• 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

    Terry McAuliffe

    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.

    Terry McAuliffe

    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: 2021-09-15

    Hala Ayala

    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.

    Hala Ayala

    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: 2021-09-15

    Mark Herring

    Incumbent Attorney General Mark Herring is seeking his third term in office after having been first elected in 2013.

    Mark Herring

    Incumbent Attorney General Mark Herring is seeking his third term in office after having been first elected in 2013.
  • Virginia’s 63rd District includes parts of the counties of Chesterfield, Dinwiddie and Prince George, as well as the city of Petersburg. Voting trends show that this district is competitive, however Democratic candidates have represented the district for over 40 years. Kim Taylor is the first Republican candidate to run for the 63rd district.

    Incumbent Delegate Lashresce Aird (D) has represented the 63rd District since 2016. Her election made her the youngest woman elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. Aird earned her undergraduate and doctorate degrees from Virginia State University. She is a graduate of the Sorenson Political Leadership Program at the University of Virginia and the Minority Political Leadership Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a trusted community leader in Petersburg where she and her husband are raising two sons.

    Aird is committed to criminal justice reform. She successfully carried legislation that bans the use and purchase of facial recognition technology by all local law enforcement agencies and campus police without explicit authorization from the state. Aird sponsored “Breonna’s Law,” which bans police from using no-knock warrants to enter and search a home without notifying the resident. She voted to abolish the death penalty and legalize marijuana in 2021 as well.

    Aird also successfully sponsored historic legislation that recognizes racism as a public health crisis in Virginia. This bill will implement a series of policies geared towards addressing systemic racism in Virginia. She advocates for access to affordable, quality healthcare by working to lower drug costs and voting to cap the price of insulin in 2020. She voted to expand Medicaid to 400,000 Virginians in 2018 and supported establishing a state-run health insurance marketplace, which helps uninsured or underinsured residents who aren’t covered by an employer-provided health plan to get affordable coverage.

    Aird understands the urgency of the climate crisis and is focused on passing legislation to protect the environment. She advocates for equitable energy by successfully sponsoring legislation to make access to clean, affordable water a human right in 2021. She voted for the Virginia Clean Economy Act in 2020, which commits the Commonwealth to 100% clean energy by 2050. The Virginia League of Conservation Voters awarded her a score of 100% for the 2020 session.

    Aird supports Virginia’s public education system, voting for a 5% raise for teachers and additional funding to help schools reopen safely during the pandemic. She worked to pass legislation that would make higher education more equitable for applicants by banning public universities from asking criminal history questions on admissions applications. The delegate also co-sponsored the School Equity and Staffing Act, which would address spending discrepancies between schools in low-income communities versus other communities.

    Aird is facing a challenge from Republican candidate Kim Taylor, a Dinwiddie County resident who owns a small business with her husband. Taylor supports using taxpayer money to fund private education and opposes government efforts to keep students safe when schools reopen with masking requirements and vaccination protocols at public colleges and universities.

    Due to her support of criminal justice reform, public education, affordable healthcare, and the environment, Aird is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Lashrecse Aird

    Incumbent Delegate Lashresce Aird (D) has represented the 63rd District since 2016. Her election made her the youngest woman elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. Aird earned her undergraduate and doctorate degrees from Virginia State University.
  • Petersburg is an independent city with a population of 31,346, located south of Richmond on the Appomattox River. The previous treasurer, Kenneth Pritchett, was a Democrat.

    Petersburg resident Paul Mullin previously served as deputy treasurer of the City of Petersburg from 2012-2017. He holds an accounting degree from Baruch College. He currently works as an operations manager for the City of Richmond and is the owner of The Expert Consultants. Mullin and his wife, a Petersburg City Public School teacher, share three children.

    Mullin’s campaign promises to rebuild and restore the treasurer’s office. If elected, he seeks to reinvest collected and deposited revenue back into the community. A primary goal of his is to collect enough revenue to properly fund Petersburg City Public Schools Through affordable payment plans, Mullin hopes to decrease the use of third-party collectors.

    He plans to streamline the existing payment process. He hopes that by implementing a lockbox option, residents will directly mail their payments and have them processed within 48 hours. Once fully implemented, drop pox payments will be fully processed within one week. He also hopes to have a staff member dedicated to accepting phone payments during revenue collection season. Mullin also believes that specific changes should be made to the city code. He proposes getting rid of vehicle sticker costs as their fiscal impact on the city is significant.

    Mullin will also address ways to increase revenue collections. He believes this can be accomplished by decreasing the number of delinquent accounts given to TACS. He is committed to initiatives that will help collect delinquent taxes from Petersburg businesses. He also believes that the city council should consider a more effective billing period for collecting taxes. Through collaboration between the treasurer’s office and the commissioner of revenue, he hopes tax bills will be more accurate and submitted on time.

