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Election Day is Tuesday, November 5th
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Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below State Senate races on your ballot.
Democratic candidate Stan Scott is a military veteran who moved to Virginia after retiring from the Army in 2002. He went to George Washington University, pursuing doctoral work in international relations and public policy. Scott now resides in Mechanicsville and has been a member of the Hanover Democratic Committee for over ten years.
Scott believes in healthcare accessibility and supports Medicaid Expansion. In his campaign, he has prioritized completely closing the healthcare gap that still remains. Scott urges investment in universal pre-kindergarten and equal funding for all schools. He wants to increase teacher pay, make college tuition more affordable, and better fund community colleges. He supports commonsense gun violence prevention measures, including closing the gun show loophole. Scott also supports clean energy and wants to force polluting utility monopolies to pay for the damage they do.
Incumbent Republican Senator Ryan McDougle voted against expanding Medicaid to 400,000 Virignians. He opposes gun violence prevention measures and has voted to expand gun rights in Virginia. Senator McDougle is anti-choice. He voted for legislation that scapegoats immigrants and opposed state ratification of the ERA. He voted against legislation that would prohibit discrimination in housing based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
Scott is the progressive choice in this race.
Incumbent Senator Jennifer McClellan is a Democrat who grew up in Petersburg. She serves on the board for both the YWCA of Richmond and the Richmond NAACP. She is also on the board of the Children’s Museum of Richmond and the Virginia League for Planned Parenthood.
Senator McClellan was elected in 2017 and is the only Senator that has been pregnant while in office. Prior to her election, she served in the Virginia House of Delegates for 11 years. She has proven herself to a pro-choice champion, sponsoring multiple bills to protect and expand reproductive rights. She has voted to raise the minimum wage and to increase teacher salaries. Senator McClellan also voted to expand Medicaid in Virginia and fought to put protections for breast feeding into state law.
Her opponent, Libertarian Mark Lewis, advocates for eliminating the minimum wage and expanding access to guns. He would repeal Medicaid expansion and supports school voucher schemes.
Senator Jennifer McClellan is the progressive choice in this race.
Delegate Debra Rodman is a Fulbright Scholar and teaches anthropology at Randolph-Macon College. She also serves as an expert witness for the US Federal Court around issues of families and LGBT refugees fleeing violence.
Rodman was elected to the House of Delegates in 2017. During her time in the House, Delegate Rodman voted to expand Medicaid and increase teacher salaries. She has sponsored legislation to expand access to reproductive rights, including to ensure transgender Virginians are not discriminated against when accessing care. Rodman also co-sponsored legislation mandating menstrual products be distributed to residents of jails and prisons. Rodman supports paid family and medical leave. In 2017, she was one of the first candidates to pledge to refuse money from Dominion and other state-regulated energy monopolies. She supports gun violence prevention and has pushed universal background checks.
Her opponent, incumbent Republican Senator Siobhan Dunnavent, voted against Medicaid expansion. Even though she is an OB-GYN, she is anti-choice and bizarrely claimed on the Senate floor that IUDs might cause abortions. She voted against raising the minimum wage and opposes commonsense measures to address gun violence in Virginia.
Debra Rodman is the progressive choice in this race.
Education: Virginia Education Association
General Progressive: Progress Virginia
Reproductive Freedom: Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia
House of Delegates
Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below House of Delegate races on your ballot.
Democratic candidate Morgan Goodman has a master's degree in environmental and natural resource policy. Her professional experience includes working in the state and federal government and working for nonprofits. She serves on the PTA and as a co-leader for her daughter’s Girl Scout troop.
Goodman is centering her campaign on environmental protection, and she supports protecting and restoring Virginia’s waterways. She has vowed to protect the civil liberties all Virginians by prohibiting discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation, ensuring equal pay for equal work, and making it easier for Virginians to exercise their right to vote. She also supports public schools and raising teacher pay.
Goodman is running against incumbent Republican Delegate Buddy Fowler Jr., who opposed expanding Medicaid for Virginia families. He is also against increasing the minimum wage.
Morgan Goodman is the more progressive choice in this race.
Democratic candidate Dr. Kevin Washington was raised in Richmond, VA and served in the United States Army. His campaign platform is focused on education, health care, criminal justice reform, and the environment.
He will fight to create more livable wage jobs, improve our schools, and make public safety a top priority. His campaign priorities include working to ensure sexual orientation and gender identity are legally protected against workplace discrimination. He vows to support and defend the rights of disenfranchised communities, minorities, and the LGBTQ community. He also voiced his intention to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. He believes that the minimum wage should be increased over a few years and that we need to make improvements to our paid family and medical leave policies.
His opponent, Republican Scott Wyatt, is a strong advocate for conservative values. Wyatt has stated that if elected he will be a solid pro-life vote. Wyatt won the Republican nomination after months of infighting within the Republican Party and former Delegate Chris Peace.
Dr. Washington is the more progressive choice in this race.
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