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Wendy Gooditis, Virginia House of Delegates District 10
Wendy Gooditis grew up in Cranbury, New Jersey. After having kids, Wendy received her Masters in Education from Shenandoah University. She taught in the Clarke County public school system and at an area private school. Later, Wendy joined RE/MAX as a realtor. In 2017, Wendy decided to get off the sidelines and became a founding member of an Indivisible chapter in Clarke County. She went on to challenge a long-time Republican incumbent and became one of 15 Democrats to flip the House of Delegates in 2017. In 2019, the same Republican incumbent ran to reclaim his seat, spending over $500,000 of his own money only to lose to Wendy again.
Kelly Fowler, Virginia House of Delegates District 21
Coming from a military family, Kelly Fowler has always been dedicated to the service of others. She grew up in Virginia Beach and went to college at Virginia Wesleyan University and Old Dominion University. She has worked as an elementary school teacher and owns a real estate business specializing in military family relocation and advocacy. Kelly is the first-ever Filipina-American to serve in Virginia’s House of Delegates. Since being sworn into office in 2017, Kelly has worked to pass Medicaid expansion, raise teacher pay, protect the rights of renters and homeowners, and pass the Equal Rights Amendment. Additionally, Kelly has served on the Privileges and Elections Committee and the Science and Technology Committee.
Joshua Cole, Virginia House of Delegates District 28
Raised in the 28th District, Joshua Cole has lived in Fredericksburg and Stafford County his entire life. He is a member of the Greater Fredericksburg Area Interfaith Council and the former President of the Stafford County NAACP. He currently serves as an Associate Pastor at Union Bell Baptist Church in South Stafford and the Chairman of the House of Clergy for the Union of Charismatic Orthodox Churches. In his first term, he voted to increase access to affordable healthcare, raise the minimum wage, and make community college tuition free. Joshua has been a fierce advocate for progressive policy combating issues of climate change. He also patroned historic legislation to rename Jefferson Davis Highway to Emancipation Highway.
David Reid, Virginia House of Delegates District 32
Delegate David Reid represents the 32nd District of Virginia in Eastern Loudoun County. He is a decorated Navy veteran and business professional who brings over 30 years of experience in strategic management, banking, global telecommunications, small business knowledge, and the defense industry to the House of Delegates. Del. Reid serves on three separate committees including House Appropriations, Privileges & Elections, and Transportation, including several subcommittees one of which he serves as chair.
Dan Helmer, Virginia House of Delegates District 40
Dan Helmer has always sought to serve a country that welcomed his father as an immigrant and his grandparents, Holocaust survivors, as refugees. He attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and did tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, South Korea, and numerous domestic postings. He remains a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. Today, Dan helps lead a small business with two other post-9/11 veterans. In his first term, he championed legislation to prevent gun violence, combat climate change, protect women’s reproductive rights, increase teacher pay, expand access to healthcare, expand voting rights, and fight against food insecurity.
Briana Sewell, Virginia House of Delegates District 51
Briana Sewell was born and raised in Prince William County. She graduated from the local public school system and earned her Bachelor’s from the College of William and Mary and Master’s from American University. After graduating, Briana served as the Prince William District Director for Congressman Gerry Connolly. In 2018, Briana helped establish the Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy. As a District Director, a community organizer, and currently as Chief of Staff to Chair Ann Wheeler of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, she understands the issues of District 51 because she’s witnessed them, lived through them, and will be ready to legislate on day one.
Schuyler VanValkenburg, Virginia House of Delegates District 72
Delegate Schuyler VanValkenburg received his Bachelor’s from the University of Richmond and his Master’s from Virginia Commonwealth University. He spent five years teaching at Short Pump Middle School before spending the last 11 years at Glen Allen High, where he teaches government and history classes and leads a We the People team. He continues to teach while representing the 72nd District in the Virginia House of Delegates. He was elected to the 72nd in Western Henrico County in 2017 on a platform centered around investment in public education and equal and affordable access to health care. For the last 16 years, he has lived in Henrico, where he is raising his three children.
Rodney Willett, Virginia House of Delegates District 73
Rodney Willett has lived in Henrico County for more than 20 years. He and his wife Lydia Pulley have three children. Rodney Willett is an entrepreneur, attorney, and technology consultant. Throughout his professional career he has worked extensively with state and local governments to address their management, technology, and legal needs. In addition to serving others in his professional career, Rodney also volunteers on numerous boards and committees, including Rx Partnership, Children’s Health Insurance Program Advisory Committee, and the Richmond Performing Arts Alliance, which he chairs. Throughout his work and volunteer activities, Rodney has dedicated his life to making a difference for others.
