VA Senate 13 – 2019 Election

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

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Democrats tried and failed here in 2015, pumping $1.6 million into a campaign to unseat GOP Sen. Dick Black, who is not running for reelection. This year, Bell, a Democratic state delegate, will face Higgins, a Loudoun supervisor. With no incumbent in the way, Democrats see it as their most obvious opportunity to pick up a district that’s been trending bluer for years and Northam won with 55 percent of the vote.”

Richard Black

Current Position: State Senator since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

Overview: N/A

Geary Higgins

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

Overview: N/A

Jasmine Moawad-Barrientos

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

Overview: N/A

John 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

VA Senate 13 - 2019 ElectionVA Senate 13 – 2019 Election

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

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Democrats tried and failed here in 2015, pumping $1.6 million into a campaign to unseat GOP Sen. Dick Black, who is not running for reelection. This year, Bell, a Democratic state delegate, will face Higgins, a Loudoun supervisor. With no incumbent in the way, Democrats see it as their most obvious opportunity to pick up a district that’s been trending bluer for years and Northam won with 55 percent of the vote.”

Summary

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

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Democrats tried and failed here in 2015, pumping $1.6 million into a campaign to unseat GOP Sen. Dick Black, who is not running for reelection. This year, Bell, a Democratic state delegate, will face Higgins, a Loudoun supervisor. With no incumbent in the way, Democrats see it as their most obvious opportunity to pick up a district that’s been trending bluer for years and Northam won with 55 percent of the vote.”

VA Senate District 13

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John Bell

Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 87 since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 13

For more information, see John Bell’s post.

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.

Geary Higgins

Current Position: Catoctin District Supervisor
Affiliation: Republican

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 13

For more information, see Geary Higgin’s post.

Elected in November 2011, Geary M. Higgins represents the Catoctin District on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. He serves as Chair of the Board’s Transportation and Land Use Committee and is a member of the Joint Board of Supervisors-School Board Committee, having previously served as co-chair of that committee. He is one of two of the Board’s representatives on the Northern Virginia Regional Commission and serves as the Board’s representative on the Loudoun County Agricultural District Advisory Committee.

As the Catoctin District School Board Member from 2000-2004, Geary served as the Chairman of the Personnel Services Committee and on the Legislative Policy and Discipline Committees. He worked extensively on formulating the LCPS budgets and initiated the concept for the Academy of Sciences. Since 1998, Geary has been a Board Member and officer for the Loudoun Museum where he has served as the Vice President, Treasurer, and Chairman of the Education Committee.

Jasmine Moawad-Barrientos

Current Position: Civil Rights Advocate
Affiliation: Other

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 13

For more information, see Jasmine Moawad-Barrientos’s post.

Jasmine’s passion is advocacy, her specialty in civil, and human rights as she understands that now. We are citizens of the world, and we, should have more comprehensive understanding of Civil Laws and Human Rights. Her practice and experience include working in the Supreme Court in Bolivia, learning international law interpretation, and working in Brazil in a very “heartbreaking field” as she describes. She worked in the Sexual Assault Center Program Advocacy in the “fabelas”(poor villages), in which she met women, children, transgender and gays who were physically, mentally, and sexually abused. She recently received a recognition by the department of education and the Superintendent of Public Instruction for a year of Service in support of students across the Commonwealth of Virginia with Suicide and Bullying Prevention Programs.

She born in Spain in a Muslim religion culture with Palestinian roots and was raised later in South America with a catholic mother. Jasmine attended a Catholic school for most of her student and college years, as her father worked as diplomat and the military field for many years. She moved to The United States of America as any other immigrant did chasing the “American Dream”. She depicted Virginia as her home for being “warm, welcoming and inspirational”. She works in Virginia integrating immigrants to the American system and recently with victims of human trafficking and forced labor.

Jasmine is a Next Generation Muslim Latinx, her kids two boys and a girl; like to call themselves “CHRISLIMS” Christian and Muslims as they celebrate Ramadan and Christmas as many next generation Chrislims in United States of America.

