See below for my list of Democratic candidates (not counting incumbents) who have announced for 2019 so far – for Virginia House of Delegates and State Senate, also for County Board and possibly other offices (e.g., School Board, Commonwealth Attorney) as I get to them. This list is not comprehensive by any means, as candidates seem to be popping up every five minutes these days, but I’ll keep updating this as I see more (and please let me know who I’ve missed – thanks).
P.S. For another excellent list, check out this spreadsheet by Josh Stanfield of Activate Virginia.
House District 7 (Montgomery, Pulaski, Floyd Counties; 63% Gillespie district; Republican incumbent Nick Rush): Rhonda Seitz
House District 10 (Loudoun, Frederick and Clarke Counties; 54% Northam district; Democratic incumbent Del. Wendy Gooditis): Former Del. Randy Minchew (R) is attempting to regain this seat, which he lost in 2017.
House District 12 (Montgomery County, Giles County, Radford City, Pulaski County); 53% Northam district; Democratic incumbent Del. Chris Hurst): Republican Forrest Hite
House District 13 (PW County, Manassas Park City; 57% Northam district; Democratic incumbent Del. Danica Roem): Republican Kelly McGinn
House District 15 (Shenandoah, Page, Warren and Rockingham counties; 71% Gillespie district; Republican incumbent Todd Gilbert): Beverly Harrison (For the past 30 years, Bev has been advocating for children and low-income students both personally and professionally”)
House District 18 (Fauquier, Culpeper, Warren, Rappahannock Counties; 60% Gillespie district; Republican incumbent Michael Webert):
Tristan Shields (was the 2018 Dem nominee, a contestant on “The Voice,” calls himself a “Rural Democratic Voice”; Laura Galante (gave a TED talk on “how and why Russia hacked the US election,” says she’s “focused on building a dynamic rural economy, a healthy and educated community, and smartly embracing technology”)
House District 20 (Augusta County, Staunton City, Waynesboro City, Nelson County, Highland County; 57% Gillespie district;
Republican incumbent Dickie Bell): Democrat Jennifer Lewis (environmental activist, was the Democratic nominee for VA06 in 2018) and Democrat David Blanchard. (dropped out on 4/16) vs. Republican John Avoli.
House District 21 (Virginia Beach, Chesapeake; 56% Northam district; Democratic incumbent Del. Kelly Fowler): Republican Shannon Kane (VA Beach Councilmember).
House District 22 (Bedford, Campbell and Franklin counties, part of Lynchburg; 66% Gillespie district; Republican incumbent Del. Kathy Byron): Democrat Jennifer Woofter (“As a sustainability consultant, I’ve fought to find win-win solutions that drive economic growth and protect local communities. With extensive experience in business, government and advocacy, I know how to work with opposing sides to find common ground for pragmatic, effective solutions to challenging problems.”)
House District 23 (Lynchburg, Bedford County, Amherst County; 63% Gillespie district;
Republican incumbent Del. Scott Garrett): Democrat David Zilles vs. Republican Wendell Walker.
House District 24 (Rockbridge, Amherst, Augusta, Bath Counties and Lexington City, Buena Vista City; 65% Gillespie district; incumbent Del. Ronnie Campbell): Christian Worth (focused on “better access to healthcare, well-funded schools, and workplace development”)
House District 25 (Augusta, Albemarle, Rockingham Counties; 57% Gillespie district;
Republican incumbent Steve Landes): Jennifer Kitchen (Augusta County native, “Growing up around farms and factory workers she understands the struggles in our district”) and Lauren Thompson (“a Richmond native, is a technology support specialist for Charlottesville City Schools…enlisted in the U.S. Navy from 2007 until 2009, when she broke her hip while training to become a firefighter.” Did not qualify for the ballot.) vs. Republican Chris Runion.
House District 26 (Harrisonburg City, Rockingham County; 53% Gillespie district; Republican incumbent Tony Wilt): Brent Finnegan (was the Dem nominee in 2017, got 45.3% of the vote) and
Cathy Copeland (“taught at JMU for the past eight years…believe that the delegate who represents Virginia’s 26th district needs to concentrate on several areas, but I’m very passionate about education, the environment, mental health, physical health, the economy, and infrastructure.”)
House District 27 (Chesterfield County; 51% Northam district; Republican incumbent Roxann Robinson): Larry Barnett (“ran a spirited campaign for this seat in 2017, coming within slightly over 100 votes, a .4% margin of winning this race”).
House District 28 (Stafford County, Fredericksburg City; 51% Northam district;
Republican incumbent Bob Thomas ): Republican Paul Milde and Democrat Joshua Cole (was the Dem nominee in 2017, got 49.7% of the vote)
House District 30 (Orange County, Culpeper County, Madison County; 61% Gillespie district; Republican incumbent Del. Nick Freitas): Democrat Ann Ridgeway (“A determined citizen activist, Ann believes that progress takes hard work and commitment. She offers a resourceful outlook and a firm resolve to the challenges that face the 30th District. Ann’s grassroots campaign is much like her legacy of local volunteering and hands-on advocacy—a spirited, neighbor-to-neighbor outreach effort to build support for a candidate who will represent the values and aspirations of hard-working, rural Virginians.”)
House District 31 (Prince William and Fauquier Counties; 56% Northam district; Democratic incumbent Del. Elizabeth Guzman): Republican DJ Jordan is running.
House District 34 (Fairfax County, Loudoun County; 60% Northam district; Democratic incumbent Del. Kathleen Murphy): Republican Gary Pan
House District 38 (Fairfax County; 73% Northam district; incumbent Democratic Del. Kaye Kory):
Andres Felipe Jimenez (“As the Senior Director of Government affairs for Citizens’ Climate Lobby, he’s advocated for state and federal legislation to address the growing threats of climate change. He is a member of the GreenLatinos, serves on the board for Rock Creek Conservancy, the advisory board for Ecotropics and the steering committee of the Green Leadership Trust.”) is primarying Kory.
