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 4 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. Amelia Ross-Hammond (I) is running unopposed.Incumbent Amelia Ross-Hammond is a former Kempsville member of the Virginia Beach City Council, elected to the council in 2012. Her education includes a Ph.D. in educational leadership, curriculum and instruction from the University of Denver. Founder & Chairman of the Virginia African American Cultural Center, Ross-Hammond also chairs the Mayor’s Inclusion Diversity, Equity and Accessibility and is an Appointee to the Hampton Roads Transit Commission. Her priorities are school funding, revitalizing public transportation, improving affordable housing options, and public safety.
Ross-Hammond will use her platform to prioritize public transportation. She believes work should be done to revitalize regional transportation and make public transit more rider-centered and accessible. She aims to make the transportation system stronger and more diverse in its options for the Virginia Beach citizens who depend upon it. A light-rail supporter, Dr. Ross-Hammond insists work must be done to improve the public transit system and make it more “rider-centric.”
Public safety is another topic of concern for Democrat Ross-Hammond, who wants to expedite the recruitment, training and maintaining high quality public safety officers to make our streets safe. As the Founder and Chairman of the Virginia African American Cultural Center and Mayor’s Inclusion Diversity, Equity and Accessibility Program, Ross-Hammond is running to support racial justice and serves as an Inaugural Chair of the Mayor’s IDEA Commission to restore and grow trust and faith in local government and police in Virginia Beach.
On the subject of economic growth, this candidate endeavors to train our workforce for high-paying jobs in advanced manufacturing, STEM, and green energy. Dr. Ross-Hammond supports trade and vocational opportunities. She would also support workforce development to work with the offshore wind industry. Offshore wind issues are anticipated to make a significant economic impact in Virginia Beach in the coming years and the demand for these occupations could contribute in economic growth.
Dr. Ross-Hammond highlights the need to focus on housing in her campaign. She commits to improve access to quality, affordable housing options. Ross-Hammond previously worked alongside the Housing Department to gather support for the development of the Homeless Shelter Crescent Square on Diamond Street Road. She also promises to increase services for senior citizens, veterans, and military families of Virginia Beach like the Senior Center Complex she worked to build with Councilman Jones to service the needs of the community.
Running unopposed in District 4, Amelia Ross-Hammond is the most a progressive choice for this year’s election due to her commitment to improve affordable housing, promote economic growth through workforce training, increase public safety and prioritize public transportation.
The election for Virginia Beach City School Board District 4 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. Kenneth Richard Lubeck (I) and Staci Martin (I) will compete for the District 4 seat.
Staci Martin is an Independent candidate who obtained an undergraduate degree at Radford University and a Master of Arts in English at Old Dominion University. Her platform consists of wanting to look at bus routes and compensation for all school personnel, including bus drivers. She also wants to address school infrastructure and expand opportunities for trades and technology education in an effort to keep students from acquiring debt.
Martin’s platform starts by addressing school infrastructure. Personally affected by the failing school infrastructure, Staci's daughter experienced severe episodes of asthma and hives during high school. She pledges to tackle this issue with minimal impact to students by ensuring that school reconstruction stays on track.
Martin’s campaign is also run on the foundation of student and teacher wellness. Martin advocates that both students and teachers need resources to support their mental and physical wellbeing. Marit’s solution is to increase the student to counselor ratio, enabling students to feel like their issues matter. She also prioritizes paying teachers and staff what they deserve, ensuring a high quality of life.
Staci is also an advocate for accurate history telling in our public schools. She understands that America is a diverse nation striving for truth, justice, and liberty for all while also recognizing the importance of teaching students about the injustices and truths of the past in an effort to make a just future. She is also against book banning, believing that while parents do have the right and ability to choose what their children read, they do not have the right to choose what other children read.
Staci is running against Richard Lubeck.
Richard “Ken” Lubeck served in the U.S. Navy as an enlisted corpsman and earned a graduate degree in theology from Regent University. He has worked as an information technology professional and has a history of working with at-risk youth. Lubeck is running his campaign on issues such as “parent rights” which is code for being against accommodations for trans kids and social emotional learning in the classroom.
We recommend Staci Martin as a candidate for this race due to her prioritization of addressing school infrastructure and expansion of educational opportunities for students.