She is passionate about empowering immigrant minorities and the vulnerable. She recently wrote a book “the Devils skunk” to empower teens and spread awareness of suicidal prevention.
She was invited for the Pluralism Project by the Harvard University.
She also was the public speaker for Sharia laws and Hate Crimes at the Arkansas LAW Bar Association. She has been interviewed by her labor of advocacy with DACA “Dreamers”in Telemundo TV and for Islamophobia prevention and her work at the “Muslim Ban” at the Dulles airport by Al Jazeera TV.
She was one of the few political writers who help readers decide to vote for candidates who support our ideals and keep their promises. Her articles are all over the internet under Washington Post and Huffington Post.
She is the founder of NAPAC National ProAmerica Coalition in which she is working in a bill called Bullying Prevention Act.
She is member of the board of ARD American Rights Defenders who along NACA The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America have helped many subprime and later on Alt-A , and Prime mortgage and homeowners people to fight for their homes in foreclosure in 2010 and 2011 from predatory lending from National Corporates like JP Morgan part of Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley and Bank of America Merrill Lynch with Countrywide around USA and mainly in Virginia.
On 2014 Jasmine went against an establishment, the FBI and she got her name LADYJ the UNDERDOG ,because she was the first person who was able to find justice in Maryland criminalizing and pushing a sentence for an FBI supervisor of counterterrorism who violently try to kill her 14 year old son while off duty, for the only reason of being Hispanics.
On 2018 she become a University of Virginia fellow trough their Sorensen Institute.
She has been awarded with the 40 under 40 DC Prospanica for the best notorious leaders of 2017.
She is working with HUDSON LINK project to bring higher education to inmates in Virginia as the same program in New York.

She grassroot for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez campaign in New York and many others locally, as they follow same political ideology and movement.

As the year progresses she wants you to know that running for office is not an easy task. When you decide for a candidate do your homework, check what he or she has been doing for the community during this past years their political views and affiliations, because few will stay in their promises once they reach their positions unless they have worked in service for years.

Jasmine has been working with the immigrant community, the children and the seniors for more than ten years and that makes her very sensible to the vulnerable.

And like “LADY J” the UNDERDOG and your future Senator says , it is not about a political party ,it is a political revolution, a social movement that started with few but now are so many…who fights injustice and rejects corruption.

Issues

Guns

Geary Higgins
Second Amendment –  I believe strongly in protecting our 2nd amendment rights.  Every year, more legislation is introduced that takes away our constitutional rights.  As a proven, committed conservative, you wont have to worry how I will vote on these important issues.

John Bell
N/A

Jasmine Moawad-Barrientos
N/A

Education

Geary Higgins

Commitment to Students, Teachers, Families and Innovation

I am the only candidate with proven experience supporting excellence, efficiency and accountability in our schools having served as a Loudoun County School Board member and Co-Chairman of the Loudoun Joint School Board and Board of Supervisors Committee.  As Supervisor, we increased the Loudoun County School budget each year to meet our growing demands for schools, increased starting teacher and mid-career teacher pay in Loudoun, and funded the Academy of Loudoun, which I initiated as a school board member, that seeks to empower students to explore, research, collaborate, innovate, and to make meaningful contributions to the world in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

As your Senator, I will fight for state resources to adequately fund the needs of the Loudoun and Prince William public school systems. It is critical that we continue to invest in our students and our K-12 education system. Additionally, adequately investing on our K-12 education system reduces the financial burden on local jurisdictions.  When school budgets are not adequately funded, local tax money is reallocated from other important resources like public safety or worse taxes are raised on residents to pay for school funding. Choice for our students is also important and I will support school choice initiatives and equal access measures that support our home school communities so parents and families can make the best education decisions for their family.

John Bell
N/A

Jasmine Moawad-Barrientos
N/A

Health Care

Geary Higgins

Access and Affordability
Access to quality health care for Virginians in the Commonwealth is as important as ever.  Families are balancing day-to-day demands on their budgets; housing costs, taxes, day care, education, and commuting costs.  Health care costs are no different. Governor Northam’s veto of common-sense legislation passed by the house and senate last year that would have given Virginians the option of purchasing lower-cost catastrophic healthcare compliant with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is an example of the Governor’s view that government knows better than individuals themselves.  I will work with my Senate colleagues to provide reasonable and affordable healthcare to all Virginians.

John Bell
N/A

Jasmine Moawad-Barrientos
N/A

Abortion

Geary Higgins

Pro Life
I am 100% committed to protecting the life of the unborn.  Recent attempts by the Governor and some members of the general assembly to pass legislation allowing for the aborting of children…after they are born, must be stopped.

