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Incumbent Senator Creigh Deeds is a lawyer in private practice who lives in Bath County with his wife, Siobhan. Senator Deeds has served as a member of the Senate of Virginia representing the 25th district since 2001.
Senator Deeds is outspoken on mental health issues. His son committed suicide a short time after a mental health facility denied him a bed due to lack of space. Senator Deeds has used this tragic event to fight for mental health reform in the Commonwealth. He was the chief patron of Virginia’s “Megan’s Law” to protect children from sexual predators and also introduced legislation establishing the Amber Alert Program in Virginia. He has led the fight to conserve open spaces and our rural landscapes, while promoting efforts to plan for growth and protect our clean air, clean water, and natural environment. The Nature Conservancy and the Preservation Alliance of Virginia awarded him special recognition for his legislation to reinvigorate the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation.
Elliott Harding is running as an independent candidate against Senator Deeds. Harding is the former chair of the Albemarle County Republican Committee. In 2015, he worked on Robert Tracci's campaign for Commonwealth's Attorney in Albemarle. Harding served as an attorney for The Monument Fund in their lawsuit against Charlottesville City Council for voting to remove Confederate statues in Charlottesville.
Democratic candidate Christian Worth attended Washington and Lee University and fell in love with Lexington as a student. Worth is an attorney who is actively involved in providing pro-bono work. Worth has been a dedicated volunteer as a member of the Lexington City Democratic Committee, helping to run Get Out The Vote efforts for the past three elections. She also serves on the board of CARE Rockbridge and United Way of Rockbridge.
As a Delegate, Worth will fight to expand affordable healthcare access and ensure that rural areas have enough mental health support services for everyone, especially children. She will vote to increase teacher pay and ensure our schools are fully funded. Worth believes that broadband access is a utility, not a luxury, and will make sure that rural areas have access to broadband. She also supports allowing the agricultural industry to flourish, while pushing for clean energy.
Worth is running against incumbent Republican Delegate Ronnie Campbell. He calls himself “100% pro-life” and does not support abortion access. He also opposes common sense gun violence legislation. He is against using tax dollars to fund necessary government programs.
There is limited information on Independent candidate Billy Fishpaw, but we know that he is involved with the Green Party and supports clean energy. His stances on other issues are not clear.
Due to her support for health carea ccess and increasing teacher pay, Worth is the most progressive choice in this race.
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