Virginia governor’s race

Election is November 7, 2017

Support Ralph Northam (D)

Opponent is Ed Gillespie (R)

Ralph Northam is a pediatric neurologist who has personal experience with barriers to adequate health care for people with disabilities. In his political career, he has worked with some success to expand access. Ed Gillespie opposes Medicaid expansion, which the Virginia legislature has blocked under the current Democratic governor. The legislature is far more Republican than the electorate, because of gerrymandering that reduces the impact of minority voters and allows incumbent politicians to choose their voters. On other issues of special concern to people with disabilities, Northam’s positions are “moderate” rather than excellent. But Gillespie would defund public education, cut taxes on corporations and wealthy individuals, and otherwise attack public services on which all people depend.