• Democrat

    Rachel Levy

  • Rachel Levy is a teacher and long-time resident of the 55th District. The daughter of two civil rights lawyers, she attended Wesleyan University to become a teacher. She earned her doctorate in educational leadership and policy at Virginia Commonwealth University. She currently teaches high school government at Caroline County Public Schools. She is involved with the Hanover NAACP, the Hanover Democratic Committee, the local Parent Teacher Association, and her synagogue. She lives in Ashland with her husband and three children.

    Levy has classroom experience as well as policy expertise. She will work to raise the salaries of teachers, as well as other school staff. She supports increasing investment in crumbling school infrastructure, particularly in underfunded areas. She will ensure any state-issued mandates are properly funded and implemented to the Standards of Quality. She particularly supports bolstering history, civics, and language arts education in Virginia’s public schools to strengthen our democratic institutions. She will also work to ensure higher education options are affordable for everyone.

    Levy will prioritize meaningful action to stop climate change. She will work to pass legislation that conserves land resources and bolsters the renewable energy industry. She opposes the construction of new gas pipelines or mining operations in the Commonwealth. She will work to support public transportation in the district to reduce traffic congestion and pollution. She will also work to ensure environmental protections are equitable and protect vulnerable communities, like the Brown Grove community, which is disproportionately affected by climate change.

    As the mother of children with Type 1 diabetes and other disabilities, Levy knows the importance of affordable healthcare. She successfully advocated to cap the price of insulin in Virginia. If elected, she will continue to fight insurance and pharmaceutical companies to ensure all individuals can afford necessary healthcare. She supports further expanding access to Medicaid so more Virginians have affordable health coverage. She also wants to create a medical debt relief program in the Commonwealth.

    Levy also advocates for criminal justice reform that will promote community equity. She supports ending qualified immunity, a practice which shields police officers from accountability when violating residents’ civil rights. She is in favor of ending or minimizing jail time for non-violent offenses. She would like to establish civilian oversight of sheriffs’ offices and police departments. She will also work to improve mental health services in the Commonwealth and ensure the criminal justice system treats drug use as an addiction rather than a crime.

    Levy is running against incumbent Delegate Buddy Fowler, a Republican. Fowler has represented the district since 2014. Prior to serving in the legislature, he was a small business owner. Del. Fowler has voted against increasing the minimum wage, legalizing marijuana, increasing health insurance coverage to include abortions, and abolishing the death penalty.

    As a strong community advocate who supports the environment, criminal justice reform, access to affordable healthcare, and public education, Rachel Levy is the most progressive choice for the 55th District.
    Last updated: 2021-09-15

    Rachel Levy

    Rachel Levy is a teacher and long-time resident of the 55th District. The daughter of two civil rights lawyers, she attended Wesleyan University to become a teacher. She earned her doctorate in educational leadership and policy at Virginia Commonwealth University.

    Rachel Levy

    Rachel Levy is a teacher and long-time resident of the 55th District. The daughter of two civil rights lawyers, she attended Wesleyan University to become a teacher. She earned her doctorate in educational leadership and policy at Virginia Commonwealth University.