Democratic candidate for governor, Terry McAuliffe, was the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 2014 to 2018. McAuliffe was unable to seek reelection in 2017 due to a state law that bars sitting governors from serving consecutive terms. McAuliffe attended The Catholic University of America and Georgetown University Law Center. A lifelong businessman and entrepreneur, McAuliffe has lived in Fairfax County for more than 20 years with his wife, Dorothy. The couple has raised five children together.
McAuliffe is centering his campaign on building a strong Virginia economy that works for everyone. He plans to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024, two years ahead of the current schedule. He wants to require employers to provide paid sick days along with paid family and medical leave to all workers. Because Virginia is the 10th most expensive state for childcare in the country, McAuliffe wants to assist families burdened with childcare costs by providing subsidies, funneling federal money to families, and making it easier for people to qualify for assistance.
McAuliffe plans to invest $2 billion in Virginia’s education system every year so that teachers are paid above the national average, children have access to universal pre-K, and every student can get online. To make college more affordable to students, McAuliffe will offer more financial aid and expand on current Governor Ralph Northam’s program that makes community college free to low- and middle-income students studying in certain fields. McAuliffe also wants to boost enrollment at Historically Black Colleges and Universities by providing free tuition to students who promise to teach for five years in the state’s high-need areas.
While serving as Governor of Virginia, McAuliffe took action to reduce carbon emissions in the state and received a $120.5 million federal grant to combat the rising sea level on Virginia’s coast. He wants Virginia to reach 100% clean energy by 2035 and make access to clean energy and transportation infrastructure more affordable by providing subsidies for solar usage and public transit construction. McAuliffe also plans to address the racial impacts of climate change by providing funding to communities hit by extreme heat and rising sea levels.
McAuliffe pushed for Medicaid expansion during his first term and wants to increase access to affordable healthcare by supporting Virginia’s plan to create a state-run health insurance marketplace. He backs lowering prescription drug costs, reducing health insurance premiums, and creating a Medicaid buy-in option for people who make too much to qualify for the program but still can’t afford out-of-pocket costs on the marketplace. When he was governor, McAuliffe vetoed Republican legislation that would have limited abortion access. If reelected, McAuliffe plans to incorporate Roe v. Wade into Virginia’s constitution to guarantee that abortion access is protected.
McAuliffe is running against multimillionaire Republican Glenn Youngkin, the former president of Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms. Youngkin wants to channel the state’s money from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to fund private schools. Youngkin has admitted that he opposes abortion access and will work to dismantle protections for reproductive freedom in the Commonwealth. Youngkin is also against making health coverage more affordable in Virginia.
McAuliffe is also facing a challenge from activist and educator Princess Blanding, an Independent candidate. Blanding is the sister of Marcus David-Peters, a young Black man who was killed by police in 2018. Blanding wants to hold police accountable by ending qualified immunity and shifting funding away from police departments to invest in community services. She also wants to make health coverage more affordable by creating a public healthcare system.
Due to his record in providing leadership for the Commonwealth and his support of Virginia working families, the environment, affordable health coverage, and reproductive rights, Terry McAuliffe is the most progressive choice in this race.Last updated: 2021-09-15
Democratic candidate for governor, Terry McAuliffe, was the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 2014 to 2018. McAuliffe was unable to seek reelection in 2017 due to a state law that bars sitting governors from serving consecutive terms.
Democratic candidate for governor, Terry McAuliffe, was the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 2014 to 2018. McAuliffe was unable to seek reelection in 2017 due to a state law that bars sitting governors from serving consecutive terms.
The daughter of a Salvadorian and North African immigrant father and a Lebanese and Irish mother, Delegate Hala Ayala was one of the first Latina women elected to the House of Delegates, having one her first election to represent the 51st District in 2017. She worked for over 20 years as a cybersecurity specialist and is the single mother of two grown children. If chosen by voters to be the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, Ayala will be the first woman and Afro-Latina to do so.
Affordable access to healthcare is a central focus for Ayala. As a first-time mother, Ayala depended on Medicaid to give her son life-saving care. In 2018, Ayala voted to expand Medicaid to 400,000 Virginians. In 2020, she co-patroned legislation to cap the cost of insulin in the state. In 2021, she voted to make the cost of prescription drugs transparent and to boost Virginia’s capacity to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. She also wants to reduce Black maternal mortality and create a universal paid family and medical leave program in the Commonwealth.
