible early childhood education is a fiscally-sound investment for our communities, helping young children develop the emotional, social, cognitive, and motor skills necessary for effective learning.

Quality public education

Providing quality public education for all Virginia families is our shared social
responsibility. Regardless of socio-economic status, children have a right to public educational institutions that are supportive and that nurture intellectual curiosity and creativity. Virginia has every capacity to be a national leader in providing access to high quality public education.

Accessible and affordable higher education

Accessible and affordable higher education is essential if we want to grow Virginia’s
economy and ensure that our residents are prepared to lead and to participate in a rapidly-changing world. The next generation of public leaders, entrepreneurs, teachers, and creative thinkers need access to quality community colleges, colleges, and research universities.

Health Care

Glen Sturtevant

Increasing Access to Affordable Healthcare

As your Senator, Glen is working to improve healthcare outcomes and affordability. Glen has introduced legislation to protect patients from surprise balance billing and to create additional low-cost insurance options that include coverage for pre-existing conditions, preventative care, and essential health benefits. Glen is working to make it easier and more affordable for small businesses to obtain coverage for their employees.

Ghazala Hashmi

Women’s reproductive rights

Reproductive health care is a right, not a privilege. I am committed to protecting all women’s right to make their own family planning decisions. I will also fight to ensure that women have access to affordable reproductive health services.

Comprehensive

Virginia’s recent Medicaid expansion provided healthcare insurance for 400,000 previously-uninsured Virginians. Preventative care, comprehensive coverage for pre-existing conditions, mental health and substance abuse treatment plans, and coverage for young adults through their parents’ insurance ensures that our state values the health and safety of all of its residents.

Accessible

Too many of our residents have limited access to quality healthcare services. Comprehensive health insurance provides entry into healthcare services, but it is not enough. Virginians also need accessible healthcare services and facilities, and they need healthcare providers with whom they can develop trusting relationships. Development and expansion of effective medical services such as telemedicine technologies, mobile clinics, and effective cooperation across organizations will help our residents access healthcare and improve lives.

Environment

Ghazala Hashmi

The health of Virginia’s environment is the foundational rock for all of our communities. Ensuring protections for clean air, water, and soil are not options; they are safeguards of our most valuable legacies for our children and grandchildren. Environmental protections and regulations protect our communities and place people over profit.

Infrastructure

Ghazala Hashmi

Virginia’s rural communities still have limited and spotty access to digital resources. This digital divide creates and perpetuates real barriers to educational, social, and technological resources. Expanding the infrastructure for high speed internet access is essential for our economy and for our residents’ full participation in emerging opportunities.

Civil Rights

Ghazala Hashmi

Paid family leave

Every day, Virginians across the state are forced to decide between helping family in times of need or going to work. This is an unfair choice. That’s why we need to establish a paid family and medical leave program in Virginia, which will allow working people to continue to earn a portion of their pay when they need to temporarily take time away from work to care for themselves or a loved one. This will ensure that people across the Commonwealth can care for their family while maintaining their economic security.

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VA Senate 12 – 2019VA Senate 12 – 2019

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

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Democrats say Henrico is solidly blue now. Ergo, they say, it makes sense the district would elect a Democrat. To make their point, they note Dunnavant, who has held the district since 2015, doesn’t note her party affiliation or the fact that she’s conservative in television spots she’s been running. But their margins in the districts are still narrow. Northam won by just 5 points. Republicans counter that Dunnavant’s status as a doctor puts her on solid footing during a year health care is expected to be a major subject of debate. She faces Rodman, an anthropology professor who won election to the House in 2017.”

Summary

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

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Democrats say Henrico is solidly blue now. Ergo, they say, it makes sense the district would elect a Democrat. To make their point, they note Dunnavant, who has held the district since 2015, doesn’t note her party affiliation or the fact that she’s conservative in television spots she’s been running. But their margins in the districts are still narrow. Northam won by just 5 points. Republicans counter that Dunnavant’s status as a doctor puts her on solid footing during a year health care is expected to be a major subject of debate. She faces Rodman, an anthropology professor who won election to the House in 2017.”

VA Senate District 12

District Map (PDF)

VA Senate District #12

Siobhan Dunnavant

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 12 since 2016
Affiliation: Republican

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 12

For more information, see Siobhan Dunnavant’s post.

Siobhan DunnavantSiobhan was sworn in her first term of service in the Virginia Senate on January 13, 2016. The Virginia General Assembly is a part-time body that meets for sixty days in even numbered years and forty-five days in odd numbered years. Virginia has forty senators who serve four-year terms, and one hundred delegates who serve two-year terms. Virginia legislators are not full time politicians but citizen legislators in the tradition of our founding fathers. Year round, they maintain their jobs in their home districts in addition to their legislative service. Siobhan is the only physician currently serving in the Virginia Senate.

Senator Dunnavant represents roughly 200,000 people throughout western Henrico and western Hanover (view a map of the district here). Although the legislature meets for only a few months each winter, she maintains a constituent services office year-round which is committed to serving the people of the 12th District.

Physician

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.

Siobhan has delivered over 2,500 babies and firmly believes there is no better vocation than medicine. Committed to problem solving she has always volunteered and served. She has worked to improve patient safety and innovate healthcare. She has served in many leadership roles including OB-GYN department chair, Trustee on the Hospital Board, chief operating officer of her practice, Medical Society of Virginia Board, the Virginia Center for Health Care Innovation, and the Virginia Board of Medicine. Richmond Magazine has named her one of the region’s “Top Docs.”

In 2007, Siobhan worked to start a second innovative, small business – OB Hospitalists, a healthcare company that provides physician staffing for in-hospital OB-GYN services. A free market solution that improves patient care, quality and safety; reduces malpractice risk; improves doctor and nurse job satisfaction; and helps increase market share for hospitals. The service has recently expanded to include midwifery care allowing greater focus on a patient centered experience.

Siobhan Dunnavant, MD is a free-market, limited-government conservative with first-hand experience in the challenges and economics of healthcare. Her experience as a practicing physician and as a small business owner has provided a deep appreciation for the challenges created by an ever growing government. 

Mom

Siobhan is the daughter of a career Naval officer and was born here in Virginia. Stationed several times in Virginia the family moved 19 times in his 21 year Naval Career, finally settling in Virginia Beach in 1971.

Raised with five brothers, she learned how to make a point in a loud room, and she can hold her own under fire. Most importantly, the warmth of a close family with a devotion to faith and a commitment to community service gives her a sense of duty and the confidence to know solutions can be found when she sees problems.

Siobhan and her husband, Lloyd, married for over 30 years, have raised four children right here in Henrico. In those years, before she served on Boards and committees, Siobhan has been a team mother, room mother, Cub Den leader, Explorer advisor, carpool driver, cheering mom on the sidelines and relished all her mother jobs. All of Siobhan & Lloyd’s children were educated in Virginia’s public schools and Virginia Universities. Siobhan is also a Blue Star mother with one of her sons currently serving in the 82 Airborne, after graduating from VMI. He recently returned from a combat mission in Iraq.

The Dunnavant’s are active members of Saint Bridget Catholic Church, and volunteer with the Little Sisters of the Poor, Thrifty Sisters and the Boy Scouts of America.

Debra Rodman

Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 73 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 12

For more information, see Debra Rodman’s post.

Debra RodmanLegislator, Educator, Mother, Candidate for Senate District 12

Elected in 2017, Delegate Debra Rodman was inspired to run by the simple idea that real people should have a voice in their government. A Fulbright Scholar, she teaches Anthropology at Randolph-Macon College, and regularly uses her academic expertise to serve as an expert witness in US Federal Court where she advocates for families and LGBT refugees fleeing violence.

Debra is a proud mom to two beautiful boys and the wife to Darryl, a Richmond native and member of the Lumbee tribe of North Carolina.

Debra brings her passion – and compassion – as an educator to the General Assembly, fighting fiercely for the improvements to Virginia public education and health care systems that our communities need. As a Delegate, she has worked across the aisle to improve teacher evaluations and raise teacher pay. It is because of Debra and her colleague’s advocacy for Medicaid expansion on the campaign trail and in the General Assembly that 400,000 Virginians who previously slipped through the cracks now have access to affordable health care.

It is her mission to remain accessible and present in the community she loves to serve.

A Relentless Fighter for her Constituents in the General Assembly

In the legislature, Debra has earned a reputation as one of Virginia’s strongest leaders for change.

A Fighter for Education: 

As a mom of two children – one with learning disabilities and one considered accelerated — Debra has pushed to invest in our public schools and even delivered a historic 5% pay raise for Virginia public school teachers this year. But she also knows we can do better when Democrats take the majority – our Virginia teachers are still paid almost $10,000 behind the national average and many pay for school supplies out of their own pockets.

As a professor at Randolph Macon college, Debra saw first-hand the effects of a teacher evaluation system that over-incentivized “teaching the test”. This year, she successfully lead the fight and worked across the aisle to update how our teachers are evaluated so our teachers are free to teach and our children can have a world-class education. She was recognized by the non-partisan Virginia Education Association as a Legislative Champion for her excellent work delivering this historic improvement.

A Fighter for Quality, Affordable Health Care: Debra will always work to protect and expand Virginians’ access to quality, affordable health care. Debra fought tirelessly on the campaign trail and in the General Assembly to expand access to Medicaid for 400,000 Virginians. But prices, coverage, access, everything to do with the health insurance system are still a serious source of stress.

Additionally, women and people across Virginia see Donald Trump’s Supreme Court poised to gut Roe v. Wade. Politicians have no place in the decisions someone makes with their doctor. Debra will fight for state-level protections from the White House’s attacks on health and reproductive care. In the General Assembly, Debra’s legislation and work with key stakeholders to stop insurance companies from discriminating based on gender identification is a landmark accomplishment for making Virginia a more inclusive, welcoming Commonwealth.

A Fighter to Prevent Gun Violence:

Henrico recently saw multiple instances of racist vandalism and vandalism threatening gun violence. Virginia was just devastated from a mass shooting in Virginia Beach. 12 years ago our Commonwealth mourned the loss of 33 lives at Virginia Tech. The time for action to prevent gun violence was long ago.

The reality is in 2019, every parent lives with fear when our kids get on the bus to school or go out to play. When children live with anxiety for their own safety, there are lifelong psychological and physical consequences while their young brains develop. Our country does not live up to its promise of equality of opportunity when children grow up afraid to go to school or traumatized by active shooter drills.

Debra has remained strong in the fight to prevent gun violence — fighting for universal background checks, red flag laws, stricter reporting rules when a firearm is lost or stolen, among others.

A Fighter for our Environment: 

Debra has a masters in Marine Affairs and Policy from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. She serves on the Agriculture Committee in the House of Delegates where she advocates for a responsible shift to cleaner energy sources and fights for clean air and water.

In 2017, Debra was one of the first candidate’s to sign Activate Virginia’s pledge to refuse money from Dominion and public service corporations. As a Delegate she voted and whipped votes against legislation which weakened the oversight powers of the State Corporation Commission over Dominion Energy. She has also carried legislation to test for increased lead levels in drinking water, and legislation that would strengthen the SCC’s ability to curtail overcharges and protect consumers.

 

Issues

Siobhan Dunnavant

Legislation proposed and voted on here in her campaign page

Economy

Debra Rodman

 

Environment

Debra Rodman

We all want to keep our air and water clean for our children and grandchildren. Debra believes local communities should decide whether they want fracking or pipelines. However, Debra also supports common sense protections for the public that prevent fracking companies from hiding potentially toxic or dangerous ingredients they are using to extract oil and gas.

Education

Debra Rodman

Every student in the Commonwealth should have the opportunity to learn and succeed, and to do that, public education should be fully funded and fully staffed. Debra wants to raise teacher pay to ensure that the best and brightest teachers come to Virginia-and stay here. She also wants to increase accountability for charter schools and prevent them from coming into communities against their will and at the cost of existing public schools.Delegate O’Bannon has voted repeatedly in favor of charters and against local interests. He has also allowed a significant staff shortage-15,000 educators-to persist since the recession of 2008.As a mom with a special needs child and as an educator herself, Debra deeply understands the impact and frustration caused by budget cuts and out-of-touch policies. As Delegate, she will defend our schools, colleges and universities to make sure they get the funding they need and that teachers get the salaries they deserve.

