Virginia General Assembly, 2023

Seal of Virginia
Seal of Virginia

The Virginia General Assembly comprises two houses: the Virginia Senate and the Virginia House of Delegates. The Senate is the upper house, and the House of Delegates is the lower house. This year, both houses stand for election.

The General Assembly was established by the British colonial governor in 1619. Initially it was a unicameral body composed of the governor, the governor’s council, and twenty-two elected burgesses. It became a bicameral body in 1642 when the Governor’s Council and House of Burgesses were split to become the upper and lower houses respectively. When the American colonies declared independence in 1776, the Governor’s Council was renamed the Council of State and moved to the executive branch (then dissolved in 1851), the Senate was created to be the new upper house, and the House of Burgesses was renamed to the House of Delegates. The General Assembly is the oldest continuously operating legislature in the western hemisphere.

There are forty seats in the Senate. Senators serve four-year terms with no term limits. Currently, the Democratic Party holds a 22-18 majority. There are one hundred seats in the House of Delegates. Delegates serve two-year terms with no term limits. Currently, the Republican Party holds a 49-46 majority and there are 5 vacant seats.

These are the first General Assembly elections since the post-census redistricting; all districts have been redrawn and renumbered. Technically, all races are open races (since all districts are technically new districts). For the purposes of these endorsements and recommendations, incumbent senators and delegates appearing on the ballot are treated as incumbents in their new districts.


Senate, 32nd District

Greg Moulthrop (R) and Virginia Delegate Suhas Subramanyam (D-87th) stand as candidates for the open 32nd District seat in the Virginia Senate.

The new 32nd District encompasses most of eastern Loudoun County. It runs along the Fairfax County border between Route 7 in the north and the Prince William County border in the south. The western edge of the district roughly follows Belmont Ridge Road (in the northern half) and Lenah Road (in the south). Communities in the district include Brambleton, South Riding, Stone Ridge, eastern Ashburn, and southern Sterling. It was created from parts of the former 13th and 33rd Districts.

My home is in the former 13th District, which was represented by Virginia Senator John Bell (D-13th). Bell is not seeking reelection. The representative for the 33rd District—Virginia Senator Jennifer Boysko (D-33rd)—resides in the new 38th District and is running for reelection there.

Greg Moulthrop (R)

Greg Moulthrop
Greg Moulthrop

Greg Moulthrop (R) stands as the Republican Party nominee for this open seat.

Moulthrop has a background in economics and supply chain management. He has worked as a federal consultant and later a chief executive with a focus on public health, specifically relating to pharmaceuticals and medical devices. In 2014 he founded InfiniTrak, a business that offers software to help medical companies monitor drug safety and supply chain security as required by the federal Drug Supply Chain Security Act.

In 2021, Moulthrop unsuccessfully sought election to represent the 87th District in the Virginia House of Delegates. He was defeated by the incumbent delegate, Suhas Subramanyam (D-87th), who Moulthrop now faces in this race.

Moulthrop says he “is fighting to protect our right to life, liberty[,] and the pursuit of happiness.” (The three fundamental human rights are more accurately enumerated as “life, liberty, and property.”) If elected, he promises to support health care reforms like price transparency, adopt measures to prevent the over-prescription of addictive drugs, support law enforcement, bolster parents’ rights in education, “reduce our carbon footprint and strengthen energy independence,” protect farmlands, redistribute wasted government funds to more effective programs, enact business-friendly policies, increase government transparency, and support equal opportunity.

These are [mostly] fine generalities . . . but Moulthrop has not offered any detail. There are no concrete proposals for how these things might be accomplished.

His statement about reducing our “carbon footprint” is particularly meaningless; carbon dioxide, the main ‘boogeyman’ of the modern environmentalists, is not a pollutant. Even if it were, it has less effect on the climate than other compounds (like water vapor). If you want to improve air quality, ignore the carbon and focus on particulate pollution. And tell Canada to stop burning down their forests.

