We are continuing our discussion of the Virginia Election results and what brought the Democratic party to lose the ticket. Joining Sheri Shannon today are three former candidates and activists who continue to work to ensure voters get access to their voting rights, activate for their communities, and brings women’s voices to the forefront.
Andrea Miller is Founding Board Member, Executive Director, People Demanding Action, Founding President, National Women’s Political Caucus of Virginia, Founding Tri-Chair Virginia Poor People’s Campaign and a member of the Democracy and Governance working group of the Virginia Green New Deal. Andrea is an IT and Political Director, a digital and elections strategist. She designs and administers digital phonebanks and texting programs. From 2013 to 2015 she led the Progressive Round Table on Capitol Hill bringing together members of Congress, activists and non-profit leaders. Her expertise is in voting rights, climate and the Equal Rights Amendment. She has successfully advocated for legislation on both the Federal and State level. In 2008 she was the Democratic nominee for the Virginia 4th Congressional district.
A Richmond native and Southside resident for over 35 years, Amy Wentz is a devoted mother, veteran, entrepreneur, innovator, and public advocate. A proud graduate of Richmond Public Schools, Amy has firm ideas on how to improve communication throughout the 8th district in order to keep residents informed of important issues. As an advocate of active citizenship, Amy truly believes that engaged and informed residents lead to better communities. Understanding that a district is as strong as its constituents, she has diligently worked with the past two administrations to improve the public education system, promote safe and healthy neighborhoods, and to begin to create more equitable outcomes for residents through Southside Richmond and beyond. Recently named a 2020 Richmond History Maker by the Valentine Museum for her dedicated and sustainable service to the city of Richmond, Amy is no stranger to working hard to uplift her hometown.
Rachel Levy is running for the Virginia House of Delegates in the 55th District. The 55th includes the Western half of Hanover County, most of Caroline County, and a slice of Spotsylvania County. Rachel is a mother of three, a teacher, and a community leader with a PhD in educational leadership and policy. Rachel is a longtime member of the Hanover Democratic Committee, the Hanover NAACP, Together Hanover, the PTA, and is the President of Caroline Education Association. She lives in the Town of Ashland.