Protect Virginia's Democratic trifecta in 2021
The work to protect Democrats' control of Congress in 2022 starts right now in Virginia. Virginia's 2021 state elections will be the first test of public approval for the Biden administration and the state's governing Democratic trifecta.
Swing Left volunteers helped flip Virginia in 2019. All images taken pre-pandemic.
What's at stake
Preserving the Democratic trifecta in Virginia is important for furthering progressive policies that the state is championing—from expanded voter access to substantial criminal justice reform.
Since Democrats won a trifecta in 2019, Virginia has become the first southern state to abolish the death penalty and pass an LGBTQ nondiscrimination bill. The state government has also legalized recreational marijuana, repealed harmful abortion restrictions, and implemented a red-flag gun control law.
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Virginia is competitive, but winnable for Democrats. We will continue to evaluate the field throughout the cycle to potentially add more targets as more information becomes available.
Dem margin 2019: +4.7%
Del. Wendy Gooditis was elected to represent VA HD-10 in 2017. As a mom, educator, and someone who has lived in rural areas her entire life, she understands the unique challenges facing many Virginians.
Dem margin 2019: +7.2%
Del. Chris Hurst was motivated to run for office after suffering a profound personal tragedy. Since being elected to represent VA HD-12, Del. Hurst has worked to ensure gun safety laws are put in place, and to increase access to resources for mental health care.
Dem margin 2019: -0.6%
Debra Gardner has over thirty years of public service experience, providing leadership in the areas of human services, public safety, and criminal justice. She is running to put the people of HD-27 first.
Dem margin 2019: +4.0%
Del. Joshua Cole was first elected to Virginia HD-28 in 2019, becoming one of the youngest members in the Virginia General Assembly. Since being elected, Del. Cole has taken a people first approach to policy making. He voted to increase access to affordable health care, raise the minimum wage, and make community college tuition free.
Dem margin 2019: +5.4%
Del. Elizabeth Guzman has represented Virginia HD-31 since 2018, when she ran after Donald Trump’s election as a rejection of his politics. Del. Guzman is a prolific and effective legislator—she’s passed 24 bills since her election in 2017—a mother to four children, a social worker and public administrator, and one of the first two Latina women elected to the VA House of Delegates.
Dem margin 2019: -4.6%
Katie Sponsler is a United States Air Force Veteran, a former Park Ranger with the National Park Service, and a mother to two children on the autism spectrum. Sponsler has been a fierce advocate for education, health care, the environment, and veterans services.
Dem margin 2019: +4.5%
Del. Rodney Willett was first elected in 2019 after dedicating his life to public service. As an attorney, Del. Willett represented local governments in Virginia, where he learned firsthand what good governance can look like and the positive impact it can bring to working families. He was also instrumental in establishing and expanding free legal assistance programs while running his practice. His top priority while in office is to continue fighting to expand access to affordable health care.
Dem margin 2019: +2.1%
Del. Roslyn Tyler represents Virginia HD-75, the southern Virginia district where she was born. Del. Tyler, a medical professional and small business owner, experienced firsthand what it was like to grow up in an area with limited opportunities. She’s committed to ensuring that the children and families in her community have a champion in state government.
Dem margin 2019: +0.1%
Del. Nancy Guy was elected to Virginia HD-83 in 2019 by just 41 votes, beating the 10-year Republican incumbent. Del. Guy became involved in politics after beating breast cancer in 2012 and channeling her energy into fighting for causes she believed in, including funding for public education, common sense gun safety laws, and environmental protections.
Dem margin 2019: -2.4%
Kim Melnyk is the Vice Chair of the Virginia Beach School Board, a small business owner, former teacher, wife, and mother of three. Melnyk decided to run for Virginia HD-84 after watching the current delegate systematically dismantle public education.
Dem margin 2019: +3.4%
Del. Alex Askew was born in Virginia Beach and raised there by his mother, a public school teacher. He has worked for nearly seven election cycles on a variety of local, state-wide, and national campaigns and projects. Del. Askew ran to represent VA HD-85 so he could stand up for the issues that matter most: access to affordable health care, quality education, economic opportunities, and a safe environment for all.
Terry McAuliffe | Gubernatorial nominee
Gov. Terry McAuliffe served as Virginia’s governor from 2014-2018, and one of his proudest accomplishments was successfully reversing a racist Jim Crow law that disenfranchised hundreds of thousands of Virginians. Thanks to his efforts, more than 200,000 Virginians had their voting rights restored and are able to participate in our democracy.
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