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 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.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 32nd District includes part of Loudoun County and is strongly Democratic. Del. Reid received more than 55% of the vote in the 2017 and 2019 elections.Incumbent Democratic Delegate David Reid is a small business owner and Navy Reserve veteran who has served in the House of Delegates since 2018. He was born in Rockbridge County into a poor family. Reid and his siblings were placed into foster care at a young age. Reid attended Northeastern State University and served as a Naval intelligence officer for 23 years. He founded and still runs Rockbridge Consulting. He has two college-aged daughters and lives with his wife in Ashburn.
Since his election, Reid has advocated for policies to preserve and protect Virginia’s environment and natural resources. He believes in minimizing the use of fossil fuels and recognizes how U.S. dependence on fossil fuels is not only harmful to the environment but also harmful to national security and the military. He believes the renewable energy sector will generate jobs and encourages a business environment that supports them. He worked to ensure oil and gas companies are held accountable for pollution and voted in support of the Virginia Clean Economy Act.
Reid supports investing in education at all levels. He voted to raise teacher pay by 5% and boost funding for public schools so that they may re-open safely during the pandemic. He supports the implementation of full-day kindergarten in Loudoun County, which is one of only three school districts in Virginia without it. He is against tuition increases at Virginia public universities and wants to decrease hidden fees and taxes on students.
Reid grew up without healthcare and he knows the importance of affordable access. He voted to expand Medicaid in 2018, which granted 400,000 eligible Virginians access to affordable health coverage. He also voted to cap the price of insulin at $50. Reid supports protecting abortion access. He voted to repeal medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion providers in 2020 and the following year, he voted to make health insurance plans with abortion coverage available on the state healthcare exchange.
Reid is also dedicated to boosting the economy and making sure it works for everyone. He is passionate about making Loudoun County a destination for high-paying jobs, including space technology, alternative energy, advanced transportation solutions, biomedical research, and federal contracting. He supports workers’ rights, voting to help pass the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights and to increase the minimum wage. He also received the “Family Friendly Seal of Approval” from the Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy for his support of paid family and medical leave, childcare, sick days, and eldercare.
Delegate Reid is facing a challenge from Scott Pio (R), a software engineer and father. Pio opposes abortion access, workers’ rights, and efforts to repeal Virginia’s right-to-work law. Pio also opposes measures aimed at keeping our communities safe from gun violence. He supports using taxpayer money to fund private schools with school voucher programs.
Due to his support of the environment, affordable healthcare, public education, and Virginia working families, Del. Reid is the most progressive choice for Virginia’s 32nd District.Incumbent Democratic Delegate David Reid is a small business owner and Navy Reserve veteran who has served in the House of Delegates since 2018. He was born in Rockbridge County into a poor family. Reid and his siblings were placed into foster care at a young age.
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 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.
The 34th District includes parts of Fairfax and Loudoun counties and is strongly Democratic. Murphy received 58% of the vote in 2019.Incumbent Delegate Kathleen Murphy has represented the 34th District since 2015. Murphy received her bachelor's degree from American University. She has served as senior advisor for international trade issues at the Department of Commerce, as well as senior staff for Texas Congressman Charlie Wilson. Kathleen helped found Salute Our Services, to connect service members to their families, and Kids Serve Too, which supports children in military families. She lives in McLean with her husband and four children.
Murphy lost her brother to gun violence and is dedicated to keeping our communities safe from gun violence. She supports banning military grade weapons, believing they should only be used in combat. She voted to pass background checks on gun purchases and end the gun show loophole, which allows for gun purchases without a background check at gun shows. In the General Assembly, she started the Gun Violence Prevention Caucus with Senator Adam Ebbin and co-chaired the Safe Virginia Initiative, a group focused on decreasing gun violence in the state.
Murphy is also dedicated to ensuring women’s rights are fully protected by the legislature. She was co-patron of the Equal Rights Amendment in Virginia. She has served as an advocate against the passage of bills that limit women’s health care options. She supports abortion access and voted to expand health insurance coverage to include abortions. She also supports policies that will help women and people with children participate in the workforce, including affordable childcare, sufficient health coverage, and paid family and medical leave.
Del. Murphy has also fought to ensure every child in Virginia has access to high-quality education. She voted in favor of raising teacher pay and is working to ensure schools are well-funded and prepared to safely reopen in the fall. She also supports funding for full-day kindergarten and early childhood education. She also wants to ensure Virginians are able to afford higher education and will work to stop tuition increases at public colleges and universities. She would also like to expand access to community college, which are critical for workforce development.
