Peninsula ballot may include names unfamiliar to some voters

PORTSMOUTH, Va (WAVY) — 10 On Your Side continues to examine what’s on your ballot before you head to the polls.

The two names on the ballot for the 93rd District seat may be unfamiliar. That’s because the incumbent, Monty Mason, resigned his seat to run for Senate.

The candidates for the 93rd District are Republican, Heather Cordasco and Democrat, Mike Mullin.

Cordasco previously served on the Williamsburg-James City County School Board and sits on a variety of community committees and boards with a large concentration on education. She believes a trained workforce is a magnet for new jobs. Cordasco vows to keep taxes low and oppose efforts to raise them. She also vows to fight traffic congestion and work to ensure the Peninsula gets its fair share of transportation dollars to complete the widening of I-64 to Richmond. Cordasco is a wife, mother of three and a personal trainer who has lived on the Peninsula for 23 years.

The Democratic nominee is Mike Mullin, a criminal prosecutor in Suffolk who lives in Newport News with his wife and their three young boys. Mullin’s website says he will work to expand early childhood education, restore funding for public schools, and end the culture of high-stakes testing. He wants to expand affordable healthcare and work with Governor Terry McAullife to get uninsured working Virginians covered. Mullin also supports small businesses and wants to see them grow and create new jobs. His volunteer activities include working to prevent gang violence.

Voter Guide | November 2016 General Election

Peninsula voters will also vote in the special election to fill the Virginia Senate seat left empty when Senator John Miller suddenly passed away. Three men are vying for the Senate seat.

Delegate Monty Mason resigned from his seat in the House to run. Voters elected the Democrat in 2013 and again in 2015. As a delegate, he passed legislation to protect seniors from fraud. The League of Conservation Voters named Mason a legislative hero two years in a row for his votes to protect the environment. As a senator, Mason says he will continue to reach across the aisle and fight for pre-kindergarten educational opportunities for all of Virginia’s children.

Thomas Holston is a retired police officer and fireman. His social media campaign page says he’s giving back to the community by running for office and believes his experiences and Newport News roots position him to represent the 1st District well.

John Bloom, an out of work nuclear engineer, is running as an independent candidate. Bloom ran for delegate in 2013 as a Republican and lost to Delegate Mamye BaCote. He told that he left the Republican party when Donald Trump became the presumptive nominee. Bloom believes in limited government and said he will fight gerrymandering to restore competition to the election process. He also believes we need a third crossing and would finance road projects by tolling more roads. The New York native says that way, everyone pays and the burden doesn’t fall on Portsmouth.

You can find more information about candidates and questions on your ballot on our special election page.