The lines have been drawn in Virginia. After gerrymandering voting maps in 2011, the GOP has spent years entrenching its power while undermining the will of the people. This November is our best—and last—chance to build a pro-democracy majority in the General Assembly before redistricting in 2021.
How We Got Here
After receiving census data, the split Virginia General Assembly draws new legislative and congressional maps. The House of Delegates map packs black voters into 12 majority-black districts, and the congressional map packs black voters into Congressional District 3.
The General Assembly, flipped by the GOP in November 2011, passes a strict voter ID law. The law—along with early registration deadlines and the absence of in-person early voting—will make Virginia the second-hardest state to vote in.
A panel of federal judges declares Virginia’s congressional map unconstitutional due to racial gerrymandering. The Virginia GOP appeals the ruling to the Supreme Court.
A court-appointed expert draws a new congressional map.
The federal court approves the new map—and the Supreme Court rejects the Virginia GOP’s appeal.
Democrats break the GOP’s supermajority in the House of Delegates by flipping 15 seats, with 5 seats going to Flippable alums. The GOP’s majority shrinks from 66-34 to 51-49.
A federal court rules that 11 House of Delegates districts are racially gerrymandered. The court orders a new map. The Virginia GOP appeals the case, and the Supreme Court agrees to hear it in 2019.
A federal court approves the new House map drawn by a court-appointed expert and orders its adoption before the November election. Six GOP-held seats will become competitive under the new map.
Meet Our Candidates
Passionate progressive leaders are the key to building a pro-democracy majority in the Virginia General Assembly. We’re excited to support these 20 state House and state Senate candidates as they run to flip Virginia blue!
SD-7: Del. Cheryl Turpin
Located within the Hampton Roads region, Senate District 7 contains western Virginia Beach and a sliver of Norfolk.
SD-8: Missy Cotter Smasal
Senate District 8 is in the Hampton Roads region and is fully located within Virginia Beach.
SD-10: Ghazala Hashmi
Stretching west from downtown Richmond, Senate District 10 encompasses parts of Richmond City, Chesterfield County, and Powhatan County.
SD-12: Del. Debra Rodman
Senate District 12 extends north from just outside of Richmond, and is primarily located within Henrico County.
SD-13: Del. John Bell
Senate District 13 is located on the western edge of the Washington, D.C. suburbs, split between Loudoun County and Prince William County.
HD-10: Del. Wendy Gooditis
House District 10 lies on the outskirts of the Washington, D.C. suburbs, primarily within Loudoun County.
HD-21: Del. Kelly Convirs-Fowler
Located in the Hampton Roads region, House District 21 is almost entirely within Virginia Beach City.
HD-27: Larry Barnett
House District 27 is southwest of Richmond and located completely within Chesterfield County.
HD-28: Joshua Cole
Located primarily in Stafford County, House District 28 is roughly halfway between Washington, D.C. and Richmond.
HD-40: Dan Helmer
House District 40 contains some of the outer Washington, D.C. suburbs and is split between Fairfax County and Prince William County.
HD-66: Sheila Bynum-Coleman
House District 66 runs south from the outskirts of Richmond to Petersburg. Redistricted for 2019, HD-66 went from heavily GOP to toss-up this year.
HD-68: Del. Dawn Adams
Home to the University of Richmond, House District 68 lies on the western side of Richmond and is split between Richmond City and Chesterfield County.
HD-72: Del. Schuyler VanValkenburg
House District 72 lies on the northwest edge of Richmond and contains the towns of Glen Allen and Innsbrook. HD-72 is now slightly more Democratic after being redistricted for 2019.
HD-73: Rodney Willett
Located on the northwest edge of Richmond, House District 73 is entirely within Henrico County.
HD-76: Clint Jenkins
House District 76 is located on the western side of the Hampton Roads region. Redistricted for 2019, HD-76 went from a solidly GOP seat to a potential Democratic flip.
HD-83: Nancy Guy
Located in the Hampton Roads region, House District 83 is split between Norfolk City and Virginia Beach City. HD-83 went from leaning GOP to being a toss-up after redistricting for 2019.
HD-85: Alex Askew
House District 85 is in the Hampton Roads region on the western edge of Virginia Beach, close to Norfolk. Redistricted for 2019, HD-85 is now slightly more Democratic.
HD-91: Martha Mugler
House District 91 is located within the Hampton Roads region. Redistricted for 2019, this district has transitioned from a solidly red seat to a potential flip.
HD-94: Shelly Simonds
House District 94 is in the Hampton Roads region and is located entirely within the city of Newport News. Redistricted for 2019, HD-94 went from toss-up to prime opportunity for a Democratic flip.
HD-100: Phil Hernandez
House District 100 is located in Southeastern Virginia and contains bits of Norfolk City as well as the entirety of Virginia’s Eastern Shore peninsula.