I am also concerned by Moulthrop’s promise to protect farmlands. As I have said many times before, it’s not the government’s job to direct or control what people and companies do with their property. Many Republicans do well on matters relating to life and liberty rights but fall woefully short on those relating to property. If the owner of farmland wants to “protect” his farm, he can decide not to sell it, or only sell it to somebody who agrees to keep it as a farm. But once a piece of land belongs to somebody else—perhaps a developer—it’s theirs to do with as they please.

Suhas Subramanyam (D)

Suhas Subramanyam
Suhas Subramanyam

Virginia Delegate Suhas Subramanyam (D-87th) stands as the Democratic Party nominee for this open seat.

Subramanyam served as a legislative assistant for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and then as a law clerk for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. He entered private practice as an attorney at a law firm where he focused on intellectual property and patent litigation and has volunteered with the Center for Wrongful Convictions. From 2015 to 2017, Subramanyam served as Policy Advisor and Special Assistant for Technology Policy in President Barack Obama’s (D) White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Since then, he has continued to work in private law practice, started a consulting firm, and served on a corporate board.

Subramanyam was elected to the 87th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates with about 62% of the vote in 2019. In 2021, he was reelected with about 58% of the vote over challenger Greg Moulthrop (R), who he now faces again.

If elected, Subramanyam intends to contribute to “lower costs for things like housing, utility bills, and child care,” refocus schools on “learning over political fights,” support small businesses and government contractors in the district, address “the cost of health care and prescription drug prices,” and “fight climate change and protect our green spaces and parks.” He also points to his record as a delegate, where he says he “protected . . . women’s reproductive rights,” strengthened gun laws and made it “harder for criminals to obtain dangerous weapons,” “fought misinformation,” and “defended our democracy and voting rights from extremists.”

Like his opponent, Subramanyam has neglected to give us any details about his plans for the upcoming term . . . it’s just a set of brief bullet-points.

We do have his record to turn to, and it is one consistently opposed to the fundamental human rights to life, liberty, and property. He buries these affronts in the nice-sounding euphemisms listed above. Opposition to the right to life—the right upon which all others are predicated—is waved away as a defense of nebulous “women’s reproductive rights.” Encroachments upon innocent Virginians’ self-defense rights are described as efforts to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. Opposition to election integrity and voter ID is spun around into its opposite—defense of “democracy and voting rights” from “extremists.” And of course, he couldn’t admit that he wants to keep injecting racist and anti-humanist nonsense into school curricula! No, he just wants to “prioritize learning over political fights.”

Amid all this misinformation, Subramanyam says, unironically, that he “fought misinformation.”

Conclusion

Subramanyam has served four years in the House of Delegates, during which he consistently voted against the three human rights. He denies the right to life, undermines self-defense rights, opposes secure and trustworthy elections, and more. His record is better on the “nitty-gritty” local stuff like trying to keep highway tolling under control (especially on the Dulles Greenway), but that is small consolation for getting the fundamentals so wrong.

Moulthrop comes across as a kind-of “old style” Republican who is vaguely supportive of human rights, avoids controversial social topics, and sometimes even just goes along with the zeitgeist—as he has with nonsense talk about our “carbon footprint.” He is also kowtowing to the “nimbys” of the district with his talk about land use.

His milquetoast campaign this year is quite a shift from his 2021 House of Delegates campaign. Then, he called himself a “strong populist conservative,” and I wrote that he was “a little bit too ‘Trumpy.’” It’s hard to know whether he changed his views or just changed his rhetoric. Regardless, Moulthrop has the better (if still imperfect) understanding of human rights than his opponent. Subramanyam’s dismal record on this most-important topic speaks for itself.

Vote Greg Moulthrop for the 32nd District seat in the Senate of Virginia.


House of Delegates, 26th District

Rafi Khaja (R) and Kannan Srinivasan (D) stand as candidates for the open 26th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.

The new 26th District encompasses an area running from the far southeast corner of Loudoun County straight north to Croson Lane in Brambleton. Its western edge roughly follows Northstar Boulevard (in the south) and Evergreen Mills Road (in the north), and its eastern border runs roughly through the middle of South Riding and along the western property line of Dulles Airport. Communities in the district include Brambleton, Stone Ridge, and the western half of South Riding. It was created from parts of the former 10th, 32nd, and 87th districts.

