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Flip-[and Hold]-A-District Friday: Volume IX (Del. Mike Mullin, Del. Cliff Hayes, Del. David Bulova, Del. Don Scott, Blakely Lockhart, Ella Webster, Elizabeth Bennett-Parker)

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From Del. Rip Sullivan’s Blue Dominion PAC:

Flip-A-District Friday: Volume IX


Welcome to the ninth  issue of our 2021 Flip a District Series

September 11th is a day that will forever be ingrained in the hearts of every American. On the eve of the 20th anniversary of that terrible day, let’s remember to hug a loved one especially tight. And to perform an act of kindness for a complete stranger.
And let’s remember what we learned — re-learned—in the aftermath of that fateful day: there is more that unites us than divides us. 
That most American of traditions—a free and fair election—can feel divisive.  But it is, in fact, an event of unity, as we set—as a nation or state or locality—our collective course.  And even as we work hard to heal the divisions we face, it is now more important than ever that we come together to preserve our democracy against those who would take it in the wrong direction.
We need these terrific candidates and incumbents to win on November 2. The stakes are enormous.
Vote for them.  Give to them.  Work hard for them.

House District 93

Del. Mike Mullin files several progressive criminal justice reform bills | WAVY.com

Meet the candidate: Delegate Mike Mullin

Mike first came to the Peninsula as a 17-year old college freshman at Christopher Newport University. He loved the city so much he knew wanted to raise his family here. After law school at the Catholic University, he returned to the area to do just that. The proud father of three sons, he now lives in Newport News and works to make the Peninsula a better place.

Mike ran for Delegate for the same reason he became a prosecutor — to keep our community safe. He’s not just committed to that goal; he has shown both in the courtroom and in the statehouse that he’s able to make it happen. Mike excels at turning his experiences and understanding of the communities of the Peninsula into real results for his constituents. In Mike’s first year as a legislator, he passed four bills — more than any other freshman legislator in the House of Delegates that year. He’s kept up that pace ever since, passing bill after bill to benefit all Virginians.

Mike has carried 33 bills that are now law and served on four committees since taking office in 2016. He has worked tirelessly on legislation covering a wide range of issues, from expanding Medicare to dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline. He has delivered for Virginians before, and he will deliver for Virginians again.

House District 93

The 93rd House District is comprised of the City of Williamsburg, James City County, York County, and the City of Newport News. Although the district has gotten more friendly to Democrats in recent years, it was won by a Republican as recently as 2011, when former Delegate Mike Watson (R) won the seat. We cannot afford to lose this seat in the heart of colonial Virginia.

This November’s matchup puts Delegate Mullin against Jordan Gray. Gray is a young teacher and staunch Republican. He was president of the “Students for Donald Trump” at Christopher Newport University in 2016 and is now a social studies teacher.

Why do we need to defeat Gray and keep Mullin?

Aside from the fact that he has never held any kind of elected office or been involved in local government, Gray has very far right views on reproductive rights and guns. He has called common sense gun violence prevention measures “oppression”, is staunchly anti-choice, and stands loyal to Donald Trump.

We need to defeat Gray to keep Delegate Mullin so we can see him deliver on all of the great things he has done for Virginia. Delegate Mullin has delivered on a historic raise in teacher pay, capping the price of insulin and lowering the cost of healthcare, and abolishing the death penalty. We need a delegate like Mike Mullin in Richmond who will continue delivering for his constituents. That is the reason why we need to defeat Jordan Gray.

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House District 56

Meet the candidate: Blakely Lockhart 

Born and raised right here in the 56th District, Blakely Lockhart is honored to be running to represent her community and to be the first member of Generation Z in the House of Delegates. Her generation truly understands the urgency of now and she is ready to take direct action to solve the problems that are facing our Commonwealth. Blakely could not stand by as the needs of her district were being ignored and action was not being taken. When the pandemic was at its peak, Blakely saw loved ones facing the same struggles that she had all her life as an individual with a chronic illness. Many people that Blakely cared about were unable to receive proper medical care, fearing the consequences of unpaid time off, and left vulnerable in the face of the unknown. In those moments, our district needed an advocate fighting for them in Richmond. However, what they got was a Delegate prioritizing higher office. Blakely Lockhart is not running for the sake of her own pride, she is running for the people of her district, regardless of party or affiliation. Her goal is to serve the people, not serve the party. 

