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.
The 25th District includes parts of Albemarle, Augusta, and Rockingham counties. It is strongly Republican with Del. Runion receiving 58% of the vote in 2019.Jennifer Kitchen is an Augusta county native, mother, and community organizer. She was raised by working-class parents on farms in Augusta. She has spent her life fighting for progressive causes in Virginia, organizing for the For Our Future Fund and starting the Staunton Augusta Waynesboro (SAW) Citizen Action Group. She has also worked as a program mentor for the Arc of Augusta, which supports adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Additionally, she is a cancer survivor and has two children.
As a survivor of both cancer and fibromyalgia, Kitchen understands the importance of access to affordable, quality healthcare. She advocated for Medicaid expansion in Virginia in 2018, which made healthcare affordable to 400,000 Virginians, and will work to make Medicaid available to more Virginians if elected. She also supports Medicare for All. She wants to ensure drug and insurance companies are charging fair prices and that healthcare is affordable to everyone in her district, no matter their income.
Kitchen wants to support Virginia working families by raising the minimum wage, guaranteeing workers’ right to form unions and strengthening labor laws. She will work to repeal Virginia’s right-to-work law. She supports marijuana legalization and sees it as a great economic opportunity for Virginia farmers. She will fight to ensure all Virginians have equal access to the economic benefits that the new market for legalized marijuana will provide and to ensure people with criminal records with marijuana-related charges are expunged.
Kitchen also recognizes that protecting the environment will provide opportunities for new jobs in rural Virginia. She fully endorses the Green New Deal Virginia, which aims to tackle climate change and ensure that the state will benefit from a renewable energy economy while guaranteeing access to clean air and water. She also hopes to adopt programs that will encourage farmers to move to more environmentally friendly farming practices. Additionally, she stood against the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines and will oppose any future fracked gas pipeline.
Kitchen wants to improve the district’s infrastructure by increasing spending on transportation and broadband projects. She would like to increase revenue for local public transportation and invest in improvements on Interstate 81. Acknowledging that investment in broadband is critical for rural Virginians to thrive in the 21st century, she is proposing a large-scale broadband infrastructure package similar to New Deal programs of the 1930s that supplied electricity to rural areas.
Kitchen’s opponent is incumbent Delegate Chris Runion (R), a business leader from the Shenandoah Valley who has represented the 25th District since 2020. While serving in the General Assembly, Runion voted against the Voting Rights Act of Virginia, marijuana legalization, the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, and abolishing the death penalty. Additionally, he opposes a person’s right to decide when and whether to become a parent and opposes gun violence prevention legislation.
Due to her support of the environment, access to affordable healthcare, and working families, Jennifer Kitchen is the most progressive choice for Virginia’s 25th district.Jennifer Kitchen is an Augusta county native, mother, and community organizer. She was raised by working-class parents on farms in Augusta.
Virginia’s 57th District includes the city of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Voting trends show that this district is strongly Democratic. Delegate Hudson ran uncontested in her 2019 campaign. Republican candidate Hamilton, will be the first Republican to run for the seat in 57 years.Incumbent Delegate Sally Hudson was elected in 2019 and was the first woman to represent Charlottesville in the House of Delegates. Del. Hudson obtained her bachelor’s degree in economics and math from Stanford University and her doctorate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she was a National Science Foundation Fellow. When not in session, she teaches statistics as an assistant professor at the University of Virginia’s School of Public Policy and works as an economist.
During her first term as a legislator, one of Hudson’s primary focuses was passing legislation to tackle the climate crisis in Virginia. She worked to get the Commonwealth to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, invest in renewable energy projects like offshore wind and solar, and she voted for the Virginia Clean Economy Act, which commits Virginia to 100% clean energy by 2050. She opposes the construction of fracked gas pipelines and wants to hold polluting utility monopolies accountable. She received a 100% rating from the Sierra Club on their legislative scorecard in 2021.
Hudson supports our public education and believes that strong schools are essential to strong communities. She voted to raise teacher salaries by 5% in 2021 and for increased funding so that schools can safely reopen during the pandemic. She supports expanding universal pre-K programs and restoring state funding for public colleges as tuition continues to rise. Earlier this year, the delegate worked with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles to address a school bus driver shortage in the Charlottesville school district.
Hudson wants to boost working families in the district so that they can live with dignity. She voted to raise the minimum wage in 2020 and for the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights the following year. Her work as a labor economist has made Delegate Hudson aware of the needs of working families during the recession brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hudson successfully sponsored legislation that streamlines unemployment benefits for Virginians. Hudson also supported providing renters with relief and protection during the pandemic.
Delegate Hudson is also an advocate for criminal justice reform. She voted to legalize marijuana in 2020 and wants to bring justice to communities ravaged by the Drug War by passing legislation to resentence incarcerated people currently serving time on marijuana-related charges. The delegate supported legislation that prevents people burdened with court debt to pay additional interest on their fees. She also voted for the constitutional amendment to restore voting rights to returning citizens in the Commonwealth.
Delegate Hudson is being challenged by Republican candidate Philip Andrew Hamilton. Hamilton moved to the Charlottesville area during the pandemic due to the restrictions placed in California, where he initially lived. Hamilton opposes abortion access and is against recent efforts to replace Confederate statues in Virginia. Hamilton is also against measures to keep our communities safe from gun violence.
Due to her support of the environment, public education, Virginia working families, and criminal justice reform, Delegate Hudson is the most progressive choice in this election.Incumbent Delegate Sally Hudson was elected in 2019 and was the first woman to represent Charlottesville in the House of Delegates. Del.
