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  |Position = Virginia House of Delegates District 39
 
  |Position = Virginia House of Delegates District 39
 
  |Status = Incumbent
 
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  |Tenure = 1996 - Present  
 
  |Tenure = 1996 - Present  
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  |First elected = 1995
 
  |First elected = 1995
 
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  |Profession = Marketing/Realtor
 
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  |Religion = Unitarian
 
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  }}{{TOCnestright}}'''Vivian E. Watts''' is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[Virginia House of Delegates]], representing District 39.  She was first elected to the chamber in 1981, and was elected to her current tenure in 1995. She previously served from 1982 to 1986  
{{TOCnestright}}'''Vivian Watts''' is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[Virginia House of Delegates]], representing District 39 since 1996.  She previously served from 1982-1986  
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Watts has worked as Executive Director of Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates, a consultant for the United States Advisory Committee of Intergovernmental Relations, and as an author/researcher for the United States Department of Justice Grant.<ref>[http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=8227 Project Vote Smart - Delegate Watts]</ref> She earned her B.A. in English at the University of Michigan in 1962.
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==Biography==
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Watts earned her B.A. in English at the University of Michigan in 1962. She has worked as Executive Director of Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates, a consultant for the United States Advisory Committee of Intergovernmental Relations, and as an author/researcher for the United States Department of Justice Grant.<ref>[http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=8227 Project Vote Smart - Delegate Watts]</ref>
  
==Issue positions==
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==Committee assignments==
Watts' answers to the Virginia State Legislative Election 2007 National Political Awareness Test are available.  When asked what her top priorities were, she responded:<Ref>[http://votesmart.org/npat.php?can_id=8227 Project Vote Smart - Delegate Watts ''Issue Positions'']</ref>
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===2012-2013===
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In the 2012-2013 session, Watts served on the following committees:
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* [[Courts of Justice Committee, Virginia House|Courts of Justice]]
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* [[Finance Committee, Virginia House|Finance]]
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* [[Science and Technology Committee, Virginia House|Science and Technology]]
  
*1. Mental health services and procedural reforms to address needs identified as contributing to the Virginia Tech tragedy and the needs of veterans who've experienced brain injuries and post dramatic stress
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===2010-2011===
*2. Adequate, sustained, dedicated state transportation funding from broad based taxes that at least matches what Northern Virginia is raising locally
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In the 2010-2011 session, Watts served on the following committees:
*3. staffing standards for nursing homes funded by taxing estates of over $5 million that are not family farms or wholly owned businesses.
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==Committee assignments==
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2010-2012 committees:
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*[[Courts of Justice Committee, Virginia House|Courts of Justice]]
 
*[[Courts of Justice Committee, Virginia House|Courts of Justice]]
 
**Criminal Law Subcommittee
 
**Criminal Law Subcommittee
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*[[Science and Technology Committee, Virginia House|Science and Technology]]
 
*[[Science and Technology Committee, Virginia House|Science and Technology]]
  
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==Issues==
 
===Sponsored legislation===     
 
===Sponsored legislation===     
 
* HB 1895 Estate tax; reinstates federal credit amount State would receive payments from deaths.  
 
* HB 1895 Estate tax; reinstates federal credit amount State would receive payments from deaths.  
 
* HB 2195 Income tax; in-home health care tax credit.  
 
* HB 2195 Income tax; in-home health care tax credit.  
 
* HB 2196 Income tax, state; deduction for certified nursing assistants and home health aides. <ref>[http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?091+mbr+H108C Bill Tracking - Legislation as Chief Patron]</ref>
 
