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Thursday, January 16, 2020 12:00 AM

Virginia House subcommittee reports several criminal justice bills to full committee

One of the house bills considered, H.B. 965, was incorporated into another bill under consideration, H.B. 277, via a voice vote.
This bill, patroned by Del. Marcia Price, D-Newport News, would expand community service options as a means of working off court fines and costs. Current law only permits a person to work off these costs before or after incarceration. This legislation would allow a person to work off those costs with community service while they are in jail.
Del. Terry Kilgore, R-Gate City, who had sponsored H.B. 965, said that the incorporated bill “not only helps the offender, but also helps the community.”

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 4:04 PM

Redistricting Press Conference

Del. Price held a press conference on January 14, 2020 to discuss HB 1256 to establish a Virginia Independent Redistricting Commission which would include explicit language to ensure diversity on the commission, protect communities of color, and prioritize public input and transparency.  She argued that true redistricting reform must include communities of color fully and equally.  See video from the press conference below.


Wednesday, January 15, 2020 12:00 AM

Virginia’s Redistricting Debate Once Again Hinges on Race

At a press conference on Tuesday, Del. Marcia Price (D-Newport News) laid out a proposal for a citizen redistricting committee that would draw new Congressional and legislative districts every ten years. She said it would prioritize including communities of color throughout the redistricting process.
“I would like to end racial and political gerrymandering and get to fair community-based maps,” Price said. 

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Sunday, January 12, 2020 12:00 AM

146 people sought help from Virginia’s new student loan advocate last year. Their average debt: almost $72,000

When the new student loan ombudsman, a former career counselor named Scott Kemp, spoke to The Virginian-Pilot in early January, the number of borrowers he’d worked with was up to more than 160.

Kemp’s position was created through a bill that passed in 2018, introduced by Del. Marcia Price, D-Newport News, and Sen. Janet Howell, D-Fairfax. Student loan debt is an issue Price has been trying to tackle since she was first elected to the 95th District in 2017.

The same year her ombudsman bill passed, she tried to create a 10-member student loan authority that would help students who went to Virginia colleges refinance. The bill was killed on a party-line vote in a subcommittee meeting.
This year, she’s supporting a bill by Del. Marcus Simon, D-Falls Church, that creates a “borrower’s bill of rights” with a list of consumer protections that holds lenders accountable, Simon said. It would require lenders to be licensed in Virginia

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 6:12 PM

Local lawmakers lay out priorities for Virginia General Assembly session

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 2:18 PM

Shad Plank: In the flood of new General Assembly bills, prescription drug cost regulation and more protection for incapacitated adults

Del. Marcia Price, D-Newport News, is proposing (HB 423) a new Gun Violence Survivor Assistance Fund and Grant Program, to provide financial assistance to victims of gun violence who need to update their homes to deal with a gun-caused disability. She’s also proposing a 30-day stay of eviction and foreclosure proceedings for Virginians caught short by a federal government furlough. (HB 340). (click for full article)

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 12:00 AM

Episcopal Seminary in Virginia Starts Slavery Reparations Fund

Delegate Cia Price of Hampton Roads says lawmakers in Richmond should also be thinking about reparations, even if money isn’t involved. “Whether it’s in the code, whether it’s in funding models for education, whether it’s obstacles to the ballot box, there are reparations we can do through policy changes that we need to do immediately.”

Thursday, September 5, 2019 1:47 PM

Update #2: Hurricane Prep, Forecast, Closings, & More!

95th District Updated Forecast, Closings, and Resources for #Hampton and #NewportNews in preparation for #HurricaneDorian
See our latest email update - which includes a CAUTION for Zone A!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 11:24 PM

Newport News officials urge residents to be alert on impact from Hurricane Dorian

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 5:51 AM

Hurricane Prep Conference Call

Join Del. Price along with state and local officials to discuss the updates on Hurricane Dorian, possible impact to the Peninsula, how to prepare now, and how to stay prepared for the whole Hurricane Season!

The call will start at 1:00pm sharp.  To join, dial 712-451-0801 and use access code 310655#

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019 12:00 AM

New Commission announced to examine racial inequality in Virginia law

The Commission will review the Virginia Acts of Assembly, Code of Virginia, and administrative regulations to identify and make recommendations to address laws that were intended to or could have the effect of promoting or enabling racial discrimination or inequity.

The new commission was inspired by Senator Lionel Spruill and Delegate Marcia Price on Senate Bill 1079 and House Bill 2473. It encouraged the commission's mission to identify similar remainders of racially discriminatory language on Virginia’s books.

