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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.
Democratic candidate Tim Hickey is an educator, husband, and father running to represent the people of Virginia's 59th District. Providing quality education for children from Pre-K to college and supporting vocational education for the jobs of the future is a major component of his campaign. Hickey would vote to expand access to quality, affordable health care and increase the minimum wage. He also wants to expand broadband internet to every corner of the district.
Hickey is running against incumbent Republican Delegate Matt Fariss, who was elected in 2011. He is a conservative who opposes abortion access and refuses to support bills to improve the lives of LGBTQ Virginians. Fariss also opposes commonsense gun violence prevention reforms like universal background checks. Fariss voted against expanding Medicaid in Virginia to 400,000 low income individuals.
Tim Hickey is the more progressive choice in this race.
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