My home is in the former 87th District, which was represented by Delegate Suhas Subramanyam (D-87th). Subramanyam is not seeking reelection. The representative for the former 10th District—Delegate Wendy Gooditis (D-10th)—resides in the new 31st District and is also not seeking reelection. The representative for the former 32nd District—Delegate David Reid (D-32nd)—resides in the new 28th District and is running for reelection there.

Rafi Khaja (R)

Rafi Khaja
Rafi Khaja

Rafi Khaja (R) stands as the Republican Party nominee for this open seat.

Khaja describes himself as a “parent, professional, [and] educator,” a small business owner, a husband, and a father of three children. He says, “Education has always been close to my heart.” His campaign website provides no further details about his work history or his business, but I did find a profile on LinkedIn for a software developer and senior manager who has the same name, looks similar, works in northern Virginia, and lists education as one of his causes. If they are the same person, he has worked for Honda, IBM, Marriott, and General Dynamics.

Khaja cites several areas of focus. He wants to promote family values, give parents a greater say in their kids’ education, increase funding for law enforcement, improve transportation and lower tolls on the Greenway, and enact low-tax and pro-business policies.

I have no complaints about Khaja’s priorities, but he, like so many others, has offered virtually no detail. A few paragraphs about a few topics are not a sufficient campaign platform. He has also avoided discussing the key human rights issues of the day; does he acknowledge the three human rights? Will he defend them?

These are especially important questions this year. The Supreme Court overturned the horrific “Roe v. Wade” decision, and states are now free to reassert the right to life. Other rights have been subject to severe encroachment over many years, and it’s critically important that we start reversing the damage. Life, liberty, and property are on the ballot. We need to know where each candidate stands.

Kannan Srinivasan (D)

Kannan Srinivasan
Kannan Srinivasan

Kannan Srinivasan (D) stands as the Democratic Party nominee for this open seat.

Srinivasan is a financial and business professional with years of experience in accounting and management. He was a manager and director in several departments at Asurion, and now serves as Vice President for Finance, Planning, and Analysis in the José Andrés restaurant group. He unsuccessfully sought election as Loudoun County Treasurer in 2019; in that race he described himself as “a fiscal conservative.” He also serves as chair of the Virginia Board of Medical Assistance Services.

His professional history and 2019 campaign led me to believe that he was a reasonable person, but a review of Srinivasan’s political platform now reverses that impression.

For example, he puts “healthcare” right at the top of his “issues” page—no problem there—but almost immediately pivots to an incoherent claim that “abortion is healthcare.” Nonsense. Abortion is a violation of the first and most fundamental of the three human rights, and any government that permits it is inherently unjust. He immediately follows one anti-life position with another—a proposal to trample Virginians’ self-defense rights.

It doesn’t get much better as we continue. He wants to spend more on schools (despite them being among the best funded schools in the world), trample contract rights for landlords, and repeal workers’ rights laws. He proposes policies that would be bad for students, bad for property owners, bad for workers, and bad for businesses.

The cherry on top is where he says, “Climate change is an existential threat to humanity” and that we need to reduce our “carbon footprint.” I don’t know what’s scarier: that he would say something that dumb just to buy some uninformed votes, or that he might actually believe it. How much more debunking and disproving do we have to do before we can stop beating this dead horse?

Conclusion

It’s easy to conclude that we shouldn’t vote for Srinivasan. If somebody can’t accept the mind-numbingly simple proposition that human beings have the right to live, how can we trust them to have sound judgment on any other topic? The Democratic Party’s position on abortion today is as indefensible as its position on slavery was in 1859, and those who adhere to it will be judged by our posterity just as harshly. Mark my words.

Khaja’s campaign is disappointing. There’s not enough information about him or about what he plans to do if he is elected. But at least he isn’t spouting a bunch of unscientific, anti-humanist nonsense. That’s something . . . I guess. . . .

Vote Rafi Khaja for the 26th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.


Other Recommendations

I make the following recommendations for contested races in other districts. I have evaluated each race and candidate individually according to the same general criteria described in the endorsement article above.

