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Election Day is Tuesday, November 5th
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.
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.
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