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  • Virginia’s 3rd congressional district stretches across parts of Hampton Roads and encompasses all of the cities of Norfolk, Newport News, Hampton, and Portsmouth, as well as parts of Chesapeake. In 2012, the 3rd district was found to have been unconstitutionally gerrymandered based on race. It was redrawn for the 2016 elections to exclude parts of Richmond which had previously been included in the district. The district is reliably Democratic, even since redistricting. Bobby Scott won the 2020 election with 68.35% of the vote. 

    This election will be held on November 8, 2022. Longtime incumbent, Congressman Bobby Scott (D), who has served since 1993, is running for re-election against Terry Namkung (R), a retired senior non-commissioned officer of the Air Force and renewable energy researcher.

    Democratic incumbent Congressman Bobby Scott has represented Virginia’s Third District since 1993. Before being elected to Congress, Scott served in the Virginia General Assembly for 15 years as a member of both the House of Delegates (1978-1983) and the State Senate (1983-1993). Having a maternal grandfather of Filipino ancestry, he is the first American of Filipino descent to serve as a voting member of Congress, in addition to being the first African American Representative from Virginia since Reconstruction.

    As co-chair of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force, Scott advocates for protecting the environment and preserving the Chesapeake Bay. Together with Congresswoman Elaine Luria, he co-authored the Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization Act. He also introduced the Chesapeake Bay Science, Education and Ecosystem Enhancement Act with Maryland Congressman John Sarbanes and Virginia Congressman Rob Wittman. He opposes the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, as well as offshore drilling. Alternatively, he cosponsored the Offshore Wind American Manufacturing Act and supports the Green New Deal.

    Since his early days in Congress, Scott has been fighting for criminal justice reform and gun violence prevention. In 2017, he sponsored the Safe, Accountable, Fair, and Effective (SAFE) Act, which addressed the country’s prison population problem. He also cosponsored the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which would ban chokeholds and no-knock warrants and address accountability for law enforcement misconduct. Scott serves as vice-chair of the House Democratic Caucus Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. Recently, he voted in favor of the Protecting Our Kids Act.

    Scott has been a cosponsor of Medicaid for All since his first congressional term. He has introduced legislation to improve the Affordable Care Act by putting limits on deductibles, expanding eligibility for subsides, and expanding on open enrollment outreach efforts. He coauthored the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, aiming to save Americans $500 billion on prescription drug costs over the next decade. Additionally, he introduced the Ban Surprise Billing Act to protect patients from unexpected medical bills.

    Investments in education and training are the long-term solution to recovering economy for Scott. He views this as key to keeping the US competitive in the global marketplace.He introduced the Raise the Wage Act to ultimately increase minimum wage to $15. Scott also introduced the PRO Act (Protecting the Right to Organize), which would strengthen workers’ right to unionize. To protect older workers, he introduced the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act. Scott supported the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.

    Scott is facing Terry Namkung (R), a retired senior non-commissioned officer of the Air Force and renewable energy researcher. Namkung is against children masking and future school shutdowns, as well as mandated vaccines. He has spoken out against teaching accurate history in public schools. Namkung received Governor Glenn Youngkin’s endorsement in the race.

    Due to Namkung’s views on the COVID-19 pandemic and his spreading of disinformation, Bobby Scott is the most progressive candidate in this race.

  • Endorsed By: SEIU, Virginia Sierra Club

Depending on where you live, you may have the following district races on your ballot.

  • The City of Norfolk has a population of 235,089 people and sits on the Chesapeake Bay in southeastern Virginia. It is the home to the world’s largest naval base. Ward 1 includes much of northwest Norfolk. The city is strongly Democratic with President Joe Biden winning with 72% of the vote during the 2020 election. 

    This election takes place on November 8, 2022. The candidates in the race for city council
    Ward 1 are Pádraig-Eóin Leigh Dalrymple (I), a member of Virginia Beach EMS and a former federal firefighter, and incumbent Martin Thomas (I), an attorney and vice chairman of the Norfolk Planning Commission and who has served since 2016.
    Pádraig-Eóin went the trade school route graduating from Utah Valley University Wildland and Structure Firefighter Recruit Academy in 2009. He graduated from Paramedic School in 2011 through Mt. Nebo Training / University of Utah 2011. His professional experience includes working as an Interagency Hotshot with the Bureau of Land Management and as an EMT. Additionally, he has worked as a Pharmacy Technician and a local volunteer EMT. He is a military spouse and comes from a multigenerational military family.

