• 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 18th District encompasses Fauquier, Culpeper, and Warren counties. Voting trends for the district show that the area is strongly Republican, with a majority of its constituents voting for Republican candidates in recent elections. Since his first election in 2011, Webert has not received less than 60% of the vote in his races.

    Dr. Doug Ward is an openly gay, 71-year-old man who has been married to his husband Rev. Earl Johnson for 22 years. His passion for helping others stems from his time spent in Liberia with the Peace Corps, which led him to pursue a career in the medical field. He has spent the last 34 years in private practice in Washington D.C., focusing on infectious diseases and the treatment of HIV and AIDS. As a practicing doctor, a critical part of his campaign focuses on expanding access to affordable healthcare.

    Ward supports the expansion of Medicaid to more Virginians so that people in rural areas have access to affordable healthcare. Rural residents face many barriers to access such as lack of transportation, shortages in healthcare facilities, and stigma associated with mental health and substance use issues. Dr. Ward knows that the COVID-19 pandemic has made inequities in healthcare access more apparent and will prioritize bringing much-needed health coverage and healthcare to residents in his district.

    Ward believes that the state must invest in broadband infrastructure in rural parts of Virginia as a driving force of educational, economic, and healthcare opportunities. He also wants to expand cell phone coverage in his district. Ward supports raising the minimum wage so families in his district can live with dignity. He believes that investing in clean energy will boost employment opportunities in the area and supports job training programs for the clean energy sector.

    Ward supports making the promise of democracy real for us all by expanding voting access so that everyone can participate in our fair and free elections. He also supports the Black Lives Matter movement, holding police accountable for violence inflicted on communities, reproductive rights, and a person’s right to decide when and whether to become a parent. He wants to keep our communities safe by passing common-sense measures aimed at preventing gun violence.

    As a member of the LGBTQ community, Ward is passionate about equality. He believes the state has made great strides with passing the Virginia Values Act, the Equal Rights Amendment, and banning “gay panic” defense, a legal strategy that allows the jury to consider a person’s sexual orientation to justify the use of violence. Even though the General Assembly passed a constitutional amendment to appeal the ban on gay marriage in Virginia in 2021, Ward believes the Commonwealth can do more to protect the rights of the LGBTQ community.

    Ward is challenging incumbent Delegate Michael J. Webert, who was elected to the House of Delegates in 2011. As delegate, he has voted against expanding access to affordable healthcare, and increasing the minimum wage. He opposes a person’s right to decide when and whether to become a parent. Webert has also voted against the Virginia Clean Economy Act and abolition of the death penalty.

    Due to his support for LGBTQ equality, access to affordable healthcare, Virginia working families, and the environment, Dr. Doug Ward is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Dr. Doug Ward

    Dr. Doug Ward is an openly gay, 71-year-old man who has been married to his husband Rev. Earl Johnson for 22 years. His passion for helping others stems from his time spent in Liberia with the Peace Corps, which led him to pursue a career in the medical field.

  • Virginia’s 31st District encompasses parts of Fauquier and Prince William counties. The district is competitive but leans Democratic with Del. Guzman receiving 53% of the vote in 2019.

    Incumbent Delegate Elizabeth Guzman is an activist, public administrator, and social worker from Peru. In 2017, she was elected as the first Hispanic female immigrant to join the General Assembly. She was invited by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to give the 2018 Spanish language response to Trump’s State of the Union address. Del. Guzman currently serves on President Joe Biden’s National Latino Leadership Council. She lives with her husband, four children, and mother in Dale City.

    A proud union member, Guzman is dedicated to supporting the rights of workers. She sponsored legislation to end Virginia’s ban on public sector collective bargaining and was chief co-patron of the bill to raise the minimum wage. She has also advocated for paid sick days, sponsoring a bill on the issue every year since taking office. In 2021, she sponsored legislation to require paid sick leave to home healthcare workers. She also supports the repeal of Virginia’s right-to-work law, which greatly undermines the power of unions.

    As an immigrant, Del. Guzman is a strong supporter of immigrant rights. She first got involved in politics in 2006 to end Prince William County’s partnership with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). She has worked to expand driving privileges to undocumented immigrants so that they can get to work, school, and worship safely and voted to grant in-state tuition to undocumented students. She also advocated for legislation to pay farmworkers a minimum wage and has prioritized outreach to Spanish-speaking communities in the district.

