VA 2019 Senate Competitive Districts

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

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

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

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

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

About Virginia Elections

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

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

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

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

Current Position: State Senator since 1980
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

Louise Lucas

Current Position: State Senator since 1992
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

Current Position: State Senator since 1992
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

Monty Mason

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

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

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

Mamie Locke

Current Position: State Senator since 2004
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

Herb Jones Jr.

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

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Ryan McDougle

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

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

Stan Scott

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

Overview: N/A

Lionell Spruill

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

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

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

Jeff Staples

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

Overview: N/A

Lynwood Lewis

Current Position: State Senator since 2014
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Elizabeth Lankford

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

Overview: N/A

Cheryl Turpin

Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Jen Kiggans

Current Position: State Senator
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

 

Bill DeSteph

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

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

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

Missy Cotter Smasal

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

Overview: N/A

Jenn McClellan

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

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

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

Mark Lewis

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

Overview: N/A

Ghazala Hashmi

Current Position: State Senator
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

Amanda Chase

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

Amanda Pohl

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

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

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

Siobhan Dunnavant

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Republican

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

Debra Rodman

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

Overview: N/A

Geary Higgins

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

Overview: N/A

Jasmine Moawad-Barrientos

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

Overview: N/A

John Cosgrove

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

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

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

Rebecca Raveson

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

Overview: N/A

Frank Ruff

Current Position: State Senator since 2000
Affiliation: Republican

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

Roz Dance

Current Position: State Senator since 2014
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

Virginia Smith

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

Overview: N/A

Joe Morrissey

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

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

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

Waylin Ross

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

Overview: N/A

Bryce Reeves

Current Position: State Senator since 2012
Affiliation: Republican

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

Amy Laufer

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

Overview: N/A

David Suetterlein

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Republican

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

Flourette Ketner

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

Overview: N/A

Bill Stanley

Current Position: State Senator since 2011
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

Sherman Witcher

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

Overview: N/A

John Edwards

Current Position: State Senator since 1996
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

 

Steven Nelson

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

Overview: N/A

Mark Peake

Current Position: State Senator since 2017
Affiliation: Republican

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

Dakota Claytor

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

Overview: N/A

Steve Newman

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

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

Emmett Hanger

Current Position: State Senator since 1996
Affiliation: Republican

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

Annette Hyde

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

Overview: N/A

Creigh Deeds

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

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

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

Mark Obenshain

Current Position: State Senator since 2001
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

April Moore

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

Overview: N/A

John Bell

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

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

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

Jill Vogel

Current Position: State Senator since 2008
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

Ronnie Ross III

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

Overview: N/A

Richard Stuart

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

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

Jeremy McPike

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat

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

Adam Ebbin

Current Position: State Senator since 2012
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

Barbara Favola

Current Position: State Senator since 2012
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

Janet Howell

Current Position: State Senator since 1992
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

Jennifer Boysko

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

 

Suzanne Fox

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

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Chap Petersen

Current Position: State Senator since 2008
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

Scott Surovell

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

Dave Marsden

Current Position: State Senator since 2010
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

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

Benton Chafin

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

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

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

George McCall

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

Overview: N/A

George Barker

Current Position: State Senator since 2008
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

Dutch Hillenburg

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

Overview: N/A

Todd Pillion

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

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

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

Ken Heath

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

Overview: N/A

VA 2019 Senate Competitive DistrictsVA 2019 Senate Competitive Districts

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

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

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

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

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

Summary

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

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

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

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

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

VA Senate District 6

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

VA Senate 6 – 2019

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

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

VA Senate District 7

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

VA Senate 7 – 2019

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

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

VA Senate District 10

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

VA Senate 10 – 2019

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

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

VA Senate District 12

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

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

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

VA Senate District 13

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

Senate 13

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

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

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About Virginia Elections 2About Virginia Elections

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

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

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

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

Summary

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

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

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

Web elections.virginia.gov
Facebook  Twitter  YouTube

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

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Voting Eligibility

To be eligible to vote, you must be:

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

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

Student Voters

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

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

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

For more information, go this Virginia Elections web page.

Voter Photo ID

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

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

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

Need a Photo ID?

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

Forgot your photo ID on Election Day?

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

Acceptable forms of valid identification

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

 

Voter Registration

To register to vote

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

To be eligible to vote, you must be:

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

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

For registered Voters

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

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

Update/Check Registration

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

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

3rd Party Registration Training

Published July 29, 2018 by the Dept. of Elections

Email Department of Elections

General questions: info@elections.virginia.gov

Campaign Finance: cfda@elections.virginia.gov

Media inquiries: media@elections.virginia.gov

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

How to become a candidate for office

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

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

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

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

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

Instructions for Potential Candidates

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

For more information, go this Virginia Elections web page.

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

State Board of Elections

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

Wikipedia Entry

Source: Wikipedia

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

State Board

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

Ballot access

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

Litigation

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

Sarvis v. Judd

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

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

Libertarian Party of Virginia v. Judd

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

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

Perry v. Judd

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

Project Vote v. Long

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

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

Harper v. Virginia Board of Elections

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

Commissioners

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

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Dick Saslaw 3

Current Position: State Senator since 1980
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 1980
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

About

Dick Saslaw

Source: Campaign page

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Experience

Work Experience

  • Businessman
    Gasoline and auto service industry.

Education

  • B.S. in economics
    University of Maryland

Awards

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

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Janet Muldoon,Josue Turrubiates

Email:

Offices

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

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

Web

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

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

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

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

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

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

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

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

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

2015 State SenatorArray

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

2011 State Senator

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

2007 State SenatorArray

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

2003 State SenatorArray

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

Finances

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

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Commerce and Labor
Courts of Justice
Education and Health
Finance
Rules

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Governance

Fiscal Responsibility

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

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

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

Civil Rights

Champion for Women’s Rights

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

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

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

Economy

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

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

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

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

Education

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

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

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

Environment

Energy Modernization and Security

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

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

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

Health Care

Medicaid Expansion

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

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

Infrastructure

Transportation

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

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

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

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

Safety

Gun Violence Prevention

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

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

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

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

News

News Posts

Conservation Hero
Campaign Site – June 9, 2019

We’ve been in campaign mode since September of last year.

During that time, I’ve run a positive campaign, knocking on more than 10,000 doors across the district, talking to voters about the issues that matter to them. It should come as no surprise that our opposition has not been as positive.

Instead, they’ve waged a campaign trying to mislead voters on my record in the Senate.

That’s why I’m proud to announce that one of the largest environmental advocacy organizations in the entire country, the League of Conservation Voters (Virginia Chapter), has named me one of their “Legislative Heroes” of 2019.

I’m proud of my environmental record, and while my opponent(s) continue to mislead you on the facts, I hope you’ll stand with me this Tuesday, June 11.

As Majority Leader, I’ll fight for a greener and cleaner Commonwealth.

See you at the polls,

Twitter

Videos

Speeches

Senator Dick Saslaw – Three Percent Raise for Teachers
Published on June 2, 2018

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Louise Lucas 2Louise Lucas

Current Position: State Senator since 1992
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 1992
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

About

Louise Lucas

Source: Wikipedia

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

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

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

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

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

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

Experience

Work Experience

  • President/CEO
    Lucas Lodge
    2019 to present

Education

  • MA
    Norfolk State University
    2019 to present

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

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

Personal

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

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Vernon Tillage, Denis Young

Email:

Offices

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

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

Web

Government Page, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

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

2015 State DelegateArray

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

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Committees

Committees

Commerce and Labor
Courts of Justice
Education and Health
Finance

Appointments

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

Voting Record

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

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

News

In the News

Virginia GOP has stopped abortion law change for years. Democrats hope 2020 will be different
By: Marie Albiges
Virginia Pilot – January 17, 2019

Videos

Other Videos

This Week In Richmond: Louise Lucas, Marvin Figueroa, Dr. John Yosay
Community Idea Stations
Published on October 29, 2018
By: Community Idea Stations

On this episode of This Week in Richmond host David Bailey is joined by Senator L. Louise Lucas (D Distric 18). Marvin Figueroa, Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources. as well as Dr. John Yosay a family doctor in Colonial Heights, VA to discuss healthcare.
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Thomas Norment 1

Current Position: State Senator since 1992
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 1992
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

About

Thomas Norment

Source: Campaign page

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

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

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

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

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Professor
    College of William and Mary

Education

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

Personal

Born in Richmond, Virginia on April 12, 1946

Membership & Affiliation

Episcopal; member: Bruton Parish Church

Contact

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

Email:

Offices

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

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

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, YouTube, Facebook

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

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

 

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

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

2015 State DelegateArray

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

Finances

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

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

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

Appointments

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

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

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

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

News

News Posts

Norment News

Videos

Other Videos

Cable Reports Update
Thomas Norment
Published on February 29, 2012
By: Thomas Norment

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Monty MasonMonty Mason

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

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

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

Summary

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

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

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

About

Monty Mason 1

Source: Campaign page

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

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

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

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

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

Experience

Work Experience

  • Senior director
    Visa

    specializing on fraud prevention and risk management.

Education

  • BA
    College of William and Mary
    1989

Personal

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

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Thomas Cross

Email:

Offices

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

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

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

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

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

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

2016 State SenatorArray

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

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

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

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

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

Appointments

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

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Economy

Jobs

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

The Mason plan:

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

Education

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

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

Infrastructure

Transportation

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

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

Social Security

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

Veterans

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

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

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

News

News Posts

Twitter

Videos

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Monty Made It Happen
Monty Mason
Published on October 7, 2015
By: Monty Mason

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Mamie LockeMamie Locke

Current Position: State Senator since 2004
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2004
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

About

Mamie Locke 1

Education

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

Employment

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

Professional Memberships

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

Awards and Honors

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

Civic/Social Activities

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

Senate Appointments

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

Additional Affiliations

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

Publications

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

Additional Information

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

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

Experience

Work Experience

  • Dean, School Of Liberal Arts
    Hampton University

Education

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

Personal

Born in Brandon, Mississippi on March 19, 1954

Membership & Affiliation

Roman Catholic Church

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Theressa Parker

Email:

Offices

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

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

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

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

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

In 2007, Locke was unopposed.

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

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

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

2015 State SenatorArray

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

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

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

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

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

Appointments

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

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

News

Twitter

Videos

Other Videos

Mamie E. Locke
Dominion Energy
Published on February 6, 2016
By: Dominion Energy

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Herb Jones Jr.Herb Jones Jr.

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

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Summary

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

N/A

About

Herb Jones Jr. 2

Source: Campaign page

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

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

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

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

Experience

Work Experience

Awards

  • Champion, Progressive Change Campaign Committee (2019)

Contact

Email:

Offices

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

Web

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Campaign Site

Issues

Economy

Economic Policy

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

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

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

Tax Reform

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

Education

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

Environment

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

Health Care

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

Safety

Gun Violence & Gun Safety

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

Cannabis & Hemp Policy

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

News

In the News

Former New Kent treasurer Herb Jones announces run for 3rd state senate district
Virginia Gazette – August 14, 2018

Former New Kent County treasurer and Providence Forge resident Herb Jones is a candidate for the 3rd Senatorial District of Virginia.

Jones has filed paperwork to run as a Democrat against Republican majority leader Sen. Thomas “Tommmy” K. Norment, R-James City, according to Jones.

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Ryan McDougleRyan McDougle

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

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

Summary

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

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

About

Ryan McDougle 1

Source: Campaign page

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

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

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

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

Experience

Work Experience

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

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

Education

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

  • James Madison University
    2019 to present

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Kyler Hedrick, Jordan Stewart

Email:

Offices

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

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

Web

Government Page, Facebook, Campaign Site, Twitter

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

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

2015 State DelegateArray

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

2011 State DelegateArray

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

Finances

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

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Delegation

Chair
   Virginia Senate Republican Caucus
Chair
   Senate Rules Committee

Committees

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

Appointments

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

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Governance

HOLDING THE LINE ON TAXES

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

Civil Rights

PROTECTING OUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS

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

PROTECTING THOSE WHO CANNOT PROTECT THEMSELVES

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

Economy

MORE JOBS, STRONGER ECONOMY

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

Health Care

GREATER AFFORDABILITY AND CHOICES IN HEALTHCARE

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

Veterans

SUPPORTING THOSE WHO PROTECT US

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

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Updates

Sen. Ryan McDougle Weekly Update
Senators4VA
Published on February 9, 2011
By: Senators4VA

Sen. Ryan McDougle, R-Mechanicsville, talks about crossover and his efforts to improve Virginia’s budget process.

