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 15th district encompasses Shenandoah, Page, Warren, and Rockingham counties. Voting trends for the district show that the area is strongly Republican, with Republican candidates winning their races by large margins. GIlbert was able to win his 2019 seat with over 74% of the vote.Democratic candidate Emily Scott is running for the 15th District House of Delegates seat. A native of Woodstock, Scott attended Central High School and graduated from Randolph Macon University. A former reporter and municipal employee for Shenandoah County, she is now employed by the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen in Front Royal. Scott serves on the boards of several community organizations, including the Woodstock Museum. She is a member of the finance committee at Emmanuel Episcopal Church.
Scott wants to address the congestion, pollution, and lack of safety issues along I-81, Virginia’s longest interstate at 325 miles. She believes that a lot of the back-ups and crashes that occur on the highway can be resolved by targeted improvements with lane extensions and better response systems in place to clear accidents. Scott sees the region’s water and sewer infrastructure as outdated and wants to increase funding from Richmond to help the area to expand its water treatment and sewer capacity.
Scott sees broadband access as critical to the district’s ability to compete economically and for students to be successful in school. She supports boosting funding for broadband in the area while increasing funding for public schools. She also endorses federal efforts to reduce childhood poverty with increased government spending. Scott believes in keeping our communities safe from gun violence by passing legislation to keep guns out of the wrong hands.
Scott believes that Virginia working families should be able to raise their families with dignity by raising the minimum wage. She wants to help working people in the Commonwealth have more power to form unions by repealing the state’s right-to-work law. She supports the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, which supports the right of workers to freely and fairly form labor unions. Scott also wants to bring jobs to the district by investing in the area’s tourism industry.
Scott wants everyone in her district to have access to affordable, quality healthcare. She believes that the health of her constituents is linked to the health of the environment and wants to protect the area’s natural resources like the Shenandoah River. She supports state government efforts to keep communities safe from the pandemic with vaccination clinics and mask mandates. Scott also believes in expanding voting access and fairly drawing new legislative district maps so voters can choose their representatives, not the other way around.
Scott is challenging incumbent Delegate Todd Gilbert, who serves as Republican Minority Leader in the House of Delegates. Gilbert opposes abortion access and expanding affordable health coverage to 400,000 Virginians in 2018. He opposed raising the minimum wage and allowing municipal workers the right to collectively bargain. Gilbert is against keeping our communities safe from gun violence and voted against abolishing the death penalty and legalizing marijuana in 2021.
Due to her support of fixing I-81, public education, broadband access, affordable healthcare, and working families, Scott is the most progressive choice in this race.Democratic candidate Emily Scott is running for the 15th District House of Delegates seat. A native of Woodstock, Scott attended Central High School and graduated from Randolph Macon University.
The 18th District encompasses Fauquier, Culpeper, and Warren counties. Voting trends for the district show that the area is strongly Republican, with a majority of its constituents voting for Republican candidates in recent elections. Since his first election in 2011, Webert has not received less than 60% of the vote in his races.
Dr. Doug Ward is an openly gay, 71-year-old man who has been married to his husband Rev. Earl Johnson for 22 years. His passion for helping others stems from his time spent in Liberia with the Peace Corps, which led him to pursue a career in the medical field. He has spent the last 34 years in private practice in Washington D.C., focusing on infectious diseases and the treatment of HIV and AIDS. As a practicing doctor, a critical part of his campaign focuses on expanding access to affordable healthcare.
Ward supports the expansion of Medicaid to more Virginians so that people in rural areas have access to affordable healthcare. Rural residents face many barriers to access such as lack of transportation, shortages in healthcare facilities, and stigma associated with mental health and substance use issues. Dr. Ward knows that the COVID-19 pandemic has made inequities in healthcare access more apparent and will prioritize bringing much-needed health coverage and healthcare to residents in his district.
Ward believes that the state must invest in broadband infrastructure in rural parts of Virginia as a driving force of educational, economic, and healthcare opportunities. He also wants to expand cell phone coverage in his district. Ward supports raising the minimum wage so families in his district can live with dignity. He believes that investing in clean energy will boost employment opportunities in the area and supports job training programs for the clean energy sector.