This Commission is part of the Northam administration’s ongoing work to right historical inequities in areas like education, healthcare, and access to business opportunities.

Sunday, August 25, 2019 12:00 AM

Virginia Tech victims' families plea again for gun control

The commission heard legislators present dozens of bills proposing ideas such as banning assault rifles and high-capacity magazines, giving localities the authority to regulate guns and requiring people to report lost or stolen firearms within 24 hours.
Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News, got emotional while speaking to the commission about representing an area where gun violence is common.
"Not one more Virginian needs to lose their life to gun violence for us to acknowledge we have a problem," she said. "I know that. I live that."
Among her proposals is allocating grants for community assessments for youth and gang prevention in cities including Roanoke.
"I know legislation alone is not going to end gun violence, but we must each play our role, and my role is legislator," Price said.

Thursday, August 22, 2019 5:39 PM

Newport News delegate helping students prepare for future

At Delegate Marcia Price's 'Our Future Matters' Camp, students learn about leadership skills, possible careers and how to make changes in their community. The program lasts for two weeks.


Tuesday, August 20, 2019 12:00 AM

Del. Price's Update on Special Session

The Virginia General Assembly met for a Special Session on Gun Violence on July 9, 2019. There, the leadership decided to shut down debate, table the bills, and send them to the Crime Commission. The Crime Commission met yesterday and will continue today. 
This has been a sad and scary summer for Newport News and other parts of Hampton Roads. Unfortunately, we in the 95th District are no strangers to the effects of gun violence. Whether because of domestic violence, youth violence, or gang violence, we know something must be done. Today, I will join my colleagues in presenting bills before the Crime Commission and making the case that we have an issue and we need to do something about it to save lives. We in #757 deserve safe places to live, work, and play without fear of gun violence. I'm going to do my part and I need you to do yours.

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Sunday, August 18, 2019 12:00 AM

Here’s one viewpoint on Virginia’s gun debate — from behind bars

Democrat Marcia “Cia” Price, who succeeded BaCote’s mother as the 95th District delegate, has a bill she thinks could help some of those youth programs be successful.
Modeled after her uncle U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott’s Youth PROMISE (Prison Reduction through Opportunities, Mentoring, Intervention, Support, and Education) Act, the bill would fund “community assessments” in Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, and Roanoke to see what’s working to prevent youth and gang violence, and what’s not working.
Each of those localities — chosen, Price said Tuesday, because they experience a disproportionate amount of gun violence — would get $25,000 for these assessments, paid for through surplus general fund revenues.
She also wants the state’s auditing commission to study the social, physical, emotional, and economic effects of gun violence in Virginia.
“I would like to study the people,” she said. “Why they are shooting, the radiating effects, the number of lives impacted, number of dollars spent. I think we will be able to see that it is an issue.”
She’ll be at the meeting Tuesday pitching her bills in the hopes commissioners will recommend them to more state lawmakers, but they won’t all be back in Richmond to consider them until Nov. 18. The Crime Commission is scheduled to finalize a report on its recommendations after Nov. 12.

Saturday, July 13, 2019 12:53 AM

VIDEO: Special Session Speech on HB4005

Friday, July 12, 2019 11:16 PM

VIDEO: Kaine's Roundtable on Maternal Mortality

Friday, July 12, 2019 7:34 PM

Sen. Kaine holding roundtable in Hampton on maternal health

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 6:30 PM

Special session ends with no gun vote

Monday, July 8, 2019 10:32 PM

Congressman Bobby Scott holds gun violence prevention round table discussion

At today’s round table discussion Congressman Bobby Scott laid the foundation for leaders in the community to speak about what should change for gun prevention.
Delegate Marcia Price says we can’t do that without hearing from every perspective
“It is important to hear from all angles of it, and I know that I’ve talked with families that have been victims of gun violence, I’ve talked with experts,” said Price
But the one perspective not everyone expected was from a Newport News man, James Braxton

“I’m speaking on behalf of someone who has contributed to gun violence in my community. Some of these fights and these shootings that happened back in the day — that was us,” explained Braxton.
He now works with a group called RISE for Youth, and made it his mission for his voice to be heard today.
“If you want to understand the solutions to gun violence, first of all you have to have people on the panel that have contributed to gun violence. Unless you talk to us and ask why we picked up that gun and fired it, you’re not going to know,” Braxton said.
The panel comprised of law enforcement, delegates and social leaders talked about mental health, background checks, previous convictions and domestic violence, but even Price said on Monday she saw there is always room at the table.
“We were called out on not having involved some of the people that have previously committed crimes with guns and I look forward to have already reached out so that we can hear some of those voices,” Price said.
Scott says everything they heard today they’ve heard before it is just a matter of moving forward with progress on things like background checks and assault weapon bans.

