Beverly Harrison
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Democratic candidate Beverly Harrison is running against Republican Incumbent Delegate Todd Gilbert. Harrison lives in Woodstock with her two children. She believes that affordable healthcare coverage is a right. She promises to fight to expand access to life-saving mental health resources and provide much-needed support for families struggling with the consequences of addiction. Harrison supports the Equal Right Amendment, lifts up local businesses, and advocates for affordable housing. She also wants to bring broadband access to rural communities.

Delegate Gilbert serves as the Republican Majority Leader in the House of Delegates. During his 12 years in office, Delegate Gilbert has been a staunch conservative. He supports so-called “right-to-work” laws that benefit corporations at the expense of workers. Gilbert is anti-union and opposes raising the minimum wage. He is anti-choice and has voted to defund Planned Parenthood, making it more difficult for low-income people to access abortion. Gilbert also strongly opposed Medicaid expansion.

Beverly Harrison is the more progressive choice in this race because of her support of health care access and affordable housing.

Senate District 015

State Senator

Virginia M. Smith
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Democratic candidate Virginia Smith is a teacher and children’s book author. Smith graduated from Virginia Union University and University of Virginia before working in Richmond Public Schools. Smith now resides in Prince William County and is a volunteer middle school mentor.

As a former teacher, Smith supports raising teacher pay. She also supports the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment and expanding access to affordable healthcare. She wants to ensure that we all have the opportunity to exercise our right to vote and wants to push for fair treatment of Black Virginians within the criminal justice system. Her platform includes support for paid family and medical leave as well as investments in clean, renewable energy sources.

Her opponent, incumbent Republican Senator Frank Ruff has voted against immigrant communities at every opportunity and has an anti-choice record. He also opposes commonsense gun violence prevention measures. He voted against raising the minimum wage. He vocally opposed Medicaid expansion in Virginia and drew vocal condemnation for racist remarks about the proposal in 2014.

Virginia Smith is the progressive choice.

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