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Who's Who?

It’s time-consuming to research everyone on your ballot — so we researched the biggest names for you. Here’s what you need to know.

Listed below is every candidate for office in Virginia from each of the major political parties. Each candidate has a quick biography, followed by key issues and platforms they stand on. Each candidate’s priorities are according to the candidate’s website unless expressed otherwise.

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House of Delegates, District 29
United States Senate
House of Representatives, District:   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11


House of Delegates, District 29

This race is a special election. Neither candidate is an incumbent.

Irina Khanin (D)

About

Irina Khanin is a 50-year-old private attorney. According to the Winchester Star, she immigrated to the US from Russia when she was 20 because her father was threatened by the KGB. She earned a political science degree from the College of Wooster in Ohio and a law degree from the University of Virginia. She ran for the same seat last year and lost to Chris Collins.

Issues

According to Irina’s website, here are her priorities:

• Expanding and supporting career and technical education (CTE) programs
• Raising teachers’ salaries
• Funding Pre-K education for all
• Supporting Medicaid-funded programs for treating chronic diseases
• Appropriating funding for substance abuse services
• Expanding mental health services
• Investing in wind and solar technologies

Bill Wiley (R)

About

Bill Wiley is a 49-year-old Winchester city councilman. Wiley has served on the city council since 2014 as a member, vice president and president. He’s also a business development manager for a construction management company and an associate broker for a real estate company. He earned an economics degree and master’s in education from George Mason University.

Issues

According to Wiley’s website, here are his priorities:

• Rolling back tax increases
• Opposing “all forms” of gun control measures
• Ensuring police aren’t defunded
• Creating new jobs in the community
• Preventing tax dollars from funding Planned Parenthood
• Adding more historical monuments and markers


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House of Representatives, District 1

Incumbent: Robert J. Wittman

Quasim Rashid (D)

About

Quasim Rashid is a 37-year-old former civil rights lawyer in Stafford County. According to his website, Rashid earned his law degree from the University of Richmond. His work as an attorney specializes in protecting victims of sexual and domestic abuse, and advocacy for prison chaplaincy. Rashid has no prior experience running for office.

Issues

• Equal access to broadband internet connection
• Passing legislation that would protect paychecks and make sure that employees are not forced into workplaces where they could spread COVID-19
• Spending more money per student in Virginia’s K-12 school system
• Funding universal Pre-K
• Expanding healthcare for all citizens
• Gun reform
• Mandatory LED lights in all publicly funded buildings, streetlights, and traffic lights

Robert J. Wittman (R)

About

Robert J. Wittman has been serving the First Congressional District of Virginia since 2007. In 1986, Wittman won his first elected office as a member of the Montross Town Council, where he served as mayor for four years. Wittman has a Phd in Public Policy and Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Bachelors in Biology from Virginia Polytechnic University. Wittman defeated Vangie Williams in the 2018 House of Representatives election.

Issues

• Rehiring and removing regulatory barriers to job creation and return the supply chain to China
• Prioritizing innovation when it comes to road building projects, specifically the I-95 corridor in Northern Virginia
• Increased broadband connectivity to underserved members of the community
• Requiring employers to use E-Verify, a system that confirms all
• Increasing benefits and care for veterans
• Promotion of Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education in K-12 schools
• Commitment to preservation of public lands and natural resources


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House of Representatives District 2

Incumbent: Elaine G. Luria

Elaine G. Luria (D)

About

Elaine G. Luria is a former Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy. After serving in the Navy for 20 years, Luria came to Virginia and ran her small business, Mermaid Factory. Luria ran for Congress in 2018 and defeated Scott Taylor.

Issues

• Raising pay for veterans and easier job program use
• Improving health care access and strengthening the Affordable Care Act
• Increasing the federal minimum wage and supporting apprenticeship programs
• Continuing to fight against drilling off the coast of Virginia
• Universal Pre-K
• Investing in broadband infrastructure
• Universal background checks before purchasing guns

David Bruce Foster (I)

About

Foster defines himself as an “Independent Conservative” who is a former Navy veteran. Foster qualified for the General Election in May after beginning his campaign in January 2020.

