ICYMI: Virginia House Democrats and Take The Majority Launch $90,000 Digital Ad Campaign Targeting GOP leaders Kirk Cox and Chris JonesAfter Speaker Kirk Cox and Delegate Chris Jones racially gerrymandered themselves into safe seats and spent years preventing thousands of Virginia families from accessing affordable healthcare, the House Democratic Caucus and Take the Majority will launch a new series of digital ads to hold them accountable. Cox and Jones are struggling to appeal to voters in their new, constitutional districts, and the new digital ad campaign is another sign of the growing momentum against them. Cox is facing Sheila Bynum-Coleman, who recentlyoutraised him in the June filing period. Jones is facing Clint Jenkins, an Army veteran and small business owner raised in his district.
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By Patrick Wilson
July 23, 2019
Virginia House Democrats said they will spend $90,000 starting Tuesday for digital ads targeting two top GOP leaders, including Speaker of the House Kirk Cox.
Cox, R-Colonial Heights, and Del. Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, are in re-election fights this year following a court-ordered redistricting that dramatically changed their districts. All 140 seats in the General Assembly, where Republicans narrowly control each chamber, are up for election in November.
House Democrats said in a news release that they will spent an initial $90,000 targeting voters in the redrawn districts of Cox and Jones. The ads focus on health care and their "consistent opposition to the Affordable Care Act."
After previously opposing expansion of Medicaid in Virginia under the federal law, both Cox and Jones voted to pass Medicaid expansion in 2018 following Democratic gains of 15 seats in the state House in November 2017.
Both Republican leaders are taking their election challenges seriously. Cox faces Sheila Bynum-Coleman, a real estate agent who has made several unsuccessful runs for delegate in the Richmond area, while Jones faces Clint Jenkins, a real estate agent and the chairman of the 3rd U.S. House District Democratic Committee.
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