House District 39 (Fairfax County; 69% Northam district; incumbent Democratic Del. Vivian Watts):
Democrat Florine Murphy is primarying Watts. Republican Nicholas Bell is also running.
House District 40 (Fairfax and Prince William Counties; 55% Northam district; Republican incumbent Del. Tim Hugo): Dan Helmer (“a combat veteran, business strategist, Rhodes Scholar, husband, and father”; ran for the VA-10 Dem nomination in 2018, received 12.6% of the vote)
House District 42 (Fairfax County; 60% Northam district; Democratic incumbent Del. Kathy Tran): Republican Steve Adragna.
House District 44 (Fairfax County; 69% Northam district; Democratic incumbent Del. Paul Krizek): Republican Richard Hayden
House District 45 (Alexandria, Arlington County; 77% Northam district; Democratic incumbent Del. Mark Levine): Republican Michael Clinkscale.
House District 50 (Prince William County, Manassas City; 58% Northam district; Democratic incumbent Lee Carter): Republican Ian Lovejoy is challenging Carter,
as is Republican-turned-Democrat Mark Wolfe.
House District 52 (Prince William County; 76% Northam district; Democratic incumbent Del. Luke Torian):
Democrat Kevin Wade (“I’m running for Delegate because it’s time to put power back in the hands of the many, not the wealthy few.”)
House District 55 (Hanover, Caroline, Spotsylvania Counties; 58% Gillespie district; Republican incumbent Del. Buddy Fowler): Democrat Morgan Goodman (“Morgan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Marine Biology and a Master’s Degree in Environmental and Natural Resource policy. She has spent her career working to protect the environment through her work for non-profit organizations, the federal government, and now the state government. Morgan will continue working for common sense environmental protections in the General Assembly. She believes that a healthy environment is imperative for a healthy workforce and healthy economy.”).
House District 56 (Louisa, Henrico, Goochland, Spotsylvania Counties; 58% Gillespie district; Republican incumbent Del. John McGuire): Democrat Juanita Jo Matkins. (“A former Louisa County teacher and professor at The College of William & Mary, Juanita Jo Matkins believes all Virginians deserve a fair chance. Juanita Jo has lived in the heart of the 56th District for much of her life, educating its young people and serving her community through her church and various volunteer organizations. She is committed to advocating for her neighbors in Richmond to ensure our state legislature serves the interests of every Virginian.”)
House District 57 (Charlottesville City, Albemarle County; 79% Northam district): Sally Hudson (“teacher, economist, and organizer…active volunteer with OneVirginia2021”)
is challenging Democratic incumbent and former House Democratic Leader Del. David Toscano (“serving his seventh term in the Virginia General Assembly. He represents the 57th District (Charlottesville and part of Albemarle County) in the House of Delegates and, from November 2011 through December 2018, served as House Democratic Leader”) and Kathy Galvin (Charlottesville City Councilor). UPDATE: Toscano announced his retirement.
House District 58 (Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Rockingham; 55% Gillespie District; incumbent Republican Del. Rob Bell): Democrat Elizabeth Alcorn (“Dr. Elizabeth Alcorn has been a small business owner, healthcare provider, dentist and volunteer in our community for over 30 years.”).
House District 59 (Campbell, Appomattox, Buckingham, Albemarle, Nelson Counties; 63% Gillespie district; Republican incumbent Matt Fariss): Tim Hickey (“an educator, husband & father…will work tirelessly to bring opportunity to our district, to promote justice, and to protect our community and our environment.”)
House District 61 (Mecklenberg, Nottoway Amelia, Cumberland, Lunenberg Counties; 61% Gillespie district; Republican incumbent Tommy Wright): Trudy Bell Berry (joined the Air Force after High School; “this is my fifth year as Secretary for the Lunenburg County Chamber of Commerce and third year as Secretary for the Friends of the Victoria Public Library”)
House District 62 (Chesterfield, Henrico, Prince George County and Hopewell City; 51% Gillespie district;
Republican incumbent Riley Ingram – retiring): Republican Carrie Coyner, Democrats Tavorise Marks (“Your elected official should be a representation of the people and not the political elite. I will always be for the people. My mantra has always been and will always be, “One Team, One Fight, For the People!”.”) and Lindsey Dougherty(“Since moving to Virginia, she has worked in the Budget and Management Department as an analyst for Chesterfield County, providing fiscal oversight and working with community facing departments on their operating, capital improvement plan, and long term budgets.”)
House District 64 (Isle of Wight, Prince George, Surry, Southampton, Sussex Counties, Suffolk City and Franklin City; 57% Gillespie district; Republican incumbent Del. Emily Brewer): Michele Joyce
House District 72 (Henrico County; 54% Northam district; Democratic incumbent Del. Schuyler VanValkenburg): GayDonna Vandergriff
House District 76 (Henrico County; 60% Northam district; Republican incumbent Del. Chris Jones): Democrat Clint Jenkins
House District 77 (Henrico County; 66% Northam district; Democratic incumbent Del. Cliff Hayes): Ron Wallace
House District 80 (Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Norfolk; 72% Kaine district; open seat after incumbent Del. Matthew James took a position in the Northam administration): Democrat Don Scott
House District 81 (Virginia Beach, Chesapeake Cities; 52% Northam district; Republican incumbent Del. Barry Knight): Democrat Len Myers (“As a father, Consumer Rights Attorney, and City resident I will work to improve education and healthcare; protect your homes and businesses from frequent flooding; and restore the right of every Virginian to earn a living wage.”)
House District 82 (Virginia Beach City; 52% Gillespie district; Republican incumbent Del. Jason Miyares): Democrat Gayle Johnson (“But another wave, a Wave of Green Technology, can help prevent the flooding and sea level rise from destroying our community and bring more jobs, money, and people to the area.”)
House District 83 (Virginia Beach, Norfolk; 55% Northam district; Republican incumbent Chris Stolle): Democrat Nancy Guy. (“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. Nancy believes that a quality public education system is the very backbone of democracy and will do everything in her power to channel proper resources to it.”)
