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Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below State Senate races on your ballot.
Democratic Delegate John Bell served in the U.S. Air Force for almost 26 years. He received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration and now leads a financial team in the private sector. Bell was previously a volunteer tennis coach for Freedom High School and now resides in Loudon County. Delegate Bell was elected to the House of Delegates in 2015.
Delegate Bell voted to expand Medicaid in Virginia and to increase teacher salaries. He is pro-choice and supports commonsense measures to prevent gun violence. He has sponsored legislation to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ individuals on the job and to make solar panels more affordable to Virginia families. He has also supported redistricting reform.
Bell’s opponent, Geary Higgins, is the Republican candidate. Higgins currently serves on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. He is a self-proclaimed conservative and opposes reproductive rights. He also opposes gun violence prevention measures, seeing them as a threat to Second Amendment rights.
John Bell is the progressive choice in this race.
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Democrat Qasim Rashid is a best-selling and critically acclaimed author, practicing attorney, visiting fellow at Harvard University's Prince Al Waleed bin Talal School of Islamic Studies, and national spokesperson for Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA. Rashid vows to work to protect the rights of immigrants while ensuring a documented legal path to citizenship. Rashid believes in ensuring gender pay equity and supports paid family and medical leave. Additionally, Rashid believes in repealing right to work policies that are designed to eliminate labor unions and benefit big corporations.
His opponent is incumbent Republican Senator Richard Stuart. Senator Stuart is anti-choice and has opposed Medicaid expansion and raising the minimum wage. Stuart supported a bill that would prohibit the establishment of sanctuary cities, forcing localities to use local resources to do the job of the federal government.
Qasim Rashid is the more progressive choice in this race.
Incumbent Senator Jeremy McPike lives in Dale City. Senator McPike received his Bachelor's and Master's of Public Administration degrees from George Mason University. He also led the design and construction of an innovative, environmentally conscious, and award-winning volunteer fire station.
Senator McPike has supported numerous progressive bills during his time in the Senate. He sponsored a bill to ensure foster children can keep their healthcare while transitioning into adulthood after turning 18. He is also committed to advancing common-sense gun safety measures, like universal background checks and blocking domestic abusers’ access to firearms. He considers redistricting reform one of his fundamental policy goals. Senator McPike voted to expand Medicaid in Virginia and to raise Virginia’s minimum wage.
Senator McPike is running unopposed and is the progressive choice in this race.
Senator Scott A. Surovell has represented parts of Fairfax, Prince William, and Stafford Counties since 2015. Prior to his time in the Senate, Surovell served six years in the House of Delegates. Surovell lives in Mt. Vernon with his wife and four children. He practices law and has dedicated his legislative career to fighting for Northern Virginia’s fair share, protecting consumers, and preserving our environment for future generations.
He supported legislation that would require background checks for all firearms transfers, prohibit the sale and ownership of assault weapons, reinstate Virginia’s “one-gun-a-month” law and prohibit concealed carry in restaurants, while consuming or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Senator Surovell also sponsored a bill that would establish a paid family and medical leave program. He voted to expand Medicaid in Virginia to 400,000 individuals and to raise the commonwealth’s minimum wage.
Senator Surovell is running unopposed and is the progressive choice.
Incumbent Democratic Senator George Barker was first elected to the Virginia Senate in 2007. He moved to Northern Virginia 35 years ago and has been active in a number of civic and community organizations ever since. He is married with two grown children and has multiple grandchildren.
Senator Barker has two degrees from Harvard University, including a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Public Health and a master's degree in Health Policy and Management. For three decades he worked for the Health Systems Agency of Northern Virginia. He currently consults on health care issues.
Barker was rated 100% by Virginia ACL-CIO due to his suport of legislation that supports unions and workers and 100% by NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia because of his strong support of reproductive rights. He has also supported commonsense gun laws, including one that would penalize anyone who left guns unattended around minors. He also voted for Medicaid expansion and to raise Virginia’s minimum wage.
