• 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 10th District encompasses Loudoun, Frederick, and Clarke counties. It is a competitive district after Del. Gooditis flipped the seat in 2017 with 51% of the vote and won reelection in 2019 with 52% of the vote.

    Incumbent Delegate Wendy Gooditis is a former teacher and real estate agent. She grew up in New Jersey before moving to the 10th District, where she now lives. She received her Master of Education from Shenandoah University and became a teacher in the Clarke County Public School System, as well as at an area private school. When her two children left home, she became a real estate agent and was elected to the House of Delegates in 2017.

    Since her election, Gooditis has championed education, voting rights, worker rights, and the environment. As a former teacher, Gooditis knows how important quality teachers are to the education system. While in office, she voted in favor of giving teachers a 5% pay raise and worked to support teachers’ unions. She also prioritized ensuring schools were sufficiently funded to serve their students during the pandemic. She helped allocate $220 million for COVID-19 preparedness to schools and $70 million to address learning losses and hire school nurses and counselors.

    Gooditis also wants to ensure our elections are fair and accessible. She voted for the Voting Rights Act of Virginia, which prohibits discrimination at the polls. She also supported increasing opportunities for absentee voting, same-day voter registration, and curbside voting. She’s advocated for policies to ensure there are no deliberate barriers to voting. She also supports fair redistricting and an end to drawing of district maps so politicians cannot choose which voices to heed and which ones to silence.

    She also voted to expand Medicaid in 2018, an issue that is important to her personally, as her brother passed away from mental illness after being unable to receive sufficient, quality healthcare. Accordingly, she is passionate about ensuring that all Virginia residents have access to mental health services and are able to afford all the healthcare they need. She also championed bills to increase prescription drug transparency and cap the prices of essential drugs like insulin. During the pandemic, she prioritized expanded options for telemedicine.

    As delegate, Gooditis prioritizes the environment, serving as vice chair of the Agriculture, Chesapeake, and Natural Resources Committee and co-chair of the Virginia Environment and Renewable Energy Caucus. She has advocated for the Virginia Clean Economy Act, which would establish a 100% clean energy standard in Virginia. She also helped pass legislation to protect conservation areas, establish a grant program for local farmers, and help train farmers on best environmental practices. She believes that investing in renewable energy is critical for Virginia’s future and great for both the environment and the economy.

    Gooditis is being challenged by Republican Nick Clemente, a former member of the Leesburg Planning Commission and membership director for the Virginia chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. Clemente opposes workers’ rights and hopes to extend Virginia’s policy of being a right to work state, which prevents workers from forming unions.

    Due to her support of progressive policies for public education, affordable healthcare, the environment, and Virginia working families, Delegate Wendy Gooditis is the most progressive choice for Virginia's 10th District.

    Wendy Gooditis

    Incumbent Delegate Wendy Gooditis is a former teacher and real estate agent. She grew up in New Jersey before moving to the 10th District, where she now lives.
  • The 29th District includes parts of Frederick and Warren counties, as well as the city of Winchester. It is strongly Republican with Wiley receiving 64% of the vote in 2020 during a special election.

    Delmara “Deetzie” Bayliss is a lawyer and mother who has lived in Frederick County and Winchester for most of her life. She graduated from Handley High School, and went on to receive her bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and her law degree from Washington & Lee School of Law. She has served as a prosecutor and assistant commonwealth’s attorney and has two grown children.

    As a product of Frederick County Public Schools and the mother of two children, Bayliss understands the importance of a well-funded school system. She supports public school teachers, particularly in the recovery from the pandemic, ensuring they have all the resources necessary for a safe and successful school year. Bayliss also understands that expanded broadband access is critical to a quality education and a strong economy. She supports the legislature’s efforts to allocate funding to broadband infrastructure and wants to expand the efforts in underserved areas.

    Bayliss is also a staunch advocate for civil rights. She stands against recent Republican measures aimed at discriminating against transgender citizens, as well as the harmful rhetoric of white supremacy. She condemns the hate crimes against Asian Americans stemming from Trump’s harmful language surrounding the coronavirus. Additionally, she supports a person’s right to decide when and whether to become a parent, equal pay, and fair access to education and employment.

