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Democrat Herbert Jones Jr. came to Virginia through an assignment in the Army. After leaving active duty to join the reserves, he was elected County Supervisor of New Kent County in 1999, beginning his journey in elected office. Thanks to his extensive knowledge of the military, Governor Northam appointed him to the commonwealth’s Military Advisory Council.
Jones Jr. is pro-choice and has openly stated his support of reproductive healthcare facilities like Planned Parenthood. He supports clean, renewable energy and is in favor of common sense solutions to prevent gun violence. Jones supports raising teacher pay, increasing funding for pre-k, and apprenticeships for students. Unlike his opponent, he supports Medicaid expansion and would work to completely close the healthcare gap in Virginia.
His opponent, incumbent Senator Tommy Norment, is the Senate Majority Leader. He has consistently and vocally opposed progressive priorities. He has voted for bills that target immigrant communities and opposed bills that would increase the quality of life of those who have immigrated to the US. He has consistently opposed reproductive rights, including voting to mandate medically unnecessary ultrasounds and prohibit the use of state funds for abortion. Norment has repeatedly voted against raising the minimum wage. Because Sen. Norment is the Senate Majority Leader, the power that he holds often leads to the defeat of our bills.
Jones 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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