Virginia Senate, 17th District, VA
Ben is a computer scientist and former National Science Foundation with a focus on AI who lives in Culpeper, VA, with his husband, Chris. He will bring his problem-solving skills to Richmond and engineer solutions to help his community succeed. His skills were used in 2017 when he was the Democratic nominee for Delegate in the conservative 30th House District, over-performing expectations and becoming the best-performing Democrat in 20 years. Ben was inspired to run for State Senate when his Senator, Bryce Reeves, ran a divisive and homophobic campaign for Lt. Gov.