    As treasurer, he promises to increase the quality of customer service the treasurer’s office provides. He believes this can be accomplished by expanded office hours and having calls returned with 48 hours. He also hopes to train employees to answer general questions better and perform several functions of the office if need be. Mullin will also work to bridge communication between essential departments as means of being more responsive to taxpayers.

    Paul Mullins is running against independent candidate Manya Kumar. Kumar formerly worked as an administrative assistant in the treasurer’s Office. However, a lack of other online information means we cannot guarantee Kumar will make progressive choices.

    Paul Mullin is the progressive choice due to his commitment to increasing revenue collection and increasing taxpayer knowledge.

    Paul Mullin

    Petersburg resident Paul Mullin previously served as deputy treasurer of the City of Petersburg from 2012-2017. He holds an accounting degree from Baruch College. He currently works as an operations manager for the City of Richmond and is the owner of The Expert Consultants.

No Recommendation

Petersburg is an independent city with a population of 31,346, located south of Richmond on the Appomattox River. The previous treasurer, Kenneth Pritchett, was a Democrat.

Vanessa Crawford became the first female sheriff for the City of Petersburg in 2005. Crawford is currently serving her fourth term as Sheriff. She is a Petersburg native and obtained her bachelor’s from Virginia Commonwealth University. She became the first woman to run an all-male jail in the Virginia Department of corrections. The sheriff previously served on the Department of Criminal Justice Services Board for two terms. Between 2014 and 2017, Crawford was the only African American female sheriff in the country. She is married to Leon, a veteran officer; they share five children.

Crawford has a track record for bolstering community interaction aimed at improving the relationship between community members and law enforcement. She has launched over 30 programs, including crime prevention classes, teen-driver safety courses, and monthly art galleries at the Sheriff’s Office. In July 2020, she was appointed by Governor Ralph Northam to the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorder Commission. The commission works to share information on best practices to cost-effective solutions to problems with complex interactions. Crawford reports directly to the Governor and the Secretary of Health and Human Resources as an advisor.

Crawford is running unopposed. A lack of online information about Crawford’s positions means we cannot guarantee she will make progressive choices. However, we still encourage you to show up to vote on November 2 by writing in the candidate of your choice for this race and the other races on your ballot.
  • Petersburg is an independent city with a population of 31,346, located south of Richmond on the Appomattox River. The previous treasurer, Kenneth Pritchett, was a Democrat.

    Tiffany Buckner was appointed as Petersburg’s interim Commonwealth’s Attorney in July of 2020 and ran unopposed to keep her position later that year. Buckner obtained her bachelor’s degree from Virginia State University and her law degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law. She was assistant commonwealth’s attorney for the city of Danville in 2010. She has served as both senior assistant commonwealth’s attorney and deputy commonwealth’s attorney for the city of Petersburg.

    As the assistant Commonwealth’s attorney for Danville, Buckner chaired the Law Day Committee, which offered middle and high schoolers the opportunity to engage with local attorneys. A member of the Kiwanis Club, Buckner has taken part in community outreach efforts for the children of Petersburg.

    Buckner pushes for accountability among law enforcement. After a senior detective was found to have stashed evidence from some of his cases, Buckner requested Virginia State Police to investigate issues surrounding the misplaced evidence in the Petersburg Bureau of Police. She also advised attorneys who worked on cases potentially related to the detective’s negligence. Buckner has also prosecuted cases involving gun violence and murder.

    Tiffany Buckner is running unopposed. Because of her commitment to community and accountability, she is a progressive choice in this race.

    Tiffany Buckner

    Tiffany Buckner was appointed as Petersburg’s interim Commonwealth’s Attorney in July of 2020 and ran unopposed to keep her position later that year. Buckner obtained her bachelor’s degree from Virginia State University and her law degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law.

No Recommendation

Petersburg is an independent city with a population of 31,346, located south of Richmond on the Appomattox River. The previous treasurer, Kenneth Pritchett, was a Democrat.

Incumbent Brittany Flowers was elected as Petersburg Commissioner of the Revenue in 2017, the youngest one in the Commonwealth. She is originally from Ettrick, Va. She holds an associate’s degree in applied science in business administration from ECPI Technical College. In 2013, she joined the City of Petersburg as a deputy in the treasurer’s office. Before her 2017 win, she served as a deputy in the commissioner of revenue’s office.

Flowers emphasizes the importance of community engagement. In addition to her duties with the city, Flowers serves as the Chairwoman of the Trustees & Financial Secretary of Rocky Mount Baptist Church in McKenney, Virginia. There, she maintains the budget and manages the collection of contributions. Additionally, she is licensed as an insurance agent in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Flowers ran her previous campaign on the promise of better communication. She regularly shares information about small businesses, community events, and financial assistance information through her social media.

Brittany Flowers is running unopposed. A lack of information about her means we cannot guarantee she will make progressive choices. However, we still encourage you to show up to vote on November 2 by writing in the candidate of your choice for this race and the other races on your ballot.