Virginia’s 2nd District covers a large portion of Hampton Roads, including the entirety of the cities of Virginia Beach, Suffolk, and Franklin, as well as Isle of Wight County, Accomack County, Northampton County, and parts of Chesapeake and Southampton County. The district has changed hands several times since 2008 at all levels and is considered one of Virginia’s most competitive congressional districts. Luria won the seat with 51.55% of the vote in 2020.
This election will be held on November 8, 2022. Incumbent Congresswoman Elaine Luria (D), a US Navy veteran who was first elected in 2018, faces State Senator Jen Kiggans (R), a former geriatric nurse practitioner and retired US Navy veteran. Kiggans has served in the Virginia State Senate since 2020.
Democratic incumbent Representative Elaine Luria has served Virginia’s Second District since 2019. She is a 20-year Navy veteran who served as a Surface Warfare Officer and nuclear engineer. She was one of the first women to attend the Naval Nuclear Power School. In 2013, she started a family business, Mermaid Factory, which created jobs and added over $250,000 to Hampton Roads’ economy. She currently serves on the House Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.
Luria is a staunch advocate for clean air and water, as well as access to natural environments. She introduced the Chesapeake Bay Program Reauthorization Act, bipartisan legislation for $85 million to fund clean up of the Chesapeake Bay. Additionally, she spoke out against offshore drilling, and in 2020, cosponsored the Great American Outdoors Act. Earlier this year, she introduced legislation that would authorize a study to designate Coastal Virginia as a National Heritage Area.
Access to quality and affordable healthcare is a top priority for Luria. She supports strengthening the Affordable Care Act and works to lower prescription drug prices. In early 2022, Luria advanced legislation supporting health care access to veterans with certain illnesses as a result of burn pits. She also pushed TRICARE to increase access to free COVID tests to service members and military families. Luria criticized the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, as well as Governor Youngkin’s plan to change abortion laws in Virginia.
Luria is a gun safety advocate who believes in commonsense measures to keep people safe from gun violence. She supports universal background checks for gun purchases and transfers, with certain exceptions. She cosponsored the Keep Americans Safe Act, which would prohibit the possession or transfer of large-capacity ammunition magazines, a common weapon used in mass shootings. Similarly, Luria cosponsored the Assault Weapons Ban of 2019, which prohibited the importation, sale, or transfer of semiautomatic weapons.
Racial equity is important to Luria, and she believes that systemic racism must be holistically addressed. She voted in favor of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which dealt with law enforcement accountability for misconduct and would restrict certain practices. She also supported the No Funding for Confederate Symbols Act. With the hope of fixing the Black maternal mortality crisis, Luria supported the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act. To address racial equity in education, she secured $10 million for Historic Preservation Grants for HBCUs.
Luria is running against nurse practitioner, Navy veteran, and Virginia State Senator Jen Kiggans (R). This past session, Kiggans introduced legislation attempting to bar trans girls from playing school sports. She also patroned legislation aiming to ban the teaching of accurate history in public schools. She applauded the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, calling the moment a chance to “stand against the extremist Democrat policies…”
Due to Kiggans’ extreme views on abortion access and trans rights and her lack of support for public education, Congresswoman Luria is the most progressive candidate in this race.
Depending on where you live, you may have the following district races on your ballot.
The election for Virginia Beach City Council District 10 takes place on November 8, 2022. Prior to the 2022 election, Virginia Beach City Council had seven residential district seats and four at-large seats. This is the first city council election with ten residential districts. Heidi Daniels (R) and Jennifer Rouse (I) will compete for the District 10 seat.An assistant professor of sociology at the Virginia Beach campus of Tidewater Community College for the past ten years, Jennifer Rouse is running as an Independent candidate in this year's city council race. Eager to impact more than just the students she teaches, Rouse promises to listen to the needs and interests of the community and speak to those issues. Rouse focuses her campaign on strengthening educational opportunities, as well as workforce development and affordable housing.
