City of Martinsville

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Election Day is Tuesday, November 5th

The Progressive Voters Guide compiles the information that allows you to make informed decisions about the races on your ballot, based on your values. Vote in every race on your ballot! It's our right and our responsibility. Please share this guide with your friends and family.

Senate District 020

State Senator

No Good Choices

Incumbent Republican Senator William Stanley voted against Medicaid expansion and against raising the minimum wage in Virginia. He has consistently opposed access to reproductive healthcare, including voting to cut off abortion access for low income individuals and to defund Planned Parenthood. Senator Stanley voted against legislation to prohibit discrimination on the job based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

There is not much information on the policy positions of his opponent, Independent candidate Sherman Witcher, who failed to obtain the Democratic nomination. Witcher supports better funding for schools and pay for teachers. In 2007, he ran for Senate as an independent against Republican Robert Hurt. He received 24% of the vote. In 2009, he ran again against Del. Charles Poindexter, R-Franklin, and received 21% of the vote.

Based on the limited information available, Witcher is likely the more progressive choice but you always have the option to write in a candidate.

House District 016


No Good Choices

Delegate Les Adams (R) was elected to the House of Delegates in 2013. While in office he has voted to prohibit sanctuary cities, prevent localities from raising the minimum wage, and to limit abortion access for low income people. He opposed Medicaid expansion. He is a staunch conservative on nearly every issue.

Dustin Evans is Delegate Adams’ Libertarian opponent. While he supports some progressive ideas like reducing corporate funds in elections, he does not support raising the minimum wage, and he is silent on other important issues.

There is no progressive choice on the ballot. However, we still encourage you to show up to vote, write in a name for this race, and cast your vote in the other races in your district.