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 6 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. Richard Kowalewitch (R), Cat Porterfield (I), and Worth Remick (I) will face incumbent Linwood Branch (R). Branch previously served on city council from 1992-2002, and was appointed to serve again in 2021. He currently holds the Virginia Beach City Council Lynnhaven District seat.Worth Remick is an Independent candidate who works as a licensed realtor for over thirty years. Remick earned a bachelor's degree from Hampden-Sydney College and is a member on several community boards including the Board of Directors for the Virginia African American Cultural Center and the Secretary/Treasurer of the Virginia Beach Community Development Corporation. Remick’s political priorities are few but include creating high paying jobs, diversifying the economy and “making Virginia Beach a place where our children can live, work and play.” Not much information was found on his policy points.
Worth Remick is campaigning against candidates Richard Kowalewitch, Linwood Branch, and Cat Porterfield.
Small business owner Richard Kowalewitch campaigns as a Republican candidate in this year’s race. Passionate about exposing corruption in office, Kowalewitch previously ran for Virginia Beach Mayor in 2020. He aided in trying to change the Virginia Code 3100 Section from a Class 1 Misdemeanor to a Class 5 Felony and helped to orchestrate the fight against light rail. With his platform Kowalewitch plans to repair the stormwater infrastructure, fix Virginia Beach spending, and fully staff the police department.
Republican candidate Linwood Branch served as a member of the Virginia Beach city council from 1992 to 2002. Branch also performed as a commissioner for the Virginia Beach Development Authority. Branch works as a business owner and serves in several community organizations, such as the Chair of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Tax. Branch’s mission is to prioritize public safety, commit to flooding mitigation projects, pursue economic growth, and increase public engagement.
Cat Porterfield is a former journalist and current podcast co-host running as an Independent in this year’s race. Inspired to run after seeing citizens attempt to communicate with elected leaders about struggles, Porterfield aims to center the public, listening to their solutions to issues impacting Virginia Beach. She prioritizes the flooding issues, planning to urge the city to stop developing wetlands, prevent development that diverts water to neighboring properties and avoid sacrificing old growth trees.
Worth Remick is the progressive choice for District 6 because of his dedication to creating high paying jobs and diversifying the economy.