WASHINGTON — Virginia Democratic Delegate Kelly Fowler won a critical race for re-election in HD-21. Fowler was born and raised in Virginia Beach and has been delivering for her constituents since she flipped the seat in 2017. The RSLC failed to win back this seat, despite spending $55,340 in support of Tanya Gould in a political environment that historically favors Republicans. In this tight race, her opponent supported policies that would redirect public funding toward private schools and opposed Virginia’s mask requirements in schools — positions voters wholly rejected.
“Kelly Fowler has been an advocate for Virginia Beach in Richmond for years and voters sent her back for another term,” said Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee President Jessica Post. “As a lifelong resident of Virginia Beach, Delegate Fowler is deeply connected to her community and understands the issues facing her neighbors. I am so excited to see her return to Richmond to advocate for education funding, health care access, and job creation.”
The DLCC and its affiliated groups invested in Virginia to support candidates like Delegate Kelly Fowler 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 a Virginia Beach native, Kelly Fowler understands the needs of Virginia Beach residents and has spent years fighting for them in the House of Delegates. She ran to advocate for education funding, health care access, and job creation.
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.