About the Race
This election occurs on November 3, 2020, in conjunction with the US presidential election. Incumbent Morgan Griffith (R), an attorney from Salem, is running against Libertarian Cameron Dickson.
About the District
The 9th district is the second-largest congressional district in the state and covers much of the southwestern part of the commonwealth. It includes of all of Lee, Wise, Dickenson, Buchanan, Scott, Russell, Tazewell, Washington, Smyth, Bland, Giles, Grayson, Wythe, Pulaski, Montgomery, Carroll, Craig, Floyd, and Patrick counties as well as portions of Alleghany, Roanoke, and Henry counties. It also includes the independent cities of Bristol, Covington, Galax, Martinsville, Norton, Radford, and Salem. The 9th district has been reliably Republican for over twenty years, with incumbent Morgan Griffith winning his seat with over 65% of the vote.
Republican incumbent Congressman Morgan Griffith, a staunch conservative and supporter of Donald Trump, is running unopposed in his campaign for re-election in the 9th District. He has represented the district since 2011. Griffith voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act and to defund Planned Parenthood. Griffith opposed abortion access and voted in favor of Trump’s 2017 tax reform bill, which gives tax breaks to the richest one percent and wealthy corporations. He received a 7% score from the League of Conservation Voters for his record on voting on the environment. He opposed legislation to prevent gun violence and attended a gun rights rally in Richmond in January 2020 with thousands of other 2nd Amendment supporters.
Due to Griffith’s conservative record, vote to repeal the ACA and for Trump’s tax reform bill and Dickerson’s lack of a platform, there are no good choices for Representative in Virginia’s 9th Congressional District. We encourage you to write in the candidate of your choice.