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Stan ScottStan Scott

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

Overview: N/A

Summary

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

Overview: N/A

About

Source: Campaign page

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

Experience

Work Experience

Education

Personal

Membership & Affiliation

Source

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

Contact

Email:

Offices

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

Web

Campaign Site

Issues

Governance

Campaign Finance Reform

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

Economy

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

Education

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

Environment

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

Health Care

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

Safety

Gun Sense for Public Safety

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

News

In the News

Army veteran to challenge McDougle for state Senate
By: Adele Uphaus
April 17, 2019

Stan Scott, an Army veteran and small business owner, has announced plans to challenge incumbent Republican Sen. Ryan McDougle for the 4th District state Senate seat this November.

The 4th District includes all of Caroline, Essex, Richmond, Northumberland, Lancaster and Middlesex counties as well as parts of Hanover, Spotsylvania, King George and Westmoreland.

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Lionell Spruill 1Lionell Spruill

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

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

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

Summary

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

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

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

About

Lionell Spruill

Source: Campaign page

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

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

 

Experience

Work Experience

Education

Awards

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

Personal

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

Membership & Affiliation

Source

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

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Susan Rowland, Holly Anderson

Email:

Offices

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

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

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

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

2016 State SenatorArray

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

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

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

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Commerce and Labor
Privileges and Elections
Rehabilitation and Social Services

Appointments

Alcoholic Beverage Control Subcommittee

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Economy

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

Improve State Funding

Collaborate with state workforce development to bring funds to the district

Education

Greater Funding

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

Promote Vocational Education

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

Infrastructure

Improve Reliable Transportation

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

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Jeff Staples 2Jeff Staples

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

Overview: N/A

Summary

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

Overview: N/A

About

Jeff Staples 3

Source: Campaign page

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

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

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

Experience

Work Experience

  • Automotive Repair Professional

Education

Contact

Email:

Offices

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

Web

Campaign Site, Facebook, Twitter

Politics

Finances

Source: Follow the Money

Issues

Governance

Campaign Finance Reform

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

Civil Rights

Gender Rights

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

Legalization of Marijuana

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

Criminal Justice

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

Education

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

Environment

Clean Energy

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

Health Care

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

Infrastructure

Transportation

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

Safety

Gun Rights

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

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Lynwood Lewis 1Lynwood Lewis

Current Position: State Senator since 2014
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2014
Affiliation: Democrat

Overview: N/A

About

Lynwood Lewis

Source: Campaign page

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

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

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

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

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

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney

Education

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

Personal

Membership & Affiliation

Born in Parksley, Virginia on November 26, 1961

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Jessie Williams, Michele Haynie

Email:

Offices

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

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

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

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

2019 State SenatorArray

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

Finances

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

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
Education and Health
Local Government

Appointments

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

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Civil Rights

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

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

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

Democracy

Voting Rights

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

Economy

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

Labor

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

Education

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

 

Environment

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

Health Care

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

Housing

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

More Issues

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

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Published on February 18, 2015
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Elizabeth LankfordElizabeth Lankford

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

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

Overview: N/A

About

Source: Campaign page

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

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

Experience

Work Experience

Contact

Email:

Web

Campaign Site

Issues

Civil Rights

Right to Work

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

 
 

Economy

Job Creation

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

Education

K-12 Education

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

Secondary Education

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

 

Environment

Natural Disaster Protection

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

Health Care

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

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Republican Elizabeth Lankford Enters Va. 6th Senate District Race
WBOC – July 11, 2019

Elizabeth Lankford on Thursday announced that she is running for election in Virginia’s 6th Senate District. Lankford is a Republican challenging incumbent Democratic Sen. Lynwood Lewis.

Lankford, an Eastern Shore native, graduated from James Madison University and lived in Washington, D.C, before returning to the Eastern Shore.

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Cheryl Turpin 2Cheryl Turpin

Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

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Current Position: State Delegate since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

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About

Cheryl Turpin 1

Source: Campaign page

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

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

Giving Back to Students and the Community

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

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

Experience

Work Experience

  • Teacher

Education

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

Personal

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

Contact

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

Email:

Offices

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

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

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook, Twitter

Politics

Recent Elections

2017 State DelegateArray

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

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

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

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Privileges and Elections
Education

Subcommittees

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

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Civil Rights

Human Rights

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

Economy

Economic Opportunities

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

Education

Strengthen Education

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

Environment

Safe Environment

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

Infrastructure

Transportation

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

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Spring Commencement 2018: TCC Keynote Speaker Cheryl Turpin
Tidewater Community College
Published on May 21, 2018
By: Tidewater Community College

Tidewater Community College celebrated its graduates at the Ted Constant Convocation Center on May 12, where more than 700 of the college’s 1,300 graduates walked in cap and gown.

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Jennifer KiggansJen Kiggans

Current Position: State Senator
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

 

Summary

Current Position: State Senator
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

 

About

Jen Kiggans

Source: Campaign page

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

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

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

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

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

 

Experience

Work Experience

Education

Awards

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

Contact

Legislative Aide: Joe Link

Offices

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

Richmond office
Phone: (804) 698-7507

Web

Campaign Site, YouTube, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State Senator

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

Issues

Source: Campaign page

HEALTHCARE

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

ECONOMY

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

VETERANS

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

PUBLIC SAFETY

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

ENVIRONMENT

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

EDUCATION

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

TRAFFIC

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

FAMILIES

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

Civil Rights

Families

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

Economy

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

Education

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

Environment

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

Health Care

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

Infrastructure

Traffic

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

Safety

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

Veterans

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

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Cheryl Turpin to face Jen Kiggans in Virginia Senate battle; Lynwood Lewis easily wins
By: Marie Albiges
The Virginian Pilot – June 11, 2019

A one-term Virginia Beach delegate and a former Navy pilot-turned-geriatric nurse clinched the nominations for their respective parties in the 7th Senate District and will face each other in the November election.

Democratic Del. Cheryl Turpin defeated two Navy veterans, Kim Howard and Susan Hippen, on Tuesday, receiving 3,267, or 58.79% of the votes, according to state Board of Elections results. Howard and Hippen received 13.68% and 27.53% of the votes, respectively. On the GOP side, Jen Kiggans narrowly defeated Virginia Beach School Board member Carolyn Weems — 51.63% to 48.37%.

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Jen Kiggans For Senate – Ready to Serve
Published on May 2, 2019

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Bill DeSteph 1Bill DeSteph

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

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

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

Summary

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

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

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

About

Bill DeSteph

Source: Campaign page

Bill DeSteph is a pragmatic, compassionate veteran, entrepreneur, leader, and father, whose chosen pursuit is to serve and protect our nation’s citizens. He has devoted his entire career to assessing critical problems, devising prudent strategies, and executing innovative solutions. As Senator representing the 8th Senate District, he brings a proven record of accountability and economic development to the Virginia General Assembly.

Desert Storm veteran, DeSteph proudly served in the United States Navy, both as a chief petty officer, and later, as a naval special-warfare intelligence officer. He later joined the defense technology firm AMTI as a senior vice president and co-owner, where he assisted in the growth and eventual sale of the company. From 2003-2013, he served on the Virginia Beach City Council, where he earned a reputation as a fiscal conservative who consistently fought for government transparency and accountability.

Bill DeSteph has given his time and resources to the city of Virginia Beach for years, coaching youth sports as well volunteering for the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, Prevent Child Abuse Hampton Roads, the Noblemen, Hampton Roads Community Care and the Naval Special Warfare Foundation. He also serves on the Boy Scouts of America Tidewater Council Board of Directors and is an active member of Law Enforcement United, participating in the annual “Road to Hope” bicycle ride for many years.

Bill believes in smaller, smarter government, and works tirelessly on behalf of the citizens of Virginia Beach to promote public safety, free-market capitalism, energy independence, and private-sector job creation throughout the Commonwealth and our great nation.

Vocationally, Bill has been engaged in homeland security at the federal, state, and local level, which provides him with a unique understanding of complex policy issues, as well as the support, training, and resources needed to protect our families.

Over 20 years ago, he joined the United States Navy as an enlisted sailor, working his way up to chief petty officer. Upon earning his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, he was commissioned as an intelligence officer and Naval Special Warfare Intelligence Officer.

He proudly fought for our country during Operation Desert Storm, Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm and Operation Provide Comfort, defending Kurds fleeing their homes in northern Iraq in the aftermath of the Gulf War and delivering humanitarian aid prior to his retirement from Naval Special Warfare Group 2.

After his naval career, Bill easily transitioned into the corporate environment, leveraging his operational, technical, and tactical skills into the business world. In 1999 he joined AMTI, headquartered in Virginia Beach, as senior vice president and co-owner, where he helped transform this 20-person defense-technology corporation into a leading national supplier of professional and technical services with over 600 employees, 6 satellite offices, and 23 additional client-site locations.

AMTI was recognized as the ninth fastest growing business in Virginia (2003) and continues to flourish as a direct result of his leadership and guidance.
In late December of 2006, AMTI was sold to SAIC Inc., a 45,000-person, $9 billion company. This was truly an American success story. Today, Bill mentors neighboring companies to help enhance the local economy and provide new job opportunities.

Bill has continually demonstrated his commitment to serving the citizens of Virginia Beach as well as the Commonwealth, by fighting to maintain low taxes, carefully reviewing municipal expenditures as a member of Virginia Beach City Council, and reaching across all lines to help make Virginia Beach and Virginia a more dynamic place for citizens, business owners, and our military community.

Bill DeSteph brought this same common-sense approach to the Virginia General Assembly, focusing on job growth and economic development, public safety, and smaller, smarter government.

Bill continually seeks opportunities to raise public awareness and improve the general welfare and constantly works to secure a prosperous future for our Commonwealth and our great nation.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Retired Military
    USNR,

Education

  • BS Finance
    University of Maryland

Personal

Born in Hartford, Connecticut on October 28, 1964

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Jill H Eyler, Regan Roberts, Samantha Schultz

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
Room No: E614
Senate of Virginia
P. O. Box 396
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: (804) 698-7508

District Office
588 Central Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23454
Phone: (757) 321-8180
Fax: (757) 631-6150

Web

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

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

William R. “Bill” DeSteph (R)28,63752.11%
Missy Cotter Smasal (D)26,24247.75%
Write-In (Write-in)810.15%
TOTAL54,960

2015 State SenatorArray

Bill DeSteph (R)15,90558.7%
Howard David Belote (D)11,07540.9%
Write In (Write-in)1060.4%
TOTAL27,086

Finances

DESTEPH JR, BILL R has run in 2 races for public office, winning 2 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $672,848

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

General Laws and Technology
Local Government
Privileges and Elections
Rehabilitation and Social Services
Transportation

Appointments

Administrative Rules, Joint Commission on
Alcoholic Beverage Control Subcommittee
Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund Advisory Committee
Economic Opportunity for Virginians in Aspiring and Diverse Communities, Commission on
Flooding, Joint Subcommittee on Coastal
Manufacturing Development Commission
School Facility Modernization
Tax Preferences, Joint Subcommittee to Evaluate
Technology and Science, Joint Commission on
War Memorial Board, Virginia
Workforce Development, Virginia Board of

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Source: Campaign page

Bill DeSteph has consistently brought a common-sense approach to the Virginia General Assembly, focusing on job growth and economic development, public safety, and smaller, smarter government. Bill continually seeks opportunities to raise public awareness, improve the general welfare, and secure the Commonwealth’s, and our great nation’s, position for the future.

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Missy Cotter SmasalMissy Cotter Smasal

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

Overview: N/A

Summary

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

Overview: N/A

About

Missy Cotter Smasal 1

Source: Campaign page

Missy Cotter Smasal’s life has always been guided by her passion for service and leadership. She has served as an officer in the United States Navy, and owned and operated a successful small business. She’s a dedicated parent, coach, and volunteer, and has advocated for safety in Virginia Beach schools. And today, she’s running to be your state senator.  

Missy’s military career began with a Naval ROTC scholarship to Villanova University, where she graduated with honors in 2000. She also served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the US Navy and was deployed aboard the USS Trenton (LPD-14) during Operation Enduring Freedom. After completing active duty, she earned a master’s degree from Old Dominion University, and completed the Distance Education Command and Staff Program with the Naval War College. 