Health Care

Debra Rodman

No family should have to choose between their health and their financial stability. Debra will make sure that Henrico families have access to affordable healthcare by expanding Medicaid and implementing programming to ensure that 100% of children have health coverage. Delegate O’Bannon opposed Medicaid expansion and has publicly stated his support for Trumpcare, which would jeopardize protections for 3.4 million Virginians with pre-existing conditions.

Opioid Crisis

The opioid crisis has taken its toll on families across Virginia and our community’s response to date has been woefully insufficient. Debra believes that we should better assist families and provide treatment for those suffering from addiction, offering supportive environments that encourage rehabilitation over incarceration.

Women’s Health

At a time when vital healthcare for women is under attack by politicians in Richmond and Washington, D.C., Debra will never waver from her conviction that women should always be able to make their own decisions about their bodies. Delegate O’Bannon, on the other hand, has consistently worked to restrict women’s freedom of choice. He has voted to defund planned parenthood, voted for trans-vaginal ultrasounds, voted for waiting periods to restrict funding for abortion across the board and has voted for a religious exemption for pharmacists to provide Plan B.

Infrastructure

Debra Rodman

Our community is at its best when we’re interconnected, and this requires well-maintained roads, bike lanes and sidewalks. As Delegate, Debra will work to make Henrico more bikeable and walkable, so that all families can enjoy our beautiful parks. Further, Debra believes that these investments aren’t purely about improving our community’s well-being, but they are also good business. Debra knows that investments in our roads and bridges grow businesses, increase home values and create good jobs

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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.

About

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
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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.

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New Legislation

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Jenn McClellan 1Jenn 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.

Summary

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.

About

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Jennifer McClellan was elected to the Senate of Virginia in January 2017.  She serves on the Agriculture, Conservation & Natural Resources, Local Government, and Transportation Committees.  Jennifer chairs the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission, and serves on the Virginia Indian Commemorative Commission and the Task Force on the Preservation of the History of Former Enslaved African Americans.  She co-chairs the Capital Region Caucus, serves as Vice Chair of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, and is a member of the Rural Caucus and Women’s Health Care Caucus.  Jennifer also serves on the Southern Regional Education Board Legislative Advisory Council.  In 2017, she was selected to be a Hunt-Kean Leadership Fellow.

Prior to her election to the Senate, Jennifer was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates for 11 years, serving on the House Education, Commerce and Labor, and Courts of Justice Committees, the Virginia Crime Commission (Executive Committee) and the Virginia Conflicts of Interest and Ethics Advisory Council.

During her 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.

Respected on both sides of the aisle and the recipient of numerous awards, Jennifer has earned a reputation as an effective, constituent services oriented legislator who can find common ground with Republicans while standing up for progressive values.  She has been a leader on improving education, breaking the school-to-prison pipeline, criminal justice reform, combatting domestic and sexual violence, diversifying Virginia’s economy, civil rights, and ethics reform.  As the only House member to be pregnant while in office, she has been a fierce protector of women’s reproductive rights, children, and families.

Jennifer’s legislative accomplishments include establishing anti-bullying and lactation policies in public schools; reporting school discipline outcomes by race, gender, ethnicity, and disability; clarifying responsibilities of school resource officers; strengthening the Family Life Education curriculum to address sexual harassment, sexual assault, child abuse and child sexual exploitation; increasing penalties for stalking; strengthening law enforcement tools to combat crimes against children; reforming Virginia’s child marriage laws; authorizing new business models such as benefit corporations and contract brewing; establishing protections against predatory lending; and eliminating mandated waiting periods for sterilization.

Jennifer is an Assistant General Counsel at Verizon Communications.  She is a member of the Virginia Bar Association (VBA) Board of Governors, the Virginia State Bar, the Metropolitan Women’s Bar Association, the Richmond Bar Association, and the Oliver Hill/Samuel Tucker Bar Association.  She previously served on the Virginia State Bar’s Diversity Conference, Young Lawyers Conference (Past President), and Corporate Counsel Section (past Chair), and as Vice Chair of the VBA Pro Bono Task Force.

Jennifer’s community service extends to a wide variety of state and local organizations. She serves as a member of the Boards of the YWCA of Richmond, the Children’s Museum of Richmond, , the Virginia League of Planned Parenthood, the Moton Museum, and Virginia Premier Health Plans.  She is also a member of the Virginia Center on Aging Advisory Committee.

Jennifer is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the Junior League of Richmond, the Fan District Association, the Fan Women’s Club, the League of Women Voters, the Richmond NAACP, and the Richmond Crusade for Voters.  She is a graduate of the Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership’s 2001 Political Leaders Program and 2005 Candidate Training Program, and member of the 2004 Class of Leadership Metro Richmond.

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.

Jennifer was born in Petersburg, Virginia.  She received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond and law degree from the University of Virginia.  She is married to David Mills, and has two children, Jackson and Samantha.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney
    2019 to present

Education

  • JD
    University of Virginia
    2019 to present
  • BA
    University of Richmond
    2019 to present

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Abigail Philips, Ngiste Abebe

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E512
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7509

District Office
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7509

Web

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

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

Jennifer L. McClellan (D)49,45180.06%
Mark E. Lewis Jr. (L)11,70718.95%
Write-In (Write-in)6130.99%
TOTAL61,771

2017 State SenatorArray

Jenn McClellan (D)7,84991.3%
Corey Maurice Fauconier (L)6928.1%
Write in (Write-in)550.6%
TOTAL8,596

Finances

MCCLELLAN, JENNIFER LEIGH has run in 8 races for public office, winning 7 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,244,374.

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Committees

Committees

Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
Local Government
Transportation

Appointments

Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Monument Subcommittee Work Group #1 Virginians on the Monument
Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Monument Subcommittee Work Group #2 Fundraising
Enslaved African Americans in Virginia, Task Force to Assist in Identification of the History of Formerly
History of Lynching Work Group
King in Virginia Subcommittee
King, Jr., Dr. Martin Luther, Memorial Commissio
School Facility Modernization
Virginia Indian Commemorative Commission

Voting Record

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New Legislation

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Issues

Civil Rights

Civil Liberties

The rights of many Virginians are under attack by those in the General Assembly who disapprove of who they are or the decisions they make, purportedly for religious reasons. Yet, the very doctrine they profess to protect demands compassion for all people, leaving judgment or condemnation to a higher power than government. Jennifer is committed to ensuring that Virginia lives up to the ideals of the Declaration of Independence that all men and women are created equal.

As a Virginia Legislator, a person of deep faith, a mother, wife, sister, daughter, and member of a community, Jennifer strives to both advocate and provide legislation that ensures the safety, resources, and equal access to civil liberties for all men, women, and children regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious background, and socioeconomic status.

Women’s Rights

Jennifer vehemently believes that the government has no place in the profoundly personal decision of whether to use contraception or have an abortion. She is committed to protecting access to contraception and a woman’s right to choose. She also believes in equal pay for equal work and has worked to increase opportunities for women and minority owned businesses. Jennifer has demonstrated leadership in efforts in the General Assembly to protect women’s rights by

  • Opposing “personhood” legislation which would not only make most forms of contraception, in vitro fertilization, and abortions illegal in Virginia, but impact every aspect of pregnancy from conception to delivery,
  • Opposing legislation mandating that prior to having an abortion, a women must have an ultrasound—a medically unnecessary and costly procedure,
  • Opposing legislation denying Medicaid funding for abortions when a physician certifies that the fetus would be born with a “gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity or mental deficiency,”
  • Sponsoring legislation eliminating the requirement for a 30-day waiting period prior to a sterilization operation for persons who have not had or adopted a child, and
  • Sponsoring legislation that increases opportunities for women and minority owned businesses to participate in the procurement process.

LGBTQ Rights

Jennifer is committed to ensuring that all Virginians, regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity, are afforded the same rights and civil liberties.  Jennifer is proud to work with Equality Virginia to fight discrimination in any form, and she is pleased to have received a 100% rating on Equality Virginia Advocates’ legislative scorecard. Jennifer has worked to promote equality by

  • Co-sponsoring legislation to prohibit discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation,
  • Introducing legislation to define “bullying” and require school boards to develop anti-bullying policies and procedures to create a bully-free environment,
  • Opposing legislation that would allow discrimination in public university student organizations,
  • Co-sponsoring legislation that would have overturned Virginia’s ban on gay marriage, and
  • Fighting for the election by the General Assembly of the first openly-gay member of the Virginia judiciary.

Democracy

Voting Rights

Voting is the fundamental act in our democracy. Yet for our country’s history there have been forces working to make it more difficult to vote and denying the franchise to too many people. Like many Virginians, Jennifer’s family history is full of stories of fighting to overcome barriers to voting. She believes that given Virginia’s ugly past disenfranchising voters, denying even one eligible voter the fundamental right to vote is one too many. We must make voting meaningful, straight-forward, and a right that all citizens in Virginia can exercise.

Jennifer has fought to ensure that every voter in Virginia will have fair and equal ballot access by

  • Opposing bills, such as those requiring government-issued photo IDs as means of identification to vote, that impose unnecessary barriers to voting,
  • Supporting legislation to make voting more accessible, including bills allowing early voting, extending voting hours to keep the polls open until 8:00pm, permitting “no-excuse” in person absentee voting, and allowing parents or legal guardians of children four or younger who care for the child at home to vote absentee,
  • Supporting automatic restoration of rights to non-violent offenders who have completed their sentencing requirements, and
  • Supporting bills that end gerrymandering on racial, political, and partisan measures.

Economy

In Virginia’s ever changing economy, too many working Virginians continue to struggle to make a living. Jennifer has worked to ensure economic opportunity for all working Virginians and help Virginia’s economy adapt to changes in the marketplace to create jobs in new and growing industries.

Protecting and Growing Virginia Jobs

For several years, Virginia’s ranking by Forbes Magazine as the best state for business kept Virginia from hurting too much as the national economy declined. However, Virginia’s economic prosperity depends on its ability to adapt to changes in the marketplace and foster new and growing industries.  Jennifer has worked to protect and grow Virginia jobs and foster new industries in Virginia by

  • Sponsoring legislation making Virginia the third state to authorize benefit corporations, a new corporate structure that meets the needs of the growing number of entrepreneurs and investors who seek to use business as a tool to solve social and environmental problems;
  • Sponsoring legislation to jumpstart the “crowdfunding” industry in Virginia by expressly authorizing investments made through an online general solicitation, online broker, or a funding portal eligible for state tax credits, so long as the investment otherwise meets all requirements for earning the particular tax credit;
  • Supporting legislation to encourage economic development in the Commonwealth.

Reducing Tax Burdens

Virginia’s tax system was created for an 18th century agrarian economy. Most localities do not have any other means of revenue than property taxes, leaving much of the tax burden on homeowners. Too often, working Virginians are left to bear too much of the tax burden as well. Jennifer has worked for fair tax policies that do not overburden working Virginians by:

  • Sponsoring legislation to reduce real estate tax burdens on senior and disabled homeowners by increasing eligibility for tax exemptions;
  • Co-sponsoring legislation taking over 140,000 low-income Virginians off the tax rolls by increasing the filing thresholds for the state income tax for individuals and married couples and increasing the personal exemption; and
  • Supporting a homestead exemption constitutional amendment permitting localities to exempt up to 20 percent of the value of owner-occupied homes from taxation.

Expanding Unemployment Assistance

To help those who lost their jobs in the Great Recession, Jennifer fought to expand Virginia’s unemployment compensation program to spouses of active duty military personnel who leave their job to accompany their spouse to a new assignment. Jennifer also led the fight on the House floor to accept $125 million in federal stimulus money to expand unemployment compensation to part-time workers who are actively looking for part time work and certain individuals in approved job re-training programs. Jennifer successfully sponsored legislation to end the Social Security offset of unemployment benefits for out-of-work seniors 62 and older.