Senate

  • 1st District: Timmy French (R) and Emily Scott (D) stand as candidates for an open seat. I recommend voting for Timmy French.
  • 2nd District: Incumbent Virginia Senator Mark Obenshain (R-26th) is challenged by Kathy Beery (D) and Joshua Huffman (L). I recommend voting for Mark Obenshain.
  • 3rd District: Former Glasgow Town Council Member Jade Harris (D) and Virginia Delegate Chris Head (R-17th) stand as candidates for an open seat. I recommend voting for Chris Head.
  • 4th District: Incumbent Virginia Senator David Suetterlein (R-19th) is challenged by Roanoke City Council Member Trish White-Boyd (D). I recommend voting for David Suetterlein.
  • 5th District: Incumbent Virginia Senator Travis Hackworth (R-38th) is challenged by Robert Beckman (D). I recommend voting for Travis Hackworth.
  • 6th District: Incumbent Virginia Senator Todd Pillion (R-40th) is running for reelection unopposed.
  • 7th District: Incumbent Virginia Senator Bill Stanley (R-20th) is challenged by Renie Gates (D). I recommend voting for Bill Stanley.
  • 8th District: Incumbent Virginia Senator Mark Peake (R-22nd) is challenged by Donna St. Claire (D). I recommend voting for Mark Peake.
  • 9th District: Incumbent Virginia Senator Frank Ruff (R-15th) is running for reelection unopposed.
  • 10th District: John McGuire (R) is running for an open seat unopposed.
  • 11th District: Incumbent Virginia Senator Creigh Deeds (D-25th) is challenged by Philip Hamilton (R). I recommend voting for Philip Hamilton.
  • 12th District: Natan McKenzie (D) and former Virginia Senator Glen Sturtevant (R-10th) stand as candidates for an open seat. I recommend voting for Glen Sturtevant.
  • 13th District: Former Virginia Delegate Lashrecse Aird (D-63rd) and Eric Ditri (R) stand as candidates for an open seat. I recommend voting for Eric Ditri.
  • 14th District: Incumbent Virginia Senator Lamont Bagby (D-9th) is running for reelection unopposed.
  • 15th District: Incumbent Virginia Senator Ghazala Hashmi (D-10th) is challenged by Hayden Fisher (R). I recommend voting for Hayden Fisher.
  • 16th District: Incumbent Virginia Senator Siobhan Dunnavant (R-12th) is challenged by Virginia Delegate Schuyler VanValkenburg (D-72nd). I recommend voting for Siobhan Dunnavant.
  • 17th District: Emily Brewer (R) and Virginia Delegate Clinton Jenkins (D-76th) stand as candidates for an open seat. I recommend voting for Emily Brewer.
  • 18th District: Incumbent Virginia Senator Louise Lucas (D-18th) is challenged by Anthony Goodwin (R). I recommend voting for Anthony Goodwin.
  • 19th District: Former Chesapeake School Board Member Christie New Craig, who is the Republican Party nominee, and Myra Payne (D) stand as candidates for an open seat. I recommend voting for Christie New Craig.
  • 20th District: Incumbent Virginia Senator Bill DeSteph (R-8th) is challenged by Victoria Luevanos (D). I recommend voting for Bill DeSteph.
