Virginia’s new 82nd House of Delegates district encompasses Petersburg City, parts of Dinwiddie County, parts of Prince George County, and Surry County. With almost 64,000 registered voters, this is a competitive district that doesn’t lean in one direction or another.This election will be held on November 7, 2023. Incumbent Republican Delegate Kim Taylor is facing a challenge from Democrat Kimberly Pope Adams in the general election for Virginia’s new 82nd House of Delegates district. Delegate Taylor has served in the House of Delegates since 2022.Kimberly Pope Adams is an auditor who wants to bring accountability to the House of Delegates. She grew up in the "Five Forks" area of Hopewell and has a deep-rooted connection to the traditions and culture of the Tri-Cities. Adams is a mother who wants to be a voice for a district that Richmond has long ignored. She will stand with farmers, local businesses, and community leaders to make the district thrive.
Adams believes that every Virginian deserves to live in a safe community. She wants to address the crime and violence that have devastated families and neighborhoods in the 82nd District. As Delegate, Adams will work to achieve measurable results for the district by engaging stakeholders to promote a law enforcement workforce that reflects the community it serves, working with community leaders, individual citizens, and law enforcement to establish innovative crime prevention initiatives, and ensuring state funding exists to adequately staff Sheriff and Police departments.
Adams believes that the government should not interfere in a healthcare decision, and all decisions should be made between the person and their doctor. As Delegate, she will fight tirelessly to oppose any attempt to ban abortions in Virginia, including obstacles like mandatory waiting periods and limits on access to contraception.
Adams believes every working family deserves an opportunity to enjoy economic security and success. She believes that workers should have the right to unionize and collectively bargain. Employees should have paid sick leave to use for themselves or their children, and employers should invest in specialized training, making education and workforce development available to the community.
Food insecurity is an undeniable fact for many residents in our community. People in both urban and rural areas lack access to affordable fresh food. Most tragic is that food deserts exist in communities where agriculture is vital to the local economy. Adams believes broadband internet access is as necessary for Virginians as electricity and water. Educational opportunities, employment opportunities, and affordable healthcare are often dependent upon reliable internet access. In order to make counties more attractive to live, broadband access must be a unified priority for both State and local government.
Pope’s opponent is incumbent Republican Delegate Kim Taylor, a Dinwiddie County resident who owns a small business with her husband. As Delegate, Taylor voted to require reinstatement of the mandatory 24-hour waiting period before a person can access abortion (HB 212). She opposes common-sense gun violence prevention legislation and voted to repeal the extreme risk protection law (HB 209). She also voted to reduce penalties for carrying a concealed weapon without a permit (HB 11).
Because of her stances on healthcare, economic security and development, and her commitment to the needs of her constituents, Kimberly Pope Adams is the progressive choice in this race.
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