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Democratic candidate James Barker is running against incumbent Delegate Jeffrey Campbell, a Republican. Barker is currently serving his third term on the Marion Town Council and serves on the Friends of Mount Rogers, which aims to preserve and promote the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area in the Jefferson National Forest.
As a Delegate, Barker will advocate for affordable health care access and support maintaining Medicaid expansion. He also supports increased funding for schools and giving teachers a much-needed raise. Before running for Delegate, Barker worked for the Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service. Due to that experience, combating climate change is another major priority for Barker.
Delegate Jeffrey Campbell was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2013. He is staunchly against gun violence prevention. He supports increasing police presence in schools and opposes common sense regulations that would prevent gun violence. He also voted against protecting immigrants in Virginia when he voted for a bill that prohibited sanctuary cities in Virginia. He also voted for a bill that would make it more difficult for low-income people to access abortion and to defund Planned Parenthood.
James Barker is the more progressive choice in this race due to his support of health care access and increasing teacher pay.
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