• Democratic candidate for governor, Terry McAuliffe, was the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 2014 to 2018. McAuliffe was unable to seek reelection in 2017 due to a state law that bars sitting governors from serving consecutive terms. McAuliffe attended The Catholic University of America and Georgetown University Law Center. A lifelong businessman and entrepreneur, McAuliffe has lived in Fairfax County for more than 20 years with his wife, Dorothy. The couple has raised five children together.

    McAuliffe is centering his campaign on building a strong Virginia economy that works for everyone. He plans to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024, two years ahead of the current schedule. He wants to require employers to provide paid sick days along with paid family and medical leave to all workers. Because Virginia is the 10th most expensive state for childcare in the country, McAuliffe wants to assist families burdened with childcare costs by providing subsidies, funneling federal money to families, and making it easier for people to qualify for assistance.

    McAuliffe plans to invest $2 billion in Virginia’s education system every year so that teachers are paid above the national average, children have access to universal pre-K, and every student can get online. To make college more affordable to students, McAuliffe will offer more financial aid and expand on current Governor Ralph Northam’s program that makes community college free to low- and middle-income students studying in certain fields. McAuliffe also wants to boost enrollment at Historically Black Colleges and Universities by providing free tuition to students who promise to teach for five years in the state’s high-need areas.

    While serving as Governor of Virginia, McAuliffe took action to reduce carbon emissions in the state and received a $120.5 million federal grant to combat the rising sea level on Virginia’s coast. He wants Virginia to reach 100% clean energy by 2035 and make access to clean energy and transportation infrastructure more affordable by providing subsidies for solar usage and public transit construction. McAuliffe also plans to address the racial impacts of climate change by providing funding to communities hit by extreme heat and rising sea levels.

    McAuliffe pushed for Medicaid expansion during his first term and wants to increase access to affordable healthcare by supporting Virginia’s plan to create a state-run health insurance marketplace. He backs lowering prescription drug costs, reducing health insurance premiums, and creating a Medicaid buy-in option for people who make too much to qualify for the program but still can’t afford out-of-pocket costs on the marketplace. When he was governor, McAuliffe vetoed Republican legislation that would have limited abortion access. If reelected, McAuliffe plans to incorporate Roe v. Wade into Virginia’s constitution to guarantee that abortion access is protected.

    McAuliffe is running against multimillionaire Republican Glenn Youngkin, the former president of Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms. Youngkin wants to channel the state’s money from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to fund private schools. Youngkin has admitted that he opposes abortion access and will work to dismantle protections for reproductive freedom in the Commonwealth. Youngkin is also against making health coverage more affordable in Virginia.

    McAuliffe is also facing a challenge from activist and educator Princess Blanding, an Independent candidate. Blanding is the sister of Marcus David-Peters, a young Black man who was killed by police in 2018. Blanding wants to hold police accountable by ending qualified immunity and shifting funding away from police departments to invest in community services. She also wants to make health coverage more affordable by creating a public healthcare system.

    Due to his record in providing leadership for the Commonwealth and his support of Virginia working families, the environment, affordable health coverage, and reproductive rights, Terry McAuliffe is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Last updated: 2021-09-15

    Terry McAuliffe

    Democratic candidate for governor, Terry McAuliffe, was the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 2014 to 2018. McAuliffe was unable to seek reelection in 2017 due to a state law that bars sitting governors from serving consecutive terms.

    Terry McAuliffe

    Democratic candidate for governor, Terry McAuliffe, was the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 2014 to 2018. McAuliffe was unable to seek reelection in 2017 due to a state law that bars sitting governors from serving consecutive terms.

  • The daughter of a Salvadorian and North African immigrant father and a Lebanese and Irish mother, Delegate Hala Ayala was one of the first Latina women elected to the House of Delegates, having one her first election to represent the 51st District in 2017. She worked for over 20 years as a cybersecurity specialist and is the single mother of two grown children. If chosen by voters to be the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, Ayala will be the first woman and Afro-Latina to do so.

    Affordable access to healthcare is a central focus for Ayala. As a first-time mother, Ayala depended on Medicaid to give her son life-saving care. In 2018, Ayala voted to expand Medicaid to 400,000 Virginians. In 2020, she co-patroned legislation to cap the cost of insulin in the state. In 2021, she voted to make the cost of prescription drugs transparent and to boost Virginia’s capacity to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. She also wants to reduce Black maternal mortality and create a universal paid family and medical leave program in the Commonwealth.

    As a graduate of Prince William County schools, Ayala believes that a well-funded education system is critical to a thriving Commonwealth. In 2021, she voted to increase teachers’ salaries by 5%. She also supported the “Get Skilled, Get a Job, Give Back (G3) Fund and Program, which provides free community college to low- and middle-income students who are studying in certain fields. As lieutenant governor, Ayala will prioritize expanding access to pre-K, reducing overcrowding in classrooms, and dedicate more funding to improve school infrastructure.