Clint Jenkins, Virginia House of Delegates District 76
Clint Jenkins is an Army veteran, small business owner, and community leader who was raised in Suffolk, Virginia. During his two years as a Delegate for the 76th District he has worked hard for Medicaid expansion. During the pandemic he has made efforts to bring more vaccines to Suffolk. He has been deeply involved in the community for years, volunteering for various local organizations and churches and taking an active role with the Democratic Party, currently serving as the Chair of the 3rd Congressional District for the DPVA. The spirit of service has driven him to do all of these things, and it’s why he’s running for re-election to the House of Delegates.
Nancy Guy, Virginia House of Delegates District 83
Nancy Guy grew up in a Navy family in the 83rd District. As a proud product of Virginia’s public education system, supporting public education has long been her passion. In addition to her two terms on the School Board, she has served on numerous education boards over the years. Since being elected to Virginia’s House of Delegates, Nancy has worked tirelessly for the people of the 83rd District. She has served on a wide variety of committees ranging in focus from the Education Committee to the Courts of Justice Committee. Nancy was also appointed to be one of three state representatives for Virginia on the multi-state Chesapeake Bay Commission.
Alex Askew, Virginia House of Delegates District 85
Alex Askew was born and raised in Virginia Beach and received his undergraduate degree from Hampton University. After graduation, he worked on local, state-wide, and national campaigns that empowered voters to make positive change. In his first term serving the 85th District, Alex fought for high-quality, affordable healthcare and infrastructure to support a strong local economy. Recently, he’s worked to combat the public health and economic issues caused by COVID-19. Alex is an advocate for working families, racial justice, government accountability, and economic empowerment. Alex’s career in public service is one that will help to transform Virginia for generations to come.
Martha Mugler, Virginia House of Delegates District 91
During her first term in the General Assembly and during her time on the Hampton School Board, Delegate Martha Mugler has been an experienced leader on education with a steadfast commitment to students, teachers, and the community at large. She has delivered for her community, where during her first term, she successfully led the charge to increase teacher pay by 5%, established the Division of Offshore Wind to bring renewable energy jobs to the region, and supported small businesses and local job growth in the post-COVID economy.
Shelly Simonds, Virginia House of Delegates District 94
Shelly Simonds represents Virginia House District 94 (Newport News). Shelly holds degrees from Bucknell and Stanford Universities. She is a former teacher, member of the Newport News School Board, and Chair of the Board for New Horizons Regional Career and Technical Centers. During her first term in the House of Delegates Shelly was the chief sponsor of legislation to combat human trafficking, increase access to STEM education, and establish the Secretary of Labor to advocate for workers across the Commonwealth. Shelly will continue to fight to improve our schools, environmental justice, and equitable access to good, stable jobs, both in Newport News and across the Commonwealth.
Debra Gardner, Virginia House of Delegates District 27
Debra Gardner has lived in Chesterfield County for almost thirty years. She has long been involved in organizations who have provided aid and services to families and youth in the community. Debra has over thirty plus years of public service, providing leadership in the areas of human services, public safety, and criminal justice services. Her passion for helping people led her to her initial career as a social worker and counselor and later to senior executive service. She has also served as an adjunct Professor teaching graduate courses in Executive Leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Jeffrey Feld, Virginia House of Delegates District 81
Jeffrey “Doc” Feld and his wife have lived in Virginia Beach for nearly 20 years. They have three school aged children that attend Virginia Beach City Public Schools; his wife is a teacher. Jeffrey is a Podiatrist and owns his own medical practice at multiple locations and thus understands small business needs. Furthermore, “Doc” Feld has provided treatment at the sand soccer tournament for multiple years, served as a Cub Scout volunteer, donated his time in other youth sports like baseball and soccer, and been very involved in his faith community.
Finale Norton, Virginia House of Delegates District 100
Finale Norton will be the first woman to run for HD 100, a district she was born and worked in for most of her professional life. Finale attended Hampton University, the first in her family to do so. She began her banking career at Bank of America in Norfolk Virginia. She would go on to lead more than 350 branches with more than 3,500 employees and several hundred thousand customers. Like many, the 2016 election deeply affected Finale. In 2019, a chance meeting with a local political supporter propelled her to work with the local Democratic Party, putting her years of experience in financial services, leadership, and consulting to work.
Rhett Deitz, Virginia House of Delegates District 14
Rhett Deitz graduated from James Madison University with a degree in social work. 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. 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; he struggled with virtual school due to the absence of affordable, functioning internet. Rhett would not only be the first woman to hold this office, but also the first openly queer person to hold this office.
