Jen Kiggans

Current Position: State Senator
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

 

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.

Joe Morrissey

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

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

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

John Bell

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

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

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

Todd Pillion

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

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

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

Jennifer KiggansJen Kiggans

Current Position: State Senator
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

 

Summary

Current Position: State Senator
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

 

About

Jen Kiggans

Source: Campaign page

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

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

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

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

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

 

Experience

Work Experience

Education

Awards

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

Contact

Legislative Aide: Joe Link

Offices

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

Richmond office
Phone: (804) 698-7507

Web

Campaign Site, YouTube, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State Senator

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

Issues

Source: Campaign page

HEALTHCARE

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

ECONOMY

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

VETERANS

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

PUBLIC SAFETY

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

ENVIRONMENT

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

EDUCATION

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

TRAFFIC

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

FAMILIES

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

Civil Rights

Families

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

Economy

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

Education

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

Environment

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

Health Care

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

Infrastructure

Traffic

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

Safety

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

Veterans

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

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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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Joe Morrissey 1Joe Morrissey

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

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

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

Summary

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

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

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

About

Joe Morrissey

Source: Campaign page

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

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

Richmond faces many problems: dysfunction in city government, inequality in our neighborhoods, and too many failing schools. As your mayor, I’ll work to bring people together across this region for the benefit of our city. I’ll lead the fight against blight, build new affordable housing, and increase the minimum wage – I promise!

As your mayor, I’m prepared to do whatever it takes to make City Hall start working for you. I’ll be your mayor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Experience

Volunteer Experience

  • Member, Lions Club, Richmond, Virginia
    Member, Saint Paul’s Catholic Church

    Education

    Contact

    Email:

    Web

    Campaign Site, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook

    Politics

    Recent Elections

    2019 State SenatorArray

    Joseph D. Morrissey (D)29,40163.96%
    Waylin K. Ross ()15,72234.20%
    Write-in (Write-in)8481.84%
    TOTAL45,971

    2015 State SenatorArray

    Rosalyn Dance (D)17,33174%
    Joseph Morrissey ()6,09026%
    TOTAL23,421

    2015 State DelegateArray

    Joseph Morrissey ()2,84042.4%
    Kevin Sullivan (D)2,24233.4%
    Matthew Walton (R)1,62224.2%
    TOTAL6,704

    2013 State DelegateArray

    Joseph Morrissey (D)21,440100%
    TOTAL21,440

    2011 State DelegateArray

    Joseph Morrissey (D)11,71773.2%
    Dwayne Whitehead ()4,29942.8%
    TOTAL16,016

    2009 State DelegateArray

    Joseph Morrissey (D)14,60576.3%
    Michael Gage (R)4,53723.7%
    TOTAL19,142

    2007 State DelegateArray

    Joseph Morrissey (D)7,862100%
    TOTAL7,862

    Source: Department of Elections

    Finances

    MORRISSEY, JOSEPH D (JOE) has run in 6 races for public office, winning 4 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $749,319.

    Source: Follow the Money

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    John Bell 1John Bell

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

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

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

    Summary

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

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

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

    About

    John Bell

    Source: Campaign page

    Delegate John Bell is a retired member of the United States Air Force. He served almost 26 years before retiring as a Major in 2007. During his Air Force career, John served as a Finance Officer all over the world, including tours in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. His ability to build consensus among diverse participants produced savings and cost reductions throughout the world, including $200 million saved annually from his work in Iceland.

    John enlisted in the Air Force in 1981 after graduating from high school. He was consistently recognized during this enlisted career as an outstanding performer and was named the #1 Non Commissioned Officer out of over 5,000 assigned to the Far East in 1992. After completing his bachelors degree in Business Administration and graduating Summa Cum Laude (while serving full time in the Air Force) from Regis University, he was selected for Officer Training School. At Officer Training School, John finished in the Top 10% of graduates and was named a Distinguished Graduate. John was also a Distinguished Graduate of Squadron Officer’s School and was named the U.S. Air Force’s 2006 Outstanding Contributor to Financial Management and Comptrollership.

    John now leads a team of financial professionals in the private sector and assists government clients to identify inefficiencies and implement cost-saving solutions.

    John volunteered as the head tennis coach for the Freedom High School Varsity Boys program from 2008 to 2013. After taking over a team with only 3 victories in school history, Freedom now boasts a powerhouse program and is 66-12 in John’s tenure with a 3A Final Four appearance, 2 Regional titles and 4 District titles. John has also proudly served on Congressman Frank Wolf’s Service Academy Selection Board from 2011 to 2014.

