Virginia State Legislature

Keep Virginia Blue!

In 2017, we set the ripples in motion to begin the Blue Wave by focusing on the Virginia House of Delegates but lost by one seat. Using the infrastructure and volunteer base that we built, we launched a Blue Tsunami that successfully flipped both the House of Delegates and State Senate in 2019.

The battle for control of the Virginia House of Delegates, Attorney General, Lt. Governor, and Governor will be hotly contested this November. Since Democrats gained control of the chamber in 2019, they have passed transformative legislation making Virginia a progressive outlier in the South. From abolishing the death penalty, raising the minimum wage, and expanding voting rights, Virginia’s Democratic Trifecta have proven that they’re effective and successful at governing. This fall, we must defend the Governorship, the Lt. Governor, and House of Delegates in order to maintain Democratic control over the state.

2021 Candidates

*Asterisk indicted incumbent

Governor: Terry McAuliffe

Terry McAuliffe is a lifelong entrepreneur and proud Democrat who served as the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 2014-2018. As governor, Terry focused on making the Commonwealth welcoming and inclusive and building a 21st Century economy that created good jobs and expanded economic opportunity for all Virginians.

Lieutenant Governor: Hala Ayala

As a lifelong Virginia resident, Hala understands where we’ve come from and embodies the diversity of our future. As Virginia’s next lieutenant governor, Hala will lead Virginia’s pandemic recovery and ensure that every Virginian comes back stronger than before.

Attorney General: Mark Herring*

Mark has prioritized building safer, stronger communities for all Virginians, keeping our children safe, and reducing gun violence.

HOD 10: Wendy Gooditis*

When Wendy arrived in Richmond in January 2017, unseating a three-term Republican as part of the Blue Wave, she immediately went to work delivering on her commitments. Wendy is a tireless advocate for her district, introducing, co-sponsoring, and voting for legislation to improve the lives of people and across Virginia.

HOD 12: Chris Hurst*

Chris has dedicated his life to public service and giving a voice to the people of southwest Virginia. He continues to fight tirelessly to increase resources for mental health care, voted to ensure gun safety laws are put in place, and has been an advocate for quality and affordable schools with adequately paid teachers.

HOD 27: Debra Gardner

A tireless advocate for those in need, Debra has worked both personally and professionally to make a difference for Virginians. After serving at the chief deputy level of 3 state agencies and devoting countless hours to organizations that provideervices to the community, she’s uniquely qualified to represent HD27.

HOD 28: Joshua Cole*

In 2017, Joshua Cole proudly ran for the Virginia House of Delegates to represent Virginia’s 28th District, becoming the first African-American, and youngest person to receive any party’s nomination, along the way. In his 2019 comeback, he became one of the youngest members of the VA General Assembly.

HOD 40: Dan Helmer*

Dan is a West Point graduate, served tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Korea, and remains a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. Today he represents HD40 and runs a small business ensuring veterans have access to quality healthcare. Dan has fought his entire life for our freedoms and is running for re-election to the House of Delegates to continue his work.

HOD 66: Katie Sponsler

The 66th district is the bluest seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates currently held by a Republican. Katie Sponsler is an Air Force veteran, former park ranger, and mother dedicated to implementing policy that betters the lives of the 66th District and the state.

HOD 73: Rodney Willet*

Born and raised in Virginia, Rodney Willett has spent his career helping government better serve its citizens. As an attorney, Rodney represented local governments in Virginia, helping them with a variety of matters. Serving as president of Virginia Interactive, Rodney led a public/private partnership with the state to increase efficiency and transparency in state agencies and local governments.

HOD 75: Roslyn Tyler*

Del. Roslyn Tyler has been a member of Virginia House of Delegates for 15 years representing the 75th District. She has been an advocate for early childhood education, increasing funding for K-12, and making college tuition affordable so each student, regardless of their zip code, can earn their education.

HOD 83: Nancy Guy*

Nancy grew up in a Navy family in the 83rd District and has represented the district since she flipped the seat in 2019. As a delegate, she has fought for a myriad of progressive policies. Nancy was named the 2021 Virginia Education Association Legislator of the Year for her strong support of public education.

HOD 85: Alex Askew*

Growing up in Virginia Beach, Askew attended the public school system where his single mom taught, and he went to college here. That’s why he fought for Virginia Beach, expanding access to affordable health care, ensuring healthy air quality in our schools, and expanding paid time off and sick leave for hardworking Virginians.

HOD 91: Martha Mugler*

In 2019, Martha was elected to the VA House of Delegates. Throughout her first term in office, Martha delivered on her promises to voters, working on bipartisan legislation supporting economic recovery and jobs programs for Virginia’s post-COVID economy, teacher pay, healthcare access, and voting rights.

HOD 100: Finale Norton

Finale never imagined being a candidate for public office, and she is not a career politician. She is running for Delegate in House District 100 because she believes our community deserves a representative who puts people and working families above profit: a servant leader who will be a champion for everyone throughout District 100.

2019 Candidates

HOD 10: Wendy Gooditis

Wendy Gooditis was narrowly elected to the House of Delegates in 2017. She is running for reelection this November.

HOD 13: Danica Roem

Danica Roem was narrowly elected to the House of Delegates in 2017. She is running for reelection in 2019.

HOD 27: Larry Barnett

Larry Barnett is running for the HOD in District 27 against Republican incumbent Roxann Robinson. Larry ran for this seat in 2017, and fell short by less than 150 votes.

HOD 28: Joshua Cole

Joshua Cole is running in HOD District 28 against Republican incumbent Robert Thomas. Joshua ran for this seat in 2017 and fell short by just 73 votes.

HOD 51: Hala Ayala

Haya Ayala was narrowly elected to the House of Delegates in 2017. She is running for reelection this November.

HOD 66: Sheila Bynum-Coleman

Sheila Bynum-Coleman is running for the House of Delegates in District 66. This district was redrawn by the Virginia Supreme Court and is now one of the most competitive in the state.