Last night, Virginia Democrats chose their nominees to #KeepVABlue this fall. Now that the primaries are decided, we’re excited to announce our full slate of supported candidates. You can support them all by donating here:

But first, let’s meet them:
Delegate Alex Askew (HD-85) was born and raised in Virginia Beach. He ran to represent his community in the legislature to stand up for the issues that matter most: Affordable health care, quality education, economic opportunities, and a safe environment for all of us. Swing Left supports Alex Askew for Virginia House of Delegat
Delegate Joshua Cole (HD-28) was first elected in 2019, becoming one of the youngest representatives in Virginia. Since being elected, Delegate Cole has voted to increase access to affordable health care, raise the minimum wage, and make community college tuition free. Swing Left supports Joshua Cole for Virginia House of Delega
Debra Gardner (HD-27) has over 30 years of public service experience in human services, public safety, and criminal justice. She is running to ensure the people in her district have access to health care, good-paying jobs, and protection from eviction or food insecurity. Swing Left supports Debra Gardner for Virginia House of Dele
Delegate Wendy Gooditis (HD-10) was elected in 2017 to represent parts of Clarke, Frederick, and Loudoun counties. She ran for office because as a mom, educator, and someone who has lived in rural areas her whole life, she understands the unique challenges facing many Virginians. Swing Left supports Wendy Gooditis for Virginia House of Del
Delegate Nancy Guy (HD-83) was elected in 2019, beating a 10-year GOP incumbent. A cancer survivor, Del. Guy has channeled her energy into fighting for causes she believes in, namely proper funding for public education, gun safety laws, and environmental protections. Swing Left supports Nancy Guy for Virginia House of Delegate
Delegate Elizabeth Guzman (HD-31) came to the United States from Peru, and in 2017, became one of the first two Latinx women elected to the House of Delegates. She is committed to building a Virginia that is number one not just for business, but also for workers. Swing Left supports Elizabeth Guzman for Virginia House of D
Delegate Chris Hurst (HD-12) has worked tirelessly to increase access to mental health care, pass stronger gun safety laws, and ensure Virginians have access to quality schools with well-paid teachers. Swing Left supports Chris Hurst for Virginia House of Delega
Kim Melnyk (HD-84) is a former teacher and small business owner raised in Virginia Beach. In 2014, Kim defeated a GOP incumbent to win her seat on the Virginia Beach School Board, where she has helped raise teacher pay and implement full-day kindergarten, among other reforms. Swing Left supports Kim Melnyk for Virginia House of Delegat
Katie Sponsler (HD-66) is an Air Force veteran and former National Park Service Ranger. She is running to fight for veteran's health care and services, racial justice, gun violence prevention, education, labor and the environment. Swing Left supports Katie Sponsler for Virginia House of Del
Delegate Roslyn Tyler (HD-75) has served in office since 2006. She is a medical professional and small business owner. From education to health care, she has made it her mission to ensure that the children and families in her community have a champion in Richmond. Swing Left supports Roslyn Tyler for Virginia House of Deleg
And last but definitely not least, our Virginia targets include Swing Left's first ever gubernatorial race! Last night, VA Democrats chose former Governor Terry McAuliffe to lead the commonwealth again and continue the progress made since Democrats took over in 2019. Swing Left supports Terry McAuliffe for Governor of Virginia
Keeping VA blue is not going to be easy. Republicans are putting tons of money and effort into reversing all the progress that's been made in the state, but with this slate of candidates and your help, we can stop them. Support our nominees here:

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