David A. Zilles
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Democratic candidate David Zilles is a thermal fluids engineer who has lived in Lynchburg since 2012. Zilles, a father of two children, decided to run for office after the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.

Zilles is running to ensure health care is affordable and accessible to all. He wants to make cost-sharing plans more available, lower prescription drug prices, and combat the opioid crisis. He also will fight to address climate change and make investments in renewable energy. He supports policies that will help to dismantle structural racism, such as creating universal pre-K, eliminating cash bail, expanding voting rights, eliminating gerrymandering, and ending mass incarceration. A pro-choice candidate, he supports the Whole Woman’s Health Act and ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. Zilles supports equal rights for everyone and promises to reject any legislation that does not advance equal rights. He will oppose laws that make it more difficult for same-sex couples to marry or create a family.

Zilles’s opponent is Republican candidate Wendall Walker. Walker is a long-time Republican activist who specifically highlights his support of President Trump on his campaign website. Walker is anti-choice, against common sense gun violence prevention measures, and will work to prevent the government from collecting taxes.

Because of his support of affordable health care access, gun violence prevention, and combating climate change, David Zilles is the more progressive choice in this race.

Senate District 023

State Senator

No Good Choices

Incumbent Republican Stephen Newman has served in the Virginia General Assembly since 1991, first in the House of Delegates and then to the Senate of Virginia. Senator Newman is running unopposed this November.

Newman is no ally to progressive issues. He sponsored anti-LGBT legislation defining marriage as between one man and one woman. He consistently opposes access to reproductive health care, including voting to limit state funding for abortions. He voted against expanding Medicaid in Virginia and against raising the state minimum wage.

There is no progressive choice in this race. We encourage you to write in a candidate of your choice, and regardless to get out and vote! Please remember that there are other races that will be on the ballot.

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