Blakely would be the youngest Delegate ever elected to the Virginia House and is the first woman of color to run in the 56th District

  • She attended Virginia public schools for her entire educational career 
  • She graduated in 2020 from Christopher Newport University with a degree in neuroscience 
  • She conducted research on addiction 
  • She has POTs (a chronic illness) that has given her an extremely intimate understanding of our healthcare system 
  • Her top 3 policy priorities are expanding broadband, ensuring that healthcare is both affordable and accessible, and investing in equitable education 

Information on House District 56 

  • Has been a strongly held Republican seat, but data suggests that there are enough Democrats in the district to flip if we can mobilize them properly 
  • Covers part of Western Henrico, Goochland, Louisa, and a little bit of Spotsylvania

Information on Blakely’s Opponent (Incumbent John McGuire): 

  • Voted “NO” on the governor’s most recent spending bill                 which increased broadband access to rural communities 
  •  Provided bonuses to state police
  • Provided initiatives to help small businesses 
  •  Voted against Medicaid expansion (which gave coverage to 423,000 Virginians), voted against funding school lunches, voted against funding school nurses, voted against raising teacher pay 
  • Voted against the repeal of the ban against same-sex marriage ○ Voted against recognizing access to clean water as a human right

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House District 98                        Ella Webster - BallotpediaMeet the candidate: Ella Webster

Dr. Ella Webster has lived in Gloucester, Virginia since 2006. Her first job out of training was with the Gloucester-Mathews Free Clinic, from where she was recruited to the Virginia Department of Health. Since 2010 she has worked for Health Districts all over the Easter Region; she is hoping to collect the whole set.

Dr. Webster served as a United States Peace Corps Maternal Child Health Volunteer in the Central African Republic for two years in the 1990s after receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Drew University.

She then returned to Maine, and supported herself for three years as a waitress while taking classes at the University of Southern Maine. This experience gave her a deep appreciation for the challenges and accomplishments of working people, and limited patience for poverty-shaming. During this time she also took care of people dying of AIDS in the year before and the year after treatment became available. She is perplexed that HIV continues to be such an issue and it is one of the reasons she is passionate about universal healthcare because treatment is prevention.

After receiving her Doctorate in Medicine from Dartmouth Medical School, she moved “back” to Virginia, lived in Richmond for three years, where she worked on Maternal and Child Mortality projects and ultimately moved the Gloucester.

The 13th generation of her family in Virginia, Dr. Webster was born in Vermont, raised mostly in Maine but also Richmond, Virginia and St. James, Long Island. Her mother, a Virginia native, just retired about 30 years as a small town librarian and her father (deceased) was Episcopal Priest in New England for over 50 years.

Dr. Webster’s family has deep roots in Virginia. Her great grandfather was a doctor in South Boston, his father in Pennsylvania and his father in Powhatan. All were named Humphrey Singleton Belt, Dr. Webster’s grandfather made Dutch Master Cigars on Tobacco Row in Richmond.

Dr. Webster is running because she strongly believes that every Virginian should have  healthcare. She supports having a medicaid public option plan in Virginia and believes universal coverage is attainable.

 House District 98: For more information on the district please click here.

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House District 45

Meet the candidate: Elizabeth Bennett-Parker

Elizabeth Bennett-Parker is Vice Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia, and a candidate for Delegate in the 45th Virginia House District. As Vice Mayor, she serves as a member of the Alexandria City Council and is the youngest woman elected to Council in Alexandria’s history.

Born in Alexandria to two Naval officers, Elizabeth is dedicated to serving her community. She co-leads Together We Bake, a nonprofit job training and personal development program for under-served women.

Elizabeth understands the pressures of being a small business owner. She is the founder of Fruitcycle, a business fighting the tragic paradox that, while one in six Americans experience food-insecurity on a daily basis, 40% of our food is thrown into landfills.

Before launching Fruitcycle, Elizabeth worked for the National Governors Association, where she served as governors’ liaison to Congress, federal agencies, and the White House on issues related to transportation, economic development, and health.  

In 2017, Elizabeth was selected as one of Alexandria’s 40 under 40. She has served on the Community Criminal Justice Board and the Commission on Employment, as well as the boards of the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture, Agenda: Alexandria, and the United Way Regional Council for Alexandria. She is a graduate of Emerge Virginia and the Alexandria City Academy.

Elizabeth served as a Fulbright Fellow, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University, and earned a Master’s from the University of London. She and her husband, Stephen, live with their rescue cat, Julep and dog, Nori, thanks to the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria.

House District 45: 

The winner of the 45th District race between Elizabeth and Republican JD Maddox will replace incumbent Mark Levine (D), who Elizabeth defeated in the Democratic primary earlier this year. The 45th District houses residents of Arlington and Fairfax counties as well as eastern Alexandria.