  • 21st District: Virginia Delegate Angelia Williams Graves (D-90th) and Giovanni Dolmo (I) stand as candidates for an open seat. I recommend voting for Giovanni Dolmo.
  • 22nd District: Incumbent Virginia Senator Aaron Rouse (D-7th) is challenged by Kevin Adams (R). I recommend voting for Kevin Adams.
  • 23rd District: Incumbent Virginia Senator Mamie Locke (D-2nd) is running for reelection unopposed.
  • 24th District: Incumbent Virginia Senator Monty Mason (D-1st) is challenged by former York County and City of Poquoson Sheriff J.D. “Danny” Diggs (R). I recommend voting for J.D. “Danny” Diggs.
  • 25th District: Incumbent Virginia Senator Richard Stuart (R-28th) is challenged by Jolicia Ward (D). I recommend voting for Richard Stuart.
  • 26th District: Incumbent Virginia Senator Ryan McDougle (R-4th) is challenged by Pamela Garner (D). I recommend voting for Ryan McDougle.
  • 27th District: Virginia Delegate Tara Durant (R-28th), Stafford County School Board Member Monica Gary (Aquia), who is an independent candidate, and Joel Griffin (D) stand as candidates for an open seat. I recommend voting for Tara Durant.
  • 28th District: Incumbent Virginia Senator Bryce Reeves (R-17th) is challenged by Elizabeth Melson (I) and Jason Ford (D). I recommend voting for Bryce Reeves.
  • 29th District: Incumbent Virginia Senator Jeremy McPike (D-19th) is challenged by Nikki Rattray Baldwin (R). I recommend voting for Nikki Rattray Baldwin.
  • 30th District: Virginia Delegate Danica Roem (D-13th) and Bill Woolf (R) stand as candidates for an open seat. I recommend voting for Bill Woolf.
  • 31st District: Russet Perry (D) and Juan Pablo Segura (R) stand as candidates for an open seat. I recommend voting for Juan Pablo Segura.
  • 32nd District: See full-form endorsement above.
  • 33rd District: Former Virginia Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy (D-2nd) and Mike Van Meter (R) stand as candidates for an open seat. I recommend voting for Mike Van Meter.
  • 34th District: Incumbent Virginia Senator Scott Surovell (D-36th) is challenged by Mark Springman (R). I recommend voting for Mark Springman.
  • 35th District: Incumbent Virginia Senator David Marsden (D-37th) is challenged by Mark Vafiades (R). I recommend voting for Mark Vafiades.
  • 36th District: Fairfax County School Board Member Stella Pekarsky (Sully), who is the Democratic Party nominee, and Julie Perry (R) stand as candidates for an open seat. I recommend voting for Julie Perry.
  • 37th District: Former Loudoun County Supervisor Ken Reid (R-Leesburg) and Saddam Azlan Salim (D) stand as candidates for an open seat. I recommend voting for Ken Reid.
  • 38th District: Incumbent Virginia Senator Jennifer Boysko (D-33rd) is challenged by Matt Lang (R). I recommend voting for Matt Lang.
  • 39th District: Incumbent Virginia Senator Adam Ebbin (D-30th) is challenged by Sophia Moshasha (R). I recommend voting for Sophia Moshasha.
  • 40th District: Incumbent Virginia Senator Barbara Favola (D-31st) is challenged by David Henshaw (R). I recommend voting for David Henshaw.

