(Smithfield, Va., Nov. 1, 2019) — United States Senator Mark Warner endorsed Michele Joyce for Virginia House of Delegates, District 64. Senator Warner said:
“As a longtime community organizer and health care navigator from Smithfield, Michele Joyce understands the needs of rural Virginians. I am proud to support Michele Joyce for Delegate because she will continue to fight for affordable access to health insurance as a fierce advocate for your community. I encourage the folks of HD-64 to get out and vote for Michele Joyce on November 5.”
A first-term Republican will face off against a Democratic newcomer this November to represent the 64th District in the Virginia House of Delegates, with rural access to broadband internet and health care the top concerns of their two campaigns.
(Smithfield, Va., Oct. 23, 2019) — Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) endorsed Michele Joyce for Virginia House of Delegates, District 64. Congressman Scott said:
“I endorse Michele Joyce for delegate because she has proven herself as a community leader in Hampton Roads with over a decade as an organizer and advocate, helping rural Virginians to find access to affordable health care. Michele will bring a valuable perspective to the General Assembly where her ability to take action will greatly serve the hardworking residents of Isle of Wight County, Prince George County, Suffolk and Surry County.”
Keeping our communities safe is the most important task we give our state legislators. Safety in public spaces is not a Republican versus Democrat nor a hunters versus moms issue. We can preserve 2nd Amendment rights and reduce gun violence simultaneously. However, our General Assembly refuses to work on gun safety legislation.
All Virginians mourn when gun violence takes innocent lives. Both Democrats (96%) and Republicans (76%) support universal background checks; 73% of Virginians who voted for President Donald Trump support red-flag laws (Wason Center for Public Policy 2018 survey/Public Policy Polling 2019 poll). Our legislature should follow the will of the people and institute common-sense measures that will save lives while preserving Second Amendment rights.
In House District 64, candidate and proud gun owner Michele Joyce finds no contradiction between bearing arms and protecting lives. Conversely, Del. Emily Brewer is a member of the Republican majority which stonewalled protective measures that could have saved lives in Virginia Beach.
Come Election Day, we must choose candidates based not on party lines but on their commitment to common-sense solutions and public safety. We will be voting for Michele Joyce in HD 64. We encourage readers to vote for candidates like her, who can provide a safer future for us all.
Cdr. Pete Buelow, USN retired, and The Rev. Peggy Buelow
Michele Joyce had no intentions of getting involved in politics.
But that’s when fate, and her work as a community activist, intervened.
About 10 years ago, Joyce had a neighbor whose husband had recently died as she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She said because he didn’t have insurance through his employer, and because she had a pre-existing condition due to having breast cancer, she couldn’t get health care. Bankruptcy, Joyce said, was her neighbor’s only option.
“She had to make decisions between eating and having her treatment,” Joyce said, “and that shouldn’t happen in our country. There’s no reason for anyone to have to make those kinds of decision.”
Because she had insurance as a computer scientist at Jefferson Lab in Newport News — writing software for the lab’s particle accelerator — “I didn’t really know how flawed the system was.”
Virginia’s gun control debate is expected to resume in November, but the session is scheduled after the general election when control of the House of Delegates and Senate is on the line.
It also comes after residents in the 64th district of the House of Delegates choose who they want to send to Richmond — incumbent Republican Del. Emily Brewer, or her challenger, Democrat Michele Joyce.
The gun control issue typically splits along party lines, and it was Republicans who, within 90 minutes, pulled the plug on Gov. Ralph Northam’s special session in July following the May mass shooting in Virginia Beach that killed 13, including the shooter.
Joyce is a Democrat but is quick to say she is part of a responsible gun owning family. Her husband enjoys hunting. But, as a mother, she dreads getting a call that her child’s school is on lock-down.
“That adds a whole new dimension on being scared,” she said.
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(Smithfield, Va., Aug. 13, 2019) — Former Delegate Bill Barlow endorsed Michele Joyce for the seat he once held representing the 64th District of Virginia in the House of Delegates. Barlow, an attorney from Smithfield, Va., previously represented the same district for 20 years, 1992 – 2012. Barlow will also be joining the Joyce for Delegate campaign as chairman of her bipartisan steering committee.
