PORTSMOUTH, Va (WAVY) — 10 On Your Side is breaking down the ballot so you’ll know what to expect on Election Day.
Your ballot may look different this because of redistricting, including in the 3rd and 4th district races.
A three judge panel redrew the boundaries for the 3rd District because they said Virginia had illegally packed too many black voters into it. The new lines include less of the Richmond area and more of Hampton Roads. It reduces the number of minority voters from 56 percent to about 45 percent. In this election, incumbent Representative Bobby Scott, a minority, faces a white Republican, Marty Williams.
Congressman Scott has served the 3rd District for 24 years and before that, served 15 years in the Virginia General Assembly. He is seeking a thirteenth term. Congressman Scott is currently the top Democrat on the Education and Workforce Committee and an active member of the Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus, where he advocates for shipbuilders. He’s sponsored bills to benefit veterans and reform the criminal justice system.
Congressman Scott’s challenger, Marty Williams contends its time for a change.
Williams, a retired Chesapeake police officer, supports enforcement of current gun laws — not making new laws. He says we need to stop trying to buy the love and respect of other nations by giving them our tax dollars. Williams also says we need to bring this money home to rebuild our schools, roads and bridges.
On social media, Williams’ supporters suggest a vote for Scott would be wasted. If Senator Tim Kaine is elected vice president, the governor will appoint his replacement. Many believe Scott is the obvious choice and would leave the 3rd District seat.
In the newly redrawn 4th District, two candidates are vying to replace Representative Randy Forbes. Forbes decided to run in the more Republican 2nd District. He lost the primary to Delegate Scott Taylor.
A sheriff and a state senator are on the ballot in the district, which runs from Richmond to Chesapeake.
Senator Donald McEachin grew up in Richmond. He’s been serving at the state level for most of the last 20 years, first as a delegate and then as a senator. McEachin is the Chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus. He’s been working closely with the governor to expand Medicaid and restore the right to vote to former felons. McEachin supports a higher minimum wage, paid sick leave and restoring our crumbling roads and bridges.
Henrico County Sheriff Mike Wade, also a Richmond native, is a career law enforcement officer with 41 years under his belt. He joined the Henrico Division of Police in 1977 and was elected sheriff in 1999. Wade wants to see more invested in mental health care and HIPPA reform. He’s a strong defender of gun rights and wants to strengthen our borders to detect and prevent illegal entry.