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Democrat Amy Laufer is a former middle school teacher. She taught in Jamaica as a Peace Corps volunteer before teaching at Louisa Middle School and Tandem Friends School in Charlottesville. Laufer has served on the Charlottesville City School Board and is the founder of Virginia’s List, an organization that supports Democratic women running for office.
Laufer’s platform prioritizes education, including raising teacher pay and investing in pre-k classes. She also supports criminal justice reform and tackling the problem of mass incarceration. Laufer supports Medicaid expansion, would vote to repeal the punitive work requirements, and will continue to fight to ensure everyone has access to quality, affordable health care. She also supports the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030.
Incumbent Republican Senator Bryce Reeves voted against Medicaid expansion and against raising the minimum wage in Virginia. He is anti-choice and opposes commonsense gun violence prevention measures. Senator Reeves also voted against legislation that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in housing and public employment.
Laufer is the progressive choice in this race.
Democratic candidate Ann Ridgeway graduated from Old Dominion University with a degree in psychology. Ridgeway and her husband have been married since 1978 and have three children together. In 1997, they lost their six-year-old son in a car accident. After spending time with her family to help them recover and heal, she started a charity named after her son that provides financial support for recreational activities and esteem-building programs for children in Orange County. She now serves on the Orange County Youth Commission and the Orange County Youth Council.
Ridgeway believes health care access is a human right and supports Medicaid expansion. She wants to revitalize rural areas by expanding broadband access and increasing job opportunities. Ridgeway supports combating climate change and making investments in renewable energy. She is also a gun owner who supports common sense legislation to prevent gun violence.
Incumbent Republican Delegate Nick Freitas did not submit his paperwork to the state Board of Elections and therefore failed to qualify for the ballot. He has pledged to run a write in campaign. Delegate Freitas is strongly anti-choice and supports targeted restrictions on abortion providers, which are medically unnecessary restrictions designed to shut down clinics. He also opposes gun violence prevention legislation. Delegate Freitas supports school vouchers that take funding away from public schools.
Ann Ridgeway is the more progressive choice in this race.
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