Virginia Senate / Virginia House
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Wendy Gooditis, Virginia House of Delegates District 10
After the 2016 election, Delegate Wendy Gooditis had to get off the sidelines. She started organizing in her community and realized that her state representative would say one thing in public, but vote completely differently when he was down in Richmond. She tried to recruit someone to run against him, but the general consensus was that he was unbeatable. She finally decided that she would step up and run; six months later she beat him in one of the biggest upsets of 2017. EveryDistrict endorsed Delegate Gooditis in 2017 and we’re proud to be supporting her re-election campaign in 2019.
Kelly Fowler, Virginia House of Delegates District 21
Delegate Kelly Fowler and her husband Dave were raised in military families in the 21st District where they are now raising their two daughters. After graduating from Virginia Wesleyan College, she served as a teacher at Lynnhaven Elementary, and while teaching, she started rehabilitating historic homes. She is now Principal Broker and sole owner of Sparrow Real Estate in Virginia Beach. Her real estate team is exclusively made up of women who specialize in military relocation and advocacy. EveryDistrict endorsed Delegate Fowler in 2017 and we’re proud to be supporting her re-election campaign in 2019.
Larry Barnett, Virginia House of Delegates District 27
Larry Barnett has a commitment to Chesterfield County that runs deep. As a leader with Chesterfield County Mental Health Support Services, he developed and implemented innovative, caring, and effective programs for those affected by mental illness. With a proven record of improving the lives of some of the most vulnerable residents, Larry decided to continue his public service to Chesterfield by running for the House of Delegates in the 27th District. In 2017, he ran a spirited, grassroots campaign and shocked many by coming within 128 votes of winning. In 2019, he is running again to represent the citizens of Chesterfield County.
Elizabeth Guzman, Virginia House of Delegates District 31
Delegate Elizabeth Guzman is the first Hispanic woman elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. She was elected the Chair of the Freshman Caucus, the largest and most diverse group of delegates elected to the State House. Delegate Guzman is a first-generation immigrant who came to the U.S. looking for opportunities to achieve the American Dream. She worked three jobs and eventually earned two master’s degrees. She is a public administrator and social worker from the City of Alexandria. EveryDistrict endorsed Delegate Guzman in 2017 and we’re proud to be supporting her re-election campaign in 2019.
Dan Helmer, Virginia House of Delegates District 40
Democrat Dan Helmer is an Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran, small business leader, Rhodes Scholar, husband, and father. His wife, Karen, is a public school teacher, and their two sons, Harris and Aaron, attend Fairfax County Public Schools. Dan has always sought to serve a country that welcomed his father as an immigrant and his grandparents, Holocaust survivors, as refugees. He attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and subsequently did tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, South Korea, and numerous domestic postings. He remains a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. Today, Dan helps lead a fast-growing small business with two other post-9/11 veterans.
Hala Ayala, Virginia House of Delegates District 51
A single mom of two, Delegate Hala Ayala worked her way from working in a service job to putting herself through school and moving up in the cyber-security field (she now has Top-Secret level clearance as a cyber-security expert). In her time in office, she has kept her promise to the people she represents and has fought tirelessly to successfully expand Medicaid, improve the transportation system, and give teachers a pay raise. She also championed legislation to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. EveryDistrict endorsed Delegate Ayala in 2017 and we’re proud to be supporting her re-election campaign in 2019.
Dawn Adams, Virginia House of Delegates District 68
Dr. Dawn Adams is a nurse practitioner and serving her first term in the Virginia House of Delegates representing District 68. For more than 24 years, she has lived and worked in Richmond as a registered nurse, nurse practitioner, access to care researcher, and health advocate. At age 17, she left for college, and has since received educational degrees from four Virginia public universities. She is currently the CEO of Integrated Health Consulting, providing direct care and programmatic consultation services. EveryDistrict endorsed Delegate Adams in 2017 and we’re proud to be supporting her re-election campaign in 2019.
Schuyler VanValkenburg, Virginia House of Delegates District 72
Delegate Schuyler VanValkenburg received a B.A. in History from the University of Richmond and completed his M.A. in History at Virginia Commonwealth University while, at the same time, launching his teaching career in Henrico County Public Schools. He spent five years teaching at Short Pump Middle School before spending the last eight years at Glen Allen High, where he teaches government and history classes and leads a We the People team. He continues to teach while representing the 72nd District in the Virginia House of Delegates. EveryDistrict endorsed Delegate VanValkenburg in 2017 and we’re proud to be supporting his re-election campaign in 2019.