    In addition to his Bachelor’s degree, John also has an MBA (finance emphasis) and a Masters in Organizational Development from George Washington University.

    John is married and lives in South Riding in Loudoun County with his wife Margaret (also retired Air Force). Margaret is a realtor and is an avid supporter of animal rescue. They have five children and have a proud tradition of military service with 3 children serving: John (6 years active duty Air Force), Josh (6 years Air National guard), and Danielle (10 years in both USAF and ANG).

    John was elected to the House of Delegates in 2015 to replace Delegate David Ramadan.

    Experience

    Work Experience

    • Management consultant
      2019 to present
    • Military Service
      USAF
      1991 to 2007

    Education

    • BS
      Regis University, CO
      2019 to 1991
    • MBA
      Western New England College
      2019 to 2000
    • MA
      George Washington University
      2019 to 2005

    Personal

    Birth Year: 1963
    Place of Birth: Louisville, KY
    Gender: Male
    Race(s): Caucasian
    Religion: Roman Catholic
    Spouse: Margaret Rose Spataro
    Children: Danielle Tipps, John Manning, Joshua, Saoirse, Kyle Thornburgh

    Membership & Affiliation: American Society of Military Comptrollers
    Loudoun County Democratic Committee

    Contact

    Legislative Assistant: David Choi
    Administrative Assistant During Session: Lisa Shiffert

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    900 E. Main St,
    Richmond, Virginia 23219
    Phone: (804) 698-1087

    District Office
    P.O. Box 223822
    Chantilly, Virginia 20153

    Phone: (571) 367-9080

    Web

    Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

    Politics

    Recent Elections

    2019 State SenatorArray

    John J. Bell (D)44,76254.26%
    Geary M. Higgins (R)37,64545.63%
    Write-In (Write-in)950.12%
    TOTAL82,502

    2017 State DelegateArray

    John Bell (D)18,23461.7%
    Subba Rao Kolla (R)11,23638.0%
    Write In (Write-in)670.2%
    TOTAL29,537

    2015 State DelegateArray

    John Bell (D)8,20349.9%
    Chuong Dong Nguyen (R)7,88347.9%
    Brian Thomas Suojanen (L)3432.1%
    Write In (Write-in)1818%
    TOTAL16,447

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Finances

    Source: VPAP

    Committees

    Committees

    Counties Cities and Towns
    Militia, Police and Public Safety
    Appropriations

    Subcommittees

    Appropriations – Commerce, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Technology Subcommittee
    Appropriations – Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee
    Counties Cities and Towns – Subcommittee #1
    Militia, Police and Public Safety – Subcommittee #1

    Appointments

    Appropriations – Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee
    Commerce, Agriculture, Natural Resources and Technology Subcommittee
    House Appropriations
    House Counties Cities and Towns
    House Militia Police and Public Safety
    School Readiness Committee
    War Memorial Board, Virginia

    Voting Record

    See: Vote Smart

    New Legislation

    Source: Ballotpedia

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    Todd Pillion 1Todd Pillion

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

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

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

    Summary

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

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

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

    About

    Todd Pillion

    Source: Campaign page

    Though only in his second full term in elected office, Todd has been recognized as a leader for Southwest Virginia and the Commonwealth through his work on the opioid epidemic, economic development, and promoting commonsense policies good for Virginia families and businesses.
    Recently ranked as the second most effective legislator in the General Assembly, Todd is a recipient of the Virginia Chamber’s Innovation Award; the Award of Merit from the Virginia Pharmacists Association; the Child Advocate Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics-Virginia; and The Healthcare Hero Award from the Business Journal of the Tri-Cities, among others.

    A native of Lee County, Todd grew up working on his family’s farm which helped him pay for his first year of college. On the farm, his father instilled in him the principles of hard word, faith in God, self-responsibility, and the value of a dollar. After graduating Lincoln Memorial University, he attended VCU’s School of Dentistry as one of the few students from the Southwest Virginia region. During his last year in dental school, Todd helped with the inception of the Wise RAM and Mission of Mercy project. He also joined the Virginia Army National Guard and was commissioned as a Captain in its Medical Detachment.

    After graduating, Todd returned to practice general dentistry in Abingdon and soon realized his true calling was treating children. Three years after his return to Southwest Virginia he made the decision to participate in a post-graduate program to obtain a license in pediatric dentistry. During his residency, he was called to active duty to support the 42nd Infantry Division in Tikrit, Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He later returned to complete his certificate program and serve out his 8-year commitment with the Virginia Army National Guard. In 2009, he completed his tenure with the rank of Major and the honor of being the state dental officer for Virginia’s finest.

