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State Senate

Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below State Senate races on your ballot.

Senate District 005

State Senator

  • Incumbent Senator Lionell Spruill is a lifelong Virginian and Democrat. He was born in Norfolk and received an Honorary Doctorate from Norfolk University. Senator Spruill was a member of several civic leagues in the state, which led to his appointment as Chairman of the Chesapeake City Council in 1988. He was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1994 and the state Senate in 2016.

    Senator Spruill is pro-choice and has voted against personhood bills and mandatory ultrasounds before abortion. He supports legislation like the Virginia Energy Plan that would have put a 15 year pause on offshore oil drilling and encouraged clean energy options. Senator Spruill voted to expand Medicaid in Virginia and supports raising wages for Virginia families. He passed legislation to close Jim Crow loopholes in Virginia law that exempted some professions from the state minimum wage.

    His opponent, Jeff Staples, is running as an independent. Staples supports ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment and expanding healthcare access. He does not have a clear stance on immigration, reproductive health, economic opportunity, or other progressive issues.

    Senator Spruill is the progressive choice in this race.

    Lionell Spruill Sr.

    Incumbent Senator Lionell Spruill is a lifelong Virginian and Democrat. He was born in Norfolk and received an Honorary Doctorate from Norfolk University.

    Last updated: 2019-09-11

Senate District 006

State Senator

  • Incumbent Senator Lynwood Lewis’s family has lived in Virginia for three generations. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Hamden-Sydney College and a law degree from the University of Richmond. He now lives and practices law in Accomack County.

    Senator Lewis was elected to the House of Delegates in 2003 and the state Senate in 2014. Senator Lewis has supported raising the minimum wage and voted to expand Medicaid in Virginia. He has co-sponsored bills that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. He has supported reproductive rights while in office. Senator Lewis has voted for common sense gun violence prevention measures. He has also supported family friendly policies like expanding access to paid sick days and paid family and medical leave.

    His opponent, Republican Elizabeth Lankford, is a small business owner who lives on the Eastern Shore. Little information is publicly available about her policy positions or campaign platform.

    Senator Lewis is the more progressive choice in this race.

    Lynwood Lewis Jr.

    Incumbent Senator Lynwood Lewis’s family has lived in Virginia for three generations. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Hamden-Sydney College and a law degree from the University of Richmond. He now lives and practices law in Accomack County.

    Last updated: 2019-09-11

Senate District 007

State Senator

House of Delegates

Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below House of Delegate races on your ballot.

House District 079

Delegate

House District 080

Delegate

  • Democrat
  • Democratic candidate Don Scott is a former United States Naval Officer. Scott graduated from Texas A&M University and obtained his law degree from Louisiana State University. He serves on several boards and commissions, including as the 1st Vice President of the Southeastern Employment and Training Association, as a Commissioner for the Portsmouth Economic Development Association, and a member of Future of Hampton Roads. He previously served as the chair of the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals, on the board for the California Workforce Association, and as a member and board member of 200+ Men Hampton Roads.


    Scott’s campaign prioritizes economic equality, education, and criminal justice reform. He promises to defend the environment in Virginia and to protect the air, water, and open spaces. He has also voiced his support of fair redistricting in Virginia so that everyone can have an equal voice in the democratic process.

    Both Republican Jim Evans and Independent Ryan Collin Benton lack a thorough campaign proposal that focuses on the critical issues impacting the Commonwealth. Evans wants to make Virginia more business friendly and supports change in Virginia’s transportation system. Benton would like to decriminalize marijuana and believes the best way to reduce crime is to promote economic development, vocational education, and support programs that keep our youth on a positive track.


    Don Scott is the more progressive choice in this race.

    Don Scott

    Democratic candidate Don Scott is a former United States Naval Officer. Scott graduated from Texas A&M University and obtained his law degree from Louisiana State University.

    Last updated: 2019-09-16

House District 083

Delegate

  • Democrat
  • Democratic candidate Nancy Guy graduated from the College of William and Mary with a B.A. in Government and earned her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. Guy successfully battled breast cancer in 2012 and 2013, and since then, she has dedicated herself to her community. She served two terms on the School Board, the Board of WHRO public radio station, and the Board of the Southeastern Cooperative Educational Program. She also served for 12 years on the Virginia Education Foundation Board and two terms as President of the PTSA at Virginia Beach’s largest high school.

    Guy’s platform includes fighting for more education funding by raising teacher pay and funding the Literacy Fund. She also wants to pass common sense gun violence prevention.Guy is pro-choice and believes that a person’s medical decisions should be between them and their doctor.

    Incumbent Republican Delegate Christopher Stolle was elected into office in 2009. Stolle refuses to support sensible gun laws and has voted against bills that provide funding for Virginians to access abortion.

    Nancy Guy is the more progressive choice in this race.

    Nancy Guy

    Democratic candidate Nancy Guy graduated from the College of William and Mary with a B.A. in Government and earned her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. Guy successfully battled breast cancer in 2012 and 2013, and since then, she has dedicated herself to her community.

    Last updated: 2019-09-13

House District 089

Delegate

  • Incumbent Democratic Delegate Jerrauld “Jay” Jones is a lifelong resident of the 89th House District. Delegate Jones is also the youngest Black delegate in Virginia. Jones’s father represented the 89th District 20 years ago and his grandfather, Hilary H. Jones, Jr. was a pioneer in the civil rights movement. Delegate Jones completed his undergraduate studies at the College of William and Mary, where he was a double major in Government and History, and obtained his law degree from the University of Virginia.

    Delegate Jones’s campaign priorities are increased education, transportation improvements, the environment, job creation, and criminal justice reform. He sponsored legislation creating driver privilege cards for undocumented Virginians, removed restrictions on abortion access, and fought for tighter legislation around body cameras for law enforcement.

    Even though he is running unopposed, Delegate Jones is the more progressive choice in this race.

    Jerrauld "Jay" Jones

    Incumbent Democratic Delegate Jerrauld “Jay” Jones is a lifelong resident of the 89th House District. Delegate Jones is also the youngest Black delegate in Virginia. Jones’s father represented the 89th District 20 years ago and his grandfather, Hilary H. Jones, Jr.

    Last updated: 2019-09-16

House District 090

Delegate

House District 100

Delegate

  • Democratic candidate Phil Hernandez, an attorney, was raised in Hampton Roads by a single mom. He went to public schools and then to the College of William and Mary, becoming the first in his family to graduate from college.

    He has spent the years since fighting for the rights of working people around the country. Hernandez vows to ease the burden of student loan debt and protect borrowers from abusive lending practices. He plans to champion policies that reduce harmful pollution in our air and water, improve coastal resilience, and create new jobs and industries in clean energy technology. He has pledged support for the Equal Rights Amendment and policies that build a more inclusive future, including the areas of housing, employment, and voting rights.

    Incumbent Republican Delegate Robert Bloxom fought for increased car inspections fees. He has opposed reproductive rights. Even though he sponsored legislation to give driver's licenses to immigrants, he voted to prohibit sanctuary cities (cities with municipal laws designed to protect immigrants) in Virginia. He also voted to restrict access to safe and legal abortions.

    Hernandez is the progressive choice in this race.

    Phil Hernandez

    Democratic candidate Phil Hernandez, an attorney, was raised in Hampton Roads by a single mom. He went to public schools and then to the College of William and Mary, becoming the first in his family to graduate from college.

    Last updated: 2019-09-14