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Democratic Candidate for House of Delegates

Running to represent Virginia 20th House District including the Cities of Staunton and Waynesboro and Augusta, Highland, and Nelson Counties

"As a lifelong Virginian and a longtime resident of Staunton, I am eager to represent you in the House of Delegates; fighting for working families, fully -funded public education, protecting the environment, and promoting economic growth and development. I ask for your vote on November 7, 2017"
Michele Edwards

 Michele Edwards on Healthcare for Virginians.

" Why I am running for Delegate for the Virginia 20th District."
 Michele Edwards on Education.


Sunday, September 24, 2017 3:45 PM

Press Release: Michele Edwards, running to defeat Dickie Bell in the 20th District, endorsed by Humane Dominion.

Michele EdwardsFor immediate release: Staunton VA, 09/24/2017
Contact: Julie Scofield | 301-455-2558

Anti-pipeline candidate Michele Edwards, who recently outpaced her opponent Dickie Bell in fundraising has earned the endorsement of Humane Dominion.

Humane DominionDedicated to making Virginia a safer place for animals, the political action committee helps elect animal-friendly candidates. They have endorsed Michele Edwards in her bid for the House of Delegates from the 20th District.

Humane Dominion explains, “Every year, bills are introduced in the General Assembly that have the potential to help or harm the animals we all love. Humane Dominion recognizes that by having legislators in office who are sympathetic to animal issues, we can be much more successful in passing laws that protect animals and defeating those that would hurt them.”

More information about Edwards can be found on

More information about Humane Dominion can be found on

To interview Michele Edwards, please call 301-455-2558

Thursday, September 21, 2017 5:17 PM

Letter to the Editor: Bell stands in the way of insurance for 4,000 of our neighbors

The NewsLeaderFour thousand. That’s the number of your neighbors, friends, people you know, possibly family members, living in the Staunton, Augusta, Waynesboro area who would have health care if the Virginia legislature had approved Medicaid expansion. These aren’t freeloaders. They are people in low-paying jobs who work for small companies that can’t afford to offer their employees health insurance. When adults sign up for Medicaid they are more likely to get their children coverage through the Children’s State Health Insurance Program. Kids with health care; that’s a good thing.

So why hasn’t the Republican majority in the House of Delegates, including our Del. Dickie Bell, approved Medicaid expansion? They say it will cost too much. However, the state will only pick up 10% of the costs, with the rest of the money coming from Washington. The cost of health care for people who don’t have Medicaid or other insurance greatly exceeds Medicaid costs, because people don’t get preventive care or early care. They wait too long and then the care is very expensive. My cousin died because she waited too long. My friend went bankrupt because she couldn't afford insurance and her bills were astronomical. We taxpayers and insured patients pay for the shortfall.

It’s time for the House of Delegates to move forward. For them to do so, we need to vote in new legislators.

Here in the 20th District, that means voting for Michele Dixon Edwards, who will help lead Virginia towards medical coverage for all. Her opponent, Dickie Bell, the incumbent, serves on the Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee which has opposed Medicaid expansion. The USA needs to quit its backward stance on universal health care. We are the only developed country without it. As we continue to fall further behind the rest of the world, this area is one where we can catch up. We can start on the local level, getting coverage for those four thousand neighbors, with sensible health care decisions in Richmond. Michele Edwards can help get us there. Please look at and vote on November 7.


Article in the Staunton NewsLeader

Thursday, September 21, 2017 11:51 AM

Press Relase: Anti-Pipeline Candidate Michele Edwards outpaced opponent Dickie Bell

Michele EdwardsFor Immediate Release: Staunton, VA 09/19/17

Anti-Pipeline Candidate Michele Edwards outpaced opponent Dickie Bell in raising funds in race for VA House of Delegates 20th District seat.

During the reporting period from July 1 to August 31, Edwards raised $23,768 while her opponent, Dickie Bell raised $14,910. All campaign donations over $100 are publically disclosed in Virginia.

Edwards, running for office for the first time, refuses to accept donations from corporations to support her candidacy, depending instead on contributions from actual voters who want to see a change in Richmond. And it’s working. Edwards made three major campaign appearances over the weekend of Sept. 16 in her district. She spoke to voters at the African-American Heritage Festival in Gypsy Hill Park, the Women for Michele event at Gaie Lea Farm in Staunton, and a benefit concert with Angela Lynn (running for the House of Delegates from the 25th district) in Waynesboro. Everywhere she appeared Michele was met with enthusiastic responses from a public eager for her to represent them in the General Assembly.

Her campaign manager, Kirk Wesley says, "This is just another example of Michele’s tremendous work ethic and ability to reach across party lines to gain the trust and support of the diverse constituency of the 20th district. Most of Michele’s donations were raised in small gatherings, in living rooms across the district, as she listened to the concerns of voters. People are responding to Michele's message of inclusive representation in a positive way and view her candidacy as a much needed breath of fresh air.”

To interview Michele Edwards, please call Kirk Wesley, campaign manager.

Edwards’ website is

This event is paid for and supported by the Michele for Delegate Campaign.

Committee to Elect Michele Edwards
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