John Bell
N/A

Jasmine Moawad-Barrientos
N/A

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Richard Black 1Richard Black

Current Position: State Senator since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

Overview: N/A

About

Richard Black

Source: Campaign page

Republican Senator Dick Black represents the newly formed 13th District encompassing both parts of Loudoun and Prince Williams Counties. Formerly, Senator Black represented the 32nd District in Loudoun County, Virginia, for eight years in the House of Delegates.

He was born near his mother’s farm in Maryland. He and Barbara have been married for 42 years. They have three children and 14 grandchildren.

He enlisted in the Marines in 1963. By age 21, Black became a second lieutenant and was among the Marines’ youngest aircraft carrier-qualified pilots. He flew 269 combat helicopter missions in Vietnam. Ground fire struck his aircraft on four different occasions.

Black also engaged in bitter ground combat with the 1st Marine Regiment. His radiomen were killed and he was wounded during an attack against enemy positions across the Hoi An River. Black served in small-unit actions where two fellow Marines–PFC Gary Martini and SSgt. Jimmie Howard–won the Medal of Honor. While in office, he was the only member of the Virginia General Assembly who held the Purple Heart Medal for wounds received in battle.

After the war, he served as a flight instructor and later attended engineer school. Black graduated second from engineer officers’ class and was made a Company Commander. He deployed his 240-man unit to Vieques Island, Puerto Rico. There, Captain Black’s Marines rebuilt the island runway. They operated a large rock quarry–drilling, blasting, crushing and trucking aggregate used to pave the airstrip. By then, Captain Black was 25 years old.

Dick left the Marines to attend the University of Florida. There, he was twice elected to the Student Senate. He graduated with honors from the School of Business in 1973 and earned a law degree in 1976. He practiced law in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, before accepting a commission as a Major in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG).

The Judge Advocate General of the Army appointed Dick to head the legal office at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. While there, he lobbied the Missouri legislature for legislation that curbed drunk driving. As an ex-officio member of the City Council for St. Robert, Missouri, Black led a major crackdown on vice that shut down eight houses of prostitution.

He supervised 40 attorneys at Ft. Lewis, Washington. There, he executed one of the most complex federal land transactions in recent years. He negotiated and developed legislation protecting competing interests of state and federal agencies, environmental groups, ranchers, and the Yakima Indian Nation. His efforts preserved the hunting and fishing rights of the Indian people, and provided for the eventual return of the vast, 63,000-acre tract to them.

Black headed the Army’s Criminal Law Division at the Pentagon. He developed Executive Orders for the President’s signature, and laws that were enacted by Congress. He advised senior government officials on issues of national significance. He testified before the U.S. Congress, representing the U.S. Army, on four occasions.

In 1994, Colonel Dick Black retired from military service to become a partner in the law firm of Taylor, Horbaly, and Black. In addition to operating a successful law practice, Dick Black was a frequent media guest who appeared over 30 times on CNN and other national networks discussing foreign and military affairs.

Black has been a member of the Law Enforcement Alliance of America, Virginia Society for Human Life, National Federation of Independent Business, Knights of Columbus, Izaak Walton League, NRA, VFW, American Legion, Military Officers Association, and Virginia Right to Life.

He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of Virginia. He has held a Top Secret security clearance. His special interests include chemistry, herpetology, foreign and military affairs, construction engineering . . . and his nine grandchildren!

Colonel Black was elected to the House of Delegates in February 1998. His awards include the Samuel Adams Award for Leadership in Government, the Brent Society Distinguished Service Award for defending life, marriage and family values, the Project Michael Award for protecting unborn children, and the Lamplighter Award for defending human life.

National Right to Work selected him as Virginia’s top legislator for 2003, an honor usually reserved for U.S. Senators and Representatives. In 2006, he received 100% ratings from the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the Fairfax County Taxpayers Alliance, and the Family Foundation. Both the Family Foundation and the Virginia Association of Chiropractors named Delegate Black Northern Virginia Legislator of the Year. He earned an A+ rating from the NRA. His military awards include the Purple Heart Medal, three Legions of Merit, thirteen Air Medals, two Presidential Unit Citations, the Army General Staff Badge, and Naval Aviators’ Wings of Gold.

