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Joyce Emphasizes Health Care in Office Run

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.”

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Joyce Challenging Brewer

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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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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