Virginia Democrats announced last week two strong candidates, Dr. Jill McCabe of Leesburg and Jewan "Jack" Tiwari of South Riding, to take on some of the General Assembly's most extreme members. Both challengers know that area voters are not well represented by hard-line right-wingers Senator Dick Black and Delegate David Ramadan.
Dr. McCabe, a pediatrician and mother of two, is challenging Dick Black, who has earned a reputation in the General Assembly as a far-right ideologue. He's pushed legislation to ban same-sex couples from adopting children, argued that sexual assault in the military was "as predictable as human nature," and has consistently sparked outrage with his attacks on women's healthcare decisions. Black's positions fall outside of mainstream Virginia values.