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.