S. W. Hillenburg is the Republican candidate and a disabled veteran. Hillenburg is anti-choice and opposes commonsense gun laws. He has prioritized transportation improvements in his campaign.
Senator George Barker is the progressive choice in this race.
House of Delegates
Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below House of Delegate races on your ballot.
Incumbent Democratic Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy was elected to the House of Delegates in 2017. She fought to pass Medicaid expansion to 400,000 Virignians. She also voted for a pay raise for Virginia teachers. Delegate Carroll Foy co-patroned a bill to increase the grand larceny threshold from $200 to $500. She supports legislation to increase abortion access, affordable public transportation, and criminal justice reform. Delegate Carroll Foy has proven to be a true progressive champion in her short time in the House of Delegates.
Carroll Foy’s opponent is Republican Heather Mitchell. Mitchell is centering her campaign on lowering taxes and transportation solutions, but she is silent on issues including raising the minimum wage, ensuring abortion is affordable and accessible, and redistricting reform.
Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy is the more progressive choice in this race.
Incumbent Democratic Delegate Danica Roem was elected in 2017 and is the first openly transgender woman elected to the Virginia legislature. She supports marginalized communities, and she has talked about her support for the DREAM Act and voting rights. She is pro-choice, supports raising the minimum wage, and advocates for affordable healthcare. Roem has also voted to raise teacher salaries and expand Medicaid.
Kelly McGinn, Roem’s Republican opponent, opposes ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment and is anti-choice. She is also against marriage equality and has worked to prevent LGBTQ families from being able to adopt children.
Because of her support for affordable health care and advocacy for equality for all, Delegate Roem is the more progressive choice in this race.
Incumbent Democratic Delegate Elizabeth Guzman was elected in 2017 as the first Hispanic female immigrant to join the 400-year-old General Assembly. She and her husband, Carlos, have four children. When not serving in her capacity as Delegate, Delegate Guzman works as a public administrator and social worker. She is also a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children and involved in the PTO at Penn Elementary School.
Delegate Guzman works to improve our public school system and supports increasing teacher pay and better student to counselor ratios in schools. She is a strong supporter of affordable healthcare access and voted for Medicaid expansion. As an immigrant herself, Delegate Guzman is a strong supporter of immigrant rights. She supports allowing undocumented immigrants to have driver’s licenses so that they can get to work, school, and place of worship safely. She supports gun violence prevention measures and wants to ensure that our veterans are taken care of.
DJ Jordan, the Republican nominee for the 31st District, is anti-choice. He does not support Medicaid expansion, which expanded access to affordable healthcare to 400,000 people in Virginia. Jordan also supports school vouchers, which take funding away from public schools.
Delegate Guzman is the more progressive choice for this race.
Democratic candidate Dan Helmer is running against incumbent Republican Delegate Tim Hugo. Helmer is a combat veteran. His wife, Karen, is a public school teacher in Fairfax County. They live in Fairfax with their children.
Helmer is in favor of increasing teacher pay and investing in public schools. He supports Medicaid expansion and other solutions to increase access to affordable health care. He also supports abortion access and believes abortion is health care. As a progressive, Helmer also supports increasing the minimum wage, gun violence prevention, clean energy, and fair redistricting reform.
Delegate Tim Hugo was elected to the House of Delegates in 2003. He voted against Medicaid expansion. In 2012, he voted in favor of legislation that required people seeking an abortion to undergo a mandatory, medically unnecessary transvaginal ultrasound. He also has a record of making it harder to be an immigrant in Virginia by voting to prevent undocumented immigrants from receiving in-state tuition at Virginia colleges and universities.
Dan Helmer is the more progressive choice in this race because of his support of increasing the minimum wage and health care access.
