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Endorsed Candidates

In the first year in the majority in nearly three decades, Democrats delivered huge wins for Virginians. Now we need to Secure Progress by winning back a majority and fighting once again for Virginians across the Commonwealth.

 Our endorsed candidates share our vision of what we can achieve with a majority in the House of Delegates.

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Del. Michelle Maldonado | HD-20

Michelle Maldonado proudly fights for families, a cleaner and greener economy, accessible and affordable housing, healthcare and reproductive rights, technology and innovation to keep Virginia competitive, and funding for schools and teachers. She brings heart, honor, and action to her work because she knows how important it is to be a voice and advocate for all people she represents. She has worked as an entrepreneur, business leader, former tech attorney, mother, wife, and bridge-builder. Michelle isn’t afraid to tackle hard issues and to work across party lines to get things done.

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Del. Rodney Willett | HD-58

Rodney Willett was elected to the House of Delegates in a very tight race in 2019 and was re-elected in this swing district in 2021. A Virginia native who grew up in a family of educators, he has been instrumental in passing laws related to early childhood educational opportunities, mental health programs, environmental protection, voting rights, prescription drug costs, and gun violence prevention. Through both his career and volunteer activities, Rodney is committed to making a difference and improving his community and the Commonwealth.

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Del. Nadarius Clark | HD-84

Nadarius Clark is a working-class community activist, organizer, and Delegate. He began his activism after a KKK march in 2016 disrupted classes on Nadarius’ HBCU campus. In 2021, Nadarius won a historic primary to become the first African American Delegate to represent his district and the youngest Democrat ever elected to the General Assembly in its 400 year history. Nadarius champions causes for equity and justice — from taking on the debt collection industry, to addressing maternal mortality in the Black community, and fighting to protect a woman’s right to choose, Nadarius has, and always will, put the working class families of Hampton Roads first.

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Del. Shelly Simonds | HD-70

Shelly Simonds is a former teacher who started her time in elected office as a member of the Newport News School Board and as the Chair of the Board for the New Horizons Regional Education Centers. In the House, she co-founded the Career and Technical Education Caucus, a bi-partisan effort to connect students to careers. She is a member of the House Education Committee as well as committees for elections and natural resources. She lives with her husband, a NASA engineer, and has two daughters attending university.

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Josh Cole | HD-65

Joshua Cole has lived in Fredericksburg and Stafford County his entire life. He understands the issues Virginians are facing and has been a tireless advocate for his hometown. In 2019, Joshua became one of the youngest members in the General Assembly after winning Virginia’s 28th district. As Delegate, he voted to increase access to affordable healthcare, raise the minimum wage, and make community college tuition free.

Despite his loss in 2021, Joshua is committed to the Fredericksburg area and is running again in the 65th district. He’s continuing to fight for affordable housing and jobs, public education, and transportation.


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Josh Thomas | HD-21

Josh Thomas is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and attorney living in the Manassas area of Prince William County. In the Corps, Josh led Marines in tours in Afghanistan and the Middle East. After five years on active duty, Josh transitioned to the reserves while he earned a law degree at the College of William and Mary. As an attorney, Josh has worked to improve communities, expand affordable housing, and help entrepreneurs and small businesses grow in Virginia.   During the pandemic, he served the community as  part of Virginia’s Medical Reserve Corps. In addition to his legal practice, he represents veterans pro bono before the Department of Veterans Affairs and assists members of the Afghan LGBTQ+ community navigate the U.S. asylum system.


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Lily Franklin | HD-41

Lily was born and raised in a working-class family in Roanoke County, Virginia, where she learned the value of hard work and resilience. She graduated from Northside High School and worked two jobs to put herself through college at Longwood University. After earning her degree, she joined Teach for America and taught in low-income Appalachian schools.

Lily then focused her career working in the Virginia Legislature for Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke City) fighting for families in southwest Virginia. In Richmond, she learned to wrestle legislative victories to get work done for her neighbors. Lily used her platform to develop a bill-writing program that put local constituents in charge of the legislative process.


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Mike Feggans | HD-97

Michael was raised for most of his life in Virginia Beach. A proud product of the Virginia Beach Public School system, he graduated from Tallwood High School and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Air Force to pursue a career that would provide him the opportunity to become an innovative leader.

An alumnus of Virginia Tech, Norfolk State, and the University of Virginia, he values and understands the importance of education, both traditional and nontraditional. After 20 years of service in the Air Force, he knew that the best place to retire from the military and start his next phase as a tech entrepreneur was back home in Virginia Beach. With the creation of the new 97th House District, Michael is stepping forward once again to provide a fresh voice and to continue serving the community he loves.


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Travis Nembhard | HD-22

Travis Nembhard is an attorney, former financial regulator, and a former administrative law judge running for VA House of Delegates District 22. He is passionate about creating a better community for his family, with a focus on addressing issues impacting working families such as universal childcare and paid family leave. Travis is committed to combating injustices and inequality while ensuring transparency and accessibility for all Virginians. He believes in bipartisanship and taking a measured approach to tackling unique community issues. Travis believes that a strong economy is achieved by empowering communities and working families.


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Kimberly Pope Adams | HD-82

Kimberly is a lifelong Virginian and daughter of a union worker and a school crossing guard. Kimberly was born and raised in Hopewell, VA. As a working single mother, skilled accountant, and auditor, Kimberly wants to bring accountability to Richmond. Her deep love for the area she grew up in is the cornerstone of why she’s running — she has seen hardships that are preventable. She’s ready to give voice to those long ignored by Richmond. Kimberly will stand with public school educators, farmers, local businesses, and community leaders to help her district thrive.


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Susanna Gibson | HD-57

Susanna Gibson is a Nurse Practitioner and a public health expert with years of experience providing home-based primary care to vulnerable patients in our community. Her medical experiences have given her a unique insight into the intersectionality of health with economic stability, education, environmental justice, discrimination, social support systems, and more, all of which greatly impact Virginia’s policy and legislation needs. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Columbia University and a lifelong Democrat.


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Phil Hernandez | HD-94

Phil was born and raised in Hampton Roads, attended local public schools, and became the first in his family to graduate from college as a graduate of William & Mary. A nonprofit leader, former Obama White House official, and civil rights attorney, Phil has been on the front lines fighting for solutions that benefit Virginia families. He met his wife, Sara, at William & Mary, and they have two beautiful daughters, Isa and Maia, who love growing up in Ocean View.


Karen Jenkins | HD-89

Karen grew up in rural Suffolk, where she learned the value of a hard day’s work and community. Throughout her life, she has been a passionate advocate for others. As a mental health professional for almost a decade, she knows that services in Virginia are lacking. As a two-term representative on the school board, she is a champion for education, public safety, and mental health. She is happily married to Del. Clint Jenkins and has four daughters and three grandchildren. She is the only qualified candidate to represent the 89th district.


Rob Banse | HD-30

A church leader who has served the Western Loudoun and Northern Fauquier communities for 17 years, Rob Banse is now stepping up to represent his home district in the House of Delegates. Rob believes there is more that unites us than divides us. In particular, his candidacy represents a desire to move away from inflammatory, partisan politics and toward real service that responds to the needs of his district. He will bring this unifying, compassionate approach to his work as Delegate.