Terry McAullife

Current Position: GMU Distinguished Visiting Professor since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): Governor from 2014 – 2018; Chair, Democratic National Committee from 2001 – 2005; Chair, Hillary Clinton presidential campaign since 2008

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

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Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 2 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

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David Bulova

Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 37 since 2007
Affiliation: Democrat

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

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This post summarizes the 5 flippable Virginia Senate and 21 House of Delegate Districts in the upcoming elections on November 5, 2019.  Each district has a short description of its boundaries, pictures of the candidates, a link to a post focused on the candidates and their positions on issues, and links to posts on each candidate.  Feature image for this post shows the regional location for each of these districts.

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

Virginia onAir curators will have a special focus on these districts and will attempt to provide a video recording of an interview with each of the candidates.

Terry Kilgore

Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 1 since 1994
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate for VA House District 1

Overview: N/A

Heather Mitchell

Current Position: Senior Aide, Prince William County Board of Supervisors
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate for VA House District 2

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Will Morefield

Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 3 since 2010
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate for VA House District 3

"I AM COMMITTED TO REPRESENTING THE PEOPLE OF THE 3RD DISTRICT BY REDUCING BURDENSOME REGULATIONS, STANDING FOR OUR SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA VALUES, AND PROMOTING JOB CREATION IN OUR AREA."

William C. Wampler III

Current Position: Attorney, Wampler Law, PLC
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate for US House District 4

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Starla Kiser

Current Position: Founder, Healios Health
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate for VA House District 4

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Israel O’Quinn

Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 5 since 2012
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate for VA House District 5

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Jeffrey Campbell

Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 6 since 2014
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate for VA House District 6

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Jim Barker

Current Position: Member, Marion Town Council
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate for VA House District 6

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Darlene Lewis

Current Position: Founder, The Hope Center
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate for VA House District 8

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Wendy Gooditis

Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 10 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate for VA House District 10

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Chris Hurst

Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 12 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate for VA House District 12

"I’ve dedicated my life to public service and giving a voice to the people of southwest Virginia."
"My career in news was fulfilling but instead of asking questions, I became focused on finding solutions."

Forrest Hite

Current Position: Data Resource Administrator
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate for VA House District 12

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Danica Roem

Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 13 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate for VA House District 13

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Kelly McGinn

Current Position: Former Senior Counsel for International Human Rights
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate for VA House District 13

Overview: N/A

Danny Marshall

Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 14 since 2002
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate for VA House District 14
Former Position(s): Danville City Council from 2000 – 2001

Overview: N/A

Eric Stamps

Current Position: Founder, Indivisible Southside
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate for VA House District 14

Overview: N/A

Todd Gilbert

Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 15 since 2006
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate for VA House District 15
Former Position(s): Prosecutor from 1997 – 2006

Overview: N/A

Beverly Harrison

Current Position: Child care center development consultant
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate for VA House District 15

Overview: N/A

Terry McAuliffeTerry McAullife

Current Position: GMU Distinguished Visiting Professor since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): Governor from 2014 – 2018; Chair, Democratic National Committee from 2001 – 2005; Chair, Hillary Clinton presidential campaign since 2008

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Summary

Current Position: GMU Distinguished Visiting Professor since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): Governor from 2014 – 2018; Chair, Democratic National Committee from 2001 – 2005; Chair, Hillary Clinton presidential campaign since 2008

Overview: N/A

About

Terry McAullife

Source: Wikipedia

Terry McAuliffe (born February 9, 1957) is an American politician and former entrepreneur who served as the 72nd Governor of Virginia from 2014 to 2018. He was chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2001 to 2005, was co-chairman of President Bill Clinton’s 1996 re-election campaign, and was chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.

McAuliffe was previously an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 2009 gubernatorial election. In the 2013 gubernatorial election, he ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. He defeated Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Libertarian Robert Sarvis in the general election, collecting 47.8% of the vote; Cuccinelli garnered 45.2% and Sarvis received 6.5%. McAuliffe assumed office on January 11, 2014, and his term ended on January 13, 2018.

Family and education

McAuliffe was born and raised in Syracuse, New York, the son of Mildred Katherine Lonergan and Jack McAuliffe. His father was a real estate agent and local Democratic politician. The family is of Irish descent.

He graduated from Bishop Ludden Junior/Senior High School in 1975. In 1979, he earned a bachelor’s degree from The Catholic University of America, where he served as a resident adviser.After graduating, McAuliffe worked for President Jimmy Carter’s reelection campaign, becoming the national finance director at twenty-two. Following the campaign, McAuliffe attended theGeorgetown University Law Center, where he obtained his Juris Doctor degree in 1984.

Business career

At age of 14, McAuliffe started his first business,McAuliffe Driveway Maintenance, sealing driveways and parking lots. According toThe Washington Post, McAuliffe has “earned millions as a banker, real estate developer, home builder, hotel owner, and internet venture capitalist.”

In 1985, McAuliffe helped found the Federal City National Bank, a Washington, D.C.-based local bank. In January 1988, when McAuliffe was thirty years old, the bank’s board elected McAuliffe as chairman, making him the youngest chairman in the United States Federal Reserve Bank’s charter association. In 1991, McAuliffe negotiated a merger with Credit International Bank, which he called his “greatest business experience.”  McAuliffe became the vice-chairman of the newly merged bank. Shareholders questioned whether he was given special treatment; Chairman Richard V. Allen denied the allegation.

In 1979, McAuliffe had met Richard Swann, a lawyer who was in charge of fundraising for Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign inFlorida. In 1988, McAuliffe married Swann’s daughter, Dorothy. McAuliffe invested $800,000 in Swann’s American Pioneer Savings Bank, which was taken over In 1990 by federal regulators, causing Swann to file for bankruptcy. The Resolution Trust Corporation, a federal agency, took over American Pioneer’s assets and liabilities.[13] Under Swann’s guidance, McAuliffe purchased some of American Pioneer’s real estate from the Resolution Trust Corporation. McAuliffe’s equal partner in the deal was a pension fund controlled by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). They purchased real estate valued at $50 million for $38.7 million; McAuliffe received a 50% equity stake.  The deal was arranged by Jack Moore, a NECA trustee and acquaintance of McAuliffe.[13][15] Next, McAuliffe acquired a distressed house-building company, American Heritage Homes, which had been buying real estate formerly owned by American Pioneer.[13] McAuliffe served as chairman of American Heritage along with CEO Carl H. Linder. The Florida-based company came out of distress under a plan in which it built 800 homes a year.

In 1997, McAuliffe invested $100,000 in Global Crossing, a Bermuda-registered telecommunications company. Global Crossing went public in 1998. In 1999, McAuliffe sold the majority of his holding for $8.1 million.

In 2009, McAuliffe founded GreenTech Automotive, a holding company, which purchased Chinese electric car company EU Auto MyCar for $20 million in May 2010. Later that year, McAuliffe relocated GreenTech’s headquarters to McLean, Virginia. GreenTech subsequently announced plans to manufacture vehicles in Mississippi. In December 2012, McAuliffe was questioned about the factory’s location in Mississippi instead of Virginia. McAuliffe said he wanted to bring the factory to Virginia, but the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), the commonwealth’s recruitment agency, chose not to bid on it. Documents showed the VEDP was awaiting more information at the time it was announced the factory was being built in Mississippi. In April 2013, McAuliffe announced his resignation from GreenTech to focus on his run for governor of Virginia. He no longer holds an ownership stake in the company.

Fundraising career and relationship with the Clintons

McAuliffe had a prolific fundraising career within the Democratic Party and a personal and political relationship with Bill and Hillary Clinton. McAuliffe and his staff raised $275 million, then an unprecedented sum, for Clinton’s causes while president. After Bill Clinton’s tenure ended, McAuliffe guaranteed the Clintons’ $1.35 million mortgage for their home in Chappaqua, New York. The deal raised ethical questions. In 2000, McAuliffe chaired a fundraiser with the Clintons, setting a fundraising record of $26.3 million.

McAuliffe told The New York Times in 1999, “I’ve met all of my business contacts through politics. It’s all interrelated.” When he meets a new business contact, he continued, “Then I raise money from them.” He acknowledged that success of his business dealings stemmed partly from his relationship with Bill Clinton, saying, “No question, that’s a piece of it.” He also credited his ties to former congressmen Dick Gephardt and Tony Coelho, his Rolodex of 5,000-plus names, and his ability to personally relate to people. In 2004, he was one of the five-member board of directors of the Clinton Foundation. He told New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich in 2012 that his Rolodex held 18,632 names.

Chairman of the Democratic National Committee

In June 2000, as organizers of the 2000 Democratic National Convention were scrambling to raise $7 million, convention chairmanRoy Romer resigned to become superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District. McAuliffe immediately accepted appointment as Romer’s replacement when asked on a phone call by presumptive presidential nominee Al Gore. Already in the news for a record $26 million fundraiser with Bill Clinton the month prior, McAuliffe promised that money would be a “non-issue” for the convention, and that the outstanding $7 million would be raised “very quickly”. The selection of McAuliffe was praised by many in the party, and was widely seen to represent the growth in his influence, with James Carville telling the New York Times that “his stock is trading at an all-time high”.

In February 2001, McAuliffe was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and served until February 2005.McAuliffe tried and failed to persuade his top rival, Maynard Jackson, to drop out of the race for chairman but was still the heavy favorite. During his tenure, the DNC raised $578 million and emerged from debt for the first time in its history.

In the period between the 2002 elections and the 2004 Democratic convention, the DNC rebuilt operations and intra-party alliances. McAuliffe worked to restructure the Democratic primary schedule, allowing Arizona, New Mexico, North Carolina and South Carolinato vote earlier; the move provided African-American and Hispanic communities greater power in presidential primaries. According toThe Washington Post, the move bolstered United States Senator John Kerry’s fundraising efforts. The DNC rebuilt its headquarters and created a computer database of more than 170 million potential voters known as “Demzilla.” Five-time presidential candidateRalph Nader alleged that during the 2004 presidential election McAuliffe offered him cash to withdraw from certain pivotal states.McAuliffe’s staff admitted to conversations with Nader about his campaign but denied offering him money.

In January 2005, a few weeks before his term ended, McAuliffe earmarked $5 million of the party’s cash to assist Tim Kaine and other Virginia Democrats in their upcoming elections. This donation was the largest nonpresidential disbursement in DNC history, and was part of McAuliffe’s attempt to prove Democratic viability in Southern states in the wake of the 2004 presidential election. Kaine was successful in his bid, and served as the Governor of Virginia from 2006 to 2010.

Post-DNC chairmanship

McAuliffe was co-chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign and one of her superdelegates at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

In 2012, he was a visiting fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. In addition to several faculty and student lectures, McAuliffe hosted a segment entitled “The Making of a Candidate: From Running Campaigns to Running on my Own.”

McAuliffe was an adviser at ZeniMax Media.

Web

Schar Scool, Twitter, Facebook, Wikipedia

Issues

Abortion

In 2013, McAuliffe said he supports “keeping existing Virginia laws on when abortions are legal.” He opposes new state health and safety regulations on abortion clinics

Impeachment

In August 2018, McAuliffe stated “that’s something we ought to look at”, referring to the impeachment of president Trump. He argued that if “President Obama had gone to Helsinki and done what President Trump had done, you would already have impeachment hearings going on”.

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Dick Saslaw 3

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

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Summary

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

Overview: N/A

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.
    2019 to present

Education

  • B.S. in economics
    University of Maryland
    2019 to present

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

2015 State Senator for VA Senate District 35

Dick Saslaw (D) 18,754 74.4%
Terrence Wayne Modglin (G) 6,055 24.0%
Write In (Write-in) 383 1.5%
TOTAL 25,192

2011 State Senator

Dick Saslaw (D) 15,905 61.7%
Robert Christopher Sarvis (R) 9,272 35.9%
Katherine Ann Pettigrew (G) 591 2.3%
Write In (Write-in) 28 0.1%
TOTAL 25,796

2007 State Senator for VA Senate District 35

Dick Saslaw (D) 16,856 77.9%
Mario T. Palmiotto () 4,532 21.0%
Write In (Write-in) 238 1.1%
TOTAL 21,626

2003 State Senator for VA Senate District 35

Dick Saslaw (D) 17,735 82.5%
C. W. Levy () 3,537 16.4%
Write In (Write-in) 231 1.1%
TOTAL 21,503

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.

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Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 2 since 2018
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Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 2 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat

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Source: Campaign page

I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you my story because I think you deserve to know more about me and what I believe.