House of Delegates

  • 1st District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Patrick Hope (D-47th) is running for reelection unopposed.
  • 2nd District: Adele McClure (D) is running for an open seat unopposed.
  • 3rd District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Alfonso Lopez (D-49th) is challenged by Mike Webb (I). I make no recommendation.
  • 4th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Charniele Herring (D-46th) is running for reelection unopposed.
  • 5th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Elizabeth Bennett-Parker (D-45th) is running for reelection unopposed.
  • 6th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Rip Sullivan (D-48th) is challenged by Kristin Hoffman (R). I recommend voting for Kristin Hoffman.
  • 7th District: Fairfax County School Board Member Karen Keys-Gamarra (At-Large), who is the Democratic Party nominee, and Luellen Hoffman Maskeny (R) stand as candidates for an open seat. I recommend voting for Luellen Hoffman Maskeny.
  • 8th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Irene Shin (D-86th) is challenged by Max Fisher (R). I recommend voting for Max Fisher.
  • 9th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Karrie Delaney (D-67th) is challenged by Nhan Huynh (R). I recommend voting for Nhan Huynh.
  • 10th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Dan Helmer (D-40th) is challenged by James Thomas (R). I recommend voting for James Thomas.
  • 11th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate David Bulova (D-37th) is challenged by Almira Mohammed (R). I recommend voting for Almira Mohammed.
  • 12th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Holly Seibold (D-35th) is running for reelection unopposed.
  • 13th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Marcus Simon (D-53rd) is challenged by Dave Crance (L). I recommend voting for Dave Crance.
  • 14th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Vivian Watts (D-39th) is challenged by Curtis Wells (R). I recommend voting for Curtis Wells.
  • 15th District: Laura Jane Cohen (D) and Marcus Evans (R) stand as candidates for an open seat. I recommend voting for Marcus Evans.
  • 16th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Paul Krizek (D-44th) is running for reelection unopposed.
  • 17th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Mark Sickles (D-43d) is running for reelection unopposed.
  • 18th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran (D-42nd) is challenged by Ed McGovern (R). I recommend voting for Ed McGovern.
  • 19th District: Rozia Henson (D) is running for an open seat unopposed.
  • 20th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Michelle Maldonado (D-50th) is challenged by Sharon Ashurst (R). I recommend voting for Sharon Ashurst.
  • 21st District: John Stirrup (R) and Josh Thomas (D) stand as candidates for an open seat. I recommend voting for John Stirrup.
  • 22nd District: Former Manassas City Council Member Ian Lovejoy (R) and Travis Nembhard (D) stand as candidates for an open seat. I recommend voting for Ian Lovejoy.
  • 23rd District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Candi King (D-2nd) is challenged by James Tully (R). I recommend voting for James Tully.
  • 24th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Luke Torian (D-52nd) is running for reelection unopposed.
  • 25th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Briana Sewell (D-51st) is challenged by John Gray (R). I recommend voting for John Gray.
  • 26th District: See full-form endorsement above.
  • 27th District: ATTENTION: Chris Harnisch (R) and Loudoun County School Board Member Atoosa Reaser (Algonkian), who is the Democratic Party nominee, stand as candidates for an open seat. Reaser was complicit in COVID-19 closures, sexual assault coverups, and numerous other debacles over the last four years (see the “Special Statement” section of my Loudoun County School Board endorsements). She should never again hold a position of public trust. I strongly recommend voting for Chris Harnisch.
  • 28th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate David Reid (D-32nd) is challenged by Paul Lott (R). I recommend voting for Paul Lott.
  • 29th District: Former Leesburg Vice Mayor Marty Martinez (D) and Jonathan Mark Rogers (R) stand as candidates for an open seat. I recommend voting for Jonathan Mark Rogers.
  • 30th District: Rob Banse (D) and former Loudoun County Supervisor Geary Higgins (R-Catoctin) stand as candidates for an open seat. I recommend voting for Geary Higgins.
  • 31st District: Steven Foreman (D), Grace Morrison (I), and Delores Oates (R) stand as candidates for an open seat. I recommend voting for Grace Morrison.
  • 32nd District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Bill Wiley (R-29th) is challenged by Mady Rodriguez (D). I recommend voting for Bill Wiley.
  • 33rd District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-15th) is challenged by Bob Smith (D). I recommend voting for Todd Gilbert.
  • 34th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Tony Wilt (R-26th) is challenged by Esther Nizer (D). I recommend voting for Tony Wilt.
  • 35th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Chris Runion (R-25th) is running for reelection unopposed.
  • 36th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Ellen Campbell (R-24th) is challenged by Randall Wolf (D). I recommend voting for Ellen Campbell.
