• 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.
  • Virginia’s 88th District includes parts of the counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, and Fauquier, and the city of Fredericksburg. Voter trends show that the district is strongly Republican. Del. Cole won the 2019 election with over 55% of the vote.

    Kecia Evans was born in New Jersey and moved to Virginia with her family when her father was stationed here. She earned a master’s degree from the University of Maryland and a law degree from Regent University. She works for an agency that advocates for indigent adults and juveniles. She and her husband live in Stafford County with their four children. This is Evans’ first time running for political office.

    As someone who works in the criminal justice field, Evans supports initiatives to reform Virginia’s criminal justice system. Before her campaign, Evans led the Legal Redress and Criminal Justice Committee for the Stafford Branch of the NAACP. Evans believes that our criminal justice system’s focus on punitive measures is not making our communities safer. She wants to reduce mass incarceration by introducing legislation that promotes crime prevention, systems of care, and intervention. She also supports expunging the records of non-violent offenders.

    Evans believes access to affordable, quality healthcare is a human right. She wants to expand Medicaid more so that affordable healthcare is available to more Virginians. If elected, Evans hopes to prioritize legislation that addresses disparities in access to coverage across racial, geographic, and gender identities. She will push for lower insurance premiums and lowering the cost of prescription drugs. Evans is a supporter of reproductive rights and quality reproductive healthcare.

    Evans supports increased funding for Virginia’s public education system. She believes that teachers should be paid above the national average to prevent high turnover and Virginia should have universal pre-K. She wants to address Virginia’s educator shortage, repair failing infrastructure, and reduce classroom sizes. Evans also plans to make sure that special education and mental health programs are fully funded so that all students in our schools are receiving the best opportunities.

    If elected, Evans hopes to push for policies so that all Virginians have access to quality jobs and economic opportunities. Her goal is to support legislation that creates more workforce and skills-training programs to prepare Virginians for in-demand jobs. She wants to work towards ensuring small businesses are protected and able to thrive against larger corporations. She also wants businesses that provide employment opportunities to veterans, military families, and people with disabilities.

    Evans is running against Republican candidate Philip Scott and Libertarian candidate Timothy Lewis. Scott is a business owner and supports creating deliberate barriers to voting access. He opposes common-sense measures meant to keep communities safe from gun violence. Lewis is a veteran who wants to use taxpayer money to fund private education and opposes gun violence prevention measures.

    Due to her support of criminal justice reform, access to affordable healthcare, public education, and working families, Kecia Evans is the most progressive choice in this race.

    Kecia Evans

    Kecia Evans was born in New Jersey and moved to Virginia with her family when her father was stationed here. She earned a master’s degree from the University of Maryland and a law degree from Regent University. She works for an agency that advocates for indigent adults and juveniles.

  • Keith Jones is a Democrat running to represent the Hartwood District on the Stafford County Board of Supervisors. A native of Detroit, he worked as a probation officer and customs inspector before joining the U.S. Secret Service, serving across the country, overseas, and on the presidential and vice-presidential details. Since retiring from the Secret Service, he works as an investigator on money laundering issues. He lives with his wife in Stafford and has two adult children.

    Jones plans to prioritize educational funding to ensure Stafford County is supporting every student’s education. He would like to increase school budgets, particularly to raise teacher salaries. Additionally, he would prioritize school safety and infrastructure. He would like to ensure Stafford County students are receiving the highest quality of educational resources so that they are better prepared to participate in the workforce. He would also like to expand access to the Internet and broadband so that all students have equal access to educational opportunities.

    Jones hopes to boost the county’s economy by strengthening the relationship between public and private institutions. He prioritizes citizen involvement in government and would like to ensure that citizens and small business owners have plenty of opportunities to engage in government activities. He particularly emphasizes open board meetings and utilizing Zoom and phone conferencing until safe public meetings can be held. Jones also understands that farming is a critical aspect of business in Stafford and wants to focus on supporting farms and protecting land and natural water resources.