When I was growing up, my grandmother always said, “If you have it, you have to give it.” Those words stuck with me when I was at the Virginia Military Institute; they were the reason I served as a foster parent; and they are a guiding principle I live by as a public defender and a Delegate.

Giving back has been, and must continue to be, the foundation of Virginia. That is why I’ve made it my life’s work.

When I was at Virginia Military Institute (VMI), I knew I had to defy the odds and graduate in order to have the opportunity to give back. I enrolled in the third class of female cadets to attend the historically all-male college. On my first day, they shaved my head and said, “Welcome to VMI.” My best male friend bet me a dollar that I wouldn’t last a year. Well, I won that bet.

I know the deck seems stacked against us. Sometimes it seems like politicians prefer gridlock over results. But every time I look my kids in the eyes, or walk into work as a public defender, I know we have to fight toward a fairer, stronger, and more just Virginia. Having spent four years in a military academy, I learned to address problems head-on and never back down from a fight.

As your Delegate, I have delivered the following results:

  • We passed a state budget that expanded Medicaid to 400,000 Virginians to ensure access to affordable healthcare for veterans, women, and working families.
  • We passed a budget that includes 3% salary increases for teachers and 2% salary increases for law enforcement officers.
  • I proposed and passed legislation preparing our students for the 21st Century economy by making it easier for them to take coding classes and get Career and Technical Education certifications.
  • I proposed and passed legislation that made it easier for foster parents to adopt their foster children.
  • I led the charge to include funding for the full development of Widewater State Park in Stafford in Virginia’s budget.
  • I co-patroned a bill to increase the grand larceny threshold from $200 to $500.

But, we still have work to do. As your Delegate, I am fighting to:

  • Improve transportation by extending the Metro Blue Rail to Prince William County and changing the state formula to ensure Stafford county has sufficient funds for road construction and maintenance.
  • Protect the water we drink from coal ash contamination, by removing ash or recycling it to make materials like concrete.
  • Ensure that veterans have the resources they need to get an education, start a businesses, and fully participate in Virginia’s economy after returning from service.

Together, we can achieve great things. If you have any questions, please email my office at DelJCarrollFoy@house.virginia.gov.

Experience

Education

  • BA
    Virginia Military Institute
    2019 to 2003
  • MA
    Virginia State University
    2019 to 2005
  • JD
    Thomas Jefferson School of Law
    2019 to 2010

Personal

Birth Year: 1981
Place of Birth: Petersburg, VA
Gender: Female
Race(s): African American
Religion: Baptist
Spouse: Jeffrey Foy
Children: Alex Foy and Xander Foy
Occupation/Profession: Public Defender

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Joshua Crandell
Administrative Assistant During Session: Charlotte Via

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219

District Office
P.O. Box 5113
Woodbridge, VA 22194
Phone: (571) 402-5704

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2017 State Delegate for US House District 2

Jennifer Carroll Foy (D) 13,366 63.0%
Michael David Makee (R) 7,803 36.8%
Write in (Write-in) 34 .2%
TOTAL 21,203

Finances

Source: Follow the Money

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Ballotpedia

Issues

Civil Rights

WOMEN’S RIGHTSAs a working mother who gave birth during my campaign, I know the struggles of simultaneously being a mother and working a full-time job. That’s why I am fighting to institute paid family medical leave policies, fair scheduling laws, and equal pay for equal work policies. I also believe that we must ensure all women have access to affordable birth control and cancer screenings. I am staunch defender against the concerted effort to roll back women’s rights and access to safe, affordable healthcare

As a working mother who gave birth during my campaign, I know the struggles of simultaneously being a mother and working a full-time job. 

That’s why I am fighting to institute paid family medical leave policies, fair scheduling laws, and equal pay for equal work policies. I also believe that we must ensure all women have access to affordable birth control and cancer screenings. I am staunch defender against the concerted effort to roll back women’s rights and access to safe, affordable healthcare

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM

As a former magistrate and a current public defender, I have witnessed first-hand the need for comprehensive criminal justice reform. We must end the school to prison pipeline and stop locking up our children for small mistakes. This starts by promoting alternatives to out of school suspension and emphasizing deterrence options for resource officers. In the 2018 session, I proposed ten criminal justice reform bills.

In my first year in office, I co-sponsored legislation to raise the grand larceny threshold from $200 to $500 and stop needlessly convicting children of felonies. Virginia had one of the lowest grand larceny thresholds in the country: If someone takes something valued at $200 or more, they can be charged with a felony. That means, if a child is cold and takes a coat in the dead of winter, they would often be charged with a felony and sent to prison. While I believe the grand larceny threshold should be raised to $1000, I am pleased we were able to raise the resold to $500. We must continue to focus on smart-on-crime initiatives that keep kids in schools and out of prisons.

Economy

GROWING OUR MIDDLE CLASSWe need to grow our economy from the middle out, by investing in our workforce, preparing every Virginian for the 21st Century economy, and ensuring that everyone can earn a living wage and be treated with dignity on the job. In my first year, I passed a bill that allows English language learners to take a coding class instead of a foreign language for the purposes of their graduation requirements to help give them the skills they need to be successful in today’s economy. Furthermore, I passed a bill that makes it easier for our children to receive Career and Technical Education certifications in our public schools. I will continue to sponsor and support legislation to increase the minimum wage to $15/hour, create paid family medical leave in Virginia, and end the gender pay gap. Nobody deserves to work 40 hours a week and live in poverty

We need to grow our economy from the middle out, by investing in our workforce, preparing every Virginian for the 21st Century economy, and ensuring that everyone can earn a living wage and be treated with dignity on the job. 

In my first year, I passed a bill that allows English language learners to take a coding class instead of a foreign language for the purposes of their graduation requirements to help give them the skills they need to be successful in today’s economy. Furthermore, I passed a bill that makes it easier for our children to receive Career and Technical Education certifications in our public schools. I will continue to sponsor and support legislation to increase the minimum wage to $15/hour, create paid family medical leave in Virginia, and end the gender pay gap. Nobody deserves to work 40 hours a week and live in poverty

Education

During my campaign, I promised to go to Richmond and increase teacher pay. I am proud to say that the new state budget includes 3% salary increases from all teachers and support workers. As your delegate, I will continue to fight to strengthen our schools by working to reduce classroom size and combat the teacher shortage crisis in Prince William and Stafford. 

Public education has a direct impact on the economy and raises families out of poverty. In order to attract and retain quality teachers, we must find creative ways to attract the best and brightest educators. We also must reinvest in our schools to remain competitive and prepare the future generation.

Environment

COAL ASH, THE ENVIRONMENT, AND OUR STATE PARKS

In Woodbridge, I live just a few miles from Possum Point, where coal ash waste from a power plant was stored in ponds that seeped toxic chemicals into our water. We must protect the water we drink from coal ash contamination and ensure this pollution never happens again. This starts by removing the coal ash or recycling it to make materials like concrete.

As your Delegate, I support laws that will support the boom in renewable energy and create green jobs. I will also support entrepreneurial innovation and challenge businesses to engineer ways to reduce our carbon emissions.

Finally, with explosive population growth in Stafford and Prince William counties, we need a place where people can relax and enjoy the outdoors. That’s why I introduced a budget amendment to fully fund Widewater State Park’s operations and development in Stafford county. I am proud that the General Assembly allocated these funds, allowing Stafford residents to finally have public access to the Potomac River.

Health Care

In 2018, we passed a state budget that includes Medicaid expansion. 

Thanks to your advocacy, we expanded Medicaid to 400,000 Virginians – veterans, women, and working families. Here in the 2nd District, 2,400 of our neighbors now have access to healthcare through Medicaid expansion.

Infrastructure

TRANSPORTATION

Our neighbors lose far too much family time to traffic. As a daily commuter, I understand first-hand the effect traffic has on our businesses and our quality of life. As delegate, I proposed legislation to begin the process of extending the Metro Blue Line into Prince William County. While my efforts were blocked, I will continue to fight for transportation solutions. We must also change the Virginia Department of Transportation funding formula to ensure that Stafford county has adequate road funding

Veterans

As a VMI graduate, I know the sacrifice that our veterans, their spaces, and their families make for our country. One in every ten Virginian is a veteran – and we have more women veterans than any other state. I pledge to fight as hard for our veterans as they did for us. I have proposed legislation that helps fund extra programs in the Department of Veteran Services to help returning women veterans.

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Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 37 since 2007
Affiliation: Democrat

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David Bulova and his family live in the Middleridge community of Fairfax.  David and his wife Gretchen met while attending Robinson Secondary and have been married for 23 years.  They have three wonderful children, Alex, Josette, and Grayson.  David and Gretchen are proud of their hometown.  They want to raise their children to have the same opportunities and with the same community-focused values they had growing up here.

Both David and Gretchen grew up in Fairfax. David received a BA from the College of William and Mary, a Master’s in Public Administration and Policy from Virginia Tech, and is a graduate of the Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership at the University of Virginia.

Professionally, David is a Project Manager at Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure, Inc. and works to help governments and industry comply with state and federal environmental regulations.

David was first elected to the General Assembly in November 2005.  He currently serves on the General Laws, Education, and Agriculture, Chesapeake, and Natural Resources committees.  He is a member of the State Water Commission, Chesapeake Bay Commission, Housing Commission, the Joint Commission on Health Care, and the Virginia War Memorial Board.  He serves as Governor McAuliffe’s appointee to the Legislative Advisory Council to the Southern Region Education Board and the Legislative Advisory Board to the Virginia Water Resources Research Center, and was Governor Kaine’s appointee to the Commission on Climate Change.  From 2003 to 2005, David was an elected representative on the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District Board.

David is passionate about community service. He is currently on the Board of Trustees of Brain Injury Services, which provides support to survivors of brain injuries and their families, the Board of the City of Fairfax Band, and the Board of Advisors for the William and Mary Public Policy Program. His is also an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Centreville-Chantilly. Other community service includes: former coach with Fairfax Little League and Burke Athletic Club soccer; former member and treasurer of the Rotary Club of Annandale (1999-2002); former member of the Fairfax County Tree Commission (2004-2005); and, former Governor’s appointee to the Chesapeake Bay Local Assistance Board.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Project Manager/Environmental Planner
    Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure, Inc.
    2004 to present
  • Board of Directors
    Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District
    2006 to present

Education

  • B.A., Government
    The College of William and Mary
    1991 to present
  • M.P.A.
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    1996 to present

Awards

  • Citation of Merit for Outstanding Citizen Service, Fairfax Federation of Citizen Associations (2002)
  • Watershed Connections Award and Legislator of the Year (2005)
  • Friends of Trees Award, Fairfax County Tree Commission (2008)
  • Legislator of the Year, Virginia Professional Firefighters (2009)
  • Legislative Achievement Award, Virginia Emergency Management Association (2010)
  • Legislator of the Year, American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia (2011)
  • Brownson Award, Virginia Association of Museums (2014)
  • Legislator of the Year, Commissioners of the Revenue Association of Virginia (2015)
  • Michael S. Harris Award, American Association of University Professors (2015)
  • Industrial Strength Leadership Award, Virginia Manufacturing Association (2017)
  • Excellence in Workforce Development Award, Virginia Chamber of Commerce (2017)

Personal

Birth Year: 1969
Place of Birth: Fairfax, VA
Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian
Religion: Roman Catholic
Spouse: Gretchen Marie Reimer
Children: Alex, Josette, and Grayson

Membership & Affiliation

  • St. Mary’s of Sorrows Catholic Church
  • Brain Injury Services (board of trustees)
  • Chesapeake Bay Local Assistance Board (former member)
  • Rotary of Centreville (honorary member)
  • City of Fairfax Band (board member)
  • William and Mary Public Policy Program (board of advisors)
  • Sorensen Institute Political Leaders Program

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Rama Van Pelt
Administrative Assistant During Session: Mary Ann Christian

Email:

Offices

Richmond Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1037

District Office
9900 Main St. Plaza 102
Fairfax, VA 22031
Phone: (703) 310-6752

Web

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

Politics

Source: Government

Elected State/Local Office: Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District (board of directors, 2004-06)

Recent Elections

2017 State Delegate for VA House District 37

David L. Bulova (D) 18,877 93.53%
Write In (Write-in) 1,305 6.47%
TOTAL 20,182

2015 State Delegate for VA House District 37

David L. Bulova (D) 7,065 57.3%
Sang Hyun Yi (R) 5,249 42.6%
Write In (Write-in) 9 .1%
TOTAL 12,323

2013 State Delegate for VA House District 37

David L. Bulova (D) 11,526 60.9%
Patrice Marie Winter (R) 7,353 38.9%
Write In (Write-in) 39 .2%
TOTAL 18,918

2011 State Delegate for VA House District 37

David L. Bulova (D) 7,021 59.5%
Brian William Schoeneman (R) 4,752 40.3%
Write In (Write-in) 19 .2%
TOTAL 11,792

2009 State Delegate for VA House District 37

David L. Bulova (D) 12,209 67.6%
Christopher Francis DeCarlo () 4,471 24.7%
Anna M. Choi () 1,245 6.9%
Write In (Write-in) 147 0.8%
TOTAL 18,072

2007 State Delegate for VA House District 37

David L. Bulova (D) 13,647 98.1%
Write In (Write-in) 269 1.9%
TOTAL 13,916

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

David Bulova has run in 7 races for public office, winning 7 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $1,537,598.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources
General Laws
Education

Subcommittees

Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources – Subcommittee #3
Education – Subcommittee #1
General Laws – Subcommittee #2

Appointments

Agricultural Best Management Practices
Chesapeake Bay Commission
Health Care, Joint Commission on
House Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources
House Education
House General Laws
Standards of Learning Innovation Committee
Virginia Housing Commission
War Memorial Board, Virginia
Water Commission, State

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

As your voice in the Virginia House of Delegates, I believe it is important for you to know where I stand on the issues affecting our community.  Even more, I believe that action speaks louder than words.  Please see below for my priorities and the legislation that I have introduced or supported to turn these priorities into reality.