House District 84 (Virginia Beach; 52% Northam district; Republican incumbent Del. Glenn Davis): Democrat Karen Mallard (“For the past 30 years, Karen Mallard has used this compassion and fighting spirit to serve the Virginia Beach community as a public-school teacher, union leader, political organizer, PTA board member, and little league board member.”).
House District 85 (Virginia Beach; 53% Northam district;
Democratic incumbent Del. Cheryl Turpin running for State Senate): Democrat Alex Askew (“Currently, I serve as a legislative aide for the Virginia House of Delegates where I have helped craft groundbreaking legislation, such as the nation-wide Ashanti Alert, which notifies the public of critically missing adults, Medicaid expansion, affordable housing expansion, and providing our students with a safe learning environment”) and Republican Rocky Holcomb.
House District 86 (Fairfax and Loudoun Counties; 68% Northam district; Democratic incumbent Del. Ibraheem Samirah – Democratic caucus on January 12 (Samirah won the nomination) vs. Republican nominee Gregg Nelson and Independent/Tea Partier Connie Hutchinson. [Also note that Samirah won the special election on February 19]
House District 87 (Loudoun, Prince William Counties; 64% Northam district; vacant seat after Del. John Bell decided to run for State Senate): Suhas Subramanyam (“serves as a volunteer firefighter at Ashburn Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department, and he is an active member of the Rotary Club of Ashburn. He was also appointed by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors to the Loudoun Health Council, where he works to address some of the most pressing health care issues in Northern Virginia. For his professional accomplishments and work in the community, Suhas was named to the Loudoun Times-Mirror’s 40 Under 40.”),
Monte Johnson (announced on 10/19 that he’s out of the race), Hassan Ahmad (“Immigration lawyer/advocate… founder and principal of the HMA Law Firm…was appointed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe to serve on the Virginia Asian Advisory Board, helping advise the Governor on issues facing the AAPI community. and beyond, as well as the Commonwealth Commission on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion“), Akshay Bhamidipati (“Akshay has a diverse repertoire as a leader, a mentor, and an advocate. He has been a Johns Hopkins student senator, hospital volunteer, and published cancer researcher.”) and Johanna Gusman (“When we look back at this time in our nation’s history, I want to be able to say that I did everything possible to change the system for the better and speak justice to power—from getting arrested outside of Senator Collin’s office during the Kavanaugh confirmation to running for House Delegate of my hometown.”). Also running is Republican William Drennan Jr.
House District 88 (Spotsylvania, Stafford, Fauquier Counties and Fredericksburg City; 54% Ed Gillespie district; Republican incumbent Mark Cole): Democrats Jess Foster (“A progressive candidate for Delegate in Virginia’s 88th District for freedom, opportunity, and security for all”)
and Kecia S. Evans (“Kecia Evans has been in the criminal justice field for over eighteen years. For four years she worked as a Technical Assistant for the Acting Director of the US Marshal Service. For the last fourteen years, she has been on the frontline of criminal justice systemic impacts and reforms.”)
House District 91 (Hampton City, York County, Poquoson City; 54% Northam district;
Republican incumbent Gordon Helsel): Michael Wade (was the Dem nominee in 2017, got 43.6% of the vote), Martha Mugler (“elected to the Hampton School Board in 2008, and is currently serving her third term”) and Republican Colleen Holcomb.
House District 92 (Hampton City; 80% Northam district; Democratic incumbent Jeion Ward):
Monique Gatling (“has spent her career working for Grassroots Organizations within Hampton Roads that focus on amplifying the voices of marginalized communities.”) Did not qualify for the ballot.
House District 94 (Newport News City; 60% Northam district; Republican incumbent David Yancey): Shelly Simonds (was the Dem nominee in 2017, famously ended up in a tie and lost when Yancey’s name was pulled out of a bowl)
House District 96 (James City County, York County; 53% Gillespie district; Republican incumbent
Brenda Pogge Announced on 3/22 that she’s retiring): Rebecca Leser (“York County resident, activist, and local Democratic Committee Chair”), Mark Downey (“As a pediatrician for the past 20 years, I have strived to provide the best possible care to my patients from all walks of life with the goal of making their lives healthier, happier, and more successful.”), Chris Mayfield (“I’m a veteran, father, experienced leader, and your candidate for the House of Delegates representative in the 96th District. I am running because I believe opportunities transform lives and communities”). Republican Amanda Batten (Pogge’s legislative aide) and Republican Melanie Beale.
House District 97 (Hanover County, New Kent County, King William County; 68% Ed Gillespie district; Republican incumbent Del. Chris Peace): Republican Scott Wyatt, Democrat Kevin Washington
House District 99 (King George, Westmoreland, Northumberland, Lancaster, Richmond, Caroline Counties; 59% Ed Gillespie district; Republican incumbent Margaret Ransone): Francis Edwards (was the Dem nominee in 2017, got 37.7% of the vote)
House District 100 (Accomack County, Norfolk City, Northampton County; 53% Northam district; Republican incumbent Rob Bloxom): Phil Hernandez (“Phil worked as an attorney with a nonprofit organization and advocated for civil rights and the rights of working people. In this role, he interacted with people from all walks of life—from grassroots organizers, to union leaders, to people who have been through the criminal justice system—all in the name of creating more and better economic opportunity for all people.”).
Senate District 3 (James City, Gloucester, York, Isle of Wight, New Kent, King William, Poquoson, Suffolk, King and Queen, Hampton, Surry Counties; 60% Gillespie district; Republican incumbent Tommy Norment) Herb Jones (“Herb began his career in government service as a second lieutenant in the 24th Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia. Over the next 10 years, he was stationed at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Fort Meade, Maryland, Bangkok, Thailand, and Fort Lee, Virginia.”)
