The Senate Democratic Caucus is proud to support the following candidates this year.

  • Picture of Herb Jones

    Herb Jones

    District 3 - Parts of James City, Gloucester, York, Isle of Wright, New Kent, King William, Poquoson, King & Queen counties; Poquoson and Suffolk cities

    Herb began his career in government service as a second lieutenant in the 24th Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia. Over the next 10 years, he was stationed at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Fort Me...

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    Stan Scott

    District 4 - Parts of Hanover, Spotsylvania, Caroline, Northumberland, Lancaster, Middlesex, Essex, Richmond, Westmoreland, and King George Counties

    Stan Scott spent his youth in the South as one of four sons in a poor family.  After attending public schools in Arkansas and Mississippi during desegregation, he accepted admission to the Col...

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    Susan Hippen

    District 7 - Virginia Beach and Norfolk City

    I am the youngest of four children. I was raised in Cleveland during the tumultuous 1960s race riots.  As a teenager I lived in the Cleveland suburbs, experiencing the nastiness of others as a...

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  • Picture of Kim Howard

    Kim Howard

    District 7 - Virginia Beach and Norfolk City

    Kim Howard served 23 years as a Naval Intelligence Officer and was one of the first women deployed on a combatant ship. Kim worked at the Pentagon, managed Naval Intelligence training programs, and...

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    Cheryl Turpin

    District 7 - Virginia Beach and Norfolk City

    Cheryl Turpin has spent almost three decades as a high school science teacher making a difference in the lives of her students. Now she is running to make a difference for Virginia Beach in the Vir...

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  • Picture of Missy Cotter Smasal

    Missy Cotter Smasal

    District 8 - Virginia Beach

    Missy is dedicated to our country, our commonwealth, our community, and her family. Missy is committed to a safe, environmentally resilient, and economically strong Virginia Beach. She served as an...

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  • Picture of Eileen Bedell

    Eileen Bedell

    District 10 -

    Eileen is a lifelong Virginian, growing up in the Northern part of the Commonwealth before graduating from Virginia Tech and William and Mary Law School.  As a lawyer, Eileen has been protect...

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  • Picture of Zach Brown

    Zach Brown

    District 10 - Chesterfield County, Richmond City, Powhatan County

    Zachary Brown is a Law Student at the University of Richmond, and a candidate for Virginia's state Senate. He is twenty-three years old and a proud member of the LGBTQIA community.  His youth ...

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  • Picture of Ghazala Hashmi

    Ghazala Hashmi

    District 10 - Chesterfield County, Richmond City, Powhatan County

    Dr. Ghazala Hashmi is an experienced educator and advocate who has spent over 25 years working within Virginia’s college and university system. She currently serves as the Founding Director o...

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  • Picture of Amanda Pohl

    Amanda Pohl

    District 11 - Parts of Chesterfield County and Colonial Heights City; all of Amelia County

    Amanda has lived in Chesterfield and Amelia Counties most of her life, taking a short hiatus from the area to attend Virginia Tech in Blacksburg for her undergraduate degree. Amanda is a wife, mom,...

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  • Picture of Wayne Powell

    Wayne Powell

    District 11 - Parts of Chesterfield County and Colonial Heights City; all of Amelia County

    E. Wayne Powell was born and raised in Church Hill in the City of Richmond, Virginia.  He is married, and has two adult children from a prior marriage as well as 5 grandchildren.  His son...

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  • Picture of Veena Lothe

    Veena Lothe

    District 12 -

    Veena Lothe is running as a Democrat for Virginia’s 12th Senate District to challenge Republican incumbent, Senator Siobhan Dunnavant. Veena is a 1993 graduate of Cornell Law School and ...

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    Debra Rodman

    District 12 - Henrico County, Hanover County

    Elected in 2017, Del. Debra Rodman was inspired to run by the simple idea that real people should have a voice in their government. She is a Professor of Anthropology at Randolph-Macon college, and...

