Sheila Bynum-Coleman is running in District 62 in Chesterfield County, an odd-shaped piece south of Richmond.
Sheila is currently on the Virginia Board of Contractors, and has a long history of community organizing and volunteering. She ran for this seat in 2015. Hillary won 45% of the vote here in 2016, and Obama won 46% in 2012, so this one is a fight, but if there’s ever a year to make gains here, this is it.
Sheila’s website is here: www.sheilafordelegate.com
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Describe the moment you decided to run for delegate:
When I decided to run for a second term I actually felt anxiety in my chest. I was walking out of a meeting with my current Delegate I was driving and had to pull over because I felt a pain in my chest and I was full of emotion. After my conversation I felt a responsibility to run again I had an overwhelming feeling of despair. I knew at that moment that I couldn’t wait until redistricting happened and the district became less gerrymandered or he retired and the seat was opened. I knew I had to run now that we the people couldn’t go through another term of our Delegate doing the “least amount possible.” I felt obligated to at least try to help the people in my community.
What is the #1 issue you want to work on in the legislature?
The #1 issue I want to work on is community action. I want to know what the people in the district want done and work towards those things. I have a long list of things I want to work on but my first priority is finding out what the people in the district want and need. For so long we have gone without having a voice and I want to be that voice. I don’t want to spend another day, month or year allowing the people to be ignored. What I’ve heard while going door to door is most people have more in common than they realize. I’ve heard about Schools, Jobs, Criminal Justice Reform and Transportation. Things we can work on by working together.
What is the worst thing about your Republican challenger?
I believe the worst thing about my Republican challenger is his lack of concern for the people he serves. Our Delegate votes straight down the party line and doesn’t present legislation his work has been co-sponsoring bills. The people in the district as a unit feel disenfranchised and left out. No matter the social or economic status most people feel they haven’t been represented.
What is uniquely cool about your district?
I think what is uniquely cool about my district is the diversity. District 62 includes parts of Chesterfield, Henrico, Hopewell and Prince George each part of the district has diverse makeup however they all have common issues.
PerSisters Podcast interview with Sheila: https://www.persisterspodcast.com/single-post/2017/04/09/Special-Edition-Sheila-Bynum-Coleman-VA-62
Meet the Contenders interview with Sheila: http://podbay.fm/show/1234261957/e/1494708637?autostart=1
Announcement of Sheila to Governor's Board of Contractors: https://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/newsarticle?articleId=19576