2019 Endorsements for Dr. Dawn M. Adams
Virginia House of Delegates - District 68

Virginia Education Association


The Virginia Education Association Fund for Children and Public Education rolled out the first in a series of recommendations supporting incumbent legislators during the union’s annual Delegate Assembly in Richmond. Delegate Dawn M. Adams of the 68th House District was recommended by the VEA Fund on Friday, March 29, because she has consistently voted for legislation considered vital and important by the members of the VEA over the past two General Assembly sessions.

Delegate Adams stated, “I will continue to fight for equitable funding for our public schools so that any student at any school, no matter the region, will have the tools they need to succeed this twenty-first century economy. I also look forward to working with my colleagues in the General Assembly to reassess the funding formula so that the burden of financing our schools does not fall so heavily on the locality but is provided by the Commonwealth in accordance with our Constitution. And as a nurse practitioner, I will continue to work to promote health in all aspects as it relates to schools including better funding so every school can afford a nurse on staff, lower counselor to student ratio, and improved nutrition choices for students and staff."

“It is important that we protect and defend the elected officials who have demonstrated their commitment to investing in public education,” said VEA President Jim Livingston, who chairs the VEA Fund. “VEA members will help re-elect Del. Dawn M. Adams and will be working hard to add more pro-public education Delegates and Senators like them this fall as we continue the fight to Fund Our Future in Virginia.”



After winning a historic election in 2017, in which she became the first openly lesbian woman to serve in the Virginia House, Delegate Dawn Adams quickly got to work. She — along with Flippable candidate Delegate Gooditis and our Virginia alums — passed Medicaid expansion, bringing coverage to over 400,000 Virginians. In addition to expanding Medicaid, Delegate Adams supported other health-centric measures, including establishing the Commission for Healthy Virginia to identify health and wellness options for Virginians. She also co-patroned several pro-democracy bills during the 2018 and 2019 legislative sessions, including measures to establish an independent redistricting commission, absentee voting, and early voting.

“Gerrymandering manipulates the narrative legislatively, for political purposes, unrelated to good policy and ultimately results in bad government. Our only recourse is to stop legislators from drawing districts that serve their personal interests in favor of lines drawn to serve the needs of a community.”

— Delegate Dawn Adams

Once re-elected, Delegate Adams plans to advocate for protections on behalf of the elderly, equality in employment and housing, and fair redistricting. But she faces a tough race: her district, HD 68, is solidly purple. Although Delegate Adams defeated the GOP incumbent, she won by only 345 votes (0.8%) — the lowest margin in any 2017 Democratic victory. Additionally, the number of registered Republican and independent voters in her district eclipses the number of registered Democrats. In a district this competitive, strong voter turnout will be crucial for helping Dawn hold onto her seat for a second term.

Every District


Dr. Dawn Adams wants to talk to you about health care. She’s worked as a registered nurse, nurse practitioner, access to care researcher, health advocate, and most recently as the Director for the Office of Integrated Health for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS).

“As a nurse in Virginia’s health care system, I’ve seen firsthand the struggles and heartbreak caused by poverty, inadequate living conditions, and limited health care access and coverage,” said Dawn. “I’m passionate about building healthier communities through better public policy. The majority party has given 10.4 billion dollars of Virginians’ hard-earned money to other states to expand Medicaid yet 400,000 of our own citizens are deprived of health insurance.”

Dawn has lived in the 68th District for over two decades; she and her partner of 15 years, Maggie, own a home in the Fan District with their therapy pups in training, Ferdinand and Sebastian, and Maine Coon Scrappy. She grew up in a family dedicated to public service; her father served as a Captain in the US Coast Guard and worked as a Search & Rescue pilot and her mother was a registered nurse.

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Delegate Dawn M. Adams:

Pocohantas Building

900 E. Main Street, Room E426

Richmond, VA 23219

​Office: 804-698-1068



Adams for Delegate:

PO Box 25331

Richmond, VA 23260​


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