Incumbent Democratic Delegate Lee Carter was elected in 2017 as the first Delegate to identify himself as Democratic Socialist. In his first term as a Delegate, Delegate Carter has proven to be a strong supporter of reproductive rights. He opposes discrimination against the LGBTQ community and immigrants. Delegate Carter believes in criminal justice reform and wants more funding for public education, transportation, and expanded access to affordable healthcare. He supports workers’ rights and unions. Delegate Carter also advocates for clean energy.
Ian Lovejoy is Delegate Carter’s Republican opponent. Lovejoy supports market solutions to the health care crisis, and it is not clear that he would protect Medicaid expansion. His website lacks clear positions on key issues like reproductive health care access, increasing the minimum wage, and voting rights.
Delegate Carter is the more progressive choice in this race because of his support of Medicaid expansion, equality, and abortion access.
Incumbent Democratic Delegate Hala Ayala was elected to the House of Delegates in 2017. She is a graduate of the Virginia Progressive Leadership Project. As Delegate, she co-sponsored a bill that seeks to keep guns away from people posing a substantial risk of harming themselves or others. She’s a strong advocate for progressive priorities that help working families like paid family leave, paid sick leave, and increasing the minimum wage. She also voted for Medicaid expansion, allowing an additional 300,000 Virginians to access health care when they need it.
Her opponent is former Republican Delegate Richard Anderson. As Delegate, Anderson voted for bills that shame and stigmatize women who seek an abortion and voted against a program that would have allowed low-income women to access birth control. He also had an A rating from the National Rifle Association and voted against a commonsense bill that would have required background checks before guns can be purchased.
Delegate Ayala is the more progressive choice in this race because of her support for Medicaid expansion, paid family leave, and increasing the minimum wage.
Incumbent Democratic Delegate Luke Torian was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2009. He currently serves as the Pastor of First Mount Zion Baptist Church in Dumfries. He and his wife live in Woodbridge and have one daughter.Delegate Torian has played a major role in several organizations including Action in Community Through Service (ACTS), an organization designed to alleviate hunger, homelessness, and domestic violence in the community. He is one of the founders of Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE), an organization dedicated to making change on social justice issues
Torian has supported bills that ensure affordable housing and in-state tuition for all Virginians. Delegate Torian also voted against two bills that would have made it more difficult for people to access abortion in Virginia. He supports increasing the minimum wage and voted against a bill that would have prevented localities from raising the minimum wage.
Little is known about Delegate Torian’s Republican opponent, Maria Martin. Martin has been an American citizen since 1997, but she doesn’t have a clear stance on immigration rights. She does not support a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body. She believes in lowering taxes and limiting government spending.
Due to his stance on affordable housing, in-state tuition for immigrants, and support for other progressive priorities, Delegate Torian is the more progressive choice in this race.
Democratic candidate Suhas Subramanyam served on Capitol Hill as a health care and veteran’s policy aide. In that role, he worked to draft legislation to increase job opportunities and funding for veterans. He later earned his law degree with honors at Northwestern University School of Law, volunteering at the Center for Wrongful Convictions. Subramanyam also clerked for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, where he helped re-introduce the DREAM Act and worked on criminal justice reforms.
Subramanyam’s platform includes increased healthcare access, increased education funding, and common sense gun reform. He also wants to pass equality legislation such as anti-housing discrimination, anti-hate crime, and equal rights laws.
His Republican opponent, Bill Drennan, is an Air Force combat veteran and former presidential military aide to President Ronald Reagan. Drennan is campaigning on his desire to limit reproductive rights in Virginia. He also opposes common sense gun violence prevention legislation and raising the minimum wage.
Subramanyam is the more progressive choice in this race.
Democratic candidate Ann Wheeler moved to Haymarket in 2001. She has served on several boards, including the Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative and the Hylton Performing Arts Center. She is also the former Chair of the Prince William Board of Social Services.