Karen Mallard, Virginia House of Delegates District 84
Throughout her life, Karen Mallard has always fought for the underdog. When she was only eleven years old, Karen and her father successfully advocated for the removal of a sewage treatment plant that dumped waste into the Guest River and she passed out bologna sandwiches and joined miners on the picket line when the local coal company cut health benefits. For the past 30 years, Karen has used this compassion and fighting spirit to serve the Virginia Beach community as a public school teacher, union representative, political organizer, PTA board member, Little League Board member, and rec. league basketball coach.
Shelly Simonds, Virginia House of Delegates District 94
Shelly Simonds is a candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates in House District 94 in Newport News. She is known for her tied 2017 House election, culminating in the “drawing of lots” which decided the balance of power in the House. Shelly holds degrees from Bucknell and Stanford Universities. She is a former teacher and is currently elected to the Newport News School Board and serves as Chair of the Board for New Horizons Regional Career and Technical Centers. EveryDistrict endorsed Shelly in 2017 and we’re proud to be supporting her again.
Alex Askew, Virginia House of Delegates District 85
Alex Askew was born and raised in Virginia Beach by his mother, who was a public school teacher. She taught him that a quality education has the power to change anyone’s life. He came up through the Virginia Beach public education system, graduating from Tallwood High School. He earned his undergraduate degree from Hampton University. After graduation, he worked on various local, state-wide, and national campaigns and projects and managed diverse teams that empowered voters to use their voice to make positive change.
Joshua Cole, Virginia House of Delegates District 28
Joshua Cole is a proud product of the Stafford County Public School system and a Fredericksburg area native. Joshua received his start in politics in 2005 when he was appointed as a Page for the Virginia House of Delegates. In 2017 he became the first African-American and youngest person to receive any party’s nomination for the Virginia House of Delegates in Virginia’s 28th District. He currently serves on Stafford County Public School’s Superintendent’s Equity, Diversity, and Opportunity Committee; on the Greater Fredericksburg Area Interfaith Council; as the President of the Stafford County NAACP; and on a host of other local and community initiatives.
Rodney Willett, Virginia House of Delegates District 73
Rodney Willett is an entrepreneur, attorney, and technology consultant. Throughout his professional career he has worked extensively with state and local governments to address their management, technology, and legal needs. In addition to serving others in his professional career, Rodney also volunteers on numerous boards and committees, including Rx Partnership, Children’s Health Insurance Program Advisory Committee, and the Richmond Performing Arts Alliance, which he chairs. Rodney has lived in Henrico County for more than 20 years. He and his wife Lydia Pulley have three children.
Phil Hernandez, Virginia House of Delegates District 100
Phil Hernandez was born and raised in Hampton Roads, attended public schools, and received a Gates Millennium Scholarship, which made it possible for him to attend William & Mary, study abroad at Oxford University, and become the first in his family to graduate from college. Phil became a Senior Policy Analyst in President Obama’s White House Domestic Policy Council, where he partnered with leaders across the country to promote clean energy, fight for clean air and water, and help coordinate the response to the BP Oil Spill. More recently, Phil worked as an attorney with a nonprofit organization and advocated for civil rights and the rights of working people.
Nancy Guy, Virginia House of Delegates District 83
Nancy Guy grew up in a Navy family in the 83rd District. She graduated from The College of William and Mary with a B.A. in Government and got her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. As a proud product of Virginia’s public education programs, supporting public education has long been her passion. In addition to her two terms on the School Board, she has served on the Board of WHRO, the Board of SECEP (the Southeastern Cooperative Educational Program), 12 years on the Virginia Education Foundation Board, two terms as President of the PTSA at Virginia Beach’s largest high school, a member of the Virginia Beach City Council of PTAs, and member of the Legislative Committee of the Virginia PTA.
David Reid, Virginia House of Delegates District 32
Delegate David Reid represents the 32nd District of Virginia in Eastern Loudoun County. He is decorated Navy veteran and business professional who brings over 30 years of experience in strategic management, banking, global telecommunications, and the defense industry to the House of Delegates. Del. Reid serves on the Transportation Committee and the Counties, Cities, & Towns Committee. EveryDistrict endorsed Delegate Reid in 2017 and we’re proud to be supporting his re-election campaign in 2019.
Martha Mugler, Virginia House of Delegates District 91
A Democrat and an experienced leader in education, Martha Mugler is the perfect fit for the new 91st district. Martha is a member and past chair of the Hampton School Board known across the Peninsula for her commitment to children and to the community. She was a recipient of the Hampton Arts Coastal Renaissance Award for long term commitment to performing and visual arts in the region and has been recognized for her outstanding service by the Barrett-Peake Foundation and the Coalition for Justice for Civil Rights.
Lee Carter, Virginia House of Delegates District 50
Delegate Lee Carter was elected in the historic 2017 wave in Virginia, and he currently serves the people of Manassas and Prince William County in the House of Delegates. A Marine veteran and IT specialist, Delegate Carter has spent the last two years fighting for working families and worker protections, healthcare for all Virginians, criminal justice reform, and consumer rights. EveryDistrict endorsed Delegate Carter in 2017 and we’re proud to be supporting his re-election campaign in 2019.