Dick Black enacted legislation to build the Rt. 28 Freeway with ten new flyovers. He was among Virginia’s foremost conservative leaders. In 2004, he set the high-water mark for pro-life legislation. He enacted legislation requiring Parental Consent for minors’ abortions. He was Chief Co-patron of the Ban on Partial Birth Abortion.

He sponsored the Firearms Preemption Act that swept away hundreds of conflicting local ordinances, and restored 2nd Amendment rights to Virginia. He advocated lower taxes and limited government. He opposed special group rights. He supported the original meaning of the 1st and 2nd Amendments, advocated school choice, and was a strong proponent of U.S. sovereignty. He is strongly pro-business and tough on crime.

He has never voted for a single tax. He and Del. Bob Marshall sued and won a unanimous victory in the Virginia Supreme Court, blocking HB 3202 and its 14 new taxes.

Senator Black was elected to serve in the Virginia State Senate on November 8, 2011 and proudly serves the citizens of the 13th District.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney
    Taylor, Horbaly, and Black
    1994 to present
  • Lead attorney
    Army- Criminal Law Division
    1976 to 1994
  • Helicopter pilot and Engineer
    Marines
    1969 to 1973

Education

  • JD
    University of Florida
    1973 to 1976
  • BA, Business
    University of Florida
    1969 to 1973

Awards

  • Samuel Adams Award for Leadership in Government (2019)
  • Brent Society Distinguished Service Award (2019)
  • Project Michael Award (2019)
  • Lamplighter Award (2019)

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Kirk Lundby, Mary Fraser

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E518
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7513
Fax: (804) 698-7651

District Office
P.O. Box 3026
Leesburg, VA 20177
Phone: (703) 406-2951

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Black first held elective office on the Loudoun County Library Board, where in 1997 he authored a policy that blocked pornography on library computers. The policy drew national attention and First Amendment litigation struck down the policy.

The United States Supreme Court ruled in 2003 in US v. American Library Association that public libraries’ use of Internet filtering software does not violate their patrons’ First Amendment rights. Today Loudoun County Public libraries do contain internet filters, but allow adult patrons to turn them off provided they read and sign the LCPL Adult Internet Use Agreement to register to use the Internet, and by doing so agree to comply with library policies and guidelines which prohibit the viewing of pornographic materials.

In 1996, Dick Black was practicing military law in Northern Virginia. In an interview with The Washington Times, Black said despite evidence that mixed gender training leads to sexual misconduct, the Pentagon will not revert to same-sex assignments between instructors and recruits. Black said doing so “would be inconsistent with this tremendous drive to feminize the military today, to pretend there is no difference between the sexes.”

Virginia House of Delegates
Black was first elected to the Virginia House in a special election in 1998 to succeed Republican Delegate Bill Mims, who had been elected to the Virginia Senate. Black resigned from the Library Board a few months after being sworn-in. A “deeply conservative” delegate, Black became well known for making controversial statements.

During the 2001 Legislative session, Black dealt with a number of abortion related bills. In February 2001, he co-sponsored a bill to establish a 24-hour “informed consent” waiting period for women seeking an abortion. The bill required a clinic or hospital to tell a woman seeking an abortion the approximate age of the fetus, details of the abortion procedure and other options available to her. The bill eventually passed and was signed into law.

Also during the 2001 session, Black opposed a bill that would allow the “morning-after pill” to be dispensed at pharmacies. Opponents of the bill said that, unlike normal contraceptives that prevent the fertilization of an egg, these types of emergency contraceptives can act as an abortifacient, preventing a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterine wall. “This is a baby pesticide we’re looking at. It’s a toxic method of eliminating a child,” said Black.Although the bill failed to become law, the morning-after pill can be purchased in Virginia from pharmacies without a prescription by people ages 17 or older and with a prescription for those 16 and younger, and one brand is available over-the-counter for people of all ages without ID.

Route 28 Corridor Improvements
During the 2002 Session, Black successfully passed HB 735 – Transportation Improvement Districts. The bill was designed to allow property along the Route 28 corridor to be included in multiple special tax districts. This was necessary because some of the property was already in an existing special tax district and the landowners along Route 28 were looking to create a new transportation improvement district to change this major corridor into a high speed freeway.[20]

In late 2002 and early 2003, Black opposed erecting a statue of Abraham Lincoln and his son Thomas at the Tredegar Iron Works to commemorate Lincoln’s visit to Richmond on April 4, 1865, 10 days before his assassination. Black said, “Putting a statue to [Lincoln] there is sort of like putting the Confederate flag at the Lincoln Memorial.”

