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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endorsement and an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association because of his record of supporting legislation that repealed Virginia's one-gun-a-month law.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.
House of Delegates
Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below House of Delegate races on your ballot.
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.
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.
Democratic candidate Jennifer Kitchen was born and raised in Augusta County and lives there with her husband and two school-age children. She has been very involved in the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and has served as the Shenandoah Valley’s ticket chair for many years.
Kitchen believes in increasing access to education by increasing teacher salaries and school funding. She supports renewable energy and opposes plans for natural gas pipeline construction through Virginia. Kitchen also supports ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment and believes that everyone should have access to broadband and job opportunities.
The 25th District is an open seat and Kitchen has two opponents. Republican Chris Runion is a small business owner from Rockingham. Runion is openly anti-choice and opposes gun violence prevention.
The other candidate is Independent Janice Allen, whose platform when she ran for Congress back in 2008 showed that she is anti-choice, opposes gun violence prevention legislation and clean energy initiatives. She also voiced anti-immigrant opinions by sharing that she supports closing the U.S./ Mexico border. Allen also opposed the Affordable Care Act.
Because of her support for renewable energy, equal rights, and broadband access, Jennifer Kitchen is the more progressive choice in this race.
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