By Progress Virginia
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Election Day is Tuesday, November 5th
The Progressive Voters Guide compiles the information that allows you to make informed decisions about the races on your ballot, based on your values. Vote in every race on your ballot! It's our right and our responsibility. Please share this guide with your friends and family.
Incumbent Republican Stephen Newman has served in the Virginia General Assembly since 1991, first in the House of Delegates and then to the Senate of Virginia. Senator Newman is running unopposed this November.
Newman is no ally to progressive issues. He sponsored anti-LGBT legislation defining marriage as between one man and one woman. He consistently opposes access to reproductive health care, including voting to limit state funding for abortions. He voted against expanding Medicaid in Virginia and against raising the state minimum wage.
There is no progressive choice in this race. We encourage you to write in a candidate of your choice, and regardless to get out and vote! Please remember that there are other races that will be on the ballot.
House of Delegates
Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below House of Delegate races on your ballot.
Republican Delegate Christopher Head was elected to the House of Delegates in 2011. He and his wife Betsy live in Roanoke, and run their business called Home Instead Senior Care. In his time as Delegate, he has voted to prohibit sanctuary cities, defund Planned Parenthood, and to prevent localities from raising the minimum wage. He also supports requiring parents to “opt-in” before their children can receive sex education in school.
Delegate Head is running unopposed. There is no progressive choice on the ballot. However, we still encourage you to show up to vote by writing in a name for this race and casting your vote in the other races in your district.
Republican Delegate Terry Austin was elected to the House of Delegates in 2013. Delegate Austin is a strong opponent of commonsense measures to prevent gun violence. He is anti-choice and has voted to defund Planned Parenthood. He is against raising the minimum wage and has voted to prohibit localities from raising the minimum wage locally.
Delegate Austin is running unopposed. There is no progressive choice on the ballot. However, we still encourage you to show up to vote by writing in a name for this race and casting your vote in the other races in your district.
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