Protecting Homeowners from Foreclosure

As Virginia’s foreclosure rates increased during the Great Recession, hard-working Virginians were forced out of their homes. Many of these foreclosures, particularly in minority communities, resulted from subprime mortgages. Jennifer has worked to protect homeowners from foreclosure by

  • Sponsoring legislation to restore trust in lending by adding a layer of necessary accountability to the mortgage lending process by requiring mortgage brokers to use reasonable skill, care, and diligence in exercising a newly created duty to make reasonable efforts to secure a mortgage loan that is in the best interests of the applicant, considering the applicant’s circumstances and loan characteristics.
  • Supporting legislation requiring high-risk mortgage lenders or servicers to provide advanced notice before accelerating a loan balance to and provide borrowers time to avoid foreclosure.

Increasing Wages and Curbing Predatory Lending

While the cost of living has increased 27 percent over the past 10 years, many wages have not kept pace. As a result, too many working Virginians are living below the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Jennifer has supported efforts to increase wages by co-sponsoring legislation increasing the minimum wage and supporting efforts to increase state employee, teacher, and higher education faculty salaries. Jennifer has also worked to ensure working Virginians can keep their wages without falling victim to predatory lending practices by seeking meaningful reform of the payday lending industry.

Education

The Constitution of Virginia guarantees a high quality, free public school system for all children in the Commonwealth. However, Virginia has not always lived up to that promise. As the daughter of a third generation educator, Jennifer understands that a quality education is not just a lofty goal, but the key to success and financial independence. For that reason, Jennifer is committed to ensuring that Virginia provides its children with a high quality, free public education, and that Virginia builds a world-class system from pre-k to higher education. To that end, she has supported policies to fully fund and strengthen our public school systems and fought efforts to divert state funding away from it.

Pre-K Education:

Expanding Early Education Opportunities

Studies show that ninety percent of a child’s brain development occurs before the age of five. Early education programs can have a dramatic effect on all children’s success in school and can reduce expensive remedial education and social costs later in life. Jennifer has worked to improve Virginia’s early education initiatives by:

  • Sponsoring legislation to permit localities to expand eligibility for kindergarten;
  • Supporting expansion of early reading intervention programs to ensure that all eligible first- and second-graders get the extra reading help they need; and
  • Supporting increased availability of pre-K programs to more children.

K-12 Education:

Guaranteeing Competitive Teacher Salaries

Virginia’s teachers are paid below the national average, despite the fact that the per capita personal income of Virginians exceeds the national average. Teacher salaries should be competitive to attract and retain the best and the brightest people to teach our children. As a member of the House Education Committee, Jennifer has supported initiatives to raise teacher salaries to at least the national average. She has also fought for budget amendments to fund a pay raises for Virginia’s school teachers and fought efforts by House Republicans to alter education funding formulas that could hurt our teachers.

Expanding Career and Technical Education Opportunities

There is a growing shortage of students and employees with the skills and training needed to perform many of the technical and mechanical jobs in the market today. Jennifer has supported efforts to promote and expand career and technical education opportunities in Virginia schools by supporting legislation creating standard and advanced technical education diplomas.

Ensuring Bully-Free Environments

Bullying is visible in all social, economic, and cultural groups, and has proven to be extremely detrimental to a child’s academic engagement, as well as his/her overall self-esteem and confidence. In 2013 Jennifer introduced legislation that was passed by the General Assembly that defines the term bullying, and requires school boards to develop anti-bullying policies and procedures in the student code of conduct. Additionally, the law requires Virginia’s Board of Education to create policies and procedures to education board employee about the need to create a bully-free school environment.

Improving the Funding Formula for School Localities

In order for the Commonwealth to provide a “system of free public elementary and secondary schools for all children of school age throughout the Commonwealth,” the General Assembly in the 1970s instituted the Standards of Quality (SOQ). Based on this program, a funding formula was developed called the local composite index (LCI) of ability to pay for education. The Department of Education updates the LCI every two years. In 2010/2011, when the LIC was updated, 70% of school divisions in Virginia, including the City of Richmond and Henrico County, experienced dramatic losses in state funding. Since then, Jennifer has consistently fought for a review of this funding formula. Not updating the formula causes great potential to significantly impact local education funding, most notably classrooms, academic and athletic programs, and the future of Virginia’s children.

 

Higher Education:

Maintaining Affordability

Our economy is evolving to a point where a high school diploma is often not sufficient to land a job with a decent wage. Yet many high school graduates cannot afford to go to college or technical school. Jennifer has worked to ensure that all Virginia high school graduates can afford college by:

  • Supporting legislation establishing the Community College Transfer Grant Program to help community college students transition to four-year colleges and universities.
  • Supporting establishment of a tuition moderation incentive fund to keep tuition and fee increases for in-state undergraduate students capped at six percent.
  • Supporting increased funding of financial aid for undergraduates at public and private institutions.
  • Fighting measures that could price certain students out of college by increasing tuition on students who take more than four years to obtain a degree.
  • Fighting measures to limit out-of-states students that would lead to tuition increases for in-state students.

Environment

Energy and the Environment

Jennifer is committed to protecting Virginia’s environment. She has focused on efforts to conserve Virginia’s natural resources, promote renewable energy and green jobs, and protect our environment.

For her efforts, Jennifer consistently has been named a Legislative Hero by the Virginia League of Conservation Voters.  These efforts include:

  • Sponsoring legislation increasing the renewable portfolio standard goal to 15% by 2025;
  • Sponsoring legislation to increase transparency for the renewable portfolio program by requiring electric utilities to identify the states where the renewable energy was generated, the decades in which the renewable energy generating units were placed in service, and the fuel types used;
  • Opposing efforts to lift Virginia’s moratorium on uranium mining;
  • Supporting funding for combined sewer overflow projects in the cities of Lynchburg and Richmond to keep sewer waste out of the James River; and
  • Supporting funding for water quality improvement, cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia’s park system, and conservation of Virginia land.

Health Care

All Virginians deserve access to affordable, quality healthcare. However, too many are paying more for it, and far too many working Virginians do not have access. Jennifer is committed to common sense solutions to these problems, such as focusing on prenatal care, long-term care for our seniors and making the health care system more affordable and easier for citizens to navigate and understand. Jennifer also understands the importance of expanding insurance coverage, as too many families are only one illness or injury away from economic devastation. Jennifer has also fought measures that jeopardize the sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship or impose mandates that conflict with or broadly accepted, evidence-based standards of care.

Expanding Access to Affordable Health Care Coverage

The rising cost of health care and health insurance has become a major burden for working families, seniors, and businesses across the Commonwealth. Jennifer has worked to ease this burden by:

  • Supporting the Medicaid expansion and fighting efforts to cut Virginia’s already lean Medicaid program;
  • Sponsoring legislation to establish a state health benefits exchange;
  • Sponsoring legislation to protect health care coverage for laid-off workers who return to work;
  • Sponsoring legislation to improve Virginia’s COBRA laws for small businesses;
  • Sponsoring legislation to implement certain provisions of the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009;
  • Sponsoring legislation to relieve some of the stress on health care safety net providers in Virginia, including community health centers and free clinics by facilitating support for private nonprofit foundations that fund basic insurance coverage for indigents.
  • Co-sponsoring legislation allowing small businesses to pool together so that they may offer health care services to their employees.

Reproductive Health Care Decisions

Decisions regarding medical care are best left to the doctor and the patient. This is particularly true with decisions regarding reproductive health care, which often involve difficult decisions. Jennifer has been an outspoken leader in the fight against legislation that inserts government into these complex decisions, such as the mandate that a woman have an ultrasound prior to an abortion, personhood legislation, and legislation to prohibit state funding for abortions in the case of gross fetal abnormality. Jennifer also sponsored legislation to eliminate the 30-day waiting period for sterilization of individuals who have never had or adopted a child.

Affordable Prescription Drugs

Advances in medical research have lead to longer healthier lives in America, mainly through medications. Yet the costs of prescription drugs are skyrocketing, forcing many Virginians to choose between their medication and food. In the House, Jennifer has supported efforts to help Virginians afford prescription drugs by:

  • Co-sponsoring legislation to allow Virginia to join other states in the I-SaveRX initiative, which allows residents to safely take advantage of lower prescription drug prices offered in Canada, Ireland, and the United Kingdom; and
  • Supporting legislation allowing local governments to participate in a new prescription drug discount program offered by the National Association of Counties that can save people hundreds of dollars a year on their prescriptions.

Helping Family Caregivers Provide Long Term Care

As the Virginia population ages, long-term care is becoming more of a challenge for Virginia families. Jennifer has supported efforts to develop and fund a more integrated system of acute and long-term care for the elderly. Jennifer is also committed to sustaining and strengthening family care-giving as a complementary component of the service delivery system, and will work to increase grants available to caregivers of mentally or physically impaired relatives. Jennifer has also worked to help protect long term care policy holders from inadvertent termination of their policy by sponsoring legislation requiring at least 60 days notice of a lapse or termination of the policy for nonpayment of premium and offering protections to policy holders who may show early signs of dementia and may not understand the ramifications of a notice of lapse or termination.

Immigration

As our world becomes smaller through our participation in the global economy, Virginia must find a way to balance proposals on immigration in a way that balances the need to enforce our laws with a few important realities.  One in ten Virginians was born outside the United States. More than 700 internationally-owned businesses from 45 countries operate in Virginia, employing over 160,000 people. In the past 10 years, international companies have announced more than 34,000 new jobs and $5.6 billion in investment in the Commonwealth. Virginia is in fierce competition for those jobs, and cannot afford to give the world the impression that Virginians are not willing to engage with people from other countries in global commerce. We also must not hinder law-abiding businesses in their ability to grow and create jobs. To this end, Jennifer has tried to achieve this balance by

  • Co-sponsoring legislation to provide in-state college tuition rates to the children of undocumented immigrants who live in Virginia and have paid taxes in the state for three years,
  • Opposing legislation requiring local school boards to collect data on the number of students enrolled in English as a Second Language courses and report this data to the Board of Education, as well as provide the number of students unable to provide a birth record upon admission to public school,
  • Opposing legislation requiring the boards of public colleges and universities, including community colleges, to adopt written policies and procedures prohibiting the enrollment of individuals determined to be undocumented residents in the U.S.,
  • Opposing legislation that is shifting the issue of immigration from a federal to a state level as Virginia does not have the resources to deal with this issue,
  • Supporting funding for ESL and bilingual education programs and opposed legislation that aims to limit these programs,
  • Supporting funding for improvements in language access in medical facilities and government programs, and
  • Supporting funding to expand opportunities to provide civic education classes to immigrants seeking U.S. citizenship.

Safety

One of the fundamental roles of government is to keep its citizens safe.  In addition to combating crime, we must prepare for and respond to new threats.  As a member of the Courts of Justice Committee, Jennifer has been on the front lines of a number of initiatives addressing public safety.

Curbing Gun Violence

Virginia’s gun rate death is higher than the national average. Virginia also has become one of the leading suppliers of guns used in crimes: In 2009, 2,557 crime guns used in the various states and Washington, DC were traced back to Virginia, and 80% of crime guns recovered in Virginia were originally purchased within Virginia. In the House, Jennifer has supported measures to curb gun violence such as

  • Introducing legislation to close the gun show loophole by requiring criminal background checks at gunshows,
  • Supporting legislation to require criminal background checks for all gun purchases;
  • Supporting legislation prohibiting individuals who have had their parental rights terminated as a result of abuse from purchasing or possessing handguns, and
  • Opposing legislation that repealed the one-gun-per month limitation on gun purchases.

Combating Domestic & Sexual Violence

It is estimated that one in every seven families has a domestic violence incident, and one in 14 has a physical abuse incident. Women are more often murdered by someone they know and love than a stranger. Many women need help breaking the cycle of violence, and children need even more help to escape abusers. Jennifer has focused on these issues as a member of Governor Tim Kaine’s Commission on Sexual Violence and Governor Bob McDonnell’s Domestic Violence Prevention and Response Advisory Board.  In the House, Jennifer has worked to combat domestic and sexual violence by

  • Sponsoring legislation increasing penalties for certain stalking or domestic violence offenses,
  • Co-sponsoring legislation eliminating requirements for victims of sexual violence to pay for the recovery of physical evidence or submit to a polygraph before commencing prosecution,
  • Sponsoring legislation that extends protective orders to pets of victims of domestic violence
  • Sponsoring legislation allowing circuit court’s that have issued permanent protective orders to modify, dissolve, or extend them and requiring the court to enter and transfer identifying information to the Virginia Criminal Information Network (VCIN) system,
  • Co-sponsoring legislation incorporating instruction on dating violence and the characteristics of abusive relationships into school curriculum guidelines for family life education, and
  • Supporting omnibus legislation amending the Sex offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry provisions to protect our children from convicted sex offenders.

