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 56th District includes Louisa County, and parts of Goochland, Henrico, and Spotsylvania counties. The district is strongly Republican. Del. McGuire was elected with about 60% of the vote in 2019 and 2017.
Blakely Lockhart was born in Henrico County where she attended local county schools. She graduated in 2020 from Christopher Newport University (CNU) with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience. While studying at CNU, she was involved in helping to reinstate the university's NAACP chapter and started organizing voter registration drives. She decided to put off her career in medicine so that she could run for office, intending to become the first Gen-Z member of the legislature.
As a person living with chronic illness, Lockhart knows the importance of access to affordable healthcare. If elected, she will work to expand health coverage and prioritize protecting individuals with pre-existing conditions. As someone who hopes to become a doctor and whose mother works in a nursing home, Lockhart will support critical frontline healthcare workers, including fighting for fair pay, sufficient benefits, and paid leave. Lockhart also sees addiction as a critical health problem facing the district. She will increase funding for treatment systems and ensure those living in rural areas have equal access to treatment resources.
Lockhart is a strong advocate for people with disabilities as well. She will prioritize helping individuals living with disabilities get a good education and employment. She will also work to ensure people with disabilities receive sufficient healthcare coverage and access to housing. Additionally, she will strengthen vocational programs in the district to ensure they have equal access to job training and receive equal treatment in the workplace. She will work to guarantee schools are providing specialized instruction to students with disabilities to ensure every student is able to succeed.
Lockhart loves the natural environment of the 56th District and will work to protect it from environmental damage. She will prioritize investing in clean energy like solar power, making energy cheaper for residents and creating new, good-paying jobs. She will oppose companies that pollute and protect the district’s air, land, and water. She pledged not to accept donations from Dominion and Appalachian Power, ensuring she does not face a conflict of interest and will work on behalf of her constituents rather than energy companies.
As a graduate of Henrico County Public Schools, Lockhart is passionate about improving public education and making sure our schools are fully funded. She wants to ensure the district’s tax dollars are staying in the district and funding public schools, rather than going to private schools through school voucher programs. She supports increasing teacher salaries and ensuring schools are able to reopen safely during the pandemic. She also supports funding for early childhood education and will see to it that parents have access to high-quality, affordable childcare.
Lockhart is running against Incumbent Delegate John McGuire (R), who has represented the 56th District since 2018. He is a former Navy SEAL and runs a fitness company. While in the House of Delegates, McGuire has voted against raising the minimum wage and abolishing the death penalty. He also voted against the Virginia Clean Economy Act, marijuana legalization, and Medicaid expansion.
Due to her support of affordable healthcare, people living with disabilities, the environment, and public education, Blakely Lockhart is the most progressive choice for Virginia’s 56th District.
Blakely Lockhart was born in Henrico County where she attended local county schools. She graduated in 2020 from Christopher Newport University (CNU) with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience.
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.
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.
The 71st District contains part of the city of Richmond and part of Henrico county. The district is strongly democratic and Bourne has won with more than 80% of the vote in every general election.
Incumbent Delegate James Bourne has represented the 71st District since 2017. He received his bachelor’s degree and law degree from the College of William and Mary. He served as head of government relations at the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority and the deputy chief of staff for the mayor of Richmond. He also served on the Richmond City School Board between 2013 and 2017. He lives with his wife and two school-aged children in Richmond.
Since his election, Bourne has advocated for critical criminal justice reforms to ensure all Virginians receive equal justice under the law. He introduced legislation to end qualified immunity, ensuring that law-enforcement officers are held accountable for violating people’s civil rights. He also worked to create the Mental Health Awareness Response and Community Understanding Services (MARCUS) alert system, ensuring a safe and appropriate response to people experiencing mental health crises. Bourne also voted to legalize marijuana and abolish the death penalty.
Bourne’s advocacy for justice has also extended to the classroom. He has worked to end the school-to-prison pipeline and stopped students from being charged with disorderly conduct on school grounds. He introduced and passed a bill ending long-term suspensions of more than 45 days in schools. He received a 100% rating from the Virginia Education Association in 2020 and has fought to increase equity in school funding and voted in favor of raises for teachers.
Bourne also advocated for policies to ensure every Virginian has access to affordable housing. He has introduced legislation to ban landlords from discriminating against tenants who use housing vouchers. He also worked to cap late fees on rent and require landlords to return security deposits within 45 days. He successfully passed a bill requiring reasonable attorney fees for tenants when a landlord is not compliant with the rental agreement. Additionally, he introduced legislation to create a low-income housing tax credit in the Commonwealth.
