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VEA Recommends Candidates for Election


The VEA Fund for Children and Public Education is recommending a raft of pro-public education candidates for election. (Read more about the process below.)

As of October 14, these Senate and House of Delegates candidates had earned recommendations.

Recommended Candidates for Senate (Senate District)

John Miller (1)
Mamie Locke (2)
Ralph Northam (6)
Donald McEachin (9)
David Bernard (10)
Shawn Mitchell (13)
Henry Marsh (16)
Edd Houck (17)
Louise Lucas (18) 
Brandon Bell (19)
Roscoe Reynolds (20)
John Edwards (21)
Bert Dodson (22)
Creigh Deeds (25)
Charles Colgan  (29)
Adam Ebbin (30)
Barbara Favola (31)
Janet Howell (32)
Mark Herring (33)
Chap Petersen  (34)
Dick Saslaw (35)
Toddy Puller (36)
Dave Marsden  (37)
Phillip Puckett (38)
George Barker  (39)

Recommended Candidates for House of Delegates (House District)

Terry Kilgore (1)
Esteban Garces (2)
Will Morefield (3)
Ward Armstrong (9)
Dave Butler (10)
Donald Langrehr (12)
Carl Genthner (13) 
Adrianne Bennett (21)
Roy Coffey (31) 
Pamela Danner (34) 
Mark Keam (35) 
Ken Plum (36) 
David Bulova (37)   
Kaye Kory (38) 
Vivian Watts (39)
Tim Hugo (40) 
Eileen Filler-Corn (41)
Jack Dobbyn (42)
Mark Sickles (43) 
Scott Surovell (44) 
David Englin (45) 
Patrick Hope (47)
Luke Torian (52) 
Jim Scott (53) 
William Barlow (64)
Eric Clingan (67)
Betsy Carr (69)  
Delores McQuinn (70)
Jennifer McClellan (71)
Roslyn Tyler (75) 
Lionell Spruill (77) 
Mathew James (80)
Thomas Rust (86) 
Mike Kentralick (87)
Jeion Ward (92) 
Robin Abbott (93)
Gary West (94)
Mamye BaCote (95)

About the Process

The Virginia Education Association Fund for Children and Public Education (formally VEA-PAC)  was formed in 1971 by teachers in Virginia who felt the time had come to get involved in the political arena.  The VEA Fund is an independent arm of the VEA, with the purpose of helping to support VEA legislative goals through the election of pro-education politicians.

No dues money can be used to recommend a political candidate; therefore the VEA Fund raises the necessary funds independent of dues money that support General Assembly and/or state-wide candidates recommended by the local PACs and/or by the VEA Fund Executive Committee. Since 1971, teachers throughout the state have become involved in partisan politics and have raised thousands of dollars which have been used successfully to elect friends of education.

Local, state and national PACs exist because of the legal limitation imposed upon the Association relative to political activity. The Association can conduct voter registration drives, meet with candidates and/or office holders to discuss issues, lobby within the constraints of federal and state lobby laws, and conduct other activities that are non-partisan and strictly of an education nature.

Campaign activities, including interviewing candidates and recommending candidates by the organization, publishing and distributing partisan campaign materials, telephoning for candidates, and any other partisan political activities, are severely restricted and should always be conducted under the auspices of a PAC.

In State House and Senate elections, the VEA Fund recommends candidates upon the recommendation of a local PAC(s) within the House or Senate district.  A majority of PAC directors voting must concur with the recommendation.

 

 


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