Fighting Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery. It is the second largest criminal enterprises in the world; only drug trafficking is larger. Within the United States, 100,000 children are trafficked each year. Richmond is an attractive place for traffickers to do business since interstates 64, 95 and 295 all intersect here. Jennifer’s efforts to combat human trafficking include

  • Sponsoring legislation to provide safe harbor laws for minors being charged with prostitution who in actuality are victims of the force, coercion and fraud of human trafficking,
  • Co-sponsoring legislation that requires that any employer who operates a truck stop and fails to post a notice, in the same location where other employee notices required by state or federal law are posted, of the existence of a human trafficking hotline is subject to a civil penalty of $100,
  • Co-sponsoring legislation that required the Department of Social service to develop a plan for the provision of services to victims of human trafficking, and
  • Co-sponsoring legislation to designate January 11th as Global Human Trafficking Awareness Day in Virginia.

Keeping Virginia’s Citizens and Resources Safe

September 11th opened our eyes to the fact that we face threats not only abroad, but here at home. When the National Guard is deployed abroad, it falls even more to our first responders and local law enforcement to keep us safe from not only the traditional threats of crime, fire, and health emergencies, but bombs, biological, and chemical weapons. Jennifer supports efforts to ensure that our first responders have the tools they need to keep Virginians safe. She has also sponsored legislation to help state, local, and private entities prepare for and respond to disasters, such as measures to

  • Provide “good Samaritan-type” civil immunity for private and charitable organizations providing resources and assistance, without compensation, during a governor- declared emergency or formal emergency management training exercise, and at the request of the State Department of Emergency Management or a local emergency management employee,
  • Permit local governments to give personal property to another governmental entity in or outside of Virginia where the recipient has suffered a natural or manmade disaster, and
  • Classify policemen, firefighters, sheriffs and their deputies, and other local government employees as state employees for purposes of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act while rendering aid outside of Virginia as a result of a state-approved request under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

Housing

Homeownership is part of the American Dream, yet many Virginia families struggle to find—or keep—affordable housing. While we are emerging from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, Virginia homeowners have lost billions of dollars of equity in their homes.  Rental costs are rising faster than incomes.  Foreclosures have devastated families and communities.  Homelessness is on the rise for the first time in a decade.  Many of Richmond’s teachers, nurses, police officers, and firefighters cannot afford to live in the communities they serve. Richmond also has become an economically segregated city, yet neighborhoods with low, moderate and high income housing integrated together lead to the strongest communities.

Jennifer understands that stable housing is a significant step to self-sufficiency, and is committed to maintaining affordable housing for all income levels.

For her efforts in the Housing arena, Jennifer was selected by the Virginia Housing Coalition as recipient of the 2009 Housing Leadership Award.

Establishing and Guaranteeing Funding for the Virginia Housing Trust Fund

Jennifer co-sponsored legislation to create the Virginia Housing Trust Fund with a dedicated source of revenue to help address affordable housing needs and reduce homelessness. This fund makes housing more affordable and reduces homelessness by

  • Providing flexible financing for low-interest loans for down payment and closing cost assistance for homebuyers, loans to reduce the cost of homeownership and rental housing, and new construction, rehabilitation, repair, or acquisition of housing that includes affordable rental housing; and
  • Issuing grants for targeted efforts to reduce homelessness including temporary rental assistance, housing stabilization services for homeless individuals and families, mortgage foreclosure counseling in targeted localities, and pre-development assistance for permanent supportive housing and other long-term housing options for the homeless.

Protecting Homeowners from Foreclosure

In recent years, Virginia’s foreclosure rates have increased, forcing more hard-working Virginians out of their homes. Many of these foreclosures, particularly in minority communities, have resulted from subprime mortgages. Jennifer has worked to protect homeowners from foreclosure by

  • Sponsoring the “Trust in Lending” Act to restore a layer of necessary accountability to the mortgage lending process by requiring mortgage brokers to use reasonable skill, care, and diligence in exercising a newly created duty to make reasonable efforts to secure a mortgage loan that is in the best interests of the applicant, considering the applicant’s circumstances and loan characteristics; and
  • Supporting legislation requiring high-risk mortgage lenders or servicers to provide advanced notice before accelerating a loan balance to and provide borrowers time to avoid foreclosure.

Maintaining Affordable Rental Housing

Before the Great Recession, Virginia was one of the least affordable states in the nation for renters. Now, as the economic and housing crisis forced more families to turn to renting, rental prices are rising faster than incomes, affordable rental units are more and more concentrated in high-poverty areas, and discrimination against those using rental assistance has kept them from making the best housing choices for their families.

As a Delegate, Jennifer has worked to address these problems by

  • Sponsoring legislation to prohibit discriminatory application of land use ordinances and guidelines that disproportionately affect affordable housing
  • Sponsoring legislation to expand private-market housing options for Housing Choice Voucher holders in areas of economic growth and opportunity by providing a tax credit for property owners.
  • Sponsoring legislation encouraging developers to build affordable housing units by permitting localities to include in their affordable dwelling unit ordinances that the prices for resales and rerentals be controlled by the authority or locality for a period “not less than 15 years nor more than 50,” as opposed to the current period of 50 years.
  • Co-sponsoring legislation to help preserve affordable rent for the elderly and disabled when apartments are turned into condominiums;
  • Co-sponsoring legislation creating a three-year, $2.5-million pilot project to provide temporary rental assistance for working families, covering the difference between one third of family income and fair market rent during a limited period of time while the family transitions from homelessness to financial independence;
  • Supporting legislation to increase grants to local employees such as teachers, police and firefighters, commonwealth attorneys, and sheriffs to purchase homes in the locality.

Reducing Tax Burdens on Homeowners

Virginia’s tax system was created for an 18th century agrarian economy. Most localities can only depend on property taxes to raise revenue. Consequently, homeowners bear too much of the tax burden, forcing many out of their homes as tax rates climb. As a Delegate, Jennifer has worked for policies that reduce tax burdens on homeowners by

  • Sponsoring legislation to reduce tax burdens on senior and disabled homeowners by increasing eligibility for tax exemptions; and
  • Supporting a homestead exemption constitutional amendment permitting localities to exempt up to 20 percent of the value of owner-occupied homes from taxation.

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Mark LewisMark Lewis

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

Overview: N/A

Summary

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

Overview: N/A

About

Mark Lewis 1

Source: Campaign page

My name is Mark Lewis, and I hope you’ll vote for me for Virginia State Senate District 9 on November 5, 2019.

I’m the Libertarian Party candidate. I think people should be able to do whatever they want as long as they aren’t hurting other people. Some people say Libertarians are fiscally conservative and socially liberal.

Republicans and Democrats in the Virginia Assembly keep growing the budget and handing out subsidies to privileged businesses. Meanwhile, they have failed to pass legislation that would reduce police abuse and legalize marijuana. 

I want to lower taxes and spending across the board by 10%, end the war on drugs, expand school choice, provide a level playing field for businesses, and promote harmony regardless of race, religion, or sexual orientation. 

Many Virginians support these policies. Other states have made progress on these issues. Whether I win or lose this election, your vote will send a message.

See Mark Lewis Ballotpedia responses.

Experience

Work Experience

Education

Web

Campaign Site, Facebook

Issues

Source: Campaign page

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Ghazala HashmiGhazala 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.

Summary

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.

About

Ghazala Hashmi 1

Source: Campaign page

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 immigrated to the U.S. from India 50 years ago. As an immigrant living in a small town in the South, she saw first-hand how community building and fostering important dialogue can bridge the cultural and socioeconomic divisions that we face. She later earned her PhD in English from Emory University, and she and her husband moved to the Richmond area in 1991. Their daughters were born and raised in Midlothian and educated in Chesterfield County Public Schools. Ghazala is guided by the principles of integrity, social justice, and ethics in government in her approach to public service. If elected, Ghazala Hashmi would be the first Muslim-American woman to serve in the Virginia State Senate.

Ghazala’s Path to Victory

The district has been trending increasingly more Democratic over the last several elections. The current GOP incumbent pulled out a slight victory in 2015, but the district voted for Clinton and Northam by more than 10 points. Senate District 10 is ready for a progressive leader in the State Senate who truly understands the district — its priorities, its diversity, and its potential — and is ready to fight for residents every day in Richmond. By sharing her plans on important issues like improving public education, implementing commonsense gun safety reforms, and protecting the natural beauty of our Commonwealth, Ghazala will build a meaningful connection with voters that will propel her to victory. 

Experience

Work Experience

Education

Contact

Email:

Web

Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

Ghazala F. Hashmi (D)44,28654.00%
Glen H. Sturtevant, Jr. (R)37,63645.89%
Write-in (Write-in)84.10%
TOTAL82,006

Issues

Civil Rights

Paid family leave

Every day, Virginians across the state are forced to decide between helping family in times of need or going to work. This is an unfair choice. That’s why we need to establish a paid family and medical leave program in Virginia, which will allow working people to continue to earn a portion of their pay when they need to temporarily take time away from work to care for themselves or a loved one. This will ensure that people across the Commonwealth can care for their family while maintaining their economic security.

Education

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education is the foundation upon which Virginia students can build a lifetime of skills for social and academic success. Quality and accessible early childhood education is a fiscally-sound investment for our communities, helping young children develop the emotional, social, cognitive, and motor skills necessary for effective learning.

Quality public education

Providing quality public education for all Virginia families is our shared social
responsibility. Regardless of socio-economic status, children have a right to public educational institutions that are supportive and that nurture intellectual curiosity and creativity. Virginia has every capacity to be a national leader in providing access to high quality public education.

Accessible and affordable higher education

Accessible and affordable higher education is essential if we want to grow Virginia’s
economy and ensure that our residents are prepared to lead and to participate in a rapidly-changing world. The next generation of public leaders, entrepreneurs, teachers, and creative thinkers need access to quality community colleges, colleges, and research universities.

Environment

The health of Virginia’s environment is the foundational rock for all of our communities. Ensuring protections for clean air, water, and soil are not options; they are safeguards of our most valuable legacies for our children and grandchildren. Environmental protections and regulations protect our communities and place people over profit.

Health Care

Women’s reproductive rights

Reproductive health care is a right, not a privilege. I am committed to protecting all women’s right to make their own family planning decisions. I will also fight to ensure that women have access to affordable reproductive health services.

Comprehensive

Virginia’s recent Medicaid expansion provided healthcare insurance for 400,000 previously-uninsured Virginians. Preventative care, comprehensive coverage for pre-existing conditions, mental health and substance abuse treatment plans, and coverage for young adults through their parents’ insurance ensures that our state values the health and safety of all of its residents.

Accessible

Too many of our residents have limited access to quality healthcare services. Comprehensive health insurance provides entry into healthcare services, but it is not enough. Virginians also need accessible healthcare services and facilities, and they need healthcare providers with whom they can develop trusting relationships. Development and expansion of effective medical services such as telemedicine technologies, mobile clinics, and effective cooperation across organizations will help our residents access healthcare and improve lives.

Infrastructure

Broadband access

Virginia’s rural communities still have limited and spotty access to digital resources. This digital divide creates and perpetuates real barriers to educational, social, and technological resources. Expanding the infrastructure for high speed internet access is essential for our economy and for our residents’ full participation in emerging opportunities.

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Amanda Chase 1Amanda 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.

Summary

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.

About

Amanda Chase

 

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.

A trusted advocate and outspoken voice for Virginia families, Amanda was first elected in 2015 to represent the 11th Senatorial District. The district includes all of Amelia County, the City of Colonial Heights and most of Chesterfield County, where she has lived since 1979.

Amanda serves as a member of 4 committees: Health and Education, Transportation, Local Governments, Privileges and Elections. and 2 subcommittees: Certificate of Public need and Higher Education. A champion for creating greater transparency and accessibility, she has been affectionately called “Senator Transparency”.  Amanda was only a freshman member when she co-founded Virginia’s Transparency Caucus. Thanks to her instrumental work, for the first time in Virginia’s history any citizen has the ability to view committee work online from the convenience of their computer or mobile device.

