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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 Senator William Stanley voted against Medicaid expansion and against raising the minimum wage in Virginia. He has consistently opposed access to reproductive healthcare, including voting to cut off abortion access for low income individuals and to defund Planned Parenthood. Senator Stanley voted against legislation to prohibit discrimination on the job based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
There is not much information on the policy positions of his opponent, Independent candidate Sherman Witcher, who failed to obtain the Democratic nomination. Witcher supports better funding for schools and pay for teachers. In 2007, he ran for Senate as an independent against Republican Robert Hurt. He received 24% of the vote. In 2009, he ran again against Del. Charles Poindexter, R-Franklin, and received 21% of the vote.
Based on the limited information available, Witcher is likely the more progressive choice but you always have the option to write in a candidate.
House of Delegates
Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below House of Delegate races on your ballot.
Incumbent Delegate Charles Poindexter (R) has been a member of the House of Delegates since 2008. He has a long record of opposing progressive legislation and sponsoring bills that would harm our communities. He voted to defund Planned Parenthood and to require people seeking abortion care to have a mandatory ultrasound. He also voted to require voters to present a state-issued photo ID before being allowed to vote, making it harder for some people to make their voices heard in our democracy. Delegate Poindexter is against increasing the minimum wage and voted for a bill that prohibits localities from raising the minimum wage.
Delegate Poindexter is running unopposed. There is no progressive option on the ballot However, we still encourage you to show up to vote by writing in a name for this race and casting your vote in the other races in your district.
Democratic candidate Eric Stamps is a passionate community advocate who has experience navigating the healthcare system. He lives in Danville with his wife and their two children. Stamps supports increasing the minimum wage, raising teacher pay, and increasing funding for our schools. He also promises to vote for voting rights reforms like same-day voter registration and early voting, and affordable health care for everyone. He founded Indivisible Southside to focus on voter registration and engagement.
Incumbent Republican Delegate Danny Marshall is anti-choice. He has a record of voting to defund Planned Parenthood, making it more difficult for low-income people to access abortion. He has also voted to prohibit sanctuary cities in Virginia, putting members of the immigrant community at risk. Delegate Marshall opposes raising the minimum wage, having voted for a bill that would prohibit localities from raising the minimum wage. In 2016, he co-sponsored a bill to prohibit the removal of Confederate monuments from public spaces.
Eric Stamps is the more progressive choice in this race.
Delegate Les Adams (R) was elected to the House of Delegates in 2013. While in office he has voted to prohibit sanctuary cities, prevent localities from raising the minimum wage, and to limit abortion access for low income people. He opposed Medicaid expansion. He is a staunch conservative on nearly every issue.
Dustin Evans is Delegate Adams’ Libertarian opponent. While he supports some progressive ideas like reducing corporate funds in elections, he does not support raising the minimum wage, and he is silent on other important issues.
There is no progressive choice on the ballot. However, we still encourage you to show up to vote, write in a name for this race, and cast your vote in the other races in your district.
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