WASHINGTON — Democratic Delegate Dawn Adams won a third term in the House of Delegates tonight. Adams made history in 2017 as the first openly LGBTQ woman elected to the Virginia House of Delegates when she flipped HD-68 and has played a critical role in making Virginia a more fair and equitable place for all — including as the first southern state to protect the LGBTQ community from discrimination.
“Dawn Adams has been an incredible ally for the LGBTQ community as a powerful symbol of representation and a leader in banning LGBTQ discrimination in Virginia,” said Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee President Jessica Post. “She will continue to fight for all Virginians to have full legal and lived equality. By re-electing Delegate Adams to a third term in the Virginia House, voters have sent a message loud and clear that hate and discrimination have no place in our communities.”
The DLCC and its affiliated groups invested in Virginia to support candidates like Delegate Dawn Adams and provided critical political guidance, strategic planning, data analysis, and messaging support — all of which proved to be successful with the Democratic victory in this race.
As Virginia’s only openly lesbian delegate, Dawn Adams provides a unique perspective on policy issues. In office, Dawn is focused on providing Virginians with the necessary support and opportunities to thrive. She defeated Mark Earley Jr, who supported a total abortion ban and would support diverting public money to private schools.
The commonwealth has become a model for passing progressive legislation including making child care more affordable for working families, strengthening voting rights, passing sweeping criminal justice reform measures, creating tuition-free community college programs, raising the minimum wage, ending surprise medical billing, banning LGBTQ discrimination, providing eviction and utility aid, and making Virginia the “Top State for Business” while strengthening workers’ pay, benefits, and working conditions.