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10th Congressional District

Member of the House of Representatives

  • About the Race

    This congressional election occurs on November 3, 2020, in conjunction with the US presidential election. Incumbent congresswoman, lawyer Jennifer Wexton (D), is running for re-election against Aliscia Andrews (R), a veteran who served in the Marine Corps.

    About the District

    Virginia’s 10th district includes a few inner and many outer suburbs in Northern Virginia, including all of Clarke, Frederick, and Loudoun counties and portions of Fairfax and Prince William counties. It also contains the independent cities of Manassas, Manassas Park and Winchester. Though the district voted for Clinton in 2016, the congressional seat did not flip until Wexton won in 2018 with 56% of the vote. The 10th district is considered one of the more competitive districts in the commonwealth.

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    A native of the Washington D.C. metro area, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton was first elected to represent the 10th District in 2018. Before that, she served in Virginia’s State Senate for five years, where she voted to expand Medicaid coverage to 400,000 Virginians. She also worked as an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney for Loudon County and advocated for abused children. She lives in Leesburg with her husband and their two sons.

    In Congress, Wexton serves on the Financial Services Committee, which oversees fair housing and consumer protection laws. She’s also a member of the Space, Science, and Technology Committee. Wexton believes that pre-existing conditions should be protected and has voted to keep the Affordable Care Act (ACA) safe from the Trump administration’s efforts to dismantle the landmark legislation. She also voted to lower prescription drug costs and strengthen Medicaid and Medicare programs.

    Wexton voted for the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act in 2019, which restores key provisions of the original 1965 Voting Rights Act. She also said that Election Day should be a federal holiday and that partisan drawing of district lines should end. While serving in the state Senate, Wexton fought back against attempts to restrict voting in the Commonwealth.

    Throughout her political career, Wexton has believed that gun violence can be prevented with common sense legislation and gun violence is a public health issue. As a state Senator, she voted for universal background checks, red flag laws, bump stock bans, and closing gun show loopholes. In Congress, she voted to ban assault rifles and high capacity magazines, close gun purchase loopholes, and pass universal background checks.

    Wexton has been recognized by several environmental groups for advocacy to protect our planet. She co-sponsored the Climate Action Now Act to prevent the U.S. from withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement and legislation to cut carbon emissions to improve air quality in the nation. She also voted to stop offshore drilling for gas and oil exploration.

    In response to systemic police brutality and racism, Wexton voted for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which addresses a wide range of policies and issues regarding policing practices and law enforcement accountability. It includes measures to increase accountability for law enforcement misconduct, enhance transparency and data collection, and eliminate discriminatory policing practices. She supports reforming mandatory minimums, ending the use of private for-profit prisons, reducing recidivism, and restoration of voting rights.

    Aliscia Andrews, a former Marine, is challenging Wexton. Andrews supports Trump’s border wall and believes national security is the number one issue facing our country. She vows to protect the 2nd Amendment and to oppose access to abortion. Andrews marched in Richmond in January to defend gun rights and is a leader of the “Wexit” campaign, which is trying to get West Virginia to annex parts of Northern Virginia. She also supports defunding Planned Parenthood.

    Wexton’s advocacy for the environment, affordable healthcare, gun violence prevention, and criminal justice reform makes her the progressive choice for Virginia’s 10th Congressional District.

    Last updated: 2020-09-10

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