Candidate Rouse is an advocate for building coastal resiliency and improving stormwater management. Acknowledging the sea-level rise forecast and its effect on the community, Rouse strives to work alongside local federal and state workers to address this threat. She plans on using the 2021 bond referendum to rectify problems in the current stormwater management systems.
Rouse believes in people-powered, citizen-led government. As an elected official, she prioritizes transparency and accountability. She strives to engage and inform the community. Also an advocate of community members being engaged with local government, Rouse stands on letting the community decide how city Council members are elected.
Lastly Rouse stands on increasing affordable housing options and improving the economy. With the acknowledgment that District 10 is lacking in terms of affordable housing options, Rouse aims to provide quality affordable housing options across the city. In order to improve the economy, Rouse suggests assisting those leaving the military transition into civilian life with workforce training and career resources so they can thrive in the local economy.
Jennifer Rouse is running against Heidi Daniels.
Republican Heidi Daniels is a US Marine Corps veteran and former police officer with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. She currently manages the Green Run Homeowners Association, in the community she’s resided for 22 years, serving 16,000 residents. Daniels campaigns to “address public safety” in Virginia Beach by raising money for the police department despite their violent crimes against several members of the community. She also aims to aid small businesses in creating more job opportunities and ensuring that education is not a partisan issue.
Jennifer Rouse is the progressive candidate for this race due to her focus on strengthening educational opportunities, as well as workforce development and affordable housing.
The election for Virginia Beach City School Board District 10 takes place on November 8, 2022. Prior to the 2022 election, voters could vote for all eleven Virginia Beach School Board seats, regardless of where they live. This is the first school board election where voters will only vote for candidates in their district. There is one at-large seat that is not up for election this year. Kim Antonio Bentley II (I) and Kathleen J. Brown (I) will compete for the District 10 seat.
Kim Antonio Bentley (I) is a single father and president of Green Run Homes Association. Bentley says that he will bring the qualities of energy, integrity, and objectivity to the school board. Bentley is concerned about recent curriculum challenges and advocates for the correct teaching of history in schools. His campaign is centered on post graduation pathways, teacher retention, and improving infrastructure.
Kim Bentley is aware of the teacher concerns in Virginia Beach and promises to address them. Bentley prioritizes hiring and retaining qualified teachers, advocating for them on his social media platforms. A supporter of unions, Bentely speaks for change to the material conditions of Virginia Beach City Public School’s faculty and staff, helping them with their collective bargaining efforts to get teachers the support and compensation they deserve.
Bentley makes local academics a priority for his campaign. As a Black American, Bentley is concerned about recent curriculum challenges that seek to limit what children can learn, believing that children can’t get a quality education by avoiding the truth of our complex history. Bentley is also in support of post graduation pathways, expressing the need to support “whether [students] decide to enroll, employ, enlist, or explore, we need to ensure that students are prepared for success after they graduate, whatever path they choose.”
Improving school infrastructure is an additional issue in the campaign. Bentley believes that addressing the problems that come with aging school buildings is just as important as building new school facilities to create spaces where students can thrive. Bentley’s social media pages showcase his advocacy for improving the condition of the schools. He says that in order to ensure consistency of quality education throughout the city, we must implement improvements to the school infrastructure.
Lastly, Kim Bentley supports ensuring Virginia Beach school systems are at the forefront of technology. With a twenty year history of working in tech, Kim wishes to streamline parent communications through thoughtful and efficient technology use.
Kim Bentley is running against Kathleen Brown.
Independent Kathleen Brown is a wife, mother of four, and a Virginia Beach resident for the last thirteen years. With an associate’s degree from Tidewater Community College and a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Liberty University, Brown worked as a figure skating coach for the past twenty-six years. Brown promises to thoroughly and openly consider all public input before voting on any policy changes. She is an advocate for “parental rights” which is code for book banning, transphobia in schools, and a lack of social emotional learning in the classroom.
Due to Kim Bentley’s emphasis on academics, teacher compensation, prioritization of technology implementation in schools, and improving school infrastructure, he is the most progressive choice in this race.