Delegate Mike Mullin announced his re-election campaign Tuesday morning just three days after the General Assembly adjourned until April.
The freshman Democratic lawmaker currently represents Williamsburg, parts of Newport News, York and James City Counties in the House of Delegates handedly won election last November after beating Republican nominee Heather Cordasco.
Mullin said if he wins re-election he’ll have several legislative priorities, which will make use of the skills he uses every day as an assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Suffolk.
During the 2017 session of the General Assembly Mullin sponsored legislation on a variety of issues, including getting tough on those who commit domestic violence, student discipline in schools, and legislative requests from James CIty County and Williamsburg.
“My life’s work is protecting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault,” Mullin said in a phone interview. “If you’ve been convicted of violent felonies you shouldn’t get a free pass. You shouldn’t be able to get away on a technicality for beating your spouse or loved one.”
Mullin proposed the most legislation of the four freshmen delegates in the General Assembly, and he had the most house bills passed of his freshman colleagues, according to Virginia’s Legislative Information System.
“I’m excited about the success of my first term, but I know that improving schools, decreasing the school to prison pipeline and preparing the Peninsula for the job market of the future doesn’t happen in one session of the General Assembly,” Mullin said in a news release.
Mullin said he’d like to build on his previous legislative actions by setting his sights on non-partisan redistricting reform.
“In 2015, 93 out of 100 House of Delegates races were uncontested,” Mullin said in a telephone interview, “So, if you lived in any of those districts you really didn’t have a say. That’s not right, that’s a threat to democracy. It’s politicians picking their voters. A number of proposals [on redistricting reform] died. Mine died on a party line voice vote at eight in the morning before most people had their coffee. We can’t let maps be drawn just to protect incumbents.”
Mullin said his approach to governing will remain the same if he is re-elected.
“I’ll always do what’s right for the people of the 93rd, regardless of party or politics,” Mullin said in a news release.