Lindsey Dougherty, Virginia House of Delegates District 62
Lindsey Dougherty has made the public sector her life’s work. She believes the lives of Virginians can be improved through strategic investments in the local economy and will work to build up our communities through new opportunities. In Lindsey’s professional career she has worked extensively with at-risk youth in Juvenile Justice, partnering with community organizations that built both life and job skills. She has worked with state and local governments to increase access to better health through recreation and art. Lindsey currently works as a budget analyst for a local municipality, providing fiscal oversight and working with community facing departments on their operating, capital improvement plans, and long-term budgets.
Len Myers, Virginia House of Delegates District 81
A proud son of Virginia, Len Myers is an accomplished consumer rights attorney who began his legal career as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Portsmouth, Virginia before entering private practice. He has served the City of Chesapeake, Virginia, most recently on the Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Comprehensive Planning Strategies and as the chair of the Chesapeake Transportation Toll Facility Advisory Committee where he also served for five years and is a member of the Chesapeake Emergency Response Team. Len also served the people of Virginia for seven years as an officer in the Virginia Defense Force, a component of the Virginia National Guard.
Sheila Bynum-Coleman, Virginia House of Delegates District 66
Sheila Bynum-Coleman is a native of Chesterfield County, where she graduated from Monacan High School. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University. Sheila is an active member of a number of civic and community organizations and spends her time volunteering to teach classes for first time home buyers, entrepreneurial development workshops, and on contracting with the Federal Government and fiscal management. On February 28th, 2017 Sheila was sworn in as a member of the Board of Contractors and was the first African American woman to hold a position on this prestigious board.
Clint Jenkins, Virginia House of Delegates District 76
Clint Jenkins is an Army veteran, small business owner, and community leader who was raised in the heart of the 76th district. He has been deeply involved in the community for years, volunteering for various local organizations and churches and taking an active role with the Democratic Party, currently serving as the Chair of the 3rd Congressional District for the DPVA. The spirit of service has driven him to do all of these things, and it's why he's running for the House of Delegates.
2019 Election Update
After the 2015 election, Republicans controlled the Virginia House of Delegates 66-34. In the 2017 election, Democrats flipped 15 seats to cut the Republican majority to 51-49. EveryDistrict endorsed ten of the successful Democratic challengers.
In 2019, EveryDistrict is back in Virginia, working to flip the legislature blue. To date, EveryDistrict has endorsed the following candidates: Wendy Gooditis (HD 10), Kelly Fowler (HD 21), Larry Barnett (HD 27), Joshua Cole (HD 28), Elizabeth Guzman (HD 31), David Reid (HD 32), Dan Helmer (HD 40), Lee Carter (HD 50), Hala Ayala (HD 51), Lindsey Dougherty (HD 62), Sheila Bynum-Coleman (HD 66), Dawn Adams (HD 68), Schuyler VanValkenburg (HD 72), Rodney Willett (HD 73), Clint Jenkins (HD 76), Len Myers (HD 81), Nancy Guy (HD 83), Karen Mallard (HD 84), Alex Askew (HD 85), Martha Mugler (HD 91), Shelly Simonds (HD 94), Phil Hernandez (HD 100), Cheryl Turpin (SD 7), Missy Cotter Smasal (SD 8), Ghazala Hashmi (SD 10), Debra Rodman (SD 12), John Bell (SD 13), and Amy Laufer (SD 17).
You can help us flip the Virginia legislature today by making a donation that will go directly to these candidates.
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Understanding the Map
EveryDistrict’s Legislative District Index (LDI) ranks state legislative districts on a scale from 100 to -100, using statewide elections data. Districts with a score of 100 would vote for statewide Democratic candidates by an average of 100 points (with the Democratic candidate receiving 100% of the vote); districts with a score of -100 would vote for statewide Republican candidates by an average of 100 points (with the Republican candidate receiving 100% of the vote). For a more realistic example, a district with a score of 10 would vote for statewide Democratic candidates by an average of 10 points (meaning we would expect the Democratic state legislative candidate to win with 55% of the vote compared to the Republican winning 45% of the vote).
EveryDistrict divides winnable districts into five categories. Dark blue districts lean Democratic and are held by a Democratic legislator. Light blue districts lean Republican and are held by a Democratic legislator. Yellow districts lean Democratic but are held by a Republican legislator; these districts represent the best pick up opportunities for Democrats. Pink districts lean slightly Republican, with a range of 0 up to -5; in the current political climate we’ve identified these districts as pick up opportunities for Democrats. Dark red districts are held by a Republican and have an LDI score of less than -5.
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