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Democrat Annette Hyde is a yoga teacher who lives in Madison County, Virginia. Hyde was inspired to run after the 2016 election and the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. She strongly believes that our Commonwealth should be open and welcoming to all. She is passionate about bringing broadband to rural areas and raising the minimum wage. She also supports the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Her opponent is incumbent Republican Senator Emmett Hanger. While Senator Hanger long championed Medicaid expansion, he was also eager to support punitive work requirements that can limit access to healthcare for many individuals. Senator Hanger received an endorsement and an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association because of his record of supporting legislation that repealed Virginia's one-gun-a-month law. Hanger is anti-choice and has been stagnant on various progressive priorities impacting Virginia.
Annette Hyde is the more progressive choice because of her commitment to bringing internet to rural areas, increasing the minimum wage, and equality.
Democratic candidate Jennifer Lewis is running against Republican John Avoli for the open seat in District 20. Lewis spent the early part of her professional career working in the Virginia public school system, providing mental health services to at-risk youth. She currently lives in Waynesboro and works with adults who need mental health services.
Lewis is a strong advocate for the environment. She opposes both the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline. She wants to create clean energy jobs and move towards 100% renewable energy. She is pro-choice and supports paid family and medical leave. Lewis wants to bring broadband to rural communities and opposes raising tolls on state highways.
John Avoli is a former high school principal who describes himself as a “champion of the unborn” and is staunchly anti-choice. He is an NRA member who will not take action to prevent gun violence. He supports school vouchers and taking funding away from public schools to send some children to private schools.
Jennifer Lewis is the more progressive choice in this race.
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