IBEW Local Union 26
Washington, D.C.

                      VIRGINIA      VOTE NOVEMBER 6TH                        

As voters and union members, we head to the polls this November to elect leaders who will positively strengthen the Commonwealth, as well as represent and fight for working families. This election will set the tone for generations to come, and your vote will make the difference. The NoVA Labor Federation, AFL-CIO and the VA Building & Construction Trades Council, has met and interviewed these candidates and knows where they stand on our issues. These candidates are the best choice for the future of working families this November.


Senator Tim Kaine has served in the Senate since 2010, where he has kept up his fight to ensure that jobs, opportunity and education are available to all. He worked across the aisle to pass legislation to expand career and technical education, reduce veteran’s unemployment, and fund childhood cancer research. He has championed raising wages, investing in infrastructure, expanding healthcare access, criminal justice reform, and common sense gun safety rules that build a Virginia that works for all.        
CD 1 - Vangie Williams is a public servant and a proven leader who was called upon after 9/11 to help create the Transportation Security Administration and hire nearly 70,000 federal workers. From managing operational projects for NASA and the U.S. Navy, to serving as a mentor for youth sports programs, Vangie has always served her country and community. She was a project manager for Clark Construction and knows our industry.
CD 5 - Leslie Cockburn devoted an entire day to learn about and tour four JATC facilities in Lanham, including IBEW Local 26. We provided information about Right-to-Work and our position on the transatlantic pipeline. A professional journalist for over 35 years, Leslie has covered the major issues of our times. She has produced CBS News “60 Minutes” and served as a correspondent for PBS “Frontline”. Her belief in fact-based decisions may predict support for PLAs, Davis-Bacon protections and increased funding for the DOL.
CD 6 - Jennifer Lewis is a mental health worker, and community advocate for environmental protection. She has chaired the Waynesboro Park/Recreation District and is Chair of the Office on Youth Commission. She provided mental health services to at-risk youth in the public schools. Currently, she works with mentally ill adults who are transitioning from inpatient care. We believe her commitment to the community and citizens of the 6th District will make her a strong advocate for apprenticeships and local workforce agreements.
CD 7 - Abby Spanberger left the CIA in 2014 to begin a career in the private sector. Growing up in a union household taught her the value of working people bargaining together for better wages and job conditions. She is committed to creating middle class jobs by improving our energy and communication infrastructure. She supports expanding broad-band internet so rural Virginians are on a level playing field. Abby is a member of the VA Fair Housing Board and a volunteer Girl Scout leader. She and her husband raise three children in Henrico County.
CD 10 – Jennifer Wexton was elected to the VA Senate in 2014. She has been serving the citizens of No. Virginia for almost two decades, as prosecutor, advocate for children, and as a legislator focusing on the concerns of working families. Last session she introduced a bill to establish paid medical leave, increase the minimum wage and mandate equal pay and benefits for equal work. From 2001 to 2005 she served as Asst. Commonwealth’s Attorney for Loudon County and was elected Chief Judge of the Loudon Circuit Court. Her legislative efforts have focused on preparing children for jobs in the future. This year, she requested a day at the Manassas JATC to learn the benefits of apprenticeships for both students and for business.
CD 8 - Congressman Don Beyer began his first term in the House of Representatives in 2015, serving the 8th congressional district in Northern Virginia. He has spent the past 40 years building his family business as a community-based group of retail automobile dealerships. Don began his career in public service in 1989, as Virginia’s Lt. Governor, and served as Ambassador to Switzerland under President Obama. Keenly aware of the need to protect the federal workforce, which is a large percentage of the workers in the 8th District, he stands with them seeking increased wages and job security. His lifetime voting score from the AFL-CIO indicates he voted with workers and families 94% of the time.
CD 11 - Congressman Gerry Connolly is serving his fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia’s 11th District, which includes Fairfax County, Prince William County, and the City of Fairfax in Northern Virginia. Prior to his election to Congress, he served 14 years on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, including five years as Chairman. Throughout his career, protecting and growing Northern Virginia’s economy has been his top priority. The AFL-CIO gives him a lifetime voting record of 90% favorable when it comes to labor and worker legislation.

Alexandria City Mayor - Justin Wilson has been a friend of Labor on the Alexandria city council throughout his career and we look forward to his leadership as Mayor of Alexandria. Justin backs an ambitious plan to add lights to T. C. Williams High School Stadium, build another school, develop the Landmark Mall property, and oversee the almost 1 billion dollar Sanitary Sewer Plan.

Alexandria City City Council
Del Pepper
John Taylor Chapman
Mo Seifeldein
Canek Aguirre
Elizabeth Bennett-Parker
Amy Jackson

Alexandria City School Board
Michelle Rief

If you Vote for them, here is how they Vote AGAINST YOU

Rob Wittman (CD1) votes 86% of the time against union workers. He supports National Right-to-Work, and voted 5 times to repeal Davis-Bacon (Federal Prevailing Rate).

Dave Brat (CD5) votes 94% of the time against union workers. He supports National Right-to-Work, and voted 5 times to repeal Davis-Bacon (Federal Prevailing Rate).

Barbara Comstock (CD10) votes 77% of the time against union workers. She supports National Right-to-Work, and voted 5 times to repeal Davis-Bacon (Federal Prevailing Rate).