Amanda has also led in the fight against Medicaid Expansion, educating her constituents and colleagues on why this is a fiscally reckless and unsustainable Trojan Horse for the state of Virginia.  That said, she has also proven she can work across the aisle on issues that matter to Virginians like water quality, coal ash clean-up, campaign finance reform, property rights and reducing the red tape in government. Amanda played a key role in passing historic legislation on the handling of coal ash in the state of Virginia, ensuring coal ash which contains various carcinogenic chemicals are excavated and deposited into protective lined coal ash depositories.  Amanda passed a record 11 pieces of legislation last year signed into law by a Democrat governor. Amanda notably sponsored and helped pass Senate Bill 20, which will take effect July 1, 2019 and create a pilot program to reduce regulatory requirements and red tape.

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. Her comments led to the suspension of the infamous Matoaca Megasite located in the Bermuda district for its lack of transparency and support from 40,000 residents that lived nearby.

In her commitment to remain accessible to her constituents, Amanda not only has office hours out of session. For the last 3 years she has faithfully hosted her hour-long weekly radio townhall where constituents tune in each week and ask any her question.

She has received several awards during her first 2 years in office including the 2017 Virginia Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Advocate For Virginia Business, the 2017 James River Association Hero Award and the 2016 Legislator of the Year Award from the Treasurers’ Association of Virginia.

Amanda grew up in Bon Air, Virginia, where she attended Chesterfield County public schools.  She graduated from Monacan High School in 1988. In 1992, she graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business, double majoring in Corporate Finance and Business Management.

In addition to being a small business owner, Amanda has served as management in both the private and public sectors in the banking, credit and finance industry.

Amanda and her husband, Michael Chase, have 4 children and make their home in Chesterfield County.

 

Experience

Work Experience

  • Small Business Owner
    2019 to present

    Financial Services

  • Political Campaign Grassroots Management Business
    2019 to present

Education

  • B.S., Business
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute
    1992 to present

    double majoring in Corporate Finance and Business Management.

Awards

  • 2017 Virginia Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Advocate For Virginia Business (2017)
  • 2017 James River Association Hero Award (2017)
  • 2016 Legislator of the Year Award from the Treasurers’ Association of Virginia. (2016)

Personal

Born in Sheffield, Alabama on December 1, 1969. Married Michael Glen Chase.

Contact

District Office: Lauren Fulcher

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E523
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7511

District Office
P. O. Box 5811
Midlothian, VA 23112
Phone: (804) 698-7511

Web

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

Politics

Source: Campaign

co-founded Virginia’s Transparency Caucus …”Thanks to her instrumental work, for the first time in Virginia’s history any citizen has the ability to view committee work online from the convenience of their computer or mobile device.”

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

Amanda Freeman Chase (R)44,24554.51%
Amanda L. Pohl (D)36,73445.26%
Write-In (Write-in)1890.23%
TOTAL81,168

2015 State SenatorArray

Amanda Chase (R)27,21863.6%
Ernest Wayne Powell (D)215,48536.2%
Write In (Write-in)1110.3%
TOTAL242,814

Finances

CHASE, AMANDA F has run in 1 race for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $255,840.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Education and Health
Local Government
Privileges and Elections
Transportation

Appointments

Block Grants
Centennial Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote, Task Force to Commemorate the
Civic Education, Commission on
Civic Education Subcommittee #1
Economic Opportunity for Virginians in Aspiring and Diverse Communities, Commission on I
Intergovernmental Cooperation, Virginia Commission on

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Governance

Fighting for Limited Government

Amanda is champion of small government and allowing you to keep more of your own money. She consistently opposed all tax and fee increases, has voted against government takeover of healthcare and every year since she took office, she has introduced term limit legislation to stop career politicians. Amanda is also a staunch defender of religious freedom who supports legislation that would put our national motto “In God We Trust” in public schools. She will continue to be a tireless advocate for limited, transparent and fiscally responsible government.

Economy

Supporting Virginia Businesses

Small businesses of various industries are a driving force behind Virginia’s economy.  Amanda has led in the fight to lower taxes and ensure that the commonwealth of Virginia remains attractive to start and grow businesses. She is the Chief Patron of SB20, a pilot program to reduce government regulation which was signed into law by the Governor.  Amanda has been recognized by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce as a Distinguished Advocate for Virginia business for her continued commitment to opposing tax and fee increases and cutting the red tape in government in order to help businesses grow.

Education

Educating our Next Generation

Virginia’s students deserve proper funding and adequate resources to ensure they have the strongest foundation for success. Amanda is also a firm believer in school choice—your quality of education shouldn’t be determined by your zip code. She supports allowing parents to seek options that they believe provide the best opportunity for their child. Amanda has also voted to reduce the number of SOL testing required for students because she recognizes that standardized testing isn’t the only indicator of student’s success. As a mom, Amanda will always view school safety as critical and support keeping kids safe by having armed police officers at each school.

Health Care

Protecting our Health Care

Affordable healthcare will continue to remain a top priority for Virginia families, and it’s a top priority for Amanda too. Amanda introduced a healthcare cost transparency bill that would require healthcare providers to give patients an estimated cost of services prior to services being provided. She has also sponsored legislation that would allow individuals to purchase insurance across state lines and supported several healthcare bills that would have provided business owners with group insurance as well as temporary insurance for individuals in between jobs.

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Amanda PohlAmanda 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."

Summary

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.”

About

Amanda Pohl 1

Source: Campaign page

“We can’t wait any longer for more affordable healthcare, fully-funded public schools, equality, or to address our infrastructure. I’m ready to address the real crises that we are facing and my work as a hospital chaplain, as a policy-focused social worker, as a problem-solver, and as a mom have equipped me for this service.”

Amanda Pohl is a candidate for Senate in the 11th district of Virginia. She is a wife, mom, nonprofit professional, church deacon, adjunct professor of Social Work, and current National President of her multicultural sorority.

Amanda has lived in Chesterfield and Amelia counties most of her life. She was born to teen parents and spent her early years in subsidized housing, eventually becoming the first in her family to graduate from a 4-year college, earning her undergraduate degree at Virginia Tech (go Hokies!).  

Amanda and her husband, Tim, have lived in Chesterfield since they were married more than 15 years ago. They have lived in the same home for 13 years where they have enjoyed raising their two daughters. Amanda previously served as a PRN chaplain for Chippenham & Johnston-Willis Medical Center for 10 years and was also chaplain through clinical pastoral education at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. She completed seminary at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond and holds a Master’s in Patient Counseling and a Master’s of Social Work with a focus on Administration, Planning, and Policy Practice from Virginia Commonwealth University. Amanda was also a policy fellow for the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy.

Experience

Work Experience

Education

Contact

Email:

Web

Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

Issues

Civil Rights

No Virginian should be limited by their identity, skin color, sexual orientation, gender identity, background, abilities, age, religion, country of origin, or socioeconomic class. Each of us deserves equal rights, dignity, and fairness. Diversity makes our Commonwealth stronger and should be celebrated and honored. We need a system that is set up to empower us, not limit us based on who we are. I will work to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and pass laws that protect LGBTQ+ individuals from employment and housing discrimination.

Voter access

Voting is an essential right and I will work hard to ensure every citizen can exercise that right in Virginia. Everyone deserves the opportunity to choose their elected representatives. We should be reducing barriers to the polls every chance we get. I support “no fault” absentee voting that extends to Election Day and “same day” voter registration.

Economy

Small businesses are the backbone of our economy. We need to ensure that the working class and middle class are getting the boost we need. I will work to bring more jobs to Virginia and protect our natural resources by increasing our wind and solar energy production and usage. This includes increasing our minimum wage, ensuring there are affordable options for those who want to go to college, and providing quality career training options for those who want to enter their career right out of high school or change careers.

Education

As a mom of school-aged kids, I know the importance of a high-quality education. Our teachers are valuable resources and need to spend their time crafting lessons and learning innovative approaches to teaching instead of worrying how to fund supplies for their students. Virginia has some of the best schools in the United States and I will work to build on that success to ensure that every district, school, teacher, and classroom has the needed resources to provide the best education for our students.

Health Care

Virginia recently expanded Medicaid, which will ensure that many more Virginians have access to healthcare than in previous years. I will continue to build on the successes of the Affordable Care Act and ensure that we all have access to healthcare when we need it most and that we are all able to see a doctor for preventive care to avoid bigger costs and health issues down the road.

Support for women and healthy families

Women’s healthcare issues are between a woman and her healthcare provider. I know firsthand how harmful Virginia’s restrictive abortion laws can be for women who need surgical intervention in miscarriages. We don’t need government involved in personal medical and healthcare decisions. I will work to ensure paid family leave to support families who need to care for new children or family members who become sick.

Infrastructure

Our counties are growing, but our infrastructure has not kept up. We need to build a 21st century energy production systems that reduce carbon emissions. We need to fix our roads. We need to expand Broadband access for everyone in our district. We need to ensure that we are using the best technology to enhance our infrastructure for our future.

Safety

I currently work for a statewide coalition to end sexual and domestic violence. Through this work I have learned that we will not end violence unless we focus on prevention, not just intervention. The technology and resources exist to end sexual domestic violence and I will work to ensure Virginia leads the way.

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Siobhan Dunnavant 1Siobhan 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.

Summary

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.

About

Siobhan Dunnavant

Source: Campaign page

Senator

Siobhan was sworn in her first term of service in the Virginia Senate on January 13, 2016. The Virginia General Assembly is a part-time body that meets for sixty days in even numbered years and forty-five days in odd numbered years. Virginia has forty senators who serve four-year terms, and one hundred delegates who serve two-year terms. Virginia legislators are not full time politicians but citizen legislators in the tradition of our founding fathers. Year round, they maintain their jobs in their home districts in addition to their legislative service. Siobhan is the only physician currently serving in the Virginia Senate.

Senator Dunnavant represents roughly 200,000 people throughout western Henrico and western Hanover (view a map of the district here). Although the legislature meets for only a few months each winter, she maintains a constituent services office year-round which is committed to serving the people of the 12th District.

Physician

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.

Siobhan has delivered over 2,500 babies and firmly believes there is no better vocation than medicine. Committed to problem solving she has always volunteered and served. She has worked to improve patient safety and innovate healthcare. She has served in many leadership roles including OB-GYN department chair, Trustee on the Hospital Board, chief operating officer of her practice, Medical Society of Virginia Board, the Virginia Center for Health Care Innovation, and the Virginia Board of Medicine. Richmond Magazine has named her one of the region’s “Top Docs.”

In 2007, Siobhan worked to start a second innovative, small business – OB Hospitalists, a healthcare company that provides physician staffing for in-hospital OB-GYN services. A free market solution that improves patient care, quality and safety; reduces malpractice risk; improves doctor and nurse job satisfaction; and helps increase market share for hospitals. The service has recently expanded to include midwifery care allowing greater focus on a patient centered experience.

Siobhan Dunnavant, MD is a free-market, limited-government conservative with first-hand experience in the challenges and economics of healthcare. Her experience as a practicing physician and as a small business owner has provided a deep appreciation for the challenges created by an ever growing government. 

Mom

Siobhan is the daughter of a career Naval officer and was born here in Virginia. Stationed several times in Virginia the family moved 19 times in his 21 year Naval Career, finally settling in Virginia Beach in 1971.

Raised with five brothers, she learned how to make a point in a loud room, and she can hold her own under fire. Most importantly, the warmth of a close family with a devotion to faith and a commitment to community service gives her a sense of duty and the confidence to know solutions can be found when she sees problems.

Siobhan and her husband, Lloyd, married for over 30 years, have raised four children right here in Henrico. In those years, before she served on Boards and committees, Siobhan has been a team mother, room mother, Cub Den leader, Explorer advisor, carpool driver, cheering mom on the sidelines and relished all her mother jobs. All of Siobhan & Lloyd’s children were educated in Virginia’s public schools and Virginia Universities. Siobhan is also a Blue Star mother with one of her sons currently serving in the 82 Airborne, after graduating from VMI. He recently returned from a combat mission in Iraq.

