• Democrat

    Bridgette Craighead

  • Bridgette Craighead is a single mother and small business owner. She was born and raised in Rocky Mount where she currently lives with her four-year-old son. She owns and runs a cosmetology business called El3ven11 Beauty Lounge. As an activist, she organized multiple Black Lives Matter protests in the area in 2020 and was instrumental in exposing two local police officers for participating in the deadly riot that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

    Craighead is a supporter of marijuana legalization and is passionate about ensuring that communities harmed by the Drug War are benefiting from legalization. This includes releasing and expunging the records of people incarcerated for marijuana-related charges, especially people of color who are disproportionately arrested and jailed for drug use. Additionally, she knows that legalization will create many agricultural jobs. She will work to ensure rural Virginians benefit equally from the economic boost that legalization provides.

    As a single mother, Craighead is also an advocate for policies that help women and families stay in the workforce. This includes universal pre-K, well-funded schools, and paid family and medical leave. She received the Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy in Virginia’s Seal of Approval for her commitment to policies that support parents’ ability to participate in the workforce. Additionally, she hopes to address the rising cost of housing in the district and supports policies that make housing more affordable and accessible.

    Craighead is committed to ensuring all Virginians, regardless of race or economic status, have access to clean water and air. She hopes to promote affordable, clean energy options in the district and wants to incentivize renewable energy companies to invest heavily in the area to boost the economy and create jobs. She also pledged to not accept donations over $200 from oil, gas, and coal industry lobbyists, executives, and PACs.

    Craighead supports shifting resources away from police budgets to community services like affordable housing. She helped organized Black Lives Matter protests in the district after the police murder of George Floyd. As an activist, she wants common-sense police reforms to improve relationships between communities and police. She also helped identify two local police officers who participated in Jan. 6’s deadly insurrection in the U.S. Capitol that sought to undermine the results of 2020’s fair and free elections.

    Craighead’s opponent is Republican Wren Williams. Williams is a lawyer and owner of Schneider & Williams Law Firm. He is a staunch Trump supporter and traveled the country in support of President Trump in 2020. Williams is a supporter of using taxpayer money to fund private schools as well as creating deliberate barriers to voting access. He opposes abortion access and gun violence prevention legislation.

    Due to her advocacy for racial and economic justice, and her commitment to environmental justice and Virginia families, Craighead is the most progressive choice for Virginia’s 9th District.
    Last updated: 2021-09-15

    Bridgette Craighead

    Bridgette Craighead is a single mother and small business owner. She was born and raised in Rocky Mount where she currently lives with her four-year-old son. She owns and runs a cosmetology business called El3ven11 Beauty Lounge.

    Bridgette Craighead

    Bridgette Craighead is a single mother and small business owner. She was born and raised in Rocky Mount where she currently lives with her four-year-old son. She owns and runs a cosmetology business called El3ven11 Beauty Lounge.