Senate District 4 (Hanover, Spotsylvania, Caroline, Northumberland, Lancaster, Middlesex, Essex, Richmond, Westmoreland, King George Counties; 60% Gillespie district; Republican incumbent Sen. Ryan McDougle): Democrat Stan Scott (“After high school I ended up at William and Mary where I worked my way through about a semester a year until I ran out of money. So I enlisted in the US Army as an Armor crewman – tanker – to learn self-discipline and earn money to continue my studies. I learned to fight a tank in combat – and eventually became a tank commander and tank platoon sergeant.”)
Senate District 5 (Cheseapeake City, Norfolk City; 76% Northam district; incumbent Democrat Sen. Lionell Spruill): Independent Jeff Staples is running against Spruill.
Senate District 6 (Norfolk and Virginia Beach cities, Accomack, Northampton and Mathews counties; 58% Northam district; incumbent Democrat Sen. Lynwood Lewis):
Democrat Willie Randall (“During his tenure on the Northampton County Board of Supervisors, he has been elected by his fellow board members to be Chairman twice and Vice-Chairman twice. He has helped produce four balanced budgets for the County. The County debt services have been reduced from over $40 million to about $30 million.”) is primarying Lewis. vs. Republican Elizabeth Lankford.
Senate District 7 (Virginia Beaxch City, Norfolk City; 54% Northam district;
Republican incumbent Sen. Frank Wagner is retiring): Republicans Carolyn Weems and Jen Kiggans; Democrats Kim Howard (“23 years as a Naval Intelligence Officer…a mom, a retired Navy Commander, and she works at a service-disabled veteran-owned small business”), Susan Hippen (“After retiring from a 25-year career in the Navy, I decided to make Virginia Beach my home. I knew I needed to give back to a community that has given me so much, so I volunteered with numerous community service organizations.”) and
Senate District 8 (Virginia Beach City; 50% Northam district; Republican incumbent Sen. Bill DeSteph):
Dr. Rebecca Elizabeth Caffrey (“Mom, scientist, entrepreneur, small business owner”) and Missy Cotter Smasal (“served in the United States Navy, opened a small business in Virginia Beach, and is an advocate for safety and equality…committed to a safe, environmentally resilient, and economically strong Virginia Beach”).
Senate District 10 (Chesterfield County, Richmond City, Powhatan County; 57% Northam district; Republican incumbent Glen Sturtevant):
Eileen Bedell (ran against Dave Brat in 2016, received 42.2% of the vote; “I believe in fighting for policies that keep our communities safe, our families healthy, and Virginia’s economy growing. I am proud to be from Virginia and I would be honored to earn your support to represent my home, Virginia’s 10th Senate District.”), Connor Wood (Yale University student; “I hope to take a fresh perspective to a General Assembly that has grown out of touch and beholden to interests other than the people’s”), Ghazala Hashmi (“As a college professor and administrator, Ghazala has worked in the Virginia Community College System for over 17 years and understands the profound value that access to quality higher education provides to all of our residents.”) and Zachary Brown (“For far too long, Virginia has been wrought with politicians who prioritize their personal interests over the interests of everyday families, political gridlock in our General Assembly, and systemic inequities in our system. I believe we can do better. I am running for State Senate because it’s time for a change.”).
Senate District 11 (Chesterfield County, Colonial Heights City, Amelia County; 53% Gillespie district; faaaar-right Republican incumbent Amanda Chase): Democrats Amanda Pohl (“a wife, mom, nonprofit professional, deacon in her church, adjunct professor of Social Work, and current National President of her multicultural sorority.”)
and Wayne Powell (“Wayne has advocated for justice for women soldiers as their numbers grew and they faced harassment and adversity in the U.S. Army. He has upheld the rights of immigrants in the United States as they navigate their way through our complex legal system, offering free legal services to families separated at the border.”) are running to take on Chase.
Senate District 12 (Henrico and Hanover Counties; 52% Northam district; Republican incumbent Siobhan Dunnavant): Del. Debra Rodman (“Elected in 2017, Delegate Debra Rodman was inspired to run by the simple idea that real people should have a voice in their government. She is an Associate Professor at Randolph-Macon college, and regularly use her academic expertise to serve as an expert witness in US Federal Court where she advocates for families and LGBT refugees fleeing violence.”) announced for this seat on 3/11.
Also running are Veena Lothe (“a proud first-generation Indian-American. Her parents moved to rural West Virginia in the early 1960’s. Her father was a physician dedicated to serving the impoverished population of the Appalachian coalfields”) and Marques Jones (“has been a voice for those with chronic illnesses and disabilities for the past decade. As Chair of the Government Relations Advisory Committee for the Virginia Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, he led the society’s volunteer efforts to champion Medicaid Expansion in Virginia.” Dropped out.)
Senate District 13 (Loudoun, Prince William Counties; 55% Northam district;
Republican incumbent Dick Black – NOT RUNNING FOR REELECTION): John Bell (“Delegate John Bell is a retired member of the United States Air Force. He served almost 26 years before retiring as a Major in 2007. During his Air Force career, John served as a Finance Officer all over the world, including tours in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.”) , Lucero Wiley (“first generation immigrant that has become one of the most fierce advocates for diversity and inclusion across our Commonwealth”), Democrat-turned-Independent Jasmine Moawad-Barrientos (“Jasmine’s passion is advocacy and her specialty International Law. She is passionate about Civil Rights Human Rights ,Empowering of immigrants and minorities.”); Republicans Ron Meyer (Loudoun County/Broad Run Supervisor) , Geary Higgins and Mike Buscher.
Senate District 15 (Pittsylvania, Mecklenburg, Prince George, Halifax, Dinwiddie, Nottoway, Charlotte, Lunenburg, Campbell, Brunswick, Danville counties; 66% Gillespie district; Republican incumbent Sen. Frank Ruff): Republican Matthew Kelly and Democrat Virginia Smith
Senate District 16 (Richmond City, Chesterfield County, Petersburg City, Hopewell City, Prince George County, Dinwiddie County; 70% Northam district;
Democratic incumbent Sen. Rosalyn Dance ): Democrat Joe Morrissey is rumored to be primarying Dance.