As Chairwoman At-Large of the Prince William Board of Supervisors, Wheeler wants to make the county a more welcoming place for immigrants and doesn’t believe local tax dollars should go toward federal immigration enforcement. She supports providing more public transportation options in the county, including expanding the Washington Metro service to the county. She wants to increase funding for public schools and attract more technology companies and other industries to the county to diversify Prince William’s tax base and make it less reliant on property taxes. She also believes the county should have a greater say in regional and state decisions, such as ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment.
Wheeler is running against Republican John Gray, a candidate who supports Prince William’s 287(g) agreement, which allows the sheriff’s department to turn over undocumented immigrants to federal immigration officials. There are also three independent candidates: Muneer Baig, an immigrant rights advocate, Don Scoggins, a former board member of the county’s Republican Party, and Jesse Maggitt, a veteran and corporate executive.
Because of her prioritization of PWC schools, Wheeler is the progressive candidate for the At-Large Chair of the Prince William Board of Supervisors.
A former county prosecutor, Democratic candidate Amy Ashworth received her Juris Doctorate degree from George Mason University in 1995. She worked as a prosecutor in the Special Victim’s Unit. She lives in Nokesville with her husband and two sons.
If elected, Ashworth wants to reform the Commonwealth Attorney’s office with a new mission statement, new organizational structure, and focus on crimes that do harm, not crimes that put the most people in jail. Recognizing that discrimination in the justice system disproportionately affects people of color, Ashworth is pledging to hire attorneys in the office who represent the diversity of the community and establish a non-discrimination policy for people who work in the office. She is promising to limit the use of cash bail in the county justice system and opposes the death penalty. Ashworth supports the restoration of rights for returning citizens and pledges fair treatment for juvenile offenders.
She also understands that many people with addiction issues and mental health issues are incarcerated and wants to train county police officers to better handle cases involving individuals dealing with mental health and addictions. Ashworth will support efforts to fight payroll fraud, wage theft, and mistreatment of workers. She wants to build better relationships with the county’s immigrant community and supports the decriminalization of marijuana in Virginia. Finally, she wants to end mass incarceration by keeping people out of jails and helping them get an education, rehabilitation, or psychological care.
Ashworth’s opponent, Republican Mike May, is a former County Supervisor for the Occoquan District. He’s a private attorney with his own firm. May is running his platform on keeping neighborhoods safe, modernizing the Commonwealth Attorney’s office to make it more transparent, and engaging the community more with outreach efforts to encourage community involvement.
Because of her plan to overhaul the office, Ashworth is the progressive choice for Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney.
Democratic candidate Joshua King is an Iraq War veteran and Fairfax County Sheriff Deputy. A Dumfries resident, he’s a parent with three children in the Prince William County School System.
As Sheriff of Prince William County, King promises to end the county’s 287(g) agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, which uses local law enforcement resources to enforce federal immigration law. He wants to focus on school safety where his sheriff deputies will be trained to intervene during school shootings. King plans to reduce the school to prison pipeline in the county by training his deputies to assist and protect children with special needs. He also wants to improve services for veterans by ensuring that all veterans, law enforcement officers, and inmates receive the services that they deserve.
King is challenging incumbent Republican Sheriff Glen Hill, who started Prince William’s participation in the 287(g) program.
Candidate Rhonda Dickson is the first woman to run for the sheriff’s office in Prince William. She wants to increase enrollment in the Child ID program and to increase the Sheriff office’s presence in Prince William schools.
Joshua King is endorsed by our partners SEIU Virginia512 and CASA In Action and is the progressive choice for Sheriff in Prince William County.
Dr. Babur Lateef is originally from Youngstown, Ohio. Dr. Lateef received his Bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University and his MD from Northeastern Ohio University’s College of Medicine. Currently, he serves on the University of Virginia Board of Visitors and SPARK Foundation Board and is an active member of his children's Parent Teacher Organizations (PTOs). Dr. Lateef was elected School Board Chair in a 2018 special election.
His platform consists of a plan to close the achievement gap, increase test scores, and increase teacher pay for Prince William teachers. He also wants to repair school infrastructure, secure campuses, increase mental health specialists, and provide cultural sensitivity training.