* HB 2196 Income tax, state; deduction for certified nursing assistants and home health aides. <ref>[http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?091+mbr+H108C Bill Tracking - Legislation as Chief Patron]</ref>
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===Campaign themes===
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====2013====
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Watts’s website [http://www.vivianwatts.com/views.htm highlighted] the following campaign themes:<ref>[http://www.vivianwatts.com/views.htm ''Delegate Vivian Watts'', "Vivian's Views," accessed August 31, 2013]</ref>
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*'''Budget & Taxes
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Excerpt: "Fiscal integrity must be maintained which has earned Virginia our long-standing AAA bond rating and rank of best-managed state. Open processes with full discussion of alternative economic viewpoints and actuarial projections are essential – no blue smoke and mirrors."
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*'''Transportation
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Excerpt: "No solution can be off the table in tackling this major problem; including enhanced transit, increased road capacity, Department of Transportation accountability and management, coordinated land use, private/public financing, user fees that track inflation, increased state and federal funding to Northern Virginia, intersection improvements, telecommuting, etc."
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*'''Education
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Excerpt: "Fairfax County's schools and her taxpayers are not treated fairly in the distribution of state public school support. Fairfax schools have larger average class sizes at every grade level than three-quarters of the rest of Virginia's school districts. Smaller maximum class sizes are critical to meeting the needs of mainstream students as well as students with special needs and to retaining teachers in the face of growing teacher shortage."
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*'''Higher Education
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Excerpt: "Virginia has some of the best colleges and universities in the country. We must make sure that this history of excellence continues and that there is room for all qualified children coming from Northern Virginia. Higher education must be available based on the student's academic ability -- not on ability to pay -- through financial aid and alternatives to residential universities."
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*'''Human Services
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Excerpt: "The Commonwealth of Virginia has a duty to assure that professional standards are met in the delivery of health care for all citizens. For those who cannot provide for their own basic needs, state government actions should enhance the delivery of services; focus on developing maximum abilities that may lead to independence; and not add cost or delay to private, charitable, or local government providers."
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|{{#ev:youtube|gvk0zTc9ZQo|300}}<br><span style="font-size:80%">Delegate Watts speaking at a 2012 rally for women's rights</span>
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====2007====
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Watts' answers to the Virginia State Legislative Election 2007 National Political Awareness Test are [http://votesmart.org/npat.php?can_id=8227 available].  When asked what her top priorities were, she responded:<Ref>[http://votesmart.org/npat.php?can_id=8227 Project Vote Smart - Delegate Watts ''Issue Positions'']</ref>
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*1. "Mental health services and procedural reforms to address needs identified as contributing to the Virginia Tech tragedy and the needs of veterans who've experienced brain injuries and post dramatic stress"
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*2. "Adequate, sustained, dedicated state transportation funding from broad based taxes that at least matches what Northern Virginia is raising locally"
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*3. "Staffing standards for nursing homes funded by taxing estates of over $5 million that are not family farms or wholly owned businesses"
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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===2013===
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:: ''See also: [[Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013]]''
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Watts won re-election in the [[State legislative elections, 2013|2013 election]] for [[Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013|Virginia House of Delegates]] District 39.  Watts ran unopposed in the June 11 [[Democratic]] primary. She was unopposed in the general election which took place on November 5, 2013.<ref>[http://electionresults.virginia.gov/resultsSW.aspx?type=HOD&map=CTY  ''Virginia Board of Elections,'' “Official Results - 2013 General Election," accessed December 2, 2013]</ref>
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===2011===
 
===2011===
 
:: ''See also: [[Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011]]''
  
On November 8, 2011, Watts won re-election to District 39 of the [[Virginia House of Delegates]]. She was uncontested in the August 23 primary and defeated [[Dimitris Kolazas]] (I) in the November 8 general election.<ref>[https://www.voterinfo.sbe.virginia.gov/election/DATA/2011/EB178FD6-875D-4B0D-A295-900A0482F523/Official/8_s.shtml ''Virginia State Board of Elections'' - November 2011 General Election Official Results]</ref>
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On November 8, 2011, Watts won re-election to District 39 of the [[Virginia House of Delegates]]. She was uncontested in the August 23 primary and defeated [[Dimitris Kolazas]] (I) in the November 8 general election.<ref>[https://www.voterinfo.sbe.virginia.gov/election/DATA/2011/EB178FD6-875D-4B0D-A295-900A0482F523/Official/8_s.shtml ''Virginia State Board of Elections'' - November 2011 General Election Official Results]</ref>
  