In July 2003, Black proposed legislation that would prevent unmarried and gay couples from applying for low-interest home mortgages, saying that the state was “spending $90 million to subsidize sodomy and adultery. I just don’t understand why we are taking money away [from worthwhile programs] and supporting a radical homosexual agenda.”

Also in 2003, delivered plastic fetus dolls to fellow delegates and senators.[23] Black used the dolls to generate publicity for his bill requiring Parental consent for a minor to get an abortion.[24] Black’s bill, HB 1402, passed and was signed into law.

In February of 2005, he urged his constituents to picket Stone Bridge High School for putting on a play about a gay football player, claiming that the school was “being used to promote a homosexual lifestyle.” He further claimed that attempts to “encourage homosexual activity, to portray it in a cute or favorable light” could lead to children contracting HIV.[26] In 2004, he said with regard to Virginia’s sodomy law: “If I’m the last person on the face of this Earth to vote against legalizing sodomy, I’ll do it.”

Ollin Crawford
During his time in the Virginia House of Delegates, Black was also involved with advocating for clemency on behalf of Ollin Crawford. Crawford, known as the “grenade lady,” was serving a 70 year sentence after she committed a series of robberies where she claimed to have a grenade stuffed into a sock. No one was injured in any of the four robberies. Because the Dept. of Corrections classified Crawford as a “three-time loser,” she was ineligible for parole.

Black’s interest in the case came from what he felt was a discrepancy in the way Crawford was treated and a similar case where Sue Kennon, a suburban housewife, committed four armed robberies with a toy pistol. Kennon was granted parole in 2001 after serving 14 years of a 48 year sentence.  In pointing out the similarities of the case, but the difference in outcome, Black said. “I don’t believe there was deliberate discrimination, but reasonable people might ask why a poor black woman hasn’t received the same consideration as an affluent white woman. We do know that two women with very similar cases received vastly different treatment.”

Black advocated on Crawford’s behalf for 10 years, starting in 1997. He requested clemency for Crawford from three different Virginia Governors, including George Allen (American politician) and Mark Warner. Finally, Tim Kaine granted clemency and Crawford was released in early 2008.

Black was defeated in his quest for a fifth term by Democrat David Poisson in 2005. Poisson defeated him 53%–47%. Black ran for the Republican nomination in the special election for Virginia’s 1st congressional district in October 2007. A convention was held to determine the nominee and Black came fifth eliminated in the fourth ballot. State Delegate Rob Wittman was picked and went on to win the election.

Virginia Senate
Black ran for the State Senate in 2011 in the newly created 13th district, which encompasses nearly half of Loudoun County and a portion of Prince William County. His former home had been in another portion of Loudoun County represented in the State Senate by Democrat Mark Herring. Black won a hard-fought three-way primary, taking 3,143 votes (38.83%) to John Stirrup’s 3,029 votes (37.42%) and Robert S. Fitzsimmonds’ 1,923 votes (23.76%).[31] In the general election, Black handily defeated Democrat Shawn Mitchell by 57% to 43%.

In an interview in December 2013, Black compared same-sex marriage to polygamy and incest, saying that although he opposed polygamy, “at least it functions biologically”, adding that it was “just more natural” than homosexuality.

In 2014, Black briefly ran for Virginia’s 10th congressional district in the 2014 elections to succeed retiring Republican incumbent Frank Wolf. He withdrew on January 23, two days after declaring his candidacy, saying: “after meeting with Republican Caucus leaders in Richmond, it is imperative that I remain in the Senate where I am needed to maintain our 20/20 split.” Although the Virginia Senate was split 20/20, Democrats held the majority as Ralph Northam, the Democratic Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, cast tie-breaking votes.

In January 2019, Black announced he would not seek reelection for his State Senate seat in the 2019 Virginia legislative elections and instead retire at the end of his term.

