Unite Virginia is a movement to bridge the partisan divide and advance common-sense policy solutions by electing reform-minded Republicans, Democrats and independents to the state legislature.
Amid growing tribalism and polarization, organizations and forces working to divide our country -- not unite it -- are increasing. 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.”
By electing and supporting reform-minded candidates, Virginia has an opportunity to build upon a bipartisan caucus that can champion the best policy ideas, rather than just the politically convenient ones.
What’s more, Virginians want change; an October 2018 poll conducted by the Unite America Institute found:
61% of Virginians believe Democrats and Republicans are not working together well in the state legislature
- 65% of Virginians support a constitutional amendment to create an nonpartisan redistricting commission
More recently, a Christopher Newport University poll showed 70% of Virginia voters support the 2nd passage of the pending Virginia constitutional amendment that would create a redistricting commission.
Recruiting candidates 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.
Advocate for reform with state-based partners -- including OneVirginia2021, RepresentUS and others -- specifically focused on common-sense reforms to our political system.