Senate District 17 (Spotsylvania, Orange, Albemarle, Louisa, Culpeper Counties and Fredericksburg City; 50% Gillespie district; Republican incumbent Sen. Bryce Reeves):
Democrat Ben Hixon (“Chair of the Democratic Party of Culpeper County”) and Democrat Amy Laufer (“She founded Virginia’s List, an organization dedicated to helping elect progressive women to state office across the Commonwealth. Amy is running to bring her experience in rural communities and public schools to the State Senate in order to expand Virginians’ access to high-quality education, world-class health care, and long-term job training.”)
Senate District 19 (Roanoke County, Franklin County, Salem City, Montgomery County, Floyd County, Wythe County, Carroll County, Bedford County; 66% Gillespie district; Republican incumbent Sen. Dave Suetterlein): Democrat Flo Ketner (“I am a wife and stay-at-home mother of three young children and have lived in the New River Valley for over 30 years. I graduated from Floyd County High School and Radford University, where I majored in English.”).
Senate District 22 (Lynchburg City, Amherst County, Fluvanna County, Goochland County, Prince Edward County, Appomattox County, Buckingham County, Cumberland County, Louisa County; 57% Gillespie district; Republican incumbent Sen. Mark Peake): Democrat Dakota Claytor (“Dakota Claytor wants to be a voice for the voiceless, an advocate for teachers, small business owners, and farmers, and represent the district as a whole. He is the right person for the Senate because he is young, energetic, and believes in systemic change for Virginia”).
Senate District 24 (Augusta, Rockingham, Culpeper, Greene, Madison Counties plus Staunton and Waynesboro Cities; 66% Gillespie district; Republican incumbent Emmett Hanger): Annette Hyde (“a wife, mother of two adult sons, friend and yoga teacher who lives in Madison County, Virginia.”) and Republican Tina Freitas.
Senate District 26 (Shenandoah, Warren, Rockingham, Page, Rappahannock Counties plus Harrisonburg City; 63% Gillespie District; Republican incumbent Mark Obenshain): April Moore (Dem nominee in 2015 for this seat, received 31% of the vote)
Senate District 27 (Frederick, Fauquier, Clarke, Stafford, Culpeper, Loudoun Counties plus Winchester City; 60% Gillespie district; Republican incumbent Jill Vogel): Ronnie Ross (“a teacher, coach, and school administrator who lives near Middleburg, Virginia. Ronnie and his wife Josie have one child: the almost year-old Ronnie. Jr.. In fact, it was the birth of his son and the encouragement of his wife that convinced Ronnie to run.”)
Senate District 28 (Stafford, Prince William, King George, Spotsylvania, Westmoreland Counties; 54% Gillespie district; Republican incumbent Richard Stuart): Democrats
Laura Sellers (“Elected to represent the Garrisonville district on the Stafford County Board of Supervisors.”) and Qasim Rashid (“Qasim has written numerous books, given hundreds of interviews, and testified before the US Commission on International Religious Freedom to protect the rights of persecuted religious minorities around the world”).
Senate District 31 (Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun Counties; 71% Northam district): Incumbent Democratic Sen. Barbara Favola (“serves on Virginia’s Senate Local Government Committee, Rehabilitation and Social Services Committee, and Transportation Committee. She is Chair of the Virginia Advisory Committee for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, fa of the Senate Women’s Health Care Caucus and Chair of Virginia’s Commission on Youth. “) being challenged by
Democrat Nicole Merlene (“has served on the boards of the Arlington County Civic Federation, North Rosslyn Civic Association, the Arlington Young Democrats, and the Arlington Democrats Steering Committee. Nicole also sits on the Arlington Economic Development Commission, serves as the Civic Liaison to the Rosslyn Business Improvement District”).
Senate District 33 (Loudoun and Fairfax Counties; 67% Northam district; Democratic incumbent Sen. Jennifer Boysko
(special election against Republican Joe May) is being challenged by Democrat Sharafat Hussain (” Served LCDC fundraising chair and a member of the LCDC Executive Committee. I am also serving my community as the Vice Chair of the Leesburg District “) and Republican Suzanne Fox.
Senate District 35 (Fairfax County, Alexandria and Falls Church Cities; 75% Northam district; incumbent Democratic Sen. Dick Saslaw):
Yasmine Taeb (“…came to the United States as an undocumented immigrant, became a citizen, a lawyer, and a Democratic activist. She has more than 10 years of legislative and policy experience and is running to represent Virginia’s 35th Senate District.”). Another Democrat, Karen Torrent, has announced as well.
LOCAL ELECTIONS – COUNTY BOARD
Fairfax County (County Board)
Braddock District Supervisor (Fairfax County; Tim Kaine carried this district by more than a 2:1 margin in November): Democrat James Walkinshaw (“During his twelve years of service as an adviser to Gerry Connolly, James worked to deliver results for Northern Virginians on a wide range of issues”)
is currently unopposed and Irma Corado (“My experiences as a first-generation, Guatemalan woman of color from a mixed-status family have greatly informed the lens through which I see the world.”) are running for the Democratic nomination. Also note that incumbent Republican John Cook has announced he is NOT seeking reelection to this position.
Hunter Mill District Supervisor (Fairfax County; deep-blue district): Democrat
Parker Messick (“As Supervisor, I plan to stop big development and bring your voices back into local government”), Shyamali Hauth (“Air Force veteran, an immigrant and a community organizer”), Laurie Dodd (“a child advocate attorney, representing neglected and abused children in juvenile court”), Walter Alcorn (“From his work as an environmental professional in Arlington to his time on the Fairfax County Planning Commission, Walter Alcorn has followed his values — integrity, commitment and fairness.”) and Maggie Parker (“Maggie Parker is a communications professional who has lived in Fairfax County for over three decades. She is a successful business woman and a dedicated public servant with a passion for responsible, collaborative dialogue.”) are running; not sure if incumbent Supervisor Catherine Hudgins is NOT running for reelection , but I’ve heard that she might not.