Governance

Ethics Reform/Open and Accountable Government

In 2015, I introduced aggressive legislation (HB1667) on ethics reform, including a hard cap of $100 per year on all gifts.  My bill was rolled into HB2070, which was signed by the Governor.  While I will continue to press for stronger legislation, this effort moves Virginia in the right direction.

As your voice in Richmond, I am accountable to you for my votes and strive to make government more open and accessible.  Open and accountable government starts right here at home.  Each year I hold a town hall meeting during session, mail constituents a Report from Richmond to summarize issues tackled by the General Assembly, conduct a Constituent Survey, and host a series of “informal office hours” where residents can stop by to chat and provide feedback on community issues.  Each spring I also send a letter to all community/civic association presidents offering to speak at meetings and attend community events.

Finally, I believe that voters should choose their representatives – not the other way around.  Our current system of redistricting results in too many non-competitive districts that are drawn for political purposes.  I have supported numerous efforts to establish a non-partisan Virginia Advisory Redistricting Commission.  While these measures failed, I will continue to be a strong advocate for this very important electoral reform.

Fiscal Responsibility

The General Assembly has an obligation to use your tax dollars wisely and efficiently.  Virginia has a AAA bond rating because of our reputation for fiscal responsibility.  It is critical for Virginia to continue this tradition.  I am proud that Virginia’s Constitution requires a balanced budget and that the General Assembly has worked together in a bi-partisan manner to do this in a fiscally responsible manner.

As a member of the House of Delegates, I have supported several initiatives to streamline the delivery of services.  In 2010, I spearheaded successful legislation (HB208) that eliminated a half-dozen outdated or redundant school reporting requirements to ensure that funding goes where it belongs — in our classrooms.  In 2011, I voted for successful legislation that established the state-wide Office of the Inspector General (HB2076) to investigate allegations of fraud, waste, and abuse.  In 2012, I supported and was appointed to the conference committee for HB1295, which eliminated several outdated mandates on local government and regional government entities.  Also in 2012, I sponsored successful legislation (HB1164) that eliminated redundant review of many local road projects — a practice that had resulted in significant delays of much needed local improvements.

Civil Rights

Identity Theft

As our community relies more and more on electronically stored data, the opportunity for personal information to reach the wrong hands also increases.  Identity theft can have a devastating impact on both individuals and families, and Virginia must vigorously pursue and prosecute anyone who steals or misuses personal information.

That is why I spearheaded amendments to the Personal Information Privacy Act to curtail the practice of drivers license swiping by retailers (HB1072).  I also worked with the Secretary of Technology to introduce HB390 the “Compromised Data Disclosure Act” during the 2008 General Assembly Session.  My bill was ultimately rolled into HB1469, which was signed by the Governor.  As a result, any time personal information is accessed by an unauthorized person, the keeper of the information, whether business or government, must notify the individual and the Office of the Attorney General that a breach has occurred.  I was also proud to support legislation to allow any consumer to freeze access to his or her credit report (HB 1311) to ensure that the information cannot be accessed without the consumer’s explicit authorization.

Finally, I introduced successful legislation in 2010 (HB 210) to strengthen Virginia’s extortion statute and to close a dangerous loop-hole that would have allowed someone to threaten to sell personal information for financial gain.

While I am pleased with the progress we have made to protect our citizens from identity theft, much work remains to be done.  Sensitive personal information can still be obtained all too easily, including from publicly available land records and legal proceedings.  Protecting our citizens from identity theft will continue to be one of my top priorities.

Consumer Protection

We are all consumers and deserve to be protected from unscrupulous and predatory business practices.  Bad businesses also make it harder for good businesses to compete.  As former chairman of the Fairfax County Consumer Protection Commission, I have introduced a number of bills aimed at enhancing consumer protection in Virginia.  In 2012, I introduced legislation (HB429) to provide consumers with more tools to prevent the practice of “cramming” on telephone bills.  Cramming is the practice of placing misleading or deceptive charges on your telephone bill without authorization. Often, these are small charges with generic names in the hope that they won’t be noticed.  Since introduction, federal regulations were passed that achieved the goals of my proposed legislation.  In 2014, I introduced successful legislation (HB1072, the Personal Information Privacy Act) to make it illegal for a business to scan a driver’s license and to keep the information for marketing or other purposes not related to the immediate transaction.  Currently, I am working to better regulate predatory car title lenders and introduced HB1620 at the request of the Governor.

Economy

While there are signs of improvement, much more needs to be done to reduce unemployment and spark economic growth.  This requires investing in our transportation infrastructure and education, fostering an environment that rewards creativity and innovation, and reducing regulatory burdens to starting and running a business.  In particular, Virginia needs to increase investments in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and our community college system.  We also need to reform and streamline our tax system while ensuring that sufficient revenue is generated at the state and local levels to provide needed services.  I was a co-patron of the Virginia Growth and Opportunity Act (HB834) and supported the formation of the Virginia International Trade Corporation (HB858).  In 2017, I was proud to receive the Excellence in Education and Workforce Development Award from the Virginia Chamber of Commerce for my efforts in career and technical education.

Education

As the proud parent of three children who attend Fairfax County Public Schools, I know first hand the importance of quality public education.  As a member of the Education Reform Subcommittee, I have worked closely on efforts to reform our Standards of Learning and was a co-patron of legislation creating the Standards of Learning Reform Committee.  I was proud to accept the Virginia Education Association’s “Solid as a Rock for Public Education Award” for my efforts on the House Education Committee in 2017.  Over the years, I have introduced successful legislation to promote career and technical education opportunities (HB1552) and strengthen the process for dealing with teachers accused of sexually assaulting a student.  I have also co-sponsored legislation (HB 1871) to enhance efforts to fight bullying in our schools.

As your delegate, my priorities include:

  • Keep class size low in order to maximize the ability of teachers to provide individualized attention to students.
  • Retain and recruit highly qualified teachers and support staff.
  • Provide students with modern educational facilities that maximize the use of technology.
  • Promote parental involvement in our schools as a key component to learning.
  • Continually look for opportunities to streamline operations and assess the effectiveness of existing programs.
  • Revise the State’s Composite Index so that our schools get a fair share of funding.  Fairfax County currently received only 32% of its base-funding from the State, while the City of Fairfax only receives 20%.

Environment

Energy

Whether you are concerned about the impacts of climate change or the threat to national security posed by our dependence on foreign energy sources, sustainable energy is one of our nation’s greatest challenges.  In 2015, I introduced legislation to create a Virginia Solar Energy Development Authority (HB1725) and was chief co-patron of the final adopted legislation (HB2267).  This initiative will ensure that Virginia can take advantage of growth in this industry by unleashing the power of small businesses that are on the forefront of this technology.  In 2011, I introduced successful legislation that will position Virginia to be a leader in the area of electric plug-in vehicles by eliminating regulatory hurdles that would stifle entrepreneurialism (HB2105).  In 2009, I also successfully passed HB1994 to increase Virginia’s renewable energy goal to 15% by the year 2025.

I will continue to work hard to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels while keeping energy affordable.  My priorities include:

  • Invest in clean, renewable sources of energy.  Virginia has enormous potential to be a leader in renewable energy.  This is good for the environment and our economy.  I support: harnessing our tremendous off-shore wind resources; providing incentives for the production of biofuels that do not compete with our food supply; increasing our investment in research at our universities; and, other innovative approaches, such as harvesting methane from landfills and agricultural operations.
  • Empower residents to conserve energy.  This is win-win for the environment and the consumer.  I support: expanding smart meters so that consumers have better information about their energy consumption; exploring public-private partnerships to retrofit existing buildings; assisting low income families with weatherization; and, providing tax incentives to encourage investment in solar and wind power.
  • Encourage more efficient cars and reduce our reliance on the automobile.  Automobiles account for more than a third of our greenhouse gas emissions.  Nationally, we must continue to increase fuel efficiency standards.  Here in Virginia, we need to encourage land use patterns that promote walking and biking and take advantage of public transit.

Environment

Virginia is blessed with an abundance of natural resources.  As an environmental planner by profession, I consider it a special responsibility to fight for the environment in the General Assembly.  I am proud to have been designated as a Legislative “Hero” or “Leader” by the Virginia League of Conservation Voters for the past ten years.

As your delegate, I have successfully spearheaded legislation to:

  • better coordinate drinking water supply planning and permitting (HB1158);
  • require the leak-plagues Pickett Road Tank Farm in the City of Fairfax to bring their above ground storage tanks into conformance with modern industry standards (HB2103);
  • strengthen solid waste planning in Virginia (HB421);
  • better protect our Potomac River water supply during drought conditions (HB2487); and,
  • increase the penalties that local governments can use against developers that violate our water quality regulations (HB 392).

I also successfully fought for new legislation to help local governments in Northern Virginia preserve mature trees during development (HB1437).  Mature trees not only increase property values and beautify our neighborhoods, they also help to clean the air.  In recognition of this achievement, I was proud to accept the 2008 Fairfax County Friends of Trees Award.

Land Use and Growth

No amount of transportation funding can overcome poor land use planning and growth that exceeds our capacity to serve it with public infrastructure.  My priorities are to strengthen the ability of our local governments to manage growth responsibility and to strengthen regional coordination of land use planning.  In 2013, I introduced successful legislation (HB 2326) that provides our regional planning agency, the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, with the authority to develop a regional strategic plan to help better coordinate growth and regional service delivery.

Health Care

Today, approximately one million Virginians lack health insurance, which means that our emergency rooms provide the primary source of health care for many of these individuals. As a result, the financial burden of this care is shifted mainly to those with private insurance in the form of higher premiums.  Under the federal health care law, Virginia has the option of expanding Medicaid coverage to those with income under 133% of the federal poverty level, which represents more than 300,000 people. For the first three years of the program, the federal government will pay 100% of the cost. The federal share will then be slowly reduced to 90%. This is expected to save Virginia significant money by making the system more efficient and ensuring that more people get preventative health care.  This is one of the reasons why expansion is supported by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce.  In 2014, I supported a bi-partisan plan to put Virginia on a path for Medicaid expansion and make sure that Virginia doesn’t leave $5 million per day on the table that could go to the improving the health of our citizens.

As a member of the General Assembly’s Joint Commission on Health Care, I have worked closely with Secretary of Health and Human Resources Bill Hazel on a wide range of health care and mental health issues.  These include:

  • Mental health reform.  In the wake of the Virginia Tech tragedy, the General Assembly made important reforms to our mental health laws and increased the resources available to courts and case managers.  We need to continue to refine these reforms and ensure that funding is not cut to these critical services.
  • Autism spectrum disorder.  I co-patroned the successful effort to require health insurers to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder.  The benefits of early intervention are enormous, not only to the child, but also in terms of the long-term cost savings to the state.  No family should be put in the position of having to decide if they can afford appropriate treatment.
  • Smoking in restaurants ban.  As a member of the General Laws Committee, I helped to pass the landmark legislation in 2009 that protects both the health of customers and workers by significantly limiting smoking in restaurants.

