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Democrat Dakota Claytor was born and raised in the 22nd state Senate district and hopes to be the youngest legislator in Virginia’s history. Claytor is a 22-year-old freelance hair stylist and private music educator. He has also been actively involved in community theater where he can often be found on stage.
Clayor supports various progressive priorities. He wants to work with small companies to expand broadband access to rural areas in the district in order to foster a better-connected workforce. Healthcare reform is important to him because of his mother’s significant health issues and her struggle for nearly twenty years before being granted disability benefits. After witnessing first-hand the crippling effects of a broken healthcare system in Virginia, Clayor is determined to improve it.
Clayor is running against Republican incumbent Senator Mark Peake who won a special election in 2017. Peake is anti-choice and has voted against commonsense gun laws. He opposed Medicaid expansion and voted against raising the minimum wage in Virginia. The majority of his platform is geared towards decreasing regulations put in place to protect Virginians.
Dakota Claytor is the more progressive choice because of his commitment to Medicaid expansion and our rural communities.
House of Delegates
Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below House of Delegate races on your ballot.
Democratic candidate David Zilles is a thermal fluids engineer who has lived in Lynchburg since 2012. Zilles, a father of two children, decided to run for office after the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.
Zilles is running to ensure health care is affordable and accessible to all. He wants to make cost-sharing plans more available, lower prescription drug prices, and combat the opioid crisis. He also will fight to address climate change and make investments in renewable energy. He supports policies that will help to dismantle structural racism, such as creating universal pre-K, eliminating cash bail, expanding voting rights, eliminating gerrymandering, and ending mass incarceration. A pro-choice candidate, he supports the Whole Woman’s Health Act and ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. Zilles supports equal rights for everyone and promises to reject any legislation that does not advance equal rights. He will oppose laws that make it more difficult for same-sex couples to marry or create a family.
Zilles’s opponent is Republican candidate Wendall Walker. Walker is a long-time Republican activist who specifically highlights his support of President Trump on his campaign website. Walker is anti-choice, against common sense gun violence prevention measures, and will work to prevent the government from collecting taxes.
Because of his support of affordable health care access, gun violence prevention, and combating climate change, David Zilles is the more progressive choice in this race.
Democratic candidate Christian Worth attended Washington and Lee University and fell in love with Lexington as a student. Worth is an attorney who is actively involved in providing pro-bono work. Worth has been a dedicated volunteer as a member of the Lexington City Democratic Committee, helping to run Get Out The Vote efforts for the past three elections. She also serves on the board of CARE Rockbridge and United Way of Rockbridge.
As a Delegate, Worth will fight to expand affordable healthcare access and ensure that rural areas have enough mental health support services for everyone, especially children. She will vote to increase teacher pay and ensure our schools are fully funded. Worth believes that broadband access is a utility, not a luxury, and will make sure that rural areas have access to broadband. She also supports allowing the agricultural industry to flourish, while pushing for clean energy.
Worth is running against incumbent Republican Delegate Ronnie Campbell. He calls himself “100% pro-life” and does not support abortion access. He also opposes common sense gun violence legislation. He is against using tax dollars to fund necessary government programs.
There is limited information on Independent candidate Billy Fishpaw, but we know that he is involved with the Green Party and supports clean energy. His stances on other issues are not clear.
Due to her support for health carea ccess and increasing teacher pay, Worth is the most progressive choice in this race.
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