When her career and family brought Missy to Virginia Beach, she quickly became a leader in the community. From volunteering and coaching youth programs in basketball and soccer, to serving on the executive board of the PTA, Missy took action and worked hard to help build a community that could serve as a model for Virginia, and for the country. She also owned and operated a Rita’s Italian Ice and Custard franchise that not only became one of the most successful in the area, but also employed hundreds of high school and college students from local schools. 

When her daughter started elementary school in 2017, Missy was inspired to take her passion for leadership a step further. She discovered in the fall that Virginia Beach Elementary Schools did not lock their front doors during the day. When she expressed concern and was met with disinterest and opposition, she took matters in her own hands and collected over 2,500 signatures to present in a petition to the school board. A year later, and schools across the city and now locked, with cameras and buzzers installed to help better protect our kids. 

If elected to the State Senate
Missy Cotter Smasal will work within the community to build a safe, environmentally resilient, and economically strong Virginia Beach. 

Experience

Work Experience

Education

Contact

Email:

Web

Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube

Issues

Source: Campaign page

A vote for Missy is a vote for…

Governance

Gerrymandering

No more partisan redistricting / the fight against partisan redistricting

Civil Rights

The Equal Rights Amendment, and getting it ratified in Richmond

Economy

A strong VA beach and a strong economy for its future

Environment

Protecting the environment and the shores we all love

Health Care

Access to quality, affordable healthcare for every Virginian

News

In the News

Twitter

Videos

Other Videos

Missy for Senate: This Door
Team Missy
Published on February 18, 2019
By: Team Missy

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Jenn McClellan 1Jenn McClellan

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

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

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

Summary

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

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

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

About

Jenn McClellan 2

Source: Campaign page

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney
    2019 to present

Education

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

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Abigail Philips, Ngiste Abebe

Email:

Offices

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

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

Web

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

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

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

2017 State SenatorArray

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

Finances

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

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
Local Government
Transportation

Appointments

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

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Civil Rights

Civil Liberties

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

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

Women’s Rights

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

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

LGBTQ Rights

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

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

Democracy

Voting Rights

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

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

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

Economy

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

Protecting and Growing Virginia Jobs

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

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

Reducing Tax Burdens

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

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

Expanding Unemployment Assistance

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

Protecting Homeowners from Foreclosure

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

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

Increasing Wages and Curbing Predatory Lending

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

Education

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

Pre-K Education:

Expanding Early Education Opportunities

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

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

K-12 Education:

Guaranteeing Competitive Teacher Salaries

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

Expanding Career and Technical Education Opportunities

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

Ensuring Bully-Free Environments

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

Improving the Funding Formula for School Localities

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

 

Higher Education:

Maintaining Affordability

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

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

Environment

Energy and the Environment

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

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

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

Health Care

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

Expanding Access to Affordable Health Care Coverage

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

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

Reproductive Health Care Decisions

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

Affordable Prescription Drugs

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

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

Helping Family Caregivers Provide Long Term Care

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

Immigration

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

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

Safety

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

Curbing Gun Violence

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

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

Combating Domestic & Sexual Violence

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

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

Fighting Human Trafficking

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

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

Keeping Virginia’s Citizens and Resources Safe

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

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

Housing

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

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

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

Establishing and Guaranteeing Funding for the Virginia Housing Trust Fund

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

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

Protecting Homeowners from Foreclosure

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

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

Maintaining Affordable Rental Housing

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

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

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

Reducing Tax Burdens on Homeowners

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

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

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Mark LewisMark Lewis

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

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

Overview: N/A

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Mark Lewis 1

Source: Campaign page

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

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

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

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

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

See Mark Lewis Ballotpedia responses.

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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.

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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. 

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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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Hashmi secures Democratic nomination in 10th
By: Rich Griset and Jim Mcconell
Chesterfield Observer – June 12, 2019

Inside the community room of the Warsaw Condominiums in Richmond’s Fan District Tuesday night, Virginia’s 10th Senate District candidate Ghazala Hashmi and her supporters celebrated her win over challengers Eileen Bedell and Zachary Brown for the district’s Democratic nomination.

Standing atop the ledge of the community room’s fireplace at about 8:45 p.m., Hashmi thanked her campaign staff, volunteers, friends and family.

“From the beginning, this campaign sought to define an essential and moral vision for the critical issues that face our commonwealth,” Hashmi said, flanked by her husband and two daughters. “So many people recognize and understand that this election and that this state is vital for how the next decade and essentially the next century is going to shape itself.”

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Amanda Chase 1Amanda Chase

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

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Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Republican

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

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

About

Amanda Chase

 

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

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

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

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

Amanda has been a leader on government accountability in calling for a review of Economic Development Authorities in the state of Virginia and requiring localities to have their budgets approved by local board members who are elected by the people. Her comments led to the suspension of the infamous Matoaca Megasite located in the Bermuda district for its lack of transparency and support from 40,000 residents that lived nearby.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Work Experience

  • Small Business Owner
    2019 to present

    Financial Services

  • Political Campaign Grassroots Management Business
    2019 to present

Education

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

    double majoring in Corporate Finance and Business Management.

Awards

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

Personal

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

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District Office: Lauren Fulcher

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

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

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

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

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

2015 State SenatorArray

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

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

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Committees

Education and Health
Local Government
Privileges and Elections
Transportation

Appointments

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

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New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Governance

Fighting for Limited Government

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

Economy

Supporting Virginia Businesses

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

Education

Educating our Next Generation

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

Health Care

Protecting our Health Care

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

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Amanda PohlAmanda Pohl

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

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

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

Summary

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

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

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

About

Amanda Pohl 1

Source: Campaign page

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

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

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

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

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Issues

Civil Rights

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

Voter access

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

Economy

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

Education

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

Health Care

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

Support for women and healthy families

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

Infrastructure

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

Safety

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

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Siobhan Dunnavant 1Siobhan Dunnavant

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Republican

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

Summary

Current Position: State Senator since 2016
Affiliation: Republican

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

About

Siobhan Dunnavant

Source: Campaign page

Senator

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

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

Physician

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

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

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

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

Mom

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

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

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

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

Experience

Work Experience

  • Obstetrician and Gynecologist
    2019 to present

Education

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

Personal

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

Contact

Legislative Assistants: Hannah Kowitz, Mackenzie Marcia

Email:

Offices

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

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

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State SenatorArray

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

2015 State SenatorArray

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

Finances

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

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Education and Health
Finance
General Laws and Technology
Local Government

Appointments

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

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Source: Campaign page

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

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Memorial Resolution for Henrico Supervisor David Kaechele
Senator Siobhan Dunnavant
Published on March 1, 2017
By: Senator Siobhan Dunnavant

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Debra Rodman 1Debra Rodman

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

Overview: N/A

Summary

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

Overview: N/A

About

Debra Rodman

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

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

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

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

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

A Relentless Fighter for her Constituents in the General Assembly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Experience

Work Experience

  • Associate Professor of Anthropology

Education

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

Awards

Personal

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

Membership & Affiliation

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

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Samantha Lewis
Administrative Assistant: Dale Monroe

Email:

Offices

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

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

Web

Government Page, Government Page, Facebook, Twitter

Politics

Recent Elections

2017 State DelegateArray

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

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

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

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources
Education
Health, Welfare and Institutions

Subcommittees

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

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Source: Campaign page

Old website

Economy

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

Education

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

Environment

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

Health Care

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

Opioid Crisis

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

Women’s Health

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

Infrastructure

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

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Emotional Speech by Va. Del. Debra Rodman About Holocaust, Intolerance Today
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Published on January 29, 2018
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Published on October 6, 2017
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Geary HigginsGeary Higgins

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

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

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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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    Quick Sit-down with Jasmine Barrientos

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    John Cosgrove 1John Cosgrove

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

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

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

    Summary

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

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

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

    About

    John Cosgrove

    Source: Virginia Senate Republican Caucus

    A retired Naval Officer who has served many years in elected office, Senator John Cosgrove has spent his life in service to his community, state, and nation.  John was elected to the Senate in a special election in 2013 after serving four years on Chesapeake City Council followed by twelve years in the House of Delegates.  In Richmond, John has been a leader on issues related to transportation, technology, and military affairs.  John’s record of service and tireless work in his district make him an effective advocate for the needs of South Hampton Roads.

    Born: Montgomery, Alabama on June 7, 1954
    Spouse: Sue Cosgrove
    Residence: City of Chesapeake
    Profession: Engineer, Waterways Counsulting
    Entered Senate: 2013

    Previous Elected Offices:
    • Virginia House of Delegates, 2002-2013
    • Chesapeake City Council, 1998-2001
    Senate Committee Assignments:
    • Commerce and Labor Committee
    • Education and Health Committee
    • Local Government Committee
    • Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee
    • Transportation
    Civic Activities:
    • Great Bridge Baptist Church
    • Batten College of Engineering and Technology Advisory Board at Old Dominion University
    • Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership Board
    • Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #9
    • Chesapeake Rotary Club
    • South Norfolk Ruritan Club

    Experience

    Work Experience

    • etired Naval Officer

    Education

    • BS
      Old Dominion University

    Personal

    Born in Montgomery, Alabama on June 7, 1954
    Married Sue Ann Cosgrove

    Contact

    Legislative Assistant: Christie New Craig

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    Room No: E607
    Senate of Virginia
    P. O. Box 396
    Richmond, VA 23218
    Phone: (804) 698-7514
    Fax: (804) 698-7651

    District Office
    P. O. Box 15483
    Chesapeake, VA 23328
    Phone: (757) 547-3422
    Fax: 804-698-7651

    Web

    Government Page, Facebook

    Politics

    Source: Wikipedia

    John A. Cosgrove (born June 7, 1954) is an American politician. On August 16, 2013, he was sworn in as a member of the Senate of Virginia, representing the 14th district, after winning an August 6 special election to replace the retiring Harry Blevins.

    From 2002 to 2013 Cosgrove served in the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the 78th district in the city of Chesapeake. Cosgrove is a member of the Republican Party.

    Cosgrove is a Virginia State Leader for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which writes conservative model bills for state legislators to introduce.

    Cosgrove is an advocate for gun rights. In 2017, the Virginia Citizens Defense League named him one of the most pro-gun politicians in the state. In 2017, Cosgrove mistakenly left his handgun unattended in an assembly meeting room.

    Recent Elections

    2019 State SenatorArray

    John A. Cosgrove Jr. (R)36,37060.16%
    Rebecca E. Raveson (D)23,94939.61%
    Write-In (Write-in)1410.23%
    TOTAL60,460

    2015 State SenatorArray

    John Cosgrove (R)15,37192.4%
    Write In (Write-in)1,2667.6%
    TOTAL16,637

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Finances

    COSGROVE JR, JOHN A has run in 9 races for public office, winning 8 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,165,219.

    Source: Follow the Money

    Committees

    Committees

    Commerce and Labor
    Education and Health
    Privileges and Elections
    Rehabilitation and Social Services
    Transportation

    Appointments

    Voting Record

    See: Vote Smart

    New Legislation

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    News

    News Posts

    Facebook page

    Videos

    Other Videos

    John Cosgrove, Senate of Virginia, 14th district
    2019 Commemoration
    Published on September 19, 2017
    By: 2019 Commemoration

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    Rebecca RavesonRebecca Raveson

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

    Overview: N/A

    Summary

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

    Overview: N/A

    About

    Web

    Facebook

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    Frank Ruff 1Frank Ruff

    Current Position: State Senator since 2000
    Affiliation: Republican

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

    Summary

    Current Position: State Senator since 2000
    Affiliation: Republican

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

    About

    Frank Ruff

    Source: Campaign page

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Committees, Boards, and Commissions

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

    Senate Standing Committee assignments:

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

    Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission – Vice-Chairman

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

    Center for Rural Virginia

    Economic Success

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

    Education Success

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

    Environment

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

    Good Government

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

    Other

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

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

    Experience

    Work Experience

    • Business Owner
      2019 to present

      furniture business in Clarksville

    Education


    • University of Richmond
      2019 to present

    Personal

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

    Contact

    Legislative Assistant: Cindy Hosmer

    Email:

    Offices

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

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

    Web

    Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook

    Politics

    Recent Elections

    2019 State SenatorArray

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

    2017 State SenatorArray

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

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Finances

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

    Source: Follow the Money

    Committees

    Committees

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

    Appointments

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

    Voting Record

    See: Vote Smart

    New Legislation

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Issues

    Source: Government page

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

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

    News

    News Posts

    Newsletter

    Videos

    Other Videos

    Interview w/ Sen. Frank M. Ruff, Jr. (R-15th District, VA)
    GrapevineVA
    Published on January 26, 2011
    By: GrapevineVA

    The Grapevine Virginia’s J. Scott Leake sits with Senator Frank M. Ruff, Jr. on the Commonwealth’s education role in physical education and nutrition.