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    John Bell

    District 13 - Loudoun, Prince William Counties

    Delegate John Bell is a retired member of the United States Air Force. He served almost 26 years before retiring as a Major in 2007. During his Air Force career, John served as a Finance Officer al...

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  • Picture of Virginia Smith

    Virginia Smith

    District 15 - Pittsylvania, Mecklenburg, Prince George, Halifax, Dinwiddie, Nottoway, Charlotte, Lunenburg, Campbell, and Brunswick Counties, Danville City

    Virginia M. Smith learned the value of service at an early age watching her parents involved in the community, organizing and teaching Sunday school, serving on boards, working to register voters f...

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  • Picture of Ben Hixon

    Ben Hixon

    District 17 - Parts of Spotsylvania County, Orange County, Albemarle County, Louisa County, Fredericksburg County, Culpeper County

    Ben has a proven record of success growing the Democratic Party in conservative areas. In 2018 as Chair of the Culpeper County Democrats, Ben oversaw county-wide reforms that raised the profile of ...

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  • Picture of Amy Laufer

    Amy Laufer

    District 17 - Parts of Spotsylvania County, Orange County, Albemarle County, Louisa County, Fredericksburg City, Culpeper County

    Amy is originally from a dairy farm in rural Wisconsin. She is one of eight children and first generation college graduate. She fully supported herself in college by working several jobs including ...

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  • Picture of Flo Ketner

    Flo Ketner

    District 19 - Parts of Roanoke, Franklin, Montgomery, Floyd, Wythe, Carroll, and Bedford Counties; Salem City

    I’m Flourette “Flo” Ketner, candidate for the 19th District of the Virginia Senate, which includes all of Salem City, all of Floyd, and parts of Bedford, Carroll, Franklin, Mo...

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  • Picture of Dakota Claytor

    Dakota Claytor

    District 22 - Lynchburg City, Amherst County, Fluvanna County, Goochland County, Prince Edward County, Appomattox County, Buckingham County, Cumberland County, Louisa County

    Born and raised in the District with deep familial roots, Dakota Claytor went to Amherst County Public schools where he participated in theater, show choir, and interned with a middle school music ...

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  • Picture of Annette Hyde

    Annette Hyde

    District 24 - Augusta County, Rockingham County, Staunton City, Culpeper County, Waynesboro City, Greene County, Madison County

    Annette Hyde is the Democratic nominee for the 24th Senate District and the first to challenge for the seat since 2007. She is a 18-year veteran yoga teacher from Madison County who first ran for o...

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  • Picture of April Moore

    April Moore

    District 26 - Parts of Shenandoah County, Harrisonburg City, Rockingham County, Warren County, Page County, and Rappahannock County

    April has been a public interest activist her entire adult life—working at the national and local levels on such issues as protection of the environment, protection of consumer rights, and th...

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  • Picture of Ronnie Ross

    Ronnie Ross

    District 27 - Frederick County, Fauquier County, Winchester City, Clarke County, Stafford County, Culpeper County, Loudoun County

    Ronnie Ross is a teacher, coach, and school administrator who lives near Middleburg, Virginia. Ronnie and his wife Josie have one child: the almost year-old Ronnie. Jr.. In fact, it was the birth o...

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  • Picture of Quasim Rashid

    Quasim Rashid

    District 28 - Stafford County, Prince William County, King George County, Spotsylvania County, Westmoreland County

    Qasim believes in service, leadership, and compassion. He is an immigrant, a proud American Muslim, and above all a devoted father and husband. Qasim is a Virginian, wher...

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  • Picture of Laura Sellars

    Laura Sellars

    District 28 - Parts of Stafford County, Prince William County, King George County, Westmoreland County, Spotsylvania County

    Laura A. Sellers is a clinically trained social worker who catches spies for a living.  In 2015, the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) Center for the Study of Intelligence published Ms...

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