Lee Carter is the Democratic candidate for Delegate for Virginia’s 50th District, in Prince William County, including the City of Manassas and Bristow.
Lee’s Story: “My decision-making has always been informed by the belief that service comes first.” Lee’s life in service began in childhood. Raised as a military brat, he traveled across the country during his father’s service in the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard. Lee himself served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps, working in technological repair in a Special Operations-capable support unit, completing tours in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. He is also a graduate of the Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership, where he learned the leadership skills that will help his community when they send him to Richmond. He is an active member of the Manassas City Democratic Committee and spends much of his time working on affordable housing and worker protection solutions.
Biography: Five years of service in the Marine Corps. Graduate of the Sorensen Institute of Political Leadership. Moved to Virginia in 2011. Now serves as an IT specialist, living in the City of Manassas with his wife and daughter. Active with the Manassas City Democratic Committee. Members of the Bull Run Unitarian Universalists congregation in Manassas.
Issues: Lee will fight to protect workers by bringing back high-paying jobs that provide a living wage. He will work to raise the minimum wage, create more worker protections, and support unions. Lee also knows the importance of affordable healthcare. He will be a leading voice for Medicaid Expansion in Virginia. Partisan opposition to this important step is hurting 300,000 Virginians. Lee will work for transportation solutions to ease the congestion on Route 28 and I-66. He favors expanding the Virginia Railway Express and expanding our investment in the Green Energy Economy. Lee will make sure all feel welcome in Virginia. He supports human rights for every person in Virginia. And he supports criminal justice reform that puts fewer people behind bars for nonviolent crimes, focusing on rehabilitation over incarceration.
Opponent: Jackson Miller is Vice Chair of the House Privileges and Elections Committee, where he has helped to kill every nonpartisan redistricting reform bill that has been introduced. Jackson sees no problem with Virginia’s gerrymandered districts, claiming “the redistricting process doesn’t need reform.” Nevertheless, it is widely recognized that the manipulation of maps for political power comes at the expense of fair voter representation.
Recent elections: This District voted for Hillary Clinton by a margin of 14.01% over Trump, and for Obama by 9.5% over Romney. However, the incumbent Republican Delegate is majority whip, has a very large war chest, and keeps winning reelection races by significant spreads. In other words, Lee Carter’s campaign will make good use of grassroots support.