These days you can find any number of pundits who think that they know the best plan forward for the Democratic Party. “Focus on Virginia.” “Focus on Wisconsin.” Some say it is too inclusive. Others say too exclusive. The party should fall in line and show a united front. Or the party is strongest when presenting a host of ideas. Single Payer vs. Obamacare. The list could go on and on. All of those pundits have one thing in common: they’re all talk.
Meet four young Democrats below who decided to stop talking and start campaigning. While from different parts of Virginia, they are all running for a seat in the House of Delegates with strong personal stories and platforms on healthcare, schools, and jobs, just to name a few.
Alicia Kallen is running for a seat in the Southwest corner of the state, where she was born and raised. She believes in better access to education, the Medicaid expansion, and job training programs for the people in District 1. Plus, in an era when our president won’t even release his tax returns, Kallen takes her financial disclosures so seriously that she’s willing to show them off through links on her website.
Find out more about her, and her campaign finance information, on her website.
Danice Roem bills herself as a ‘step-mom, local reporter and lifelong Manassas resident’ from the 13th district. Roem is running on a campaign platform built around schools, jobs and, most importantly, solving the traffic situation that plagues Northern Virginia. Roem is also running on making Virginia a more-inclusive place. As a transgender woman, she has an important and unique perspective that is imperative to crafting comprehensive and compassionate legislation.
Joshua Cole may currently be an Assistant Pastor at a church in Southern Stafford, VA, but his calling in politics began as early as 2005 with an appointment as a page for the House of Delegates. Cole has already made history by being both the youngest and the first African American Democratic nominee in District 28 and he hopes to continue that streak by making himself their first African American delegate. Cole’s experience as a behavioral aid makes education a personal issue for him, along with his platform on healthcare, jobs, the environment, and criminal justice reform.
Lee Carter is a former Marine turned community organizer and activist in Virginia’s 50th District. Carter is running on a progressive platform that includes criminal justice reform, traffic solutions, and unapologetic women’s rights, among other issues. The campaign also organized a group of candidates that recently endorsed state-level single payer healthcare. These candidates included Joshua Cole, and, previously covered on Millennial Politics, Cori Johnson and Kellen Squire.
We wish all the candidates the best of luck in the upcoming election and can’t wait to see the good they will do for the people of Virginia!
Check out our other profiles on Virginia House of Delegates candidates.