Infrastructure

Transportation

Traffic congestion threatens our economy and our quality of life.  As the parent of three children, I know the frustration of being late for that important recital or evening sports practice.  I have consistently supported common-sense measures to provide much needed transportation funding for the Northern Virginia region.  In 2013, I supported the comprehensive transportation package that passed the General Assembly on a bi-partisan basis.  This package resulted in substantial new revenue that is going toward our region’s most pressing and aggravating problems.  In 2016, I introduced several pieces of legislation regarding the Governor’s plan to toll I-66 inside and outside of the Beltway. I successfully passed HB407 to ensure that HOV-2 could not be converted to HOV-3 for the purpose of tolling. I was also part of a group of legislators that brokered a deal to widen I-66 inside the Beltway from the Dulles Connector to Ballston.

In addition, I will continue to advocate for changes in the way that transportation funding is distributed to make it more equitable for Northern Virginia.  I spearheaded efforts to change the transportation maintenance formula  (HBs 389, 6011, 1993, 1491, and 477) and in 2013 co-patroned legislation to provide Northern Virginia with more representation on the Commonwealth Transportation Board (HB864).  Getting our fair share will continue to be one of my top priorities.

Additional priorities include:

  • Increase our investment in transportation technology, including telework, “smart highways,” and better synchronization of our traffic lights.
  • Help get people out of their cars by making strategic investments in bike paths and walking trails.
  • Expand Metro to Centreville and beyond and adequately fund both Metro and the Virginia Railway Express.

Social Security

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Thomas Norment 4

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

Overview: N/A

Summary

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

Overview: N/A

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

2015 State Delegate for VA Senate District 3

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

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

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2019 Election: VA Competitive Districts

This post summarizes the 5 flippable Virginia Senate and 21 House of Delegate Districts in the upcoming elections on November 5, 2019.  Each district has a short description of its boundaries, pictures of the candidates, a link to a post focused on the candidates and their positions on issues, and links to posts on each candidate.  Feature image for this post shows the regional location for each of these districts.

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

Virginia onAir curators will have a special focus on these districts and will attempt to provide a video recording of an interview with each of the candidates.

Summary

This post summarizes the 5 flippable Virginia Senate and 21 House of Delegate Districts in the upcoming elections on November 5, 2019.  Each district has a short description of its boundaries, pictures of the candidates, a link to a post focused on the candidates and their positions on issues, and links to posts on each candidate.  Feature image for this post shows the regional location for each of these districts.

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

Virginia onAir curators will have a special focus on these districts and will attempt to provide a video recording of an interview with each of the candidates.

Northern Virginia Senate Districts

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.

Northern Virginia House Districts

VA House District 10

District Description: Counties of Clarke (part), Frederick (part), and Loudoun (part)
Current Delegate: Wendy Gooditis since 2018 (D)

VA House District 10 - Wendy Gooditis & Randy Minchew

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

For more information, see Wendy Gooditis’s post.
For more information, see Randy Minchew’s post.

VA House District 13

District Description: County of Prince William (part); City of Manassas Park
Current Delegate: Danica  Roem since 2018 (D)

VA House District 13 - Danica Roem & Kelly McGinn

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

For more information, see Danica Roem’s post.
For more information, see Kelly McGinn’s post.

VA House District 31

District Description: Counties of Fauquier (part) and Prince William (part)
Current Delegate: Liz Guzman since 2018 (D)

VA House District 31 - Liz Guzman & D.J. Jordan

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

For more information, see Liz Guzman’s post.
For more information, see D.J. Jordan’s post.

VA House District 40

District Description: County of Fairfax (part)
Current Delegate: Tim Hugo since 2003 (D)

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

For more information, see Tim Hugo’s post.
For more information, see Dan Helmer’s post.

VA House District 50

District Description: County of Prince William (part); City of Manassas
Current Delegate: Lee Carter since 2017 (D)

VA House District 50 - Lee Carter & Ian Lovejoy

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

For more information, see Lee Carter’s post.
For more information, see Ian Lovejoy’s post.

VA House District 51

District Description:  County of Prince William (part)
Current Delegate Hala Ayala since 2018 (D)

VA House District 51 - Haya Ayala & Richard Anderson

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

For more information, see Hala Ayala’s post.
For more information, see Richard Anderson’s post.

Central Virginia

There are currently no Senate Districts in Central Virginia that appear to be competitive at this time.

VA House District 28

District Description: County of Stafford (part); City of Fredericksburg (part)
Current Delegate: Bob Thomas since 2018 (R)

VA House 28 - 2019

To view the VA House District 30 and its 2019 candidates, go here.

For more information, see Joshua Cole’s post.
For more information, see Paul Milde’s post.

Southcentral Virginia Senate Districts

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.

Southcentral Virginia House Districts

VA House District 27

District Description: County of Chesterfield (part)
Current Delegate: Roxann Robinson since 2010 (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 Roxann Robinson’s post.
For more information, see Larry Barnett’s post.

VA House District 66

District Description: County of Chesterfield (part); City of Colonial Heights
Current Delegate: Kirk Cox since 1990 (R)

VA House 66 – 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 Kirkland Cox’s post.
For more information, see Sheila Bynum-Coleman’s post.

VA House District 68

District Description: Counties of Chesterfield (part) and Henrico (part); City of Richmond (part)
Current Delegate: Dawn Adams since 2018 (D)

VA House 68 - 2109

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

For more information, see Dawn Adams’s post.
For more information, see Garrison Coward’s post.

VA House District 72

District Description: County of Henrico (part)
Current Delegate: Schuyler T. VanValkenburg since 2018 (D)

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

For more information, see GayDonna Vandergriff’s post.
For more information, see Schuyler VanValkenburg’s post.

VA House District 73

District Description: County of Henrico (part)
Current Delegate: Debra Rodman since 2018 (D)

VA House 73 - 2019 2

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

For more information, see Rodney Willett’s post.
For more information, see Mary Margaret Kastelberg’s post.

Southeastern Virginia Senate Districts

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.

Southeastern Virginia House Districts

VA House District 21

District Description:  Cities of Chesapeake (part) and Virginia Beach (part)
Current Delegate: Kelly Convirs-Fowler since 2018 (D)

VA House 21 - 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 Kelly Fowler ’s post.
For more information, see Shannon Kane’s post.

VA House District 76

District Description: Cities of Chesapeake (part) and Suffolk (part)
Current Delegate: Chris Jones since 1998 (R)

VA House 76 – 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 Chris Jones’s post.
For more information, see Clinton Jenkins’s post.

 

VA House District 83

District Description: Cities of Norfolk (part) and Virginia Beach (part)
Current Delegate: Chris Stolle since 2010 (R)

VA House 83 - 2019 1

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

For more information, see Chris Stolle’s post.
For more information, see Nancy Guy’s post.

VA House District 84

District Description: City of Virginia Beach (part)a
Current Delegate: Glenn Davis since 2014 (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 Glenn Davis’s post.
For more information, see Karen Mallard’s post.

VA House District 85

District Description:City of Virginia Beach (part)
Current Delegate: Cheryl Turpin since 2018 (D)

VA House 85 – 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 Alex Askew’s post.
For more information, see Rocky Holcomb’s post.

VA House District 91

District Description: County of York (part); Cities of Hampton (part) and Poquoson
Current Delegate: Gordon Helsel since 2011 (R)

VA House 91 – 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 Martha Mugler’s post.
For more information, see Colleen Holcomb’s post.

VA House District 94

District Description:  City of Newport News (part)
Current Delegate: David Yancey since 2012 (R)

VA House 94 – 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 David Yancey’s post.
For more information, see Shelly Simonds’s post.

VA House District 100

District Description: Counties of Accomack and Northampton; Cities of Norfolk (part) and Virginia Beach (part)
Current Officeholder:  Rob Bloxom since 2014 (R)

VA House 100 – 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 Robert Bloxom’s post.
For more information, see Philip Hernandez’s post.

Southwestern Virginia

There are currently no Senate or House Districts in Southwestern Virginia that appear to be competitive at this time.

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Terry Kilgore 2Terry Kilgore

Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 1 since 1994
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate for VA House District 1

Overview: N/A

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 1 since 1994
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate for VA House District 1

Overview: N/A

About

Terry Kilgore

Source: Campaign page

Delegate Terry G. Kilgore has been a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing the citizens of the 1st legislative district, since he was first elected in 1993. As Delegate, Terry represents Scott and Lee Counties, part of Wise County, and the City of Norton. He serves as Chairman of the House Commerce and Labor Committee and is a member of the House Courts of Justice Committee and the House Rules Committee.

Terry serves on various boards and organizations in the Commonwealth including Chairman of the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, the Coal and Energy Commission, and the Southwest Virginia Health Authority. He also serves on the Appalachian Region Interstate Compact Commission, Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation, Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center and the Southwest Virginia Public Education Consortium.

Terry and his wife, Debbie, reside in Gate City, Virginia in Scott County. They have two grown children, Kayla and Kyle. He practices law in Gate City and serves as the Dean of Institutional Advancement at the Appalachian School of Pharmacy in Grundy, VA.

Experience

Work Experience

Education

  • JD
    Marshall-Wythe School of Law, The College of William and Mary
    1986
  • B.A., 1983
    Clinch Valley College

Personal

Birth Year: 1961
Place of Birth: Kingsport, TN
Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian
Religion: Methodist
Spouse: Debbie Sue Wright
Children: Kayla Wright and Kyle Bellamy

Membership & Affiliation

Methodist Church

  • Methodist Church

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Gerald Miller
Administrative Assistant During Session: Margie Doggett

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1001

District Office
P.O. Box 669
Gate City, VA 24251
Phone: (276) 386-7011

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Terry Gene Kilgore (born August 23, 1961) is an American politician. A Republican, he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1993, and became chair of the Commerce and Labor committee in 2008. He currently represents the 1st district in the far southwestern corner of the state, near Cumberland Gap.

Kilgore’s twin brother, Jerry Kilgore, was Attorney General of Virginia 2002–2005, and was the unsuccessful Republican candidate for Governor of Virginia in 2005, losing to Tim Kaine. Kilgore’s mother, Willie Mae Kilgore, was the registrar of voters in Kilgore’s home jurisdiction, Scott County, until December 2008. He has two children, Kayla Wright Kilgore and Kyle Bellamy Kilgore.

Recent Elections

2017 State Delegate for VA House District 1

Terry Kilgore (R) 14,848 76.0%
Alicia Delynn Kallen (D) 4,639 23.8%
Write in (Write-in) 42 0.2%
TOTAL 19,529

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

KILGORE, TERRY G has run in 10 races for public office, winning 10 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $2,877,199.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Chair: Commerce and Labor
Courts of Justice
Rules

Subcommittees

Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #2
Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #3
Rules – Subcommittee #2
Rules – Joint Rules

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Twitter

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Heather MitchellHeather Mitchell

Current Position: Senior Aide, Prince William County Board of Supervisors
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate for VA House District 2

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Summary

Current Position: Senior Aide, Prince William County Board of Supervisors
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate for VA House District 2

N/A

About

Source: Campaign page

Heather Mitchell is running for the Virginia House of Delegates in the 2nd District because Heather knows that a citizen serving the needs of her neighbors is the best way to truly represent their shared community. As the mother of three children and the proud spouse of a dedicated active duty prior-enlisted Marine Corps Officer, Heather understands what it means to get the job done. For Heather no issue or legislative mission will be too big to fight for and no family issue too small not to care about.

Before her current marriage, Heather tirelessly worked and successfully managed the demands of three jobs, as a single mother, in order to provide a quality life for her young daughter. Heather’s determination for a better life led her down a path of public service. She has fought to provide answers that make sense in order to solve the real issues facing our community.

Our honored Military has had and will continue to have no better friend and no fiercer advocate than Heather Mitchell. She understands on the most personal level the sacrifice that the members of our military and their families make serving and protecting our freedom. Heather has personally worked through many of the frustrating barriers military families face each day and will be a strong, Semper fi voice in Richmond for our beloved veterans. As the next Delegate, she will continue fighting the bureaucrats and their infuriating red tape in order to provide the needed resources and support that our service men and women deserve.

Heather’s commitment to working on a truly grassroots level has given her a unique insight on how to best serve you and your family in the 2nd District. Heather has a passion for speaking with our community members face to face in their front yards and at their kitchen tables. You could be a family of 7, or a single parent of one…a young person just out of college, or entering retirement; Heather recognizes the needs and issues most important to you. It is precisely this personal devotion to your concerns that enables her to work with local officials and offer results-oriented solutions. What’s more, as a Senior Aide to the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, Heather has incomparable knowledge of the transportation, education, and financial needs of our region.