Murphy is facing a challenge from Gary Pan (R), a local business leader. Pan serves as the CEO of Panacea Consulting, Inc. Pan opposes measures aimed at keeping our communities safe from gun violence. He also supports maintaining Virginia’s right-to-work law, which weakens the rights of workers by preventing them from forming unions.
Due to her support for gun violence prevention, affordable health coverage, abortion access, and public education, Delegate Murphy is the most progressive choice for Virginia’s 34th District.Incumbent Delegate Kathleen Murphy has represented the 34th District since 2015. Murphy received her bachelor's degree from American 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 Karrie Delaney (D) is facing a challenge from Robert Frizzelle (R). Del. Delaney was first elected to the seat in 2017.
Virginia’s 67th District includes parts of the counties of Fairfax and Loudon. Voting trends show that this district is strongly Democratic. Del. Delaney ran unopposed in 2019.Incumbent Delegate Karrie Delaney (D) has represented the 67th District since 2018. The daughter of a U.S. Army veteran, Delaney earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of South Florida. She served on the West Melbourne City Council in Florida before moving to Northern Virginia. She works as the Communications Director of Shared Hope International, a non-profit dedicated to ending sex trafficking. She and her husband live in Fairfax where they are raising two children.
Delaney wants to boost working families so they can live with dignity in Virginia by supporting innovative economic development to create well-paid jobs. She voted to increase the minimum wage and allow municipal workers collective bargaining rights. She supported keeping protections for tenants during the pandemic in place so that people have more rights to stay in their homes. She also voted for the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, which extends standard labor protections to domestic workers and guarantees them a minimum wage.
As a member of a Parent Teacher Association, Delaney believes that strong, fully-funded schools are the backbone to thriving communities. She voted for a 5% teacher pay raise in 2021 along with additional funding to help schools reopen safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. She advocates for reduced classroom sizes and full-day kindergarten to bolster students’ academic success. She also wants to provide the best resources, textbooks, and supplies to all classrooms in the district.
Delaney supports protecting the environment and sees the unique opportunity in using the Northern Virginia technology corridor to promote energy independence in the Commonwealth. She successfully sponsored legislation in 2020 to remove restrictions on the production of residential solar energy. She also voted for the Virginia Clean Economy Act the same year, which commits Virginia to 100% clean energy by 2050. She advocated for Virginia’s entry into the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in 2020, which combats climate change and reduces carbon emissions.
Delany believes in guaranteeing access to quality, affordable health insurance to all Virginians. 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. She has worked to lower drug costs, voting to cap the price of insulin in 2020. She also supports abortion access and voted to repeal medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion providers.
Delaney is facing a challenge from Robert Frizzelle (R), a U.S. Air Force veteran who is currently working in the aerospace field. Frizelle does not believe in keeping communities safe by passing common-sense measures aimed at preventing gun violence. He also opposes workers’ right to unionize and wants to keep Virginia’s right-to-work law in place.
Due to her support of working families, public education, the environment, and access to affordable healthcare, Del. Delaney is the most progressive candidate in this election.Incumbent Delegate Karrie Delaney (D) has represented the 67th District since 2018. The daughter of a U.S. Army veteran, Delaney earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of South Florida.
Virginia’s 86th District includes parts of Fairfax and Loudoun counties. Voter trends show that the district is strongly Democratic. Del. Samirah won his last election with 88% of the votes.
Irene Shin is running to represent the 86th District in the House of Delegates. Shin is the daughter of Korean immigrants and is originally from Los Angeles. She received her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California Riverside and currently serves as executive director for the Virginia Civic Engagement Table. She has worked on several political campaigns and nonprofits. Shin also worked as a finance director for Vice President Kamala Harris’ 2015 successful bid for U.S. Senate.
Access to affordable healthcare is a top priority for Shin. As a teen, she witnessed her father travel back to Korea for life-changing surgery for cancer, as it was more affordable to get treatment in his home country. She supports lowering the cost of prescription drugs and ending the practice of “surprise billing” to protect patients from unexpected charges after undergoing medical treatment. She also wants to make access to mental healthcare available to all Virginians and will push for early mental health screening at public schools.
If elected, Shin will fight for LGBTQ+ and women’s rights. She will advocate for legislation to prevent bullying or discrimination along the lines of sexual orientation or gender identity. She supports the constitutional amendment that removes the ban on gay marriage in the Commonwealth. Shin believes in protecting abortion access and making birth control affordable. She also wants to pass paid family and medical leave so women can remain valuable members of the workforce.