As a graduate of Prince William County schools, Ayala believes that a well-funded education system is critical to a thriving Commonwealth. In 2021, she voted to increase teachers’ salaries by 5%. She also supported the “Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back (G3) Fund and Program, which provides free community college to low- and middle-income students who are studying in certain fields. As lieutenant governor, Ayala will prioritize expanding access to pre-K, reducing overcrowding in classrooms, and dedicate more funding to improve school infrastructure.
Recognizing the climate crisis as a national security threat, Ayala believes the state needs to play a bigger role in addressing the impacts of climate change. She co-patroned the Virginia Clean Economy Act in 2020, which will eliminate carbon emissions in the Commonwealth by 2050. She also wants to dedicate more funding to communities dealing firsthand with the effects of climate change, believing that solutions to the crisis must be created with racial equity in mind.
Ayala personally understands how hard it is for families to make ends meet. Her family struggled financially when she was a child, and she worked and raised children while obtaining her degree. In 2020, Ayala voted to raise the state’s minimum wage. She supports making paid family and medical leave available to all Virginia working families. In 2021, she voted to strengthen the rights of tenants and protect them from eviction during the pandemic. She also sponsored legislation to protect workers during the pandemic by requiring employers to provide them with personal protective equipment and hazard pay.
Ayala is running against former delegate Winsome Sears, a Republican who represented Norfolk in the House of Delegates from 2002 to 2003. Sears owns a plumbing and appliance repair store in Winchester. Sears opposes legislation that would make our communities safer from gun violence. She also supports using public money to fund private schools and wants to create deliberate barriers to voting access that make it more difficult for people to participate in our democracy.
Due to her support of affordable health coverage, the environment, public education, and Virginia working families, Delegate Hala Ayala is the most progressive choice for lieutenant governor in Virginia.Last updated: 2021-09-15The daughter of a Salvadorian and North African immigrant father and a Lebanese and Irish mother, Delegate Hala Ayala was one of the first Latina women elected to the House of Delegates, having one her first election to represent the 51st District in 2017.The daughter of a Salvadorian and North African immigrant father and a Lebanese and Irish mother, Delegate Hala Ayala was one of the first Latina women elected to the House of Delegates, having one her first election to represent the 51st District in 2017.
Incumbent Attorney General Mark Herring is seeking his third term in office after having been first elected in 2013. Raised by a single mother in Loudoun County, Herring obtained a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of Virginia before earning his law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law. He and his wife of 30 years, Laura, raised two children together.
Herring has stood up for access to affordable healthcare by fighting off efforts by the Trump administration to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In 2021, Herring defended the ACA by joining a coalition of 21 attorneys general to argue in front of the U.S. Supreme Court against a lawsuit from the Trump administration that would have dismantled the ACA, protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and Medicaid expansion.
Herring is a champion of reproductive rights and abortion access, and has used his office to support a person’s right to decide when and whether to become a parent. He has signed onto several lawsuits that challenge different states’ restrictive abortion laws. He issued an opinion in 2015 to strike down medically unnecessary Targeted Restrictions on Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws that shuttered women’s health centers in the Commonwealth. In 2019, he successfully filed an injunction against the Trump administration’s efforts to halt contraceptive coverage in health insurance.
Herring has worked to keep our communities safe from gun violence by standing up to the gun lobby. In 2020, he defended two common-sense laws passed by the General Assembly aimed at preventing gun violence, the one-handgun-a-month law, and extended background checks. The same year, he also successfully defended a challenge to Virginia’s extreme risk protection law, which keeps guns out of the hands of people who pose a risk to themselves or others.
During his time in office, Herring has fought to keep the promise of democracy real by protecting access to the ballot box. This year, he applauded the passage of the Voting Rights Act of Virginia and joined other attorneys general in urging Congress to pass safeguards that guarantee people’s rights to participate in our democracy by voting. In 2020, he ensured that voters did not face intimidation while casting their ballots in our fair and free elections. In 2016, he defended a decision from former Governor Terry McAuliffe to restore the rights of returning citizens in the Commonwealth.
Herring is facing a challenge from Delegate Jason Miyares, a conservative Republican who wants to create deliberate barriers to voting access, undermine workers’ rights by keeping Virginia a right-to-work state, and oppose efforts to shift funding away from police budgets to community services. As a delegate, Miyares voted against raising the state’s minimum wage, expanding access to affordable healthcare to hundreds of thousands of Virginians, abolishing the death penalty, and legalizing marijuana. He also opposes abortion access.
Due to his support of access to affordable healthcare, abortion access, gun violence prevention, and voting rights, Attorney General Mark Herring is the most progressive choice for this race.Last updated: 2021-09-15Incumbent Attorney General Mark Herring is seeking his third term in office after having been first elected in 2013.Incumbent Attorney General Mark Herring is seeking his third term in office after having been first elected in 2013.