Providence District Supervisor (Fairfax County; deep-blue district): Democrats
Erika Yalowitz (“Serving the community and protecting the environment are her passion. She is a strong supporter of Smart Growth in the district, carbon neutrality, reducing single use plastics, and managing waste efficiently in the benefit of future generations.”), Dalia Palchik (“Since her election in 2015, Dalia has represented Providence District as a member of the Fairfax County School Board.”), Edythe Kelleher (“She was elected to seven terms on the Vienna Town Council and was then elected by her peers statewide to the Virginia Municipal League’s Board of Directors.”), Phillip A. Niedzielski-Eichner (“Phil previously served two terms on the Fairfax County School Board, representing Providence District, including one as Chair. Currently, Phil serves as Providence District’s representative to the Planning Commission.”) and Linh Hoang (“Linh has served on the boards of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee, 11th Congressional District Democratic Committee, Democratic Asian Americans of Virginia, Virginia LGBT Caucus, and DNC LGBT Caucus to engage more Americans in the political process and ensure that our political institutions are more inclusive, responsive, and accountable.”) are running to replace Democratic incumbent Supervisor Linda Smyth, who announced on 12/4 that she will not be running for reelection.
Springfield District Supervisor (Fairfax County; Tim Kaine carried this district by a 2:1 margin in November): Democrat Linda Sperling (“Linda Sperling is an award-winning marketing professional, community leader, life-long Fairfax County resident, product of Fairfax County Public Schools and, most importantly, the working mom of two young boys.”) is challenging Republican incumbent Pat Herrity
Lee District Supervisor (Fairfax County; solid-blue district, incumbent Jeff McKay running for Chair): Democrat
Larysa Kautz (“a first generation American, an accomplished lawyer and a passionate disability rights advocate…currently serves as Chief of Staff to a large nonprofit that creates thousands of jobs annually for people with disabilities in Virginia, Maryland and DC”) is running, as is Rodney Lusk (“Longtime Fairfax County employee and civic activist…works as the national marketing director for the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA), a position he’s held since 2009”), James Migliaccio (“Lifelong Virginia Democrat and longtime Lee District resident working for our community”) and Kelly Hebron (“a lifelong progressive leader, activist and educator in Northern Virginia.”
Mason District (Fairfax County; solid-blue district; incumbent Supervisor Penny Gross):
Democratic challenger Gary Aiken (“Together we march in “A New Direction for Fairfax County”).
Chair: Sharon Bulova has announced she’s retiring after 2019 and has endorsed Supervisor Jeff McKay (“After serving as Supervisor Dana Kauffman’s chief of staff for more than a decade, Jeff was elected Lee District Supervisor in November 2007. As Supervisor, Jeff has been a champion for equity, education, affordable housing, transportation, and the environment in Fairfax County.”) to succeed her.
Democrat Tim Chapman (“I have spent my career building affordable housing for our Fairfax County families. In 2010, I was appointed to the Board of the Virginia Housing and Development Authority (VHDA), and later rose to the position of Chairman in 2017 under Governor Terry McAuliffe.”) is also running, as is Ryan McElveen (“Ryan has served since January 2012 as an at-large member of the Fairfax County School Board, representing all 1.15 million county residents. He became the youngest person ever elected to the School Board at age 25.”) and Alicia Plerhoples (“As a law professor at Georgetown Law, my head has not been in the clouds but in the streets. I run what is essentially a small public interest law firm within the law school, advising tech start-ups, social enterprises, small businesses, and nonprofits.”). We’ll see if Pat Herrity or [UPDATE: Pat Herrity announced he’s not running] any other Republican decides they feel like losing the Chair race in 2019. Heh.
Loudoun County (County Board)
Algonkian Supervisor (Loudoun County; Ralph Northam won this district 8,019-4,658 in 2017): Democrat Juli Ellyn Briskman (“My career started in journalism and communications and progressed through four years serving overseas with the State Department. I went on to work in education where I helped families explore Pre-K options and childcare, and in marketing where I served clients in the federal space.”) is challenging Republican incumbent Suzanne Volpe.
Ashburn Supervisor (Loudoun County; Ralph Northam won this district 7,618-5,074 in 2017): Democrat Mike Turner (“From 2003-2004, Col Turner was a national military commentator for CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, KQED radio, and Newsweek online. In 2008, he was a candidate for the U.S. Congress from Virginia’s 10th Congressional District”) vs.
Republican incumbent Ralph Buona (actually, he apparently is not seeking reelection). Republican Rich McMunn
Blue Ridge Supervisor (Loudoun County; Ralph Northam won this district 10,931-8,522 in 2017): Democrat Tia Walbridge (Dem nominee for the House of Delegates in 2017, got 45% of the vote; “a farmer and small businesswoman, a mom to two fantastic daughters, Evey and Mirabel, and a wife to Nate, a disabled veteran who now serves his country at the Department of Defense”) is challenging Republican incumbent Tony Buffington.
Broad Run Supervisor (Loudoun County; Ralph Northam romped in this district, 8,814-4,470 in 2017): Democrat Sylvia Glass (“While education is a priority for Sylvia, as a teacher she has always wanted to make the world a better place. She believes that elected office is an appropriate venue for doing that”) is challenging
Republican incumbent Ron Meyer. (UPDATE: Meyer is running for SD-13) vs. Republican James Bonfils.
Catoctin Supervisor (Loudoun County; Ed Gillespie narrowly won this district in 2017): Democrat Forest James Hayes (“Forest was the first African American in history to serve as staff to the U.S. House Sub-committee on Agriculture, Rural Development Appropriations. In that role, he led the effort to increase funding and enhance the standing of the Rural Economic and Community Development Programs. Forest was a champion for the growth of the Rural Housing Service, the Rural Business-Cooperative Service, and the Rural Utilities Service of the Department of Agriculture, while serving as the driving force behind the survival of the Rural Economic Devx`elopment Loan Program for the purpose of promoting rural economic development and job creation projects.”) vs. Republican Caleb Kershner.
