2021 Candidate Profiles

Gubernatorial race

Terry McAuliffe

Democrat

https://terrymcauliffe.com

Terry McAuliffe was the governor of Virginia previously from 2014 to 2018. He was also chair of the Democratic National Committee from 2001 to 2005, and chair of Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. McAuliffe plans to invest a record $2 billion annually in education, and continue the fight “for civil rights and voting rights, attract businesses to create the best jobs and raise wages, ensure all Virginians have access to quality affordable healthcare, build a clean energy economy to address climate change, and address the affordable housing crisis.”

Glenn Youngkin

Republican

https://www.youngkinforgovernor.com/

Glenn Youngkin is the Republican candidate. He spent 25 years at the private-equity firm The Carlyle Group, eventually becoming the CEO in 2018. He stepped down in 2020, and announced his candidacy a year later. He promises to “cut exploding costs for families and relieve the burdens of inflation and taxes. He will cut regulations to create jobs and make it easier for innovators and entrepreneurs to get small businesses moving again. He will restore our high standards for schools and our students, ban critical race theory, invest in our teachers and schools, and empower parents with real choices.”

Princess Blanding

Liberation Party

https://www.princessblanding.com//

Princess Blanding is the Liberation party candidate. She has been an educator for over 13 years in the Commonwealth and is an activist. On May 14, 2018, Princess’s brother, Marcus-David Peters, was murdered by a Richmond Police officer. “In the wake of her brother’s death, Blanding founded Justice and Reformation, an advocacy organization for mental health care, public safety and the protection of the most vulnerable communities from police violence. She plans to end Qualified Immunity, require law enforcement officers to live in the communities they work in, and ban police unions.”

Lieutenant Governor

Hala Ayala

Democrat

https://www.halaforvirginia.com/

Hala Ayala is currently the Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from the 51st district. As Lieutenant Governor, she plans to tackle the gun violence epidemic in the Commonwealth, quality affordable healthcare for all Virginians, and to end racial disparities in healthcare outcomes, just to list a few.

Winsome Sears

Republican

https://winsomesears.com/

Winsome Sears is a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates 2002–2004. As Lieutenant Governor, she would fight to push for pro-life laws, defend the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms, emphasize ballot box integrity, and reopen the economy.

Attorney General

Mark Herring

Democrat

https://herringforag.com/

He has been serving as the 47th Attorney General of Virginia since 2014 and is looking to be re-elected. Herring’s priorities are building safer, stronger communities for all Virginians, using innovative technology to keep children safe, and reducing gun violence.

Jason Miyares

Republican

https://www.jasonmiyares.com/

Miyares currently represents the 82nd district in the Virginia House of Delegates. When the general assembly is not in session, he works as an attorney in private practice on real estate, estate planning, and business. He wants to punish criminals and protect victims, recreate a pro-business Virginia, and stand with police.

House of Delegates – District 68

These are the delegates for District 68, which most of the University of Richmond is in. If you are in another area of Virginia, you can find your district and delegates at https://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/.

Dawn M. Adams

Democrat

https://www.delegateadams.com/

Dawn M. Adams is the current delegate for the 68th District and is looking to be re-elected. Her priorities are to further develop education, increase healthcare access and affordability, strengthen the economy, focus on energy and the environment, as well as support community health, safety, and equity.

Mark Earley Jr.

Republican

https://www.markearleyforva.com/

Mark Earley Jr. is the republican candidate running for the delegate of the 68th district. He wishes to support education by reopening schools as soon as possible, provide law enforcement better training and funding, focus on real solutions to healthcare, and does not support having casinos in Richmond.

Sheriff

Antionette V. Irving

http://www.irvingforsheriff.com/

Dr. Antionette V. Irving is the current Sheriff of Richmond since 2018 and is running for re-election. She wishes to increase access to drug treatment. She has focused on restorative justice and equipping residents of the Justice Center with the resources they need to prepare themselves for successful reentry into society, while also tightly managing the COVID-19 response at the Justice Center.

Mike Dickinson

Mike Dickinson is running for Richmond Sheriff. He also ran for election to the Virginia House of Delegates to represent District 68. He is critical of the Richmond GOP. He earned his B.S. in criminal justice from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002 and his Ph.D. in public policy from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007.

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