Bourne understands the urgency of the climate crisis and supports protecting the environment. He introduced legislation to allow Virginians to choose to buy 100% renewable energy. He voted for the Virginia Clean Economy Act, transitioning the Commonwealth to relying on 100% renewable energy by 2050. He also scored a 100% rating from the Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club in 2020 and has received multiple 100% ratings from the Virginia League of Conservation Voters.
Bourne is facing a challenge from Nancye Hunter (R). She opposes extending the eviction moratorium so people don’t go homeless during the pandemic and government efforts to protect communities during the pandemic. Hunter supports using taxpayer money to fund private education with school voucher programs. Hunter supports limited government and opposes gun violence prevention legislation.
Due to Del. Bourne’s advocacy for criminal justice reform, public education, affordable housing, and the environment, he is the most progressive choice for Virginia’s 71st District.
Incumbent Delegate James Bourne has represented the 71st District since 2017. He received his bachelor’s degree and law degree from the College of William and Mary.
The 72nd District encompasses part of Henrico county. It is competitive, with Del. VanValkenburg winning with 53% of the vote in 2019 and 2017.
Incumbent Delegate Schuyler VanValkenburg is a history and U.S. government teacher who has represented the 72nd District since 2018. He was born in New York and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond. He currently teaches at Glen Allen High School in Henrico County and is the only active K-12 teacher serving in the General Assembly. He lives in Henrico County with his wife and is the proud father of three children.
As a public school teacher, Del. VanValkenburg has served as a critical advocate for public education in the General Assembly. He voted in favor of a 5% pay raise for teachers and will work for further salary increases. He voted to expand funding for school support staff, including access to school counselors and nurses. Counselors were a priority for him when he served on a commission for school safety in 2018 and worked to ensure investment in student mental health. VanValkenburg would like to do further work to address gun violence in schools and the school-to-prison pipeline.
Making the promise of democracy real by expanding access to voting is another one of VanValkenburg’s priorities. He was a strong supporter of the Voting Rights Act of Virginia, which prohibits discrimination at the polls. As a civics teacher, he’s passionate about getting young people involved in the democratic process. He voted in favor of a bill to give students one excused absence a year to vote or participate in a civic event.
VanValkenburg considers voting to expand Medicaid in 2018 his most important vote as a delegate. Medicaid expansion granted access to affordable health coverage to over 500,000 Virginians. VanValkenburg has more goals to make healthcare more affordable. Voting in favor of a $50 cap on insulin, he supports price regulations on prescription drug companies. He would also like to increase funding to help bridge the gap in healthcare quality between rural and urban communities.
VanValkenburg has worked for an equitable and strong economy. He sponsored legislation to promote apprenticeship and job training programs. He would like to ensure Virginia’s college and vocational programs are affordable to all who wish to attend, and he voted in favor of the Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back “G3” program, which makes community college tuition-free for low- and middle-income students who study in certain fields. He also voted in favor of raising the minimum wage.
Del. VanValkenburg’s opponent is Christopher Holmes (R), a Richmond native who works as an operations infrastructure manager for a healthcare company. He supports deliberate barriers to limit access to voting and opposes common-sense gun violence prevention measures. He also opposes holding law enforcement accountable for violence inflicted on communities and shifting funding away from police to communities in need of services.
Due to his support of public education, voting rights, affordable healthcare, and Virginia working families, Del. VanValkenburg is the most progressive choice in this race.
Incumbent Delegate Schuyler VanValkenburg is a history and U.S. government teacher who has represented the 72nd District since 2018. He was born in New York and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond.
Virginia’s 73rd District encompasses part of the city of Richmond and part of Henrico County. It is a competitive district. Del. Willett beat Kastelberg with 52% of the vote in 2019. The seat was held by Republican John O'Bannon between 2001 and 2018.
Incumbent Delegate Rodney Willett, a Democrat, has represented the 73rd District in the House of Delegates since 2020. Willett is a Virginia native who received both his undergraduate and law degree from the College of William and Mary. As an attorney, Willett was critical to establishing a free legal assistance program at his firm. He currently works at Impact Makers, which provides pro-bono legal support to nonprofit organizations and families. He lives in Henrico with his wife and three children.
Serving on the House Agriculture, Chesapeake, and Natural Resources Committee, Willett voted in favor of critical environmental protections. He voted in favor of the Virginia Clean Economy Act, which will transition the commonwealth to 100% renewable energy by 2050. and lead to increased investment in solar and offshore wind energy, creating jobs. Willett also helped pass the 2020 Clean Energy and Community Flood Preparedness Act. This law enters Virginia into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which is an alliance of states dedicated to the elimination of greenhouse gas emissions.
