Candidate Profile
Vivian Watts

Democrat , Virginia


Panel Rating*

Verified Liberal Information icon *

*Additional information appears below for educational purposes; however, only data received prior to the candidate deadline was considered during Panel Evaluation.


Conservative Organizations

National Federation of Independent Business VA (NFIB-VA), 2019:  60%
Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation (VTPPF), 2019:  31%, 21% (cum.)
Club for Growth VA, 2021:  21%, 15% (cum.)
American Conservative Union Foundation VA (ACU - VA), 2020:  5%, 13% (cum.)
Citizens Defense League VA (VCDL), 2021:  13%
Middle Resolution, 2018:  13%
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2016:  5%, 10% (cum.)
Family Foundation VA, 2021:  5%



Liberal Organizations

Equality Virginia, 2021:  100%
NARAL Pro-Choice VA, 2021:  A
Virginia Education Association (VEA), 2021:  100%
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations VA (AFL-CIO VA), 2019:  79%, 95% (cum.)
Sierra Club VA, 2021:  93%
League of Conservation Voters VA (VALCV), 2020:  100%, 89% (cum.)
Planned Parenthood Advocates of VA, 2012:  75%




*These endorsements were received after the deadline and were not considered in the Panel Evaluations and are for additional educational purposes only.


Emily's List, Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, LGBT Democrats of Virginia, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, National Organization for Women (VA chapter), Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia and 4 more

Reported by Candidate

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Selected Contributions


ActBlue (2020), College Democrats of America (2016), Commonwealth Victory Fund (2011), Dan Helmer (2019), David W. (Dave) Marsden (2017), Democratic Asian Americans (2019) and 8 more
Amalgamated Transit Union (2011), American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (2018), American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (2021), American Nurses Association (2006), Communication Workers of America (2017), Democratic Latino Organizations (2007) and 19 more







Other Information

Listed as a patron (co sponsor) of legislation to expand late term abortion:


Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim, unless the candidate requests a typo change or we remove inappropriate language.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Disagree

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.


Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

As it has been under Roe v. Wade, abortion should continue to be a woman's legal healthcare decision, which after the first trimester should be (as it has been) a rare but essential medical option. Birth control that prevents a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus (such as an IUD or the pill) should never be termed an abortion -- Note: No Republican supported my 2020 bill to thus protect birth control.


It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.


Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.


Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

No Answer

Socialism provides a robust foundation for a stable economy.


What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Up to 1 million of the 1.5 million job vacancies in Virginia over the next decade will require more than high school but less than 4 years of college. Upward mobility is open to workers with industry-recognized certification or an associate degree – particularly in cyber security, construction trades, and many areas of healthcare. Therefore, my priorities are free and/or needs-based community college assistance and strengthening industry and union apprenticeships.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

(1) State and local government's first responsibility is robust, relevant public education. (Our educated workforce was the driving factor in Virginia being again ranked as the Best State for Business this year.) (2) We must address the challenge of the ever-widening spread between wealth and poverty to provide equal opportunity and, at the same time, to increase the buying power of consumers. Pressing areas include the minimum wage, affordable housing, and tax reform. (3) Virginia will always be challenged to address regional differences in attracting employers and holding jobs. Expanding high speed broadband and development of green energy jobs are key components; bidding wars on tax incentives with other states are not.

Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or business owners because of their deeply held religious beliefs.


Governments should not penalize those who define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.

Strongly Disagree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.



It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.


How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

Since we finally acted in 2019 to participate in the Affordable Care Act, over 528,000 Virginians now have basic Medicaid coverage. Due to those unemployed by COVID losing employer coverage, this exceeds the 400,000 projected. By 2023, we'll have a state-run insurance exchange as a lower cost option for individuals and small businesses to rates currently available through the 9 private insurers in Va's exchange. Perhaps because we have more private insurers competing than in other states, almost all the 9 insurers did reduce rates this year. Other areas we're addressing include reducing the cost of prescription drugs, mental health coverage, dental coverage, and ending surprise billings by hospitals for healthcare services by non-network providers. A major consideration in every initiative is whether it expands coverage so more share in the cost of the healthcare of those who will need it. Finally, I am committed to improve nursing home Medicaid standards of care.

National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.



I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.


I support sanctuary cities.

No Answer


Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.



Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.


Any teaching to children on sex education in public schools must include all contraceptive methods, and should not show preference to abstinence.


People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."


Free speech is under attack on public university and college campuses.


Parents should be the primary authority in decisions affecting their minor children.

No Answer

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?


Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

The Golden Rule; Matthew 25:40 (In as much as you have done it unto the least of these ...); Matthew 25:14-30 (Parable of the Talents); married in a white dress, with mutual loyalty and support that has lasted 61 years.


When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Somewhat Liberal

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question. Me / Vivian's Views / The Election

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

Growing up in a low-income rural area. Being the first in my family to graduate from college with a strong, diverse education that prepared me for lifetime learning. Over 15 years of active community involvement before running for office. Serving as Virginia Secretary of Transportation and Public Safety. A wide-range of employment from Chamber of Commerce to Executive Director of Court-Appointed Special Advocates assigned to the most severe cases of child abuse and neglect. Staying in touch.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you: 703-978-2989

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

I am using this space to address questions I didn't answer: 14. I greatly value Virginia's triple-A bond rating which reflects our budget discipline, but I need details of a Balanced Budget Amendment. 16. Virginia doesn't have sanctuary cities. Bills prohibiting them are un-necessary at best and bad policy at worse if they lead to predatory exploitation of immigrants who are afraid of law enforcement. 23. While parents should take full responsibility, having worked extensively with abused and neglected children, I can't give a blanket answer to this question.

Judicial Philosophy

Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.

Strongly Disagree

Criminal Justice

I support the death penalty.


Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.


2nd Amendment

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.



  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, BA, 62
Work & Military
  • Fairfax CASA, Executive Director, 1993-2000
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  • Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, Dir of Research & Legislative Activities, 1977-79
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  • Virginia Sec of Transportation & Public Safety, Held 1986-90
  • Virginia Delegate, Held 1982-85; 1996 -
  • Chair, Fairfax Board of Supervisors, Sought 1981

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