Shin wants to work to reform the criminal justice system to reduce its harmful impact on communities of color. She plans to address mass incarceration by ending mandatory minimums for nonviolent crimes. She supports ending qualified immunity for police officers, a practice that shields them from accountability for violating people’s civil rights. She advocates for banning the sale of assault weapons and supports recent legislation that requires mandatory background checks on all gun sales and purchases.
Shin believes in making the promise of democracy real for us all by expanding access to the ballot. She supports removing deliberate barriers that restrict voting access, making vote by mail easier, and automatic voter registration. In 2020, she successfully led a coalition of organizations to pressure the state government to extend its voter registration deadline after the online registration system failed. Shin will also work to reform Virginia campaign finance laws using her four-step “Ethical Virginia Campaign Reform Package,” to limit the influence of rich donors in our elections.
Shin is running against Republican candidate Julie Perry, a Fairfax County high school teacher. Perry opposes government efforts to keep people safe during the pandemic. She is also against abortion access and ending qualified immunity for police officers, a practice that shields cops from lawsuits for violating people’s civil rights. She also doesn’t believe in protecting the environment with simple measures like reducing the use of disposable plastic bags.
Due to her support of criminal justice reform, affordable healthcare, expanding access to voting, and equality, Shin is the most progressive choice in this election.
Irene Shin is running to represent the 86th District in the House of Delegates. Shin is the daughter of Korean immigrants and is originally from Los Angeles.
Virginia’s 87th District includes parts of Prince William and Loudoun counties. Voter trends show that the district leans Democratic. Delegate Subramanyam was able to win his last election with 62% of the votes.Incumbent Delegate Suhas Subramanyam has represented the 87th District since 2020. He is the first Indian and Hindu American elected to Virginia’s House of Delegates. Delegate Subramanyam obtained his bachelor’s degree from Tulane University, as well as a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law. Subramanyam has worked in both the public and private sectors, including serving as a technology policy advisor to President Obama. Subramanyam and his wife currently reside in Ashburn with their daughter.
Subramanyam supports policies that boost Virginia working families. He voted to raise the minimum wage in 2020. Subramanyam is committed to providing Virginians with affordable housing and supported legislation that protects tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic. He supports paid family and medical leave for Virginia workers and policies that will make the cost of childcare affordable. He also voted for the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, which grants basic labor protections to domestic workers and provides that they are paid a minimum wage.
Subramanyam understands the urgency of the climate crisis and has worked to support legislation that would reduce the impact of climate change and help reduce utility prices for Virginians. In 2020, the delegate introduced a bill that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Commonwealth. Subramanyam also voted in favor of the Virginia Clean Economy Act, which commits the Commonwealth to 100% clean energy by 2050. In 2021, he received an endorsement from the Virginia League of Conservation Voters and an A from the Virginia Sierra Club on its legislative scorecard.
Subramanyam supports criminal justice reform and wants to find solutions to racial disparities in Virginia’s criminal justice system. He sponsored legislation to improve the Virginia bail process and supported the automatic expungement of criminal records. He supports directing resources from police budgets to support more crime prevention. In 2021, Subramanyam voted in favor of marijuana legislation and abolishing the death penalty in the Commonwealth. He also supported the constitutional amendment to restore voting rights to returning citizens in the Commonwealth.
As a member of the House Education Committee, he works to advance legislation that will better the Virginia public education system. He voted for a 5% pay raise for teachers in 2021 and additional funding so that schools can reopen safely during the pandemic. Subramanyam wants to ensure that students have access to quality broadband services. The delegate previously submitted legislation that would diversify teaching staff by collecting public data on a teacher's language proficiencies and racial demographics. He hopes to bridge the achievement gap by fully funding public schools and repairing their failing infrastructure.
Subramanyam is facing a challenge from Republican candidate Gregory Moulthrop, a small business owner. Moulthrop is against government efforts to keep our communities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. He supports using taxpayer money to fund private schools and creating deliberate barriers to prevent participation in our fair and free elections.
Due to his support of criminal justice reform, the environment, public education, and Virginia working families, Delegate Subramanyam is the most progressive choice in this race.Incumbent Delegate Suhas Subramanyam has represented the 87th District since 2020. He is the first Indian and Hindu American elected to Virginia’s House of Delegates.