Prince William County (County Board)
Brentsville Supervisor (PW County; this is the “red” part of the county): Democrat Maggie Hansford (“Our county needs new leadership that values our children, our families, our community”) is challenging Republican incumbent Jeanine Lawson.
Coles Supervisor (PW County; a “purple” district that should be winnable): Democrats Raheel Sheikh (“Raheel has lived in the Coles District of Prince Williams County for over fifteen years with his wife Aeshah and three children. His three children have all been raised in PWC and their children are all products of the public school system. As a successful small business owner in Prince William County, Raheel was recognized for his job creation, management abilities and creativity and appointed to the Virginia Board of Workforce Development.”)
and LT Pridgen (“I have to tell you that I did not prepare my life for this office but my life has definitely prepared me for this office”) vs. Republican Patrick Sowers and Republican Yesli Vega (note: incumbent Martin Nohe is running for Chairman of the Board).
Neabsco Supervisor (PW County; a “blue” district that Dems should hold, following the death of long-time Supervisor John Jenkins on February 6, 2019): Victor Angry is the Democratic nominee after winning a firehouse caucus on February 24. The Republican candidate is Devinder Singh. Angry won the special election is on April 9.
Occoquan Supervisor (PW County; Kaine won this district easily in November): Democrats Kenny Boddye (“grassroots activist, community organizer, and an advocate for healthcare, criminal justice reform, education and combating homelessness”)
and Aaron Cedric Edmond (lives in Woodbridge, works for the U.S. Navy) are challenging Republican incumbent Ruth Anderson.
Potomac Supervisor (PW County; a purple district in local years, heavily blue in federal and gubernatorial years) Democrat Andrea Bailey (“an activist and advocate for the people. As the Northern Virginia Director for Voter Registration for the League of Conservation Voters, she partners with community stakeholders in support of voter registration”) is running to take on incumbent Republican Maureen Caddigan.
Woodbridge Supervisor (PW County; very “blue” district): Democrat Margaret Angela Franklin (“With our county rapidly growing and changing, our current Board of Supervisors has proven time and time again that it is out of touch with the realities that you and I face each day”) is challenging
Democratic incumbent Frank Principi (“was elected as Woodbridge Magisterial District Supervisor in 2008, championing his vision for a ‘New Woodbridge'”).
At-Large Supervisor (PW County; note that Tim Kaine romped in PW County on November 6 by 32 points): Democrat Ann Wheeler (“has spent the last fourteen years as a NOVEC Board Member and the last two years on the Hylton Performing Arts Center Board. She recently completed a two-year term as President of the Prince William Committee of 100, a non-partisan civic organization that provides a forum to raise awareness of County issues”) is running against Republican Martin Nohe
and possibly Republican incumbent Corey Stewart (my understanding is that Corey’s probably not running for reelection after his drubbing by Tim Kaine in November).
LOCAL ELECTIONS – SCHOOL BOARD
Fairfax County (School Board)
Springfield District (Fairfax County) School Board member: Democrats Laura Jane Cohen (“former preschool teacher, a long-term substitute teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools, and PTA President at Cherry Run Elementary School…also a mother to two children who attend Fairfax County Public Schools”) and
Robert Walter (“running on the progressive values of equality & inclusion, equity, environmental sustainability and fiscal stewardship. — ‘All students – regardless of zip code, race, or gender – should receive a free, excellent education and the resources they need to be successful in college or a career.'”) are running to take on incumbent (far-right) Republican Elizabeth Schultz. [UPDATE: Laura Jane Cohen won the Dem endorsement]
Sully District (Fairfax County) School Board member: Democrat Stella Kakissis Pekarsky (“former Fairfax County Public School ESOL teacher, a PTA leader and a civic/community activist”) is running to take on incumbent Republican Thomas Wilson. [UPDATE: Stella Pekarsky won the Dem endorsement]
Mason District (Fairfax County) School Board member: Democrats
Jessica Swanson (“served for more than a decade in other education roles, starting with teaching middle school social studies at a public school in DC. A licensed teacher, I hold a doctorate in education from the University of Virginia and a certificate in education finance from Georgetown University”) and Ricardy Anderson (“educator, parent of two elementary school students, community volunteer, a veteran of the National Guard Army Reserve, and first-generation American”) are running to replace retiring School Board member Sandy Evans. [UPDATE: Ricardy Anderson won the Dem endorsement]
Hunter Mill District (Fairfax County) School Board member: Democrats Melanie Meren (“a communications, organizational management, and public policy professional, specializing in local, statewide, and national efforts to strengthen education“) a
nd Andy Sigle (“currently serves as president of the Reston Association, chairs the Southgate Community Center Advisory Council, sings in The Reston Chorale and is a member of the Reston Historic Trust Board of Directors”) are running for the seat being vacated by incumbent Pat Hynes, who is retiring from the School Board at the end of her current term. [UPDATE: Melanie Meren won the Dem endorsement]
Providence District (Fairfax County) School Board member: Democrats
Jung Byun (“data scientist and a graduate from Carnegie Mellon University”) and Karl Frisch (“Equity, equality, environmental sustainability, and excellence in education”) are running for the seat being vacated by incumbent Dalia Palchik, who is running for County Board of Supervisors. [UPDATE: Karl Frisch won the Dem endorsement]
Dranesville District (Fairfax County) School Board member:
Democrat Alicia Plerhoples (“I serve on the Governing Board of the McLean Community Center, am a board member of the Franklin Area Citizens Association, and a member of the McLean Citizens Association. As a Harvard alum, I also serve on the Harvard Schools Committee and interview area high school students who apply to Harvard.”) is running; Democrat Elaine Tholen (“Elaine Tholen has been a resident of Fairfax County for the past 25 years, and currently serves as Director and Treasurer for the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District.”) is running; incumbent Jane Strauss is retiring after her current term ends in December 2019.
Mt. Vernon District (Fairfax County) School Board member: Incumbent Karen Corbett Sanders is
being challenged by Pamela Ononiwu (“FCPS Alumna(Robinson! Go Rams!-Debate Club & DECA), Former PTA & SGA Pres, kid’s book author.”)
