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Election Day is Tuesday, November 5th
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Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below State Senate races on your ballot.
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.
There is minimal information available about Democratic candidate Rebecca Raveson. She has no website, Twitter account, or campaign Facebook page.
Incumbent Republican John Cosgrove has been consistently anti-choice. He voted against funding for reproductive healthcare and to require unnecessary ultrasounds before abortion. He is against our immigrant communities, having voted against the formation of sanctuary cities, and supports discrimination on the basis of religion. He opposed the ratification of the ERA and is staunchly against gun violence prevention.
Originally from Portsmouth, incumbent Senator Louise Lucas received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Norfolk State University. She is a Deaconess at the New Mount Olivet Baptist Church. Lucas was elected to the state Senate in 1991.
Lucas has co-sponsored legislation to prohitbit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. She has supported Medicaid expansion and voted to raise the minimum wage in Virginia. Lucas is a champion for voting rights and has introduced constitutional amendments to guarantee the right to vote in Virginia and reform the Commonwealth’s redistricting process. She is reliably pro-choice and has introduced legislation to expand background checks for gun purchases in Virignia.
She is running unopposed and is the progressive choice for this race.
House of Delegates
Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below House of Delegate races on your ballot.
Incumbent Delegate Steve Heretick (D) attended the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Psychology. Heretick was accepted into a dual doctoral (J.D./Ph.D.) program sponsored jointly by Hahnemann University Medical School and Villanova University Law School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, graduating with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in 1988.
Delegate Heretick is a state leader in supporting independent nonpartisan redistricting reform and critical criminal justice reforms. He is fighting to bring economic development and jobs to Virginia by investing funds into the Port of Virginia. He has also sponsored legislation that fosters criminal justice reform in Virginia.
Heretick is running unopposed and is the progressive choice in this race.
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.
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