Monday, July 8, 2019 4:20 PM

Top Republican in Virginia Senate proposes banning guns in all government buildings

Currently, state law largely prevents localities from regulating where firearms are carried, and only courthouses are gun-free. A state law already bans suppressors, bump stocks and magazines that hold more than 20 rounds of ammunition in large cities like Virginia Beach.
Norment’s bill would also ban suppressors and “ammunition designed for use with a dangerous weapon.” It also increases the punishment from a Class 1 misdemeanor to a Class 6 felony, punishable by one to five years in jail or a $2,500 fine.
Law enforcement, magistrates, court officers, judges, treasurers and commissioners of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission are excluded.
With Northam’s support, Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News, and Sen. John Edwards, D-Roanoke, filed a bill that would give local governments the power to regulate guns, including in public buildings and parks and permitted events. But Norment’s proposal doesn’t give localities a choice about whether to allow guns in government buildings.
In an emailed statement, Norment focused on the increased punishment in his bill, rather than the expansion of the ban.

Monday, July 8, 2019 4:00 PM

**Roundtable discussion on gun violence provides no clear solution to the issue

Scott said he and the Democratic Gun Violence Task Force he serves on have come up with a list of recommendations to address gun violence.
These include an assault weapons ban, implementing a magazine limitation, establishing universal background checks, giving more money to mental health services and reducing crime generally.
“There’s no one solution,” Scott said after the meeting.
He said he believed the topics covered in the discussion were consistent with what the task force recommended.
Del. Marcia Price said she’s one of few delegates who’s awoken by gunfire at night and chooses her way home based on what she’s seen in the news.
In introductions, she emphasized that it didn’t take the shooting in Virginia Beach for her to realize there was a problem with gun violence.
“Before the map was redrawn, most of the shootings in the city were happening in the 95th district,” Price said. “And it is very humbling to sit as an elected official for my area and know that I can’t fix it.
“Because no matter what bills we pass, legislation will not stop gun violence. It will take all of us working together to work on what’s really causing it.”

Price said she’s ready to step up for the issue at the special session. She’ll carry one of eight proposals the governor has put together, she said, and for the fifth time she’ll propose a bill that’ll let localities determine their ordinances on gun violence.

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Monday, July 8, 2019 1:10 PM

The special session is supposed to be about guns. But will rules allow it?

As Scott’s town hall was breaking up, Del. Marcia Price, D-Newport News, asked for odds on a Northam measure she’s backing — a bill that would let city councils and county boards of supervisors enact ordinances regulating possession and carrying of firearms — shrugged and says it all depends on the resolution setting the rules for the special sessions.

Normally, those rules are the same as for a regular session. Specifically, that bills go to a committee — in the House, to a subcommittee — that votes on whether to recommend a measure or to kill it. In the House, when the five or so members of a subcommittee kill a bill, that’s pretty much it, though in theory it is possible for the full committee to consider a measure.Thanks to a couple of House subcommittees, gun control measures just don’t make it to the floor.