    Recognizing the climate crisis as a national security threat, Ayala believes the state needs to play a bigger role in addressing the impacts of climate change. She co-patroned the Virginia Clean Economy Act in 2020, which will eliminate carbon emissions in the Commonwealth by 2050. She also wants to dedicate more funding to communities dealing firsthand with the effects of climate change, believing that solutions to the crisis must be created with racial equity in mind.

    Ayala personally understands how hard it is for families to make ends meet. Her family struggled financially when she was a child, and she worked and raised children while obtaining her degree. In 2020, Ayala voted to raise the state’s minimum wage. She supports making paid family and medical leave available to all Virginia working families. In 2021, she voted to strengthen the rights of tenants and protect them from eviction during the pandemic. She also sponsored legislation to protect workers during the pandemic by requiring employers to provide them with personal protective equipment and hazard pay.

    Ayala is running against former delegate Winsome Sears, a Republican who represented Norfolk in the House of Delegates from 2002 to 2003. Sears owns a plumbing and appliance repair store in Winchester. Sears opposes legislation that would make our communities safer from gun violence. She also supports using public money to fund private schools and wants to create deliberate barriers to voting access that make it more difficult for people to participate in our democracy.

    Due to her support of affordable health coverage, the environment, public education, and Virginia working families, Delegate Hala Ayala is the most progressive choice for lieutenant governor in Virginia.
    Last updated: 2021-09-15

    Hala Ayala

    The daughter of a Salvadorian and North African immigrant father and a Lebanese and Irish mother, Delegate Hala Ayala was one of the first Latina women elected to the House of Delegates, having one her first election to represent the 51st District in 2017.

    Hala Ayala

    The daughter of a Salvadorian and North African immigrant father and a Lebanese and Irish mother, Delegate Hala Ayala was one of the first Latina women elected to the House of Delegates, having one her first election to represent the 51st District in 2017.
  • Incumbent Attorney General Mark Herring is seeking his third term in office after having been first elected in 2013. Raised by a single mother in Loudoun County, Herring obtained a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of Virginia before earning his law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law. He and his wife of 30 years, Laura, raised two children together.

    Herring has stood up for access to affordable healthcare by fighting off efforts by the Trump administration to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In 2021, Herring defended the ACA by joining a coalition of 21 attorneys general to argue in front of the U.S. Supreme Court against a lawsuit from the Trump administration that would have dismantled the ACA, protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and Medicaid expansion.

    Herring is a champion of reproductive rights and abortion access, and has used his office to support a person’s right to decide when and whether to become a parent. He has signed onto several lawsuits that challenge different states’ restrictive abortion laws. He issued an opinion in 2015 to strike down medically unnecessary Targeted Restrictions on Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws that shuttered women’s health centers in the Commonwealth. In 2019, he successfully filed an injunction against the Trump administration’s efforts to halt contraceptive coverage in health insurance.

    Herring has worked to keep our communities safe from gun violence by standing up to the gun lobby. In 2020, he defended two common-sense laws passed by the General Assembly aimed at preventing gun violence, the one-handgun-a-month law, and extended background checks. The same year, he also successfully defended a challenge to Virginia’s extreme risk protection law, which keeps guns out of the hands of people who pose a risk to themselves or others.

    During his time in office, Herring has fought to keep the promise of democracy real by protecting access to the ballot box. This year, he applauded the passage of the Voting Rights Act of Virginia and joined other attorneys general in urging Congress to pass safeguards that guarantee people’s rights to participate in our democracy by voting. In 2020, he ensured that voters did not face intimidation while casting their ballots in our fair and free elections. In 2016, he defended a decision from former Governor Terry McAuliffe to restore the rights of returning citizens in the Commonwealth.

    Herring is facing a challenge from Delegate Jason Miyares, a conservative Republican who wants to create deliberate barriers to voting access, undermine workers’ rights by keeping Virginia a right-to-work state, and oppose efforts to shift funding away from police budgets to community services. As a delegate, Miyares voted against raising the state’s minimum wage, expanding access to affordable healthcare to hundreds of thousands of Virginians, abolishing the death penalty, and legalizing marijuana. He also opposes abortion access.

    Due to his support of access to affordable healthcare, abortion access, gun violence prevention, and voting rights, Attorney General Mark Herring is the most progressive choice for this race.
    Last updated: 2021-09-15

    Mark Herring

    Incumbent Attorney General Mark Herring is seeking his third term in office after having been first elected in 2013.

    Mark Herring

    Incumbent Attorney General Mark Herring is seeking his third term in office after having been first elected in 2013.

House of Delegates

Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below House of Delegate races on your ballot.

  • 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.

    Jasmine Gore

    Hopewell transplant Jasmine Gore obtained dual degrees in biology and political science from Virginia Commonwealth University.
  • Virginia’s 63rd District includes parts of the counties of Chesterfield, Dinwiddie and Prince George, as well as the city of Petersburg. Voting trends show that this district is competitive, however Democratic candidates have represented the district for over 40 years. Kim Taylor is the first Republican candidate to run for the 63rd district.