The Dunnavant’s are active members of Saint Bridget Catholic Church, and volunteer with the Little Sisters of the Poor, Thrifty Sisters and the Boy Scouts of America.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Obstetrician and Gynecologist
    2019 to present

Education

  • MD
    Eastern Virginia Medical School
    2019 to present
  • B.S.N., Nursing
    University of Virginia
    2019 to present
  • B.A., Biology
    Randolph Macon Women’s College
    2019 to present

Personal

Born in Norfolk, Virginia on September 12, 1964. Married Lloyd Dunnavant; Catholic.

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Hannah Kowitz, Mackenzie Marcia

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E613
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7512

District Office
P. O. Box 70849
Henrico, VA 23255
Phone: (804) 270-5600

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

Siobhan S. Dunnavant (R)39,73050.76%
Debra H. Rodman (D)38,40149.06%
Write-In (Write-in)1430.18%
TOTAL78,274

2015 State SenatorArray

Siobhan Dunnavant (R)25,50457.6%
Deborah Macarthur Repp (D)16,79738.0%
Robert Scott Johnson ()1,8814.3%
Write in (Write-in)650.1%
TOTAL44,247

Finances

DUNNAVANT, SIOBHAN has run in 1 race for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $598,046.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Education and Health
Finance
General Laws and Technology
Local Government

Appointments

Data Sharing and Analytics Advisory Committee
Health and Human Resources Oversight, Joint Subcommittee for
Health Care, Joint Commission on
Higher Education, Joint Subcommittee on the
Future Competitiveness of Virginia
School Facility Modernization
School Readiness Committee
Technology and Science, Joint Commission on
The Virginia All Payers Claims Database and Doctor of Medical Science Degree and Licensur
Women of Virginia, Commemorative Commission to Honor the Contributions of the

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Source: Campaign page

Dunnavant serves on the Senate Finance subcommittee that added the 5% pay raise for teachers and then made sure it stayed in the final budget.

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Debra Rodman 1Debra Rodman

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

Overview: N/A

Summary

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

Overview: N/A

About

Debra Rodman

Legislator, Educator, Mother, Candidate for Senate District 12.

Elected in 2017, Delegate Debra Rodman was inspired to run by the simple idea that real people should have a voice in their government. A Fulbright Scholar, she teaches Anthropology at Randolph-Macon College, and regularly uses her academic expertise to serve as an expert witness in US Federal Court where she advocates for families and LGBT refugees fleeing violence.

Debra is a proud mom to two beautiful boys and the wife to Darryl, a Richmond native and member of the Lumbee tribe of North Carolina.

Debra brings her passion – and compassion – as an educator to the General Assembly, fighting fiercely for the improvements to Virginia public education and health care systems that our communities need. As a Delegate, she has worked across the aisle to improve teacher evaluations and raise teacher pay. It is because of Debra and her colleague’s advocacy for Medicaid expansion on the campaign trail and in the General Assembly that 400,000 Virginians who previously slipped through the cracks now have access to affordable health care.

It is her mission to remain accessible and present in the community she loves to serve.

A Relentless Fighter for her Constituents in the General Assembly

In the legislature, Debra has earned a reputation as one of Virginia’s strongest leaders for change.

A Fighter for Education: As a mom of two children – one with learning disabilities and one considered accelerated — Debra has pushed to invest in our public schools and even delivered a historic 5% pay raise for Virginia public school teachers this year. But she also knows we can do better when Democrats take the majority – our Virginia teachers are still paid almost $10,000 behind the national average and many pay for school supplies out of their own pockets.

As a professor at Randolph Macon college, Debra saw first-hand the effects of a teacher evaluation system that over-incentivized “teaching the test”. This year, she successfully lead the fight and worked across the aisle to update how our teachers are evaluated so our teachers are free to teach and our children can have a world-class education. She was recognized by the non-partisan Virginia Education Association as a Legislative Champion for her excellent work delivering this historic improvement.

A Fighter for Quality, Affordable Health Care: Debra will always work to protect and expand Virginians’ access to quality, affordable health care. Debra fought tirelessly on the campaign trail and in the General Assembly to expand access to Medicaid for 400,000 Virginians. But prices, coverage, access, everything to do with the health insurance system are still a serious source of stress.

Additionally, women and people across Virginia see Donald Trump’s Supreme Court poised to gut Roe v. Wade. Politicians have no place in the decisions someone makes with their doctor. Debra will fight for state-level protections from the White House’s attacks on health and reproductive care. In the General Assembly, Debra’s legislation and work with key stakeholders to stop insurance companies from discriminating based on gender identification is a landmark accomplishment for making Virginia a more inclusive, welcoming Commonwealth.

A Fighter to Prevent Gun Violence: Henrico recently saw multiple instances of racist vandalism and vandalism threatening gun violence. Virginia was just devastated from a mass shooting in Virginia Beach. 12 years ago our Commonwealth mourned the loss of 33 lives at Virginia Tech. The time for action to prevent gun violence was long ago.

The reality is in 2019, every parent lives with fear when our kids get on the bus to school or go out to play. When children live with anxiety for their own safety, there are lifelong psychological and physical consequences while their young brains develop. Our country does not live up to its promise of equality of opportunity when children grow up afraid to go to school or traumatized by active shooter drills.

Debra has remained strong in the fight to prevent gun violence — fighting for universal background checks, red flag laws, stricter reporting rules when a firearm is lost or stolen, among others.

A Fighter for our Environment: Debra has a masters in Marine Affairs and Policy from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. She serves on the Agriculture Committee in the House of Delegates where she advocates for a responsible shift to cleaner energy sources and fights for clean air and water.

In 2017, Debra was one of the first candidate’s to sign Activate Virginia’s pledge to refuse money from Dominion and public service corporations. As a Delegate she voted and whipped votes against legislation which weakened the oversight powers of the State Corporation Commission over Dominion Energy. She has also carried legislation to test for increased lead levels in drinking water, and legislation that would strengthen the SCC’s ability to curtail overcharges and protect consumers.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Associate Professor of Anthropology

Education

  • PhD
    University of Florida
    2006 to present
  • BA & MA
    University of Miami, FL
    1994 to 1997

Awards

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1972
  • Place of Birth: Tallahassee, FL
  • Gender: Female
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Jewish
  • Spouse: Darryl Dwayne Lowery
  • Children: Ronin Lowery and River Lowery

Membership & Affiliation

Temple Beth-El
Fulbright Association
Guatemala Scholars Network
Virginia Interagency Coordinating Council (VICC)

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Samantha Lewis
Administrative Assistant: Dale Monroe

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1073

District Office
P.O. Box 17278
Henrico, VA 23226
Phone: (804) 698-1073

Web

Government Page, Government Page, Facebook, Twitter

Politics

Recent Elections

2017 State DelegateArray

Debra Rodman (D)14,69751.5%
John Maurice O’Bannon, III (R)13,80348.4%
Write In (Write-in)480.2%
TOTAL28,548

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

RODMAN, DEBRA H has run in 1 race for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $378,424.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources
Education
Health, Welfare and Institutions

Subcommittees

Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources – Subcommittee #1
Education – Subcommittee #3
Health, Welfare and Institutions – Subcommittee #2

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Source: Campaign page

Old website

Economy

Nothing else matters if you can’t find a job, and no one working two jobs should still struggle to pay the bills. Debra will fight to make sure that Virginians have access to jobs that pay fair, family-sustaining wages. To accomplish this, Debra will expand job training programs, both for the young and those looking to transition from declining industries, and will push the Commonwealth to embrace industries of the future, like renewable energy.Debra also believes that Virginia should also work to make college, both four year and community college, more affordable so that our future workforce doesn’t start their careers in massive debt. By investing in a stronger education to career pipeline, Debra will not only deliver better jobs for today’s workers but also will lay a better foundation for the next generation of Virginians.

Education

Every student in the Commonwealth should have the opportunity to learn and succeed, and to do that, public education should be fully funded and fully staffed. Debra wants to raise teacher pay to ensure that the best and brightest teachers come to Virginia-and stay here. She also wants to increase accountability for charter schools and prevent them from coming into communities against their will and at the cost of existing public schools.Delegate O’Bannon has voted repeatedly in favor of charters and against local interests. He has also allowed a significant staff shortage-15,000 educators-to persist since the recession of 2008.As a mom with a special needs child and as an educator herself, Debra deeply understands the impact and frustration caused by budget cuts and out-of-touch policies. As Delegate, she will defend our schools, colleges and universities to make sure they get the funding they need and that teachers get the salaries they deserve.

Environment

We all want to keep our air and water clean for our children and grandchildren. Debra believes local communities should decide whether they want fracking or pipelines. However, Debra also supports common sense protections for the public that prevent fracking companies from hiding potentially toxic or dangerous ingredients they are using to extract oil and gas.

Health Care

No family should have to choose between their health and their financial stability. Debra will make sure that Henrico families have access to affordable healthcare by expanding Medicaid and implementing programming to ensure that 100% of children have health coverage. Delegate O’Bannon opposed Medicaid expansion and has publicly stated his support for Trumpcare, which would jeopardize protections for 3.4 million Virginians with pre-existing conditions.

Opioid Crisis

The opioid crisis has taken its toll on families across Virginia and our community’s response to date has been woefully insufficient. Debra believes that we should better assist families and provide treatment for those suffering from addiction, offering supportive environments that encourage rehabilitation over incarceration.

Women’s Health

At a time when vital healthcare for women is under attack by politicians in Richmond and Washington, D.C., Debra will never waver from her conviction that women should always be able to make their own decisions about their bodies. Delegate O’Bannon, on the other hand, has consistently worked to restrict women’s freedom of choice. He has voted to defund planned parenthood, voted for trans-vaginal ultrasounds, voted for waiting periods to restrict funding for abortion across the board and has voted for a religious exemption for pharmacists to provide Plan B.

Infrastructure

Our community is at its best when we’re interconnected, and this requires well-maintained roads, bike lanes and sidewalks. As Delegate, Debra will work to make Henrico more bikeable and walkable, so that all families can enjoy our beautiful parks. Further, Debra believes that these investments aren’t purely about improving our community’s well-being, but they are also good business. Debra knows that investments in our roads and bridges grow businesses, increase home values and create good jobs

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Frank Ruff 1Frank 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.

Summary

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.

About

Frank Ruff

Source: Campaign page

Senator Frank Ruff was elected to serve in the Virginia Senate in November 2000 to fill the unexpired term of the late Richard Holland. Prior to Frank’s election to the Virginia Senate, he served in the Virginia House of Delegates since first elected in 1993.

The 15th Senate District includes all of the counties of Charlotte, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, and Nottoway, as well as parts of the counties of Brunswick, Campbell, Dinwiddie, Halifax, Pittsylvania, and Prince George, and part of the City of Danville. The 15th District is the largest in the Commonwealth.

Frank’s experience in government and business has made him an effective member of the General Assembly. A retired owner of a furniture business in Clarksville, Frank understands the challenges faced by entrepreneurs who bring jobs to Southside Virginia. A former member of the Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors, he uses his experience and committee assignments to focus on economic development, education, and workforce training in rural Virginia.

Frank 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.

Frank led the effort to create scholarships and forgivable loans through the Tobacco Commission as a way to educate the tobacco region’s young people and to encourage them to return to the region to re-establish their roots. In addition, recognizing that there was a gap in skilled labor and that not all young adults wish to pursue a college education, Frank has been a leader in workforce training for today’s needs. He has led the effort to better focus our workforce skills training for today’s economy and available well-paying jobs. He has been a leader in working with potential employers and community colleges to offer workforce training to independent certifications that is offered in several weeks rather than the traditional two year programs. This requires the community colleges to work with area businesses to better understand the skills that are needed in a region. This will transform our community colleges to true centers of workforce training with a focus on faster training as well as quality and independent certification of that training.

Frank and his wife Jessie have four children: sons Frank M. “Miller”, III, (wife – Jessica), Thomas (wife – Michelle), David, and daughter Genny. As well, they have two granddaughters. They are active members of Clarksville Presbyterian Church.