  • 37th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Terry Austin (R-19th) is challenged by former Covington Mayor Stephanie Clark (D). I recommend voting for Terry Austin.
  • 38th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-11th) is running for reelection unopposed.
  • 39th District: William Davis (R) is running for an open seat unopposed.
  • 40th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Joe McNamara (R-8th) is challenged by Misty Dawn Vickers (D). I recommend voting for Joe McNamara.
  • 41st District: Lily Franklin (D) and Chris Obenshain (R) stand as candidates for an open seat. I recommend voting for Chris Obenshain.
  • 42nd District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Jason Ballard (R-12th) is running for reelection unopposed.
  • 43rd District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Will Morefield (R-3rd) is challenged by David Ratliff (I). I recommend voting for Will Morefield.
  • 44th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Israel O’Quinn (R-5th) is running for reelection unopposed.
  • 45th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Terry Kilgore (R-1st) is running for reelection unopposed.
  • 46th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Jed Arnold (R-6th) is running for reelection unopposed.
  • 47th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Wren Williams (R-9th) is challenged by Jacob Frogel (I) and Patty Quesenberry (D). I recommend voting for Wren Williams.
  • 48th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Les Adams (R-16th) is running for reelection unopposed.
  • 49th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Danny Marshall (R-14th) is running for reelection unopposed.
  • 50th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Tommy Wright (R-61st) is challenged by Josh Blakely (D). I recommend voting for Tommy Wright.
  • 51st District: ATTENTION: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Matt Fariss (R-59th), who is running for reelection as an independent, is challenged by Kimberly Moran (D) and former Campbell County Supervisor Eric Zehr (R-Rustburg). Fariss is accused of intentionally running his car into a woman he was dating during an apparent road-rage incident. She was not seriously injured, but Fariss now faces felony charges of malicious wounding and failing to stop after an accident, and a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving. His trial is scheduled for January 2024. I strongly recommend voting for Eric Zehr. Even if you choose not to support Zehr, I strongly recommend that you do not vote for Fariss.
  • 52nd District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Wendell Walker (R-23rd) is challenged by Jennifer Woofter (D). I recommend voting for Wendell Walker.
  • 53rd District: Tim Griffin (R) and Sam Soghor (D) stand as candidates for an open seat. I recommend voting for Tim Griffin.
  • 54th District: Albemarle County School Board Member Katrina Callsen, who is the Democratic Party nominee, is running for an open seat unopposed.
  • 55th District: Amy Laufer (D) and Steve Harvey (R) stand as candidates for an open seat. I recommend voting for Steve Harvey.
  • 56th District: Former Representative Tom Garrett (R-VA 5th) is running for an open seat unopposed.
  • 57th District: ATTENTION: Susanna Gibson (D) and David Owen (R) stand as candidates for an open seat. Gibson and her husband, John Gibson, were recently revealed to have performed sex acts for money during live video broadcasts on a pornographic website. This raises fair questions about her judgment (and morals) but is not disqualifying in-and-of itself. The videos were later discovered and publicized, and Gibson bizarrely claimed that this was “an illegal invasion” of her privacy . . . even though she made the videos and she put them on the Internet by choice. Gibson accused her opponents of being “willing to commit a sex crime” to “silence women.” Lobbing a false accusation like that is disqualifying; it can ruin innocent people’s lives and make it that much harder for victims of real sexual violence to get justice. I strongly recommend voting for David Owen.
  • 58th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Rodney Willett (D-73rd) is challenged by Riley Shaia (R). I recommend voting for Riley Shaia.
  • 59th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Hyland “Buddy” Fowler (R-55th) is challenged by Rachel Levy (D). I recommend voting for Hyland “Buddy” Fowler.
  • 60th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Scott Wyatt (R-97th) is challenged by Keith Braxton (D). I recommend voting for Scott Wyatt.
  • 61st District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Michael Webert (R-18th) is challenged by Larry Jackson (D). I recommend voting for Michael Webert.
  • 62nd District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Nick Freitas (R-30th) is challenged by Sara Ratcliffe (D). I recommend voting for Nick Freitas.
  • 63rd District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Phil Scott (R-88th) is running for reelection unopposed.
  • 64th District: Leonard Lacey (D) and former Stafford County Supervisor Paul Milde (R-Aquia) stand as candidates for an open seat. I recommend voting for Paul Milde.
  • 65th District: Former Virginia Delegate Joshua Cole (D-28th) and Lee Peters III (R) stand as candidates for an open seat. I recommend voting for Lee Peters III.
  • 66th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Bobby Orrock (R-54th) is challenged by Mark Lux (D). I recommend voting for Bobby Orrock.