 
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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===2011===
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In 2011, Watts received $87,185 in campaign donations.  The top contributors are listed below.<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=VA&y=2011&f=H&so=O#sorttable Follow the Money - 2011 contributions]</ref>
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|total raised = 87185
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|total votes = 11297
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|org1 = Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association
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|org2 = Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
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|org3 = Verizon
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|org4 = Dominion
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|org5 = AOL Inc
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|orgdonor1 = 3,000
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|orgdonor2 = 2,500
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|orgdonor3 = 2,000
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|orgdonor4 = 2,000
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|orgdonor5 = 2,000
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|}}
 
===2009===
 
===2009===
The top 5 donors to Watts' 2009 campaign:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=113840 Follow the Money - 2009 Campaign Contributions]</ref>
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The top five donors to Watts' 2009 campaign:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=113840 Follow the Money - 2009 Campaign Contributions]</ref>
 
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==Endorsements==
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===2009===
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In 2009, Watts’s endorsements included the following:
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*''[http://www.washingtonpost.com/ The Washington Post]''<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/23/AR2009102303810.html ''The Washington Post'', "Endorsements in Va. House of Delegates races," October 24, 2009]</ref>
  
 
==Personal==
 
==Personal==
 
Watts and her husband have two children.
 
Watts and her husband have two children.
  
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==Additional reading==
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* [http://vote-va.org/Intro.aspx?State=VA&Id=VAWattsVivianE ''Vote VA'', "Biographical Profile for Vivian Watts," accessed August 30, 2013]
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==Recent news==
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==External links==
 
==External links==
 
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*[http://www.vivianwatts.com/ Delegate Vivian Watts official website]
 
*[http://www.vivianwatts.com/ Delegate Vivian Watts official website]
*[http://dela.state.va.us/dela/MemBios.nsf/014f2f536999a31885256c0d005171db/8af54e0d5716fe8585257535005773d9?OpenDocument Virginia House of Delegates - Rep. Watts]  
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*[http://dela.state.va.us/dela/MemBios.nsf/a7b082ef6ed01eac85256c0d00515644/d41d73a083b65b3b85257b64004568fa?OpenDocument Virginia House of Delegates - Rep. Watts]  
 
*[http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=8227 Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart]
 
*[http://votesmart.org/summary.php?can_id=8227 Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart]
 
*[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=8227 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
 
*[http://votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=8227 Biography from Project Vote Smart]
 
*Campaign Contributions:[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=113840 2009], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=95111 2007], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=77402 2005], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=19516 2003], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=4662 2001], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=2057 1999]
 
*Campaign Contributions:[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=113840 2009], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=95111 2007], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=77402 2005], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=19516 2003], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=4662 2001], [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=2057 1999]
 
*[http://www.statesurge.com/members/115195-vivian-e-watts-virginia State Surge - legislative and voting track record]
 
*[http://www.statesurge.com/members/115195-vivian-e-watts-virginia State Surge - legislative and voting track record]
*[http://richmondsunlight.com/legislator/vewatts/ Richmond Sunlight profile]
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*[http://richmondsunlight.com/legislator/vewatts/ ''Richmond Sunlight'' profile]
*[http://www.vpap.org/candidates/profile/home/462 Virginia Public Access Project profile]
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*[http://www.vpap.org/candidates/profile/home/462 ''Virginia Public Access Project'' profile]
  
 
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Vivian Watts
Vivian Watts.jpg
Virginia House of Delegates District 39
Incumbent
In office
1996 - Present
Term ends
January 13, 2016
Years in position 18
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$17,640/year
Per diem$135/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected1995
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Michigan, 1962
Personal
Birthday06/07/1940
Place of birthDetroit, MI
ProfessionMarketing/Realtor
ReligionUnitarian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Vivian E. Watts is a Democratic member of the Virginia House of Delegates, representing District 39. She was first elected to the chamber in 1981, and was elected to her current tenure in 1995. She previously served from 1982 to 1986

Biography

Watts earned her B.A. in English at the University of Michigan in 1962. She has worked as Executive Director of Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates, a consultant for the United States Advisory Committee of Intergovernmental Relations, and as an author/researcher for the United States Department of Justice Grant.[1]

Committee assignments

2012-2013

In the 2012-2013 session, Watts served on the following committees:

2010-2011

In the 2010-2011 session, Watts served on the following committees:

Issues

  • HB 1895 Estate tax; reinstates federal credit amount State would receive payments from deaths.
  • HB 2195 Income tax; in-home health care tax credit.
  • HB 2196 Income tax, state; deduction for certified nursing assistants and home health aides. [2]

Campaign themes

2013

Watts’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

  • Budget & Taxes

Excerpt: "Fiscal integrity must be maintained which has earned Virginia our long-standing AAA bond rating and rank of best-managed state. Open processes with full discussion of alternative economic viewpoints and actuarial projections are essential – no blue smoke and mirrors."

