This site allows you to electronically sign petitions for Democratic candidates so that they can be on the ballot as candidates for the Democratic nomination in the June 8th, 2021 primary. We noticed different candidates were collecting these electronic petitions in different ways. This site allows you to sign multiple petitions at once for statewide and for House of Delegates candidates.
My name is Doug Ward, and I am excited to be a Democratic candidate for the House of Delegates from the 18th District.
I am 71 years old, living in Rappahannock County with my husband of 22 years.
While in college I was undecided on how I wanted to spend my life, and so ended up joining the Peace Corps, where I served for three years teaching junior high school in a small village in Liberia, West Africa. This experience convinced me that I wanted to pursue a career helping others, and decided to go to medical school. After graduation I did a residency in Internal Medicine and then a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the NIH.
For the last 34 years I have been in private practice in Washington, DC, specializing in Infectious Diseases and the treatment of HIV/AIDS. I have a large practice, and am widely recognized as one of the leading experts in this field.
I am proud to run as a Democrat. Since the Democratic Party took control of the Virginia legislature two years ago there has been significant progress in the issues that concern me, but we still have a long way to go.
For obvious reasons I am concerned with issues of healthcare. The expansion of Medicaid in 2019 provided healthcare to more than 400,000 Virginians, but there are still significant problems with access to care, particularly in rural areas. We are currently in the midst of a global pandemic, and need competent leadership to get us through these difficult times. While dealing with Covid 19 however, we cannot forget the traditional medical issues and preventative healthcare that can be so difficult in rural settings.
I strongly support raising the minimum wage. The current rate of $7.25 leaves someone working full time below the federal poverty line. This is unacceptable.
Broadband, and even cell coverage is a major problem in rural areas. This is more than a problem of convenience, but impacts education, healthcare, and the economy. It’s embarrassing that our access to this is so poor.
Equal rights, including LGBT rights, is another area where we have made progress. This session of the legislature has seen the repeal of the constitutional ban on gay marriage and a ban on the “gay panic” defense, but again, there’s still a need for more.
Green energy, including wind and solar and micro-nuclear power can improve the environment, reduce climate change, and be a source of new jobs.
Another issue important to rural areas is access to education, including community college and trades schools.
These are just a few of the many areas where progressive leadership in our legislature can improve the quality life in Virginia. I look forward to contributing to that progress.
We have a candidate to run against Republican incumbent Mike Webert in our 18th District of the VA House of Delegates, Doug Ward! More information will be posted soon.
We urgently need to get signatures for his candidate petition.
This year there’s a single digital petition form going around to sign for all the 2021 Virginia Democratic candidates that we can pick in Rappahannock. That includes candidates running to be the Democratic nominee for Governor, Lt Governor, Attorney General nomination on June 8, and Doug Ward, who will be running unopposed as Dem nominee against Webert.
Click here for the digital petition form https://www.vadempetitions.org
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“For the November 3, 2020 election, you may vote in person at your polling place, OR if you requested an absentee ballot, you may complete it and drop it off at your polling place on Election Day. If you drop off your absentee ballot, it MUST be returned in the sealed envelopes provided.” – Virginia Department of Elections.
Find your polling place here: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/
Voters may provide either an acceptable form of ID or sign an ID Confirmation Statement at the polls.
You can show any of the following IDs to vote (source: VA Dept. of Elections):
- Voter confirmation documents
- Virginia driver’s license*
- Virginia DMV-issued photo ID
- United States passport
- Employer-issued photo ID
- Student ID issued by any community college or university located in the United States
- Other U.S. or Virginia government-issued photo ID
- Tribal enrollment or other tribal photo ID
- Virginia Voter Photo ID card
- A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document containing the name and address of the voter
Here’s a link with more details of accepted IDs: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/media/formswarehouse/voter-id/outreach-materials/documents/EditedVoter-Identification-Chart-07.2020.pdf
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Virginia Democratic Coordinated Campaign Field Organizer – Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Frederick, Orange, Rappahannock, Warren, Winchester (City)
Click the following link to find your voter registration status and more: https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation/Lookup/status
If you find any issues, contact in the Registrars office right away. You may have to fill out a provisional ballot .