Derek Kitts is a veteran, small business owner, and native of Southwest Virginia. Kitts was born in Roanoke, raised in Lynchburg, and currently lives in Christiansburg with his family. He owns Virginia Blue Star Printing & Consulting, a union print shop, and serves as a middle school athletics coach. He is retired from the Army after serving for 24 years, including three combat tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, receiving two Bronze Star medals and a Purple Heart.
Kitts is an advocate for educational equity. He wants to better fund Virginia’s rural schools and he hopes to restore a dedicated source of funding for rural education. As delegate, he would prioritize increasing teacher pay and providing incentives for teachers to work in rural areas. He supports programs like tuition forgiveness to recruit and retrain quality educators in the district. He also supports policies enacted to support transgender students, which ensure that schools use transgender students’ chosen names, allow them to participate in sports, and let students use restrooms and locker rooms according to their gender identities.
Kitts supports improvements to Southwest Virginia’s infrastructure, including expanding access to broadband service, which will improve the district’s educational and economic opportunities. He also supports the creation of local co-ops to provide Internet access in areas where it is most needed. Additionally, he would prioritize transportation infrastructure. He hopes to create funding for rural transportation safety in order to decrease the frequency of accidents on roads in rural VA and supports increasing revenue for roadway expansion.
As a small business owner, Kitts supports policies to make the 7th District a destination for businesses. He supports the expansion of rural small business incubators and wants to ensure loans and grants are easily accessible for local businesses. Kitts also recognizes the critical role of workers and is a strong supporter of labor rights. The print shop he owns is unionized and he is a proud member of the UMWA Local 2274. He believes the state should repeal its right-to-work laws.
Kitts supports policies that increase access to healthcare like the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and wants to lower the cost of prescription drugs. While he backs the Second Amendment rights, Kitts advocates for common sense measures aimed at preventing gun violence like background checks. Kitts also wants to prioritize helping Virginia families live in dignity by supporting paid family and medical leave, paid sick days, and increased funding for childcare and elder care.
Kitts is running against Republican Marie March, a small business owner from Floyd and Trump supporter. She opposes abortion access and supports increasing police funding. She wants to deny people’s right to participate in elections by creating deliberate barriers to restrict people’s access to the ballot. She does not believe rich and wealthy corporations should have to pay their fair share in taxes.
Due to his progressive policies on education, workers’ rights, infrastructure, and healthcare, Derek Kitts is the most progressive choice for the 7th District in Virginia.Last updated: 2021-09-15Derek Kitts is a veteran, small business owner, and native of Southwest Virginia. Kitts was born in Roanoke, raised in Lynchburg, and currently lives in Christiansburg with his family.Derek Kitts is a veteran, small business owner, and native of Southwest Virginia. Kitts was born in Roanoke, raised in Lynchburg, and currently lives in Christiansburg with his family.
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.