Recent Elections

2015 State SenatorArray

Richard Black (R)25,89852.3%
Barbra Jill McCabe (D)23,54447.5%
Write in (Write-in)840.2%
TOTAL49,526

2011 State SenatorArray

Richard Black (R)20,78657.0%
Jeffrey Shawn Mitchell (D)15,61342.8%
Write in (Write-in)980.3%
TOTAL36,497

Source: Department of Elections

Finances

BLACK, RICHARD H (DICK) has run in 6 races for public office, winning 5 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $2,435,563.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
Commerce and Labor
Education and Health
General Laws and Technology
Rehabilitation and Social Services

Appointments

Block Grants
Metro Reform Commission
Northern Virginia Transportation Authority
School Leadership & Student Outcomes
War Memorial Board, Virginia

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Source: Campaign page

Quick Q and A

Q: What is the most important issue facing Virginians today?
America is facing the greatest economic challenge of our lifetime. We are on the cusp of a major recession. Americans are suffering widespread job losses, incredible debt, declining home values, and falling retirement account values. We need free-market solutions to the problems — not more debt and bureaucracy.

Q: What are some specific things you will do to create private-sector jobs in Virginia?
I will work to reduce regulations and taxes on small businesses; create economic stability so small businesses are willing to invest in job creation; develop Virginia’s vast off-shore oil and gas reserves; and develop the finest-grade coal reserves in the world found in southwest Virginia.

Q: Why is America in such an economic mess?
There is too much government interference in the economy in the form of regulation and taxes, which creates uncertainty on the part of those with the resources to create jobs. The economy needs stability to encourage prudent investments.

Q: What do Democrats most misunderstand about economics and job creation?
That top-down solutions don’t work. Socialism has failed everywhere it’s been tried, throughout history, anywhere in the world.

Q: What were your major accomplishment as a state assemblyman for eight years?
I sponsored the legislation that built the Route 28 freeway, greatly reducing traffic congestion on this key corridor by replacing traffic lights with overpasses and widening lanes; didn’t vote for a single tax increase in eight years; blocked bail for sexual predators; prohibited drivers licenses for illegal immigrants; and in 2003 passed the most significant pro-life bill ever enacted in Virginia.

Q: What is the key to eliminating U.S. dependence on foreign oil?
Increasing domestic energy production. Virginia has tremendous energy resources which we need to develop. We have vast amounts of off-shore oil and gas deposits; vast amounts of the highest-grade coal in the world in southwest Virginia; and deposits of uranium for nuclear power. Developing energy production will significantly boost the number of well-paying, private-sector jobs available to our citizens.

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Geary HigginsGeary Higgins

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

Overview: N/A

Summary

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

Overview: N/A

About

Geary Higgins 1

Elected in November 2011, Geary M. Higgins represents the Catoctin District on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. He serves as Chair of the Board’s Transportation and Land Use Committee and is a member of the Joint Board of Supervisors-School Board Committee, having previously served as co-chair of that committee. He is one of two of the Board’s representatives on the Northern Virginia Regional Commission and serves as the Board’s representative on the Loudoun County Agricultural District Advisory Committee.

As the Catoctin District School Board Member from 2000-2004, Geary served as the Chairman of the Personnel Services Committee and on the Legislative Policy and Discipline Committees. He worked extensively on formulating the LCPS budgets and initiated the concept for the Academy of Sciences. Since 1998, Geary has been a Board Member and officer for the Loudoun Museum where he has served as the Vice President, Treasurer, and Chairman of the Education Committee.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Vice President
    Labor Relations for the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)
  • Member
    NECA’s executive committee
  • Treasurer
    Council on Industrial Relations
  • Executive Committee Member & Treasurer
    Electrical Training Alliance

    Electrical Training Alliance is the committee responsible for the training of all union journeymen and apprentices in the electrical construction industry.

Volunteer Experience

Geary serves as a trustee for the for the NECA-IBEW Family Medical Health Care Plan. He is a fellow of The Academy of Electrical Contracting.

    Education

    • Business Administration
      Clarion University, Pennsylvania

      Double major in Management and Marketing.

    Web

    Facebook, Twitter, Campaign Site

    Issues

    Civil Rights

    Second Amendment

    Second Amendment –  I believe strongly in protecting our 2nd amendment rights.  Every year, more legislation is introduced that takes away our constitutional rights.  As a proven, committed conservative, you wont have to worry how I will vote on these important issues.