Committees, Boards, and Commissions

Frank’s service to Virginia includes membership on several committees, boards and commissions to include the following:

Senate Standing Committee assignments:

  • Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
  • Chairs the subcommittee on Economic Development/Natural Resources
  • Finance
  • General Laws and Technology – Chairman
  • House and Senate Joint Rules Committee
  • Privileges and Elections
  • Rules Committee

Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission – Vice-Chairman

  • Education Committee – Chairman
  • Executive Committee
  • Research and Development Committee
  • Southside Economic Development Committee
  • TROF Committee

Center for Rural Virginia

Economic Success

  • Broadband Advisory Council
  • Governor’s Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates
  • Growth and Opportunity Board
  • Major Economic Incentive Project Approval Commission
  • Small Business Commission

Education Success

  • Virginia Board of Workforce Development
  • Southern Virginia Higher Education Center
  • Mecklenburg Distance Learning Center

Environment

  • State Water Commission
  • Roanoke River Bi-State Commission
  • Virginia Roanoke River Basin Advisory Committee

Good Government

  • Employee Retirement Security and Pension Reform Commission
  • Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission

Other

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission
  • Jamestown/Yorktown Foundation
  • World War I and World War II Commemorative Commission

His work also includes responsibilities on national legislative organizations. Frank serves on the Trade and Economic Development Committee of the American Legislative Exchange Council and on the Agriculture and Rural Development Committees of the Southern Legislative Conference and the National Conference of State Legislators

Experience

Work Experience

  • Business Owner
    2019 to present

    furniture business in Clarksville

Education


  • University of Richmond
    2019 to present

Personal

Born in Bedford County, Virginia on September 22, 1949. Married Jessica Bowne Ruff; member: Clarksville Presbyterian Church.

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Cindy Hosmer

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E505
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7515
Fax: (804) 698-7651

District Office
P.O. Box 332
Clarksville, VA 23927
Phone: (434) 374-5129
Fax: (434) 955-2224

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

Frank Ruff (R)38,47168.30%
Virginia M. Smith (D)17,79331.59%
Write In (Write-in)630.11%
TOTAL56,327

2017 State SenatorArray

Frank Ruff (R)25,42959.0%
Robert Bob L. Wilkerson (D)17,65840.9%
Write In (Write-in)37
TOTAL43,124

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

RUFF JR, FRANK M has run in 6 races for public office, winning 5 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,498,550

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

General Laws and Technology (Chair)
Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
Finance
Privileges and Elections
Rules

Appointments

Studies and Commissions
   Broadband Advisory Council
Elementary and Secondary Education Funding, Joint Subcommittee
Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Monument Subcommittee Work Group #2 Fundraising
Employee Retirement Security and Pension Reform, Commission on
General Assembly Building
Governor’s Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates
Growth and Opportunity Board, Virginia
Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board of Trustees
Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission
Joint Rules
King, Jr., Dr. Martin Luther, Memorial Commission
Manufacturing Development Commission
MEI Project Approval Commission
Roanoke River Basin Advisory Committee, Virginia
Roanoke River Bi-State Commission, Virginia Delegation of the
Rural Virginia Board of Trustees, Center for
Secure and Resilient Commonwealth Panel
Small Business Commission
Southern Virginia Higher Education Center Board of Trustees
Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission
Virginia Preschool Initiative, Joint Subcommittee
Water Commission, State
Wireless Communications Infrastructure Group – Joint Subcommittees of House Commerce & Labor, Senate Commerce & Labor, and Senate General Laws & Technology
Workforce Development, Virginia Board of
World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission, Virginia

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Source: Government page

The issues most common to our area are: Budget/Taxes, Job Creation, Business Regulation, Healthcare, Public School/College, Environmental/Uranium Mining, Renewable Energy, Road and Transportation/Gas Tax, Seniors, Veterans, Gun Rights, and Right to Life. If you share these concerns or have others, I would love to hear from you. It is important to me to know how the issues affect you so that I may represent you well.

Your views are important to me, but they must mesh with my view of the role of government in the lives of those of us in Southern Virginia. Please visit the Legislation page. There you will also find links to bills I have sponsored in past sessions.

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Virginia SmithVirginia Smith

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

Overview: N/A

Summary

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

Overview: N/A

About

Virginia Smith 1

A committed community member and lifelong educator who is running for State Senate to improve the lives of all Virginians.

During her childhood, Virginia saw her parents deeply involved in community service as they served on local community boards and organized voters to participate in state and local politics. These real life examples of being your brother’s keeper helped in shaping her core values. As she matured in her understanding, she saw how our political system can be used to improve the lives of people. Through these experiences, Virginia developed her guiding philosophy: See where you can help, then do it!

Experience

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
    Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Teacher
    Mary Munford Elementary
  • Children’s Book Author
    Tate Publishing Company

Contact

Email:

Offices

Campaign Office
P.O. Box 734
Prince George, Virginia 23875

Web

Campaign Site, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Issues

Governance

Judicial System

As your Senator, I will work to reform the criminal justice system by decreasing the time of incarceration for non-violent offenders, reduce the number of children prosecuted as adults, seek to appoint more women and judges of color to the courts. I am committed to ensuring that African Americans and other minorities are treated equally under the law.

Civil Rights

Equal Rights

I support the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. As your Senator, I will work to address the inequities women face with equal pay for equal work. I support a woman’s right to reproductive freedom. In 2020, new legislation needs to be enacted for Paid Family Leave that includes revisiting time of employment requirements. I support protecting at-risk LGBTQ rights and initiatives.

Economy

Working Families

I support lifting-up working families throughout the 15th district and our Commonwealth. One way is to provide incentives for construction of more affordable housing. It provides jobs in the community, expand the tax base and helps working families. I support investment incentives to businesses that create career opportunities and good paying jobs in our communities. It is imperative that we provide good paying jobs and careers through Workforce Development programs throughout the 15th district and Commonwealth. It should be an option, not a necessity to work a second or third job in order to provide for your family.

Workforce Development

As your Senator, I support Work-Force Development programs. Certified programs that prepare our workforce for the high demand jobs in the rapidly expanding field of technology. Businesses looking to grow new industries, expand their current operations or relocate in Virginia are looking for a prepared workforce. With a prepared workforce we will continue to attract and retain businesses in our district, which leads to a continuously growing economy in the 15th District. I support continuing to invest in workforce development programs like” Fast-Forward”. The short-term workforce training program that offers Virginians the opportunity to sign-up from 6-12 weeks for credential courses through the Virginia Community College Systems. Workforce development programs help to assures that our rural communities are not overlooked or underserved in Richmond.

Education

Education

As a former educator, I will work for continued and complete funding of our public schools. I support continued funding of quality Preschool education. The continued and complete funding of our public schools contributes to a safe and productive learning environment for our kids, maintains a low teacher-pupil ratio, provides access to modern technology, attracts and retains highly-qualified teachers, and increases teacher pay. I believe a well-educated community contributes to a robust economy.

Environment

Environment

We can grow a better tomorrow using solar and wind energy. We have the land in our 15th district, especially in our rural communities, that can be an active part in how energy is produced, while providing new jobs. As your Senator, I will work to provide incentives for large and small farmers who use their land for solar farming. Along with providing incentives for homeowners and businesses that install renewable energy technology. As your Senator, I will not accept campaign contributions from companies that hold a monopoly on energy production or any other Corporate PACs. We must enact legislation to protect our land, the air we breathe and the water we drink. It’s up to us, all of us, to grow a better tomorrow for our kids and grandkids.

Health Care

Healthcare

Our health is truly our most precious asset. As your Senator, I will advocate to increase access to mental health treatment, lower the cost of prescription drugs, increase access to substance abuse treatment, and work to make sure that pre-existing conditions are covered. With the Medicaid Expansion more families in Virginia are receiving better healthcare, but it’s important that we work to cover all Virginians. I support providing incentives to employers who provide healthcare insurance.

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Waylin RossWaylin Ross

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

Overview: N/A

Summary

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

Overview: N/A

About

Source: Campaign page

Your Friend, Waylin Ross, is running for State Senate. After graduating from PHS in Petersburg, VA, where he was proudly born and raised, Ross went off to Old Dominion University – where he majored in Political Science with a history minor. He later received his Master of Public Policy degree from George Mason University, with a concentration in Economics.

In addition to serving as the Governor’s Fellow in the Executive Office of Governor Bob McDonnell, he sharpened his legislative skills working for two State Senators and a delegate, including Yvonne B. Miller – the first black woman elected to the General Assembly. Equally important, Ross recalls his very first position of public trust – Lieutenant of Robert E. Lee Elementary Safety Patrol.

At the young age of 25, Waylin accepted a position at Northern Virginia Community College teaching macroeconomics and microeconomics the following three years. At the same age, Ross opened his first company—ParaLobby, LLC— a firm that provides government support services to businesses.

Despite his youth, Waylin has over ten years of unquestionable leadership experience. As a freshman at ODU, he graduated from Sorensen Institute, College Leaders Program in 2009. After organizing student lobby days at the General Assembly and successful letter writing campaigns that helped to secure more than 20 million dollars in additional funds, Waylin was elected as Chairman of Virginia21 Student Leadership Committee – grassroots arm of the largest student advocacy group across the state. He is the founding member, and first president of ODU’s political honor society, Phi Sigma Alpha. After joining the National Urban League Young Professionals Richmond chapter, Ross served as Director of Advocacy and Legislative Affairs on NULYP’s national board. In 2015, the governor appointed Waylin to the state’s Board for Professional and Occupational Regulation.  

Experience

Work Experience

Education

Contact

Email:

Offices

Campaign
39 Bollingbrook Street #110
Petersburg, VA 23803
Phone: 804-201-4201

Web

Facebook, LinkedIn

Issues

Governance

Citizen Review Board

Citizen Review Board should approve agendas and review minutes of the closed-session Petersburg council meetings. According to current law, council members can go into closed sessions under certain specific circumstances. The Review board should approve closed-session agendas to concur that business intended is lawful and ethical, then review the minutes and decisions taken during the closed-session to ensure consistency with the approved agenda. The Citizen Review Board should review city-government and police department complaints, and deliver periodic summary reports recommending (by unanimous vote) non-binding alternatives that might solve the issues that need to be addressed, including administrative changes.

Redistricting

Re-charter and Re-district Petersburg council should have at-large elections to properly represent the city and so that residents can hold their leader accountable city-wide. There is not much difference among the seven wards; it doesn’t make sense for divided representation. If not all council, at least the Mayor should be elected at-large, even still with the same powers and responsibilities as before, citizens would be allowed to cast a vote of confidence for the head of city government.

Civil Rights

The Equal Right Amendment (ERA) is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution designed to guarantee equal legal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex; it seeks to end the legal distinctions between men and women in terms of a divorce, property, employment, and other matters.

Automatic voter registration (AVR) is an innovative policy that streamlines the way Americans register to vote. AVR makes two simple, yet transformative, changes to the way our country has traditionally registered voters.  First, AVR makes voter registration “opt-out” instead of “opt-in”—eligible citizens who interact with government agencies are registered to vote or have their existing registration information updated unless they affirmatively decline. Again, the voter can opt-out; it is not compulsory registration. Second, those agencies transfer voter registration information electronically to election officials instead of using paper registration forms. These common-sense reforms increase registration rates, clean up the voter rolls, and save states money.

Election Day Registration enables individuals to register to vote or update their registration on Election Day, either at the polls or at another location designated by election officials. This reform helps boost turnout by ensuring that all eligible voters are able to cast ballots, and it is no surprise that all six states with the highest turnout in 2016 had implemented the policy

Restoration of Rights Automatically restores voting rights upon release from prison. Re-entry reform should ensure that restoration is not contingent upon payment of fees, fines, restitution, or other legal financial obligations. Citizens released from prison may not be released from liability for payment, but the debt will not preclude exercise of the franchise.

Economy

Tourism

The travel industry is the fifth largest employer in Virginia. The economic impact of travel in the Commonwealth has grown from $1.3 billion ($8.6 billion in 2018 dollars) in 1969 to $26 billion in 2018 with a compound annual growth rate of 6.4%. Virginia ranks 8th in domestic traveler spending among 50 states and Washington D.C. The 16th senatorial district is home to popular locations for TV and movies, such as historic downtown Petersburg. State and local government should increase public-private partnerships which connect local businesses and organizations with visitors.  

Economics

Vocational Training and Dropout Prevention: Technical education programs provide students with practical learning opportunities and hands-on experiences to prepare graduates for a career following high school. Contrary to popular belief, not all prominent, high-demand careers require a college degree. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 10 out of the 28 top fastest-growing careers could be pursued with vocational training available through public schools. Upon completing all vocational requirements, not only can students embark upon a professional or academic career, but many high school graduates even continue to immediately pursue apprenticeships, specialized college programs, or other professional routes. Vocational training programs would help our high school students, as well as adults who are still looking for a career path or may wish to switch industries. Furthermore, vocational training and licensure would allow more citizens to be entrepreneurs, which would lead to small business job creation.  

