NFIB Endorses Small Biz-Friendly Virginia General Assembly Candidates

Date: January 01, 2015

The polls will be open June 9 for state primary elections. Here’s what voters need to know.

Virginia voters will hit the voting booths on June 9 for the primary elections of state legislators. NFIB has endorsed several candidates and urges members to vote for those that advocate for small business.

Polls are open on Primary (remove “Election”) Day from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., and members can vote in the same precinct they do as during the general election.

Union members and leaders are expected to come out in full force this year at the polls to vote for legislators who may pass laws that will negatively impact small business.

Members of the small business community have typically participated in elections in large numbers to influence pro-business issues. NFIB encourages small business members and their friends and family to turn out to vote for NFIB-endorsed candidates in the June 9 primary, and again in November.

“There are primaries taking place where we have not endorsed any candidates,” says Nicole Riley, NFIB/Virginia state director. “We encourage all members to visit the State Board of Elections website to see if they live in a district that might have a primary even though NFIB has not endorsed any candidates.”  Visit

June 2 is the last day to apply for an absentee ballot by mail. Saturday, June 6 is the last day to apply for an absentee ballot in person.

Here is a quick roundup of incumbents NFIB supports:

  • Steve Martin (11th Senate District)
  • John Cosgrove (14th Senate District)
  • Chris Head (17th House District)
  • Emmett Hanger (24th Senate District)
  • Bill Howell (28th House District)
  • Mark Berg (29th House District)
  • Johnny Joannou (79th House District)

“For incumbents, we rely on a voting record,” says Riley. “All of these members had exemplary voting records for small business. They have supported the vast majority of our initiatives, from keeping taxes low, protecting private property rights, opposing Obamacare expansion and trying to keep mandates and regulations on small business to a minimum and reasonable level.

“They all have a proven track record and we want to make sure our members know which legislators have supported us in the past. We hope members will support these candidates on June 9.”

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