    Education

    Education – Commitment to Students, Teachers, Families and Innovation

    I am the only candidate with proven experience supporting excellence, efficiency and accountability in our schools having served as a Loudoun County School Board member and Co-Chairman of the Loudoun Joint School Board and Board of Supervisors Committee.  As Supervisor, we increased the Loudoun County School budget each year to meet our growing demands for schools, increased starting teacher and mid-career teacher pay in Loudoun, and funded the Academy of Loudoun, which I initiated as a school board member, that seeks to empower students to explore, research, collaborate, innovate, and to make meaningful contributions to the world in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

    As your Senator, I will fight for state resources to adequately fund the needs of the Loudoun and Prince William public school systems. It is critical that we continue to invest in our students and our K-12 education system. Additionally, adequately investing on our K-12 education system reduces the financial burden on local jurisdictions.  When school budgets are not adequately funded, local tax money is reallocated from other important resources like public safety or worse taxes are raised on residents to pay for school funding. Choice for our students is also important and I will support school choice initiatives and equal access measures that support our home school communities so parents and families can make the best education decisions for their family.

    Health Care

    HealthCare – Access and Affordability

    Access to quality health care for Virginians in the Commonwealth is as important as ever.  Families are balancing day-to-day demands on their budgets; housing costs, taxes, day care, education, and commuting costs.  Health care costs are no different. Governor Northam’s veto of common-sense legislation passed by the house and senate last year that would have given Virginians the option of purchasing lower-cost catastrophic healthcare compliant with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is an example of the Governor’s view that government knows better than individuals themselves.  I will work with my Senate colleagues to provide reasonable and affordable healthcare to all Virginians.

    Pro Life

    I am 100% committed to protecting the life of the unborn.  Recent attempts by the Governor and some members of the general assembly to pass legislation allowing for the aborting of children…after they are born, must be stopped.

    Infrastructure

    Transportation

    Congested roadways and long commutes steal time away from our families, are unsafe, and negatively impact our quality of life.  When I was elected to the Board of Supervisors we immediately started to focus on transportation.

    • Beginning in my 2012 term we dedicated two cents of our tax rate specifically to roads.
    • We also added over $150 million each year for road construction and successfully funded critical road improvements such as Route 15 North of Leesburg Corridor, the Route 7 Overpasses at Belmont Ridge Road, the Route 7 overpass at Ashburn Village Boulevard, the Route 7 Climbing Lane West of Leesburg, Waxpool Road, Northstar Boulevard, Braddock Road Widening and many more. We have also focused on improving our western corridors with roundabouts and safety studies; Route 9, Route 15, Route 7, Evergreen Mill Road, Woods Road, and Route 287.
    • In 2013, I along with my colleagues on the Board at that time sued the Greenway for high tolls that “materially discouraged the use of the Greenway.” We were hearing from residents who avoided the Greenway due to the high tolls and the additional burden it placed on our commuting residents. Because of this we were faced with congestion spilling over on alternate roads such as Route 7, Waxpool Road, and Route 50. The buildout of Gloucester Parkway to Route 28 was in most part due to congestion on Waxpool Road from drivers avoiding the Greenway.
    • The Route 15 Corridor North of Leesburg is the project of which I am most proud. On any given day, Route 15 is full of traffic, shut downs and accidents.  I took on this politically charged project to give the residents piece of mind. In less than one-years’ time my office working with our Transportation Department established a stakeholder working group, conducted extensive public outreach, presented and analyzed various corridor solutions, and secured vital funding for Route 15 improvements.  Most of the funding for the project ($54 MILLION) was secured in an unprecedented six months. The project is now in the design phase with construction scheduled to begin in FY2022.

    As your Senator,

    • I will continue my work as Supervisor to eliminate oppressive tolls on residents.
    • Secure fair share of transportation revenue for Northern Virginia Road Projects
    • Protect Transportation Trust Funds. Roads should be our top funding priority through the Trust Fund and not raided for other initiatives.
    • Work to implement Metro reforms and accountability
    • Increase funding for Rural Road Maintenance
    • Increase VDOT funding for road paving

    Loudoun County State Park

    After seven years of hard work with the Board of Supervisors and the General Assembly, I was finally able to bring what will now be an 880-acre State Park to Loudoun. After two unsuccessful years of trying to obtain funding from the General Assembly, I was able to identify funding from the County’s Land Acquisition Fund to purchase the property.  This is a game changer for Loudoun, our rural economy and the region. The Loudoun State Park will be an important contributor to Loudoun’s $1.7 billion tourism industry. Park visitors will be able to experience and explore our surrounding history, equine industry, farms, wineries, breweries and bed and breakfasts and other great experiences like our Artisan Trail, Wine Country Passport and the LoCo Ale trail. The park will also provide an important connection to Harper’s Ferry National Park, the Appalachian Trail and the Potomac Heritage Trail. Future expansion will also preserve a considerable piece of history as this land includes the route Mosby’s Rangers took to attack the federal camp of Cole’s Cavalry almost one-hundred and fifty five years ago on that cold and snowy day – January 10, 1864.

