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. Ward 3 includes much of the central area of Norfolk. 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 Mamie Johnson (I), who has served on the city council since 2014, is running unopposed in the race for city council Ward 3.Mamie B. Johnson was elected to Norfolk City Council on May 6, 2014 to represent Ward 3. Johnson is a career educator. She was employed for 14 years as a teacher with Norfolk Public Schools and was an Instructional Specialist for an additional 6 years. She most recently served as a teacher specialist in math and reading with Virginia Beach Public Schools. She is a 1984 graduate of Maury High School, where she was elected Senior Class President. She earned her bachelor's degree in Education from Norfolk State University. Johnson is married to William H. Johnson.
Johnson is a member of Virginia First Cities Coalition and is immediate past chair of its board of directors. Virginia First Cities Coalition (VFC) is the Commonwealth’s only advocacy organization for the oldest and most historic cities. Through Johnson’s leadership, the VFC improved challenging school environments, expanded employment and career opportunities, and made cities a magnet for equitable economic development.
Ms. Johnson has voted for initiatives that benefit the community, including using donated funds to support the Read 500 Books before Kindergarten Project. She voted to appropriate funds specifically for the use of substance abuse and prevention, and this year, she supported an ordinance that sought to fund the Virginia Eviction Prevention pilot.
Johnson is a member of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials. Additionally, she is the Norfolk representative of the Hampton Roads Community Action Program.
Johnson is a member of the Elizabeth River Project board of directors and the Hampton Roads Workforce Council board, an organization that advocates for a comprehensive approach to workforce development. She also serves as a board member of the Community Health Assessment and Community Health Plan.
Johnson previously served as a member of the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission and as co-chair of the Mayor’s Lifelong Learning Commission.
Johnson is running unopposed, but we recommend her for the position, because she supports education programs such as Read 500 Books Before Kindergarten, and supports unanimous efforts by Norfolk City Council to help the Norfolk City community.
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. Ward 3 includes much of the central area of Norfolk. 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. John Sitka, III and Mark S. Askew, Sr. will face incumbent Carlos Clanton (I), interim School Board chair who was elected in 2018, in the race for Norfolk City School Board Ward 3 representative.
Carlos Stanton was elected to the Norfolk County School Board in May 2018. Stanton believes that pre-K is an important first step for success in school. Pre-K resources are not widely accessible in Ward 3, so he believes that Norfolk needs to expand early learning programs through public and private partnerships to underserved communities. He is also a strong supporter of the Career and Technical Education Pathways High School, and believes it is a way to connect local colleges, universities and business communities.
Stanton wants to implement and support strategies to increase reading literacy and math proficiency. He also wants to emphasize growing and expanding the district’s mentoring, tutoring programs, and literacy initiatives.
Stanton wants to remove politics from the School Board and use data and organizational objectives to meet our goals. He will work with School Board, City Council, and School Administration to secure the necessary funding to provide safe learning environments.
Carlos Stanton’s opponents are John Sitka III and Mark Askew Sr.
John Sitka wants to implement remedial courses to review course material that students risk losing over the course of summer vacation. He believes that this will help students get back on track, in the same way that they help community college students. Sitka is opposed to “CRT”, gender studies, and sexual studies being taught in schools, as he believes most parents do not want it in the curriculum. He has stated that parents of school age children should be able to include their input in school issues such as budgeting, school security, and curriculum.
There is currently no information publicly available for Mark Askew Sr.
Carlos J. Stanton is the most progressive candidate for this race, because of his support for expansion of access for disadvantaged communities and his proven track record as a School Board member since 2018.