20-Year Delegate Bill Barlow Has Endorsed Michele Joyce for his Former Seat

(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.

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314 Action Endorses Michele Joyce for Virginia House of Delegates

(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.

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Focused Like a Laser - Send a Hot Message in 2019

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!

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2019 STEM Candidates Meet With Governor Northam

(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.”

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Who is This Helping?

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.  

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Joyce to Challenge Brewer in the 64th House District

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.

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Michele Joyce, Candidate for Virginia House of Delegates, District 64

(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.

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We Are Fighting Back!

We have a real tough time finding candidates in rural red districts. Traditionally, these candidates step up on their own, without much support from the state party, much less from outside organizations.  

Although it shouldn’t; running for office takes real money.  The startup costs alone discourage potential candidates from throwing their hat in the ring.

Support typically comes only AFTER a candidate starts filling their coffers, and proving themselves “viable.” Donors only supporting the races that are sure wins. 

This year is different.

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