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Election Day is Tuesday, November 5th
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Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below State Senate races on your ballot.
Incumbent Senator Monty Mason is a longtime Virginian. He graduated from the College of William and Mary and has worked in real estate in Williamsburg for the last 25 years. Before becoming a Senator, he served as the Delegate for the 93rd District. He has supported reproductive rights by voting in favor of lowering taxes on menstrual products and voting against medically unnecessary ultrasounds. He also opposed a bill that would have removed state funding for abortions.
Senator Mason has also supported gun violence prevention. He opposed a bill that would have allowed emergency responders to carry concealed weapons on duty. Senator Mason is also passionate about job opportunities and accessible education, including for families of civilians and veterans. His platform includes ensuring that senior citizens are receiving the best care possible when entering care systems.
Sen. Mason is running unopposed, and because of his strong progressive stances on issues like the environment, gun safety, and reproductive healthcare, he is the progressive choice in this race.
Incumbent Senator Mamie Locke is staunchly pro-choice. Senator Locke voted in favor of providing menstrual products to jail and prison residents and opposed medically unnecessary ultrasounds prior to abortion. She routinely sponsors legislation to protect and expand access to reproductive health care, including sponsoring the Reproductive Health Equity Act. She supports our immigrant communities and legislation to protect them and their families. She received a 93% rating from the Virginia Sierra Club for voting in favor of bills like the Smoke Free Air Act.
Senator Locke is a strong supporter of LGBTQ communities. She supported bills that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. She also co-sponsored a bill that would prohibit employers from discriminating against applicants due to their history with the criminal justice system. She is also in favor of common sense gun violence prevention measures.
She is running unopposed. Due to her years of commitment to the community, she is the progressive choice.
Democrat Herbert Jones Jr. came to Virginia through an assignment in the Army. After leaving active duty to join the reserves, he was elected County Supervisor of New Kent County in 1999, beginning his journey in elected office. Thanks to his extensive knowledge of the military, Governor Northam appointed him to the commonwealth’s Military Advisory Council.
Jones Jr. is pro-choice and has openly stated his support of reproductive healthcare facilities like Planned Parenthood. He supports clean, renewable energy and is in favor of common sense solutions to prevent gun violence. Jones supports raising teacher pay, increasing funding for pre-k, and apprenticeships for students. Unlike his opponent, he supports Medicaid expansion and would work to completely close the healthcare gap in Virginia.
His opponent, incumbent Senator Tommy Norment, is the Senate Majority Leader. He has consistently and vocally opposed progressive priorities. He has voted for bills that target immigrant communities and opposed bills that would increase the quality of life of those who have immigrated to the US. He has consistently opposed reproductive rights, including voting to mandate medically unnecessary ultrasounds and prohibit the use of state funds for abortion. Norment has repeatedly voted against raising the minimum wage. Because Sen. Norment is the Senate Majority Leader, the power that he holds often leads to the defeat of our bills.
Jones is the more progressive choice in this race.
House of Delegates
Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below House of Delegate races on your ballot.
Democratic candidate Martha Mugler is a native of Hampton and lives in Poquoson with her husband and two children. Mugler was elected to the Hampton School Board in 2008, and is currently serving her third term.
She vows to protect the Chesapeake Bay and address the effects of climate change and sea level rise. She supports a person’s right to choose a safe and legal abortion without politically-motivated restrictions. She also supports efforts to reform Virginia’s cash bail system that imprisons people who have not been convicted of a crime unless they can pay for release.
Her opponent, Republican Colleen Holcomb, is the vice-president of Government Relations of Eagle Forum, a right-wing, anti-choice, anti-immigrant organization. Holcomb opposes Medicaid expansion.
Martha Mugler is the more progressive choice in this race.
Incumbent Democratic Delegate Jeion Ward is a lifelong resident of the Hampton Roads area. She is a graduate of Thomas Nelson Community College and is currently an educator. Delegate Ward is very active in her community and was elected President of the Hampton Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 4260. She is also a member of the Executive Council of the Virginia AFL-CIO.
Delegate Ward has coordinated both partisan and non-partisan "Get-Out-The-Vote" campaigns in targeted areas of Hampton and Newport News since 1997. In addition, she has organized voter registration drives and restoration of rights campaigns. She has proposed legislation that would make election day a school holiday. She also supports common sense gun violence prevention laws and protecting reproductive rights. She voted to expand Medicaid in Virginia to 400,000 low income Virginians.
Delegate Ward is running unopposed and is the progressive choice in this race.
Democratic Delegate Marcia Price is the ultimate people’s champion based on her track record of leadership on progressive issues like gun violence prevention, reproductive rights, minority maternal health, and census outreach.
Delegate Price was born and raised on the Peninsula. She graduated from Warwick High School in the Peninsula's first graduating class of the International Baccalaureate Program, receiving the full IB Diploma and Advanced Studies Diploma. She attended Spelman College and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, with intensive study in Biology. She also received her Master of Arts in Religious Studies from Howard University. Delegate Price has completed some coursework toward her Master of Divinity Degree at Howard University.
In September 2016, Delegate Price worked to start the Virginia Black Leadership Organizing Collaborative (VA BLOC), a non-profit focused on "building empowered communities" through integrated voter engagement, civic involvement, and leadership development, where she serves as Director. As a fourth-generation resident of the Peninsula, she embraces her family's legacy of service and strives to make a positive impact in the Peninsula community that has given so much to her.Delegate Price has been a leader on many progressive issues including reproductive rights, race and equity, restoration of rights, and many more.
Delegate Price is running unopposed and is the more progressive choice in this race.
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