House of Delegates
Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below House of Delegate races on your ballot.
This election will be held on November 2, 2021, and shares a ballot with statewide offices of governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general. Incumbent Delegate Mike Mullin (D) is running against Jordan Gray (R). Del. Mullin has represented the district since 2018.
The 93rd District includes parts of James City and York counties, the city of Williamsburg, and part of Newport News. It is a competitive district, but leans Democratic. Del. Mullin won with 56% of the vote in 2019.
Incumbent Delegate Mike Mullin is a prosecutor who has served in the House of Delegates since 2016. Mullin earned his bachelor’s degree from Christopher Newport University and his law degree from the Catholic University Law School. Professionally, he works as an assistant commonwealth’s attorney for the City of Hampton and as an investigator with the Virginia Gang Investigators’ Association. He lives in Newport News with his wife and three sons.
Mullin is a strong advocate for criminal justice reform. He was the chief patron of the bill to abolish the death penalty, which made Virginia the first Southern state to do so. He voted in favor of marijuana legalization. He also introduced and successfully passed a bill to divert minors from the traditional justice system into a youth-oriented system that can better support their needs. He voted for automatic expungement for certain criminal records and for victims of human trafficking, to ensure these individuals have better access to housing and jobs.
Mullin has supported working families in Virginia. He voted in favor of increasing the state’s minimum wage in 2020. He successfully sponsored the Virginia Overtime Wage Act, which ensures employees can sue their employers if they are not fairly compensated for overtime work. Mullin also expanded access to job training, voting in favor of the creation of the Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back (G3) program, which makes community college tuition-free for low- and middle-income individuals who study in certain fields.
Mullin has also worked to make the promise of democracy real for us all by expanding access to the ballot. He supported the passage of the Virginia Voting Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination at the polls. He also passed bills to expand access to curbside and absentee voting in 2020. Additionally, he was a sponsor of a bill to implement same-day voter registration starting in 2022. He also supported the passage of a bill that makes Election Day a state holiday.
Mullin has worked to ensure Virginia schools are safe and well-funded. He voted in favor of a bill to prohibit guns on school property. He voted in favor of 5% raises for teachers and additional funding so schools can safely reopen during the pandemic. He also increased funding for early childhood education and decrease the counselor-to-student ratio in schools. He voted for the Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back “G3” Program which makes community college more affordable to qualifying low-and middle-income students who study in certain fields.
Mullin’s opponent is Republican Jordan Gray, a Madison, Va. native and teacher. Gray supports using taxpayer money to fund private schools through school voucher programs.
He opposes making the rich and wealthy corporations who benefit from our communities pay their fair share in taxes. He also opposes efforts to shift police funding to social services such as housing and mental health care.
Due to his support of criminal justice reform, working families, voting access, and public education, Delegate Mike Mullin is the most progressive choice in this race.
Incumbent Delegate Mike Mullin is a prosecutor who has served in the House of Delegates since 2016. Mullin earned his bachelor’s degree from Christopher Newport University and his law degree from the Catholic University Law School.
The 94th District encompasses part of the city of Newport News. The district leans Democratic. Del. Simonds won with 58% of the vote in 2019, flipping the seat from long-term Delegate David Yancey (R).
Incumbent Democratic Delegate Shelly Simonds is an activist and educator who has represented the 94th District since 2019. She attended Bucknell University to earn her undergraduate degree and Stanford University, where she received her master’s degree in communications. After college, she settled down in Newport News with her husband to raise their two daughters. She became a Spanish teacher at her daughters’ elementary school and was elected to the Newport News School Board in 2012.
Simonds has been an advocate for the environment by supporting multiple bills that have been important for addressing climate change and protecting the state’s natural resources. She was a patron of the Virginia Clean Economy Act, which will transition Virginia’s power grid to rely on 100% renewable energy by 2050. She also supported the creation of a major offshore wind energy facility and a rebate for individuals who purchase or drive low-emission vehicles. She supports increased funding for land conservation as well as community parks and green spaces. She opposes fracking and uranium mining.
Simonds has also worked to ensure women are able to receive equal treatment in the workplace. She supported the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment in the state. Additionally, she’s worked to expand childcare, knowing how access and affordability are critical to letting parents participate in the labor force. She served as a patron of a bill that greatly expanded subsidies for childcare. She also supported the passage of the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, which added critical worker protections to a previously overlooked, primarily women of color workforce.
