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.
By electing reform-minded candidates, Virginia has an opportunity to create 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
75% of Virginians support campaign finance reform including matching public funding for candidates that refuse PAC & corporate contributions
- 65% of Virginians support a constitutional amendment to create an nonpartisan 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 FairVote Virginia and OneVirginia2021 -- specifically focused on common-sense reforms to our political system.