    Del. Guzman has worked hard to improve and fund the 31st District’s public school system. She currently serves as vice-chair of the House of Delegates Education Committee. She voted to increase teacher pay and increase the number of counselors in schools. She was named 2020’s “Legislator of the Year” by the Virginia Education Association and the Fairfax County Federation of Teachers. As a social worker, she saw firsthand the impact of the school-to-prison pipeline on Black and Brown students. She sponsored legislation to raise the age at which juveniles can be tried as adults from 14 to 16.

    Del. Guzman also understands the urgency of the climate crisis and introduced a resolution declaring climate change an emergency. A co-sponsor of the Green New Deal Virginia, she wants to transition to 100% clean energy and boost the economy by creating a workforce trained in green jobs. She has voted for bills to regulate toxins in water and to require localities to incorporate environmentally sustainable public transit in their city planning. She previously received an A+ rating from the Sierra Club for her dedication to environmental causes.

    Del. Guzman is facing a challenge from Ben Baldwin (R), a retired Marine and financial advisor from Prince William County. Baldwin opposes the right of workers to form unions and believes that Virginia should remain a right-to-work state. He also opposes efforts to hold police accountable for violence they inflict on communities.

    Due to her advocacy for working families and immigrants, the environment, and public education, Delegate Guzman is the most progressive choice for Virginia’s 31st District.

    Elizabeth Guzman

    Incumbent Delegate Elizabeth Guzman is an activist, public administrator, and social worker from Peru. In 2017, she was elected as the first Hispanic female immigrant to join the General Assembly.
  • Virginia’s 88th District includes parts of the counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, and Fauquier, and the city of Fredericksburg. Voter trends show that the district is strongly Republican. Del. Cole won the 2019 election with over 55% of the vote.

    Kecia Evans was born in New Jersey and moved to Virginia with her family when her father was stationed here. She earned a master’s degree from the University of Maryland and a law degree from Regent University. She works for an agency that advocates for indigent adults and juveniles. She and her husband live in Stafford County with their four children. This is Evans’ first time running for political office.

    As someone who works in the criminal justice field, Evans supports initiatives to reform Virginia’s criminal justice system. Before her campaign, Evans led the Legal Redress and Criminal Justice Committee for the Stafford Branch of the NAACP. Evans believes that our criminal justice system’s focus on punitive measures is not making our communities safer. She wants to reduce mass incarceration by introducing legislation that promotes crime prevention, systems of care, and intervention. She also supports expunging the records of non-violent offenders.

    Evans believes access to affordable, quality healthcare is a human right. She wants to expand Medicaid more so that affordable healthcare is available to more Virginians. If elected, Evans hopes to prioritize legislation that addresses disparities in access to coverage across racial, geographic, and gender identities. She will push for lower insurance premiums and lowering the cost of prescription drugs. Evans is a supporter of reproductive rights and quality reproductive healthcare.

    Evans supports increased funding for Virginia’s public education system. She believes that teachers should be paid above the national average to prevent high turnover and Virginia should have universal pre-K. She wants to address Virginia’s educator shortage, repair failing infrastructure, and reduce classroom sizes. Evans also plans to make sure that special education and mental health programs are fully funded so that all students in our schools are receiving the best opportunities.

    If elected, Evans hopes to push for policies so that all Virginians have access to quality jobs and economic opportunities. Her goal is to support legislation that creates more workforce and skills-training programs to prepare Virginians for in-demand jobs. She wants to work towards ensuring small businesses are protected and able to thrive against larger corporations. She also wants businesses that provide employment opportunities to veterans, military families, and people with disabilities.

    Evans is running against Republican candidate Philip Scott and Libertarian candidate Timothy Lewis. Scott is a business owner and supports creating deliberate barriers to voting access. He opposes common-sense measures meant to keep communities safe from gun violence. Lewis is a veteran who wants to use taxpayer money to fund private education and opposes gun violence prevention measures.

    Due to her support of criminal justice reform, access to affordable healthcare, public education, and working families, Kecia Evans is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Kecia Evans

    Kecia Evans was born in New Jersey and moved to Virginia with her family when her father was stationed here. She earned a master’s degree from the University of Maryland and a law degree from Regent University. She works for an agency that advocates for indigent adults and juveniles.