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Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below State Senate races on your ballot.
John J. BellDemocrat
Democratic Delegate John Bell served in the U.S. Air Force for almost 26 years. He received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration and now leads a financial team in the private sector. Bell was previously a volunteer tennis coach for Freedom High School and now resides in Loudon County. Delegate Bell was elected to the House of Delegates in 2015.
Delegate Bell voted to expand Medicaid in Virginia and to increase teacher salaries. He is pro-choice and supports commonsense measures to prevent gun violence. He has sponsored legislation to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ individuals on the job and to make solar panels more affordable to Virginia families. He has also supported redistricting reform.
Bell’s opponent, Geary Higgins, is the Republican candidate. Higgins currently serves on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. He is a self-proclaimed conservative and opposes reproductive rights. He also opposes gun violence prevention measures, seeing them as a threat to Second Amendment rights.
John Bell is the progressive choice in this race.
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Senator Jennifer Boysko and her husband, Glenn, have raised their two daughters in historic downtown Herndon, where they have lived since 1996. Senator Boysko has volunteered with numerous organizations in her community including serving on the board of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia. She was first elected to the House of Delegates in 2016 and won a special election to the state Senate in 2019.
Senator Boysko supported legislation to establish hate crime protections for individuals targeted for violence because of their sexual orientation or gender identity and has voiced opposition to conversion therapy. She has been a champion for immigrant families, carrying legislation to provide in-state tuition to residents regardless of immigration status and establish driving privilege cards so families can safely get to school, work, and worship. She has also prioritized protecting and expanding access to reproductive rights and supporting families through establishing paid family and medical leave.
Her conservative opponent, Republican Suzanne Fox, is anti-choice. Little is known about her stance on immigration, gun safety, and issues impacting members of the LGBT community. Fox has served on the Leesburg Town Council since 2014.
Senator Boysko the progressive choice in this race.
House of Delegates
Depending on where you live, you may have one of the below House of Delegate races on your ballot.
Wendy W. GooditisDemocrat
Incumbent Democratic Delegate Wendy Gooditis was elected in 2017. Health care access is an important issue for Delegate Gooditis because she lost her brother to a mental illness after he was denied Medicaid coverage. That experience motivated Gooditis’s vote to expand Virginia’s Medicaid program to 400,000 more Virginians. She also supports investments in renewable energy and clean air and water. She wants to increase teacher pay and ensure that Virginia public schools are the best they can be. She also supports fair redistricting reform so that everyone’s voice can be heard in our elections.
Her opponent, Republican Randy Minchew, was the Delegate for this district from 2012 to 2017. While a member of the House of Delegates, Minchew voted for bills that would make voting harder for some people by requiring a state issued photo ID. He also voted to defund Planned Parenthood and to require an ultrasound before a person can receive abortion care. He voted to repeal the one-gun-a-month law and is against gun violence prevention.
Delegate Wendy Gooditis is the more progressive choice because of her support for health care access and clean energy.
Mavis B. TaintorDemocrat
Democratic candidate Mavis Taintor was the founder and Co-CEO of Callidus Capital Management. She and her husband now own and run a horse farm together. She lost her son to addiction and depression after our health care system failed him. Taintor felt called to run for office to ensure other parents don’t have to go through the same tragedy.
Affordable and accessible health care for everyone is at the center of Taintor’s campaign. She supports increased funding for mental health services and eliminating work requirements for Medicaid. She is pro-choice, supporting abortion access and funding for women’s health services. Taintor is also a strong supporter of Virginia’s workers and supports increasing the minimum wage to $15 and repealing the so-called right-to-work laws that prevent people from joining unions. As Delegate, Taintor would support equality for everyone and would vote to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. She would also vote to prevent employment discrimination for LGBTQ Virginians.
Incumbent Republican Delegate Dave LaRock was elected to the House of Delegates in 2013. He is strongly anti-choice and sponsored a bill that would require parents to opt-in their children for sex education in public schools. He has an A rating from the NRA and opposes common sense gun violence prevention legislation. Delegate LaRock opposed Medicaid expansion, which allowed an additional 300,000 Virginians to access affordable health care.
Mavis Taintor is the progressive choice for the 34th District because of her support of reproductive rights, Medicaid expansion, and increasing the minimum wage.
Chairwoman Phyllis Randall is a retired mental health therapist. She worked with incarcerated people who have substance abuse issues in a local adult detention center. She and her husband have lived in Loudoun since 2003, and they are the parents of two sons.
Randall was elected Chair at Large of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors in November 2015. She was the first woman of color in Virginia’s history to be elected chair of a County Board. As Loudoun’s Chair at Large, she represents Loudoun on various regional, state and national bodies including the National Association of Counties Health and Human Resources Committee. Chairwoman Randall has been outspoken against the Trump administration and has advocated for fair voting rights and universal kindergarten. Randall has also increased teacher pay and implemented green energy policies. She is also passionate about finding solutions to the opioid crisis and helped to reestablish a county Drug Court, prioritizing treatment over incarceration.
Former Republican Party of Virginia Chairman John Whitbeck is an attorney and proud Trump supporter. Ashburn attorney Robert Ohneiser, an independent candidate says he is running on the platform on lowering property tax rates, addressing traffic issues on Route 9 and Route 15 and improving coordination with Fairfax County to find lower costs for commodity materials needed by both counties.
Because of her commitment to racial equity, environment preservation, and ending the opioid crisis, Randall is the more progressive choice in this race.
Buta Biberaj was raised in New York City. She attended Fordham University, and then transferred to George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She graduated from George Mason University with a B.S. in Education in 1987 and received her J.D. from the George Mason University School of Law in 1993.