Issues

(via BallotPedia):

• Ending federal funding for Planned Parenthood
• Increasing tax reduction whenever and wherever possible
• Ending sanctuary cities in every state
• Reforming department education
• Reduce opioid use in Virginia by offering safer options such as cannabis
• Photo ID requirement to vote in any elections

Scott W. Taylor (R)

About

Taylor is a former Navy SEAL who served in Baghdad in 2005 as a part of the Operation Iraqui Freedom. In 2013, Taylor was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2013 in the 85th District. In 2017, Taylor was sworn in to the US House of Representatives in District Two, and was the first freshman member from Virginia to be appointed to the Appropriations Committee for a full term.

Issues

(via On The Issues):

• Against taxpayer funding for abortion
• Increased opportunities for Americans via job retraining
• Against regulation of greenhouse gas emissions
• Against increasing of taxes


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House of Representatives District 3

Incumbent: Robert C. Scott

Robert C. Scott (D)

About

Robert Scott has been a member of the House of Representative for the state of Virginia since 1993. Scott served in the US Senate from 1983 to 1993. Scott is the first African-American to be elected to Congress from Virginia since the Reconstruction Era. Scott is a graduate of Harvard College and Boston College Law School.

Issues

• Protection and preservation of Chesapeake Bay
• Correcting or preventing the furtherance of discriminatory acts
• Increased investment in job education and training
• Against weakening of Medicare and Medicaid
• Increased funding of shipbuilding in the state of Virginia
• Support initiatives that enact comprehensive violence prevention

John Collick Jr. (R)

About

Collick Jr. is a former 20 year Marine vet who worked as a counterterrorism analyst for the US Government. Collick also was the developer behind asymmetrical threat methodology, which is used to detect threats to the US. Collick graduated from Campbell University with his Bachelor's Degree, and has a Masters in Homeland Security from Northcentral University.

Issues

• Smaller classroom sizes in K-12 schools
• Stop waivers for people who overstay their visa
• Increase size of Navy fleets
• Protection of Second Amendment
• Requiring medical personnel to render lifesaving and life sustaining care to any baby born alive


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House of Representatives District 4

Incumbent: A. Donald McEachin

A. Donald McEachin (D)

About

A. Donald McEachin is a graduate of American University with a degree in Political Science, and from the University of Virginia School of Law. McEachin was elected to be the representative for the Fourth District in 2016, and has served as the Regional Whip, co-chair of the House Democratic Environmental Message Team, Whip of the Congressional Black Caucus, co-chair of the Congressional Black Caucus’ Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Task Force, and vice-chair of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC).

Issues

(via On The Issues):

• Supporting safe and legal abortion
• Against tax increases on any tax bracket
• Continuation of relief for businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19
• Adoption of federal education standards
• Against repealing of the Affordable Care Act

Leon Benjamin Sr. (R)

About

Leon Benjamin is a former Gulf War veteran who serves as the current Richmond GOP Chairman for the Republican Party of Richmond City. Benjamin, who is a Gulf War Veteran, operated as a surrogate for President Trump on the presidential campaign trail and worked on the faith-based initiative for the president. Benjamin is the Senior Pastor at New Life Harvest Church and is the founder and leader of Coalition of Leaders United.

Issues

(via BallotPedia):

• Citizens have the right to choose whatever school they want their children to attend
• Economic Development through Opportunity Zone Projects
• Funding for the end to the mental health stigma
• Providing an alternative to the Affordable Care Act
• Create more educational programs through Virginia Educational Workforce Consortiums


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House of Representatives District 5

B. Cameron Webb (D)

About

B. Cameron Webb is a graduate of the University of Virginia Medical and Law schools, and was selected to serve on the White House Fellowship under former President Barack Obama. There, Webb worked on the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, which reduced issues in education and reformed criminal justice. Webb is a practicing physician in Charlottesville, and is the director of Health Policy and Equity in the University of Virginia school of Medicine.