As the next Delegate Heather will loyally represent the needs of the entire 2nd District. Jobs and the Economy should work for everyone. Taxes should make sense, transportation shouldn’t be the bane of your existence and proper, affordable education for all our children is a goal that simply must be achieved.

Experience

Work Experience

Contact

Email:

Offices

Campaign Office
P.O. Box 203 Garrisonville, VA 22463
Phone: (540) 699-0820

Web

Facebook, Twitter

Issues

Economy

Jobs

Having worked three jobs as a single mother, Heather understands hard work. In Richmond, Heather will cut unnecessary government red tape and give small businesses the opportunity to grow. Bringing 21st century job opportunities to the 2nd District is vital to the future success of the next generation in Prince William and Stafford.

Taxes

Heather has advocated to make sure small business owners, military service members, and middle class families are not the targets of higher taxes. Revenue projections in Virginia have fallen short in the past few years, especially when coupled with several large government program spending increases. As the next Delegate, Heather will always vote to keep taxes low and put more of your hard earned money back into your pocket.

Education

Virginia students borrow over $1 billion per year to attend college, creating a growing cache of student debt that slows down our economy and hurts our children’s future. In Richmond, Heather will be a huge proponent for combating the rising cost of tuition in Virginia. As the mother of three children who have gone through the public school system, Heather knows the importance of a high quality K-12 education. Heather supports reducing classroom sizes, limiting reliance on standardized testing and creating a direct school to workforce pipeline for students who don’t believe college is the right choice for them.

Infrastructure

Heather knows that having a large family often means having to be in two or three different places at the same time. Missing a soccer game or being late to work because of Rt. 1 congestion is becoming the new norm for everyday life. In Richmond, Heather will press for more funding to improve Rt. 1 and I-95, offer innovative solutions to alleviate congestion, and keep the ball moving so you can spend more time with your family.

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Will Morefieldns 1Will Morefield

Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 3 since 2010
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate for VA House District 3

"I AM COMMITTED TO REPRESENTING THE PEOPLE OF THE 3RD DISTRICT BY REDUCING BURDENSOME REGULATIONS, STANDING FOR OUR SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA VALUES, AND PROMOTING JOB CREATION IN OUR AREA."

Summary

Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 3 since 2010
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate for VA House District 3

“I AM COMMITTED TO REPRESENTING THE PEOPLE OF THE 3RD DISTRICT BY REDUCING BURDENSOME REGULATIONS, STANDING FOR OUR SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA VALUES, AND PROMOTING JOB CREATION IN OUR AREA.”

About

Will Morefieldns

Source: Campaign page

Will Morefield grew up in Tazewell County to a multi-generation coalmining family. He attended and graduated Tazewell County Schools and was raised in a Christian home, learning at an early age the strong values that makes Southwest Virginia great.

After graduating from Midwestern State University in Texas in 2007, Will Morefield returned to Virginia and ran for the House of Delegates in 2010. Will ran because the people of this district who grapple with and overcome challenges every day deserve a representative who will deliver solutions to their problems and not just talk about them.

Even though Will Morefield is one of the youngest delegates at 33, he is a senior member in the House who proudly represents the counties of Bland, Buchanan, Russell, and Tazewell. This gives him a strong and unique voice in Richmond for our area. As delegate, Will was the first elected official to publicly stand up for coal. As a member of the Natural Resources Committee, he advocates for coal and natural gas jobs and has initiated Project Jonah, which will be the largest aquaculture project in the world – creating hundreds of jobs right here in Southwest Virginia. As a member of the Counties, Cities and Town Committee, Will successfully fights for teacher pay raises and for expanding infrastructure and drinking water projects.

Will is married to his wife April and they recently welcomed their beautiful daughter Kennedy into the world. Will and April Morefield both refuse to see Kennedy grow up in an area with few opportunities to succeed. This is why Will Morefield will continue to fight for a regional authority that will attract new industry to our region. He will continue to stand up for the coalminers, farmers and teachers who are the bedrock of our community. Will Morefield will continue to fight for Southwest Virginia because the hardworking people of the 3rd District deserve the hardest working delegate in Richmond!

Experience

Work Experience

  • Small business owner

Education

  • M.B.A
    King College, TN
    2013
  • B.A.A.S
    Midwestern State University, TX
    2007

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1984
  • Place of Birth: Bluefield, WV
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Baptist
  • Spouse: April
  • Children: Kennedy and Charleston

Membership & Affiliation

Tazewell Area Chamber of Commerce
Coal and Energy Commission

Contact

Legislative Assistant: M. E. Marty Hall, Jr., Chief of Staff
Administrative Assistant During Session: Lynn Yarbrough

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1003

District Office
P.O. Box 828
North Tazewell, VA 24630

Phone: (276) 345-4300

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, YouTube, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2019 State Delegate for VA House District 2

Will Morefield (R) 13,572 78.1%
William Carey Bunch, Jr (D) 3,759 21.6%
Write In (Write-in) 41 0.2%
TOTAL 17,372

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

MOREFIELD, JAMES W (WILL) has run in 6 races for public office, winning 5 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $854,177.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Vice Chair: Militia, Police and Public Safety
Counties Cities and Towns
Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources
General Laws

Subcommittees

Chair: Counties Cities and Towns – Subcommittee #3
Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources – Subcommittee #1
Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources – Subcommittee #2
General Laws – Subcommittee #3
Militia, Police and Public Safety – Subcommittee #2

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Ballotpedia

Issues

Civil Rights

Sanctity of Life

As a new father who looks into the innocent and trusting eyes of our newborn daughter, I know  the value of protecting the lives of the unborn. Our U.S. Constitution guarantees Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of happiness. As your state delegate, I will always passionately defend life.

Second Amendment

I have always recognized our God given right to keep and bear arms. This includes both for recreational use and to protect ourselves and our family. I will always be a stanch supporter of your Second Amendment rights.

Economy

Job Creation

One of my main priorities is attracting more quality jobs to our district. I am currently working to create a regional authority to bring new industry to our region. I initiated Project Jonah (the largest aquaculture project in the world) bringing hundreds of jobs to our area. I don’t believe in just talking about job creation, I believe in rolling up my sleeves and actually making it happen!

Education

Education is the foundation for success, but in order to have a successful education system we need qualified teachers. This is why I fought for teacher pay raises. This will allow us to be competitive and to retain quality educators instead of losing them to larger areas.

Coal

In my time as Delegate, I have fought hard to advocate for coal and natural gas jobs. I know the significant role coal plays in our community and  in our state! I am proud to be the the first elected official to publicly stand up for coal and am honored to have the support and trust of Virginia Coal and Energy Alliance as I fight for our district.

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William C. Wampler IIIWilliam C. Wampler III

Current Position: Attorney, Wampler Law, PLC
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate for US House District 4

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Summary

Current Position: Attorney, Wampler Law, PLC
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate for US House District 4

N/A

About

Will is seeking to represent the 4th District in the Virginia House of Delegates, which includes the Town of Abingdon, Dickenson County, and parts of Washington, Russell, and Wise Counties. A native of Southwest Virginia, Will was born and raised in Bristol. After graduating from Virginia High School, Will earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of South Carolina. Will went on to study at Liberty University School of Law and earned his law degree.

An attorney, Will owns his own law practice, Wampler Law, PLC in Abingdon that provides a broad array of legal services to individuals and businesses. Prior to establishing his own law office, Will clerked for Virginia Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth McClanahan and worked for a public affairs and consulting firm, McGuireWoods Consulting, where he focused on education and workforce issues, public infrastructure, and economic development in Virginia.

Will’s professional experience includes the implementation of GO Virginia – an economic development initiative that is focused on the creation of higher-paying jobs in Southwest Virginia and other regions of the state. There are several innovative GO Virginia projects now underway in our region that include: a project to retain talented young people in the region and to provide pathways for these students to get high-paying jobs with employers in the region; a project in partnership with Virginia Tech to study new methods and ways to commercialize coal by-products; and a project at Mountain Empire Community College to utilize drone technologies to improve one of our oldest and strongest industries, agriculture.

Will is also proud of his past work supporting a non-profit called the The Literacy Lab. The Literacy Lab is an organization that places teams of tutors into Virginia’s high-need public school systems to ensure that our youngest students reach grade-level reading before exiting the 3rd grade. Not only does this effort improve the educational and economic outcomes of our young students, but it helps retain high-quality teachers in the school systems they serve.  

When Will is not pursuing work-related activities, he enjoys spending his time outdoors. Whether it’s chasing deer, turkey, or ducks here in Southwest Virginia or fly-fishing some of the premier trout waters in this part of the world – Will has always been an avid hunter and fisherman.

Above all, Will believes that service to others is one of the greatest callings in life, that is why he’s seeking to represent the people of the 4th House District.

Experience

Work Experience

Education

Contact

Email:

Offices

Campaign
P.O. Box 1683, Abingdon, VA 24212
Phone: 276-200-4007

Web

Campaign Site, Facebook, Instagram

Politics

Finances

Source: Follow the Money

Issues

Civil Rights

Life

There is nothing else that happens after conception, but the creation of human life and it must be protected. I am pro-life. I will oppose abortion, taxpayer funding of abortion, and always support life as a legislator. 

Economy

Agriculture

Farming is one of Virginia’s largest industries – it employs over 330,000 people and has an economic impact of over $70 billion dollars annually. It is Southwest Virginia’s strongest industry by far. As your delegate, I will work support local farmers, work to ensure that the state and federal government stays off our family farms and will work to reduce regulations for our small and major producers.

Coal

Coal has long been the lifeblood of the Southwest Virginia economy.  I will always stand up for and protect the coal industry and our way of life here. I will continue to support the coalfield tax credit and oppose efforts by regulatory agencies to put our miners out of work. Coal is what produces 30% of our nation’s energy – it should not be a political football. 

I will help the coalfield region of the 4th House District find ways to put abandoned and reclaimed mine lands into productive reuse. This is a great opportunity, unique to the Appalachian region. 

Jobs and Economic Development

It is a priority of mine to help provide all people who want to work with employment opportunities so they can generate a stable income, live happily, and raise their families here. Let’s preserve what jobs we have, expand where we can, and aggressively recruit new industries and new jobs to our region. 

We have unique challenges that other regions do not, so we have to get creative in developing ways to attract new industries and new economic development prospects to the area. We must bring high-paying jobs back to Southwest Virginia.

Again, we have to focus on providing pathways for our young people, through internships, work-study programs, and certificate programs as means to find a fulfilling career. These can take place both in our high schools and at our community colleges. Students need the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on work experience prior to graduating.

Lastly, as a region, we must ensure that when a company wants to locate in Southwest Virginia, we have a commercial site or property ready for them to build on or settle into. I will work to build our portfolio of available sites and commercial properties. This includes the revitalization of aging assets into hubs of economic activity. 

Education

Our students deserve a high-quality education and if elected this will always be a top priority of mine. It is critical to our region to ensure our children have access to the best educational environments and opportunities. As a Delegate, I will work to ensure:

Our teachers are paid well
Our school infrastructure is maintained and enhanced when and where it’s needed
That the voices of our local teachers and school administrators are heard in Richmond. 
Pathways to high-paying jobs are also a priority of mine. Too often, students in Southwest Virginia have to leave our area for educational or employment opportunities. I will work to expand career and technical certificate programs in our high schools, so our students are ready to get a high-paying job after they graduate without incurring massive student loan debts.

We have several great higher-education institutions right here in Southwest Virginia. If you want an affordable, high-quality education here you should look into enrolling at one of our schools.

Nestled in Wise County, the University of Virginia’s College at Wise is a beacon of educational opportunity for the young people of Southwest Virginia. With great athletics and its robust course offerings, UVA-Wise has been ranked as one of the top liberal arts Colleges in the United States. 

If you visit Buchanan County, you will also find the Appalachian School of Law and the Appalachian College of Pharmacy.

Our area also has three excellent community colleges – Virginia Highlands Community College, Mountain Empire Community College, and Southwest Virginia Community College. 

Lastly, the region has three private colleges – Emory and Henry College, King University, and Lincoln Memorial University. All three are great schools that provide private options for young people here. 

Infrastructure

Rural Broadband Technologies

In the House of Delegates, I will deliver a new push to bring high-speed broadband and wireless technologies to our underserved communities. Like water and electricity, broadband is now an essential utility. I’ll work to ensure that our coalfield communities are connected and have access to broadband for our students, our families, our emergency services providers, and law enforcement.

Southwest Virginia is also home to many artisans, musicians, and craftsmen – they all deserve high-speed internet connectivity to help showcase their creativity and market their products.