Biberaj has been a lawyer in Loudoun for 25 years and a substitute judge for more than 11 years. She cares deeply about reforming the criminal justice system to prioritize prevention and reformative justice. She wants to tackle criminal justice disparities and seek justice for victims, reductions in racial disparities, and offer treatment, education, and job training to low-level offenders rather than jail time. She vows to work collaboratively with police so that our resources are directed to the most serious crimes against people, including sexual assault, human trafficking, and homicide.
Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney and Republican-endorsed candidate, Nicole Wittmann, has been a prosecutor for 25 years. Her platform does not discuss many progressive issues important to us such as mandatory minimums or prevention programs for at-risk populations.
Buta Biberaj has been endorsed by the Loudoun County Democratic Committee and is the more progressive choice because of her commitment to progressive criminal justice policies like prevention programs for at-risk populations and policies that decrease racial disparities within our justice system.
Kannan Srinivasan is the Democratic candidate for county Treasurer. He lives in Potomac Falls, Virginia with his wife, Jayashree. They both are active in NAACP Loudoun’s Education Committee. Kannan and his family have been residents of Northern Virginia since the mid 90s. He attended Old Dominion University (ODU) to earn his masters degree in Accounting where he specialized in cost/performance management for service industries and did research on government financial management.
He had a successful public accounting practice helping companies of all sizes improve operational efficiencies and tax functions. He worked for a global insurance leader in finance and performance management. Kannan now leads a team of operations professionals. His platform focuses on bringing transparency, innovation and accountability into the Treasurer's office.
H. Roger Zurn, Jr., a Republican, has been Treasurer for 24 years. Zurn's public service dates to 1990 when he was elected to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors to represent the Sterling District. Zurn was raised in Baltimore, Md., and is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in bank management. He worked at several local banks until he reached the level of senior lending officer. He left banking to start a business with his wife before entering local politics.
Kannan Srinivasan is the more progressive choice because of his commitment to bringing transparency into the Treasurer’s office.
Justin Hannah is an Army reserve intelligence officer Captain.Hannah lives in Aldie with his partner and their two children. He served in the National Guard while receiving degrees from Valley Forge Military Academy & College and The American University School of Public Affairs.
Hannah has called for better enforcement of current gun laws and for the passage of more effective gun laws. He wants to keep the influence of special interests, including the National Rifle Association, out of the Sheriff’s Office and its decision making process.
Hannah wants to replace Loudoun’s failed drug education programs and replace the ineffective D.A.R.E. program with one of the many more successful variants that are used across the country. He vows to implement extensive job training, GED, and higher education programs that will allow inmates to start a new life when they are released. Hannah also plans to minimize cooperation with ICE while maximizing public safety.
Hannah will face incumbent Sheriff Mike Chapman in November's general election. Chapman is seeking his third term as the county's chief law enforcement officer. He has faced criticism for his role in advancing the county’s cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain and deport immigrants.
Hannah is the more progressive choice.
Kenya Savage is a mother, community advocate, and Booz Allen Hamilton national security professional who graduated from Morgan State University. She has sat on county boards, commissions, and organizations across Loudoun. Her priorities are accountability, choice, training, and safety. She believes the district should promote annual mandatory implicit bias training to promote inclusiveness for all LCPS personnel and School Board members. She also advocates for diversity in staff recruitment and the implementation of a culturally-responsive curriculum.
Denise Corbo is a 33 year Loudoun County resident, 25-year LCPS teacher, and mother of 3 LCPS graduates. She received a master’s degree in elementary education from Marymount University. Corbo is president and founder of StoryBook Treasures, a nonprofit organization that aims to increase a love of literacy in children.
Corbo wants the county to bring more data and transparency to decision making. She also wants to hire diverse employees, require diversity training, and implement a culturally-responsive curriculum. Corbo has been endorsed by the Loudoun County Democratic Committee.
Julie Sisson has lived in Virginia for 30 years and has two children. She is concerned about the school budget and has pledged to oppose increased funding. She has been endorsed by the Loudoun GOP.
Kenya Savage and Denise Corbo are both progressive choices because of their commitment to tackling inequality and their efforts to diversity staff recruitment.
Kristen Umstattd is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University with a B.A. in Russian and East European Studies. She holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and a Certificate in Chinese Studies from Cheng-chi University in Taiwan. She is married and is the mother of one daughter.
Kristen was elected to represent the Leesburg District on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors in November 2015. She serves on the Board's Transportation and Land Use Committee. She is also one of the Board's representatives on the Transportation Committee of the Virginia Association of Counties, as well as the Annexation Area Development Policy Committee, the Family Services Board, and the Potomac Watershed Roundtable.
Kristen Umstattd is running unopposed and vows to fight for lower taxes and water bills. She has been endorsed by the Loudoun County Democratic Committee.
Umstattd is the more progressive choice.
Beth Barts has been a Leesburg district resident for 23 years and has two children in public schools. She received her teaching degree from Shepherd University and became a school librarian for Winchester City Schools and then Loudoun County Public Schools. She has served her community as a PTA officer, a classroom volunteer, and as a Girl Scout troop leader.
Barts is passionate about making sure all students have access to real-world curriculum experience. She wants to do this by utilizing School Business Partnerships, expanding career and technical education, and STEM education at every high school. She approaches education with a “whole child” strategy that supports and nurtures all areas of children’s development and learning. She has also supported increased staff compensation and smaller classroom sizes for all education professionals. She is endorsed by the Loudoun County Democratic Committee.
Joseph J. Newcomer is a father and businessman in Leesburg. His platform includes a strong focus on fiscal responsibility, and he vows to improve and enhance student safety, including physical school security and additional School Resource Officers. He also plans to expand programs for Special and Gifted Education.
Beth Barts is the more progressive choice due to her “whole child” approach that focuses on policies, practices, and relationships that ensure each child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.
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