Delegate Barlow released the following statement with endorsement:
“I know the General Assembly, its obstacles and what it takes to improve our community through legislation. Because of that, I can confidently say that Michele Joyce is the best candidate to represent HD-64 and will continue her longtime work of fiercely advocating for our communities in Isle of Wight, Surry, Prince George County and Suffolk.
(Smithfield, Va.) — Smithfield resident Michele Joyce is running as a Democrat to represent the 64th district in the Virginia House of Delegates.
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(Washington, D.C.) — Today, 314 Action, the nation’s largest resource for scientists and STEM professionals running for public office, announced its endorsement of Michele Joyce, a computer scientist candidate and William & Mary physics graduate who writes software for a particle accelerator at Jefferson Lab in Newport News, Va.
Michele is running to represent rural Virginians, bringing focus to the everyday concerns of a community overlooked and underrepresented—starting with affordable access to health care. Michele prides herself on being a “problem solver.” As a computer scientist of 20 years and a rural health care advocate for 10, she brings a unique background to the 2019 races and rounds out a needed perspective in Virginia’s General Assembly.
I had a great day yesterday—kind of like my dog, Sir Isaac Fig Newton, cool and oblivious indoors on an otherwise blistering hot day.
You know one of those rare days that everything seems aligned just right? Today I am finally able to announce my first true political endorsement as a candidate! I got a call that I received the endorsement from 314Action, an organization dedicated to electing more politicians who come from STEM background. I’m still beaming!
You see, I graduated from William & Mary, in 1993, with a B.S. in physics. And I’ve written software for 20 years at Jefferson Lab, one of the nations particle accelerators—yes, yes ... like in “Angels and Demons.” You can’t get more STEM than that!
(Smithfield, Va., July 12, 2019) — The STEM Dems ©, a caucus of 2019 Democratic STEM candidates for the Virginia General Assembly, will meet Monday, July 15, with Governor Ralph Northam at the Executive Mansion.
The STEM Dems’ goal for their meeting with the governor is to look ahead to the 2020 legislature and gain a better understanding of where their diverse backgrounds can help the work of the General Assembly. “Before he was governor, Northam was himself a STEM member of the Virginia Senate, so we share some common ground heading into Monday’s meeting,” said Michele Joyce, candidate for HD-64. “I look forward to having a conversation with him about how my physics/tech background can work for Isle of Wight County.”
Sat down to have my morning cup of coffee with CNN, and within minutes, they interrupted the program and cut to Trump exiting Air Force One with Melania.
Why is this newsworthy? Now, I understand that a president visiting the Queen is something worth reporting. But an entire day of following him while he and his crooked entourage revel in the royal treatment? Especially after reporting that right before he landed, he started his twitter war with London’s mayor! Why are hearing about Ivanka’s new dress, instead of why the taxpayers are paying for her, and the rest of his non-admin adult children to attend.
Longtime Jefferson Lab computer scientist Michele Joyce is challenging Del. Emily Brewer, R-Suffolk, for the 64th House of Delegates district in the November election The Democratic Party nominating committee for the Suffolk-to-Prince George County district has selected her as the party’s candidate for the November election.
Joyce, lives in Smithfield, where she’s been active as a volunteer health care navigator, helping more than 100 families secure health insurance.
That experience is why she says she is running.
(Smithfield, Va., June 10, 2019) — Michele Joyce, known by many in Isle of Wight County for her community organizing and healthcare advocacy, is proud to formally announce her campaign for Virginia House of Delegates, District 64 (Isle of Wight County, Prince George County, Suffolk City, Surry County).
Michele Joyce is a longtime resident of Smithfield, where she and her husband have raised their two daughters. She is best described as a “problem solver.” Michele has a background in physics and has worked at Jefferson Lab in Newport News, Virginia, for 20 years, writing software for the Lab’s particle accelerator. For the last decade, Michele has been a volunteer community leader and advocate, helping hundreds of residents in rural areas of HD-64 to find affordable access to health care.