• 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.

House of Delegates

Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below House of Delegate races on your ballot.

  • The 68th District includes parts of Chesterfield and Henrico counties and part of the city of Richmond. It is a competitive district. Adams beat the long-term Republican incumbent with 50% of the vote in 2017 and won with 55% of the vote in 2019.

    Incumbent Delegate Dawn Adams is a nurse practitioner with more than thirty years of diverse clinical and administrative health care experience. She previously taught health policy at Old Dominion University and currently owns a telemedicine business dedicated to alternative approaches to pain management. She was the first openly lesbian member of the General Assembly. She currently resides in Richmond with her partner of over 16 years and their dogs. She was first elected to represent the 68th District in 2017.

    As a nurse practitioner, Adams serves as a leader for healthcare policy in the state legislature and has worked to ensure healthcare is affordable and high-quality. She voted to expand Medicaid to 400,000 Virginians in 2018. She voted for a bill to cap the price of insulin as well as increase prescription drug price transparency. She supported legislation to establish a state-run health insurance marketplace, which helps residents who aren’t covered by an employer-provided health plan to get affordable coverage. Adams also served as a crucial advocate for healthcare workers during the pandemic and beyond.
    Adams has helped implement critical criminal justice reforms. She voted for marijuana legalization and advocated for its health benefits. Additionally, she voted to abolish the death penalty and to ban no-knock warrants and police searches. She voted in favor of a bill to establish a process of automatic expungement for certain misdemeanors so that residents can access housing, jobs, and educational opportunities. She also supported the constitutional amendment to restore voting rights to returning citizens in the Commonwealth.

    Adams has worked to protect the environment and guarantee access to clean air, land, and water for all Virginians. She was a patron of the Virginia Clean Economy Act, which commits Virginia to 100% renewable energy by 2050. She voted to establish studies on drinking water contamination as well as create new standards so it is safe to drink. She voted in favor of creating rebates and benefits for people who purchase electric and low emissions vehicles. She also wants to make public transportation as accessible and sustainable as possible.

    Adams supports enacting policies so that Virginia working families can live with dignity. She voted to raise the minimum wage. She supports the right of workers to form unions, and guarantee paid family and medical leave for workers. She also voted to protect the rights of LGBTQ Virginians by helping to pass the Virginia Values Act, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, or credit. Additionally, she voted to expand the Virginia Human Rights Act to include people with disabilities. She also supported the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment to prevent gender discrimination.

    Adams is running against Republican Mark Earley, a lawyer who worked for former Governor Bob McDonell. Earley supports using taxpayer money to fund private education with initiatives like school voucher programs. He opposes abortion access and common-sense gun violence prevention measures. Earley is under criminal investigation for an error on an economic interest statement made when filing his candidacy.

    Due to her advocacy for healthcare, the environment, criminal justice reform, and workers’ rights, Delegate Adams is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Dawn Adams

    Incumbent Delegate Dawn Adams is a nurse practitioner with more than thirty years of diverse clinical and administrative health care experience.

  • The 69th District includes part of the city of Richmond and part of Chesterfield County. It is a strongly Democratic district. Del. Carr ran unopposed in the general election in recent years and Senator Tim Kaine won with 88% of the vote in 2018.

    Incumbent Delegate Betsy Carr was first elected in 2009. Before serving in the legislature, she was a director of outreach for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Richmond. Additionally, she helped found the Micah Initiative, which connects faith communities and city elementary schools, to provide mentors, tutors, and volunteers. She also served on the Richmond School Board and worked for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She is a grandmother of six and a mother of three.

    Carr understands the urgency of the climate crisis and is working to tackle the issue in the Commonwealth. She was a patron of the Virginia Clean Economy Act, which commits Virginia to using 100% renewable energy by 2050. She successfully sponsored legislation that prohibits food vendors from using harmful styrofoam food containers by 2025. She also voted in favor of tax rebates for electric vehicles. She also introduced a budget amendment to fund an urban green space at the Science Museum of Virginia.

    Carr is also an advocate for tenant rights and affordable housing. During COVID, she passed a bill allowing tenants to prevent landlords from entering their homes for non-emergency maintenance during a pandemic. She also worked to expand the Virginia Fair Housing Law to ensure individuals with disabilities can request accessible parking at their housing. She also helped introduce new tools for local governments to transform unused properties into affordable housing opportunities.

