Virginia's 4th Congressional District election
Virginia's 4th Congressional District is located in the southern portion of the state and includes all of Amelia, Dinwiddie, Greensville, Nottoway, Powhatan, Southampton and Sussex counties. It also includes portions of Chesterfield, Isle of Wight, and Prince George counties. All of Chesapeake city, Colonial Heights city, Emporia city, Franklin city, and Hopewell city, as well as portions of Suffolk city, are included in the district. University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Union University are all in the 4th District.
General Election Candidates
Donald McEachin(Democratic Party)
Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) was first elected to represent the 4th Congressional District of Virginia in the United States House of Representatives on November 8, 2016.
Congressman McEachin has been selected by his colleagues to serve as a Regional Whip, co-chair of the House Democratic Environmental Message Team, Whip of the Congressional Black Caucus, co-chair of the Congressional Black Caucus’ Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Task Force, and vice-chair of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC). During his first term in Congress, Rep. McEachin co-founded the United for Climate and Environmental Justice Congressional Task Force and continues to lead the task force as a co-chair.
Rep. McEachin represents his constituents, and the Commonwealth of Virginia, as a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce (E&C), the House Committee on Natural Resources (Natural Resources), and the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. As a member of E&C, McEachin sits on the Environment and Climate Change, the Communications and Technology, and the Energy subcommittees. As a member of Natural Resources, McEachin sits on the Energy and Mineral Resources as well as the Oversight and Investigations subcommittees.
Leon Benjamin(Republican Party)
Leon Benjamin is the Senior Pastor and Bishop of New Life Harvest Church in Richmond, VA. Bishop Benjamin, a former Democrat and Gulf War veteran, is an emerging evangelical leader on the national front as a media spokesperson and conservative political activist. He operated as a surrogate for Trump on the presidential campaign trail and worked on the Faith-Based Initiative support team during the President-Elect’s transition to the White House. As a community activist, Bishop Benjamin has worked with public officials, civic and community leaders to make a difference in the areas of education, business development, and economic reform. He is a Senior Fellow for the National Minority Technology Council where he services National Faith-based Liaison and Advisor to the Council.
Bishop Benjamin is the president and founder of Coalition of Leaders United (CLU) dedicated to advancing conservative values and restoration of moral clarity in America.
Bishop Benjamin has been a strong advocate in engaging with African-American churches to support President Trump’s vision to restore economic prosperity, educational opportunity and safer communities with less crime in urban inner cities.
He is also the founder of United2Pray, a national movement to intercede weekly on a conference call with evangelical pastors and the faith community to pray for the president and future of our nation.
Bishop Benjamin has appeared on Fox News and numerous national TV and radio talk shows and is a sought-after speaker on the moral, economic, and spiritual impact of socioeconomic issues and political discourse on the black community and the nation.
Virginia's 7th Congressional District election
Virginia's 7th Congressional District is located in the central portion of the state. The district includes Culpeper, Goochland, Hanover, Louisa, New Kent, and Orange counties. Portions of Chesterfield, Henrico, and Spotsylvania counties, as well as portions of Richmond city, are located in the district.
General Election Candidates
Abigail Spanberger(Democratic Party)
Abigail Spanberger is a member of the U.S. House, representing Virginia's 7th Congressional District. She assumed office on January 3, 2019. Her current term ends on January 3, 2021. Representative Spanberger began her career in public service, first serving as a federal agent with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service investigating money laundering and narcotics cases, and then serving as a case officer with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). As a CIA officer, she worked at home and abroad to collect vital intelligence, keep our country safe, and work in furtherance of our national security priorities. In the private sector, Representative Spanberger worked with colleges and universities to help them diversify their student bodies and increase graduation rates.
Representative Spanberger serves on the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture and the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs. On the House Agriculture Committee, she serves as Chair of the Conservation & Forestry Subcommittee and as a member of the Commodity Exchanges, Energy, & Credit Subcommittee. And on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Representative Spanberger serves as Vice-Chair of the Europe, Eurasia, Energy, & the Environment Subcommittee and as a member of the Asia, the Pacific, & Nonproliferation Subcommittee.
“We won an unwinnable district by doing exactly what every campaign should do. We focused on the needs of the people, the voters. We talked about the substinant issues affecting their lives.” -Abigail Spanberger, 2018
Nick Freitas(Republican Party)
Nick Freitas is a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 30. He assumed office in 2016. His current term ends on January 12, 2022. Freitas received a bachelor's degree in intelligence management from Henley-Putnam University in 2015. Before that, he served in the U.S. Army as an infantryman and with the Green Berets.
Following September 11th, Nick volunteered for US Army Special Forces eventually served 2 tours in Iraq as a Special Forces Weapons SGT and Special Forces Intelligence SGT. Freitas worked in intelligence services. At the time of the convention, he was a defense contracting and intelligence consultant. In 2009 Nick moved his family to Virginia where he began working as an instructor and Program Manager. Within 3 years he rose to become the Director of Operations for a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Company providing direct support to our servicemen and women conducting counter insurgency and counter IED operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. During that same time, Nick moved to Culpeper and immediately became involved with the local Republican unit. Nick was asked by then Virginia Senate candidate Bryce Reeves to lead his grassroots operations in Culpeper. Bryce Reeves went on to defeat a 28 year Democrat incumbent, with a Republican Senate candidate carrying Culpeper for the first time since it was included in the 17th Senate district.
“I am first and foremost a Christian. My dedication to the belief that we all have inherent value and are entitled to liberty and equality before the law is rooted in this worldview. Principles of individual liberty, personal responsibility, respect for God and limited, constitutional government are not merely convenient political concepts, but essentials which are fundamental to our liberty, prosperity and security.” – Nick Freitas