Kelly Convirs-Fowler
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Incumbent Delegate Kelly Convirs-Fowler (D) was elected to the House of Delegates in 2017. As Delegate, she has advocated for gun violence prevention, affordable healthcare access, and increased pay for teachers and investments in public schools. She is outspoken in her support for ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment. Delegate Convirs-Fowler is pro-choice and believes that everyone should be able to access abortion, regardless of zip code, race, or income level. She also voted for Medicaid expansion. Delegate Convirs-Fowler supports green jobs and renewable energy and has pledged not to take money from Dominion Energy. She lives in Virginia Beach with her husband and two children.

Her opponent, Republican Shannon Kane, is currently a member of the Virginia Beach City Council. She is anti-immigrant, anti-choice, and anti-gun violence prevention. She supports right-to-work laws that benefit corporations at the expense of working people.

Delegate Convirs-Fowler is the more progressive choice in this race.

Senate District 021

State Senator

John S. Edwards
John S. Edwards photo

Incumbent Senator John Edwards was elected to the state Senate in 1995. Edwards hails from Roanoke, Virginia. He graduated from Princeton University in 1966 cum laude and the University of Virginia School of Law in 1970. Senator Edwards served on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Captain from 1971 through 1973.

Senator Edwards has supported numerous progressive issues including legislation to deny gun purchases to persons determined to be a danger to themselves or others. He is a strong ally in the fight for environmental protection, conservation, and preservation. He successfully sponsored Virginia’s first power purchase agreement (PPA) legislation in 2013. He also passed a bill to make it easier for localities to obtain solar energy services from third parties in 2017. Senator Edwards also sponsored a bill that would have reversed a law that allows natural gas pipeline companies to survey on private property without permission.

His opponent is Independent Steven Nelson. Unfortunately, there is little public information about Nelson’s campaign platform. In 2015, he ran as an Independent in the 19th Senate district. In that race, he voiced strong support for continued reliance on polluting fossil fuels. He also criticized the Affordable Care Act and the AARP for their support for access to affordable health care. He describes himself as an “independent conservative.”

Delegate Edwards is the progressive choice in this race.

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