Dan I. Helmer
Democrat
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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.

Senate District 040

State Senator

No Good Choices

Delegate Todd Pillion was first elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2015 and is now running for the State Senate. Delegate Pillion and his wife, Amanda, currently reside in Abingdon with their four children. Delegate Pillion has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association and has voted against commonsense gun laws, including mandating background checks for gun buyers. He also voted against allowing cities in Virginia to raise their local minimum wage. He opposed the establishment of sanctuary cities in Virginia, which would force localities to use their resources to do the job of the federal government and puts immigrant families at risk of separation. He has consistently opposed reproductive rights and abortion access.

Ken Heath is the Director of Community and Economic Development for Marion. He was previously elected twice to the Town Council. He is a graduate of Marion Senior High School, Wytheville Community College, and East Tennessee State University. Heath is running as an Independent and opposes commonsense gun laws. Little information is available about his platform.

We encourage you to write in a candidate of your choice. Regardless, get out and vote. Please remember that there are other races on the ballot as well.

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