Chis Hurst (D)
All candidates listed below have received the VEA Fund’s Recommendation
You may know me as the former evening anchor of WDBJ7 Roanoke. Through that job, I traveled the region, talking to, and learning from you. I heard about and reported on the issues that impact your pocketbooks and your family. Now I want to do more. I believe the people of Southwest Virginia need a strong voice in Richmond. Someone who will advocate for our education system, expand access to healthcare, increase economic opportunity, and protect our natural resources.
Ben Chafin currently represents the 38th District in the Senate of Virginia. He was first elected to the Senate in 2014. Before being elected to the Senate, Ben served the 4th District in the Virginia House of Delegates.
Ben is the owner and operator of a beef-cattle farm in Moccasin Valley. He serves on the the board of First Bank & Trust Company, which has branches throughout Virginia and Eastern Tennessee. Ben is a current member and former president of the Russell County Rotary. He is also an avid outdoorsman who regularly enjoys fishing, hunting, hiking, and camping.
Ben is married to Lora Lee (Carr) Chafin, a teacher in Russell County Public Schools. A Russell County native, Lora has dedicated her life to helping students learn. Ben and Lora are the proud parents of three children. The Chafin family worships at Community Heights Church in Lebanon.
The VEA can count on Senator McClellan to be a champion for equity and opportunity in our public schools. Since she was first elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 2006, Senator McClellan has maintained a 100% voting record on VEA issues and patroned important legislation on our behalf. She is an important voice in the General Assembly for our public schools, our public school employees, our students, and our communities.