Jennifer Kitchen, Virginia House of Delegates District 25
Jennifer Kitchen is a lifelong rural Virginian. Jennifer believes that rural communities across the commonwealth have been devalued and ignored for too long, and she is prepared to go to Richmond to fight for the prioritization that all rural and marginalized communities deserve. Rural broadband, healthcare access, and equitable funding for schools are just a few of her priorities. As a Community Organizer, Jennifer has fought for Medicare for All, Common-Sense Gun Legislation, Immigrant Rights, and Criminal Justice Reform. She currently works as a program mentor for the Arc of Augusta, where she helps develop programming and supports adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Paul Siker, Virginia House of Delegates District 33
Paul Siker is a nationally recognized speaker in the Recruitment, Executive search, and Talent Acquisition arena. For 34 years, Paul has worked with world-class commercial and non-profit organizations. Paul has also sat on the boards of local non-profits, including the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS) and the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties. Paul is running for office to bring principled, character-based leadership that serves all constituents to District 33. Paul will work to build coalitions in Richmond to ensure that the 33rd district makes meaningful progress on rural broadband initiatives, expands its rural economic and agri-business/agri-tourism capabilities, and addresses key transportation issues.
2021 Election Update
All 100 House of Delegate districts will be on the ballot in 2021, and EveryDistrict is returning to Virginia to ensure Democrats hold their majority.
EveryDistrict has endorsed 13 candidates in Democratically-held districts: Wendy Gooditis (HD 10), Kelly Fowler (HD 21), Joshua Cole (HD 28), David Reid (HD 32), Dan Helmer (HD 40), Briana Sewell (HD 51), Schuyler VanValkenburg (HD 72), Rodney Willett (HD 73), Clint Jenkins (HD 76), Nancy Guy (HD 83), Alex Askew (HD 85), Martha Mugler (HD 91), and Shelly Simonds (HD 94).
EveryDistrict has endorsed six candidates in red to blue flip districts: Rhett Deitz (HD 14), Jennifer Kitchen (HD 25), Debra Gardner (HD 27), Paul Siker (HD 33), Jeffrey Feld (HD 81), and Finale Norton (HD 100).
Stay tuned for additional endorsements to be announced soon.
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In the above map, dark blue districts are held by Democrats; dark red districts are held by Republicans. Districts held by Democrats where EveryDistrict has endorsed a candidate are light blue; districts held by Republicans where EveryDistrict has endorsed the Democratic challenger are yellow.
2019 Election Update
On Election Day 2019, Democrats flipped the Virginia House of Delegates. Democrats now control the Virginia House of Delegates 55-45.
EveryDistrict endorsed all six of the successful challengers who flipped districts: Joshua Cole (HD 28), Dan Helmer (HD 40), Clint Jenkins (HD 76), Nancy Guy (HD 83), Martha Mugler (HD 91), and Shelly Simonds (HD 94). EveryDistrict also endorsed candidates in ten vulnerable incumbent districts; all candidates won their races.
EveryDistrict endorsed six other challengers who were not successful: Larry Barnett (HD 27), Lindsey Dougherty (HD 62), Sheila Bynum-Coleman (HD 66), Len Myers (HD 81), Karen Mallard (HD 84), and Phil Hernandez (HD 100).
See the table below for 2019 election results.
2017 Election Update
In 2017, Democrats flipped an historic 15 seats in the Virginia House of Delegates. EveryDistrict endorsed ten of those 15 candidates: Wendy Gooditis (HD 10), Kelly Fowler (HD 21), Elizabeth Guzman (HD 31), David Reid (HD 32), Lee Carter (HD 50), Hala Ayala (HD 51), Dawn Adams (HD 68), Schuyler VanValkenburg (HD 72), Debra Rodman (HD 73), and Cheryl Turpin (HD 85). EveryDistrict also endorsed: Donte Tanner (HD 40), Shelly Simonds (HD 94), and Willie Randall (HD 100).
Understanding the Map
EveryDistrict’s Legislative District Index (LDI) is the gold standard of state legislative competitiveness. Our LDI ranks state legislative districts on a scale from 100 to -100, using statewide elections data. Districts with a score of 100 would vote for statewide Democratic candidates by an average of 100 points (with the Democratic candidate receiving 100% of the vote); districts with a score of -100 would vote for statewide Republican candidates by an average of 100 points (with the Republican candidate receiving 100% of the vote). For a more realistic example, a district with a score of 10 would vote for statewide Democratic candidates by an average of 10 points (meaning we would expect the Democratic state legislative candidate to win with 55% of the vote compared to the Republican winning 45% of the vote).
After the 2018 election, EveryDistrict reviewed and enhanced our LDI system, improving the accuracy of the metric with new methodologies and the most recent electoral data.
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