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    Current Position: State Senator since 2014
    Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

    Summary

    Current Position: State Senator since 2014
    Affiliation: Democrat

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

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

    About

    Roz Dance

    Source: Facebook page

    Rosalyn Dance was born the daughter of a preacher and a nurse’s aide in Chesterfield and raised in Petersburg in a family that barely had enough to get by. Rosalyn and her husband of over 50 years had their first child when Rosalyn was still young. While raising their children, Rosalyn became the first in her family to go to college. She served 34 years at Southside VA Training Center (SVTC), where she rose from a nurse’s aide to a nurse to an administrator.

    Rosalyn is a graduate of John Tyler Community College where she received an Associate’s in Nursing. She then attended Virginia State University and received a Bachelor’s in Nursing. Later, Rosalyn obtained a Master’s in Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. In 1992, Rosalyn was elected as Mayor of the City of Petersburg, Virginia and she retained that office for 12 years. In April 2005, Senator Dance was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. Immediately upon taking office, she helped Governor Warner obtain millions of dollars to fund education and public safety.

    As a member of the House of Delegates she sat on three distinguished committees within the House of Delegates – Appropriations, General Laws, and Health, Welfare and Institutions. Rosalyn also served on numerous government related boards such as: Chairwoman of the Brown vs. Board of Education Scholarship Committee, member of the Virginia Bicentennial of the American War of 1812 Commission, member of the Local Government Policy Transition Committee, member of the Maximum Employment Incentive Project Approval Commission, the Virginia Commission on Intergovernmental Cooperation, the Justice Reinvestment Initiative Work Group, the Federal Action Contingency Trust (FACT) Fund Approval Commission, member of the Virginia Center for Health Innovation’s Health Care Integration Advisory Subcommittee and served as Vice Chair of Operations and Policy for the House Democratic Caucus.

    On November 4, 2014, Senator Dance was elected to the Senate of Virginia in a Special Election to fill the vacant seat of Senator Henry Marsh, III. In the Senate, she serves on the Senate Finance Committee, Senate Commerce and Labor Committee, Senate Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources Committee, and the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee. Additionally, Rosalyn has the honor of serving on the following commissions: Chairwoman, Joint Commission on Health Care; the Health Insurance Reform Commission; the Commission on Unemployment Compensation, and the Joint Committee on Local Government Fiscal Stress.

    Her public service and civic commitments include: Co-Chair of the Virginia State University Agriculture Council Advisory Board, past member of United Way Board of Directors for the Greater Richmond and Petersburg areas, member of the John Tyler Community College Foundation Board, honorary regional chair of the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, and member of the Board of Directors of the Southside area Y.M.C.A. She is also a member of Gillfield Baptist Church, and the Petersburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

    Most importantly, she is the wife of Nathaniel (Nat) Dance Jr., the mother of Tanya DanceKelly (Raphael) and Nathaniel (Nat III) Dance III, grandmother to DeVon, Jarratt, Liam, Jaden and Rico, great grandmother to Briana, Desani and Denajha.

    Experience

    Work Experience

    • Health Care Administrator And Registered Nurse
      2019 to present

    Education

    • M.P.A
      Virginia Commonwealth University
      1994 to present
    • B.S., Nursing
      Virginia State University
      1986 to present
    • A.D., Nursing
      John Tyler Community College
      1975 to present

    Personal

    Born in Chesterfield, VA on February 10, 1948.

    Contact

    Legislative Assistants: Sven Philipsen, Gwendolyn Carney

    Email:

    Offices

    Capitol Office
    Pocahontas Building
    Room No: E615
    Senate of Virginia
    P. O. Box 396
    Richmond, VA 23218
    Phone: (804) 698-7516
    Fax: (804) 698-7651

    District Office
    P. O. Box 2584
    Petersburg, VA 23804
    Phone: (804) 862-2922

    Web

    Government Page, Facebook

    Politics

    Recent Elections

    2015 State SenatorArray

    Roz Dance (D)17,33172.7%
    Joseph D. Morrissey ()6,09025.5%
    Write In (Write-in)4281.8%
    TOTAL23,849

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

    Finances

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

    Source: Follow the Money

    Committees

    Committees

    Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
    Commerce and Labor
    Finance
    Privileges and Elections

    Appointments

    Studies and Commissions
       Coal Ash Special Subcommittee
    Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Monument Subcommittee Work Group #1 Virginians on the Monument
    Health Care, Joint Commission on
    Health Insurance Reform Commission
    King in Virginia Subcommittee
    King, Jr., Dr. Martin Luther, Memorial Commission
    Local Government Fiscal Stress, Joint Subcommittee on
    Online Virginia Network Authority
    Tax Preferences, Joint Subcommittee to Evaluate
    Unemployment Compensation, Commission on
    Virginia Indian Commemorative Commission
    Wireless Communications Infrastructure Group – Joint Subcommittees of House Commerce & Labor, Senate Commerce & Labor, and Senate General Laws & Technology

    Voting Record

    See: Vote Smart

    New Legislation

    Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

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    Virginia SmithVirginia Smith

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

    Overview: N/A

    Summary

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

    Overview: N/A

    About

    Virginia Smith 1

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

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

    Experience

    Work Experience

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

    Contact

    Email:

    Offices

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

    Web

    Campaign Site, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

    Issues

    Governance

    Judicial System

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

    Civil Rights

    Equal Rights

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

    Economy

    Working Families

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

    Workforce Development

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

    Education

    Education

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

    Environment

    Environment

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

    Health Care

    Healthcare

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

    News

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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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      Joe Morrissey announces 2020 Virginia Senate bid
      The Progress-Index
      Published on April 4, 2019
      By: The Progress-Index

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      Waylin RossWaylin Ross

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

      Overview: N/A

      Summary

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

      Overview: N/A

      About

      Source: Campaign page

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

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

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

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

      Experience

      Work Experience

      Education

      Contact

      Email:

      Offices

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

      Web

      Facebook, LinkedIn

      Issues

      Governance

      Citizen Review Board

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

      Redistricting

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

      Civil Rights

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

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

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

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

      Economy

      Tourism

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

      Economics

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

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

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

      Education

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

      Health Care

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

      Mental Health Parity

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

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

      Safety

      Run Rights

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

      War on Drugs

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

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

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      Bryce Reeves 1Bryce Reeves

      Current Position: State Senator since 2012
      Affiliation: Republican

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

      Summary

      Current Position: State Senator since 2012
      Affiliation: Republican

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

      About

      Bryce Reeves

      Source: Campaign page

      Bryce Reeves is a graduate of Texas A&M University where he was recognized for his academic achievement with the coveted Distinguished Military Graduate designation. Upon graduation, Bryce was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army and served as an Airborne Ranger in the Infantry.

      After serving in the U.S. Army, Reeves worked as a police officer and was promoted to Vice-Narcotics Detective for Prince William County in Virginia. For the past 16 years, Reeves has run a couple small businesses with his wife, Anne Reeves.

      Reeves served as a grassroots leader and Chairman of the Spotsylvania County Republican Committee, and in November 2011 he defeated a 28-year incumbent Democrat to win the 17th District Senate seat. With his narrow win of 86 votes on election night, Reeves changed the balance of power in the Virginia Senate for the second time since Reconstruction. He was re-elected in November 2015 with nearly 63 percent of the vote.

      Reeves currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services, overseeing social service, corrections, and alcohol beverage distribution and regulatory matters. He additionally serves on the Courts of Justice, General Laws, Privileges and Elections, Rules, and Joint Rules Committees. In addition to his committee assignments, he was chosen to serve as the Co-Chair of the General Assembly’s Military and Veteran’s Caucus. He is currently the Senate representative on the Virginia Military Advisory Council to the Governor (VMAC), the reconstituted Commission on Military Installations and Defense Activities (COMIDA), and in 2016 was appointed to the Secure Commonwealth Panel. Bryce is a member of the Board of Veterans Services and the WWI and WWII Commemoration Commission and Advisory Council. He serves on the Rappahannock River Basin Commission, the Small Business Commission, and the Joint Subcommittee to Evaluate Tax Preferences. He also serves on the Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and is a member of the Offender Population Forecast Policy Committee. Additionally, he is also on the advisory board of GOPAC and previously served as Co-Chair of GOPAC’s 2013 Emerging Leaders Summit.

      During his time in the General Assembly, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce has recognized Bryce annually for his pro-business stances. The American Conservative Union Foundation has also recognized Bryce with their Conservative Leader award many times and their Conservative Achievement award.

      He has received awards from the Military Officers Association of America and Department of Defense for his work on military and veterans issues. He’s also received the Senator of the Year Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia.

      In 2016, the National Rifle Association presented Reeves with the Defender of Freedom Award for his work to restore and expand reciprocity rights in Virginia. He is also A+ Rated with the NRA.

      Reeves holds a Master of Public Administration in Public Policy from George Mason University. He completed the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Political Leaders Program and the Sorensen Candidate Training Program. In 2013, Bryce also completed the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

      Bryce has been featured on Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN. He resides in Spotsylvania County with his wife Anne and their two children.

      Experience

      Work Experience

      • Full Service Provider Of Insurance And Financial Products

      Education


      • University of Virginia

        Sorensen Political Leaders Program

      • M.P.A., Public Administration
        George Mason University
      • BS
        Texas A&M University

      Awards

      Source

      • GOPAC 2012 Emerging Leader Award
      • Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys Champion of Justice Award, 2012
      • VA Chamber of Commerce Economic Competitive Award, 2013
      • Co-Chair for GOPAC Emerging Leaders Program, 2013
      • GOPAC Advisory Board, 2014
      • Conservative Leader Award by the American Conservative Union Foundation, 2012 & 2013
      • Virginia Bicycling Federation Award, 2014 & 2015

       

      Personal

      Born in California on November 28, 1966
      Married Anne K. Reeves
      Baptist

      Contact

      Legislative Assistants: Mark A. Snesavage, Christopher H. Snider,Sam Azzarelli

      Email:

      Offices

      Capitol Office
      Pocahontas Building
      Room No: E521
      Senate of Virginia
      P. O. Box 396
      Richmond, VA 23218
      Phone: (804) 698-7517
      Fax: (804) 698-7651

      District Office
      P.O. Box 7021
      Fredericksburg, VA 22404
      Phone: (540) 645-8440

      Web

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

      Politics

      Recent Elections

      2019 State SenatorArray

      Bryce E. Reeves (R)34,49451.58%
      Amy J. Laufer (D)32,17648.11%
      Write-In (Write-in)2080.31%
      TOTAL66,878

      2015 State SenatorArray

      Bryce Reeves (R)24,51962.1%
      Ned Lee Gallaway (D)14,91537.8%
      Write In (Write-in)530.1%
      TOTAL39,487

      2011 State SenatorArray

      Bryce Reeves (R)22,61550.2%
      Robert Edward Houck (D)22,38949.7%
      Write In (Write-in)800.2%
      TOTAL45,084

      Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

      Finances

      REEVES, BRYCE E has run in 4 races for public office, winning 2 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $3,509,387

      Source: Follow the Money

      Committees

      Committees

      Rehabilitation and Social Services (Chair)
      Courts of Justice
      General Laws and Technology
      Privileges and Elections
      Rules

      Appointments

      Alcoholic Beverage Control Subcommittee
      Criminal Sentencing Commission
      Joint Rules
      Juvenile Justice, Advisory Committee on
      Military Advisory Council
      Rappahannock River Basin Commission
      Secure and Resilient Commonwealth Panel
      Small Business Commission
      Tax Preferences, Joint Subcommittee to Evaluate
      Veterans Services, Board of
      World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission, Virginia

      Voting Record

      See: Vote Smart

      New Legislation

      Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

      Issues

      Source: Campaign page

      SERVICE ABOVE SELF

      “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13

      From a young age, Bryce Reeves heard the call to serve his fellow man.

      As an Army Ranger, a front-line narcotics and vice detective, a leader in his church, a coach and a mentor to our youth, Bryce knows how to lead from the front and has always put service above self.

