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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.
Democratic candidate Darlene Lewis is a minister and small business owner who has lived in Roanoke County for 20 years. She co-founded The Hope Center, a small Roanoke nonprofit that provides after-school programs, a food pantry, and a resume-writing service for those seeking employment. As Delegate, she will advocate for criminal justice reform, affordable health care, and increased investments in our schools.
Her opponent, incumbent Republican Delegate Joe McNamara was elected in a special election in 2018. During his time in office, he voted for a bill that would require law enforcement to notify ICE when undocumented immigrants are released from incarceration, putting them in danger of deportation. Because McNamara was elected so recently, he doesn’t have a long voting record and his website doesn’t include information about his policy positions. But his vote for collaboration with ICE makes clear that he does not share our values.
Darlene Lewis is the more progressive candidate in this race because of her support for criminal justice reform and increased funding for our schools.
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