Flip-A-District Friday: Volume IlI
Welcome to the third issue of our 2021 Flip a District Series
On Sunday I head back to Richmond for a Special Session of the General Assembly. We will continue our work to build a better Virginia, using American Rescue Plan federal dollars and Virginia’s budget surplus to provide relief to thousands of Virginians and Virginia businesses who have faced hardship because of the COVID-19 health crisis.
What are the Republicans focused on? “Election integrity.” The Big Lie. And on rolling back everything we have achieved these last 2 years. The women we highlight today are crucial to maintaining the progress we have made.
Vote for them. Give to them. Work hard for them
House District 84
Meet the candidate: Kim Melnyk
- Kim is Vice Chair of the Virginia Beach School Board, a former teacher, a small business owner, a wife, mother of three, and volunteer in her community.
- Kim has lived in Virginia Beach for over forty years. She grew up here, graduated from Green Run High School, and came back to teach for over a decade in Virginia Beach.
- Kim and her husband George own Premier Millwork, a small business that employs over fifty Hampton Roads residents.
- Kim has served on the Virginia Beach School Board for almost seven years, and has served as Vice Chair for two. She has successfully fought for full day kindergarten, higher teacher pay, and reaching 100% accreditation for Virginia Beach City Public Schools
House District 84:
- In 2019, Karen Mallard came within 500 votes of beating Glenn Davis, and this year we are determined to close that gap and finish the job.
- It is a highly competitive district that is just barely purple, but it is one hundred percent winnable—Joe Biden, Tim Kaine, and Ralph Northam all won in this district. And while Trump did barely win in 2016, he didn’t even get 50% of the vote, and a lot has changed since then
- Kim has lived here her entire life, and has worked in the district since she started her teaching career over twenty years ago. Her work in the community as well as on the school board positions her to give Glenn Davis an uphill battle to keep this seat
- Glenn Davis has been in this seat since 2013, but has run twice unsuccessfully for Lieutenant Governor, and he has strayed further and further from representing his constituents
- HD 84 deserves a representative who shares their values, and will fight for their priorities—especially on education.
- Glenn Davis has repeatedly shown he does not share his district’s values. He has voted against health care access, women’s right to choose, higher wages, increasing employee benefits, and common sense gun regulations.
We need Kim as part of our Democratic majority in Richmond.
Contact the campaign: jackie@
House District 21
Meet the candidate: Kelly Fowler
Kelly Fowler is dedicated to the service of others. A resident of Virginia Beach since childhood, she’s a small business owner who specializes in military family relocation , a former school teacher, and a state Delegate who works for results that matter for us.
Since she was elected to serve in 2017, she was a key vote to expand Medicaid, helping connect more Virginians with affordable health care. She helped lead the effort to decriminalize marijuana in Virginia. And she voted to raise teacher pay and provide tax breaks for small businesses across the commonwealth.
A mother of three, Delegate Fowler is aware that the choices the Virginia legislature makes matter to the next generation. It’s why she’s committed to taking bold action to curb gun violence, fight flooding and the climate crisis, implement common sense justice and policing reforms, and build a more equitable economy for all.
House District 34
Meet the candidate: Kathleen Murphy
Delegate Kathleen Murphy has represented Virginia’s 34th District, located in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties, for the past seven years. The House District includes McLean, Vienna, Wolf Trap, Great Falls, and Eastern Loudoun. Delegate Murphy is a fierce advocate for the issues that matter most to her constituents.
As a leader on the issue of gun safety, Delegate Murphy founded the Gun Violence Prevention Caucus and co-chaired the Safe Virginia Initiative. Delegate Murphy and Speaker Eileen Filler Corn traveled across the Commonwealth to talk to teachers, students, gun owners, police officers, elected officials, and community leaders about what gun violence prevention meant to them. These conversations were the backbone of the legislation passed by the Democratic Majority in 2020 & 2021.
Delegate Murphy also understands first-hand how difficult it is for Virginians to navigate the current healthcare system. Delegate Murphy has a daughter with a rare disease, and has been a champion for individuals and families struggling with rare diseases. Her bill, HB1995, created a Rare Disease Council, establishing a permanent board that will seek to understand and advocate for Virginians with rare diseases.
Delegate Murphy is also the Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus and belongs to the Military and Veterans Caucus, the Environment and Renewable Energy Caucus, and the Women’s Caucus.
Kathleen Murphy flipped this district from Red to Blue in a special election in January of 2015. Since then, Delegate Murphy has been successful in keeping the seat from falling back into Republican control. Although, this year, the competition is tough.
Her opponent is well-funded and has roots in the community. Furthermore, Glenn Youngkin, Republican Gubernatorial candidate and resident of HD34, is determined to unseat Delegate Murphy and flip his home district from blue to red.
Why we must reelect Delegate Murphy:
The Democratic Majority in Richmond has successfully passed legislation and delivered on the issues of preventing gun violence, expanding access to affordable healthcare, protecting workers’ rights, protecting our environment, strengthening our economy, and improving our childrens’ education. If Republicans are successful in November, they will roll back all of the progress we have made.
Delegate Murphy has kept her promises and has delivered for the constituents of the 34th District. She fought to expand Medicaid – providing health care for 400,000 Virginians – and lowering the cost of insulin. She helped put Virginia on a path to 100% renewable energy. She has delivered crucial COVID-relief legislation to make sure local businesses could survive and that people would not lose their housing.
If you would like to help protect the Democratic Majority in Richmond and reelect Delegate Kathleen Murphy, follow the links below.
Contact the campaign: https://www.
That’s it for Volume III of our Flip-a-District Friday series. I encourage you to review this email and future editions to find a candidate or candidates whom you would like to support with your time or financial resources.
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