      It should come as no surprise that Bryce serves so selflessly – his dad, brother and five of his uncles all wore the uniform of our country – fighting to defend our freedoms and our way of life.

      Public service is in Bryce’s blood.

      A small business owner, fiscal conservative, husband and father, today his service continues as a Virginia State Senator.

      A PROVEN RECORD FOCUSED ON OUR PRIORITIES

      In only his second term, Bryce has listened to our concerns and championed real issues that impact working families. That’s why he led the effort to reduce income taxes in the Commonwealth and successfully protected more than 421,000 concealed carry permit holders, protecting Virginians’ 2nd Amendment rights.

      His actions have helped create more than 23,000 new private sector jobs and he continues to push for tax cuts and tax reform to spur economic growth while streamlining laws and regulations that reduce the cost of doing business in the Commonwealth.

      A COMMONWEALTH AT A CROSSROADS

      Bryce knows Virginia is at a crossroads.

      All three statewide office holders are political insiders, liberals focused on increasing the size of government and raising taxes to pay for their beloved bureaucracy.

      These same politicians are hurting our economy – making the Commonwealth last in job creation in the mid-Atlantic in 2015 – and attacking the conservative values that have defined Virginia for generations.

      A REAL PLAN TO PROTECT VIRGINIA FAMILIES

      Bryce knows faith and family is the foundation of every successful endeavor and that government must be dedicated to protecting not just our rights but our values as well.

      He knows Virginia should be first in job creation. That’s why every session he fights to reduce burdens on local businesses and entrepreneurs to create the climate where companies thrive and grow.

      And Bryce knows working families can’t afford higher taxes. He’s proposed common sense solutions to return fiscal discipline to state government that starts by reducing spending – not increasing taxes – and focuses on priorities like education, transportation and economic growth. He’ll continue his fight to eliminate unfunded mandates and oppose any expansion of Obamacare and Medicaid to protect taxpayers.

      A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR ALL OF US

      • Service above self.
      • A common sense plan to protect Virginia working families.
      • The values to ensure a bright future.

      Join Bryce Reeves and his campaign to restore Virginia – for this generation and the next.

      Governance

      Service Above Self

      Bryce proudly served our nation as an U.S. Army Ranger. Upon his honorable discharge from the military, Bryce returned home and continued his dedicated public service as a narcotics and vice detective. Now, as a leader in his church, a coach and mentor to our youth, and current State Senator, he is a trusted leader who always puts service above self while providing strong leadership within his community.

      Protecting Taxpayers

      As a principled conservative, Bryce fights for Virginia taxpayers. He has consistently helped balance the state budget without raising taxes by stopping Obamacare and Medicaid expansion. He knows working families can’t afford higher taxes, and he will always fight to ensure lower tax rates in the Commonwealth. He’s cut millions of dollars of wasteful spending out of the budget–to include WiFi in state parks.

      Civil Rights

      Preserving Our Rights

      An avid hunter and outdoorsman, Bryce shares our values and will always defend our 2nd Amendment rights.  He opposes new gun control measures that infringe on the rights of hunters and law abiding gun owners. Last year, he stood strong against the liberal politicians in Washington, DC and Richmond when they tried to strip away the rights of over 421,000 law abiding concealed carry permit holders.

      Protecting Our Families

      As a husband, father and mentor to youth, Bryce has always made protecting and defending families a top priority. He believes family and faith are the foundation of every community. He has fought to protect our religious liberties and the rights of the unborn.  He’s also focused on making childcare facilities safer for our children, and pushed for quality educational opportunities at a price that families and taxpayers can afford.

      Economy

      Creating Jobs and Growing Our Economy

      As a small business owner, Bryce knows government doesn’t create economic growth and jobs – people do. He has seen first-hand how government regulations and red tape hurt job growth. With the Commonwealth’s natural resources, hard-working people and location, Bryce believes Virginia should be first in the nation in job creation. That’s why as State Senator, he always supports a private sector approach to get government out of the way, and allow our small businesses and entrepreneurs to create jobs and grow our economy.

      Veterans

      Supporting our Veterans and Law Enforcement

      Our veterans and law enforcement officers put their lives on the line to protect our rights and freedoms. Bryce knows that we must do everything possible to ensure we protect and support them. He has worked to provide academic credits for service members to ensure they are able to continue their education and helped create 22,000 jobs for veterans. Bryce works closely with our Law Enforcement community across the Commonwealth to ensure they have the tools and funds to keep Virginians safe and secure.

      News

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      Videos

      Speeches

      Sen. Bryce Reeves (R) Rips Virginia House GOP
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      Published on March 3, 2018
      By: lowkell

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      Amy LauferAmy Laufer

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

      Overview: N/A

      Summary

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

      Overview: N/A

      About

      Amy Laufer 1

      Amy Laufer served on the Charlottesville City School Board for seven years. She is the founder of Virginia’s List, an organization that supports Democratic women running for state office. Amy is a former middle school teacher and Peace Corps volunteer.

      Amy grew up as one of eight children on a dairy farm in rural Wisconsin. A first-generation college graduate, she supported herself through school at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee by working several jobs (including one packing fish in Alaska) and earned a bachelor’s degree in geology. After college, Amy taught elementary school in a rural town in Jamaica as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer.

      After the Peace Corps, Amy was inspired to pursue a career as an educator. She attended Teachers College at Columbia University in New York City, graduating with a master’s degree in secondary science education. At the end of the academic year, Amy moved to Charlottesville, following her soon-to-be husband, Aaron, who she met in the Peace Corps. Aaron attended Charlottesville High School and the University of Virginia for undergraduate and graduate school.

      Amy taught math and science at Louisa Middle School and Tandem Friends School and was appointed to the Commission of Children and Families. She was eventually elected to the Charlottesville City School Board in 2011 and has since run for successful reelection. She served as the school board’s vice chair and chair from 2012–2016.

      Inspired by her experience in UVA’s Sorensen Institute of Political Leaders Program and Emerge VA Bootcamp, Amy launched Virginia’s List in 2014. Virginia’s List is dedicated to supporting Democratic women running for state office and has helped dozens of candidates get elected. Currently, Amy advises women who run for school board across the Commonwealth.

      Amy and Aaron live in Albemarle County with their three children, Hannah, 14, Adam, 13, and Henry, 11, and their dog, Skyler.

      Experience

      Work Experience

      Volunteer Experience

      Source

      • Volunteer, Peace Corps

        Education

        Contact

        Email:

        Offices

        Camapign
        Laufer for Virginia
        P.O. Box 238
        Keswick, VA 22947

        Web

        Campaign Site, Facebook, Twitter

        Issues

        Civil Rights

        Social Justice

        Amy was in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017 and witnessed firsthand the violence that occurred. She understands the need to ensure that all of our citizens, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic background, or religion, are able to have the opportunity to succeed and thrive. To ensure this, Amy will be a tireless advocate for:

        • The Equal Rights Amendment, to guarantee equal pay for equal work
        • Reforming our criminal justice system
        • Decreasing mass incarceration
        • Helping former prisoners transition back into society
        • Establishing automatic voting rights restoration for former felons

        Education

        Regardless of your ZIP Code, your children have a right to a quality education. This starts early and includes children of all abilities. Education is essential to growing our economy in Virginia and ensuring the best future for our citizens. Amy’s experience as a teacher and school board member means she knows what students need. To create a better future, Amy will fight for:

        • Universal preschool
        • Raising teacher pay
        • Increasing technological training, including certification programs, in our high schools
        • Ensuring special education is well-funded and effective
        • More technology — and better technology — in classrooms
        • Expanding broadband infrastructure, so our children can learn at home

        Environment

        This is a beautiful district and we have a duty to our children to keep it that way. We need to change our energy policies to ensure our environment will be livable and beautiful for future generations. As a State Senator, Amy will work to:

        • Support the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030
        • Expand the green economy
        • Change the law, so that citizens can sell their solar energy back to the grid unimpeded
        • Encourage clean energy and embrace the jobs it creates
        • Ensure we have clean air and water
        • Support our national and state parks

        Health Care

        We need to ensure that all Virginians have access to affordable healthcare, so no family is forced to choose between medical care and paying rent or buying groceries. Medicaid expansion was a huge gain for Virginia, but we have a lot more to do. As state senator, Amy would work hard to:

        • Abolish the work mandate to receive Medicaid
        • Expand broadband access to increase opportunities for telemedicine
        • Address the opioid crisis
        • Fully fund needle exchange programs and provide Narcan free of charge to first responders and schools
        • Ensure that all of our public medical schools have sufficient technology so they are prepared for what they will face in hospitals

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        David Suetterlein 1David Suetterlein

        Current Position: State Senator since 2016
        Affiliation: Republican

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

        Summary

        Current Position: State Senator since 2016
        Affiliation: Republican

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

        About

        David Suetterlein

        Source: Virginia Senate Republican Caucus

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

        Experience

        Work Experience

        • Senate Staff

          For Ken Cuccinelli and Ralph K. Smith

        Education

        • BA
          Grove City College

        Personal

        Born in on January 4, 1985.
        Married Ashley Suetterlein

        Contact

        Legislative Assistant: Daniel Webb

        Email:

        Offices

        Capitol Office
        Pocahontas Building
        Room No: E516
        Senate of Virginia
        P. O. Box 396
        Richmond, VA 23218
        Phone: Phone: (804) 698-7519

        District Office
        P. O. Box 20237
        Roanoke, VA 24018
        Phone: (540) 302-8486

        Web

        Government Page

        Politics

        Recent Elections

        2019 State SenatorArray

        David R. Suetterlein (R)41,29071.41%
        Flourette M. Ketner (D)16,48428.51%
        Write-In (Write-in)470.08%
        TOTAL57,821

        2015 State SenatorArray

        David Suetterlein (R)33,12064.9%
        Michael Lawrence Hamlar (D)15,73830.8%
        Steven Lee Nelson ()2,1344.2%
        Write In (Write-in)710.1%
        TOTAL51,063

        Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

        Finances

        SUETTERLEIN, DAVID R has run in 1 race for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $154,252.

        Source: Follow the Money

        Committees

        Committees

        Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
        Education and Health
        General Laws and Technology
        Transportation

        Appointments

        Block Grants
        Coal and Energy, Virginia Commission on
        Geographic Information Network Advisory Board
        Health Care, Joint Commission on
        Intergovernmental Cooperation, Virginia Commission on
        Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability
        Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders (PANS) Associated with Streptococcal Infections and Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANDAS), Advisory Council on
        Recreational Facilities Authority, Virginia
        Roanoke River Basin Advisory Committee, Virginia
        School Readiness Committee
        Southwest Virginia Public Education Consortium Governing Board
        The Virginia All Payers Claims Database and Doctor of Medical Science Degree and Licensure
        Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth
        Virtual Learning & Education Technology
        Western Virginia Public Education Consortium

        Voting Record

        See: Vote Smart

        New Legislation

        Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

        News

        Twitter

        Videos

        Other Videos

        David Suetterlein wins State Senate 19th District race
        WSLS 10
        Published on November 3, 2015
        By: WSLS 10

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        Flourette KetnerFlourette Ketner

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

        Overview: N/A

        Summary

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

        Overview: N/A

        About

        Flourette Ketner 1

        Source: Campaign page

        Flourette “Flo” Ketner is the Democratic candidate for the 19th District of the Virginia Senate, which includes all of Salem City and Floyd, and parts of Bedford, Carroll, Franklin, Montgomery, Roanoke, and Wythe Counties. A wife and mother of three young children, she has lived in the New River Valley for over 30 years. She grew up in Floyd County High School and graduated Radford University with a B.S. in English. Currently she lives in Christiansburg and serves on the board of the new non-profit organization Cayambis Institute Of Latin American Studies in Music as the Treasurer. 

        Raised by her disabled grandmother in poverty, her mother painfully lost her battle with drug abuse and this experience shaped her future. As a member of her community, she experiences the same ups and downs we all have. She pays the same prices for her electric bills, enjoys local events with family and friends, and shops in the same local stores. This community is her heart, home, and a community where she takes responsibility to protect us, our children, and those in need. She wants us to all have the ability to sleep at night knowing that when we wake up in the morning, we are going to have a warm place to live, food on the table, and help when we need it.

        She plans to bring these experiences and concerns about rural areas with her to Richmond to ensure that we and our children have the same advancements and opportunities as those living in urban areas so we may acquire the skills needed to become successful in the New River Valley. This is why she is advocating for better roads, last mile broadband connectivity, and to ease the access to affordable healthcare. When elected to office, she will also stand against the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline, address the opioid and drug epidemic head on, and work for better economic development to support the rights we deserve as citizens.

