2022 Democratic Candidates
Roanoke County Democratic candidates are running for positions at the federal level of government for the United States House of Representatives on the 2022 ballot. Please see the candidates information below and visit the candidates websites to learn more.
IMPORTANT: The VA Congressional districts for 2022 are different than 2020. The Roanoke, VA area in particular changed significantly. Please verify your current district as it may have changed since you last voted.
Candidate for 6th Congressional District
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Jennifer Lewis is a mental health worker and has been a vocal, progressive activist for her community for over 15 years. Jennifer grew up on a small, family-owned dairy farm where she spent summers unloading hay and picking rock. She attended SUNY Oneonta in New York where she met her husband, Ben. After college, Jennifer worked for a violence intervention program as a rape counselor and as a counselor at the domestic violence safe house. She later continued her professional career working in the Virginia public school system, providing mental health services to at-risk youth. Her work in the mental health field as a hospital liaison includes discharging our most vulnerable neighbors from state psychiatric hospitals back into the community where they belong and can thrive. She is dedicated to community involvement and volunteerism – her volunteer experience includes serving on several boards, like the Parks and Recreation commission and serving as President of the Arc of Augusta Board, covering the hotline for New Directions and being involved in animal rescue as a wildlife transporter. Jennifer started a free food pantry in her neighborhood during the beginning of the pandemic to help the community with food shortages and to help cover essential needs.
She supports keeping prescription costs low, expanding and improving Medicare for all, reducing insurance premiums, and fully funding mental health and addiction services. She supports fully funding our schools, increasing pay for teachers, administrators, support staff and transportation, and tuition free community college, public colleges and universities, and trade schools. She supports workers’ right to unionize and collectively bargain – I support passing the Pro Act and repealing “right-to-work” laws. She supports moving towards 100% renewable energy and expanding high-speed broadband to rural areas.
Candidate for 9th Congressional District
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Taysha is a resident of Wise County, making her home in Big Stone Gap, with her young son, Aiden. She was born in Lawton, OK, and is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma. She moved to Virginia in 2011 shortly after her father became the Director of Flatwoods Job Civilian Conservation Center in Coeburn, VA.
Soon after graduating from UVA-Wise in 2018 with a BA in Communications, Taysha began her career at the Appalachian Community Fund as a Regional Organizer and was quickly promoted to her current position as the Donor Engagement Coordinator. Since making Virginia her home, she has been an active member of her community. She is the President of Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards, active in Lonesome Pine Mutual Aid, and a gubernatorial appointee to the Virginia Council on Environmental Justice.
“I come from a culture where preserving and carrying forward our peoples’ traditions and values is a duty. I also recognize that true success requires generational thinking and looking ahead beyond ourselves because what we do today, good or bad, is the next generation’s inheritance.”
“As we look to the future, we must preserve our traditional values in the 9th, but we must also embrace the youth of our communities and what they want and deserve.”
The candidates are listed in district order.