Safety

The 2nd Amendment

I have been a hunter and gun owner my entire life and believe in this right absolutely. The 2nd Amendment grants American citizens the right to bear arms, which I believe is essential to protect ourselves, our property, and the other rights granted in the Constitution. I will always stand up for our gun rights and fight attempts to curtail or take this right away. 

Opioid Epidemic

Opioids and other forms of substance abuse have the ability to destroy communities, cripple families, and ruin lives. We must fight against the spread of these addictive drugs. Thanks to our strong Southwest Virginia legislators already in office, we are making progress to shrink the availability of these drugs and punish those who flood our communities with them. As your delegate, I will continue to work to bring state resources to bear on this issue. 

Opioid addiction creates a terrible cycle that we must break in order for our region to thrive.

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Starla KiserStarla Kiser

Current Position: Founder, Healios Health
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate for VA House District 4

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Summary

Current Position: Founder, Healios Health
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate for VA House District 4

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About

Starla is originally from Dante, VA in Dickenson County. She grew up on a farm with three sisters. Her father was a public school teacher, bus driver, and farmer, and her mother was a stay-at-home mom before working as a communications assistant at AT&T.  She attended Ervinton High School and East Tennessee State University. Starla worked with a local NASA program in Wise County as an undergraduate which led to work at other NASA programs across the country including the NASA Astrobiology Academy in California. She did research in space medicine in Russia, France, and Silicon Valley and studied humanities in the Netherlands before attending medical school.

These unique opportunities allowed Starla to move to Boston and receive two degrees from Harvard. She received a medical degree at Harvard Medical School, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School, studying international development and health policy. She did her medical residency training at Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She is board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. 

Starla has done work in global health, primary care, and service delivery innovation, in Tanzania, Kenya, South Sudan, India, and rural Appalachia. She has a non-profit, Healios Foundation, that helps invest in high-impact entrepreneurs and organizations in developing countries and underserved areas in the U.S., and promotes economic innovation in rural areas. Through this foundation, she helped create a primary school for children in South Sudan.

She worked in clinical innovation at Iora Health and Harken Health, an innovative primary care start-up, creating and directing wellness and disease management programs for a large population in Chicago, Illinois. 

After Harken Health closed in 2017, Starla decided to take the lessons she learned and move back home to create her own business and innovation lab in Southwest Virginia. She developed Healios Health, an innovative direct primary care and employer-based clinic. Her clinic was designed to serve patients who were uninsured in Virginia before Medicaid expanded in 2019. With the expansion of Medicaid, she is transitioning her business to focus on building medical software. Starla also worked with local female entrepreneurs to create Appalachian Women Entrepreneurs- a newly formed organization to support young women to become entrepreneurs in the region.

Starla believes in the expansion of medication-assisted treatment for those with opioid addiction, and has worked for over a year at the Dickenson County Behavioral Health Center- treating individuals in the county with opioid addiction. She is also working with her sister, CEO of a company and organization, IMPERFKT Foundation, on projects to support mental health in the region, while also promoting the arts, tourism, and economic development in SWVA. 

Experience

Work Experience

Education

Contact

Email:

Web

Campaign Site, Facebook, Instagram

Issues

Economy

 

Healthcare

 

Increasing Patient Choice.

Black Lung

Expanding Substance Use Treatment.

Increase Access to Mental Health Treatment. 

 

Education

Gun Safety

 

Economy

This area does not need handouts. What we really want, what we really need are good jobs. We want to provide for our families, and ensure our children have a bright future. It wasn’t long ago we could depend on the coal industry to offer our miners a good living.

We must continue to support our coal miners and keep our coal jobs. We also need to look to the future and make coal valuable again. We need to create innovative ways to utilize and commercialize our assets, including coal and our farming land and natural resources, while ensuring we keep the wealth in SWVA (e.g. coal to graphene).

As we support our farmers and coal miners, Southwest Virginia must attract new industries, like our neighbors have done in Kentucky and Tennessee. We can use multiple avenues including tax-based incentives, and ensuring sites are ready for development. We need to creatively reuse our abandoned mine land. We need to incentivize young professionals who have left the area to come back to live and build businesses. We must also continue to support our schools, and ensure access to high-speed internet, which are necessities for attracting industry.

We must support our small business owners, and provide opportunities for our young people to become entrepreneurs. We should also support research and development in areas including clean and renewable energies, so that SWVA can become a hotbed of innovation in this and other areas.

Our state and local leader’s primary focus should be on bringing jobs to SWVA. Although the economy is booming on the coasts and in the cities, our communities continue to be left behind. We cannot be complacent. We will not be able to thrive as long as our brightest residents have to leave the area to make a living. Our residents will continue to be sicker if their families cannot find jobs. Our young people will continue to be affected by opioid addiction if we do not give them hope from a young age that they can live out their life’s purpose and make a decent living in SWVA.

Education

Our greatest asset is our people, particularly our young people. With higher poverty rates, fewer resources, and the lowest paid teachers in the state, our students consistently score high on standards of learning exams (#1 in math, science, and reading) and rank in the top 10-20% in the state, while succeeding in areas like robotics. We cannot afford to lose these gains, but must support our teachers with higher pay and ensure our schools get the funding and resources they need to further prepare our youth for jobs in the 21st century.

Right now, our best and brightest seemingly have no choice but to leave SWVA to find jobs or further their education. We need to try everything possible to create jobs and opportunities so our students can stay, and offer incentives for those who have left to come back to the area and contribute to the SWVA economy. We need to offer more training programs for students in high school that allow them to graduate directly to jobs, and also enhance our area’s technical education. We need to keep our Job Corps Program.

We need to formalize the untapped skills of our unemployed workers and coal miners, giving them certificates for skills they already have so they can obtain jobs, and so our area can attract more industry. We need to offer shorter-term training and certificate programs at our community colleges for our citizens of any age to learn relevant skills including coding, software and web development, and other skills that are important to succeed in today’s technology jobs. We need to support these STEM jobs, while also promoting the arts and provide ways our area artisans, musicians and creatives can work together, expand their reach, and sell their products online all across the country.

We need to realize the potential of our area colleges, including the University of Virginia’s College at Wise, Emory and Henry, and our great community colleges, law and pharmacy schools, and also expand post-graduate education.

My primary focus is on jobs and the economy, and we cannot successfully attract industry without making sure we are adequately preparing our students. The intellect and adaptability of our students is already here, but we must do our part to ensure our students are putting the most relevant tools in their toolbox to contribute to the 21st century economy.

 

Health Care

I have been thankful to see so many of my patients now have access to health care with Virginia’s expansion of Medicaid. As a doctor, I have thought a lot about health care in our region. These are some of the ideas to increase access to quality health care in SWVA.

Increasing Patient Choice

Southwest Virginians need access to quality health care. We also need choice. Research has shown us that health care monopolies increase costs for patients, and also affect quality of care. We need to make sure our citizens do not have to drive hours to obtain emergency health services, or pay higher and higher prices for lower quality treatment- even when they have insurance. We need to push for price transparency in health care and publicly report and rank our health systems on quality and cost including percentage of administrative/wasted costs.

We need to dramatically improve health care quality in the area by supporting health development zones and pilot innovative projects in the SWVA region, including support for Medicaid/Medicare value-based health care initiatives. We need to get our citizens access to standards of care, including setting up our own telemedicine Centers of Excellence so our citizens can access top quality evidence-based specialty care all across the country.

We also need to be creative about attracting new providers to the area through scholarship and loan forgiveness programs, and also support independent practitioners and health systems in the area.

Black Lung

We must support our miners to receive black lung benefits, and ensure patients with black lung receive adequate specialty care. We must support research in advanced black lung and access to the latest treatment options.

Expanding Substance Abuse Treatment

I have been providing addiction treatment in Dickenson County for over a year. Our counties have high rates of opioid addiction and overdoses per capita, yet there are few providers offering addiction treatment. We have to get rid of the stigma, and ensure our neighbors, family, and friends get the help they need. Virginia has been at the forefront of ensuring Medicaid provides coverage for opioid treatment.

We need to further expand medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction and expand harm reduction policies. Learning from other states, we can create hub-and-spoke models that create a cohesive ecosystem for addiction treatment, increasing MAT access in primary care with referrals to these specialty addiction centers. We need to increase the number of step-down and intensive outpatient programs that offer residents concentrated treatment outside of our limited number of detox/rehab centers.

Like other states, we need to support challenges and fund innovative programs that are creating next generation opioid treatments, including digital therapies and rehab at home programs. We also need to digitally map our current MAT providers, and make it easily accessible to patients.

Increasing Access to Mental Health Treatment

SWVA is in dire need of adequate mental health treatment. Patients with severe mental health issues have difficulty seeing a psychiatrist and getting appropriate treatment. We need to attract more psychiatrists to the area, ensure area psychiatrists and behavioral health practitioners receive adequate insurance reimbursement so they see our patients with Medicaid, and increase support to our community behavioral health centers. We need to expand psychiatric step-down programs, increase the quality of our inpatient psychiatric facilities, and overall push to innovate in psychiatric care and behavioral health in Virginia, bringing it into the the 21st century. We need to work on the stigma surrounding mental health diagnoses, and ensure our local and state policies treat mental health patients compassionately- like they treat all other patients and citizens in the area.

Safety

Gun Safety

I SUPPORT THE 2ND AMENDMENT

It is settled Constitutional law that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm, unconnected with service in a militia, for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.
The Second Amendment was authored by James Madison who is considered the father of the Constitution. The Commonwealth of Virginia has played a prominent role in protecting the individual rights of our citizens. In the Heller case, the Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms for self-defense.

District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008).

 

THE 2ND AMENDMENT SHOULD APPLY TO LAW ABIDING CITIZENS

The Supreme Court has also stated that the right to bear arms is not unlimited and that guns and gun ownership would continue to be regulated. I believe that any regulation should be based upon an effort to strengthen the rights of law abiding citizens to enjoy the freedoms set forth in our Constitution. The law allows those who have been convicted of violent crimes and felonies to be barred from ownership from firearms. I believe that those committing crimes by the use or possession of a firearm need to be punished strongly so that sportsmen and law abiding citizens may continue to enjoy their freedoms unfettered by regulation.

 
I SUPPORT CONSISTENT GUN LAWS THROUGHOUT THE COMMONWEALTH

I share the position of the NRA and other gun owner support groups in supporting consistent gun laws throughout the Commonwealth. We do not need a “patchwork” of local and/or municipal laws regulating the ownership and use of firearms. A citizen of Virginia should be able to educate themselves concerning the laws of Virginia and feel confident in exercising their rights to bear arms consistently throughout the Commonwealth.

 
I SUPPORT THE PROTECTION OF EXISTING SHOOTING RANGES

I believe that existing shooting ranges should be exempt to regulation from any zoning or noise ordinance based upon encroaching population. It is my position that moving near an existing shooting range is analogous to moving next to an airport.

 
I SUPPORT LEGISLATION TO ALLOW HUNTING ON SUNDAY

I believe that sportsmen should be able to hunt on both public and private lands on Sunday.
 

I WOULD ENCOURAGE THE MANUFACTURE OF FIREARMS IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

I would support the manufacture of firearms and military grade weapon systems in Southwest Virginia. The workforce of our region consists of many dedicated and trained workers who would benefit from the manufacture of firearms and weapons in our region.

 
I AM IN FAVOR OF BACKGROUND CHECKS AT GUN SHOWS

I am convinced that a law abiding gun owner can withstand the scrutiny of a background check to ensure that firearms do not fall into the hands of violent felons or terrorists. I believe that requiring background checks for gun purchases at gun shows and other public events where guns may be sold in large numbers will further protect our rights to bear arms and increase the safety of our state.

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Israel O'QuinnIsrael O’Quinn

Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 5 since 2012
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate for VA House District 5

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Summary

Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 5 since 2012
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate for VA House District 5

Overview: N/A

About

Delegate Israel O’Quinn was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates on November 8, 2011. He represents the 5th House District which is comprised of Bristol City, Galax City, Grayson County, Smyth County (part) and Washington County (part).

As a strong advocate for Southwest Virginia, Israel works to ensure the 5th District is well-represented in Richmond. Israel serves as Deputy Majority Whip and his legislative committee assignments include Commerce and Labor, Privileges and Elections, as well as Militia, Police and Public Safety. He serves as the Chairman of Subcommittee Number Four in the Privileges and Elections Committee and he also serves as Chairman of Subcommittee Number Three in the Commerce and Labor Committee. Israel is a member of the legislative Coal and Energy Commission and he serves on the Board of Directors for the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center.

