• 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 70th District includes part of the city of Richmond and parts of Chesterfield and Henrico counties. The district is strongly Democratic. Del. McQuinn has run unopposed in every general election since 2009 and Sen. Tim Kaine (D) won the district with 75% of the vote in 2018.

    Incumbent Democratic Delegate Delores McQuinn has represented the 70th District in the House of Delegates since 2010. She is a local minister who is involved with Baptist churches in the district. Before her election to the General Assembly, McQuinn was a member of the Richmond City School Board from 1992 to 1996 and the Richmond City Council from 1999 to 2009. She is a lifelong resident of Richmond and has two sons and a granddaughter.

    Serving as ​​chair of the Transportation Committee in the House of Delegates, McQuinn introduced and successfully passed a bill to establish a study on Transit Equity and Modernization in the Commonwealth. This bill will work to help ensure underserved and underrepresented communities are receiving the same high-quality transportation services as elsewhere. It will also work to ensure modernizations to transit infrastructure are environmentally conscious. She also voted for a bill to create an Electric Vehicle Grant Fund to provide electric buses and school buses to local governments.

    McQuinn has advocated ending food insecurity in Virginia. She was chief co-patron of a bill to expand free school meals to more Virginian students and voted in favor of a bill banning alternative meals for students who are unable to afford standard lunches. She introduced a bill to establish the Produce Rx Program, which unanimously passed. The program, which was launched as a three-year pilot, reduces the prices of fruits and vegetables for people that are facing food insecurity or living with diet-related chronic diseases.

    McQuinn was a chief co-patron of the Virginia Values Act, which broadened discrimination protections in the Commonwealth. It extended current discrimination laws in public employment and housing to include discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. She also voted to eliminate the outdated and discriminatory “gay panic” defense for the murder of LGBTQ+ individuals. Additionally, she voted in favor of a bill to prevent discrimination by health insurance companies against transgender Virginians.

    McQuinn supports expanding access to the ballot in Virginia. She supported the Voting Rights Act of Virginia, which prohibits discrimination at the polls. She voted to keep voters safe and healthy during the pandemic by establishing drop boxes for absentee ballots. McQuinn has also worked to bring equity to Virginia. Along with several members of the House, she patroned legislation that recognizes racism as a public health crisis in Virginia. She also advocated for the upkeep of African-American burial sites in the state, working to ensure seven black cemeteries in Hampton are eligible for funding as historic sites.

    McQuinn is running unopposed and is the most progressive choice for this district.

    Delores McQuinn

    Incumbent Democratic Delegate Delores McQuinn has represented the 70th District in the House of Delegates since 2010. She is a local minister who is involved with Baptist churches in the district.

  • The 71st District contains part of the city of Richmond and part of Henrico county. The district is strongly democratic and Bourne has won with more than 80% of the vote in every general election.

    Incumbent Delegate James Bourne has represented the 71st District since 2017. He received his bachelor’s degree and law degree from the College of William and Mary. He served as head of government relations at the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority and the deputy chief of staff for the mayor of Richmond. He also served on the Richmond City School Board between 2013 and 2017. He lives with his wife and two school-aged children in Richmond.

    Since his election, Bourne has advocated for critical criminal justice reforms to ensure all Virginians receive equal justice under the law. He introduced legislation to end qualified immunity, ensuring that law-enforcement officers are held accountable for violating people’s civil rights. He also worked to create the Mental Health Awareness Response and Community Understanding Services (MARCUS) alert system, ensuring a safe and appropriate response to people experiencing mental health crises. Bourne also voted to legalize marijuana and abolish the death penalty.

    Bourne’s advocacy for justice has also extended to the classroom. He has worked to end the school-to-prison pipeline and stopped students from being charged with disorderly conduct on school grounds. He introduced and passed a bill ending long-term suspensions of more than 45 days in schools. He received a 100% rating from the Virginia Education Association in 2020 and has fought to increase equity in school funding and voted in favor of raises for teachers.

    Bourne also advocated for policies to ensure every Virginian has access to affordable housing. He has introduced legislation to ban landlords from discriminating against tenants who use housing vouchers. He also worked to cap late fees on rent and require landlords to return security deposits within 45 days. He successfully passed a bill requiring reasonable attorney fees for tenants when a landlord is not compliant with the rental agreement. Additionally, he introduced legislation to create a low-income housing tax credit in the Commonwealth.

    Bourne understands the urgency of the climate crisis and supports protecting the environment. He introduced legislation to allow Virginians to choose to buy 100% renewable energy. He voted for the Virginia Clean Economy Act, transitioning the Commonwealth to relying on 100% renewable energy by 2050. He also scored a 100% rating from the Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club in 2020 and has received multiple 100% ratings from the Virginia League of Conservation Voters.

    Bourne is facing a challenge from Nancye Hunter (R). She opposes extending the eviction moratorium so people don’t go homeless during the pandemic and government efforts to protect communities during the pandemic. Hunter supports using taxpayer money to fund private education with school voucher programs. Hunter supports limited government and opposes gun violence prevention legislation.

    Due to Del. Bourne’s advocacy for criminal justice reform, public education, affordable housing, and the environment, he is the most progressive choice for Virginia’s 71st District.

    Jeff Bourne

    Incumbent Delegate James Bourne has represented the 71st District since 2017. He received his bachelor’s degree and law degree from the College of William and Mary.

  • 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.