Just one example of why we must defeat JD Maddox:

JD Maddox is working for an agenda of the past, while Elizabeth’s agenda works for the Alexandria of the future. Just glancing at the two campaign websites shows how each candidate will approach their term in office. Elizabeth’s website is full of specific solutions to relevant, modern problems concerning the 45th District, while Maddox makes vague promises to “hold our leaders accountable”. Elizabeth is confident the voters will make the right choice in November, as she is the candidate with the best interests of the 45th District in mind.

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House District 77

Meet the candidate: Cliff Hayes

Cliff has represented the 77th House District since being elected in a special election in November 2016.  Having grown up in Chesapeake, Cliff has an intimate knowledge of the 77th District which includes parts of the cities of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach.  

Cliff’s parents instilled in him the values of hard work and civic responsibility.  Cliff has always served in his community including delivering newspapers as a young boy, to coaching young men in baseball, and serving two terms for a total of eight years on the Chesapeake City Council.  

Cliff is a grassroots campaigner and an effective legislator.  He works hard every day fighting for constituents in the 77th District and throughout Virginia.  He has championed and won support for legislation to bring offshore wind energy to the Commonwealth, protect consumer data, expand to all ages the missing persons with autism alert system, increase the penalty for recklessly leaving a loaded, unsecured firearm in such a manner as to endanger the life or limb of a minor, and other commonsense measures to help make the Commonwealth a safer, cleaner and more prosperous place to live.

Cliff is Deputy Policy Chair for the House Democratic Caucus and a member of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus.  He serves as Chair of the House Communications, Technology and Innovation Committee and Chair of the Capital Outlay Subcommittee of Appropriations.  He also serves on the House Appropriations Committee and the House Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee.  Additionally, he is Chair of the Joint Commission on Technology and Science and serves on the Joint Commission on Health Care, in addition to other state and national legislative committees.

Cliff pursued his education and has worked in technology management for more than twenty-five years. He and his wife, Kecia, have two daughters, Felecia who is in graduate school at William and Mary, and Tonecia who is a third-year student at University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.  

House District 77: 

The 77th House District was one of the districts that was recently redrawn by court order.  The new boundaries reduced the number of minority and democratic voters in the district.  A Trump Republican is running against Cliff in November.  It is vital for us to protect each of our incumbent democrats so that we can not just maintain, but grow, the democratic majority in the House of Delegates.

Just one example of why we must support Cliff:

Cliff has proven himself to be a reasonable voice in the House of Delegates.  He has been able to gain support for legislation that others thought would never pass.  He is a good listener and a great communicator.  We need him back in Richmond.  

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House District 37                               

Meet the candidate: David Bulova

David Bulova and his wife, Gretchen, both grew up in Fairfax and met in high school government class.  Today, they have three wonderful children, Alex, Josette, and Grayson.  Professionally, David works as a senior environmental planner with a passion for protecting water quality and restoring the Chesapeake Bay.  

First elected to the House of Delegates in 2005, David serves on the General Laws, Appropriations, Education, and Agriculture, Chesapeake, and Natural Resources committees.  He is chair of General Laws, where he was proud to oversee the expansion of the Virginia Human Rights Act to protect our LGBTQ+ neighbors and individuals with disabilities.  In the House, he is proud of his legislation to combat identity theft, reform our campaign finance system, expand access to career and technical education, and support victims of human trafficking.  David believes that education is the best investment we can make – starting with our littlest learners.  He worked with First Lady Pam Northam to expand access to early childhood education by passing the Virginia Early Childhood Care and Education Act. 

David is passionate about community service.  He serves on several community boards, including the Board of Brain Injury Services.  In their spare time, David and Gretchen are avid hikers and David enjoys serving as the co-chair of the General Assembly’s Outdoor Recreation Caucus.

House District 37:  The 37th House District encompasses the City of Fairfax and parts of Fairfax County including George Mason University, the Government Center area, and portions of Centreville.

Opponent:  Kenny Meteiver’s platform includes rolling back increases in the minimum wage that are critical to working families and reversing gun safety legislation designed to save lives.  

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House District 80

Don Scott (@DonScott757) | Twitter

Meet the candidate: Don Scott

Don Scott is an attorney who practices throughout Hampton Roads with his office located in downtown Portsmouth, Virginia. He is currently a member of the House of Delegates representing HD-80 located in Portsmouth. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University and LSU Law School. He served as an US Naval officer. He is married to Mellanda Colson-Scott, D.D.S. and has a teenage daughter.

House District 80: For more information on the district please click here.

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That’s it for Volume IX 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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