Sunday, July 7, 2019 12:00 AM

Gun control special session: Here’s what to expect

Northam’s wish list includes universal background checks; a ban on assault weapons, which would include suppressors and bump stocks; an extreme risk protection or red flag law; reinstating Virginia’s one-handgun-a-month law; child access protection measures; required reporting of lost or stolen firearms and giving municipalities the power to regulate firearms in government buildings.
• The red flag bill would allow judges or magistrates to bar people who appear to be in danger of hurting themselves or others from keeping or purchasing guns for 14 days. Law enforcement would hold any weapons the subject of the order owned. The order would have to be based on a history of violence and supported by an investigation by police. The subject could file a motion to dismiss the order at any point during those 14 days and the court could extend the order to six months.
• Cities, counties and towns would be able decide whether to regulate firearms in local government buildings.
• In the last session, the legislation to require background checks for most gun transactions included exemptions for a number of situations, including sales between family members or antique guns. Under current law, background checks are only required for transactions with federally licensed firearms dealers. Private sellers — including vendors at gun shows who aren’t federally licensed — have the option of conducting a background check through the state police, but it is not required.
• The bill to ban gun magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition in the past session defined an “assault firearm” as any gun that holds more than 10 rounds of ammunition. A separate bill would have banned bump stocks. (A national ban on bump stocks, which were used in the Las Vegas massacre and enable semi-automatic weapons to increase their rate of fire, went into effect in March)
• The one-handgun-a-month bill reinstates a 1993 law championed by former Democratic Gov. Doug Wilder. Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell signed the repeal of the law in 2012. Since then, Democrats have tried but failed to pass it again. Under the failed proposal, anyone purchasing more than one gun a month could do so after getting an “enhanced background check.”
• Gun owners would be required to report a lost or stolen weapon within 24 hours of realizing it was gone. (Here’s a bill on the issue that failed from the 2018 session). Law enforcement would report it to the National Crime Information Center. The legislation provided immunity for people who report the lost or stolen weapon if the weapon is used in a crime.
• Leaving a loaded gun around children under 18 would become a Class 6 felony according to a bill filed in the past session— the lowest level felony punishable by one to five years in jail or some jail time with a $2,500 fine. Right now leaving a loaded gun around a child under 14 is a misdemeanor charge.
• Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News, filed a bill Sunday that would allow localities to adopt regulations around possessing, storing, carrying and transporting guns.
• One of Northam’s proposals wasn’t introduced in the regular session. Right now, only subjects of “family abuse” protective orders are prohibited from having a gun. Northam wants to block all subjects of protective orders from possessing firearms, which can include people accused of stalking, harassment and other non-physical intimidation or violence.

Thursday, May 23, 2019 8:57 AM

Stolen Shoes & Second Chances - May Newsletter

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019 5:30 PM

Local State Delegate’s car broken into, but she’s hoping to turn it into a positive

Now, Price is hoping to turn her experience into a positive and is encouraging people to donate clothes and shoes. "Those of us who may have a little extra - we get busy in our day-to-day lives and the things that we have in the back of our closets can be a huge impact to people," she said.
Organizers of Tori's Closet say shoes are very popular items. People can come by on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. to collect the clothing for free. All they need to submit is their names.
People wishing to donate can stop by the center weekdays from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
"I was imagining what these people might look like if they're going off to their new job or they might be going off to a special event and they needed these shoes," she said.



Monday, May 20, 2019 10:37 PM

Local Delegate asking others to donate clothes to charity after her donations were stolen

While she was in Richmond for a conference this weekend, someone smashed her window and broke into her car.
"I checked, and they stole food that I had for a youth group. They also stole some shoes that I had gotten together for a donation," she said.
Delegate Price said she didn't want that to stop her from still donating to help those who go to Tori's Closet, so, she asked others to help donate clothes.
"Once I posted it on Facebook, I had an outpouring of love from all over Hampton Roads, all over Virginia. Some of my college friends from Atlanta and New York wanted to see how they could help," said Delegate Price.
As the donations come in, she said she's reminded that there are many who are in need, and she hopes the kindness of others can make a difference.



Friday, April 12, 2019 10:05 AM

Reflections on a General Assembly shadowed by gubernatorial scandal

From the Shad Plank News Blog: What then, one audience member asked, can Virginians do about the blow the state suffered from the scandal?
And here, Del. Marcia “Cia” Price, D-Newport News, spoke up, following up on an earlier comment that Virginia needed to do some real work on reconciliation — work, she said, that means recognizing racial and economic inequities and committing to redressing them.
“We have to say: ‘we’re not afraid to talk about these things, because we are Virginia,’” she said.

Thursday, April 11, 2019 12:00 AM

Without outreach funding, it will be harder to count Virginia’s children, immigrants and senior citizens in 2020

Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News, was one of the most vocal supporters of state funding for census outreach. She spoke about the importance of counting every resident of Virginia several times on the House of Delegates floor and cited “non-return” rates of 2010 census surveys in Hampton Roads, which includes many of the state’s largest cities.
Non-return rates track the number of people who don’t respond to the initial census survey mailed to them. The census follows up with those people in other ways to make sure they are included in the final count, so it shows how many people needed outreach for census participation, Price said on Twitter.
According to census data, Norfolk had a 29 percent non-return rate, meaning roughly 68,000 people there didn’t respond to the first survey mailed to them for the 2010 census. Newport News, where Price’s father presides as mayor, had a 26 percent non-return rate.
At the bottom of return rates was Highland County, where 47 percent of residents didn’t return a survey. Bland and King and Queen counties had the state’s highest return rates at 85 and 86 percent, respectively.
“The @uscensusbureau is WAY behind on staffing and prep for the upcoming census,” Price tweeted a few weeks before the General Assembly reconvened to consider Northam’s vetos and budget rewrites. “We have to look out for ourselves. VA can do that by funding outreach to make sure there is a complete count in our Commonwealth.”

