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Democrat April Moore moved with her family to the Shenandoah Valley 25 years ago. She has worked for nonprofits focused on consumer rights and protections, national security, and clean air and water. She also spent several years teaching elementary school. Moore’s top priorities are ensuring that we have a livable climate, affordable healthcare, and ensuring that Virginia public schools are innovative. She plans on using green energy to bring well-paying jobs to Virginia while improving the quality of our air and water.
Her opponent is incumbent Republican Senator Mark Obenshain. Senator Obenshain has been in office since 2004. He is a strong advocate for mandatory minimums which leads to the over-policing of Black and Brown communities, saddling us with an outdated and unfair criminal justice system that drains resources and disrupts communities. He opposed Medicaid expansion and voted against raising the minimum wage.
April Moore is the more progressive choice because of her commitment to Medicaid expansion and environmental preservation.
Democratic candidate Laura Galante is a cyber intelligence analyst, wife, and mother, who is running against Republican Delegate Michael Webert. As Delegate, Galante will push for affordable healthcare with transparent medical costs for those living in rural communities. Galante wants to improve Virginia’s education system by raising teacher salaries and reforming standardized testing. She will also expand access to broadband in rural areas and advocate for investments in renewable energy.
Incumbent Delegate Michael J. Webert was elected to the House of Delegates in 2011. As Delegate, he has voted to prohibit sanctuary cities, defund Planned Parenthood, and prevent localities from increasing the minimum wage. He is staunchly anti-choice and believes life begins at conception. Delegate Webert is also a lifetime member of the NRA and has opposed action to prevent gun violence.
Based on her positions on affordable health care and raising teacher pay, Laura Galante is the more progressive choice in this race.
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