    Carr supports legislation to strengthen working families. She voted in favor of raising the minimum wage and the Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back “G3” Program, which makes community college tuition-free for low- and middle-income students who study in certain fields. She supported the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights in 2021. She also is in favor of providing paid family and medical leave and ensuring childcare and eldercare are affordable.

    Carr voted for critical criminal justice reforms in Virginia. She was a patron of the bill to abolish the death penalty. During the 2021 Virginia General Assembly, she supported marijuana legalization, ending qualified immunity for law enforcement officers, and establishing a process of automatic expungement of certain criminal records. She also supported legislation requiring racial and ethnic impact statements for any form of criminal justice legislation to ensure the legislation being passed is equitable.

    Carr is facing a challenge from Sheila Furey (R), a psychiatrist who has practiced in Richmond for over 20 years. Furey opposes keeping our communities safe by passing common-sense measures to prevent gun violence. She is also against a person’s right to decide when and whether to become a parent.

    Due to her advocacy for the environment, working families, access to affordable healthcare, and criminal justice reform, Delegate Betsy Carr is the most progressive choice for this race.

    Betsy Carr

    Incumbent Delegate Betsy Carr was first elected in 2009. Before serving in the legislature, she was a director of outreach for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Richmond.

  • Richmond is the capital of the Commonwealth and sits on the banks of the James River in central Virginia. It has a population of 226,610 people. The city is strongly Democratic with 83% of the vote going to President Joe Biden in the 2020 election.

    Incumbent Nicole R. Armistead (D) is seeking her second term as Richmond Treasurer. She was born in Richmond and is the daughter of a former member of Richmond City Council. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications. Armistead worked for 17 years at the Federal Reserve Bank in Richmond and for two years at the Virginia Credit Union. She and her husband have three children who attend Richmond Public Schools.

    Since her election in 2017, Armistead has worked to expand the role of her office to better serve Richmond residents. She has promoted financial literacy through programs to help people develop functional skills to improve their standard of living. In 2021, she launched the Financial Navigators program to assist residents facing financial hardships. The navigators will provide advice to residents over the phone to manage their finances and make referrals for other services such as rent relief, eviction protection, and employment opportunities.

    Challenging Armistead is former member of city council, Shirley Harvey, who unsuccessfully ran for the office in 2013 and 2017. Harvey has also run for mayor and a seat in the House of Delegates. Harvey wants to use the office of the treasurer to bring oversight to the city’s finance department.


    Due to her support of financial literacy and efforts to help Richmond residents during the pandemic, Armistead is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Nicole R. Armistead

    Incumbent Nicole R. Armistead (D) is seeking her second term as Richmond Treasurer. She was born in Richmond and is the daughter of a former member of Richmond City Council. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications.

No Recommendation

Richmond is the capital of the Commonwealth and sits on the banks of the James River in central Virginia. It has a population of 226,610 people. The city is strongly Democratic with 83% of the vote going to President Joe Biden in the 2020 election.

Incumbent Antionette Irving (D) is seeking her second term as Richmond Sheriff. She grew up in Creighton Court and spent 26 years at the Henrico Sheriff’s Office. She earned a doctorate in business administration from Northcentral University. Irving and some of her staff are subject of a federal lawsuit brought on behalf of incarcerated people at the city’s jail who claim they were tear gassed by deputies under Irving’s command after they raised concerns about safety practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Irving is running unopposed. We have no recommendation in this race. 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.

No Recommendation

Richmond is the capital of the Commonwealth and sits on the banks of the James River in central Virginia. It has a population of 226,610 people. The city is strongly Democratic with 83% of the vote going to President Joe Biden in the 2020 election.

Incumbent Colette McEachin (D) was first elected as Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney in 2019. Her office has been accused of lacking an adequate system to hold police who abuse their power accountable. McEachin refused to reopen the investigation into the police murder of Marcus David-Peters, an unarmed black man who was shot by Richmond police while undergoing a mental health crisis. She concluded that the police officer’s use of force was justified.

McEachin is running unopposed. We have no recommendation in this race. 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.