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 27th District encompasses part of Chesterfield County and is competitive. Robinson was elected with less than 51% of the vote in 2019 and 2017.Debra Gardner is a former teacher, social worker, and public servant. She received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from North Carolina Central University and a Master of Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. She worked as an adjunct professor at VCU and has held leadership positions at three state agencies: the Department of Criminal Justice Services, the Department of Corrections, and the Department of Human Services. She currently lives in North Chesterfield with her daughter.
Gardner is dedicated to policies that support Virginia working families. When her elderly mother came to live with her, Gardner understood the needs of an aging society and will work on policies that will reduce the caregiving burden on families. Gardner also received the “Family Friendly Seal of Approval” from the Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy for her dedication to paid family and medical leave, paid sick days, quality childcare and affordable eldercare. She is also dedicated to ensuring all Virginians receive a living wage and receive sufficient support during the economic recovery from COVID-19.
Gardner will also prioritize access to affordable healthcare. She especially supports expanding insurance options for unemployed Virginians, so that access to healthcare is no longer tied to employment. Additionally, she will work to increase funding for mental health care and addiction recovery to ensure these critical services are accessible to all that need them. She will fight to decrease the price of prescriptions to make sure Virginians are able to afford their necessary medications.
With her background in criminal justice and corrections, Gardner is dedicated to public safety reform. Additionally, Gardner served on the Commonwealth Domestic Violence Prevention Response Advisory Board. She will implement evidence-based and community-based programs to increase community safety. She will require updated training for all police officers and work to improve relationships between officers and communities. She sees common sense gun violence prevention legislation as critical to ensuring community safety.
Gardner will also work to tackle the climate crisis in Virginia. She sees protecting the planet as beneficial both environmentally and economically and knows investing in clean energy will help bring jobs to the 27th District. She will fight to ensure economic growth is responsibly planned and sustainable. She also sees how public health is tied to environmental protections and will work to ensure all of her constituents, regardless of economic status, have access to clean water and healthy food.
She is running against incumbent Delegate Roxann Robinson (R). Del. Robinson is a self-employed optometrist and has served in the House of Delegates since 2010. While in office, she has voted against increasing the minimum wage, the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, and marijuana legalization. She also voted against Medicaid expansion in 2018, and several gun violence prevention bills, including a bill that would have made school board property gun-free zones.
Due to her support for the environment, affordable healthcare, and Virginia working families, Gardner is the most progressive choice for Virginia’s 27th district.Debra Gardner is a former teacher, social worker, and public servant. She received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from North Carolina Central University and a Master of Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.
This election will be held on November 2, 2021, and shares a ballot with statewide offices of governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general. Jasmine Gore (D) is challenging incumbent Delegate Carrie Coyner (R), who was first elected to the seat in 2019.
Virginia’s 62nd District includes parts of the counties Chesterfield and Prince George, as well as the city of Hopewell. Voting trends show that this district leans Republican. Coyner was able to win the seat in 2019 with 55% of the votes.Hopewell transplant Jasmine Gore obtained dual degrees in biology and political science from Virginia Commonwealth University. Following graduation, Gore became one of the youngest individuals to serve on Hopewell’s city council and is currently the first woman and African-American to represent Hopewell’s Ward Four. She then served as vice-mayor of the City of Hopewell, making her the youngest to serve in that position. Gore made history again when she was appointed mayor of the City of Hopewell, making her the youngest African-American and female mayor within Virginia.
One of Gore’s primary concerns is equitable public education throughout the Commonwealth. She supports investing in more affordable universal pre-k and childcare. She wishes to increase funding for schools and more investment into school infrastructure. Gore also believes that all students should have access to breakfast and lunch at schools; she successfully advocated for Hopewell Public Schools to join “No Kid Hungry” Virginia. She helped to reinstate Hopewell’s Office on Youth and Youth Services Commission, which helps to coordinate several services for individuals ranging from birth to age 24.
