Elaine Luria (D-VA-02)

Elaine is challenging incumbent Republican Scott Taylor to represent Virginia’s second congressional district. Elaine has demonstrated that she can fight for women both abroad and domestically, having recently retired from a twenty-year stint in the Navy.

Background and Achievements

Elaine first enlisted in the Navy when she was just seventeen years old, where she served as a Surface Warfare Officer and nuclear engineer. After her retirement in 2017, she founded the Mermaid Factory, a store which uses local products to create model mermaids and has donated $50,000 of their profits to Virginia charities.

 

Positions on Key Issues

  • Strongly supports women’s rights, including equal pay, ending workplace harassment, and a woman’s right to choose
  • Gun control, including a ban on the sale of assault weapons, universal background checks, and repealing the Dickey Amendment, which prevents CDC funds from researching gun control
  • Expanding access to public education
  • Protecting Medicare and social security access for Virginians

Prospects & Opponents

She outraised her primary competitor by over $400,000 and is the most qualified candidate for this seat. She won her primary race with over 60% of the vote. The district is rated as lean Republican, as the percentage share of votes that Republicans have achieved the past elections has continuously declined. We believe that Elaine has a good chance at flipping the district, which is highly populated by members of the Department of Defense.

 

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