Virginia’s 3rd congressional district stretches across parts of Hampton Roads and encompasses all of the cities of Norfolk, Newport News, Hampton, and Portsmouth, as well as parts of Chesapeake. In 2012, the 3rd district was found to have been unconstitutionally gerrymandered based on race. It was redrawn for the 2016 elections to exclude parts of Richmond which had previously been included in the district. The district is reliably Democratic, even since redistricting. Bobby Scott won the 2020 election with 68.35% of the vote.
This election will be held on November 8, 2022. Longtime incumbent, Congressman Bobby Scott (D), who has served since 1993, is running for re-election against Terry Namkung (R), a retired senior non-commissioned officer of the Air Force and renewable energy researcher.
Democratic incumbent Congressman Bobby Scott has represented Virginia’s Third District since 1993. Before being elected to Congress, Scott served in the Virginia General Assembly for 15 years as a member of both the House of Delegates (1978-1983) and the State Senate (1983-1993). Having a maternal grandfather of Filipino ancestry, he is the first American of Filipino descent to serve as a voting member of Congress, in addition to being the first African American Representative from Virginia since Reconstruction.
As co-chair of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force, Scott advocates for protecting the environment and preserving the Chesapeake Bay. Together with Congresswoman Elaine Luria, he co-authored the Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization Act. He also introduced the Chesapeake Bay Science, Education and Ecosystem Enhancement Act with Maryland Congressman John Sarbanes and Virginia Congressman Rob Wittman. He opposes the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, as well as offshore drilling. Alternatively, he cosponsored the Offshore Wind American Manufacturing Act and supports the Green New Deal.
Since his early days in Congress, Scott has been fighting for criminal justice reform and gun violence prevention. In 2017, he sponsored the Safe, Accountable, Fair, and Effective (SAFE) Act, which addressed the country’s prison population problem. He also cosponsored the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which would ban chokeholds and no-knock warrants and address accountability for law enforcement misconduct. Scott serves as vice-chair of the House Democratic Caucus Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. Recently, he voted in favor of the Protecting Our Kids Act.
Scott has been a cosponsor of Medicaid for All since his first congressional term. He has introduced legislation to improve the Affordable Care Act by putting limits on deductibles, expanding eligibility for subsides, and expanding on open enrollment outreach efforts. He coauthored the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, aiming to save Americans $500 billion on prescription drug costs over the next decade. Additionally, he introduced the Ban Surprise Billing Act to protect patients from unexpected medical bills.
Investments in education and training are the long-term solution to recovering economy for Scott. He views this as key to keeping the US competitive in the global marketplace.He introduced the Raise the Wage Act to ultimately increase minimum wage to $15. Scott also introduced the PRO Act (Protecting the Right to Organize), which would strengthen workers’ right to unionize. To protect older workers, he introduced the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act. Scott supported the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.
Scott is facing Terry Namkung (R), a retired senior non-commissioned officer of the Air Force and renewable energy researcher. Namkung is against children masking and future school shutdowns, as well as mandated vaccines. He has spoken out against teaching accurate history in public schools. Namkung received Governor Glenn Youngkin’s endorsement in the race.
Due to Namkung’s views on the COVID-19 pandemic and his spreading of disinformation, Bobby Scott is the most progressive candidate in this race.
Depending on where you live, you may have the following district races on your ballot.
The City of Norfolk has a population of 235,089 people and sits on the Chesapeake Bay in southeastern Virginia. It is the home to the world’s largest naval base. The city is strongly Democratic with President Joe Biden winning with 72% of the vote during the 2020 election.This election takes place on November 8, 2022. Incumbent Courtney Doyle (I), who has served on city council since 2018, is running unopposed in the race for city council Ward 2 representative.Courtney Doyle has been a Norfolk City councilwoman since 2018, and she has been determined to improve Norfolk City. Before joining City Council, she served on the Norfolk School Board, the West Ghent Civic League, and the Norfolk Recreation Parks and Open Space Commission. Doyle will continue to lean on these experiences to listen to and advocate for Norfolk residents, businesses, and families while remaining accessible, transparent, and dedicated to doing what she says she’s going to do.
She’ll focus on four issues: education, neighborhood safety, flooding and sea level rise, and economic development.
Doyle believes that the school funding formula between the City of Norfolk and Norfolk Public Schools has worked very well in affording more funds from city revenue towards the schools. She appreciates the work being done to evaluate enrollment figures, capacity, facility conditions, and programming for both immediate and incremental solutions to make the school division the best it can be for the children of Norfolk City. Doyle’s accomplishments in economic development include supporting Open Norfolk, an initiative that promoted safe opening measures for businesses during Phases 1-3 of the pandemic. She also a cruise center, a business concierge and more.
Courtney Doyle is running unopposed, but we recommend supporting her because of her support of pandemic safety, education, and climate change safety measures.
The City of Norfolk has a population of 235,089 people and sits on the Chesapeake Bay in southeastern Virginia. It is the home to the world’s largest naval base. The city is strongly Democratic with President Joe Biden winning with 72% of the vote during the 2020 election.
The Norfolk City School Board Ward 2 election takes place on November 8, 2022. Tanya Karapurkar Bhasin (D) is the only candidate and is running for office for the first time.
Tanya Bhasin was born to parents who immigrated to the US from India and was raised in Delaware. Bhasin received her BA in Anthropology from the George Washington University in 1996 and her Master's in Public Health from Emory University in 1999. She is a Research Scientist and started her career working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Birth Defects and Disabilities. While at the CDC, Bhasin supported studies in epidemiology that led to breakthrough findings for five developmental disabilities. These include autism, intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, hearing loss, and vision impairment. Bhasin also has many other accomplishments from her time at the CDC.
Ms. Bhasin participated in several committees for Norfolk City Schools, where she collaborated to create solutions and improve conditions for students. She has volunteered for Norfolk GAINS (Growing and Investing in Norfolk Schools), a group that advocates for public education, to uplift the necessities of public school students and staff. She created dialogue with officeholders in Virginia to lobby for improvements such as longer board member terms, full funding for schools, and a taxes increase to fund operations and infrastructure in the school system.
Recommendation: Bhasin is running unopposed, and she is a progressive choice because of her support of students with different abilities, as well as her effective approach in her role as a Norfolk City School Board member.