    Jones hopes to redirect funding in the district to ease transportation issues. He would like to further the work the board of supervisors has been doing to eliminate road congestion and decrease the overall number of traffic-related accidents, injuries, and death. Additionally, he would work with the Virginia Department of Transportation and Youth Driver Task Force to ensure the area receives proper funding for road maintenance. He would also like to ensure public transportation options are available and safe for all who need them.

    Jones also understands the board can play a critical role in promoting equality in Stafford County. He would like to increase government collaboration with organizations that support the elderly and individuals with disabilities. He wants to boost funding to county services like affordable housing and support for mental health issues. Additionally, he would like to see criminal justice reforms that ensure the district's residents are treated fairly and equally at all levels of the criminal justice system.

    Keith Jones is running against Darrell English, a Republican and veteran of the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office. He currently serves on the Stafford County Planning Commission. His platform includes protecting public safety through increased staffing and resources for the county’s law enforcement. English is also a supporter of Glenn Youngkin’s campaign for Governor.

    Due to his support for funding education, government transparency, and equity, Jones is the most progressive choice in this race.
    Last updated: 2021-09-15

    Keith Jones

    Keith Jones is a Democrat running to represent the Hartwood District on the Stafford County Board of Supervisors. A native of Detroit, he worked as a probation officer and customs inspector before joining the U.S.

    Keith Jones

    Keith Jones is a Democrat running to represent the Hartwood District on the Stafford County Board of Supervisors. A native of Detroit, he worked as a probation officer and customs inspector before joining the U.S.
  • Marc Broklawski is a father and computer scientist running to represent the Hartwood District on the Stafford County School Board. Born and raised in New York, Broklawski received his master’s degree in computer science and engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo. After graduate school, he moved to Virginia to begin his career as a civilian computer scientist for the United States Navy. He lives with his wife, a public school teacher, and children in Stafford.

    One of Broklawski’s top priorities is ensuring proper funding for schools and raising the per-pupil funding level. He points to underfunding as a cause for the district's high student-to-teacher ratio and would like to raise the budget contributions from the board of supervisors up to the local average, or higher. This would allow increased salaries across the board for teachers, administrators, and other staff. He emphasizes how increasing pay will greatly help address the district’s teacher shortage, allowing for reduced class sizes. He would also like to invest in more counselors and social workers to support students’ mental health needs.

    Broklawski also prioritizes investment into school resources and infrastructure. He will work to ensure every teacher has access to the resources necessary to make their classroom conducive to learning. On infrastructure, he is particularly concerned with repairs to school buildings. He prioritizes repairs to ventilation systems in order to improve air quality, which is critical to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 and to keep children with asthma and allergies safe from mold.

    Broklawski does not support excessive standardized testing, taking issue with “teaching to the test.” He believes teachers are often limited by testing requirements. Broklawski also believes that recess is critical to childhood development and encourages access to unstructured recess time. Broklawski would also like to ensure the course offerings at each school are equitable and students at every school have access to accelerated learning and diverse course options. This includes ensuring that special education students have access to the support they need.

    Broklawski also hopes to ensure Stafford County students are all properly prepared for working in the 21st century. He values Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs and college programs equally and will work to ensure Stafford County graduates are prepared for every path following graduation. He hopes to build community partnerships to expand access to apprenticeship programs and trades for students. Broklawski also advocates for expanded access to broadband, emphasizing the technological inequities in rural areas.

    Broklawski is running against Alyssa D. Halstead. Halstead has posted on social media that she does not support COVID-19 vaccinations. She also opposes government efforts to safely reopen schools during the pandemic. Halstead opposes teacher unions and believes that people migrate to the U.S. to take advantage of public assistance programs.

    Due to his support for investment into school infrastructure and teachers, decreasing standardized testing, and increasing opportunities for higher education, Broklawski is the most progressive choice in this race.
    Last updated: 2021-09-15

    Marc K. Broklawski

    Marc Broklawski is a father and computer scientist running to represent the Hartwood District on the Stafford County School Board. Born and raised in New York, Broklawski received his master’s degree in computer science and engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

    Marc K. Broklawski

    Marc Broklawski is a father and computer scientist running to represent the Hartwood District on the Stafford County School Board. Born and raised in New York, Broklawski received his master’s degree in computer science and engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.