    Ward One’s City Council Set has been uncontested since 2010, and Pádraig-Eóin believes the problems with the Norfolk Police that have led to over two hundred Police Officer job vacancies and rising crime rates go back a decade. Based on a pattern of behaviors, Pádraig-Eóin things will only get worse. He believes that at this juncture, Norfolk is at a critical moment in time. He also believes that this is an opportunity to build a police department that the community deserves, needs, and can trust as well as a department that the officers need and deserve.

    He is running for city council because he recognizes that the City Council needs someone with personal experience dealing with the hardships of the city. He believes that being a First Responder also offers unprecedented value to the City Council.He believes that Democracy does not work unless the People have a choice, and that change starts at the local level. He also believes that change can not happen if people do not have a voice in that change. Pádraig is passionate about police reform, affordable and sustainable Housing, and increasing support for homelessness. More support for local businesses and their growth is needed as well. Above all, he believes Norfolk needs a City Council that inspires the city.
    - All information about Pádraig-Eóin was provided directly.

    Pádraig-Eóin is the most progressive candidate for Norfolk City Council because he supports police reform, affordable and sustainable housing and increased support for homeless people.
  • The City of Norfolk has a population of 235,089 people and sits on the Chesapeake Bay in southeastern Virginia. It is the home to the world’s largest naval base. Ward 1 includes much of northwest Norfolk. The city is strongly Democratic with President Joe Biden winning with 72% of the vote during the 2020 election. 

    The Norfolk City School Board Ward 1 election takes place on November 8, 2022. Carly W. Gelles (D), a Portsmouth City Public Schools English teacher, will face incumbent Adale M. Martin (I), who has held the seat since 2018.

    Carly West Gelles grew up in Chesepeake, Virginia and attended college at Old Dominion University. Since then, she has lived in Norfolk. She began working at CMA-CGM(Compagnie Maritime d'Affrètement-Compagnie Générale Maritime) until she found a passion for teaching. She then began working as an Administrative Assistant at Tidewater Community College. She worked at TCC for nearly 5 years and looked for every opportunity possible to understand the framework of the education system.

    Gelles believes that mental health is a top priority for Norfolk City students. Gelles has said that resources are only available to students who pose a threat to themselves, but she believes that those resources should be expanded to those whose mental illnesses have affected them in other ways. She also believes that performance problems can be spotted early on in students, which make early intervention a necessity.

    Gelles believes since COVID, schools have become more dangerous. She wants to invest in the safety of Norfolk city children. She believes that Norfolk City Schools need to purchase devices to secure doors during lockdowns. She also believes that additional security is needed. She said that with more security, along with healthcare professionals, the Norfolk School Board can help mitigate some of the safety issues that occur in schools.

    Gelles wants to further students’ education, help them prepare for a trade, or prepare them for the workforce. She stated that Norfolk already has partnerships with higher education through the Dual Enrollment program. We could partner with industry leaders in our area to ensure that our students are graduating with desired qualities for employment. They could also partner with trade certification programs to help students get the qualifications they need. This supports our community and our students’ needs. There are so many different groups that want to help our mission of education, and we need to bridge the gaps to gain the support people want to offer.

    Gelles’ opponent is Adale Martin. Martin was elected to the Norfolk County School Board on July 1, 2018. She has a master’s degree in Public Administration from Louisiana State University and is a PhD candidate in Public Policy at Old Dominion University in collaboration policy. Martin served on the Norfolk Jury Commission and the Naval Station Norfolk Centennial Commission. She is currently the Executive Director of the Slover Library Foundation to make the Slover Library a model, state-of-the-art community space by partnering with Norfolk Public Library, community organizations, and businesses. She is also an advocate and fundraiser in support of CHKD as a member of The King’s Daughters Communications Committee, Past President of the Magnolia Circle and Founder and Chairman of the Magnolia Circle Dragon Boat Race Fundraiser in partnership with Nauticus. Martin’s husband and son were both born with profound hearing loss, so resources for disabled children is a priority.

    Carly West Gelles is the most progressive candidate running, because of her priorities around mental health, school safety, and higher education.