Jennifer K. Woofter
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Democratic candidate Jennifer Woofter is running against incumbent Republican Delegate Kathy Byron. Woofter currently sits on the Lynchburg City Schools’s Equity Task Force and is the co-chair of ROSEL's List, a nonprofit dedicated to identifying, mentoring, and electing women to positions of leadership in Central Virginia. She is also a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer in the foster care system. Woofter lives in Lynchburg with her husband and their three children.

Woofter supports raising the minimum wage and creating jobs that pay a living wage that don’t require a college degree. She supports affordable healthcare access and expanding broadband to rural areas of Virginia. Woofter wants to fully fund our schools and increase teacher pay. She also wants to bring universal background checks and gun violence prevention measures to Virginia. Woofter believes that citizens should pick their legislators, not the other way around and will fight for an independent redistricting commission to end gerrymandering and make that a reality.

Delegate Kathy Byron was first elected to the House of Delegates in 1997. She is anti-choice and sponsored the infamous 2012 bill that would have required people seeking an abortion to undergo a medically unnecessary transvaginal ultrasound. She does not support marriage equality and has worked to prevent equality for members of the LGBTQ community. She was opposed to Medicaid expansion and thinks our healthcare crisis can be solved with health savings accounts.

Jennifer Woofter is the more progressive choice in this race because of her position on redistricting reform and increasing the minimum wage.

Senate District 022

State Senator

Dakota Claytor
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Democrat Dakota Claytor was born and raised in the 22nd state Senate district and hopes to be the youngest legislator in Virginia’s history. Claytor is a 22-year-old freelance hair stylist and private music educator. He has also been actively involved in community theater where he can often be found on stage.

Clayor supports various progressive priorities. He wants to work with small companies to expand broadband access to rural areas in the district in order to foster a better-connected workforce. Healthcare reform is important to him because of his mother’s significant health issues and her struggle for nearly twenty years before being granted disability benefits. After witnessing first-hand the crippling effects of a broken healthcare system in Virginia, Clayor is determined to improve it.

Clayor is running against Republican incumbent Senator Mark Peake who won a special election in 2017. Peake is anti-choice and has voted against commonsense gun laws. He opposed Medicaid expansion and voted against raising the minimum wage in Virginia. The majority of his platform is geared towards decreasing regulations put in place to protect Virginians.

Dakota Claytor is the more progressive choice because of his commitment to Medicaid expansion and our rural communities.

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