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 12:00 AM

Opinion: Commentary: Cleaning Up the Code

Laws can be read to help understand the community mores and values of the past. This session saw a meaningful number of bills passed that reflect a cleaning-up of the Code to reflect changing community values. Some of these include repealing remnants of Jim Crow laws of racial oppression of the past. Thanks to Delegate Marcia Price and Senator Lionell Spruill, the provisions in Code that exempted Virginia's minimum wage requirements for newsboys, shoe-shine boys, babysitters who work 10 hours or more per week, ushers, doormen, concession attendants, and cashiers in theaters, all of which were occupations that were most likely held by African Americans, were repealed. The old law made it legal to discriminate through wages. A new law will require employers to provide pay stubs as a way to assist low-wage workers to manage their money and be treated fairly.

Thursday, March 14, 2019 8:27 AM

Sips & Signatures

Monday, March 4, 2019 10:28 PM

Welcome Back Party

Let's welcome home Delegate Price as she has returned from the 2019 Legislative Session! Come hear more about session, sign her petitions, and sign up for her campaign! Come anytime between 4:30p-8:00p!

Monday, February 25, 2019 12:00 AM

Redistricting reform clears first major hurdle with General Assembly approval

Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News, said she was disappointed to see there was only a mention of the Voting Rights Act, not language from the federal law. She voted no on the measure.
“If the Voting Rights Act is gutted, this mention wouldn’t offer the protection the Voting Rights Act does,” she said.
She also didn’t like language that says “districts shall provide, where practicable, opportunities for racial and ethnic communities to elect candidates of their choice.”
“I just don’t think that racial fairness … minority fairness, cultural fairness should be parenthetical,” she said.
House Democratic leaders said they have “great hope” the bill will stop the creation of unconstitutional voting districts in the state, but said their members who voted no on the bill had good reason to do so.
“This plan does not ensure any minority representation on the redistricting commission,” House Democratic Leader Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring, D-Alexandria, said in a statement.
“If we are to take anything away from the Bethune-Hill case as well as the events of this legislative session, it is that our commonwealth must take greater strides toward achieving racial equity. Next year, it will be a top priority of our caucus to pass criteria that ensures minority representation on the redistricting commission.”

Monday, February 25, 2019 12:00 AM

‘No short road to redemption:’ Budget is a step toward racial reconciliation, black lawmakers say

With race front-and-center during the General Assembly session that concluded Sunday, lawmakers approved a budget that fulfilled requests from black lawmakers to begin addressing inequities.
“Poverty is a commonwealth-wide conversation and it shouldn’t be up to just the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus to discuss, it should be our collective responsibility,” Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News, said on the House floor earlier this month when the body considered the now-passed tax plan. “Equality might feel good, might make us feel like we’ve accomplished something, but the real work of justice is equity.”
“Systematic racism is real. Equity is not codifying policy that will keep people stuck.”
Price said black lawmakers would make their demands in any year. But this year, budget negotiations came after a photo of people in blackface and in a Ku Klux Klan robe were found on the medical school yearbook page of Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam. He apologized for it, but later said he was sure he wasn’t in the photo.
“I think it was a perfect storm for the silver lining of this Dumpster fire,” Price said. “We did have this important conversation whether people wanted to or not.”

Saturday, February 23, 2019 12:00 PM

Budget pushes legislative session into a day of overtime

Dels. Lashrecse Aird, D-Petersburg, and Marcia Price, D-Newport News, tweeted a video from the House floor during a recess to emphasize what they saw as the need for more time to review the budget and Republican inconsistency in how they enforce House rules. “We just had this whole conversation,” Price said, as Aird added, “About rules matter!”

Saturday, February 23, 2019 12:00 AM

General Assembly approves independent redistricting commission, despite objections from black lawmakers

House Appropriations Chairman Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, the architect of the 2011 plan, said his party has made a concerted effort to promote African-American inclusion.
“Republicans have had more African-Americans on key committees than when the Democrats were in control,” Jones said. He added that he still believes the General Assembly should have map-drawing power, but the compromise announced Saturday “takes as much of the politics out of it as can be.”
Del. Marcia Price, D-Newport News, said it wasn’t enough for her white colleagues to say they “do nice things for black people” while treating structural fairness for African-Americans as “optional.”
The amendment states that the commission would have to draw lines that comport with all laws on “racial and ethnic fairness,” including the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause. But black lawmakers took exception to language that said districts should be drawn to allow minority communities to elect candidates of their choice “where practicable.”