        Experience

        Work Experience

        Education

        Contact

        Email:

        Web

        Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

        Issues

        Civil Rights

        ERA

        Equal rights for women should already be a standard in our state and country. The Virginia State Legislature needs a couple votes to pass this vital piece of legislation, yet the ERA is still not law. We need to acknowledge that women are treated differently than men when we should all be treated equal. The women of southwest Virginia have been betrayed and now they have a new ally in their lives who will protect their basic human rights. We need to end the message that women aren’t good enough and prove, once and for all, that we are all equal.

        Environment

        Southwest Virginia is known worldwide for its beautiful mountains and landscapes. Protecting our backyard from pollution and rising temperatures is paramount for not only the present but the future. Passing new legislation to require permits to change or interfere with waterways should be a top priority. Saving endangered species and our forests is more important now than ever due to the dismantling of federal regulations. The environment includes farms, livestock, and crops. Farms are one of the most important parts of our region’s economy and they rely on natural resources to survive. Supporting green initiatives to maintain our natural resources is the best way to ensure to preservation of the heart of our region. Protecting our forests protects the jobs of many and protects our economy. We need to end ecoterrorism and take a stand for our farms, our forests, and our own survival.

        Health Care

        As a community, we need better access to the healthcare we need. We deserve the ability to reach a life saving 24 hour facility in a timely manner and to have necessary specialists, such as a trained Pediatrician, within a safe distance from our homes and schools. We deserve better and we can properly incentivize our facilities to have additional specialists or offer specialized services for the safety and care of all.

         Many of our areas do not have 24 hour facilities within a timely distance. Having them nearby is easily the difference between life or death for someone suffering a heart attack or an accident. We must focus on the health and wellness of our communities.

        Infrastructure

        Transportation

        Quality transportation infrastructure is a necessity in rural Virginia. It is the pathway to our way of life and a healthy economy. Mass Public Transportation is a key component to keep our repair needs down. This is why she will ensure our needs are fully recognized and given a higher priority.

        Mass transportation and public transportation are integral to our region and need to be more widely available. This provides affordable alternative level of transportation to jobs, stores, and medical care. It saves drive time on public roads and interstates and reduces road wear. Green buses are available in nearby areas and we can just as easily benefit from them in all areas of the district. Public transportation is a gateway to opportunities for rural areas like ours.

        Broadband

        Internet is no longer a luxury, it is a necessity for our economy and our citizens. Though we have finally been making moves to expand broadband, we need to ensure that we go to the last mile and have it available to every home. The state has provided the infrastructure for last mile telephone for years because of the necessity and we need to do the same with the quality internet. Providing this level of quality tremendously impacts the quality of life for our communities. Our businesses need better access to customers and our people need better access to the products needed in our homes. Education abilities are greatly expanded. Children and teens have better access to their schools while our working professionals have access to additional training while seeking promotions or to advance skills in their trade. Healthcare access instantly becomes a little more attainable when we have immediate access to the answers of simple and potentially serious medical questions while also aiding in outpatient care.

        Safety

        Substance Abuse

        The Substance Abuse Epidemic has become more severe than before. We have routine reports of criminal arrests, overdose deaths, and even a rise of use in schools. We have to commit to addressing this crisis while addressing our mental healthcare crisis in tandem. We need to put a focus on prevention, early childhood abuse, caring for our citizens with the illness, and putting a strong stop too manufacturing. There are too many violent crimes associated with substance abuse and this is killing members of our communities while putting children in imminent danger. This must be researched and addressed. Stronger resources need to be available to protect and save everyone from this detrimental problem.

        Better education for our children is long overdue. The idea of drugs being an issue has been glamorized to children and we need to stop using cartoons and start using age appropriate, intelligent conversations to educate our children of the dangers and threat to life that drugs present. It is time we truly take a stand to save our children and our people.

        Run Rights and Safety Laws

        We need to focus on the safety of our communities while also ensuring the safety of our farms protecting their livestock. We need to ensure our hunters are safe to catch the wildlife that feeds their families but also prevent children from life threatening instances. Safety is the number one concern. We need to ensure our schools, government buildings, and churches are safe for everyone. Forcing our teachers to acquire permits to carry a weapon while teaching our youth is not a safety measure. Government buildings are protected by security and forcing someone sitting at a reception desk to have a weapon is not a safety measure. Ensuring our families with weapons in their homes are keeping their guns safe utilizing approved gun locks and a secure gun safe is a safety measure.

        Our police officers and our loving family members deserve the right to petition the courts about their concerns a permitted gun owner is not in a safe mental state and should be suspended until they feel they are back to good health. This is not simply for the safety of the public but the safety for our community and family members. Suicide is all too common and we should be taking measures to give our family and community members the support they need.

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        Bill Stanley 1Bill Stanley

        Current Position: State Senator since 2011
        Affiliation: Republican

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

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

        Summary

        Current Position: State Senator since 2011
        Affiliation: Republican

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

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

        About

        Bill Stanley

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

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

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

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

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

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

        Experience

        Work Experience

        • Attorney
          2019 to present

        Education

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

        Personal

        Born in Milton, Florida on July 21, 1967. Married Laura Stanley. Member Methodist Church.

        Contact

        Legislative Assistants: Deborah Duke-Daly, Richard Crouse

        Email:

        Offices

        Capitol Office
        Pocahontas Building
        Room No: E610
        Senate of Virginia
        P. O. Box 396
        Richmond, VA 23218
        Phone: (804) 698-7520
        Fax: (804) 698-7651

        District Office
        P. O. Box 96
        Glade Hill, VA 24092-0096
        Phone: (540) 721-6028
        Fax: (540) 721-6405

        Web

        Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

        Politics

        Recent Elections

        2019 State SenatorArray

        William M. Stanley, Jr. (R)32,52770.52%
        Sherman D. Witcher Sr. ()13,39429.04%
        Write-In (Write-in)2040.44%
        TOTAL46,125

        2015 State SenatorArray

        Bill Stanley (R)22,70157.9%
        Kimberly Elliott Adkins (D)16,45542.0%
        Write In (Write-in)670.2%
        TOTAL39,223

        2011 State SenatorArray

        Bill Stanley (R)23,97546.8%
        William Roscoe Reynolds (D)23,33145.5%
        Willis Jeffery Evans ()3,8877.6%
        Write In (Write-in)370.1%
        TOTAL51,230

        Finances

        STANLEY JR, WILLIAM M has run in 3 races for public office, winning 3 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,908,430.

        Source: Follow the Money

        Committees

        Committees

        Local Government (Chair)
        Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
        Commerce and Labor
        Courts of Justice
        Rules

        Appointments

        Studies and Commissions
           Coal and Energy, Virginia Commission on
        Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia, Board of Trustees
        Health Insurance Reform Commission
        Henrietta Lacks Commission
        Manufacturing Development Commission
        New College Institute
        Online Virginia Network Authority
        Roanoke River Bi-State Commission, Virginia Delegation of the
        School Facility Modernization
        Southwest Virginia Public Education Consortium Governing Board
        Subcommittee #1 Agriculture
        Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission
        Virginia Housing Commission
        Water Commission, State
        Western Virginia Public Education Consortium
        Wireless Communications Infrastructure Group – Joint Subcommittees of House Commerce & Labor, Senate Commerce & Labor, and Senate General Laws & Technology

        Voting Record

        See: Vote Smart

        New Legislation

        Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

        News

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        Speeches

        Senator Bill Stanley Recognizes Virginia’s Electric Cooperatives
        Virginia State Senator Bill Stanley recognizes Virgina’s Electric Cooperatives leadership and service to their 1.2 Million member-owners across the Commonwealth.
        Published on July 27, 2017
        By: Virginia State Senator Bill Stanley recognizes Virgina’s Electric Cooperatives leadership and service to their 1.2 Million member-owners across the Commonwealth.

        Virginia State Senator Bill Stanley recognizes Virgina’s Electric Cooperatives leadership and service to their 1.2 Million member-owners across the Commonwealth.

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        Sherman Witcher 1Sherman Witcher

        Current Position: Works in agriculture
        Affiliation: Other
        Candidate: 2019 State Senator

        Overview: N/A

        Summary

        Current Position: Works in agriculture
        Affiliation: Other
        Candidate: 2019 State Senator

        Overview: N/A

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        Sherman Witcher for Virginia State Senate, 20th District
        Carl Castillo
        Published on July 21, 2019
        By: Carl Castillo

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        John Edwards 1John Edwards

        Current Position: State Senator since 1996
        Affiliation: Democrat

        John Edwards  currently serves on the following Senate committees: Courts of Justice, Privileges and Elections, Transportation, Commerce and Labor, Education and Health, Finance, Rules (Chair).

        Edwards serves on the Virginia War Memorial Foundation Board, the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission, the Virginia Capital Representation Resource Center Board, and the Virginia Commission of At-Risk Youth & Children. He is Chairman of the Virginia Code Commission and serves on the Board of Governors of the Virginia Bar Association.

         

        Summary

        Current Position: State Senator since 1996
        Affiliation: Democrat

        John Edwards  currently serves on the following Senate committees: Courts of Justice, Privileges and Elections, Transportation, Commerce and Labor, Education and Health, Finance, Rules (Chair).

        Edwards serves on the Virginia War Memorial Foundation Board, the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission, the Virginia Capital Representation Resource Center Board, and the Virginia Commission of At-Risk Youth & Children. He is Chairman of the Virginia Code Commission and serves on the Board of Governors of the Virginia Bar Association.

         

        About

        John Edwards

        Source: Campaign page

        A HISTORY OF SERVICE TO VIRGINIA AND AMERICA
        John S. Edwards, born October 6, 1943, in Roanoke, Virginia, is the son of the late Judge Richard T. Edwards and Augusta Saul Edwards Farrier. He is married to Cathye Dabney Edwards and they have three children, Jack, Dabney and Catherine, and seven grandchildren. They are members of Christ Lutheran Church in Roanoke.

        EDUCATION
        Edwards attended Roanoke City public schools graduating in 1962 from Patrick Henry High School, where he was the first president of the student government. He was a record setting pole vaulter and state high-school champion and voted by his classmates as “most likely to succeed”. In 1992 he was inducted in the high school’s Sports Hall of Fame.
        Edwards graduated from Princeton University in 1966 cum laude. He majored in history doing independent work on Woodrow Wilson, the Cold War, and Soviet-American relations. He wrote his Senior Thesis on “The Making of the Marshall Plan”.

        Edwards lettered on the varsity track team as a pole vaulter. He was class representative to the Faculty-Student Committee on Student Life his sophomore and junior years and chaired his senior Class Memorial Fund committee. He was a member of the Chapel Deacons, Orange Key Society, Student Christian Association and the Tiger Inn club.

        Upon graduation, he attended Union Theological Seminary in New York City for a year on a Rockefeller Brothers Theological Fellowship.

        He graduated in 1970 from the University of Virginia Law School where he was a member of the Virginia Law Review. He was elected to the University Judiciary Committee and inducted into The Raven Society and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies. He was a summer associate for White & Case in New York. He was writing instructor assistant to Professor Antonin Scalia, later Supreme Court Justice. Edwards has also been an adjunct professor in trial advocacy at UVA Law School.

        MILITARY SERVICE
        Edwards served on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Captain from 1971 through 1973. He served as a JAG Officer with the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in Iwakuni, Japan, and Futema, Okinawa, and with the 2d Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, N.C

        LEGAL CAREER
        Edwards practiced law with Sidley & Austin in Washington, D.C., in 1970 and 1974-76. He also did volunteer work for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. He was chief trial attorney in the first successful Civil Rights class action law suit for federal employees, representing several thousand minority employees at NASA.

        Edwards returned to Roanoke in 1976, practicing law with Gentry, Locke, Rakes & Moore until appointed United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia in 1980 by President Carter. Afterwards, he joined the law firm of Martin, Hopkins, Lemon & Carter, later Martin, Hopkins, Lemon & Edwards. He is currently practicing in the Edwards Law Firm.

        He has been active in bar related activities, including serving on the Board of the Roanoke Bar Association, Chair of the Virginia Bar Association’s Criminal Law Committee/Section, and on the Board of Governors of the Virginia Bar Association.

        He was named a “Leader in the Law” in 2012 by Virginia Lawyers Weekly for sponsoring legislation authorizing the Virginia Supreme Court to adopt Rules of Evidence.