She is also committed to increasing economic opportunities for Virginians. She plans to do this by creating more trade and workforce programs. In 2019, Gore helped the City of Hopewell secure $300,00 for a summer work program for youth and young adults. She plans to create a regional workforce center, which will focus on training for in-demand trades and industries. Gore also helped Hopewell receive its Virginia Values Veterans certification, allowing the city to provide better support to veteran and military spouse employment.
Gore is also dedicated to improving the health of her community. She supports initiatives that will increase access to quality health care. She is a supporter of quality maternal care and paid family leave for Virginians. With her leadership, Hopewell was able to qualify for the Cities of Opportunity Action Cohort, aimed at improving the quality of life for residents. She also partnered with the Hopewell Downtown Partnership to receive the Local Foods, Local Places Federal National Grant. The program helped to increase access to healthier food options and promote local food systems and farmers.
She also seeks to continue investing in Virginians by supporting infrastructure investments. As a member of the city council, she voted for funding directed at helping the city’s infrastructural needs, including repaving every road in the city. She also voted for further investment into public infrastructures such as public wi-fi and anti-flooding resources. She also voted to approve the restoration of the city’s Riverwalk, parks, and other public spaces. Gore also collaborated with the Governor’s Health Equity Taskforce to provide free personal protective equipment to the city during the Covid-19 pandemic. She was able to acquire 10,000 masks and sanitizers for Hopewell residents.
Jasmine Gore will be challenging current Republican incumbent Carrie Coyner. Coyner was first elected in 2019. Coyner is a Chester native, where she currently resides with her three children. She voted in opposition to the Virginia Clean Economy Act and voted against renter’s protections during the ongoing pandemic. Coyner also voted against raising the minimum wage and the Virginia Voting Rights Act.
Due to her support of universal pre-k and equitable economic opportunities, Jasmine Gore is the progressive choice in this race.Hopewell transplant Jasmine Gore obtained dual degrees in biology and political science from Virginia Commonwealth University.
This election will be held on November 2, 2021, and shares a ballot with statewide offices of governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general. Incumbent Delegate Lashrecse Aird (D) is facing a challenge from small business owner Kim Taylor (R). Del. Aird has held the seat since 2016.
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.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.
This election will be held on November 2, 2021, and shares a ballot with statewide offices of governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general. Incumbent Delegate Lee Ware (R) is facing a challenge from grassroots political activist Caitlyn Coakley (D). Del. Ware has held the seat since 1998.
Virginia’s 65th District includes parts of the counties of Chesterfield, Powhatan, Goochland, Fluvanna, and Louisa. Voting trends show that this district is strongly Republican. When challenged for the seat, Del. Ware has been able to win with an average 60% of the vote.Activist and organizer, Caitlin Coakley is running to represent the 65th District in the House of Delegates. A former reporter for the Roanoke Star-Sentinel, a weekly newspaper, Coakley understands the intricacies of local and state governance. She worked with other activists in Chesterfield County in 2020 to demand a better response from the local government with the COVID-19 pandemic, public safety, and education. She currently resides in Chesterfield with her husband and their two children.
Coakley understands that the educational and economic success of the district hinges on access to reliable Internet. She plans on securing federal money and creating public-private partnerships to guarantee that every household in the district has broadband access. She wants to boost working families in Virginia by providing universal pre-K and tuition-free community college. Coakley also supports a $15 an hour minimum wage with future increases tied to the cost of living.
Coakley advocates for reforming Virginia’s criminal justice system and reducing its harmful impact on communities of color. She wants to end cash bail, which keeps poor people incarcerated simply because they can’t afford bail, and qualified immunity, a practice that shields police from accountability for violating people’s civil rights. She believes in building safer, equitable communities by investing more in programs for mental health support, affordable housing, and economic development.
Coakley understands the urgency of the climate crisis and endorses legislative actions to tackle the issue. She wants to protect the environment by reducing carbon emissions and investing in clean energy. She believes that farmers whose crops are affected by climate change must be protected as well. She supports the Green New Deal Virginia and will oppose the construction of mega-landfills in the Commonwealth. Coakley pledged not to take campaign contributions from polluting utility monopolies like Dominion Energy.
