Former CIA officer Abigail Spanberger is challenging a vulnerable incumbent Republican Congressman Dave Brat.Former executive director of the Republican Party of Virginia, Shaun Kenney, told the Yahoo News that Dave Brat is “done by the numbers.” “Spanberger should not have had that much Democratic support, but she blew it out of the water.” Pollsters Cook and Inside Elections rate it Leaning Republican. The DCCC added Spanberger’s District 7 to the Red to Blue program. Time magazine calls this one of the top ten races to watch. WNDC, let’s turn this district Blue!
Spanberger grew up in Henrico County, Virginia. She graduated from the University of Virginia, and later studied for her MBA. Spanberger began her public service career as a federal law enforcement officer working for narcotics and money laundering cases in the US Postal Inspection Service. She joined the CIA in 2006 as an operations officer, where she focused on counterterrorism. Later she worked for the private sector as a strategic leader to help colleges and universities to diversify their student bodies, increase graduation rates, and expand student access to affordable educational opportunities. Her campaign issues include: veteran’s issues focusing on homelessness and suicide; addiction crisis and treatment; healthcare; gun violence and safety; the environment; and more. Spanberger has gained support from Emily’s List, End Citizens United, NARAL, Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidates, and others.
Brat is a House Freedom Caucus member who is considered a dangerous extremist by many. He has voted to take away health care from millions of people, and refused to face constituents who disagree with him. It won’t be easy to beat this incumbent but the extraordinary primary results indicate that the District residents are ready to make a change. Spanberger, however, could use your help!
Retired Navy commander Elaine Luria is taking on the former SEAL Republican Congressman, Scott Taylor. This race is closely watched. Taylor has only been in office one term and has voted GOP lines 97% of the time. The newly-elected Democratic governor carried that district in 2017.
Twenty-year Navy veteran Elaine Luria is the one to turn this district blue. She uses her Navy credibility not only to articulate her support for a capable military, which is key in this heavily military district. She goes further to argue that security encompasses affordable and reliable healthcare, responsible gun ownership laws, Social Security, protection for our environment, and stable housing.
Luria’s personal philosophy has motivated her decades of service to her community: “Be Good. Do Good Work.” She is rejecting corporate PAC money as part of her support to end Citizen’s United and has gained support of the DCCC, Emily’s List, and others.
Jennifer Wexton will contest the controversial GOP two-term incumbent, Representative Barbara Comstock, this fall for Virginia’s 10th district. She campaigned on the slogan: “I plan to repeal and replace Barbara Comstock!” We hope she does. Comstock recently voted against legislation to support Dreamers, undermining her reputation as a moderate and tilting the district towards the Democrats.
Democratic Governor Ralph Northam endorsed Wexton “because she has a strong history of service to Virginia, getting results for her constituents, and fighting for Democratic values…. I saw her tenacity on the VA Senate floor where we fought together to expand Medicaid and stood up to the gun lobby.
Wexton has been serving the people of Northern Virginia for almost two decades as a prosecutor, an advocate for children, and a legislator focusing on families. She has built her legislative agenda on this experience and focuses on: protecting our children, combatting the opioid epidemic, reforming the criminal justice system, creating greater gender equity in the workplace, protecting housing for the LGBT community, improving transportation in NOVA, making access to voting easier, and fixing women’s healthcare laws.
Wexton is a native of the Washington area, having graduated with honors from the University of Maryland and earned her law degree from the College of William and Mary. She lives in Leesburg with her family. Let’s support this impressive candidate who is running in our neighborhood!