As a citizen legislator, Israel is employed by K-VA-T Food Stores, the parent company of the Food City retail supermarket chain. He currently directs the company’s Office of Strategic Initiatives, in addition to chairing the company’s Energy Conservation Committee, which has implemented a number of energy conservation measures throughout the K-VA-T distribution center and numerous stores. Prior to joining the K-VA-T team in 2006, Israel served in various roles in government and campaigns. He spent two years in the office of Attorney General Jerry Kilgore and worked on a number of political campaigns, including those for Governor, Attorney General, US Senate, House of Delegates and various local offices.

Israel is Past Chairman of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, which has Five Star accreditation from the US Chamber of Commerce. Israel is a recipient of the The Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 award, as well as Emory & Henry College’s Young Alumnus of the Year award. While at Emory & Henry College, Israel played on the varsity baseball team and graduated with degrees in Political Science and History. Israel is also a graduate of Patrick Henry High School in Glade Spring, Virginia.

Israel and his wife, Emily, reside in Washington County, Virginia. Emily works as a corporate communications professional and she is an avid supporter of community organizations at both the state and local levels. Over the years, her service on a number of boards has focused on various business and philanthropic initiatives including expanding educational opportunities for children and increasing access to the arts.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Businessman

Education

  • B.A., Political Science/History
    Emory & Henry College
    2002

Awards

Emory & Henry College, Young Alumnus of the Year (2006)
Business Journals, 40 Under 40 (2008)
Virginia Retail Merchants, Legislator of the Year (2014)
Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Business Advocate of the Year (2015)

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1980
  • Place of Birth: Abingdon, VA
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Baptist
  • Spouse: Emily Lauren Gentry

Membership & Affiliation

Bristol Chamber of Commerce (former chairman)
Virginia Tobacco Commission (former commissioner)
Virginia Public Safety Foundation (board member)
Tennessee Valley Corridor (former board member)
Virginia Coal and Energy Commission
K-VA-T Food Stores Charitable Foundation (board member)
Food Marketing Institute (committee member)

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Jacob Holmes
Administrative Assistant During Session: Judy Miles

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1005

District Office
Physical Address:
101 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Bristol, VA 24201
Phone: (276) 525-1311

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram

Politics

Recent Elections

2017 State Delegate for VA House District 5

Israel O’Quinn (R) 0
Write In (Write-in) 0
TOTAL 0

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Committees

Committees

Privileges and Elections
Militia, Police and Public Safety
Commerce and Labor

Subcommittees

Chair: Commerce and Labor – Subcommittee #3
Chair: Privileges and Elections – Subcommittee #4
Commerce and Labor – Subcommittee #1
Militia, Police and Public Safety – Subcommittee #2

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Twitter

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Jeffrey Campbell 1Jeffrey Campbell

Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 6 since 2014
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate for VA House District 6

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Summary

Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 6 since 2014
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate for VA House District 6

Overview: N/A

About

Jeffrey Campbell

Source: Campaign page

I was born in Saltville in 1966, the youngest of three children to working class parents.  My father was a machinist by trade and my mother worked as a retail clerk.  They were both children of the Great Depression with little formal education.  They believed in the value of hard work and instilled in me the importance of family and community.  Times were tough everywhere when I was kid.  Stagflation and gas shortages.  Layoffs and plant closures following the passage of NAFTA.  We didn’t have many luxuries.  But my parents impressed on me the value of perseverance.  That ability to persevere carried me through many long, tough struggles in my personal life, such as the loss of my father when I was a teenager to having the will to work all night long in a local factory just to be able to afford to finish college and law school during the daytime.

That same perseverance instilled in me by my parents helped me struggle for years to attract industry and jobs to Saltville while serving as Mayor.  In talking with many of the people in the 6th District, I have discovered that they, like me, faced many of these same struggles.  But we can make a change.  We can attract industry to the 6th District and we can provide good paying jobs and opportunity for our people.  We can do so through ingenuity and, most of all, perseverance.  However, we can’t do it without changing the status quo.  In Virginia, the rules of the economic development game favor the more affluent and politically influential areas of the state.  So, if we continue to play by their rules, we are destined to perish.  I understand how to manipulate this system to bring jobs to our district.  I managed to do it from Saltville, a town of 2,300 people.

I can think of no other governmental function that so positively affects a community and its people than the location or relocation of a new industry within its borders, bringing with it job opportunities and economic prospects that promote the public welfare and create a better way of life for the residents.  Our government must make this the No. 1 priority for the citizens of the 6th District.  We can do better.

It’s an honor to represent you in Richmond as your Delegate from the 6th District.  If I can ever be of service, please don’t hesitate to contact my office.

Biography – A Lifetime of Service

Elective Office
  • Member, Virginia House of Delegates (Sixth District)  2014-Present
  • Mayor, Town of Saltville   2004- 2010
  • Councilman, Town of Saltville   1998 – 2004

Career

  • Campbell Law Firm – Engaged in private practice of law since 2000.
    Current and former representative clients:
  • County of Smyth
  • Town of Saltville
  • Town of Chilhowie
  • Branch Banking & Trust
  • Smyth County Department of Social Services
  • Pro-Erectors, Inc.
  • Smyth Paint & Decorating, Inc.
  • Smyth County Eye Associates, Inc.
  • Southeast Educational Associates, Inc.
  • Lowery Investments, LLC
  • Marion Pediatric Associates, P.C.
  • REL, Inc.
  • Riverfront Cafe, Inc.
  • Reynolds Holding Group, LLC
  • DeBusk Farms, LLC

Military Service

  • United States Army Reserve   1993-2001

Civic Involvement

  • Saltville Industrial Development Authority
  • Allison Gap Ruritan Club
  • Smyth County Tourism Association
  • Mount Rogers Planning District Commission
  • Youth Football, Basketball & Baseball Coach

Education

  • R.B. Worthy High School, 1984
  • Emory & Henry College, 1992, B.A. – Mass Communication/Political Science
  • Appalachian School of Law, J.D.

Personal

  • Married to Carie Hammond Campbell
  • Children: Chelsea, Cassidy, Jake, & Chloe
  • Lifetime resident of Smyth County

Experience

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • USA (Reserves)
    1993 to 2001

Education

  • JD
    Appalachian School of Law
    2000
  • BA
    Emory & Henry College
    1992

Personal

  • Birth Year: 1966
  • Place of Birth: Smyth County, VA
  • Gender: Male
  • Race(s): Caucasian
  • Religion: Protestant
  • Spouse: Carie Michelle Hammond
  • Children: Chelsea, Cassidy, Jake, and Chloe

Membership & Affiliation

Main Street Christian Church
Allison Gap Ruritan
Saltville Historical Foundation
Smyth County Tourism Association
Mount Rogers Planning District Commission

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Jed Arnold
Administrative Assistant During Session: Judy Miles

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1006

District Office
P.O. Box 986
Marion, VA 24354

Phone: (276) 227-0247

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter, Facebook

Politics

Recent Elections

2017 State Delegate for VA House District 6

Jeffrey Campbell (R) 16,795 81.3%
Kenneth David Browning () 3,695 17.9%
Write In (Write-in) 167 0.8%
TOTAL 20,657

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Finances

CAMPBELL, JEFFREY L has run in 3 races for public office, winning 3 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $681,956

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Courts of Justice
Science and Technology
Counties Cities and Towns
Militia, Police and Public Safety

Subcommittees

Counties Cities and Towns – Subcommittee #1
Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #2
Courts of Justice – Subcommittee #4
Militia, Police and Public Safety – Subcommittee #1

Appointments

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Civil Rights

The 2nd Amendment

The Second Amendment provides for the civil right of citizens to purchase and own firearms. I believe that it is a fundamental civil right on par with freedoms of speech, religion and press. The basic human right to defend one’s self and their family must be protected by and free from interference from the government. Accordingly, I view laws abridging the right of a citizen to own and possess a firearm with the greatest of scrutiny.

As a lifelong resident of this district, I understand the heritage in the outdoor sports that we all enjoy. Hunting, fishing and trapping are a way of life for many of us. The right to hunt is now protected constitutionally in Virginia, which I fully supported. However, we all must be vigilant to the defense of our right to own and possess firearms by realizing that the fact of the very need for such a constitutional amendment stands for the proposition that there are forces at work who would love nothing better than to disarm all of us. We must further understand, just as the drafters of the Constitution did, that all of the civil rights afforded to us are only as safe as our ability to defend the integrity of such an over-reaching, tyrannical government.  It is imperative that the General Assembly be on guard and take necessary action to protect against these federal transgressions. As your Delegate, I have supported all the rights afforded to us by the Second Amendment and oppose any and all legislation that attempts to infringe upon these rights.

Economy

Economic Development

Economic Development in the 6th District is my number one priority.  Carroll, Smyth and Wythe counties have suffered from the effects of NAFTA with plant closures in the woodworking and textile industries.  Redevelopment efforts have been slow in most places as a result of a lack of discretionary money available to the localities.  As a result our county governments have been forced to rely on the referrals we get from the economic development authorities in Richmond.  Historically, the more promising prospects have been directed to the more affluent and politically influential areas of the Commonwealth.  The lack of local money available to market and recruit directly to the industrial sector has tilted the scales in favor of the urban regions of the Commonwealth.  I have proposed, and will continue to advocate for legislation, that would appropriate more discretionary money for localities to hire industrial recruiters and economic development professionals to level the playing field with other areas of the Commonwealth.

Additionally, the 6th District needs more money from the Commonwealth for training our workforce in the skill sets necessary to attract high paying, high tech jobs in the 21st Century.

Lastly, our economic development efforts must contain a focal aspect in agribusiness.  We are blessed with some of the most rich and fertile farms anywhere in the Commonwealth.  Our farmers need more diversity in their marketplaces to become profitable once again.  I support legislation that will promote the efforts of our local farmers and discourage unnecessary over regulation that stifles growth both within the 6th District and abroad.  Agribusiness ranks number one in Virginia’s economy in terms of gross domestic product.  We need to capture as much of this opportunity as we can and we are naturally positioned to do so.

When I was first elected to council in Saltville in 1998, our town suffered from massive unemployment and economic decline.  We had five empty industrial buildings.  I made a promise to fill those buildings when I asked for the people’s vote of confidence in electing me.  I am proud to say that when I left office twelve years later that all of those buildings were filled and we had created hundreds of jobs for our locality.  I make that same solemn promise to the citizens of the 6th District.  I will work tirelessly and endlessly to bring good paying jobs and tax base to our region and I will not quit until every citizen of the 6th District who wants a job can have one.

 

Education

A lot of people seeking office say that they support public education.  Unfortunately, few actually offer specific detail to their ideology or offer insight into how they would make positive contributions to the system if elected.  In my opinion, our public school system has suffered from a lack of commitment and trust by the legislature in the professionals that have chosen the very noble profession of teaching.

There have been too many “reform efforts” launched out of political motivation and justified through a misrepresentation of the lack of quality of the public school system through a use of subjective test scores.  We need to remove the politics from the equation and re-evaluate the continued implementation of the Standards of Learning testing that has become certainly the primary, if not the sole, focus of the academic year for all public schools in Virginia.  The enormous pressure to meet these demands has led to a diminution in the quality of the educational experience for the children.  Teachers no longer have enough classroom time to give attention to the children that need it most.  The demands to cover the testing objectives have destroyed the flexibility for educators to teach children the process of how to learn.

The educational process is about far more than a child successfully processing enough material into his or her short term memory to pass a multiple choice test.  The pressures to meet these arbitrary performance standards have led to our children not mastering the tools of “how to learn.”  There is no time to expose the child sufficiently to the concepts of analytical, deductive and inductive reasoning and abstract thought.  These are the skills that provide the foundation for the next generation of inventors and entrepreneurs.  And we, as a society, are throwing these away by requiring our educational system to prove its competence through an annual test.  This is not only illogical; it is destructive to the future of our children.

The General Assembly talks about “outcome based” education and support the continued mandate of the Standards of Learning while ignoring the very compelling fact that nearly fifteen years after the implementation of the test our children are suffering from lower college entrance exam scores and a greater need for college remediation than they were when the test was first implemented.  If this is truly a system of outcome based education, then the outcome is clear.  I have introduced, and will continue to support, legislation that leads to reform for the Standards of Learning in Virginia.

The education of our children is the key to the ongoing development of our localities.  Our children’s futures depend on it and, in my opinion, should receive the General Assembly’s premium commitment to its success.

Safety

Public safety should always be near the top of the list in any responsible candidate or elected official’s platform.  We have a right and the government has a duty to ensure that we are safe and secure in our homes, in our schools and while in the general public.