    Bayliss also believes that healthcare is a right, not a privilege, and will work to increase access to affordable healthcare. She supports the expansion of both Medicare and Medicaid so more people are eligible and ensure no one has to choose between keeping the housing, feeding their family, or affording medical treatment. Additionally, Bayliss supports increasing access to mental healthcare, particularly due to the adverse impact of the pandemic on community mental health.

    Bayliss supports our fair and free elections. She believes in making the promise of democracy real for us all by expanding access to the ballot and making absentee voting easier. She supports Virginia working families by increasing the minimum wage and guaranteeing paid sick days, and family and medical leave for all workers. If elected, Bayliss will vote for legislation that tackles the climate crisis and protects the natural environment in Virginia.

    Bayliss is running against Incumbent Delegate Bill Wiley (R). He has served in the House of Delegates since 2020 and on the Winchester City Council. He works at Howard Shockey and Sons, Inc and is a real estate broker. Wiley opposes legislation aimed at keeping our communities safe from gun violence. He’s voted against raising the minimum wage, allowing localities to remove Confederate statues, abolishing the death penalty, marijuana legalization, and the Voting Rights Act of Virginia.

    Due to her advocacy for public education, broadband access, civil rights, and affordable healthcare, Delmara “Deetzie” Bayliss is the most progressive choice for Virginia’s 29th District.

    Delmara “Deetzie” Bayliss

    Delmara “Deetzie” Bayliss is a lawyer and mother who has lived in Frederick County and Winchester for most of her life. She graduated from Handley High School, and went on to receive her bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and her law degree from Washington & Lee School of Law.
  • The 33rd District includes parts of Clarke, Frederick, and Loudoun counties. The district leans strongly Republican; Del. LaRock was elected with 57% of the vote in 2019.

    Paul Siker is a Waterford resident and entrepreneur. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Wittenberg University. He is the founder and CEO of Advanced Recruiting Trends, a talent acquisition consulting firm. He also serves on the boards of the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter and The Kiski School. He is an elder member of the Catoctin Presbyterian Church. He has lived in Loudoun County for 33 years with his wife and two grown children.

    Siker is dedicated to addressing the climate crisis and preserving the district’s natural resources and environment. He recognizes that investment in renewable energy is beneficial to decreasing energy costs, reducing carbon emissions, and creating jobs. He supports initiatives to update Virginia’s electrical grid to make it more sustainable and effective in the long term. He has pledged not to accept campaign donations from Appalachian Power and Dominion, ensuring he does not face a conflict of interest and will work on behalf of his constituents rather than predatory energy companies.

    Siker believes that supporting the economy requires broad investment in infrastructure, including in broadband so that rural Virginians have equal access to job opportunities. He also wants to increase funding for job-training programs. Additionally, he received the “Seal of Approval” from the Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy for his support of policies that help families participate in the workforce, including childcare, eldercare, and paid medical and family leave.

    Siker understands that education is a critical factor in supporting the labor force. He supports increased funding in the district’s public schools and was endorsed by the Virginia Education Association Fund for his support of public education and efforts to reopen our schools safely during the pandemic. He also believes in keeping our communities by passing common sense legislation aimed at preventing gun violence and was endorsed by Moms Demand Action.

    Additionally, Siker is dedicated to making the promise of democracy real for everyone by guaranteeing everyone’s right to participate in our elections. He supports efforts to make voting free and accessible, including expanding access to early voting and absentee ballots. He also will fight for increased government transparency and ensure constituents are able to share their concerns, thoughts, and ideas about actions taken by the legislature. He has pledged to hold monthly forums to speak directly with his constituents so that he can work hard to reflect their interests in the General Assembly.

    Siker is challenging incumbent Delegate Dave LaRock (R), who was elected to the House of Delegates in 2013. LaRock opposes gun violence prevention measures and supports using taxpayer money to fund private schools through school voucher programs. In 2021, La Rock sought to undermine the results of 2020’s fair and free federal election. LaRock also opposed abolishing the death penalty, legalizing marijuana, and raising the minimum wage.

    Due to his support of the environment, expanding voting access, public education, and increased broadband access, Paul Siker is the most progressive choice for Virginia’s 33rd District.

    Paul Siker

    Paul Siker is a Waterford resident and entrepreneur. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Wittenberg University. He is the founder and CEO of Advanced Recruiting Trends, a talent acquisition consulting firm.