His opponents are Alyson Satterwhite and Stanley Bender, both of whom challenged Dr. LaTeef in the November 2018 special election. During that election, Satterwhite was endorsed by the Prince William County GOP. She is a mother of four who resides in the Gainesville District. She has served as the Gainesville School Board representative since 2015. Satterwhite wants to reduce classroom sizes, improve school safety, and to increase fiscal responsibility and transparency on the school board.
Stanley Bender is a retired Woodbridge resident. Despite the controversy surrounding the 2018 special election over whether Stanley Bender was being supported by local Republicans or not, Mr. Bender is not endorsed by any local committee. Because he does not have a website or social media, we cannot know what he intends to do if elected.
Because of Dr. Lateef’s plan to close the achievement gap, increase test scores, and to increase teacher pay for Prince William teachers, he is the more progressive choice for this race.
Democratic candidate Maggie Hansford moved to Prince William County ten years ago while working as a speech therapist in the county’s public school system. Hansford and her husband live in the Brentsville community where they are raising three sons. She’s the vice president of the homeowners’ association in her Brentsville neighborhood.
Hansford believes that public servants need better pay and wants to increase funding for county schools, public safety, and community services. As a Supervisor, she wants to reduce overcrowding in the public school system and increase teacher pay. Hansford plans to reduce traffic congestion and improve public transit options in the county. She also believes that reducing traffic congestion would bring more jobs to the county because it would make it easier for workers to get to job sites in Prince William.
Hansford says she will fight for to preserve green space in the county and build more green spaces like walking trails and public parks. Hansford believes that everyone must be treated equally, regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender. She says that protecting county employees should be county law under a written nondiscrimination policy to ensure that county employees are treated equally. This will ensure that Prince William is recognized as a welcoming community for all businesses and residents.
Hansford is running against Republican Jeanine Lawson, the incumbent Supervisor for the Brentsville District, who has served since 2014. Lawson supports the Family Foundation, an organization that is opposed to a person’s right to decide when and whether to start a family. Lawson also opposed giving a special use construction permit to a mosque. Lawson voted against declaring June 2019 “LGBTQ+ Pride” month in Prince William County.
Due to Lawson's anti-family, anti-equality, and record of religious discrimination, Hansford is the progressive choice for the Brentsville Supervisor.
Adele Jackson’s 14-year career in special education has seen her work in both Fairfax and Prince William County schools. Jackson has also worked as a social worker. She lives in Brentsville with her husband and twin sons.
Jackson is running her campaign on four pillars: prioritizing student success, valuing teachers and staff, supporting families, and fully funding schools. She plans to prioritize students by closing the achievement gap, creating policies that foster an environment of equity and inclusivity, better helping students who are struggling readers and have trouble making sense of numbers, and continuing to make programs that lead to high school students to success. She believes that we can better value teachers and staff by advocating for better pay, creating a safe and respectful work environment, improving relationships with the teachers’ union, and start a process to better understand why teacher retention is so difficult in the county.
Jackson wants to support families in her district by making herself accessible to working families, working collaboratively with the School Board to develop solutions that address parents’ concerns, increase resources for families whose second language is English, and by advocating for new ways for families to become engaged in the education system. Her plan to fully fund the school system would repair facilities in deteriorating condition, reduce overcrowding, reduce the student to teacher ratio, and have proactive solutions to school safety issues.
Jackson’s opponent is Shawn Brann, a former PWCS teacher who served as an Acting School Board Member for the Brentsville District from 2016-2017. During his brief tenure, Brann voted to give school division teachers and staffers a pay raise and worked to reduce classroom overcrowding on the eastern end of the county. According to his campaign website, Brann believes in fiscal responsibility, fair compensation for teachers, and engaging parents more in their children’s education.
Due to Jackson’s focus on equity, inclusivity, and desire to work with the teachers’ union, we believe that she is the progressive choice for the Brentsville District School Board member.