Virginia’s 58th District includes parts of the counties of Albemarle, Greene, Fluvanna, and Rockingham. Voting trends show that this district is strongly Republican. Delegate Bell has represented the district since 2002. Bell has beat previous Democratic candidates by 60% to 67% margins.Sara Ratcliffe is running for the 58th District seat in the House of Delegates. She is originally from the Midwest but earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from George Washington University. She used to be a staff member to former U.S. Senator J. James Exon and research assistant to political author and broadcaster Elizabeth Drew. In 2008, she worked on the Obama campaigns in Virginia and Pennsylvania. Sara and her husband reside in Greene County.
Ratcliffe grew up in a low-income household and understands what it’s like to choose between putting food on the table and seeing a doctor. She will fight to make access to affordable, quality healthcare available to every household in the district. She wants to lower the cost of prescription drugs and protect people with pre-existing conditions from losing health coverage. As a young person, she watched her mother struggle with mental health issues, and she wants to channel resources to community-based mental health support and substance abuse treatment while also ensuring insurance covers the cost of those treatment options.
Ratcliffe sees reliable, high-speed Internet access as crucial to the economic and educational success of the region and wants to prioritize expanding affordable broadband access to every home in the district. She believes that broadband and cell phone service should be affordable utilities for all. She will work to ensure that federal and state funding is funneled to the district to build up the telecommunication infrastructure for the district along with other projects like repairing roads and bridges.
Ratcliffe supports protecting the environment and understands the economic opportunities available in the transition to a clean energy economy. She believes that workers in the green economy should have the right to unionize and will fight to protect farmers in the district. Ratcliffe wants to boost working families by making paid family and medical leave guaranteed so people don’t have to choose between a paycheck and taking care of themselves or loved ones in the event of an illness. She also supports making child care affordable to working families.
Ratcliffe advocates for keeping communities safe by passing common-sense gun violence prevention measures. Fighting for reproductive freedom has been part of Sara’s career, and she supports abortion access. She wants to fully fund our public education system, raise teacher salaries, and fund early childhood education programs. She believes in holding police accountable for the violence they inflict on communities and wants to replace police as first responders with mental health professionals and social workers in certain situations.
Ratcliffe is challenging incumbent Delegate Rob Bell (R), who was elected to represent the district in 2001. In 2018, Bell voted against expanding access to affordable healthcare to 400,000 Virginians and supported the prohibition of sanctuary cities to protect undocumented immigrants in the Commonwealth. Bell opposed the Virginia Clean Economy Act, the Voting Rights Act of Virginia, abolishing the death penalty, and marijuana legalization.
Due to her support of affordable broadband access, the environment, working families, abortion access, and public education, Ratcliffe is the most progressive choice in this election.Sara Ratcliffe is running for the 58th District seat in the House of Delegates. She is originally from the Midwest but earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from George Washington University. She used to be a staff member to former U.S. Senator J.
Virginia’s 59th District includes parts of the counties of Campbell, Appomattox, Buckingham, Albemarle, and Nelson. Voting trends show that this district is strongly Republican. Fariss won his 2019 election with over 63% of the vote.Dr. Ben Moses is a proud Jewish American. He was born in Texas and started his medical career serving in the U.S. Army in the Medical Service Corps. He helped treat first responders during Hurricane Katrina and was a trusted surgeon for veterans transitioning to civilian life. Moses retired from military service in 2013 and now works as a physician at the University of Virginia. Ben and his wife live in Albemarle County with their two children and dog.
As a practicing physician, Moses has witnessed firsthand the racial disparities in our healthcare system and believes they were worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. He also believes that abortion is health care and will fight to protect abortion access. Moses is in favor of expanding Medicaid to include dental coverage. He supports government efforts to protect the health of communities during the pandemic like requiring mask wearing at public schools.
Moses believes that the climate crisis is an immediate threat to the health of Virginians and wants to protect the environment. He won’t accept donations from fossil fuel companies like Dominion Energy and believes that the transition to a clean energy economy will fuel the creation of thousands of green jobs in the district. He supports the Green New Deal and guaranteeing all Virginians have access to clean air and water.
Moses sees access to affordable broadband as crucial to the region’s economic and educational success. He wants to make sure every household in the district has reliable Internet so people can have access to telehealth options, GPS technology so farmers can better manage their crops, and educational opportunities. Additionally, he supports fully funding our schools, increasing teacher pay, and ensuring that equitable policies are enacted to address disparities in the education system.
Moses believes in making the promise of democracy real for us all by making elections safe and accessible. He wants to keep communities safe by passing common-sense measures aimed at preventing gun violence. He supports passing paid family and medical leave so working people don’t have to choose between a paycheck and taking care of themselves or a loved one in the event of an illness. Moses also advocates for inclusive and welcoming policies of LGBTQ+ community members.
Moses is challenging incumbent Delegate Matt Fariss (R), who has represented the district since 2011. Fariss opposes abortion access and gun violence prevention measures. Fariss voted against abolishing the death penalty, raising the minimum wage, legalizing marijuana, and the Voting Rights Act of Virginia. He also opposed the Virginia Clean Economy Act, which commits the Commonwealth to 100% clean energy by 2050.
Due to his support of affordable healthcare, broadband access, protecting the environment, public education, and working families, Dr. Ben Moses is the most progressive choice in this race.Dr. Ben Moses is a proud Jewish American. He was born in Texas and started his medical career serving in the U.S. Army in the Medical Service Corps. He helped treat first responders during Hurricane Katrina and was a trusted surgeon for veterans transitioning to civilian life.