Virginia State Senate District 8
Missy Cotter Smasal is the Democratic Nominee for Virginia’s 8th Senate Seat running to unseat one-term Republican incumbent Bill DeSteph. After graduating from Villanova University, Missy was an officer in the U.S. Navy and deployed with the U.S.S. Trenton during operation Enduring Freedom. She served four years active duty, then settled down in Virginia Beach and started a small business. Missy owned and operated Rita’s Italian Ice for over ten years. During those years, she had two kids and became very active in the community. Missy is on the PTA, a Girl Scout Leader, and was a soccer coach. Missy has volunteered for many Democratic campaigns in this area and hopes to win over the support of her community this November.