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The Virginia Progressive Voters Guide compiles the information that allows you to make informed decisions about the races on your ballot, based on your values. All research in this guide was conducted in August of 2020. Please share this guide with your friends and family.

2nd Congressional District

Member of the House of Representatives

  • About the Race

    This election shares a ballot with the US Presidential election held on November 3, 2020. Incumbent Congresswoman Elaine Luria (D), a US Navy veteran, faces Scott Taylor (R), a former Navy SEAL who previously held the seat from 2017 to 2019.

    About the District

    Virginia’s 2nd District covers a large portion of Hampton Roads, including the entirety of the cities of Virginia Beach and Williamsburg and parts of Norfolk and Hampton. It also encompasses all of Accomack, Northampton, and York counties. The district has changed hands several times since 2008 at all levels and is considered one of Virginia’s most competitive congressional districts. Luria won the seat by 2.5% in 2018, a margin of just over 6000 votes.

    Recommendation

    Democratic incumbent Representative Elaine Luria is seeking re-election in Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. A 20-year Navy veteran, Luria was first elected to represent the 2nd District in 2018. As a Naval officer, she served in the Iraq War and was deployed to Japan, the Middle East, Mediterranean Sea, and the western Pacific. She is married with one daughter. Luria retired from the Navy in 2017 and started a small business called The Mermaid Factory in Virginia Beach.

    Luria serves on the Veterans’ Affairs and Armed Services committees in the House of Representatives. Most of the legislation she filed during her term focuses on veterans’ affairs. In 2019, Luria voted for the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, which restored key sections of the 1965 Voting Rights Act legislation.

    She supports abortion access and believes the federal government should continue to fund Planned Parenthood. She supports closing the gender wage gap by implementing equal pay and taking action to combat maternal mortality in the U.S.

    Luria voted to expand the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to cover more families during the coronavirus pandemic and believes that no one should be denied health insurance for having a pre-existing condition. She also condemned the Trump administration for attempting to dismantle the ACA and called on the Justice Department to reverse its position in a lawsuit meant to repeal the ACA. She called on the government to regulate prescription drug costs and to increase funding for mental health services.

    As Representative from the district where the 2019 Virginia Beach shooting occurred, Luria voted to implement universal background checks and voted for the Keep Americans Safe Act, which would ban the sale of high-capacity magazines. She supported passing red flag laws that would keep guns out of the wrong hands and banning assault rifles.

    Luria voted for the Raise the Wage Act, which would increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour and give more than 100,000 workers in her district a raise. She advocated for protections for small businesses, fisheries, and agricultural industries in coronavirus pandemic relief packages. Luria co-sponsored the Paycheck Fairness Act in 2019 to close the gender wage gap. She voted to impeach Donald Trump in 2019.

    Luria is facing a challenge from former Congressman Scott Taylor, who represented the 2nd District from 2017-2019. During his term, Taylor voted in line with President Trump to repeal the Affordable Care Act and to give the richest one percent and wealthy corporations tax breaks. A staffer from his 2018 re-election campaign was found guilty of election fraud for forging voter signatures.

    Independent candidate David Foster is also challenging Luria. Foster opposes abortion rights and wants to cut taxes. Foster wants to prohibit sanctuary cities and supports Trump’s border wall. Foster also believes that a photo I.D. should be required for voting. He has published conspiracy theories on his website and believes that a lot of our healthcare problems could be solved by legalizing marijuana.

    Due to Taylor’s staunch support of Trump and his attacks on healthcare and Foster’s opposition to a person’s right to decide when, how and whether to have children, Luria is the most progressive choice for the 2nd Congressional District in Virginia.

    Representative Elaine Luria

    About the Race

    This election shares a ballot with the US Presidential election held on November 3, 2020. Incumbent Congresswoman Elaine Luria (D), a US Navy veteran, faces Scott Taylor (R), a former Navy SEAL who previously held the seat from 2017 to 2019.

    Last updated: 2020-09-10

City of Poquoson

Poquoson Mayor

No Recommendation

About the Race

Poquoson City’s mayoral election occurs on November 3, 2020, in conjunction with the U.S. presidential election. Unlike the Poquoson City Council elections, which are broken down by precinct, the mayor is elected at-large by the entire city. Current Mayor Gordon Helsel is running unopposed.

About the District

Gordon Helsel is a Vietnam War Veteran with a long history of holding political office. He served as the town’s mayor from 1996-2010. Helsel represented the 91st district in the House of Delegates from 2012 to 2019.

Recommendation

Helsel supported many conservative policies during his time in the House of Delegates, including prohibiting the establishment of immigration sanctuary cities in Virginia, prohibiting state funding of abortion services, requiring ultrasounds before abortions, prohibiting cities from increasing the minimum wage, and removing limits on handgun purchases.

Given Helsel’s extensive record of voting against progressive legislation, we cannot trust him to make progressive policy decisions.

Since Gordon Helsel is running unopposed, we do not recommend this race. You have the option to write in a candidate of your choosing.


Poquoson City Council Races

Poquoson City Council, Western Precinct

No Recommendation

About the Race

The election for Poquoson City Council’s Western Precinct seat is held on November 3, 2020, and shares a ballot with the U.S. presidential election. Each city precinct elects its representative for the City Council. Incumbent councilman David Hux is running unopposed for re-election.

