• Democrat

    Blakely Lockhart

  • Blakely Lockhart was born in Henrico County where she attended local county schools. She graduated in 2020 from Christopher Newport University (CNU) with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience. While studying at CNU, she was involved in helping to reinstate the university's NAACP chapter and started organizing voter registration drives. She decided to put off her career in medicine so that she could run for office, intending to become the first Gen-Z member of the legislature.

    As a person living with chronic illness, Lockhart knows the importance of access to affordable healthcare. If elected, she will work to expand health coverage and prioritize protecting individuals with pre-existing conditions. As someone who hopes to become a doctor and whose mother works in a nursing home, Lockhart will support critical frontline healthcare workers, including fighting for fair pay, sufficient benefits, and paid leave. Lockhart also sees addiction as a critical health problem facing the district. She will increase funding for treatment systems and ensure those living in rural areas have equal access to treatment resources.

    Lockhart is a strong advocate for people with disabilities as well. She will prioritize helping individuals living with disabilities get a good education and employment. She will also work to ensure people with disabilities receive sufficient healthcare coverage and access to housing. Additionally, she will strengthen vocational programs in the district to ensure they have equal access to job training and receive equal treatment in the workplace. She will work to guarantee schools are providing specialized instruction to students with disabilities to ensure every student is able to succeed.

    Lockhart loves the natural environment of the 56th District and will work to protect it from environmental damage. She will prioritize investing in clean energy like solar power, making energy cheaper for residents and creating new, good-paying jobs. She will oppose companies that pollute and protect the district’s air, land, and water. She pledged not to accept donations from Dominion and Appalachian Power, ensuring she does not face a conflict of interest and will work on behalf of her constituents rather than energy companies.

    As a graduate of Henrico County Public Schools, Lockhart is passionate about improving public education and making sure our schools are fully funded. She wants to ensure the district’s tax dollars are staying in the district and funding public schools, rather than going to private schools through school voucher programs. She supports increasing teacher salaries and ensuring schools are able to reopen safely during the pandemic. She also supports funding for early childhood education and will see to it that parents have access to high-quality, affordable childcare.

    Lockhart is running against Incumbent Delegate John McGuire (R), who has represented the 56th District since 2018. He is a former Navy SEAL and runs a fitness company. While in the House of Delegates, McGuire has voted against raising the minimum wage and abolishing the death penalty. He also voted against the Virginia Clean Economy Act, marijuana legalization, and Medicaid expansion.

    Due to her support of affordable healthcare, people living with disabilities, the environment, and public education, Blakely Lockhart is the most progressive choice for Virginia’s 56th District.

    Last updated: 2021-09-16

    Blakely Lockhart

    Blakely Lockhart was born in Henrico County where she attended local county schools. She graduated in 2020 from Christopher Newport University (CNU) with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience.

    Blakely Lockhart

    Blakely Lockhart was born in Henrico County where she attended local county schools. She graduated in 2020 from Christopher Newport University (CNU) with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience.