Virginia House of Delegates District 14
Rhett Deitz graduated from James Madison University with a degree in social work. Her passion for social work transitioned into a career in field politics in Virginia. She currently resides in Henry County on her family’s farm, Home Creek Farms. When she’s not helping gather hay, or herding cows, she runs a union print shop with her business partner and serves as the programs director for New Heights Foundation in Martinsville, Virginia working with the homeless and at risk youth.
She decided to run in the 14th district after experiencing first hand the consequences that the COVID-19 pandemic had on her younger brother’s schooling. At the age of eight, her brother struggled with virtual school due to the absence of affordable, functioning internet. Access to the internet has become an integral part of learning in recent years, and that has become especially apparent over the last year as schools and jobs have been increasingly moved online. Rhett believes that the importance of addressing equity issues both within the city as well as the counties is crucial for the further development of the district. Rhett would not only be the first woman to hold this office, but also the first openly queer person to hold this office.