  • Transportation

Excerpt: "No solution can be off the table in tackling this major problem; including enhanced transit, increased road capacity, Department of Transportation accountability and management, coordinated land use, private/public financing, user fees that track inflation, increased state and federal funding to Northern Virginia, intersection improvements, telecommuting, etc."

  • Education

Excerpt: "Fairfax County's schools and her taxpayers are not treated fairly in the distribution of state public school support. Fairfax schools have larger average class sizes at every grade level than three-quarters of the rest of Virginia's school districts. Smaller maximum class sizes are critical to meeting the needs of mainstream students as well as students with special needs and to retaining teachers in the face of growing teacher shortage."

  • Higher Education

Excerpt: "Virginia has some of the best colleges and universities in the country. We must make sure that this history of excellence continues and that there is room for all qualified children coming from Northern Virginia. Higher education must be available based on the student's academic ability -- not on ability to pay -- through financial aid and alternatives to residential universities."

  • Human Services

Excerpt: "The Commonwealth of Virginia has a duty to assure that professional standards are met in the delivery of health care for all citizens. For those who cannot provide for their own basic needs, state government actions should enhance the delivery of services; focus on developing maximum abilities that may lead to independence; and not add cost or delay to private, charitable, or local government providers."


Delegate Watts speaking at a 2012 rally for women's rights

2007

Watts' answers to the Virginia State Legislative Election 2007 National Political Awareness Test are available. When asked what her top priorities were, she responded:[4]

  • 1. "Mental health services and procedural reforms to address needs identified as contributing to the Virginia Tech tragedy and the needs of veterans who've experienced brain injuries and post dramatic stress"
  • 2. "Adequate, sustained, dedicated state transportation funding from broad based taxes that at least matches what Northern Virginia is raising locally"
  • 3. "Staffing standards for nursing homes funded by taxing estates of over $5 million that are not family farms or wholly owned businesses"

Elections

2013

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Watts won re-election in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 39. Watts ran unopposed in the June 11 Democratic primary. She was unopposed in the general election which took place on November 5, 2013.[5]

2011

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Watts won re-election to District 39 of the Virginia House of Delegates. She was uncontested in the August 23 primary and defeated Dimitris Kolazas (I) in the November 8 general election.[6]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 39 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngVivian Watts Incumbent 76.8% 11,297
     Independent Dimitris Kolazas 23.2% 3,409
Total Votes 14,706

2009

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2009

In 2009, Watts was re-elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. She defeated Joe Bury, Matt Cholko, and James Leslie in the General Election. [7]

Virginia House of Delegates General Election, District 39 (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Vivian Watts (D) 10,391
Joe Bury (R) 7,281
Matt Cholko (L) 580
Jim Leslie (I) 170

Delegate Watts discussing her projects

Campaign donors

2011

In 2011, Watts received $87,185 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[8]

Virginia House of Delegates 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Vivian Watts's campaign in 2011
Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association$3,000
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association$2,500
Verizon$2,000
Dominion$2,000
AOL Inc$2,000
Total Raised in 2011 $87,185
Total Votes received in 2011 11,297
Cost of each vote received $7.72

2009

The top five donors to Watts' 2009 campaign:[9]

Contributor 2009 total
Medical Society of Virginia $4,500
Virginia Dental Assoc $3,000
Dominion $2,500
Northern Virginia Assoc of Realtors $2,500
VTCA - PAC $2,000

Endorsements

2009

In 2009, Watts’s endorsements included the following:

Personal

Watts and her husband have two children.

Additional reading

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