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Democrat April Moore moved with her family to the Shenandoah Valley 25 years ago. She has worked for nonprofits focused on consumer rights and protections, national security, and clean air and water. She also spent several years teaching elementary school. Moore’s top priorities are ensuring that we have a livable climate, affordable healthcare, and ensuring that Virginia public schools are innovative. She plans on using green energy to bring well-paying jobs to Virginia while improving the quality of our air and water.
Her opponent is incumbent Republican Senator Mark Obenshain. Senator Obenshain has been in office since 2004. He is a strong advocate for mandatory minimums which leads to the over-policing of Black and Brown communities, saddling us with an outdated and unfair criminal justice system that drains resources and disrupts communities. He opposed Medicaid expansion and voted against raising the minimum wage.
April Moore is the more progressive choice because of her commitment to Medicaid expansion and environmental preservation.
Democratic candidate Brent Finnegan lives in Harrisonburg and currently serves on the planning commission. He volunteers by teaching literacy classes at Skyline Literacy and has helped raise money for Our Community Place. Finnegan currently works at the Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services at James Madison University.
Finnegan supports raising the minimum wage and establishing paid family leave for Virginia workers. He also supports increasing teacher pay and free community college and trade schools. He wants to raise the minimum wage in Virginia and repeal the so-called “Right to Work” law. Finnegan wants to end voter disenfranchisement, cash bail, pre-trial detention, and the privatization of prisons. He believes in affordable, accessible health care and he wants to protect Medicaid expansion and lower prescription drug costs.
Incumbent Republican Delegate Tony Wilt, Finnegan’s opponent, was elected to the House of Delegates in 2009. Delegate Wilt is a member of the NRA who opposes common sense gun violence prevention measures. He is vehemently anti-choice and has supported legislation that makes it more difficult for people to access abortion. Additionally, Wilt sponsored legislation designed to shame and stigmatize people who receive government assistance through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.
Brent Finnegan is the more progressive choice in this race because of his support for increasing the minimum wage, equality, and criminal justice reform.
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