Issues

• Enacting recurring stimulus payments to individuals through COVID-19
• Establishing a public health insurance option that offers comprehensive health care benefits
• Creating a clean energy standard that requires 100% of US electricity to clean and renewable resources
• Updating the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
• Stronger policies to end exclusionary zoning that maintains redlining
• Building rural broadband infrastructure and investing in a clean economy
• Supporting the funding of the broadband internet access through USDA’s ReConnect Program

Robert G. Good (R)

About

Robert Good graduated from Liberty University with a degree in finance. Good spent 17 years as a manager of CitiFinancial in their lending division, overseeing operations in Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia. In 2015, Good was elected to serve on the Campbell County Board of Supervisors, and he left his post in 2019.

Issues

(via Charlottesville Tomorrow):

• Grow the revenue pie without asking residents to be taxed more
• Eliminating birthright citizenship for children born while someone who isn’t from this country is visiting legally or illegally
• Stopping illegal immigration
• Limited government spending


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House of Representatives District 6

Incumbent: Ben L. Cline

Ben L. Cline (D)

About

Ben Cline is a former private attorney and served as the Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Rockingham County and Harrisburg from 2007-2013. Cline, who is a graduate of Bates College and received his law degree from the University of Richmond, was elected to the District 6 House of Representatives’ seat in 2018. Prior to his election to said position, Cline was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 2002-2018.

Issues

(via On The Issues):

• Protecting infant survivors of abortion
• Secret purchase of lethal injection drugs for the death penalty
• State’s Decision on education standards
• Increase both high-skill and family-based visa caps

Nicholas A. Betts (R)

About

Nicholas Betts is a law clerk in Roanoke, Virginia, who graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in Political Science from Virginia Commonwealth University. Betts received his J.D. in law from Washington and Lee in 2019.

Issues

• Ensuring all Americans have access to public healthcare, but citizens can keep their private healthcare if they choose to do so
• Increase the federal government’s investment in education
• Making federal student loans be offered at a 0% interest rate
• giving tax credits for developing solar and wind energy sources
• Increasing federal grants to help veterans start businesses


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House of Representatives District 7

Incumbent: Abigail A. Spanberger

Abigail A. Spanberger (D)

About

Spanberger is a former CIA Case Officer who collected intelligence until 2014. In 2018, Spanberger became the first Democrat since 1968 to be elected to represent the seventh Congressional district. Since being appointed, Spanberger has served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Agriculture Committee.

Issues

• Strengthening of the Affordable Care Act
• ensuring that states have the ability to provide current information to the NICS database to ensure informed background checks
• Protecting Social Security and Medicare
• Supporting the Paycheck Protection Program to aid small businesses
• Increasing access to affordable workforce training
• advancing policies that limit the continued militarization of local police departments

Nick J. Freitas (R)

About

Nick Freitas is a former US Army infantryman and served two tours in Iraq as a Green Beret. After his honorable discharge in 2009, Freitas was asked to lead former Senator Bryce Reeves’ grassroots operations in Culpepper. Freitas then became the precinct coordinator for the Culpepper area, and was unanimously elected to be the Republican Committee Chairman for Culpepper County in 2014. He is a current member of the Virginia House of Delegates for District 30.

Issues

(via On The Issues):

• Against income tax increases on any tax bracket
• Repealing the Affordable Care Act


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House of Representatives District 8

Incumbent: Donald S. Beyer, Jr.

Donald S. Beyer, Jr. (D)

About

Donald S Beyer is the current Representative of District 8, having served in that position since 2015. Before being a representative, Beyer served as Lieutenant Governor of the state of Virginia from 1990-1998, and after leaving office, Beyer spent 14 years as the Chair of Jobs for Virginia Graduates. In 2009, Beyer was chosen to be the ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein under President Obama.