Democratic candidate Raheel Sheikh has lived in the Coles District of Prince William County for 16 years with his wife, Aeshah, and three children, all of whom attended the county’s public schools their entire lives. He is a business owner, president of his neighborhood homeowner’s association, and serves on various boards and organizations, including the Virginia Workforce Development Board and Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE). He’s also a parent volunteer for the Prince William County Schools Robotics team.
Sheikh is running on a pro-immigrant, pro-business, transportation, and education platform. Sheikh arrived in the U.S. from Pakistan at the age of 22. He worked different jobs until he became a small business owner, running a chain of auto and tire stores. As a Supervisor, he wants to support business growth and increase the business tax base. Sheikh also advocates for more counselors in the public school system and increased funding for vocational training.
Sheikh is endorsed by our partners CASA In Action, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the Brotherhood of Carpenters’ Union, Emgage Action, and the Prince William African American Democratic Club.
His opponent, Republican Yesli Vega, is a mother and a former police officer. One of her top priorities is cutting down on crime and boosting the number of police officers in the county. She’s against a person’s right to decide when and whether to start a family. Vega also opposes gun violence prevention measures like the proposal to ban loaded shotguns and rifles on public highways in the country.
Because of Sheikh's endorsements and his pro-immigrant position, he is the progressive choice for the Coles District Supervisor.
Lisa Zargarpur is a native of the Coles District, having attended elementary through high school in the district. Lisa and her husband have three daughters who attended Prince William County schools. Zaragapur has taught as a general music specialist in Fairfax County Public Schools for the past eight years and she is also a member of the Fairfax Education Association. She is also a graduate of the Virginia Progressive Leadership Project.
Zargarpur believes in creating a path to for student success to ensure that Prince William County (PWC) students become life-long learners with successful careers in the fields they choose. She wants to bolster safety in schools and support students’ emotional needs by making sure more guidance counselors are working in the schools. She also wants to work to reduce class size in PWC and reducing teacher workloads. She believes that Prince WIlliam should offer better pay to its teachers so that more teachers stay on the job. Zargarpur would also like to see the implementation of more green initiatives within the school system to reduce and conserve energy consumption.
Zargarpur’s opponents for the Coles District School Board Member are incumbent Willie Deutsch, a fiscal conservative, and Jackie Gaston, who has 26 years of experience in the education field.
Because of Zargarpur’s endorsements from Delegates Elizabeth Guzman and Hala Ayala and her progressive positions on the issues, Zargarpur is the more progressive choice for the Coles District School Board Member.
Democratic candidate Danny Funderburk lives in Heritage Hunt with his partner of 12 years, Terry, and their three daughters. He has a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management and consults with businesses and nonprofits on workforce development. Funderburk is a member of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce, the county NAACP, and works with the Northern Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Funderburk is focusing his campaign on education, infrastructure, economy, and the environment. For the school system, he wants to increase pay for school staff, reduce the number of trailers on school properties, lower the number of students per classroom, and decrease the student to counselor ratio. His plans for infrastructure involve commonsense urban planning, fixing dangerous intersections and roads, and improved mass transit options. For the economy, Funderburk wants to attract higher-paying jobs to the county, expand workforce development, and decrease county funding reliance on property taxes. His concern for the environment involves preserving the integrity of the Rural Crescent, protecting parks, an improved recycling program, and protecting the Chesapeake Water Basin.
Funderburk is running against incumbent Republican Gainesville Supervisor Pete Candland. The incumbent believes in small government and keeping taxes low. Candland opposed raising a tax on a data center in the county and he also opposed a board resolution to support the Equal Rights Amendment. He also believes in limiting the scope of government to providing core services.
Funderburk is the progressive choice to serve the Gainesville District on the Prince William Board of Supervisors.
Patricia Kuntz has 14 years of experience in the education field, a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, and a Master’s degree in Education Policy and Administration. Her two children are currently enrolled in Prince William County Schools.
