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Shelly Simonds is an educator and a community leader in Newport News. A former Spanish teacher, Shelly is a member of the Newport News School Board, and she has a passion for excellence in education. The mother of two school-age daughters, she is heavily involved in Newport News Public Schools. She supports advancements in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) curriculum and is an active voice in education reform. Committed to connecting students to careers, Simonds serves as Vice-Chair of the Board for New Horizons Regional Education Centers and participates in the Career and Technical Education Advisory Board for the school district.

Sister District supported Shelly in 2017 when she ran for this seat, and we’re excited to support her again. In 2017, Simonds made national headlines when she received the same number of votes as the Republican incumbent; her loss was later determined by a coin flip. This year, Democrats have a great opportunity to flip this seat. The district has historically voted for Democratic candidates at the state and national level. In 2016, Hillary Clinton won House District 94 by nearly 6 points. Read more about Shelly and HD94.


2019 is a thrilling year for Democrats in the Commonwealth—just one seat down in both the state Senate and the House of Delegates, the party is poised to take control of the General Assembly and turn Virginia into a trifecta for the Democrats. New, court-mandated lower chamber district maps more fairly represent Democratic voters in Virginia, which means more Republican-held districts are now in play. And, these are all “Last Chance” races: the legislators elected in 2019 will be serving during the 2021 redistricting process.

In 2017, Virginia was one of the first states to hold a general election during the Trump presidency, and the historic “blue wave” of Democrats who won office was widely considered a bellwether of the Trump “resistance” movement. Sister District supported 13 races in Virginia in 2017, and we are thrilled to return to the Commonwealth in 2019 and help finish the job of flipping the legislature blue.


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