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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.
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.
House of Delegates
Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below House of Delegate races on your ballot.
In Delegate Mike Mullin's (D) first year as a legislator, he passed four bills---more than any other freshman legislator in the House of Delegates that year. He is a private practice attorney and resident of Newport News. He is passionate about ending the school-to-prison pipeline and ensuring equal pay for equal work.
Delegate Mullin was a strong supporter of expanding Medicaid in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He is also committed to making sure we have an environment that protects our region’s natural beauty and encourages job creation.
His conservative opponent, Heather Cordasco (R), has been consistently and proudly anti-choice. Her opposition to employer-provided contraception, abortion, and Planned Parenthood make her dangerous to the health of all Virginians if she is elected.
Delegate Mullin is the more progressive choice in this race.
Democratic candidate Shelly Simonds is an educator and longtime environmental activist. She has worked for years in the environmental advocacy space as a former member of the Legislative Contact Team with the League of Conservation Voters. She strongly supports raising the minimum wage. She also vows to prioritize defending healthcare access, reducing drug prices, and protrecting abortion access.
Incumbent Republican Delegate David Yancey is not only anti-choice, but he also supported a bill that authorized individuals subject to a protective order to carry a concealed handgun, possibly putting domestic violence victims in danger.
Independent Michael Bartley is an Aerospace Engineer, working for Eagle Technologies in Newport News. Bartley does not voice support of sensible gun violence prevention laws. He plans on pushing for personal use of all drugs to be decriminalized.
Simonds is the more 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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