    Todd and his wife Amanda currently reside in Abingdon with their four children.

    Experience

    Work Experience

    • Pediatric Dentist
    • Major
      Virginia Army National Guard
      2001 to 2009

    Education

    • Pediatric Specialty
      State University of New York at Buffalo, NY
      2006
    • DDS
      Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry
      2001
    • BA
      Lincoln Memorial University, TN
      1996

    Personal

    • Birth Year: 1973
    • Place of Birth: Middlesboro, KY
    • Gender: Male
    • Race(s): None Given
    • Religion: Methodist
    • Spouse: Amanda Scott Lawson
    • Children: Virginia, Todd, Henry, and George

    Membership & Affiliation

    Abingdon United Methodist Church
    Virginia Dental Association
    American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
    American Dental Association

    Contact

    Legislative Assistant: Tyler W. Lester
    Administrative Assistant During Session: Susan Nienaber

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    900 E. Main St,
    Richmond, Virginia 23219
    Phone: (804) 698-1004

    District Office
    851 French Moore Jr. Blvd., Suite 178
    Abingdon, VA 24210

    Phone: (276) 220-1209

    Web

    Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

    Politics

    Recent Elections

    2019 State SenatorArray

    Todd Pillion (R)40,12276.31%
    Kenneth W. Heath ()12,27123.34%
    Write-in (Write-in)184.35%
    TOTAL52,577

    2017 State DelegateArray

    Todd Pillion (R)15,28296.2%
    Write-in (Write-in)5983.8%
    TOTAL15,880

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Finances

    PILLION, TODD E has run in 3 races for public office, winning 3 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $302,777.

    Source: Follow the Money

    Committees

    Committees

    Science and Technology
    Transportation
    Appropriations

    Subcommittees

    Chair: Transportation – Subcommittee #2
    Appropriations – Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee
    Appropriations – Health and Human Resources Subcommittee

    Appointments

    Voting Record

    See: Vote Smart

    New Legislation

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Issues

    Source: Campaign page

    GETTING RESULTS FOR SWVA

    In 2019, I was proud to be part of the Republican majority that enacted the largest tax relief plan in 15 years, letting Virginians keep more of their hard-earned money. We also passed a balanced budget with no tax increases while making key investments in core functions of government, like education.

    Equally important is what we prevented from becoming law. The tax increases, Green New Deal policies, and efforts to undermine Virginia’s right-to-work laws would kill jobs and increase the cost of living for all Virginians. While we were able to stop these bad proposals this year, Democrats have vowed to bring them back next year. That is why this election–and control of the General Assembly–is so important.

    As your Senator, you can count on me to continue to promote policies that are good for our families and communities while fighting back against those that would harm and undermine our region.”

    Civil Rights

    Abortion

    With only seven legislators representing Virginia west of Interstate 77, it’s crucial that we stand firm for our Southwest Virginia values. The horrific late-term abortion bill that our slim Republican majority was able to stop this year is a prime example. I am proud to stand firmly in support of our fundamental rights and will continue to fight for the right to life

    Economy

    Jobs and economic development are my top priorities in the General Assembly. As a small business owner and employer, I understand firsthand how decisions made in Richmond have a real-life impact on our businesses and families.

    That’s why we’ve cut regulation and stopped unnecessarily overburdensome mandates that would kill jobs and increase costs for Southwest Virginia families. I have worked with my colleagues to restore state tax credits that protect local coal jobs while promoting an “all of the above” energy approach to support innovation and job creation through projects such as hydroelectric pumped storage. Through workforce development and investing in our communities and people, we are pursuing creative approaches to job creation and economic development in Southwest Virginia.

    Health Care

    FIGHTING BACK AGAINST OPIOID ADDICTION

    The opioid epidemic is one of the greatest public health, economic, and workforce issues of our generation. Using my experience as a health professional, I have made fighting the opioid epidemic a top priority. Tragically, this crisis has impacted nearly every family and community in Southwest Virginia. I have introduced legislation that raises standards for providers, strengthens regulations on opioid prescriptions, and emphasizes the importance of quality, comprehensive treatment. For the first time since 2012, we have seen a slight decrease in the number of fatal overdoses. I remain committed to working with my colleagues and folks in our communities to advance meaningful reforms to combat this epidemic and save lives.

    Safety

    2nd Amendment

    Advocate for protecting people’s 2nd Amendment rights

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