Kuntz promises to focus on the success of the whole child, not just focusing on test scores. She plans to remove trailers from school grounds and lower counselor to student ratios. Kuntz believes that reducing class sizes in the county can happen by building more schools. She also wants to retain teachers in the county by making educators’ salaries equal to the salaries of teachers in other Northern Virginia counties.
Kuntz is running against Jen Wall, a lawyer.
Kuntz is endorsed by the Prince William Education Association and is the more progressive candidate for the Gainesville District.
Democratic candidate Victor S. Angry is the first African-American to serve on the Prince William County Board of Supervisors. Angry is also the first African-American Command Sergeant Major of the Army National Guard. Now retired, he’s a volunteer firefighter in Dale City. Angry and his wife raised their children, who all attended Prince William County public schools, in Dale City.
Angry is running for re-election as Neabsco Supervisor so he can continue advocating for creating local jobs in Prince William by attracting employers to the region and supporting businesses that hire local workers. He wants to improve the county’s school system by increasing teacher pay, reducing class size, and updating school safety. Angry plans to reduce traffic congestion by bringing Metro’s Blue Line to Woodbridge. He supports better air and water quality by providing mass transit options and improving environmental standards. He’s pro-immigrant and wants to have an inclusive district that respects everyone’s rights, no matter where they came from.
Angry is the only candidate running for the Neabsco District and is the progressive choice in this race.
Diane Raulston has lived in Prince William County since the 1980s. She currently has three grandchildren attending Prince William County Schools (PWCS). Raulston has represented the Neabsco District on the Prince William County School Board since 2015.
During her tenure, Raulston is proud of her participation in renaming Mills E. Godwin Middle School for community leader George Hampton. She also worked to reduce the number of teaching trailers in her district, improved the area’s graduation rate, and gave teachers and bus drivers raises for four years in a row. She wants PWCS to be ranked in the top 10 public school divisions in the country. To get there, she wants to implement national and local best practices for better classroom instruction, school counseling, and mental health services. She also wants to focus on educational inclusivity for all students to address culture, ethnicity, and diversity.
Raulston’s challenger, Joseph George, is a retired member of the military. Raulston’s documented success with reducing trailers on school property and improving her district’s graduation rates make her the more progressive candidate of choice for the Neabsco District.
Democratic candidate Kenny Boddye is a grassroots activist, community organizer, and an advocate for healthcare, criminal justice reform, education and combating homelessness. Growing up in a low-income family, he graduated from Georgetown University in 2009. He moved to Prince William County and works in the community association insurance business. He is a graduate of the Virginia Progressive Leadership Project.
As a candidate for Occoquan Supervisor, Boddye pledges to work with the Prince William County School Board to reduce classroom sizes, eliminate trailers, retain teachers with competitive salaries, address disparities between older and newer schools in his district, and expand pre-K options by providing more funding. Boddye also believes that housing is a human right and wants to create a Rent Control & Affordable Housing Citizen Advisory Board for the county. The candidate also wants to ease traffic congestion in his district by widening roads, increasing public transit options, and protecting pedestrian safety. He wants to diversify the county’s commercial tax base to ease the burden on residential property taxes. Boddye wants to establish a progressive tax code that permits the county to invest in education, transit, and other areas. Boddye wants to make Prince William County’s power generated through clean power sources and make the county fossil fuel free by 2035. The candidate also wants to end any county agreements with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and create a Truth & Reconciliation Commission on Race.
Boddye’s opponent, incumbent Republican Occoquan Supervisor Ruth Anderson, is married to former Republican Delegate Rich Anderson. The incumbent voted against a resolution to honor June as “LGBTQ+ Pride Month” in Prince William and she opposed raising taxes on a proposed data center in the county to fund county programs. Anderson also voted against a resolution to support the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).
Because of Anderson’s position against LGBTQ rights and the ERA, we believe that Kenny Boddye is the progressive choice for the Occoquan District of Prince William County.
