Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 35 since 1980

Affiliation: Democrat

Mission Statement:
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.

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 1 since 2016

Former Positions: State Delegate for VA House District 93 from 2013 – 2015

Affiliation: Democrat

Mission Statement:
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.

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 3 since 1992

Affiliation: Republican

Mission Statement: N/A

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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Office Hours: 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   Monday through Friday

Mamie Locke

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 2 since 2004

Affiliation: Democrat

Mission Statement: N/A

Herb Jones Jr.

Current Position: Co-Founder, Pyramid Technologies, LLC

Affiliation: Democrat

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 3

Mission Statement:
N/A

Ryan McDougle

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 4 since 2006

Former Positions: State Delegate from 2002 – 2006

Affiliation: Republican

Mission Statement:
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 for VA Senate District 4

Affiliation: Democrat

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 4

Mission Statement: N/A

Lionell Spruill

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 5 since 2016

Former Positions: State Delegate for VA House District 77 from 1994 – 2016

Affiliation: Democrat

Mission Statement: N/A

Jeff Staples

Current Position: Automotive repair professional for VA Senate District 5

Affiliation: Other

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 5

Mission Statement: N/A

Lynwood Lewis

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 6 since 2014

Affiliation: Democrat

Mission Statement: N/A

Elizabeth Lankford

Current Position: Owner of Blue Crab Company for

Affiliation: Republican

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 6

Mission Statement: N/A

Cheryl Turpin

Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 85 since 2018

Affiliation: Democrat

Mission Statement: N/A

Jen Kiggans

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 7

Affiliation: Republican

Mission Statement: N/A

Bill DeSteph

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 8 since 2016

Former Positions: State Delegate for VA House District 82 from 2014 – 2016

Affiliation: Republican

Mission Statement: N/A

Missy Cotter Smasal

Current Position: Navy office and small business owner

Affiliation: Democrat

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 8

Mission Statement: N/A

Jenn McClellan

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 9 since 2017

Former Positions: State Delegate for VA House District 71 from 2006 – 2017

Affiliation: Democrat

Mission Statement: N/A

Mark Lewis

Current Position: Candidate for VA Senate District 9

Affiliation: Libertarian

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 9

Mission Statement: N/A

Ghazala Hashmi

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 10

Affiliation: Democrat

Mission Statement: N/A

Amanda Chase

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 11 since 2016

Affiliation: Republican

Mission Statement: N/A

Amanda Pohl

Current Position: Nonprofit professional and Adjunct professor of social work for VA Senate District 11

Affiliation: Democrat

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 11

Mission Statement:
"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 for VA Senate District 12 since 2016

Affiliation: Republican

Mission Statement: N/A

Debra Rodman

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

Affiliation: Democrat

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 12

Mission Statement: N/A

John Bell

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 13 since 2016

Former Positions: State Delegate for VA House District 87 from 2016 – 2019

Affiliation: Democrat

Mission Statement: N/A

Geary Higgins

Current Position: Catoctin District Supervisor

Affiliation: Republican

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 13

Mission Statement: N/A

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Jasmine Moawad-Barrientos

Current Position: Civil Rights Advocate

Affiliation: Other

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 13

Mission Statement: N/A

John Cosgrove

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 14

Former Positions: State Delegate for VA House District 78 from 2008 – 2013; Chesapeake City Council from 2004 – 2008

Affiliation: Republican

Mission Statement: N/A

Rebecca Raveson

Current Position: Former loan officer

Affiliation: Democrat

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 14

Mission Statement: N/A

Frank Ruff

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 15 since 2000

Affiliation: Republican

Mission Statement: N/A

Virginia Smith

Current Position: Elementary School Teacher, retired

Affiliation: Democrat

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 15

Mission Statement: N/A

Joe Morrissey

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 16

Former Positions: State Delegate for VA House District 74 from 2008 – 2015

Affiliation: Democrat

Mission Statement: N/A

Waylin Ross

Current Position: Founder, ParaLobby, LLC

Affiliation: Other

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 16

Mission Statement: N/A

Bryce Reeves

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 17 since 2012

Affiliation: Republican

Mission Statement:
"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 VA Senate District 17

