Wendy Gooditis is the Democratic candidate for Delegate in Virginia’s 10th District, in Clarke, Frederick, and Loudoun counties, Virginia.
Wendy’s Story: About a week into her candidacy, Wendy lost her brother, Brian, to mental illness. When he first applied for Medicaid in Virginia, he was denied. Wendy is running to represent Virginia families so they don’t have to experience what hers did — so those who need mental health help are able to get it. Wendy also believes everyone should be able to afford to go to the doctor when they’re sick. She knows how critical state support can be; Wendy and her family have healthcare due to the Affordable Care Act.
Bio: Wendy Gooditis founded the Indivisible chapter in Clark County, after living in the 10th district for more than 20 years. She worked as a team leader in technology for Bell laboratories before turning her attention to education in the 1990s. Gooditis holds a Masters degree in education and taught in the Clarke County public school system, at a private school, and partially home-schooled her own children.
Issues: Wendy will fight for competitive public school funding, and supports a living wage for public school educators. She believes good quality healthcare should be accessible and affordable for everyone, and will support the expansion of Medicaid, so an estimated 400,000 Virginians don’t have to keep making impossible choices, and in order to create 30,000 new jobs.. She also supports the availability of mental healthcare for all Virginians who need it. She believes we need an equal opportunity economy, with solid investment in infrastructure, a living minimum wage, good jobs for our veterans, and competitive public and technical education.
Opponent: Randy Minchew has voted against bills that would have addressed gerrymandering in Virginia so voters can choose their politicians instead of politicians staying in office indefinitely by choosing their voters. He also voted against the Clean Power Plan, and voted for tax breaks for coal companies. He voted against sanctuary cities permission, and voted for bills that would have funneled public school funds to other institutions through vouchers or other means. He also voted for a bill that would have defunded Planned Parenthood.
Recent elections: This District voted for Hillary Clinton by a margin of 6.38% over Trump, and for Obama by 19.16% over Romney. In the last election for Delegate, only 31% of eligible voters participated. Gooditis’ campaign is almost entirely funded by small donors. Minchew has significant funding from associations including used car salesmen and trial lawyers.