Willett has supported common-sense gun violence prevention legislation, voting in favor of seven critical pieces of legislation in 2020 to decrease gun violence in Virginia. The bills ensured universal background checks on gun sales, required gun owners to report lost or stolen guns, and permitted localities to create their own regulations on the possession of firearms and ammunition. This legislation also allows law enforcement to confiscate guns from an individual deemed to be a risk to themselves or others, establishes a one-gun-per-month purchase limit, and increases the punishment for leaving guns around unsupervised minors.
Willett voted for increased funding for education at all levels. He voted for a 5% raise for teachers in 2021 and more money for schools to reopen safely during the pandemic. He was influential in adding over $90 million dollars of funding towards early childhood education for at-risk three- and four-year-olds. He will work to ensure higher education is affordable and accessible to all and introduced and successfully passed legislation to protect students from predatory, for-profit colleges.
Willett has worked to make the promise of democracy real for us all by ensuring people have access to our fair and free elections. He voted in favor of the Voting Rights Act of Virginia, which prohibits discrimination at the polls. He also voted for increasing voting access and making Virginia voters safe while casting their ballots during the pandemic. Willett also successfully introduced and passed legislation requiring the Department of Elections to directly provide voter registration forms to college students.
Del. Willett’s opponent is Republican Mary Margaret Kastelberg, a Henrico County native who attended the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. She worked in investment banking before stepping back to become a stay-at-home mom. Kastelberg supports using taxpayer money to fund private education, such as school voucher programs. She opposes workers’ rights and their ability to form unions.
Due to his support of public education, the environment, voting rights, and gun violence prevention measures, Del. Willett is the most progressive choice for Virginia’s 73rd District.
Incumbent Delegate Rodney Willett, a Democrat, has represented the 73rd District in the House of Delegates since 2020. Willett is a Virginia native who received both his undergraduate and law degree from the College of William and Mary.
The 74th District includes part of the city of Richmond, Charles City County, and part of Henrico County. The district is strongly Democratic. Bagby has run unopposed in the general election in every election since 2015. Sen. Kaine (D) won the district with 77% of the vote in 2018.
Incumbent Delegate Lamont Bagby has represented the 74th District since 2015. Bagby was raised in Richmond and received a degree in business from Norfolk State University. In 2009, he was the youngest elected official in the Richmond area after his election to the Henrico County School Board at the age of 32. Bagby currently works as director of operations at the Peter Paul Development Center, which provides childhood education, family support, and community engagement services in Richmond’s East End.
As chairman of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, Bagby has introduced and passed important bills for racial equity. He advocated for the removal of confederate monuments and led the charge for the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue at the State Capitol. He voted for legislation in 2020 that allows localities to remove Confederate statues or memorials. He has also worked for the preservation of Black history, expanding the Virginia Battlefield Preservation Fund to include battlefields where Black soldiers fought and died.
Bagby has also worked for criminal justice reform to ensure fair treatment of Black and Brown community members. He successfully patroned legislation that implements a process for the automatic expungement of certain criminal convictions. This bill ensures those with criminal records have access to housing, employment, and educational opportunities. He voted to abolish the death penalty and legalize marijuana, both of which have disproportionately impacted Black and Brown Virginians. Additionally, Bagby supports ending qualified immunity for police officers and mandatory minimums for those who have been convicted of certain crimes.
As a co-patron of the Voting Rights Act of Virginia, Bagby worked to ensure no Virginian faces discriminatory barriers to voting. He also supported making absentee voting more accessible and extending early voting. He introduced and successfully passed a bill to introduce in-person early voting hours on Sundays. These bills help ensure Virginians have more options for when, where, and how to vote so that voting is accessible to all.
Bagby passed legislation to increase environmental protections and tackle climate change in Virginia. He introduced legislation that creates new emission standards for vehicles and mandates car manufacturers to produce a certain percentage of low- and zero-emission vehicles. This bill goes hand-in-hand with the Virginia Clean Economy Act, which Bagby voted for in 2020, reducing carbon emissions from the state’s power grid and transitioning Virginia to 100% clean energy by 2050.
Del. Bagby’s opponent is Republican James “Jimmy” Brooks, a retired US Army Veteran and native of Lynchburg. He supports using taxpayer money to fund private schools through the use of school vouchers and deliberate barriers to voting. He opposes minimum ages for gun purchases and other common-sense gun violence prevention legislation.
Due to his support of racial justice, voting access, criminal justice reform, and the environment, Delegate Lamont Bagby is the most progressive choice for Virginia’s 74th District.
Incumbent Delegate Lamont Bagby has represented the 74th District since 2015. Bagby was raised in Richmond and received a degree in business from Norfolk State University.