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    Jasmine Moawad-Barrientos

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

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

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    About

    Jasmine Moawad-Barrientos 1

    Source: Campaign page

    Jasmine’s passion is advocacy, her specialty in civil, and human rights as she understands that now. We are citizens of the world, and we, should have more comprehensive understanding of Civil Laws and Human Rights. Her practice and experience include working in the Supreme Court in Bolivia, learning international law interpretation, and working in Brazil in a very “heartbreaking field” as she describes. She worked in the Sexual Assault Center Program Advocacy in the “fabelas”(poor villages), in which she met women, children, transgender and gays who were physically, mentally, and sexually abused. She recently received a recognition by the department of education and the Superintendent of Public Instruction for a year of Service in support of students across the Commonwealth of Virginia with Suicide and Bullying Prevention Programs.

    She born in Spain in a Muslim religion culture with Palestinian roots and was raised later in South America with a catholic mother. Jasmine attended a Catholic school for most of her student and college years, as her father worked as diplomat and the military field for many years. She moved to The United States of America as any other immigrant did chasing the “American Dream”. She depicted Virginia as her home for being “warm, welcoming and inspirational”. She works in Virginia integrating immigrants to the American system and recently with victims of human trafficking and forced labor.

    Jasmine is a Next Generation Muslim Latinx, her kids two boys and a girl; like to call themselves “CHRISLIMS” Christian and Muslims as they celebrate Ramadan and Christmas as many next generation Chrislims in United States of America.

    She is passionate about empowering immigrant minorities and the vulnerable. She recently wrote a book “the Devils skunk” to empower teens and spread awareness of suicidal prevention.
    She was invited for the Pluralism Project by the Harvard University.
    She also was the public speaker for Sharia laws and Hate Crimes at the Arkansas LAW Bar Association. She has been interviewed by her labor of advocacy with DACA “Dreamers”in Telemundo TV and for Islamophobia prevention and her work at the “Muslim Ban” at the Dulles airport by Al Jazeera TV.
    She was one of the few political writers who help readers decide to vote for candidates who support our ideals and keep their promises. Her articles are all over the internet under Washington Post and Huffington Post.
    She is the founder of NAPAC National ProAmerica Coalition in which she is working in a bill called Bullying Prevention Act.
    She is member of the board of ARD American Rights Defenders who along NACA The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America have helped many subprime and later on Alt-A , and Prime mortgage and homeowners people to fight for their homes in foreclosure in 2010 and 2011 from predatory lending from National Corporates like JP Morgan part of Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley and Bank of America Merrill Lynch with Countrywide around USA and mainly in Virginia.
    On 2014 Jasmine went against an establishment, the FBI and she got her name LADYJ the UNDERDOG ,because she was the first person who was able to find justice in Maryland criminalizing and pushing a sentence for an FBI supervisor of counterterrorism who violently try to kill her 14 year old son while off duty, for the only reason of being Hispanics.
    On 2018 she become a University of Virginia fellow trough their Sorensen Institute.
    She has been awarded with the 40 under 40 DC Prospanica for the best notorious leaders of 2017.
    She is working with HUDSON LINK project to bring higher education to inmates in Virginia as the same program in New York.

    She grassroot for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez campaign in New York and many others locally, as they follow same political ideology and movement.

    As the year progresses she wants you to know that running for office is not an easy task. When you decide for a candidate do your homework, check what he or she has been doing for the community during this past years their political views and affiliations, because few will stay in their promises once they reach their positions unless they have worked in service for years.

    Jasmine has been working with the immigrant community, the children and the seniors for more than ten years and that makes her very sensible to the vulnerable.

    And like “LADY J” the UNDERDOG and your future Senator says , it is not about a political party ,it is a political revolution, a social movement that started with few but now are so many…who fights injustice and rejects corruption.

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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

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    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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