Incumbent Delegate Sam Rasoul is the son of Palestinian immigrants and a native of the Roanoke Valley. He is one of two Muslim members of the Virginia General Assembly, where he has served in the House of Delegates since 2014. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Roanoke College and a master’s degree from Hawaii Pacific University. He has helped run multiple businesses and nonprofit organizations. He lives in Roanoke with his wife and three children.
Since his election in 2014, Rasoul has supported policies to make Virginia more equitable, economically successful, and environmentally friendly. He helped create the Green New Deal Coalition in Virginia and co-sponsored the Green New Deal Act, to help Virginia get to 100% clean energy. He proposed a moratorium on new fossil fuel projects in the state and passed tax credits for businesses that utilize or produce renewable energy. In 2020, he championed the passage of the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Rasoul also works to ensure elections are free and accessible. This year, he voted for the Voting Rights Act of Virginia, which bans discrimination at the polls. He also created a program called “You Write the Bill,” where citizens were able to participate directly in law-making. The program has been successful in shaping multiple bills, including one to protect victims of domestic violence. Additionally, he patroned the “Civic Youth Engagement Bill,” which gives middle school and high school students one excused absence a year to vote or participate in civic activities.
Rasoul advocates for policies that will support and protect Virginia’s families including affordable child care, paid family and medical leave, and equal pay for women. He supports raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. He is an advocate for common-sense gun safety and helped pass Governor Northam's gun violence prevention package that includes background checks and extreme risk orders to keep guns out of the hands of people deemed a safety hazard for themselves or others.
He has also made access to affordable healthcare a keystone part of his platform and work in the General Assembly. He currently serves as the vice-chair of the House Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee, and in 2021 introduced multiple bills to improve access to healthcare for Virginians. He advocated to expand pharmacists' ability to give vaccinations, license naturopathic doctors, and make it easier for physician assistants to practice medicine. He also supported the passage of Medicaid expansion in 2018.
Rasoul’s opponent is Republican Charlie Nave, a civil rights attorney. He currently serves as chairman of the Roanoke City Republican Committee. Nave opposes Virginia’s Green New Deal and gun violence prevention regulations. He is also against abortion access and expanding voting access to increase participation in our elections. He supports using taxpayer money to fund private education, like school voucher programs, which increase educational inequities.
Due to support of the environment, affordable healthcare, Virginia working families, and voting rights, Delegate Sam Rasoul is the most progressive choice for Virginia’s 11th District.Last updated: 2021-09-15Incumbent Delegate Sam Rasoul is the son of Palestinian immigrants and a native of the Roanoke Valley. He is one of two Muslim members of the Virginia General Assembly, where he has served in the House of Delegates since 2014.Incumbent Delegate Sam Rasoul is the son of Palestinian immigrants and a native of the Roanoke Valley. He is one of two Muslim members of the Virginia General Assembly, where he has served in the House of Delegates since 2014.
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