As a former teacher, Simonds has worked to ensure that Virginia’s schools are well-funded and equitable. She voted in favor of raises for teachers, which will help address the state’s shortage of teachers and help the state retain and recruit high-quality educators. Simonds also supports actions to address the achievement gap in her district. As a member of the Virginia School Board Association’s Challenged Schools Taskforce, Simonds helped secure $2,000,000 of funding for low-income students to attend educational support programs.
Simonds has also expanded access to affordable healthcare in the state. She supported a successful bill to end surprise medical billing so that insurance companies have to be transparent about what a patient will be charged. Simonds also worked to decrease prescription drug prices, voting to implement a $50 monthly price cap on insulin. She expanded access to critical reproductive health care, voting to require insurance companies to cover abortions.
Simonds’ opponent is Russ Harper (R), a U.S. Army Veteran, pastor, and small business owner. He does not support common-sense gun violence prevention measures and making the rich and wealthy corporations that benefit from our communities pay their fair share in taxes. Harper also opposes abortion access and efforts to expand voting access in Virginia.
Due to her support of the environment, public education, working families, and access to affordable healthcare, Delegate Shelly Simonds is the most progressive choice in this race.
Incumbent Democratic Delegate Shelly Simonds is an activist and educator who has represented the 94th District since 2019. She attended Bucknell University to earn her undergraduate degree and Stanford University, where she received her master’s degree in communications.
The 95th District includes parts of the cities of Hampton and Newport News. The district is strongly Democratic. Del. Price has frequently run unopposed in the general election and Sen. Tim Kaine (D) won the district with 72% of the vote.
Incumbent Delegate Marcia “Cia” Price has represented the 95th District in the House of Delegates since 2016. She received an undergraduate degree from Spelman College and a master’s degree from Howard University. She has served as a special assistant in the Virginia Liaison Office, a state coordinator for the NAACP’s This Is My Vote! Campaign, and a dental office administrator. She founded the Virginia Black Leadership Organizing Collaborative (VA BLOC), which focuses on voter and civic engagement.
Price is a strong supporter of expanding access to the ballot box. She successfully sponsored the Voting Rights Act of Virginia, which prohibits discrimination at the polls. She also voted to keep voters safe during the pandemic by establishing drop boxes for ballots and removing the witness signature requirement for absentee ballots during an emergency. Price also voted for bills to extend early voting, remove the requirement for an excuse for absentee voting, open up the polls for Sunday voting hours and opportunities for curbside voting, in addition to making Election Day a state holiday.
Price wants to address the housing crisis by advocating for tenant rights and affordable housing in the Commonwealth. She was the chief patron of legislation to ensure that measures to protect the rights of tenants during the pandemic are made permanent and supported additional measures to protect renters during the pandemic. She also helped expand access to the Virginia Rent Relief Program and voted to create the Virginia housing opportunity tax credit, which assists low-income individuals.
Price was a co-patron of the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, which provided critical protections for workers like housekeepers, nannies, and many others, ensuring they have the same labor protections and a minimum wage like everyone else. In addition, she voted in favor of successfully raising the minimum wage and supported efforts to end the exclusion of farmworkers from minimum wage requirements. She also helped pass the Virginia Overtime Wage Act, which guarantees employees receive fair compensation for overtime work.
Price has worked to make healthcare affordable and accessible to all. In 2018, she voted to expand Medicaid, increasing coverage for nearly 500,000 Virginians. She supported the $50 cap on insulin and is working to cap prices for other expensive prescription drugs. She also voted in favor of a bill to require state-run health facilities to treat undocumented immigrants rather than report them. She also voted for legislation that requires insurance companies to cover abortion services.
Price is facing a challenge from Republican David Wilson, a conservative community organizer. Wilson opposes access to abortion. Wilson has also shared homophobic content on social media. He opposes government efforts to keep communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, including mask wearing, and is posting misinformation on the COVID-19 vaccine on social media.
Due to her support of expanding access to the ballot, working families, and access to affordable healthcare, Delegate Marcia Price is the most progressive choice in this race.
Incumbent Delegate Marcia “Cia” Price has represented the 95th District in the House of Delegates since 2016. She received an undergraduate degree from Spelman College and a master’s degree from Howard University.
Newport News is included in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. As of the 2020 census, the population was 179,225, making it the fifth-most populous city in Virginia. Newport News is strongly Democratic. Marty Eubank has held the position since 1998, running unopposed in subsequent elections.Gabe Morgan has served as the sheriff of the City of Newport News since 2006 and is currently serving his fourth term. Morgan is a graduate of the University of the State of New York at Albany, the Army's Command and General Staff College, and the 90th Session of the National Sheriff's Institute. He is an army veteran with over 21 years of service. As Sheriff, he manages a staff of more than 200 workers and oversees multi-million-dollar budgets.
