Partisan primaries and gerrymandered districts reward candidates who appeal to the ideological extremes within their party’s base, only to leave them uncontested or not seriously challenged in general elections.
Virginia ranks at the bottom of healthy state democracies, as politicians are incentivized to put partisan loyalties and special interests ahead of the people they represent. In a 2015 study, Virginia got an F in representation, an F in accessibility, and a D- in influence, ranking 50th out of 51. And in late 2018, a Northern Illinois University study confirmed that Virginia still ranks 49th out of 50 of “most difficult to vote.”
What’s more, Virginians want change:
who are aligned with our Unity Principles, are leaders with personal integrity, who support structural political reforms and commit to join and meet regularly with at least one bipartisan caucus if elected.
with state-based partners, including OneVirginia2021, RepresentUS and others, specifically focused on common-sense reforms to our political system.
Unite Virginia Executive Director
Councilwoman and Vice Mayor, City of Hampton
Director of Instruction, University of Virginia Center for Politics
Former Executive Director, Joining Forces
Retired Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy
Virginia Beach, Virginia