At-Large (Fairfax County) School Board member (three at-large on the School Board): Democratic challengers Abrar Omeish (“currently co-chair the Human Resources Advisory Committee I have been incredibly passionate about equity and have, driven by this interest, gained unmatched credentials to serve on the School Board. I served as the President of the Superintendent’s Advisory Council”) and Rachna Sizemore Heizer (“Advocacy for our kids, for an ability focused high quality education for ALL our kids, where our kids are all seen and respected for who they are and what they can do, has been my passion and my work for many years”) are running. Incumbents are Karen Keys-Gamarra (“Karen Keys-Gamarra has been serving on the school board since September 2017. She is an experienced child advocate and attorney who represents children from diverse backgrounds. Karen’s professional focus is on developing solutions for children and families.”)
and Ilryong Moon. [UPDATE 5/22: FCDC endorsed Omeish, Sizemore Heizer, Keys-Gamarra for the at-large positions]
Loudoun County (School Board)
Algonkian District (Loudoun County) School Board member: Democrat Atoosa Reaser (“a member of the Virginia State Bar and practices law part-time. She previously served as Deputy Town Attorney for the Town of Herndon, as a general practice litigator in a small firm, and as Associate General Counsel for a company of over 800 employees”) is running to take on incumbent Republican Debbie Rose.
Blue Ridge District (Loudoun County) School Board member: Democrat Ian Serotkin (“leader in More Recess for Virginians and its Loudoun chapter, More Recess for Loudoun County, an advocacy group which successfully advocated at the state and county level to overhaul our recess policy”) is running to take on incumbent Republican Jill Turgeon.
Dulles District (Loudoun County) School Board member: Democrat Ayshah Price is running to take on incumbent Republican Jeff Morse.
Henrico County (School Board)
Brookland District: Democrat Jackson Carter Knox (“Since moving to Henrico, Jackson has been an active community advocate, serving for two terms as the Brookland District chair for Henrico Democrats. He also served on the Henrico County Grievance Panel, on the Henrico County Public Schools Strategic Planning Committee, and as a member of the Henrico Citizens Academy”)
LOCAL ELECTIONS – COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY
Fairfax County (Commonwealth’s Attorney): Democrat Steve Descano (“graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and a U.S. Army helicopter pilot… proud to have made his home in Fairfax County for the past 8 years”) is challenging long-time incumbent
Democrat Ray Morrogh (“Morrogh has 35 years of experience in the Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office. He is dedicated to the safety of our families, neighborhoods, schools and businesses and has a solid track record in the courtroom. Ray leads with a progressive vision towards criminal justice reform including instituting a Veterans Court, Drug Court, Mental Health Court and the Diversion First Initiative in Fairfax County’s criminal justice system.”).
Arlington County (Commonwealth’s Attorney): Democrat Parisa Tafti (“attorney and public defender…adjunct law professor at Georgetown Law Center and George Washington University School of Law”) is running against
incumbent Democrat Theo Stamos (“Theo has been a prosecutor in the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Arlington County and the City of Falls Church for more than 30 years.”)
Loudoun County (Commonwealth’s Attorney): Democrat Buta Biberaj is running to take on incumbent Republican Jim Plowman.
Prince William County (Commonwealth’s Attorney): Democrat Amy Ashworth (“worked as a prosecutor in the Prince William County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, assigned to the Special Victim’s Unit, where I handled cases involving child sexual and physical abuse, homicide, adult rape and sexual assault allegations.”)
is running against incumbent Paul Ebert (not seeking reelection) . and Democrat Tracey Lenox (“Tracey’s family and legal career are deeply rooted in Prince William County. Her family life is centered in Manassas while her career has been based in Woodbridge area law offices.”).
Henrico County (Commonwealth’s Attorney): Republican Owen Conway vs. Incumbent Democrat Shannon Taylor
Chesterfield County (Commonwealth’s Attorney): Incumbent Democrat Scott Miles (“Since being elected in November 2018, my team of talented assistants and I have begun to build a best-in-class prosecutor’s office, making it our business to advance public safety thoughtfully, equitably and efficiently. By working with the community and all its stake-holders, we are building a stronger, safer, and healthier place to live and work. To continue in these efforts, I am seeking re-election for a full four-year term on November 5, 2019 and we need your vote!”)
LOCAL ELECTIONS – SHERIFF
Prince William County (Sheriff): Democrats Josh King (“King is an Iraq Army Veteran, a law enforcement officer, an advocate for people with special needs and a union leader. While employed as a Deputy Sheriff, he joined the Fairfax County Deputy Sheriff Peer support team as the training coordinator”)
and Brian Fields (“Brian’s commitment to serving his country in the Army National Guard, serving his community as a police officer, and as a sitting council member for the Town of Dumfries, his experience and integrity speaks volume for his bid for Sheriff of Prince William County”) are running against incumbent Republican Glendell Hill.
Loudoun County (Sheriff): Democrats Justin Hannah (“Since being discharged from active duty, Justin has remained in the reserves, worked as a Senior Analyst for BAE systems, a TSA employee, and an investigative analyst for the U.S. Government. He currently lives in Aldie with his partner, Jessica Puentes, and their two children.”)
and Chris Harmison (“ Chris served as the Chief Deputy of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and had routinely assumed the role of acting Sheriff when the Sheriff was unavailable or out of town.”) are running against incumbent Republican Michael Chapman.
Albemarle County (Sheriff):
Patrick Estes (“A native Virginian, UVA football and NFL alum, husband and father of three, and dedicated community volunteer and mentor, Patrick is ready to bring proven leadership, high ethical and professional standards, and dedication to public safety to the Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office.”) and Albemarle Chief Deputy Chan Bryant (“Chief Deputy Bryant has done an excellent job for me and our office. She knows this organization inside and out. She is who I would want to see as our next Sheriff.” – Sheriff Chip Harding) are running for the Democratic nomination for the position currently held by retiring Sheriff Chip Harding. Also running is independent Ronnie Roberts.