About the District

Poquoson is an independent city in Hampton Roads, located near York County, with a population of just over 12,000. The district is reliably Republican with the GOP winning the city in every presidential election for over twenty years. During his 2018 run for Congress, Scott Taylor (R) earned over 70% of the vote in Poquoson.

Recommendation

David Hux, an employee of Newport News Shipbuilding, is running unopposed for re-election in Poquoson’s Western Precinct.

Hux wants to preserve the small-town atmosphere of Poquoson and properly fund public services such as police, schools, and firefighters.

In 2019, Poquoson’s City Council unanimously voted to make the city a sanctuary for second amendment rights and to authorize the purchase of a tank for Poquoson’s shared police department with York County.

There is very little information about Hux publicly available.

Given Hux’s support for gun rights and police militarization, and a lack of other information about him, we do not recommend this race. You have the option to write in a candidate of your choosing.


Poquoson School Board

Poquoson City Council, Western Precinct

No Recommendation

About the Race

The election for Poquoson City Council’s Western Precinct seat is held on November 3, 2020, and shares a ballot with the U.S. presidential election. Each city precinct elects its representative for the City Council. Incumbent councilman David Hux is running unopposed for re-election.

About the District

Poquoson is an independent city in Hampton Roads, located near York County, with a population of just over 12,000. The district is reliably Republican with the GOP winning the city in every presidential election for over twenty years. During his 2018 run for Congress, Scott Taylor (R) earned over 70% of the vote in Poquoson.

Recommendation

David Hux, an employee of Newport News Shipbuilding, is running unopposed for re-election in Poquoson’s Western Precinct.

Hux wants to preserve the small-town atmosphere of Poquoson and properly fund public services such as police, schools, and firefighters.

In 2019, Poquoson’s City Council unanimously voted to make the city a sanctuary for second amendment rights and to authorize the purchase of a tank for Poquoson’s shared police department with York County.

There is very little information about Hux publicly available.

Given Hux’s support for gun rights and police militarization, and a lack of other information about him, we do not recommend this race. You have the option to write in a candidate of your choosing.


Constitutional Amendments

Virginia Redistricting Commission Constitutional Amendment

  • VOTE NO
    Vote NO on this Flawed Amendment
  • We all deserve free and fair elections so that all of us can make our voices heard with equal power in our communities. But for years, conservative politicians have been doing everything they can to hoard power and ensure that they get re-elected no matter what the people want. They’ve done this by rigging district maps to dilute the power of communities of color and prevent people from making their voices heard. This November, there will be a constitutional amendment on the ballot that enshrines in our state constitution the power of politicians to pick their voters instead of allowing voters to choose their representatives. We need to vote no on this political bait and switch and ensure that the power stays with the people, not power-hungry politicians.

    About the Amendment
    This amendment gives the power to draw political maps to a commission made up of politicians and people hand-picked by politicians. They will draw the maps, and then members of the General Assembly will vote to accept or reject them. This amendment does not remove politicians from the process. The amendment also fails to adequately protect people of color in the constitution, instead relying on separate legislation that could be repealed, jeopardizing civil rights protections.

    We deserve a truly independent commission to ensure fair and equitable redistricting. Vote no on this amendment to put the power back in the hands of the people and keep politicians from choosing their voters instead of the other way around.

    About the Decision
    We can’t get clean elections with dirty maps drawn by politicians more interested in protecting their power than ensuring our voices are heard in our democracy.  We need to give the power back to the people and remove politicians from the process of drawing political boundaries completely. We can create a commission of concerned voters and nonpartisan experts who can draw fair, compact districts that ensure communities of color are protected, and everyone can make their voice heard equally.

    Amending the constitution is a big deal, and if we’re going to do it, we need to make sure we are getting it right. We don’t have to accept a flawed amendment or nothing at all. We can go back to the drawing board and ensure that what we are enshrining permanently in our constitution is fair, just, equitable, and gets us the results we want. Leaders in our community such as Congressman Donald McEachin and Congressman Bobby Scott know that this amendment is the wrong move. 


    The most progressive approach to redistricting is to vote NO on this flawed amendment and demand better to simultaneously protect historically underrepresented communities and draw fair district lines by including strong, specific, and clear rules to protect communities of color.

    Virginia Redistricting Commission Constitutional Amendment

    We all deserve free and fair elections so that all of us can make our voices heard with equal power in our communities. But for years, conservative politicians have been doing everything they can to hoard power and ensure that they get re-elected no matter what the people want.

    Last updated: 2020-10-26

Exemption for Disabled Veterans Constitutional Amendment

  • No Position
    No Position: Motor Vehicle Property Tax Exemption for Disabled Veterans
  • This tax exemption will exclusively benefit veterans residing in Virginia who have a disability 100% connected to their service.

    This amendment was proposed by Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn and was approved unanimously in the Senate and near-unanimously in the House. It will grant a property tax exemption for a single vehicle to disabled veterans whose disability is 100% connected with their service. There have been calls to limit the maximum value of cars that may be included in this exemption or limit the exemption based on the veteran’s income, which would be addressed later through legislation in the General Assembly.

    Virginia Association of Counties and the Virginia Municipal League (VML) both objected to this exemption because they believed that property tax exemptions should remain under local jurisdiction and not be mandated by the General Assembly. The VML argues that because localities do not decide to declare and send soldiers to war, the financial responsibility for caring for them should fall not on localities but on the federal government.
     

    Last updated: 2020-10-07