Friday, February 22, 2019 12:00 AM

After 'masculine arrogance,' could women of color rescue Virginia from scandal?

"There hasn't been a deliberate effort to encourage minority women to step into this role (as elected officials)," said Del. Lashrecse Aird, D-Petersburg, the assistant director for development at Richard Bland College of William & Mary.
Del. Cia Price said women of color pick which battles to fight in the General Assembly and which ones to let go. Price, 38, a Democrat and fourth-generation resident of the Peninsula who lives in Newport News and directs a local nonprofit for community organizing, serves on six committees or subcommittees, and only one is chaired by a woman.
Price spoke out on the House floor earlier this month on a tax deal between Northam and Republican leaders, saying it didn't provide racial and economic equity. Members of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, who have called for Northam to resign, opposed the deal. Northam's negotiation from a position of weakness and inability to push for racial equity in the tax deal makes the scandal about more than just a photo, Price and Aird said.
Price and Aird, 32, both elected in 2015 and re-elected in 2017, said that even when women are rising in politics, there are always guards at the gates above them.
Among experiences they've had in the legislature: In the old General Assembly Building, both were repeatedly asked to show their badges when they had their delegate pins on, even when they were walking in the building alongside male lawmakers who were not asked to show their badges.
Male and female lawmakers of both parties and lobbyists mix them up, they said. "There are so many examples of people leaving things on my desk thinking it's Del. Price or people coming up to me thinking it's her," Aird said.
Said Price: "We have to be intentional about every single detail. We have to be excellent in every single moment. And they don't even have to learn our names."
Members of the Black Caucus like Aird and Price, who were not previously taken seriously in their own positions of power, are now being asked to help Northam.
"The idea that African-Americans have to pick up the banner to teach white people how to not have white privilege is white privilege," Price said. "I am standing within a power structure that tells me I should not be here, but because of my power with the position, I am being asked to clean up someone else's mess."

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 12:00 AM

2019 Virginia Girl Scout Legislative Day

That’s why Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast (GSCCC) joins other councils who serve girls in Virginia to host the Virginia Girl Scout Legislative Day in Richmond, Virginia annually. Select members that include Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and Board Chairs, along with girls on leadership tracks, travel to meet with legislators and share information from our legislative agenda. Our goal is to have Girl Scouts viewed as the expert on girl policy issues and bring attention to the need for: increased girls’ involvement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), strengthening of girls’ entrepreneurial and financial literacy skills, expanded access to outdoor experiences and ways to prevent relational aggression, and improved ways to build healthy communications within our schools and communities.

Monday, February 18, 2019 12:00 AM

In Wake of Scandals, Black Lawmakers Connect Policy with Race

Last week, the House of Delegates took a final vote on a tax cut bill. In another year, it might have been a wonky discussion centered on standard deductions and tax brackets.
This year -- the year of a blackface scandal that has ensnared Governor Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring -- it was also about race.
Democratic Delegate Marcia Price was among the half dozen members of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus who spoke out against the Republican-authored bill. She said it wasn't enough to condemn Northam and Herring and go back to business.
“We were sent here to legislate,” she said. “And so right now, our first step that we can take towards true racial equity is to vote ‘no’ on this bill.”
Price voted against the bill, but several of her colleagues eventually relented after they pushed Republican leaders for more funding in the budget for other priorities, like eviction diversion programs and high poverty schools.
For the black caucus, it’s the start of a long-overdue discussion about how policies in the General Assembly affect minority communities.

At a press conference last week, Delegate Jeff Bourne (D-Richmond) challenged lawmakers who’d spoken out against racism to put funding behind their rhetoric.
“I think what the last two weeks have crystalized for us is the need for us to have some real conversation and put some real action behind our words when we talk about equity,” he said. “And when we talk about equality.”
Northam included funding for high-poverty schools in his budget and has vowed to fight for racial equity in lieu of heeding calls to resign. But the black caucus still needs to win over House Republicans like Delegate Chris Jones (R-Suffolk) who leads that group in budget negotiations.

Jones says he’ll consider ways to fund the black caucus’ priorities. But he says he was elected to serve the whole state, and isn’t specifically looking at racial equity when he writes the budget.
“We look at good public policy, is what we look at,” Jones says.