        UNITED STATES ATTORNEY FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA
        In 1980 President Jimmy Carter appointed him United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia. During his term, his office achieved several milestones. Among other things, he prosecuted the largest bank robbery in Virginia history, had the best record in the country at the time in enforcing criminal provisions of the Mine Safety and Health Act, prosecuted public corruption in the Mine Safety and Health Administration, prosecuted the first Criminal Civil Rights case in Virginia, prosecuted organized crime, and increased debt collections substantially from prior years. The Roanoke Times & World News reported that he had one of the “perhaps most successful tenures of any federal prosecutor in recent years”.

        He is the author of “Professional Responsibilities of the Federal Prosecutor”, 17 University of Richmond Law Review 511 (1983).

        Experience

        Work Experience

        • Attorney

        Education

        • JD
          University of Virginia Law School
          1970

        • Union Theological Seminary
          1966 to 1967
        • A.B.
          Princeton University
          1966

        Personal

        Born in Roanoke, Virginia on October 6, 1943
        Married Catherine Dabney Edwards

        Membership & Affiliation

        Lutheran Church (ELCA)

        Contact

        Legislative Assistants: Luke W. Priddy, Leo Priddy

        Email:

        Offices

        Capitol Office
        Pocahontas Building
        Room No: E506
        Senate of Virginia
        P. O. Box 396
        Richmond, VA 23218
        Phone: (804) 698-7521
        Fax: (804) 698-7651

        District Office
        P.O. Box 1179
        Roanoke, VA 24006-1179
        Phone: (540) 985-8690
        Fax: (540) 345-9950

        Web

        Government Page, Campaign Site, Facebook, YouTube

        Politics

        Source: Wikipedia

        In November 1993, Edwards was appointed to fill a vacancy on Roanoke City Council. In the May 1994 general election, he was elected to a four-year term and Vice-Mayor of the City of Roanoke. Edwards was named Roanoker magazine’s Roanoker of the Year in 1995.

        In November 1995, Edwards unseated a Republican incumbent to win a seat in the Senate of Virginia, representing the 21st District. Edwards was re-elected in 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, and 2015 to the Virginia Senate. He currently serves on the following Senate committees: Courts of Justice, Privileges and Elections, Transportation, Commerce and Labor, Education and Health, Finance, Rules (Chair)

        Edwards serves on the Virginia War Memorial Foundation Board, the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission, the Virginia Capital Representation Resource Center Board, and the Virginia Commission of At-Risk Youth & Children. He is Chairman of the Virginia Code Commission and serves on the Board of Governors of the Virginia Bar Association.

        Legislation that Edwards has successfully sponsored include:

        • establishing the Roanoke Higher Education Center, which he Chairs;
        • requiring Character Education to be taught in the public schools;
        • requiring coverage for pre-existing health conditions for persons changing individual health-insurance carriers;
        • establishing the Health Practitioners’ Intervention Program;
        • establishing the Virginia Department of Veterans Services; and
        • adopting the Virginia Rules of Evidence for use in the state’s courts.

        Awards and accolades that Edwards has received for his legislative service include:

        • Public Service Award from Virginia Association of Nonprofit Homes for the Aging (VANHA) (1997);
        • Roanoke Mental Health Professional Community award (1997);
        • “Legislator of the Year” from the Virginia Legal Service program (1998);
        • Roanoke Fire Fighters Association award (1998);
        • Public Service Award from Alliance for the Mentally Ill of the Roanoke Valley (1999);
        • “Legislator of the Year” award from the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (1999);
        • “Profile in Courage Award” from the Coalition of Labor Union Women, Western Virginia Chapter (1999);
        • “Child Advocate of the Year” award from the Virginia PTA/PTSA (2002);
        • “Legislative Hero” from the Virginia League of Conservation Voters (2003 and 2011);
        • “Friend of the Family” award from the Virginia Association of Family and Consumer Services (2003);
        • “Public Servant Award” by Equality Virginia (2005);
        • Legislator of the Year from Child Health Investment Partnership (CHIP) (2005);
        • Virginia First Cities Excellence Award for sponsoring Constitutional Amendment (2006);
        • “Child Advocate Award” from Virginia Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (2007);
        • Public Service Award from Southwest Virginia Psychiatric Society (2008);
        • Public Service Award from Virginia Conference, American Association of University Professors (2009);
        • Public Service Award from the Madison Society of Virginia Western Community College (2009);
        • The Stamp Award for Exemplary Support of Military Families from The Virginia Council of Chapters, Military Officers Association of America (2009);
        • Co-Legislator of the Year from the Democratic Latino Organization of Virginia (2011);
        • Legislative Champion Award from the Virginia Crisis Intervention Team Coalition (2011);
        • Legislator of the Year Award from the Professional Firefighters Association (2012);
        • Legislative Service Award from Planned Parenthood of Virginia (2012);[2]
        • named a “Leader in the Law” by Virginia Law Weekly (2012);[3] and
        • Legislator of the Year Award from the Sierra Club of Virginia (2013).[4]

        Edwards ran for Attorney General of Virginia in 2001. He finished second to Donald McEachin in a four-way Democratic primary.

        Recent Elections

        2019 State SenatorArray

        John S. Edwards (D)26,87765.48%
        Steven L. Nelson ()13,88233.82%
        Write-In (Write-in)2870.70%
        TOTAL41,046

        2015 State SenatorArray

        John Edwards (D)20,88150.9%
        Nancy Vivian Dye (R)17,43842.5%
        Donald Stevens Caldwell ()2,6266.442%
        Write In (Write-in)420.1%
        TOTAL40,987

        Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

        Finances

        EDWARDS, JOHN S has run in 6 races for public office, winning 5 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $2,763,507.

        Source: Follow the Money

        Committees

        Committees

        Courts of Justice
        Privileges and Elections
        Transportation

        Appointments

        Administrative Rules, Joint Commission on
        Code Commission
        Gubernatorial Appointments – Joint Subcommittee on
        Health Care, Joint Commission on
        Interstate 81 Commission
        Recreational Facilities Authority, Virginia
        Roanoke Higher Education Authority
        Southern States Energy Board
        War Memorial Board, Virginia
        Western Virginia Public Education Consortium

        Voting Record

        See: Vote Smart

        New Legislation

        Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

        Issues

        Democracy

        INCREASING ACCESS TO THE BALLOT BOX

        Edwards will keep working to ensure all Virginians age 65 and older can vote absentee without having to provide a reason or excuse. Edwards believes voting should be made more convenient, and not more burdensome.

        Education

        ROANOKE HIGHER EDUCATION CENTER

        Senator Edwards was the chief patron of SB 1180 in 1997, which established the Roanoke Higher Education Center; he currently chairs the Center’s Board of Trustees.

        Since opening in 2000, the Roanoke Higher Education Center has enhanced opportunities for college, graduate and workforce training programs for our region and has boosted higher paying jobs for graduates.

        According to a recent study, the Center has a $32 million annual economic impact on our region.

        • Those completing bachelor’s degrees at the Center saw an average increase in income of $17,477 per year.
        • Those completing masters and doctorate degrees saw income increases of $10,145 and $16,166, per year, respectively.
        • Among those completing teacher licensure programs, salaries have increased by an average of $14,000 per year.

        Thus, incomes have increased an estimated $35 million per year for those completing degrees at the Roanoke Higher Education Center.

        In 2008 the Claude Moore Education Complex was established from rehabilitating and preserving the historic Henry Street shops – the cultural and economic center of African Americans in Roanoke for many years. The facility houses the Culinary Arts Institute, offering Associate Degrees to prepare students to be Executive Chefs and to operate restaurants and catering services.

        Now Edwards is working to double the size of the popular program, which will create even more jobs.

        Environment

        FIGHTING THE PIPELINE

        Edwards has voiced opposition to plans to build the Mountain Valley Pipeline through our mountains and neighborhoods on both environmental and safety grounds

        CONSERVATION, ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT

        SB 1023 expanded the scope of permitted retail competition for electric generation service. In particular, the bill allows individual retail customers that are eligible customer-generators to purchase electric energy provided 100 percent from renewable energy exclusively for their own consumption from a renewable energy seller. This bill helps customer-generators and renewable energy sellers in the electricity markets to work outside of the current “exclusive service territories” of the electric utility.

        Lowering barriers to entry into the renewable energy market and increasing the opportunities for competition in that market will benefit consumers and new generators.

        The Sierra Club (Virginia Chapter) named Edwards “Legislator of the Year” in July 2013, recognizing his outstanding public service. In 2011 the non-partisan Virginia League of Conservation Voters (VLCV) designated Senator Edwards a “Legislative Hero,” because of his dedication to conservation priorities. Senator Edwards has been ranked in the top quartile of Virginia Legislators by the VLCV for the past five years.

        Health Care

        MEDICAID HEALTH CARE EXPANSION

        Accepting the Medicaid dollars we have already sent to Washington will grow our economy, create 30,000 new jobs, and provide up to 400,000 Virginians the health care they need.

        Infrastructure

        IMPROVING TRANSPORTATION

        nfrastructure is the lifeblood of our economy and vital to ensuring we all get home safely each day. We need to continue to invest in improvements to provide the safest roads in the nation.

        PASSENGER RAIL IS COMING TO ROANOKE IN 2017

        Senator Edwards’ budget amendment in 2011 established the “Connector Bus” from Roanoke to Lynchburg’s Amtrak station. The popularity of the convenient, low cost bus has enabled its ridership to grow beyond expectations and, in turn, showed there is a market for passenger rail service in our region. In fact, Amtrak has announced it is coming to Roanoke in 2017 and, a few years thereafter, to the New River Valley. The 2013 transportation legislation includes funding to expand passenger rail.

        Amtrak will open up the Northeast Corridor to our region and give people an alternative to the congestion and hazards of the interstate. Riders will have comfortable “same seat” rail service to places like Washington DC, New York City and Boston. The benefits to our region will increase immeasurably with Amtrak.

        In November 2014, Governor McAuliffe with Senator Edwards announced plans for the new Amtrak station in downtown Roanoke.

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        Senator John Edwards Virginia
        Published on October 9, 2015
        By: Senator John Edwards Virginia

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        Steven NelsonSteven Nelson

        Current Position: Virginia sales manager, US Law Shield
        Affiliation: Other
        Candidate: 2019 State Senator

        Overview: N/A

        Summary

        Current Position: Virginia sales manager, US Law Shield
        Affiliation: Other
        Candidate: 2019 State Senator

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        Mark Peake 1Mark Peake

        Current Position: State Senator since 2017
        Affiliation: Republican

        “I’m not running to pass more laws. I want to get laws off the books. We need more freedom, less government. More freedom, less government is the message I was elected on and it’s exactly how I approach every vote that comes before the Senate of Virginia.”

        Summary

        Current Position: State Senator since 2017
        Affiliation: Republican

        “I’m not running to pass more laws. I want to get laws off the books. We need more freedom, less government. More freedom, less government is the message I was elected on and it’s exactly how I approach every vote that comes before the Senate of Virginia.”

        About

        Mark Peake

        Mark resides in Lynchburg with his wife of twenty-two years, Lila, and their five children. A graduate of Virginia Tech and Washington & Lee Law School, Mark has practiced law in Lynchburg for nearly thirty years. Though this is his first time serving in elected office, Mark has consistently been involved in his local community, serving with numerous organizations including: Commonwealth Transportation Board, Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce, Lynchburg Bar Association, Board of Directors of Lynchburg Youth & Prevention Services, and Lynchburg Republican Committee.

        Mark  is currently serving his first term in the Virginia Senate, having been elected in the January 2017 Special Election.

        Experience

        Work Experience

        • Attorney

        Education

        • JD
          Washington & Lee University School of Law
        • BA
          Virginia Tech

        Personal

        Born in Greensboro on January 19, 1963
        Married to Lila A. Peake
        Methodist

        Contact

        Legislative Assistants: George Goodwin, Daniel J. Dodds

        Email:

        Offices

        Capitol Office
        Pocahontas Building
        Room No: E522
        Senate of Virginia
        P. O. Box 396
        Richmond, VA 23218
        Phone: (804) 698-7522 F

        District Office
        4925 Boonsboro Road, Box 172
        Lynchburg, VA 24503
        Phone: (434) 455-3382

        Web

        Government Page, Campaign Site

        Politics

        Recent Elections

        2017 State SenatorArray

        Mark Peake (R)13,71353.1%
        Ryant Lenard Washington (D)10,22639.6%
        Joseph Cornwell Hines ()1,8847.3%
        Write In (Write-in)190.1%
        TOTAL25,842

        2019 State SenatorArray

        Mark J. Peake (R)37,63062.76%
        Dakota S. Claytor (D)22,25437.11%
        Write-In (Write-in)770.13%
        TOTAL59,961

        Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

        Finances

        PEAKE, MARK J has run in 3 races for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $454,601.