Lillie Jessie and her husband have lived in Prince William County since 1970. Their two daughters are graduates of the Prince WIlliam County Public School (PWCS) system. Jessie has dedicated 35 years to PWCS, serving as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal.
Jessie was elected to the Prince William County School Board in 2012. She wants to focus on students’ success by placing more emphasis on students’ critical thinking and project learning skills and less on standardized tests. She plans to increase support for PWCS teachers and staff by increasing salaries, reducing workloads, and provide coaches for teacher’s professional development and growth. Jessie also wants to reduce classroom size by building more schools.
Jessie is being challenged by Karen Boyd, a veteran of the Fairfax County Public Schools system.
Due to Jessie’s extensive experience serving as a school board member and her endorsement from the Prince William Federation of Teachers, Lillie Jessie is the progressive choice for the Occoquan District.
Democratic candidate Andrea Bailey is an activist, serving as the Northern Virginia Director for Voter Registration for the League of Conservation Voters. Bailey also serves on the board of directors of Project Mend-A-House and the Governor’s Board of Psychology. Bailey has lived in Prince William County for 16 years with her husband, Reverend Cozy Bailey, and her son, Cozy, Jr.
Bailey believes it should be a priority to have a skilled workforce to attract businesses to Prince William County by providing job training programs and start-up incentives to small business owners. She also believes that the best way to reduce traffic congestion is by expanding public transit in the county. She wants to improve the Prince William’s education system by increasing teacher pay, equal access and funding to all schools, and investing in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs. Bailey also believes the county should hire more special education teachers and provide funding to combat bullying. Bailey also wants to increase funding for mental health services in the county.
Bailey’s opponent for Potomac District Supervisor is Republican Doug Taggart. He is running his campaign on improving transportation options for commuters and travelers, supporting public schools, and supporting local businesses creating good-paying jobs.
Bailey’s experience as an activist with registering voters and service on different nonprofit boards that benefit the community establishes her as the progressive candidate for the Potomac District.
Justin Wilk moved to Prince William County to start his career in teaching at Woodbridge Middle School. He taught at Prince William County Schools (PWCS) for nine years. He lives in the Potomac District with his wife, a current PWCS teacher, and two sons.
In 2015, Wilk was elected to the Prince William County School Board and is currently the Vice-Chair. During his tenure on the school board, Wilk has voted to increase teacher pay, reduced class sizes, and has been an advocate for the county’s special education program. He also worked to increase the number of enrollment slots for pre-K students in his district. Wilk’s work on the school board has also seen the construction of new schools and renovations to current schools, which has reduced the number of trailers in his district.
Wilk is running unopposed in his district. Because of his record serving his district, Wilk is the progressive choice for the Potomac District.
Democratic candidate Margaret Franklin defeated incumbent Woodbridge Supervisor Frank Principi in the Democratic primary in June 2019. Franklin holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Howard University and works as a legislative director on Capitol Hill.
Franklin wants to focus on transportation, affordable housing, overcrowding of schools and redevelopment of Route 1 as Supervisor of the Potomac District. She plans to do that by increasing bus routes and local transit options, creating a housing trust fund, and offering incentives to provide for affordable housing units. She also wants to update and redesign current schools, and lure diverse businesses into the Route 1 corridor through public-private partnerships.
Franklin is running unopposed for Woodbridge Supervisor. Her focus on transportation, affordable housing, and the county’s school system make her the progressive choice.
Loree Williams has lived in Prince William County (PWCS) for 30 years. She is married and has two young sons. Williams was elected to represent the Woodbridge District on the Prince William County School Board in 2013.
Williams believes that the problems facing PWCS are cramped classroom, low teacher to student ratios, and low teacher pay and retention. She is running unopposed in her district and does not have a website to inform voters of her platform.
Due to the lack of information available for this race, we cannot make a recommendation for the Woodbridge District. It is always an option to write in a candidate of your choosing.
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