Saturday, February 16, 2019 12:00 AM

Virginia Democrats Now Look To Women Of Color For Leadership

The events of the past two weeks have sparked difficult conversations in Democratic circles about how to move forward, exposing divisions along lines of age, race, and gender.
"It is hard to hear that we stand for women, and we stand for racial equity, when there are mixed messages coming from the leadership of the party," said Del. Marcia Price, the secretary for the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus.
Price said black women are touched by all of those issues and should be at the center of these discussions.
"I really think it's an important time to amplify the voices of black women, because we have the perspective where all of these things are hitting," she said.
Rodgers, with Virginia Young Democrats, said the party must develop diverse leaders well before there's another crisis.

Friday, February 15, 2019 12:00 AM

VCTA Cable Reports Interview with Del. Price

Del. Price answers questions about the 2019 Legislative Session, take a look.

Friday, February 15, 2019 12:00 AM

Northam Signs Sweeping Tax Cut

Governor Ralph Northam signed tax legislation on Friday that includes a nearly $1 billion tax cut and clears the way for the state to begin processing tax returns.
The bill marks a departure from Northam’s initial budget proposal. That plan, which was rolled out before the governor became embroiled in a scandal over blackface, called for the state to keep most of a $1.2 billion windfall caused by President Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
The bill he ended up signing includes tax rebates of $110 for individual filers and $220 for married couples. It raises the standard deduction by fifty percent beginning in tax year 2019.
Several black lawmakers in the House of Delegates spoke out against the tax cut earlier this week, saying it didn’t do enough to help low-income minorities.
“Systemic racism is real,” said Del. Marcia Price (D-Hampton ). “Equity is not codifying tax policy that would perpetuate large percentages of communities of color being stuck in impoverished situations.”
Republicans said the plan provided broad tax relief, including to those groups. Price voted against the bill, but other members of the Legislative Black Caucus eventually switched their vote after Republicans said they would consider increasing budget spending on education, eviction prevention, and other priorities of the caucus. (Click for full article)

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 3:20 PM

Virginia will speed up blood testing when first responders face accidental exposure

Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News, introduced a bill in 2017 that would expedite the testing of bodily fluids when first responders may have been exposed to HIV or Hepatitis B or C.
The first version of the legislation two years ago would have allowed the testing to be ordered by a magistrate, who is available around the clock and has several duties, including the issuance of arrest warrants, summonses, bonds, search warrants and subpoenas.

This year, Price went another route — through the General District Court.
The bill, which passed both the House and Senate last week, requires a general district court to hold a hearing within 48 hours of a petition being filed to test a blood sample. If the court finds probable cause to believe someone like McClain was exposed to a transmitted disease, the judge can order the person whose bodily fluids were involved to provide a blood sample or submit to testing.
That person can still appeal the order to Circuit Court with 10 days, and any testing done can’t be used as criminal evidence against someone.
“This is important legislation towards keeping our first responders safe and healthy as they remain committed to protect the public.” Hampton Police Chief Terry Sult said in an email.
Price’s bill now heads to the governor’s desk.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 12:00 AM

As scandals sink in, black legislators are conflicted

"We are selling out the people who need us the most, and I have a problem with that," Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy, D-Prince William, said during floor debate on the tax deal.
She and other black lawmakers voted against it, taking Democratic leaders by surprise. In the end, the Black Caucus met with Republicans and won agreements to put money back into some of those budget areas in return for supporting the tax plan.
But it was messy, and the agreements are just promises. And it was unclear whether Republicans were able to scuttle Northam's original budget proposal because he was weakened by scandal. The black lawmakers say they are looking for signs that Northam - and, to a lesser extent, Fairfax - can continue to govern and get things done.
"Just to let folks know, I'm still watching," Del. Marcia S. "Cia" Price, D-Newport News, said after Monday's tax votes. She's a member of the Black Caucus and served as campaign chair when Northam ran for governor in 2017, but she has called for him to resign. "I'm still looking for true reforms that impact working families." (Click for full article)

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 12:00 AM

Virginia’s embattled Lt. Gov. loses four staffers

Members of the Black Caucus, who have called on Northam to step down, said the first test of the governor’s rhetoric is the spending plan – the biggest legislation they face this year. And, they said, it doesn’t measure up. Where Northam had initially proposed increasing the amount of Earned Income Tax Credit returned to low-income working families, the compromise deal eliminates that idea. The budget proposals tied to the package are stingier in many categories that affect low-income and minority communities – with cuts in school funding for at-risk students, for instance, and bigger cuts in school districts with large numbers of minority students than majority white districts. “Equity looks like taking a long and hard look at policies that we are passing and how it impacts all Virginians. Equity does not look like the deal before us,” Del. Marcia Price, D-Newport News, said in a floor speech when the tax bill came up for a vote. “And there will be space for reconciliation talks, maybe even some kumbaya moments. . . . (But) right now, our first step that we can take towards true racial and economic equity is to vote no on this bill.”

