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.
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.
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.
House of Delegates
Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below House of Delegate races on your ballot.
The 14th District encompasses the following localities: the city of Danville, and Pittsylvania and Henry counties. Voting trends for the district show that the area leans Republican in general elections, however when challenged incumbent Delegate Marshall has won by a large margin. Marshall was able to win his 2019 seat with over 61% of the vote.Rhett Deitz is a small business owner and graduate of James Madison University with a degree in social work. She currently resides on her family’s farm in Henry County, where she also runs a union print shop. She credits her decision to run for office on having witnessed her younger brother struggle with virtual learning due to his lack of affordable internet access during the COVID-19 pandemic. If elected, Dietz would be the third openly LGBTQ woman in Virginia’s legislature.
Deitz wants to strengthen the state’s education system by improving rural access to broadband and changing the way schools are funded in the Commonwealth which currently favors urban and higher-income areas. She also wants to increase funding for Virginia public schools and high school vocational programs as a pathway to good-paying jobs. She supports reducing class size and believes the legislature must work on inequities exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Deitz supports marijuana legalization and believes that communities ravaged by the Drug War should be first in line to benefit by directing revenue from taxed marijuana to resources for impacted communities. She also wants to expunge the records of individuals with prior marijuana-related offenses. Deitz plans to address mass incarceration in the Commonwealth by ending cash bail, which is the practice that forces people to remain in jail even though they have not been convicted but can’t afford bail to get out.
Deitz wants to keep Virginia communities safe from gun violence by passing common-sense legislation aimed at keeping guns out of the wrong hands. She wants to change the universal background check law so that more time is allowed for the background check, believing that there is not enough turnaround time as the current law is written. Deitz believes a fully-funded public school system is the backbone of communities and wants to increase funding for vocational education.
Deitz sees the economic potential in the transition to clean, renewable energy as a big source of jobs and supports the construction of wind and solar energy infrastructure in the Commonwealth. She believes that the clean energy sector will boost employment opportunities in her district and create a wide range of well-paying jobs. She will work to boost the workforce in her district by funding training programs for clean energy jobs.
Deitz is challenging Republican incumbent Delegate Danny Marshall, who has represented the 14th district since 2002. In 2021, Del. Marshall voted against the legalization of marijuana, the Voting Rights Act of Virginia, and abolishing the death penalty. Marshall is opposed to a person’s right to decide when and whether to become a parent and voted against expanding abortion access in the Commonwealth. He also voted against raising the minimum wage in 2020.
Due to her support for the environment, public education, broadband access, and marijuana legalization, Deitz is the most progressive choice in this election.Rhett Deitz is a small business owner and graduate of James Madison University with a degree in social work. She currently resides on her family’s farm in Henry County, where she also runs a union print shop.
The 16th District encompasses Pittsylvania and Henry counties, and the city of Martinsville. Voting trends for the district show that the area is strongly Republican with incumbent Del. Adams winning all of his elections by a large margin. Adams was able to win his 2019 seat with over 74% of the vote.Chance Trevillian is a first-time political candidate who works as a receptionist at Patrick Henry Community College. He grew up in Axton, Virginia in a low-income household where his mother worked several jobs to make ends meet. He wanted to be an elementary school teacher, but his plans to finish his degree in education were disrupted for financial reasons. Once a conservative, Trevillian shifted to the left after former President Donald Trump’s election in 2016.
Trevillian wants to prioritize improving the state educational system by increasing funding. He wants to boost spending on early education like universal pre-K and incentivize hiring teachers to work in high-need, underserved areas. He hopes to provide financial aid to students pursuing education degrees who committed to teaching for five years at Virginia public schools. He believes that children can thrive more if they have access to nutritious food while at school. He also supports raising teacher pay to attract a talented workforce and prevent turnover.
Trevillian is committed to improving workers’ rights in the Commonwealth by supporting their right to form unions and repealing Virginia’s right-to-work laws. He believes Virginia families deserve dignity by guaranteeing a living wage for all working people and he supports providing paid family and medical leave so that no one has to choose between a paycheck and caring for themselves or a loved one. He also wants to focus on creating jobs and boosting the workforce in his district.
As a low-income person living with a disability, Trevillian understands how hard it is to access affordable healthcare in Virginia. He wants to increase funding to help people living with disabilities and make public spaces in his district more compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). He also supports lowering prescription drug costs, making sure all Virginians have access to the best providers, and funding mental health services, addiction, and recovery treatment.
Trevillian supports the Black Lives Matter movement, having participated in protests last summer. He wants to hold police accountable for the violence they inflict on communities by ending qualified immunity, a practice that shields police officers from accountability after violating a resident’s rights. He wants to keep our communities safe by passing common-sense legislation aimed at preventing gun violence. He also supports reproductive rights and a person’s right to decide when and whether to become a parent.
Trevillian is running against incumbent Delegate Les Adams, a Republican who has represented the 16th District since 2014. While in office, Adams voted against the Voting Rights Act of Virginia, Medicaid expansion, and the Virginia Clean Economy Act. Delegate Adams also opposes abortion access, marijuana legalization, and abolishing the death penalty.
Due to his support of Virginia working families, access to affordable healthcare, and public education, Trevillian is the most progressive choice in this election.Chance Trevillian is a first-time political candidate who works as a receptionist at Patrick Henry Community College. He grew up in Axton, Virginia in a low-income household where his mother worked several jobs to make ends meet.