As a practicing attorney since 2000, I know firsthand the measure of the crime rate in the 6th District.  Very few criminal cases cross the dockets that do not involve drugs as a factor.  The Commonwealth, and indeed, the entire nation spends billions of dollars annually to detect and deter illegal drugs through our criminal justice system.  I am here to tell you that, in my humble experience, it isn’t working.  More and more younger people are being exposed, becoming addicted to and falling prey to illegal drugs than ever before.  Despite our best efforts to prosecute and imprison those persons responsible, the drug abuse rates continue to escalate.  Catching those responsible for the supply is a crucial part of the balanced equation.  However, we must do more to curb the demand which, in my opinion, will be more effective in reducing the affect of illegal drugs in our community.

More public money needs to be invested in drug abuse education, counseling and treatment.  We need to explore the possibility that there are many social factors that lead an individual to migrate toward the use of illegal drugs.  If  we are to be successful in winning this war, we must do more to take the profitability out of the equation for drug dealers.  That begins with curbing the demand.

Where will we find this money?  Through a more balanced and judicious use of the public’s resources in the use of incarceration as a punishment.  We spend at least $24,667 a year to incarcerate an individual in a Virginia correctional facility.  Many of these individuals pose no threat to society at all.  Incarceration should be reserved for those individuals that create a threat to public safety.

I further support the institution of armed police officers into every school in the Commonwealth.  The tragedy that has befallen places such as Sandy Hook and Columbine should never happen here at home and I believe the best way to ensure this is by providing a well-trained, well-armed security officer as a first line of defense.  I cannot count the numbers of children that have expressed credible fear to me in regard to having to return to school after the Sandy Hook incident.  Our children and teachers deserve a safe school and I would support, wholeheartedly, the efforts to provide such.

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Jim BarkerJim Barker

Current Position: Member, Marion Town Council
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate for VA House District 6

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Current Position: Member, Marion Town Council
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate for VA House District 6

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About

Source: Campaign page

I was born and raised in Marion, Virginia. I went through school in Marion and attended college at Virginia Tech. After a long, successful career with the U.S. Forest Service which included time spent as a law enforcement officer, I founded my own real estate appraisal business. Now I feel it’s time I use my education, experience, and skills on behalf of my fellow citizens.

As a town council member and throughout my varied background and experience in my federal career, I have developed a wide knowledge base that has helped me understand and appreciate many of the challenges of public service. I place a strong emphasis in creating positive change especially when change can improve a situation or program. During my federal career and now as a town council member, I strive to make everything work better and more efficiently.

I am a strong supporter of the U.S. and Commonwealth constitutions, our educators, our first responders, and law enforcement officers. I have experience in law enforcement and know how tough the job can be. I have served on the Marion Town Council from 2010 through the present and have worked hard make it a better place to live. Now I want to go to Richmond and work just as hard for everybody in District 6.

I want and will appreciate your vote on November 5th.

Experience

Work Experience

Education

Contact

Email:

Offices

Campaign
P.O. Box 1473
Marion, VA 24354
Phone: 276-685-2070

Web

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Issues

Economy

Southwest Virginians need good jobs beyond service and make-work jobs. We need more highly skilled blue collar jobs which can offer salaries with which we can send our children to college, provide great family housing, and access the best health care.

Education

We must ensure that our local schools and colleges are competitive with schools across the globe. We must reverse the shrinking state funding for education in our area. The salaries we pay our teachers must attract the best and most educated candidates.

Safety

Solving the Drug Crisis

Drug abuse is extremely damaging to our area. We must work with law enforcement, social agencies, medical providers, religious organizations, and schools in order to reverse the drug crisis in Southwest Virginia.

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Darlene LewisDarlene Lewis

Current Position: Founder, The Hope Center
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate for VA House District 8

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Current Position: Founder, The Hope Center
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate for VA House District 8

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About

Source: Campaign page

My name is Darlene Lewis, but most people call me Miss Darlene. 

I am a 20-year resident of Roanoke County and a small business owner. I am hardworking and determined. My heart led me to open the doors to The Hope Center, a local non-profit organization that responds to some of the most basic needs of the community.

I am not a career politician and I have never held public office. I am, however, a wife, a mother, and an ordained minister.

At this volatile time in our history, I see many needs in our community and I believe the best way for me to address these needs is by entering the political arena.

I look forward to listening to the cares and concerns of the people living in the 8th district, and I look forward to helping my neighbors. I will work to see that the peoples’ needs are met and will do so as God’s humble servant.

Thank you for your support!

Experience

Work Experience

  • Founder
    The Hope Center
    2015 to present

Contact

Email:

Offices

Campaign
P.O. Box 58

Salem, VA 24153
Phone: (540) 302-8484

Web

Facebook, Twitter

Issues

Economy

We must recognize the role of early childhood education, criminal justice reform, neighborhood desegregation, and economic diversification on our overall success.

Education

A quality education is the key to uplifting everyone. It is essential that we continue to improve our public school systems from the bottom up.

Health Care

Every family should have the ability to take their children to the doctor without worry of financial ruin. We must improve and expand our current healthcare system. 

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Wendy Gooditis 1Wendy Gooditis

Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 10 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate for VA House District 10

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Current Position: State Delegate for VA House District 10 since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate for VA House District 10

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About

Wendy Gooditis

Source: Campaign page

Wendy was raised to work hard and serve others. She grew up in Cranbury, New Jersey with two older brothers. Her father spent his childhood in rural Alabama during the Great Depression, where his family had scraped and saved to buy milk for him as an infant. As an adult, he rode in a commuter van over two hours each day to work, but still found time to teach Wendy how to play the piano and work hard for what she believed in.

Her mother and grandmother were public school teachers. In the 1930s, Wendy’s grandmother pushed social limits to earn her graduate degree, and Wendy’s mother followed suit. From them, Wendy learned early the importance of education, perseverance, and working women.

In college, Wendy applied her equestrian background to service. She worked as a student mounted marshal for the Rutgers Police, logging 30 hours a week with a full course load. After graduation, following in her family’s tradition of strong, working women, Wendy went on to lead a team of mid-career men at Bell Laboratories when she was 26 years old.

After she met Chris, her husband of 25 years, Wendy made the move to Virginia. Following the birth of her children in the mid-1990s, Wendy became enamored with education. She received her Masters in Education from Shenandoah University. During her career in education she taught in the Clarke County public school system, at an area private school, and partially homeschooled her children. As her kids entered college, Wendy knew that she would need to help pay the tuition bills. She joined RE/MAX as a realtor in 2013, and has been there since.

Like millions of other Americans in 2017, Wendy decided that she had to get off the sidelines. She co-founded an Indivisible chapter in the predominantly red Clarke County. However, she knew that was not enough. After deciding to run for the 10th district seat in the spring, she stormed to victory on November 7th 2017 beating 3 term incumbent Randy Minchew.

Experience

Work Experience

  • Real Estate Agent
    RE/MAX
    2013 to present
  • Educator
    Clarke County public school system
    2019 to present

Education

  • M.S., Education
    Shenandoah University
    2019 to 2012
  • B.S., Communications
    Rutgers University
    2019 to 1982

Personal

Birth Year: 1960
Place of Birth: New Brunswick, NJ
Gender: Female
Race(s): American Indian, Caucasian
Religion: Quaker
Spouse: Christopher Joseph Gooditis (Chris)
Children: Chloe and Locke Gooditis
Membership & Affiliation: Goose Creek Society of Friends

Contact

Legislative Assistant: Truman S. Braslaw
Administrative Assistant During Session: Mary Woodley

Email:

Offices

Capitol Office
Pocahontas Building
900 E. Main St,
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Phone: (804) 698-1010

District Office
District Office
P.O. Box 180
Boyce, VA 22620
Phone: (540) 300-3857

Web

Government Page, Campaign Site, Twitter

Politics

Source: Wikipedia

Gooditis grew up in Cranbury, New Jersey; she lived in Virginia for 20 years before running for office. Formerly an employee for Bell Laboratories, Gooditis became a teacher in the 1990s, teaching in the Clarke County, Virginia public schools and at a private school. Gooditis then became a real estate agent.

After Donald Trump’s rise, Gooditis became a co-founder of the anti-Trump Indivisibles chapter in Clarke County.

Gooditis’s successful 2017 run for the 10th district seat in the Virginia House of Delegates was her first run for elected office.  She defeated incumbent Republican Randy Minchew, who had held the seat since 2011.

Recent Elections

2017 State Delegate for VA House District 10

Wendy Gooditis (D) 15,161 51.9%
John Randall Minchew (R) 14,025 48.0%
Write In (Write-in) 26 0.1%
TOTAL 29,212

Finances

GOODITIS, WENDY  has run in 1 race for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of$480,257.

Source: Follow the Money

Committees

Committees

Science and Technology
Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources

Subcommittees

Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources – Subcommittee #3

Appointments

House Agriculture Chesapeake and Natural Resources
House Science & Technology

Voting Record

See: Vote Smart

New Legislation

Source: Virginia Legislative Information System

Issues

Suicide rates are on the rise in Virginia, especially among women.Lawmakers are trying to figure out ways to reverse the trend. Since 2010, the suicide rate among women in Virginia has increased 24 percent.

Freddy Mejia at the Commonwealth Institute says a number of factors may have contributed. “Making sure that mental health is accessible to this population is crucial. We also know that increased access to lethal means, such as illicit and prescription drugs as well as firearms, may have contributed to this rise.”

Earlier this year, Delegate Wendy Gooditis, a Democrat from Northern Virginia, introduced a bill that requires the state to issue an annual report to lawmakers about suicide prevention. “My family was horrifically affected by the loss of my brother this year following a couple of years of suicide attempts, so in my personal and professional opinion anything we can do to spread the word and help these people is really important.”

Democracy

REDISTRICTING & VOTING RIGHTS

Gerrymandering is the issue that first got Wendy out of her chair at a town hall back in February 2017. As a 19-year resident of the district, she has watched its lines be contorted and redrawn.

Wendy believes that free and fair elections are tenets of our democracy. Voters should be choosing their politicians instead of politicians choosing their voters. She has supported a constitutional amendment in Virginia to ensure that district lines are not drawn to favor any individual or political party. Furthermore, she firmly opposes any effort to make voting harder — and is appalled by Virginia House Republicans efforts to require photo identification for absentee ballots and multiple forms of state ID at the voting booth.

Economy

Wendy believes that the economy should work for everyone, giving each Virginian a fair shot. That means competitive public and technical education systems, a living minimum wage and jobs for our veterans. It also means the protection of worker rights and labor unions as well as equal economic opportunity for all Virginians. It means government investment in public infrastructure so that we can can build better roads, bike lanes and transit systems. Virginia’s economy is developing quickly, and we must take steps to ensure that our workforce is well trained and paid so that it can grow, compete and prosper.

Education

As a career educator and mom of two, Wendy understands that our communities are only as strong as our schools. In Richmond, she fights for competitive public schools so that each child in Virginia can learn and succeed.

The wage for Virginia public school teachers is about $7,000 under the national average. Because Wendy’s mom and grandmother were public school teachers, she understands firsthand the impact of underpaid educators. This life experience makes her a staunch supporter of a living wage and benefits for public educators, so that Virginia can recruit and retain the nation’s top talent. She knows that investing in Virginia’s families means investing in Virginia’s teachers.

Environment

Wendy believes that strong communities start with a healthy planet. Raising her children on the banks of the Shenandoah River, Wendy chose to live in District 10 because of its beautiful green spaces, clean water, and clear air.

In office, Wendy defends and expands existing environmental protections. To ensure that she can legislate without bias, Wendy has pledged never to take campaign contributions from Dominion Power or Appalachian Power.

Wendy supports Virginia’s investment in renewable energy, making alternative energy options like solar panels and wind energy more accessible and affordable. She pushes for cleanup efforts and the preservation of District 10’s best green spaces. Development must be responsible, and cannot come at the cost of our land, water, and air.

Health Care

Wendy believes that everyone should receive the health care they need and deserve. She knows how critical state support can be – until recently, Wendy and her family purchased their healthcare through the Affordable Care Act.

Wendy voted to expand Medicaid. As a result an estimated 400,000 Virginians don’t have to keep making the impossible choices between paying healthcare bills or paying the mortgage. She also understands that Medicaid expansion is good for Virginia’s economy – through a healthy workforce and the creation of about 30,000 new jobs.

About a week into her candidacy, Wendy lost her brother, Brian, to mental illness. He had been denied Medicaid in Virginia for years. She’s fighting so that Virginia families don’t have to experience what hers did. In the United States we don’t abandon the most vulnerable among us, we help and care for them.

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