Micro-enterprise Funding: The New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program encourages new or increased investment in low-income areas by permitting institutions or individuals to receive federal income tax credits for making equity investments in specialized financial institutions known as Community Development Entities (CDEs). CDEs, in turn, make debt or equity investments in primarily nonresidential operating businesses and real estate projects carried out by new or existing for-profit or nonprofit entities—referred to as Qualified Active Low-Income Community Businesses (QALICBs). The program was authorized by the Community Renewal Tax Relief Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-554) and is jointly administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The likelihood of spillover from project sites to surrounding areas resulting in neighborhood- or community-level change depends on factors such as project characteristics, scale, or visibility. More than one-third of early-year NMTC projects were undertaken in conjunction with, or integrated into, larger-scale development initiatives within their communities

Microbusiness Development Programs helps low- and moderate-income individuals start a microbusiness or improve an existing one. The Microbusiness Program includes training, technical assistance and an opportunity to apply for a loan. A microbusiness employs five or fewer people, including the owner.   In addition to financial assistance, microbusinesses can benefit from such programs by attending free business/economic courses and taking advantage of other valuable business resources. Those receiving unemployment benefits should be able to claim self-employment work, without realizing a decrease in unemployment benefits. You should be able to prove the establishment or expansion of a small business venture as a requirement replacing current job-seeking requirements.

Education

-Support k-12 funding and increase pre-k programs in low-income areas
– Provide state funding and transportation for increased vocational training during the school day, and after-school for adults
– HBCU Special Attention, especially VSU and VUU
-Appetence programs offering tax-breaks for companies training local public-school students will stimulate the economy and help further education

Health Care

You can think of a public option as something of a compromise between a single-payer system and our current system, in which only certain Americans now qualify for government-run programs. More people could get government insurance. But only if they wanted it. Public-option plans would allow middle-income, working-age adults to choose a public insurance plan — like Medicare or Medicaid — instead of a private insurance plan. There are various ways this could work. Some proposals would allow individuals to pay a premium to buy a Medicare or Medicaid plan that would be the same as the insurance now available to older people, the disabled or the poor.

Mental Health Parity

Mental Health Parity describes the equal treatment of mental health conditions and substance use disorders in insurance plans. When a plan has parity, it means that if you are provided unlimited doctor visits for a chronic condition like diabetes then they must offer unlimited visits for a mental health condition such as depression or schizophrenia. Federal parity replaces state law only in cases where the state law “prevents the application” of federal parity requirements. For example, if state law requires some coverage for mental health conditions, then the federal requirement of equal coverage will trump the “weaker” state law. Health plans that do not have to follow federal parity include:

  • Medicare (except for Medicare’s cost-sharing for outpatient mental health services do comply with parity).
  • Medicaid fee-for-service plans.
  • “Grandfathered” individual and group health plans that were created and purchased before March 23, 2010.
  • Plans who received an exemption based on the increase of costs related to parity.

Safety

Run Rights

Protect constitutional rights of all, including the 2nd amendment – right to bear arms. Generally, I do not believe in banning firearms. However, I would support universal background checks to confirm that there are no red flags such as domestic violence convictions or severe mental health issues. Also, streamlined restoration of rights should include the necessary paperwork to petition the Circuit Court to restore that individual’s gun rights. Even if ex-felons do not wish to purchase or own a gun, fully restoring his/her rights would decrease the risk of recidivism. Unless rights have been fully restored, an ex-felon cannot lawfully be near someone with a gun – even if they’re riding in a vehicle.

War on Drugs

Ten states and the District of Columbia have now legalized marijuana and/or decriminalized a small amount of drug possession. The War on Drugs has had a devastating impact on our community and has been largely ineffective. The acceptability of marijuana legalization is gradually shifting towards a pro-liberty direction and it is time Virginia join the right side of history. With our state history in relation to the tobacco industry, we should be allowing Virginia companies, like Altria, to lead the cannabis industry.

Notably, harm reduction strategies have found support among law enforcement officers through programs such as Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD). Through LEAD, law enforcement officers are empowered to redirect individuals with substance use disorders to social services, rather than making low-level arrests. The program is founded on the understanding that incarceration can lead to unnecessary harm—or even death—for people with substance use disorders. Overdoses are the leading cause of death among individuals recently released from prison, who are 129 percent more likely to die from an overdose during that period than the general public.

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Bill Stanley 1Bill 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.

Summary

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.

About

Bill Stanley

As the son of a naval aviator, Bill and his family traveled throughout the United States wherever duty called. Returning to Virginia in 1975, the Stanley family lived in both Virginia Beach and Northern Virginia in the last years of Bill’s Father’s naval career. In 1983, the Stanley family purchased a home in Franklin County. Bill graduated from Hampden Sydney College in 1989, the District of Columbia School of Law in 1994, and began his law practice in Northern Virginia with former Attorney General Candidate Gil Davis. One of the first cases Bill was involved in was Paula Jones vs. Bill Clinton which resulted in a favorable 9-0 Supreme Court decision and stood for the position that a sitting President of the United States could still be held to account for his private acts against a private citizen.

After his father passed away, Bill encouraged his mom to fulfill her life-long dream to become an attorney. After she passed the bar in 1998, Bill joined with his mom to start a law firm, locating it back home in Franklin County. They still practice law together, 15 years later in the firm of Stanley, Houchens & Griffith, with offices at Smith Mountain Lake and in the City of Salem.

Bill’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.

When Robert Hurt was elected to Congress in 2010, numerous community and political leaders encouraged him to complete the final year of Robert’s term for the 19th Senate Seat. After prayers and consideration with family and friends, Bill decided to seek the Republican nomination. In a January 2011 special election, Bill was elected to become the Virginia Senator representing the 19th District.

One year later after redistricting of the Senate, Bill became the Republican nominee for the 20thSenatorial District and in November of 2011, he was elected as the Senator of the 20th District for a four-year term.

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.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney
    2019 to present

Education

  • JD
    District of Columbia School of Law
    2019 to present
  • BS
    Hampden-Sydney College
    2019 to present

Personal

Born in Milton, Florida on July 21, 1967. Married Laura Stanley. Member Methodist Church.

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Deborah Duke-Daly, Richard Crouse

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E610
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7520
Fax: (804) 698-7651

District Office
P. O. Box 96
Glade Hill, VA 24092-0096
Phone: (540) 721-6028
Fax: (540) 721-6405

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

William M. Stanley, Jr. (R)32,52770.52%
Sherman D. Witcher Sr. ()13,39429.04%
Write-In (Write-in)2040.44%
TOTAL46,125

2015 State SenatorArray

Bill Stanley (R)22,70157.9%
Kimberly Elliott Adkins (D)16,45542.0%
Write In (Write-in)670.2%
TOTAL39,223

2011 State SenatorArray

Bill Stanley (R)23,97546.8%
William Roscoe Reynolds (D)23,33145.5%
Willis Jeffery Evans ()3,8877.6%
Write In (Write-in)370.1%
TOTAL51,230

Finances

STANLEY JR, WILLIAM M has run in 3 races for public office, winning 3 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,908,430.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Local Government (Chair)
Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
Commerce and Labor
Courts of Justice
Rules

Appointments

Studies and Commissions
   Coal and Energy, Virginia Commission on
Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia, Board of Trustees
Health Insurance Reform Commission
Henrietta Lacks Commission
Manufacturing Development Commission
New College Institute
Online Virginia Network Authority
Roanoke River Bi-State Commission, Virginia Delegation of the
School Facility Modernization
Southwest Virginia Public Education Consortium Governing Board
Subcommittee #1 Agriculture
Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission
Virginia Housing Commission
Water Commission, State
Western Virginia Public Education Consortium
Wireless Communications Infrastructure Group – Joint Subcommittees of House Commerce & Labor, Senate Commerce & Labor, and Senate General Laws & Technology

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Twitter

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Sherman Witcher 1Sherman Witcher

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

Overview: N/A

Summary

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

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Mark Peake 1Mark 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.”

Summary

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.”

About

Mark Peake

Mark resides in Lynchburg with his wife of twenty-two years, Lila, and their five children. A graduate of Virginia Tech and Washington & Lee Law School, Mark has practiced law in Lynchburg for nearly thirty years. Though this is his first time serving in elected office, Mark has consistently been involved in his local community, serving with numerous organizations including: Commonwealth Transportation Board, Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, Lynchburg Bar Association, Board of Directors of Lynchburg Youth & Prevention Services, and Lynchburg Republican Committee.

Mark  is currently serving his first term in the Virginia Senate, having been elected in the January 2017 Special Election.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney

Education

  • JD
    Washington & Lee University School of Law
  • BA
    Virginia Tech

Personal

Born in Greensboro on January 19, 1963
Married to Lila A. Peake
Methodist

Contact

Legislative Assistants: George Goodwin, Daniel J. Dodds

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E522
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7522 F

District Office
4925 Boonsboro Road, Box 172
Lynchburg, VA 24503
Phone: (434) 455-3382

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site

Politics

Recent Elections

2017 State SenatorArray

Mark Peake (R)13,71353.1%
Ryant Lenard Washington (D)10,22639.6%
Joseph Cornwell Hines ()1,8847.3%
Write In (Write-in)190.1%
TOTAL25,842

2019 State SenatorArray

Mark J. Peake (R)37,63062.76%
Dakota S. Claytor (D)22,25437.11%
Write-In (Write-in)770.13%
TOTAL59,961

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

PEAKE, MARK J has run in 3 races for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $454,601.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Courts of Justice
Education and Health
Privileges and Elections
Transportation

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Governance

Taxes

More freedom, fewer taxes. I support abolishing the individual state income tax. I believe government should protect your financial freedom, by taking in fewer of your hard-earned dollars. In Richmond, I take care to ensure the General Assembly does not spend anymore taxpayer money than is necessary to support core government services. I will always look for ways to reduce spending and lower the tax burden for our families, farmers, and businesses.

Regulations

We can all agree that certain regulations are necessary, but government bureaucrats have gone too far. I have and will continue to introduce bills that remove unnecessary government regulations, which are nothing more than a burden on our farmers and small business owners. These regulations increase the cost of doing business and ultimately hurt the workingman, who sees lower wages or worse, fewer jobs. I will continue working with my colleagues in the Senate and House of Delegates in identifying regulations we can roll back, but I welcome feedback from you. If there is a particular regulation you think unnecessary, please submit via our Repeal It! form.

Civil Rights

The Right to Life

As a father of five, I know first-hand some of the difficult tests of faith that can happen during pregnancy. When my wife, Lila, and I were told that that our quadruplets were a high-risk pregnancy and that certain dangers existed in potentially carrying all of our children to full-term, we were advised to make a choice. We knew, based on our steadfast belief in the sanctity of life and our unborn children’s God-given right to exist, that the only option was for us to carry all of our children to full-term. Defending life is not simply a policy position to me, it is an integral part of our family and you can count on me to continue to defend life in Richmond, just as Lila and I did for our own children nearly two decades ago.

The Right to Bear Arms

I am a staunch defender of our right to bear arms, and I have the voting record to prove it.  As your State Senator, I took an oath to defend both the Virginia Constitution and the Constitution of the United States, and the brilliant authors of these documents knew the natural right of the people to bear arms was so essential to liberty, that it must be constitutionally protected. As your voice in Richmond, I will continue to protect all of our constitutional rights, including the right to bear arms.

Democracy

Redistricting

The drawing of district lines is a constitutionally mandated responsibility of the General Assembly as outlined in the Virginia Constitution. In recent years, many, myself included, have voiced concern over the gerrymandering of Virginia’s legislative districts. While I think everyone can agree drawing districts is no easy task, I do believe the General Assembly must revisit the manner in which it draws district boundaries; just adhere to the Constitution. Every electoral district shall be composed of contiguous and compact territory and shall be so constituted as to give, as nearly as is practicable, representation in proportion to the population of the district.” If the legislature adheres to the Constitution when drawing the districts in 2021, I believe we will have fair redistricting.

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