        Source: Follow the Money

        Committees

        Committees

        Courts of Justice
        Education and Health
        Privileges and Elections
        Transportation

        Voting Record

        See: Vote Smart

        New Legislation

        Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

        Issues

        Governance

        Taxes

        More freedom, fewer taxes. I support abolishing the individual state income tax. I believe government should protect your financial freedom, by taking in fewer of your hard-earned dollars. In Richmond, I take care to ensure the General Assembly does not spend anymore taxpayer money than is necessary to support core government services. I will always look for ways to reduce spending and lower the tax burden for our families, farmers, and businesses.

        Regulations

        We can all agree that certain regulations are necessary, but government bureaucrats have gone too far. I have and will continue to introduce bills that remove unnecessary government regulations, which are nothing more than a burden on our farmers and small business owners. These regulations increase the cost of doing business and ultimately hurt the workingman, who sees lower wages or worse, fewer jobs. I will continue working with my colleagues in the Senate and House of Delegates in identifying regulations we can roll back, but I welcome feedback from you. If there is a particular regulation you think unnecessary, please submit via our Repeal It! form.

        Civil Rights

        The Right to Life

        As a father of five, I know first-hand some of the difficult tests of faith that can happen during pregnancy. When my wife, Lila, and I were told that that our quadruplets were a high-risk pregnancy and that certain dangers existed in potentially carrying all of our children to full-term, we were advised to make a choice. We knew, based on our steadfast belief in the sanctity of life and our unborn children’s God-given right to exist, that the only option was for us to carry all of our children to full-term. Defending life is not simply a policy position to me, it is an integral part of our family and you can count on me to continue to defend life in Richmond, just as Lila and I did for our own children nearly two decades ago.

        The Right to Bear Arms

        I am a staunch defender of our right to bear arms, and I have the voting record to prove it.  As your State Senator, I took an oath to defend both the Virginia Constitution and the Constitution of the United States, and the brilliant authors of these documents knew the natural right of the people to bear arms was so essential to liberty, that it must be constitutionally protected. As your voice in Richmond, I will continue to protect all of our constitutional rights, including the right to bear arms.

        Democracy

        Redistricting

        The drawing of district lines is a constitutionally mandated responsibility of the General Assembly as outlined in the Virginia Constitution. In recent years, many, myself included, have voiced concern over the gerrymandering of Virginia’s legislative districts. While I think everyone can agree drawing districts is no easy task, I do believe the General Assembly must revisit the manner in which it draws district boundaries; just adhere to the Constitution. Every electoral district shall be composed of contiguous and compact territory and shall be so constituted as to give, as nearly as is practicable, representation in proportion to the population of the district.” If the legislature adheres to the Constitution when drawing the districts in 2021, I believe we will have fair redistricting.

        News

        Source: Campaign

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        Published on January 24, 2019
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        Dakota Claytor

        Current Position: Freelance hair stylist and private music educator
        Affiliation: Democrat
        Candidate: 2019 State Senator

        Overview: N/A

        Summary

        Current Position: Freelance hair stylist and private music educator
        Affiliation: Democrat
        Candidate: 2019 State Senator

        Overview: N/A

        About

        Dakota Claytor HS

        Source: Campaign page

        Born and raised in the District with deep familial roots, Dakota Claytor went to Amherst County Public schools where he participated in theater, show choir, and interned with a middle school music teacher as a high school Senior. Dakota has since become a freelance hair stylist and private music educator. He has also been actively involved in community theater where he can be often be found on stage.

        Dakota like so many in our district has witnessed first-hand the crippling effects of a broken healthcare system in Virginia. His mother has significant health issues and had applied for nearly twenty years before being granted disability benefits. With insurance premiums at an all-time high, skyrocketing medical costs, and limited access to quality healthcare, many families often must make the impossible decision between basic human needs and medical care. Dakota decided to take action by challenging the incumbent upon realizing that he voted against the Medicaid Expansion Bill (HB338). Family members often must become caretakers for loved ones, forgoing financially stable employment.

        Having graduated from Virginia public schools, Dakota witnessed deteriorating school buildings and teachers who were pouring their hearts out for little to no reward. He believes wholeheartedly in an education system that works for all students, those who have unlimited opportunities and those who are under-served. We can best serve all students when schools have adequate funding and teachers feel like they are appreciated and supported. Our education system has made great improvement in recent years, however, there are still children falling through the cracks. Dakota believes students can better be served with smaller class sizes and a focus on developing students for real world situations through a more interactive learning environment.

        Growing up in a lower to middle class household, Dakota has seen that those who do the toughest labor typically end up struggling the most financially. His father has consistently worked six to seven days a week while still finding enough time to support his two children in their extracurricular activities. Blue collar jobs are the foundation of this District which is why he plans to shift focus to job training and trade schools to further develop a skilled work force. He has clear eyes to the potential that legalization of medical and recreational cannabis would benefit the district financially though agricultural development. He wants to work with small companies to expand broadband access to rural areas in the district in order to foster a better-connected workforce.

        Dakota Claytor wants to be a voice for the voiceless, an advocate for teachers, small business owners, and farmers, and represent the district as a whole. He is the right person for the Senate because he is young, energetic, and believes in systemic change for Virginia. He looks forward to meeting all of his future constituents in order to better represent each and every one.

        Contact

        Email:

        Web

        Campaign Site, Twitter

        Issues

        Economy

        Dakota plans to shift focus to job training and trade schools to further develop a skilled work force.

        He has clear eyes to the potential that legalization of medical and recreational cannabis would benefit the district financially.

        He wants to work with small companies to expand broadband access to rural areas in the district in order to foster a better connected workforce.

        Education

        As a proud product of Virginia’s public school system, Dakota is concerned with the current conditions of many schools in the district.

        He wants to ensure that Virginia keeps its promise to adequately provide resources to rural schools.

        Dakota holds the belief that Virginia has an obligation to work diligently to narrow the pay gap between educators and all other college graduates.

        Health Care

        Dakota believes in fighting for a healthcare system that works for all Virginians.

        He supports further expanding Medicaid and building on the great progress Virginia made in 2018.

        He sees the value of community health centers and plans to focus funding for health and community services.

        News

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        Stephen Newman 1Steve Newman

        Current Position: State Senator since 1996
        Affiliation: Republican
        Former Position(s): State Delegate from 1991 – 1995; Lynchburg City Council

        Steve Newman is the author of many bills of importance to Central Virginia including Governor McDonnell’s entire Education Package in the 2010 General Assembly. H has served on the Governor’s Higher Education Reform Commission 2010 and co-sponsored the resulting bill in the Virginia Senate. Newman has been rated as one of Virginia’s most pro-job and pro-business Senate members

        Summary

        Current Position: State Senator since 1996
        Affiliation: Republican
        Former Position(s): State Delegate from 1991 – 1995; Lynchburg City Council

        Steve Newman is the author of many bills of importance to Central Virginia including Governor McDonnell’s entire Education Package in the 2010 General Assembly. H has served on the Governor’s Higher Education Reform Commission 2010 and co-sponsored the resulting bill in the Virginia Senate. Newman has been rated as one of Virginia’s most pro-job and pro-business Senate members

        About

        Stephen Newman

        Source: Campaign page

        Born: October 15, 1964

        Family Status: Married to wife Kim; two sons Tyler and Wesley

        Occupation:
        – Vice President and Member, Board of Directors for Delta Star, Inc.
        – Delta Star is a manufacturer of medium power transformers and mobile substations with operations in Lynchburg, Virginia, San Carlos, California and Montreal, QC, Canada.

        Education:
        – Lynchburg College
        – Central Virginia Community College

        Member of:
        – Lynchburg City Council Member (1988 – 1991)
        – Virginia House of Delegates (1992 – 1996)
        – Virginia Senate (1996 – Present)
        – President pro-tempore

         

        Significant Legislation:
        – Author of many bills of importance to Central Virginia
        – Authored Governor McDonnell’s entire Education Package in the 2010 General Assembly
        – Served on the Governor’s Higher Education Reform Commission 2010 and co-sponsored the resulting bill in the Virginia Senate
        – Rated as one of Virginia’s most pro-job and pro-business Senate members

        Experience

        Work Experience

        • Vice President Of Marketing And Sales and Board member
          Delta Star, Inc

        Education


        • Lynchburg College

        • Central Virginia Community College

        Personal

        Born in Virginia on October 15, 1964
        Married Kimberley Ann Newman

        Contact

        Legislative Assistants: Patti Dempsey, Emily Hasty

        Email:

        Offices

        Capitol Office
        Pocahontas Building
        Room No: E604
        Senate of Virginia
        P. O. Box 396
        Richmond, VA 23218
        Phone: (804) 698-7523
        Fax: (804) 698-7651

        District Office
        P.O. Box 480
        Forest, VA 24551
        Phone: (434) 385-1065
        Fax: (434) 485-8111

        Web

        Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

        Politics

        Source: Wikipedia

        Newman spent four years as a member of the Lynchburg City Council before being elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. He was a member of the House of Delegates from 1991 to 1996, and was elected to the Virginia Senate in 1996. He represents Senate District 23, which includes all of Botetourt and Craig counties and parts of Campbell County, Bedford County, Roanoke County, and Lynchburg City.His district is a safe Republican seat.

        Newman is chair of the Senate Committee on Education and Health. Over his decades in the state legislature, Newman gained a reputation as a staunch conservative and a member with a talent for consensus-seeking and negotiation. In 2006, he was a sponsor of the Marshall-Newman Amendment, which banned same-sex marriage in Virginia. He opposed Medicaid expansion in Virginia. He opposed 2014 legislation to decriminalize marijuana in Virginia.

        In January 2016, Newman was elected president pro tempore of the Senate of Virginia. The main duty of the pro tem is to preside over the state Senate when the lieutenant governor of Virginia (who is the president of the Senate) is unable to do so.

        Recent Elections

        2019 State SenatorArray

        Stephen D. “Steve” Newman (R)47,37493.86%
        Write-In (Write-in)3,1006.14%
        TOTAL50,474

        2015 State SenatorArray

        Stephen Newman (R)27,30996.7%
        Write In (Write-in)9233.3%
        TOTAL28,232

        Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

        Finances

        NEWMAN, STEPHEN D (STEVE) has run in 6 races for public office, winning 5 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $2,066,237

        Source: Follow the Money

        Committees

        Committees

        Education and Health (Chair) ransportation
        Commerce and Labor
        Finance
        Rules
        Transportation

        Appointments

        Autism Advisory Council
        Education Commission of the States
        Governor’s Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates
        Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board of Trustees
        Joint Rules
        Online Virginia Network Authority
        Revisions to SOQ & SOL
        Standards of Learning Innovation Committee
        State Training Centers, The Special Joint Subcommittee to Consult on the Plan to Close
        The Virginia All Payers Claims Database and Doctor of Medical Science Degree and Licensure
        Virginia Preschool Initiative, Joint Subcommittee

        Voting Record

        See: Vote Smart

        New Legislation

        Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

        Issues

        Governance

        FIGHTING FOR LIMITED GOVERNMENT

        As a lifelong resident of Lynchburg, a husband, and a father of two boys, Steve Newman has been a stalwart of family issues in the Senate, receiving a 100% rating from the VA Family Foundation the past three years. He sponsored a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between one man and one woman and authored legislation that bans partial-birth abortions in Virginia. He has also voted to limit state funding of abortions.

        Government is not a solution to our problem, government is the problem.

        — Ronald Reagan

        Economy

        CREATING AND RETAINING JOBS

        Government must learn to live within its means because taxes are high enough on Virginia families. During his time in the Senate, Steve Newman has continually supported reducing taxes. In 2008, Steve voted down a massive transportation tax hike that would have levied more gas taxes, retail taxes, and car sales taxes. Unlike Washington, in Richmond we balance our budget and we do it through tough decisions and cutting spending.

        In the Virginia General Assembly, Steve Newman has proven to be a leader who will work to create jobs. He believes that