Morgan has worked to address issues of overcrowding during his term as Sheriff. He lobbied for legislation that allowed the City of Newport news an exemption on the moratorium on jail expansion and construction. He was a leading decision in creating a jail annex that served as a rehabilitation facility. He also worked with the city council to add over 200 additional bed spaces for inmates in need through his jail annex expansion project.
Under his leadership, the sheriff’s office has partnered with other local, city, state, and federal agencies. He established a crisis intervention team that sends trained professionals to respond to situations involving a mental health crisis, alleviating jail as an immediate solution. His office has also partnered with the federal government to prioritize returning soldiers with employment opportunities. He continues to work with and support local civic organizations to meet community needs better.
Morgan continues to work towards improving and enhancing existing correctional programs to reduce recidivism in Newport News. The sheriff's office’s primary initiative has been to work with the Newport News Public School system to improve the jail’s GED program; these efforts have led to more inmates obtaining their GED degrees while serving their time. His office has also increased the number of drug rehabilitation classes provided and created a work-release program.
He also works to ensure the environmental health and safety of all inmates. His office has invested in a purification system that would destroy nearly any airborne disease, virus, bacteria, and mold species. He also created a K-9 unit that tackles the flow of incoming drugs into the jail. He invested in an emergency evacuation chair to assist disabled inmates in case of an emergency evacuation. He also remodeled and replaced existing jail infrastructure to address health and wellness issues for staff and inmates.
Sheriff Gabe Morgan is running unopposed. Due to his initiatives towards inmate rehabilitation and alternate response units to mental health issues, he is the progressive choice in this race.Gabe Morgan has served as the sheriff of the City of Newport News since 2006 and is currently serving his fourth term. Morgan is a graduate of the University of the State of New York at Albany, the Army's Command and General Staff College, and the 90th Session of the National Sheriff's Institute.
Newport News is included in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. As of the 2020 census, the population was 179,225, making it the fifth-most populous city in Virginia. Newport News is strongly Democratic. Marty Eubank has held the position since 1998, running unopposed in subsequent elections.Newport News native Howard Gwynn has served as commonwealth’s attorney since 1990. He obtained his bachelor’s from Dartmouth College and his law degree from the University of Michigan.
Gwynn is a member of the Virginia Progressive Prosecutors for Justice, a group of eleven Commonwealth’s Attorneys advocating for criminal justice reform. He supports legislation to expunged records of qualified individuals, ending the three-strikes felony enhancement for petty larceny offenses, and ending cash bail.
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Howard Gwynn is running unopposed. Due to his membership in the Virginia Progressive Prosecutors for Justice and his commitment to criminal reform, Gwynn is the progressive choice in this election.Newport News native Howard Gwynn has served as commonwealth’s attorney since 1990. He obtained his bachelor’s from Dartmouth College and his law degree from the University of Michigan.
Newport News is included in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. As of the 2020 census, the population was 179,225, making it the fifth-most populous city in Virginia. Newport News is strongly Democratic. Marty Eubank has held the position since 1998, running unopposed in subsequent elections.Taylor Boyle has served as the commissioner of the revenue since 2018. Boyle comes from a military background; her father is a retired Air Force Sergeant. She has been a resident of Newport News for over 20 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Wesleyan College and a master’s degree from the University of Maryland University College. She currently serves as chair of the Hampton Roads district of the Commissioners of the Revenue Association of Virginia. Boyle is the mother of a high school-aged daughter.
As Commissioner of the Revenue, Boyle is dedicated to the effective and efficient usage of tax dollars. She seeks to educate residents on changes to tax codes and business processes. Her office also offers taxpayers various workshops including tax preparation, owning a small business, and obtaining a business license. She has also committed herself to attend the General Assembly to lobby on behalf of taxpayers. Her office also allows for constituent outreach through initiatives such as the Labor Education Entrepreneurship Diversity workshop. Boyle was an instrumental member in creating the first statewide minority business commission.
Her office is also working towards more open transparent practices. In doing so, she plans to continue to update all technology and information literature. She also promises to be more visible on social media platforms as a way of communicating with community members. She created an annual newsletter that keeps citizens and businesses updated on taxpayer dollars. She has also started a number of programs and initiatives geared towards more community engagement.
Tiffany Boyle is running unopposed. Due to her commitment to educating small business owners and transparent tax practices, Boyle is the progressive choice in this election.Taylor Boyle has served as the commissioner of the revenue since 2018. Boyle comes from a military background; her father is a retired Air Force Sergeant. She has been a resident of Newport News for over 20 years.