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Democratic candidate Irina Khanin is an immigrant who moved to the United States from the former Soviet Union 30 years ago. She is an attorney who is appointed to represent children in court. She is the mother of two children who attend Winchester Public Schools. Khanin is a board member of the Winchester Education Foundation. Khanin also believes in a strong democracy and has worked as an election protection attorney for three presidential campaigns.
Khanin is a strong supporter of education who believes in increasing teacher pay and universal pre-K. She wants to increase access to quality health care and would protect Medicaid expansion. She also wants to take steps to combat climate change and make investments in renewable energy sources.
Incumbent Delegate Chris Collins, Khanin’s Republican opponent, was elected to the House of Delegates in 2015. He is anti-choice and has voted to make accessing abortion more difficult. He is not supportive of our immigrant community and voted to prohibit sanctuary cities in the Commonwealth. Delegate Collins also opposes common sense gun violence prevention legislation and voted against the regulation of sales around firearms. He is also against raising the minimum wage and voted to prohibit localities from increasing the minimum wage.
Irina Khanin is the more progressive choice in this race because of her support of healthcare access, universal pre-K, and increasing teacher pay.
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