Candidate Profile
Vivian Watts

Democrat , Virginia


Panel Rating

Very Liberal Information icon


Conservative Organizations

Chamber of Commerce VA, 2018:  67%
National Federation of Independent Business VA (NFIB-VA), 2017:  58%
Citizens Defense League VA (VCDL), 2019:  40%
Family Foundation VA, 2018-19:  28%
Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation (VTPPF), 2018:  10%, 22% (cum.)
American Conservative Union Foundation VA (ACU - VA), 2018:  30%, 13% (cum.)
Middle Resolution, 2018:  13%
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2016:  5%, 10% (cum.)



Liberal Organizations

NARAL Pro-Choice VA, 2019:  100%, 100% (cum.)
Sierra Club VA, 2018:  100%
Virginia Education Association (VEA), 2018:  100%
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations VA (AFL-CIO VA), 2017:  95%
League of Conservation Voters VA (VALCV), 2018:  100%, 87% (cum.)
Equality Virginia, 2013:  75%
Planned Parenthood Advocates of VA, 2012:  75%





1planet, Emily's List, LGBT Democrats of Virginia, Virginia League of Conservation Voters PAC, Virginia NOW, Virginia Sierra Club Chapter PAC, Virginia's List


Northern Virginia Realtors PAC (NV/RPAC), Virginia Farm Bureau Federation AgPAC

Reported by Candidate

Sierra Club, League of Conservation Voters, LGBT Virginia Democrats, Emily's List

Selected Contributions


ActBlue (2019), College Democrats of America (2016), Commonwealth Victory Fund (2011), David W. (Dave) Marsden (2017), Eileen Filler-Corn (2011), Elizabeth Guzman (2018) and 6 more
Amalgamated Transit Union (2011), American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (2018), Communication Workers of America (2017), Democratic Latino Organizations (2007), Equality Virginia (2007), George L. Barker (2009) and 7 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.

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.

No Answer

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

As permitted under U.S. Supreme Court decisions to protect the health of the woman


It is the government’s responsibility to be sure 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?

Education starting with Pre-K to break the cycle of poverty by closing the readiness gap for children from economically disadvantages households, lowering class sizes in grades K-3, and greatly enhancing certification programs for skilled occupations that require more than a high school degree but less than a 4-year college degree.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Investing in transportation and communication infrastructure, supporting and strengthening education at all levels, facilitating basic research, attracting employers without using tax incentives, and engaging in trade missions to expand markets.

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 be sure everyone has health insurance.


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

Through preserving Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, preserving coverage of pre-existing conditions, emphasizing prevention and early screening, supporting alternatives to captive drug pricing.

National Security

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.

Strongly Disagree

I support sanctuary cities.

No Answer

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

Strongly Disagree

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



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 Mathew 25:40 Mathew 7:1-2 Parable of the Talents Married in a white dress, with mutual loyalty and support that has lasted 59 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. / About Me / Vivian's Views / The Election

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

Graduating cum laude from the University of Michigan with a strong liberal arts education that prepared me for lifetime learning. Over 15 years of active community involvement. Serving as Virginia Secretary of Transportation and Public Safety. A wide-range of employment from Director of Research and Legislative Activities for the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce to Executive Director of Fairfax Court-Appointed Special Advocates assigned to the most severe cases of child abuse and neglect.

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

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

I'm using this space to address questions I didn't answer: 13. I support funding of over 85% of Planned Parenthood's health service expenditures that aren't related to abortion. 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 that are afraid of law enforcement. 19. I have voted for the death penalty but am deeply concerned that Virginia law doesn't fully allow for exculpatory evidence after conviction. 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.

Criminal Justice

I support the death penalty.

No Answer

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


2nd Amendment

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Agree

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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