    Incumbent Delegate Lashresce Aird (D) has represented the 63rd District since 2016. Her election made her the youngest woman elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. Aird earned her undergraduate and doctorate degrees from Virginia State University. She is a graduate of the Sorenson Political Leadership Program at the University of Virginia and the Minority Political Leadership Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a trusted community leader in Petersburg where she and her husband are raising two sons.

    Aird is committed to criminal justice reform. She successfully carried legislation that bans the use and purchase of facial recognition technology by all local law enforcement agencies and campus police without explicit authorization from the state. Aird sponsored “Breonna’s Law,” which bans police from using no-knock warrants to enter and search a home without notifying the resident. She voted to abolish the death penalty and legalize marijuana in 2021 as well.

    Aird also successfully sponsored historic legislation that recognizes racism as a public health crisis in Virginia. This bill will implement a series of policies geared towards addressing systemic racism in Virginia. She advocates for access to affordable, quality healthcare by working to lower drug costs and voting to cap the price of insulin in 2020. 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.

    Aird understands the urgency of the climate crisis and is focused on passing legislation to protect the environment. She advocates for equitable energy by successfully sponsoring legislation to make access to clean, affordable water a human right in 2021. She voted for the Virginia Clean Economy Act in 2020, which commits the Commonwealth to 100% clean energy by 2050. The Virginia League of Conservation Voters awarded her a score of 100% for the 2020 session.

    Aird supports Virginia’s public education system, voting for a 5% raise for teachers and additional funding to help schools reopen safely during the pandemic. She worked to pass legislation that would make higher education more equitable for applicants by banning public universities from asking criminal history questions on admissions applications. The delegate also co-sponsored the School Equity and Staffing Act, which would address spending discrepancies between schools in low-income communities versus other communities.

    Aird is facing a challenge from Republican candidate Kim Taylor, a Dinwiddie County resident who owns a small business with her husband. Taylor supports using taxpayer money to fund private education and opposes government efforts to keep students safe when schools reopen with masking requirements and vaccination protocols at public colleges and universities.

    Due to her support of criminal justice reform, public education, affordable healthcare, and the environment, Aird is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Lashrecse Aird

    Incumbent Delegate Lashresce Aird (D) has represented the 63rd District since 2016. Her election made her the youngest woman elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. Aird earned her undergraduate and doctorate degrees from Virginia State University.
  • Virginia’s 64th District includes parts of the counties of Isle of Wight, Prince George, Surry, as well as the city of Suffolk. Voting trends show that this district is strongly Republican. Del. Brewer won her 2019 election with over 60% of the votes.

    Michael Drewry is a farmer and lawyer. His family has farmed in Virginia for 400 years. He earned a business degree and a law degree from the College of William and Mary. He currently runs his family’s farm while running a law practice. His farm is a large gathering place where he and his wife, Amy, host festivals and picnics. He is currently the vice-chair of the Surry County Board of Supervisors where he was first elected in 2015.

    Drewry wants to give rural Virginians a voice in the legislature and has worked hard to serve the interests of his rural community. While serving on the Board of Supervisors, Drewry fought to bring broadband access to every household in Surry County, which is on track to be one of the first counties in Virginia to achieve universal broadband access. He also helped secure federal funding to upgrade the county’s water system and assisted in the construction of a new community center for the county.

    Drewry and his wife run a small business selling produce and meat from their farm and understand the needs of family farmers in the district. He wants to reinvigorate the local agricultural industry in the district by making it more competitive and host year-round farmers' markets. He supports innovative measures to increase access to local, healthy food like mobile food markets that deliver food to high-need areas. Additionally, he wants to make it easier for farmers and small businesses to apply for low-interest loans to grow their businesses.

    As an attorney, Drewry offers pro bono legal services to local residents and specializes in land use, conservation, and government matters. He wants to reform Virginia’s code so that it is more accessible to everyday people. He refused to accept campaign contributions from polluting utility monopolies like Dominion Energy. He also wants to boost local farmers’ capacity to protect the environment by making it easier for them to apply for loans and grants to transition to renewable energy resources.

    Drewry supports making the promise of democracy real for us all by expanding access to voting. He advocates for assistance for working families such as the Child Tax Credit included in the American Rescue Plan. Drewry believes in equity and inclusion for all Virginians. He wants to keep constituents in his district engaged in what is happening at the state capitol by establishing committees composed of residents on agriculture and small business.

    Drewry is challenging incumbent Delegate Emily Brewer (R), who has represented the district since 2018. Brewer opposes abortion access and voted against expanding Medicaid to 400,000 Virginians in 2018. Brewer is against keeping communities safe with common-sense measures aimed at preventing gun violence. She also voted against raising the minimum wage, abolishing the death penalty, and legalizing marijuana.

    Due to his support of broadband access, small farmers, the environment, expanding access to voting, and working families, Drewry is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Michael Drewry

    Michael Drewry is a farmer and lawyer. His family has farmed in Virginia for 400 years. He earned a business degree and a law degree from the College of William and Mary. He currently runs his family’s farm while running a law practice.