Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Releases Virginia Endorsements
Washington, DC (October 20, 2017) — The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) endorses the following candidates in the 2017 elections.
Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam Candidate for Governor
Back in May, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence enthusiastically endorsed Ralph Northam for Governor of Virginia. Today, we re-emphasize our support – Northam has been a steadfast supporter of gun violence prevention and longtime ally of our organization.
As a new state senator from a conservative rural district, Northam met with Coalition to Stop Gun Violence Virginia State Director Lori Haas and other families affected by the Virginia Tech shortly after he took office . At that meeting, Northam committed to fight for stronger gun laws in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and his position has not wavered over the last decade.
In his race for governor, Northam has continued his strong support for a safer Virginia. As a doctor, Northam has seen the dangerous effects of guns up close from treating wounded soldiers during his service to our country and, sadly, toddlers who’ve been shot. As an elected official he has used his position to fight for stronger gun laws like casting the tie-breaking No vote against Permit-less carry. He has a proven record of standing up and speaking out on this vital issue while others have stayed silent. His support for gun violence prevention has never been a political talking point, because Ralph Northam views the issue as a moral obligation to his constituents. We are proud to support his campaign.
Justin Fairfax Candidate for Lt. Governor
Justin Fairfax has a unique perspective on gun violence from his experiences as a U.S. Attorney and will support and promote policies that will make Virginia communities safer. Justin Fairfax will not pander to the gun lobby’s “guns everywhere” agenda and instead, focus on solutions to Virginia’s gun violence epidemic.
He understands that all Virginians deserve to live free from gun violence and will stand up for those most at risk. We enthusiastically support his candidacy for lieutenant governor.
Attorney General Mark Herring Running for Re-Election Attorney General
We enthusiastically endorse Mark Herring for re-election as Attorney General of Virginia. Herring has been unwavering in his vigorous support more sensible gun policies in Virginia and has worked with our organization to advocate for safer communities across the Commonwealth for all Virginians.
Since his election in 2013, Attorney General Herring has been a steady and vocal supporter of gun violence prevention efforts and has partnered with the Attorneys General from nearby states to cooperate on efforts to reduce gun trafficking. Herring has been an unwavering supporter of policies and programs to reduce domestic violence throughout the Commonwealth knowing that guns are used in the majority of intimate partner homicides in Virginia. Attorney General Herring and his staff work daily with communities across the Commonwealth to reduce gun violence and recently announced new grants and programs working with community members and law enforcement on strategies to create safer neighborhoods. Mark Herring has been a steadfast leader on gun violence prevention and we cannot recommend any stronger that he be re-elected as Virginia’s Attorney General.
House of Delegate Challengers
Chris Hurst – D (12th District)
Chris Hurst began his career as a journalist, working as an anchor for Roanoke WDBJ. In 2015, however, Hurst’s path was altered by the profoundly tragic on-air shooting of two of his coworkers: Adam Ward and Alison Parker, who was also his girlfriend. Hurst has been, and continues to be, a strong supporter and friend of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. He is running against incumbent Delegate Joseph Yost.
Michele Edwards – D (20th District)
Michele Edwards supports policies and initiatives to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals and keep Virginia children, schools, and communities safe from gun violence. She is running against incumbent Delegate Dickie Bell and Libertarian candidate Will Hammer.
Kelly Fowler – D (21st District)
Kelly Fowler supports common sense solutions to preventing gun violence in Virginia including background checks on all gun sales, gun prohibitions for convicted domestic abusers, and stronger child safety laws. She is running against incumbent Delegate Ron Villanueva.
Angela Lynn – D (25th District)
Angela Lynn supports gun violence prevention policies in Virginia including background checks on all gun sales, gun prohibitions for convicted domestic abusers, and stronger child safety laws. She is running against incumbent Delegate Steve Landes.
Elizabeth Guzman – D (31st District)
Elizabeth Guzman supports universal background checks, a ban on assault weapons for hunting, and permit to purchase laws. She will fight for legislation that protects Virginia families from gun violence. She is running against incumbent Delegate Scott Lingamfelter.
Al Durante – D (54th District)
Al Durante believes that we have an obligation to reduce the epidemic of gun violence in Virginia. He is running against incumbent Bobby Orrock.
Morgan Goodman – D (55th District)
Morgan Goodman believes that cities and localities should be able to control their local gun laws, especially with regard to open carry laws. He is running against incumbent Delegate Buddy Fowler.
Francis Stevens – D (65th District)
Francis Stevens supports common sense solutions to preventing gun violence in Virginia including background checks on all gun sales and child safety laws. He is running against incumbent Delegate Lee Ware.
Schuyler VanValkenburg – D (72nd District)
As a public school teacher, Schuyler VanValkenburg supports common sense gun violence prevention measures, especially those that would keep guns out of Virginia schools. VanValkenburg is running against Republican candidate Eddie Whitlock.
Debra Rodman – D (73rd District)
Debra Rodman supports common sense policies that will protect children from gun violence. She is running against incumbent Delegate John O’Bannon and Independent candidate Christopher Cowger.
Kimberly Tucker – D (81st District)
Kimberly Tucker supports common sense solutions to preventing gun violence in Virginia including background checks on all gun sales, gun prohibitions for convicted domestic abusers, and stronger child safety laws. She is running against incumbent Delegate Barry Knight.
Willie Randall – D (100th District)
Willie Randall supports universal background checks, gun prohibitions for criminal convictions, and tougher penalties for crimes committed with guns. He is running against incumbent Delegate Rob Bluxom.
House of Delegate Incumbents
Delegate Kathleen Murphy – D (34th District) House of Delegates
Kathleen Murphy is a survivor of gun violence, this issue is personal for her. Since being elected, Delegate Murphy has been a steadfast supporter and sponsor of gun violence prevention policies. Virginians need more voices like hers in Richmond.
Delegate John Bell – D (87th District) House of Delegates
John Bell is retired Air Force, he knows what weapons of war can do to the human body. As the thoughtful member of the House of Delegate Militia, Police, and Public Safety Subcommittee, he is a non-stop advocate for reasonable commonsense gun safety laws.
Sergeant Carol Adams – (Richmond) Sheriff
Sergeant Carol Adams, recently retired after serving the City of Richmond as a member of the City Police Department for 20 years, knows from personal experience the devastating effects that guns have on houses where domestic violence occurs. She is founder of the Carol Adams Foundation, a non-profit that provides emergency assistance to women, men and children who are victims of domestic violence. Adams has served the citizens of Richmond for many, many years and is running as a write-in candidate for Sheriff for the City of Richmond
Commonwealth Attorney Anton Bell – (Hampton) Commonwealth Attorney
Bell has served the Hampton community as a dedicated public servant his entire career and is a strong gun violence prevention supporter. As a prosecutor, Attorney Bell knows all too well about gun violence in his community and takes a strong stand against gun violence. Attorney Bell, active in his community in support of youth, understands the value of enacting programs to reduce gun violence in impacted communities.
We enthusiastically endorse Anton Bell, our friend and ally, for re-election as commonwealth attorney of Hampton, Virginia.
John L. Bell – (Virginia Beach) Sheriff
John Bell is committed to combating gun violence in Virginia Beach. He recently retired from the Virginia Beach Police Department, where he spent almost 40 years serving the citizens of Virginia Beach. As a law enforcement officer, he has seen how gun violence can destroy families and communities. As Sheriff of Virginia Beach, he will work to keep the citizens of Virginia Beach safe.