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Democrat Annette Hyde is a yoga teacher who lives in Madison County, Virginia. Hyde was inspired to run after the 2016 election and the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. She strongly believes that our Commonwealth should be open and welcoming to all. She is passionate about bringing broadband to rural areas and raising the minimum wage. She also supports the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Her opponent is incumbent Republican Senator Emmett Hanger. While Senator Hanger long championed Medicaid expansion, he was also eager to support punitive work requirements that can limit access to healthcare for many individuals. Senator Hanger received an endorsement and an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association because of his record of supporting legislation that repealed Virginia's one-gun-a-month law. Hanger is anti-choice and has been stagnant on various progressive priorities impacting Virginia.
Annette Hyde is the more progressive choice because of her commitment to bringing internet to rural areas, increasing the minimum wage, and equality.
Democratic candidate Dr. Elizabeth Alcorn has been a dentist, small business owner, healthcare provider, and volunteer in the Commonwealth for over 30 years. Dr. Alcorn is committed to ensuring everyone has access to quality, affordable health care. She aims to increase state funding for public schools and increase teacher pay. She would also vote to bring fast, quality, affordable internet to all areas of Virginia.
Her opponent is incumbent Republican Delegate Rob Bell. Bell was elected in 2001. Delegate Bell is staunchly anti-choice, and he even voted in favor of a bill requiring all women to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound prior to having an abortion in 2012. He is also against increasing the minimum wage and did not support Medicaid expansion.
Dr. Alcorn is the more progressive choice in this race.
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