Coakley wants to make quality, affordable healthcare available to all Virginians. She advocates for legislation to lower the cost of prescription drugs and workforce training programs to address the healthcare worker shortage. She supports keeping communities safe by passing common-sense measures aimed at preventing gun violence. She also wants to keep people in the workforce by guaranteeing paid family and medical leave so people don’t have to choose between a paycheck and taking care of themselves or a loved one in the event of an illness.
Coakley is challenging incumbent Delegate Lee Ware (R), a retired teacher who has represented the 65th District since 1998. Ware opposed expanding affordable health coverage to 400,000 Virginians in 2018. He also voted against raising the minimum wage, abolishing the death penalty, and legalizing marijuana. Additionally, Ware opposes abortion access and prohibiting voter discrimination in the Commonwealth.
Due to her support of working families, criminal justice reform, the environment, affordable healthcare, and gun violence prevention, Coakley is the most progressive choice in this race.Activist and organizer, Caitlin Coakley is running to represent the 65th District in the House of Delegates. A former reporter for the Roanoke Star-Sentinel, a weekly newspaper, Coakley understands the intricacies of local and state governance.
Virginia’s 66th District includes parts of Chesterfield County, and the cities of Colonial Heights and Richmond. Voting trends show that this district is very competitive. There is no incumbent in this election.
Katie Sponsler is running to represent the 66th District in the House of Delegates. Sponsler is originally from Ohio and joined the U.S. Air Force where she was stationed in Germany. After her honorable discharge from the military, she earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Youngstown State University. She later moved to Virginia to work as a park ranger at the Petersburg National Battlefield. Sponsler and her husband have two children together.
Sponsler believes that strong, equitable schools are the backbone to thriving communities and supports fully funding our education system. She wants to raise teacher pay and increase the number of school nurses and social workers at every school. She wants to change the way public schools are funded so that funding doesn’t depend on the income level of the community surrounding a school. Sponsler also opposes measures to privatize public education such as school voucher programs.
Sponsler wants all Virginians to have access to quality, affordable healthcare and wants to remedy the racial disparities made apparent by the COVID-19 pandemic. She also wants to increase support to medical staff so that they can do their jobs well and protect their own health during the pandemic. She believes that Medicaid should be expanded to include mental health care and substance abuse recovery. She will fight to protect access to abortion and people’s right to decide when and whether to become a parent.
Sponsler advocates for reforming Virginia’s criminal justice system, believing it has a disproportionate impact on communities of color. She believes that police have an outsized role in our communities and take on too many responsibilities. She supports shifting resources away from police budgets so that mental health professionals, social workers, and counselors can respond when people are in crisis and save lives. Additionally, she wants to abolish the death penalty in Virginia.
Sponsler believes in science and understands the urgency of the climate crisis. She wants to guarantee access to clean water and air. She advocates for ending the importing of waste into her district and Virginia and will oppose the construction of mega landfills. She wants to hold polluting utilities monopolies accountable for dirtying our air and water. She supports measures to reduce waste in the Commonwealth, such as phasing out the use of single-use plastics by 2025.
Katie Sponsler is running against Republican candidate Mike Cherry, a veteran, pastor, and member of the Colonial Heights City Council. Cherry opposes measures to hold police accountable for violating people’s rights and reduce environmental waste in the Commonwealth. He supports using taxpayer money to fund private education. He is also against government efforts to keep communities safe during the pandemic.
Due to her support of the environment, public education, access to affordable healthcare, and criminal justice reform, Sponsler is the most progressive candidate in this race.
Katie Sponsler is running to represent the 66th District in the House of Delegates. Sponsler is originally from Ohio and joined the U.S. Air Force where she was stationed in Germany.
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.
Incumbent Delegate Dawn Adams is a nurse practitioner with more than thirty years of diverse clinical and administrative health care experience.
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.
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.