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Virginia Senate, District 8

The Senate of Virginia is the upper chamber of the Virginia General Assembly and as such shares legislative responsibility with the House of Delegates. Senators are elected for a four-year term. Each Senator represents approximately 200,000 Virginians. The 8th District spans part of Virginia Beach.

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  • William R. "Bill" DeSteph
    (Rep)

  • Missy Cotter Smasal
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What do you believe is the top priority for your district, and what is your plan to address it? (1000 character limit)

Regarding redistricting, (1) Do you support the proposal for a Virginia Redistricting Commission and why? (2) If the Constitution Amendment is adopted, what legislation would you support to implement the commission? (1000 character limit)

What would you do to help Virginia adapt to increased flooding and mitigate future sea level rises? (1000 character limit)

What solutions would you support to reduce gun violence in Virginia? (1000 character limit)

What, if anything, should the General Assembly do to promote health care coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all Virginians? (1000 character limit)

What are your priorities and goals for education funding in Virginia? (1000 character limit)

What measures, if any, would you support to ensure the right to vote and election integrity? (1000 character limit)

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