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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 Trudy Berry is a veteran of the US Air Force and earned a degree in criminal justice from Longwood University in Farmville. She is a mother of 5 and a grandmother to 13. As Delegate, Berry would ensure that every Virginian has access to quality, affordable health care. She would also vote to increase the minimum wage and to ensure everyone has access to paid sick days. Berry believes that every household in rural Virginia should have access to the Internet and cell phone service.
Her opponent, incumbent Republican Delegate Thomas C. Wright III, has been in office since 2000. He doesn’t support commonsense gun violence prevention laws like universal background checks. Delegate Wright voted for legislation that would prohibit the establishment of sanctuary cities, putting members of Virginia’s immigrant community at an increased risk of family separation and deportation. Delegate Wright also supported HB 773, which would allow individuals, businesses, and organizations to discriminate against LGBTQ community members.
Because of her commitment to affordable health care, increasing the minimum wage, and ensuring everyone has paid sick days, Trudy Berry is the more progressive choice in this race.
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