Ward supports making the promise of democracy real for us all by expanding voting access so that everyone can participate in our fair and free elections. He also supports the Black Lives Matter movement, holding police accountable for violence inflicted on communities, reproductive rights, and a person’s right to decide when and whether to become a parent. He wants to keep our communities safe by passing common-sense measures aimed at preventing gun violence.
As a member of the LGBTQ community, Ward is passionate about equality. He believes the state has made great strides with passing the Virginia Values Act, the Equal Rights Amendment, and banning “gay panic” defense, a legal strategy that allows the jury to consider a person’s sexual orientation to justify the use of violence. Even though the General Assembly passed a constitutional amendment to appeal the ban on gay marriage in Virginia in 2021, Ward believes the Commonwealth can do more to protect the rights of the LGBTQ community.
Ward is challenging incumbent Delegate Michael J. Webert, who was elected to the House of Delegates in 2011. As delegate, he has voted against expanding access to affordable healthcare, and increasing the minimum wage. He opposes a person’s right to decide when and whether to become a parent. Webert has also voted against the Virginia Clean Economy Act and abolition of the death penalty.
Due to his support for LGBTQ equality, access to affordable healthcare, Virginia working families, and the environment, Dr. Doug Ward is the most progressive choice in this race.
Dr. Doug Ward is an openly gay, 71-year-old man who has been married to his husband Rev. Earl Johnson for 22 years. His passion for helping others stems from his time spent in Liberia with the Peace Corps, which led him to pursue a career in the medical field.
The 29th District includes parts of Frederick and Warren counties, as well as the city of Winchester. It is strongly Republican with Wiley receiving 64% of the vote in 2020 during a special election.Delmara “Deetzie” Bayliss is a lawyer and mother who has lived in Frederick County and Winchester for most of her life. She graduated from Handley High School, and went on to receive her bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and her law degree from Washington & Lee School of Law. She has served as a prosecutor and assistant commonwealth’s attorney and has two grown children.
As a product of Frederick County Public Schools and the mother of two children, Bayliss understands the importance of a well-funded school system. She supports public school teachers, particularly in the recovery from the pandemic, ensuring they have all the resources necessary for a safe and successful school year. Bayliss also understands that expanded broadband access is critical to a quality education and a strong economy. She supports the legislature’s efforts to allocate funding to broadband infrastructure and wants to expand the efforts in underserved areas.
Bayliss is also a staunch advocate for civil rights. She stands against recent Republican measures aimed at discriminating against transgender citizens, as well as the harmful rhetoric of white supremacy. She condemns the hate crimes against Asian Americans stemming from Trump’s harmful language surrounding the coronavirus. Additionally, she supports a person’s right to decide when and whether to become a parent, equal pay, and fair access to education and employment.
Bayliss also believes that healthcare is a right, not a privilege, and will work to increase access to affordable healthcare. She supports the expansion of both Medicare and Medicaid so more people are eligible and ensure no one has to choose between keeping the housing, feeding their family, or affording medical treatment. Additionally, Bayliss supports increasing access to mental healthcare, particularly due to the adverse impact of the pandemic on community mental health.
Bayliss supports our fair and free elections. She believes in making the promise of democracy real for us all by expanding access to the ballot and making absentee voting easier. She supports Virginia working families by increasing the minimum wage and guaranteeing paid sick days, and family and medical leave for all workers. If elected, Bayliss will vote for legislation that tackles the climate crisis and protects the natural environment in Virginia.
Bayliss is running against Incumbent Delegate Bill Wiley (R). He has served in the House of Delegates since 2020 and on the Winchester City Council. He works at Howard Shockey and Sons, Inc and is a real estate broker. Wiley opposes legislation aimed at keeping our communities safe from gun violence. He’s voted against raising the minimum wage, allowing localities to remove Confederate statues, abolishing the death penalty, marijuana legalization, and the Voting Rights Act of Virginia.
Due to her advocacy for public education, broadband access, civil rights, and affordable healthcare, Delmara “Deetzie” Bayliss is the most progressive choice for Virginia’s 29th District.Delmara “Deetzie” Bayliss is a lawyer and mother who has lived in Frederick County and Winchester for most of her life. She graduated from Handley High School, and went on to receive her bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and her law degree from Washington & Lee School of Law.