Issues

• Banning anti-abortion limitations on abortion issues
• Increase both high skill and family based visa caps
• Close corporate tax loopholes
• 50% clean and carbon free electricity by 2030

Jeff A. Jordan (R)

About

Jeff Jordan is a 27-year military veteran, who served two tours each at Fort Meade, Fort Belvoir, and South Korea. He also served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Beyer has never served in any elected office previously.

Issues

• Prioritizing gun safety and education
• facilitate the streamlining of health service processes and systems in a way that improves access and reduces costs


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House of Representatives District 9

Incumbent: H. Morgan Griffith

H. Morgan Griffith (R)

About

H Morgan Griffith has been serving as the District Nine Representative since 2010, and is on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Before joining the House of Representatives, Griffith served as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1994-2011.

Issues

• Preserving hunting and fishing in the state
• Strengthen relationships with existing businesses to help them grow
• Supports coal use and production
• Ensuring affordable quality benefits for veterans


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House of Representatives District 10

Incumbent: Jennifer Wexton

Jennifer Wexton (D)

About

Jennifer Wexton has been serving as the District 10 representative since 2014. Before taking office, Wexton was an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Loudoun County who prosecuted felony and misdemeanor crimes. She graduated with honors from the University of Maryland, and earned her law degree from the College of William and Mary.

Issues

• Reforming mandatory minimums and ending use of for-profit prisons
• Making higher education more affordable
• Supported the removal of harmful chemicals in waterways
• Establishing Veterans Courts around the country

Aliscia N. Andrews (R)

About

Aliscia Andrews comes from a military family, having been born on Hampton’s Langley Air Force Base the daughter of a United States Air Force member. She has served in the Marine Corps and was born on Langley Air Force Base; she previously worked as a contractor with the Department of Homeland Security.

Issues

• Lower taxes and regulations on American businesses
• Steer tax dollars away from Planned Parenthood
• Provide more tax dollars for the American military


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House of Representatives District 11

Incumbent: Gerald E. Connolly

Gerald E. Connolly (D)

About

Gerald “Gerry” Connolly is entering this election cycle having served six terms as the District 11 Representative. Before entering that position, he served as Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for five years. In addition, Connolly served as the Providence District Supervisor for nine years. In 2012, while in Congress, Connolly was chosen to serve as the Vice Chairman of the New Democrats Caucus.

Issues

• Supporter on income tax increase on every tax bracket
• Against the increase on defense spending
• Supporter of federal spending as means of economic growth
• Supporter of requiring states to adopt federal education standards

Manga A. Anantatmula (R)

About

Manga Anantatmula is aa native of India who moved to the States when her husband decided to pursue a doctorate. She has previously worked as a contractor with the federal government with the Department of Defense.

Issues

• Provide more school for parents, namely distance learning
• Reform military health care, military justice system
• Push for police reform


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United States Senate

Incumbent: Mark R. Warner

Mark R. Warner (D)

About

Mark Warner has served as the US Senator for the state of Virginia since 2008. From 2002 to 2006, Warner served as the Governor of Virginia. Before serving in any elected positions, Warner spent 20 years as a technology and business executive in the state of Virginia.

Issues

• Cutting of federal red tape, making it easier for community banks to consumers, farmers, and small businesses
• Advocate for aid to the gig economy
• Including more counties in the High Intensity Drug Trafficking areas, which facilitates information sharing across federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement
• Ending voter suppression which spreads false information to communities of color

Daniel M. Gade (R)

About

Daniel Gade is a U.S. Army veteran who lost his right leg in Operation iraqi Freedom. He worked in the administration of George W. Bush and has taught classes at both the United States Military Academy and American University. He earned a doctorate degree from the University of Georgia in public administration and policy.

Issues

• Stop insider trading by making Congresspeople place their holdings in a blind trust
• Push for renewable energy resources given demands of a changing economy
• Establish term limits to establish new and fresh perspectives in Congress


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