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Democrat Ronnie Ross III is a teacher, coach, and school administrator who lives in western Loudoun County. Ross’s top priorities include taking on Dominion and other powerful corporate interests. He vows to aggressively invest in green energy and examine our water reclamation and land use policies.
Ross is passionate about improving the lives of our LGBTQ community. He promises to fight to end discrimination in public employment and housing based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
His opponent is incumbent Republican Senator Jill Vogel. Senator Vogel is an attorney whose practice focuses on partisan campaign committees and Super PACS. She has served as the Virginia state Senate since 2008. Senator Vogel sponsored a controversial bill in 2012 to require women to have a mandatory, transvaginal ultrasound before accessing an abortion. Senator Vogel also voted against allowing sanctuary cities in Virginia, which would put thousands of undocumented families at risk of being seperated and force localties to use local resources to do the job of the federal government. In 2019, she voted against raising the minimum wage in Virginia.
Ronnie Ross III is the more progressive choice because of his commitment to the environment and the LGBTQ community.
House of Delegates
Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below House of Delegate races on your ballot.
Democratic candidate Laura Galante is a cyber intelligence analyst, wife, and mother, who is running against Republican Delegate Michael Webert. As Delegate, Galante will push for affordable healthcare with transparent medical costs for those living in rural communities. Galante wants to improve Virginia’s education system by raising teacher salaries and reforming standardized testing. She will also expand access to broadband in rural areas and advocate for investments in renewable energy.
Incumbent Delegate Michael J. Webert was elected to the House of Delegates in 2011. As Delegate, he has voted to prohibit sanctuary cities, defund Planned Parenthood, and prevent localities from increasing the minimum wage. He is staunchly anti-choice and believes life begins at conception. Delegate Webert is also a lifetime member of the NRA and has opposed action to prevent gun violence.
Based on her positions on affordable health care and raising teacher pay, Laura Galante is the more progressive choice in this race.
Incumbent Democratic Delegate Elizabeth Guzman was elected in 2017 as the first Hispanic female immigrant to join the 400-year-old General Assembly. She and her husband, Carlos, have four children. When not serving in her capacity as Delegate, Delegate Guzman works as a public administrator and social worker. She is also a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children and involved in the PTO at Penn Elementary School.
Delegate Guzman works to improve our public school system and supports increasing teacher pay and better student to counselor ratios in schools. She is a strong supporter of affordable healthcare access and voted for Medicaid expansion. As an immigrant herself, Delegate Guzman is a strong supporter of immigrant rights. She supports allowing undocumented immigrants to have driver’s licenses so that they can get to work, school, and place of worship safely. She supports gun violence prevention measures and wants to ensure that our veterans are taken care of.
DJ Jordan, the Republican nominee for the 31st District, is anti-choice. He does not support Medicaid expansion, which expanded access to affordable healthcare to 400,000 people in Virginia. Jordan also supports school vouchers, which take funding away from public schools.
Delegate Guzman is the more progressive choice for this race.
Education: Virginia Education Association
General Progressive: Progress Virginia
Reproductive Freedom: NARAL Pro Choice Virginia
Democratic candidate Jessica Foster is a mom, small business owner, and attorney. She represents undocumented immigrant children in need of special immigrant status who have been abandoned or are victims of child abuse and neglect. Her platform includes increased education funding, protecting the healthcare rights of the poor, criminal and juvenile justice reform, gun violence prevention, and protecting the environment.
Incumbent Republican Delegate Mark Cole has been a member of the Virginia House of Delegates since 2002. He sponsored House Bill 663, a bathroom bill restricting public restroom use according to a person's "anatomical sex", defined as "the physical condition of being male or female, which is determined by a person's anatomy," with violators liable for a civil penalty not to exceed $50. Delegate Cole also supports anti-immigrant bills. As chair of the House Privileges and Elections Committee, Cole has led the charge for restrictive voting bills that make it more difficult for Virginians to access the ballot.
Jessica Foster is the more progressive choice in this race.
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