Mission Statement: N/A

Louise Lucas

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 18 since 1992

Affiliation: Democrat

Mission Statement: N/A

David Suetterlein

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 19 since 2016

Affiliation: Republican

Mission Statement: N/A

Flourette Ketner

Current Position: Non profit board member

Affiliation: Democrat

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 19

Mission Statement: N/A

Bill Stanley

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 20 since 2011

Affiliation: Republican

Mission Statement: N/A

Sherman Witcher

Current Position: Works in agriculture

Affiliation: Other

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 20

Mission Statement: N/A

John Edwards

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 21 since 1996

Affiliation: Democrat

Mission Statement: N/A

Steven Nelson

Current Position: Virginia sales manager, US Law Shield

Affiliation: Other

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 21

Mission Statement: N/A

Mark Peake

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 22 since 2017

Affiliation: Republican

Mission Statement:
"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 VA Senate District 22

Mission Statement: N/A

Steve Newman

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 23 since 1996

Former Positions: State Delegate from 1991 – 1995; Lynchburg City Council

Affiliation: Republican

Mission Statement: N/A

Emmett Hanger

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 24 since 1996

Affiliation: Republican

Mission Statement:
"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 VA Senate District 24

Mission Statement: N/A

Creigh Deeds

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 25 since 2001

Former Positions: State Delegate for VA House District 18 from 1991 – 2000; Commonwealth’s Attorney of Bath County. from 1987 – 1991

Affiliation: Democrat

Mission Statement: N/A

Mark Obenshain

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 26 since 2001

Affiliation: Republican

Mission Statement: N/A

April Moore

Current Position: Nonprofit organizer, retired

Affiliation: Democrat

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 26

Mission Statement: N/A

Jill Vogel

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 27 since 2008

Affiliation: Republican

Mission Statement: N/A

Ronnie Ross III

Current Position: Teacher, Fauquier County

Affiliation: Democrat

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 27

Mission Statement: N/A

Richard Stuart

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 28 since 2008

Former Positions: Commonwealth's Attorney, Westmoreland County from 2004 – 2005

Affiliation: Republican

Mission Statement:
"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."

Qasim Rashid

Current Position: Author and Activist

Affiliation: Democrat

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 28

Mission Statement: N/A

Jeremy McPike

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 29 since 2016

Affiliation: Democrat

Mission Statement:
"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 for VA Senate District 30 since 2012

Affiliation: Democrat

Mission Statement: N/A

Barbara Favola

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 31 since 2012

Affiliation: Democrat

Mission Statement: N/A

Janet Howell

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 32 since 1992

Affiliation: Democrat

Mission Statement: N/A

Jennifer Boysko

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 33 since 2016

Affiliation: Democrat

Mission Statement: N/A

Suzanne Fox

Current Position: Entrepreneur, Loudon County for VA Senate District 33

Affiliation: Republican

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 33

Mission Statement:
N/A

Chap Petersen

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 34 since 2008

Affiliation: Democrat

Mission Statement: N/A

Scott Surovell

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 36 since 2016

Affiliation: Democrat

Mission Statement: N/A

Dave Marsden

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 37 since 2010

Affiliation: Democrat

Mission Statement: N/A

Benton Chafin

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 38 since 2014

Former Positions: State Delegate for VA House District 4 from 2013 – 2014

Affiliation: Republican

Mission Statement: N/A

George McCall

Current Position: Executive Chairman, First Sentinel Bank

Affiliation: Other

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 38

Mission Statement: N/A

George Barker

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 39 since 2008

Affiliation: Democrat

Mission Statement: N/A

Dutch Hillenburg

Current Position: Federal employee, retired

Affiliation: Republican

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 39

Mission Statement: N/A

Todd Pillion

Current Position: State Senator for VA Senate District 40 since 2014

Former Positions: State Delegate for US House District 4 from 2014 – 2019

Affiliation: Republican

Mission Statement: N/A

Ken Heath

Current Position: Marion Director of Community and Economic Development

Affiliation: Other

Candidate: 2019 State Senator VA Senate District 40

Mission Statement: N/A

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