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 4 encompasses much of southeastern 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. The candidates in the race for city council Ward 4 representative are Erik DeSean Barrett (D), J P Paige (I), and Philip Hawkins, Jr. (I). Philip Hawkins, Jr. unsuccessfully ran for the Norfolk City Council Superward 7 seat in 2021.John Paige’s career in public service began as an Adjunct Professor at his Alma Mater, Norfolk State University (NSU), with Going Places, a program based in Portsmouth, Virginia. Here he recruited, trained, and developed employment opportunities within the hospitality industry. He would later return to the Norfolk Campus of Norfolk State University as Director of Student Services for the School of Business.
John “JP” Paige wants to reduce gun violence and crime by teaching conflict resolution and making social services accessible within neighborhoods.
Paige supports all schools in Ward 4, and wants them to be safe environments for children to learn and grow. He wants to pay Norfolk educators fairly and equitably for the work they do in cultivating children, who he believes are Norfolk’s most precious resource.
He also wants to revitalize neighborhoods by supporting local businesses and attracting new development to every corner of the city by bringing good paying jobs and more opportunities to Norfolk citizens.
Additional information about his platform was not publicly available at the time of publication.
Paige’s opponents are Phillip Hawkins Jr. and Erik DeSean Barrett. Phillip Hawkins Jr. is an educator for Norfolk Public Schools. As an assistant principal at P.B. Young Elementary, Hawkins’ goal along with the education team was that every child receive a world-class education. He oversees Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Programs (PBIS), School Attendance, Discipline, and Special Education Services. He is also a member of the Norfolk Public Schools Educational Planning Steering Committee. In 2021, during a spike in COVID cases, Hawkins advocated for students by proposing that they return later to in-person lessons.
Erik DeSean Barrett is a lifelong resident of the City of Norfolk, who has been committed to serving the citizens of the city by being a tireless advocate and civic leader. He has organized walks on the Elizabeth River Trail, fitness initiatives at MacArthur Center, and various activities focused on supporting the senior communities in Ward 4 and beyond. He has also led successful programs in partnership with various civic leaders to engage our youth, provide resources to low income communities and advocate for those who feel they have no access to assets to promote the sustainability of the neighborhoods in which they live. Barrett wants to use his position as city councilman to amplify the voices of my constituents to promote growth, equity, and forward movement.
John “J.P.” Paige is the most progressive candidate for Norfolk City Council Ward 4 because of his support of economic development, social services and education.
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 4 encompasses much of southeastern 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. The candidates in the race for Norfolk City School Board Ward 4 representative are Tiffany R. Moore-Buffaloe (I) and incumbent Dr. Leon Rouson (D), who was appointed to the school board in 2021.
Dr. Leon Rouson has spent more than 30 years in education as a public school teacher, a college professor and as a dean of the School of Education at Norfolk State University. In his roles, he has served as a leader as well as a team member. He has published research articles in revered journals and he has written several book chapters. His research focuses on issues of diversity and social justice, and it mostly centers Black males, child development and school culture. He is in several professional organizations such as the Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development, International Literacy Association and the National Association for Blacks in Higher Education. He has received several awards in teaching which included the National Black Teacher of the Year in 1990, while being celebrated as a public school teacher in North Carolina. He also earned the Norfolk State University Outstanding/Distinguished Professor Award in 2016.
Rouson was appointed to the Norfolk City School Board on December 15, 2021.
Rouson’s opponent, Tiffany Moore-Buffaloe, currently serves as the Clerk of the Board for Newport News School Board. She wants to focus on increasing communication with stakeholders, as well as supporting methods that will improve student achievement. She also wants to push for more conversations on policy development and accountability.
Dr. Rouson is the most progressive candidate for the position, because of his dedication to Black youth and childhood development, as well as his career as a celebrated educator over the course of 30 years.