CD2 Candidates

CD2 Candidates

cd2 forumThe June 2018 Democratic Primary will determine who faces Scott Taylor in the polls in November 2018.

To help you make your decision and cast your vote in the June 2018 Democratic Primary, here are the Democrats seeking the nomination for U.S. House of Representatives, Virginia 2nd District, along with links to their websites for more information.

Listed lower on this page are the two Democratic candidates shown in the order in which they filed their signature and fees.

2nd Congressional District Democratic Candidates

Elaine Luria

elaine luria

A retired Navy Commander and small business owner of the Mermaid Factory, Elaine served our country in uniform for 20 years. In Congress, Elaine will champion affordable health care, common sense gun safety measures, strong environmental protections, pay equity, preserving Social Security and Medicare, affordable housing, and a strong and ready military. She is running for Congress to ensure that every child has equal access to the American Dream.
Find out more about Elaine here.



Karen Mallard

karen mallardAfter 30 years as a public school teacher, Karen has spent her life fighting for children, and is ready to bring that tenacity and devotion to Congress. She is committed to gun reform, a strong education policy including a commitment to the physical and digital infrastructure of public schools, affordable healthcare, a living minimum wage, a clearly articulated national security strategy, support for veterans, environmental protections, and women’s reproductive rights.
Find out more about Karen here.





The Commonwealth of Virginia and Virginia Beach made history on November 7, 2017, when we let Trump and his Republicans know that we want leaders who represent the best of who we are as human beings. We must continue to oppose the current administration’s attack on education, tax reform, health care, the environment, the economy, human rights and more. Now, more than ever, we must be involved in every election and at every level of government.

Reclaiming the U.S. Congress for the Democrats is key.

To reclaim a Democratic majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrats must flip at least 24 Republican seats. Current polling suggests that of the U.S. Congressional seats currently considered “competitive”—meaning they are rated as a toss-up between the two parties or only slightly leaning toward one party or the other–one of those key competitive seats belongs to Representative Scott Taylor.


Why we need to replace Scott Taylor in the U.S. House of Representatives as the representative from Virginia’s 2nd District.

-He follows Trump’s lead. Scott Taylor’s legislative voting record lines up with Trump a whopping 98.5% of the time.

-He has an A rating from the National Rifle Association. Scott Taylor accepts contributions from the NRA and has vowed to fight any proposal that appears to support gun control. (See below: All of the Democratic contenders for Scott’s seat oppose the NRA-backed status quo.)

-He is dangerous to the environment. Scott Taylor has routinely voted to strip and roll back environmental protections. The League of Conservation Voters shows that over his lifetime record, Scott Taylor has voted against environmental protections 94% of the time. Scott Taylor has an F rating with the Sierra Club.

-He is anti-choice. Despite his statements that he supports a woman’s right to choose, he voted to defund Planned Parenthood.

-He is anti-immigration, and voted to penalize states and localities that have “sanctuary laws” on immigration.

-He voted with the big banks, voting to dismantle Dodd-Frank, the legislation aimed at preventing another disastrous mortgage lending crisis.


JUNE 12, 2018: Mark Your Calendar and Vote for Change

Be sure to cast your vote in the Primary, Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

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Thank you to all who attended our forum in May with Elaine Luria and Karen Mallard for a 2nd Congressional Candidate Forum at Ocean Lakes High School.

vivian j paigeThanks also to our candidates and especially our forum moderator, Vivian J. Paige. Vivian is a senior lecturer of accounting at Old Dominion University and president of Vivian J. Paige, CPA, PC. She also maintains a political blog, All Politics Is Local, and is the source of information and commentary for local, state and federal issues. Ms. Paige is a frequent guest on local radio, television and various forum panels as a citizen’s voice on political and racial issues and writes a regular column for The Virginian-Pilot. She was a co-founder of Norfolk United Facing Race; a founding board member of the Hampton Roads Center for Civic Engagement; and currently serves on the board of directors of the ACLU of Virginia.