  • 67th District: Richard Kenski (I), Hillary Pugh Kent (R), and John Q. Smith (D) stand as candidates for an open seat. I recommend voting for Hillary Pugh Kent.
  • 68th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Keith Hodges (R-98th) is running for reelection unopposed.
  • 69th District: York County Supervisor Chad Green (R-3rd) is running for an open seat unopposed.
  • 70th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Shelly Simonds (D-94th) is challenged by Michael D. Bartley (L) and Matt Waters (R). I recommend voting for Matt Waters.
  • 71st District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Amanda Batten (R-96th) is challenged by Jessica Anderson (D). I recommend voting for Amanda Batten.
  • 72nd District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Lee Ware (R-65th) is challenged by Bilal Z. Raychouni (D). I recommend voting for Lee Ware.
  • 73rd District: Mark Earley (R) and Herb Walke (D) stand as candidates for an open seat. I recommend voting for Mark Earley.
  • 74th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Michael Cherry (R-66th) is running for reelection unopposed.
  • 75th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Carrie Coyner (R-62nd) is challenged by Stephen Millerpitts (D). I recommend voting for Carrie Coyner.
  • 76th District: Debra Gardner (D) and Duc Truong (R) stand as candidates for an open seat. I make no recommendation.
  • 77th District: Roanoke City Council Member Michael Jones (D-9th) is running for an open seat unopposed.
  • 78th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Betsy Carr (D-69th) is running for reelection unopposed.
  • 79th District: Rae Cousins (D) is running for an open seat unopposed.
  • 80th District: Destiny Levere Bolling (D) is running for an open seat unopposed.
  • 81st District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Delores McQuinn (D-70th) is running for reelection unopposed.
  • 82nd District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Kim Taylor (R-63rd) is challenged by Kimberly Pope Adams (D). I recommend voting for Kim Taylor.
  • 83rd District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Otto Wachsmann (R-75th) is challenged by former Emporia Mayor Mary L. Person (D). I recommend voting for Otto Wachsmann.
  • 84th District: Former Virginia Delegate Nadarius Clark (D-79th) and Mike Dillender (R) stand as candidates for an open seat. I recommend voting for Mike Dillender.
  • 85th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Cia Price (D-95th) is running for reelection unopposed.
  • 86th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate A.C. Cordoza (R-91st) is challenged by Jarris Taylor (D). I recommend voting for A.C. Cordoza.
  • 87th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Jeion Ward (D-92nd) is challenged by John Chapman (R). I recommend voting for John Chapman.
  • 88th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Don Scott (D-80th) is challenged by Jim Wright (R). I make no recommendation.
  • 89th District: Baxter Ennis (R) and Suffolk School Board Member Karen Jenkins (Cypress), who is the Democratic Party nominee, stand as candidates for an open seat. I recommend voting for Baxter Ennis.
  • 90th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Jay Leftwich (R-78th) is challenged by Jeremy Rodden (D). I recommend voting for Jay Leftwich.
  • 91st District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Cliff Hayes (D-77th) is challenged by Elijah Colon (R). I recommend voting for Elijah Colon.
  • 92nd District: Bonita Anthony (D) and Michael Durig (R) stand as candidates for an open seat. I recommend voting for Michael Durig.
  • 93rd District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Jackie Glass (D-89th) is challenged by John Sitka (R). I recommend voting for John Sitka.
  • 94th District: Phil Hernandez (D) and Andy Pittman (R) stand as candidates for an open seat. I recommend voting for Andy Pittman.
  • 95th District: Former Virginia Delegate Alex Askew (D-85th) is running for an open seat unopposed.
  • 96th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Kelly Fowler (D-21st) is challenged by Mike Karslake (R) and Nicholas Olenik (I). I recommend voting for Mike Karslake.
  • 97th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Karen Greenhalgh (R-85th) is challenged by Michael Feggans (D). I recommend voting for Karen Greenhalgh.
  • 98th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Barry Knight (R-81st) is running for reelection unopposed.
  • 99th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Anne Ferrell Tata (R-82nd) is challenged by Cat Porterfield (D). I recommend voting for Anne Ferrell Tata.
  • 100th District: Incumbent Virginia Delegate Robert Bloxom (R-100th) is challenged by Charlena Jones (D). I recommend voting for Robert Bloxom.

Scott Bradford has been putting his opinions on his website since 1995—before most people knew what a website was. He has been a professional web developer in the public- and private-sector for over twenty years. He is an independent constitutional conservative who believes in human rights and limited government, and a Catholic Christian whose beliefs are summarized in the Nicene Creed. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from George Mason University. He loves Pink Floyd and can play the bass guitar . . . sort-of. He’s a husband, pet lover, amateur radio operator, and classic AMC/Jeep enthusiast.