Mark Peake

Current Position: State Senator since 2017
Affiliation: Republican

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

Dakota Claytor

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

Overview: N/A

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.

X
Dakota Claytor

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

Overview: N/A

Summary

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

Overview: N/A

About

Dakota Claytor HS

Source: Campaign page

Born and raised in the District with deep familial roots, Dakota Claytor went to Amherst County Public schools where he participated in theater, show choir, and interned with a middle school music teacher as a high school Senior. Dakota has since become a freelance hair stylist and private music educator. He has also been actively involved in community theater where he can be often be found on stage.

Dakota like so many in our district has witnessed first-hand the crippling effects of a broken healthcare system in Virginia. His mother has significant health issues and had applied for nearly twenty years before being granted disability benefits. With insurance premiums at an all-time high, skyrocketing medical costs, and limited access to quality healthcare, many families often must make the impossible decision between basic human needs and medical care. Dakota decided to take action by challenging the incumbent upon realizing that he voted against the Medicaid Expansion Bill (HB338). Family members often must become caretakers for loved ones, forgoing financially stable employment.

Having graduated from Virginia public schools, Dakota witnessed deteriorating school buildings and teachers who were pouring their hearts out for little to no reward. He believes wholeheartedly in an education system that works for all students, those who have unlimited opportunities and those who are under-served. We can best serve all students when schools have adequate funding and teachers feel like they are appreciated and supported. Our education system has made great improvement in recent years, however, there are still children falling through the cracks. Dakota believes students can better be served with smaller class sizes and a focus on developing students for real world situations through a more interactive learning environment.

Growing up in a lower to middle class household, Dakota has seen that those who do the toughest labor typically end up struggling the most financially. His father has consistently worked six to seven days a week while still finding enough time to support his two children in their extracurricular activities. Blue collar jobs are the foundation of this District which is why he plans to shift focus to job training and trade schools to further develop a skilled work force. He has clear eyes to the potential that legalization of medical and recreational cannabis would benefit the district financially though agricultural development. He wants to work with small companies to expand broadband access to rural areas in the district in order to foster a better-connected workforce.

Dakota Claytor wants to be a voice for the voiceless, an advocate for teachers, small business owners, and farmers, and represent the district as a whole. He is the right person for the Senate because he is young, energetic, and believes in systemic change for Virginia. He looks forward to meeting all of his future constituents in order to better represent each and every one.

Contact

Email:

Web

Campaign Site, Twitter

Issues

Economy

Dakota plans to shift focus to job training and trade schools to further develop a skilled work force.

He has clear eyes to the potential that legalization of medical and recreational cannabis would benefit the district financially.

He wants to work with small companies to expand broadband access to rural areas in the district in order to foster a better connected workforce.

Education

As a proud product of Virginia’s public school system, Dakota is concerned with the current conditions of many schools in the district.

He wants to ensure that Virginia keeps its promise to adequately provide resources to rural schools.

Dakota holds the belief that Virginia has an obligation to work diligently to narrow the pay gap between educators and all other college graduates.

Health Care

Dakota believes in fighting for a healthcare system that works for all Virginians.

He supports further expanding Medicaid and building on the great progress Virginia made in 2018.

He sees the value of community health centers and plans to focus funding for health and community services.

Twitter

X
Skip to toolbar