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019 12:00 AM

It’s halftime at the General Assembly. Here’s what you need to know.

After Tuesday, all the bills left over in committee won’t see the light of day. Here’s the scorecard of what else has passed and what hasn’t:
Criminal justice/Public Safety
SB1367, Sen. Tommy Norment, R-James City’s bill that lets localities pass laws prohibiting the running at large of dogs in packs, passed Senate.
HB1998, Del. Cia Price’s bill to require court-ordered testing if there’s been an exchange of bodily fluids with law enforcement. Passed both House and Senate.
SB997/HB2079, decriminalization of marijuana, died in both chambers.
SB1341/HB1811, would make holding a phone while driving a finable offense, passed in respective chambers.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 11:41 AM

A student's frightening year turns into legislation

Her mom, Danielle Bostick, who is a teacher herself, agreed. And she found a legislator, Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News, who said she’d take a look at Francesca’s idea.
It made sense to Price, who filed a bill make Francesca’s idea part of the law of Virginia.
And Francesca came to Richmond this week to help Price argue for the measure.
She told the criminal law subcommittee how school officials told her they worried about protecting the school from the disruption of knowing a student was subject to a protection order as a probation condition.
“What about protecting me?” she asked.

Thursday, January 17, 2019 12:00 AM

Local events to celebrate and remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK Day of Service Food Drive | Jan. 21 | Newport News | 9 a.m to 1 p.m. | Virginia Peninsula Foodbank
Mayor McKinley Price, Delegate Marcia Price, Sheriff Gabe Morgan and others will be at the Foodbank to accept donations from the community. Citizens, organizations, churches, community groups, school groups, and others are encouraged to collect nonperishable food items.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 12:57 AM

Our Views: Bill will notify teachers of protective orders — good ... why not teachers, too?

The reason: When a court issues such a protective order, it is only required to inform the school’s principal. The buck stops there. The principal is not required to tell any of the pertinent personnel who regularly deal with the affected students — for instance, their teachers.

The result: A bill, inspired by this case, has been introduced in the General Assembly by a Newport News lawmaker that would require all critical personnel to be apprised of a protective order affecting two students at the same school.
The legislation makes sense. As Francesca’s mother stated, the “notification is useless if it’s kept a secret from teachers.” They, to be sure, are, or should be, on a need-to-know basis. But there is where the buck should stop. Teachers should never allow this bit of information to become hot gossip around the school.

(Click for full OpEd)

Monday, January 14, 2019 12:00 AM

House legislation has local roots

A bill filed in the House of Delegates by Del. Marcia “Cia” Price, D-Newport News, originated with the family of a former student at Handley High School.
If passed into law, House Bill 1997 would require school principals to inform all relevant personnel of a protective order issued in a case involving two students who attend the same school.
Currently, when a court issues such a protective order — one meant to protect one student from another — the court is then required to inform the school’s principal. But, Price said on Thursday, there is no requirement for the principal to then inform the teachers of those students.

“The information typically stops [at the principal],” Price said. “It’s important that it not stop there.”

Friday, January 11, 2019 12:00 PM

Krizek co-patrons legislation to ban smoking in cars with minors

Today, I want to highlight three really good bills that I will be co-patroning.
The first is a bill from Delegate Marcia Price (95th district) that adjusts the protocol of the Department of Emergency Management. Currently, in the Virginia Code there is no language that instructs the Department of Emergency Management to have a concrete plan to help those with limited English proficiency.
Delegate Price’s bill states that the Department of Emergency Services shall develop an emergency response plan to address the needs of individuals with limited English proficiency in the event of a disaster. This includes interpretation services and the translation of documents.
I applaud Delegate Price for this critical piece of legislation which will no doubt save lives in the event of a natural disaster.

Friday, January 11, 2019 12:00 AM

Some Lawmakers Want to Require Minimum Wage for Piecework Laborers in Virginia

The minimum wage does not apply to all workers, and Virginia law has several categories of workers who are exempt. Although, some lawmakers want to change that.

Newsboys. Shoe-shine boys. Ushers. Doormen. Concession attendants. Theater cashiers. Employers who hire people to fill these jobs are not required to pay the minimum wage.
Delegate Cia Price of Newport News says these exemptions have an unfortunate history.
“It was during the Jim Crow era, and so this is specifically historically racist language, part of our dark past that is still in the code of Virginia. And it’s really time to get rid of that Jim Crow era language.”
Those aren’t the only exemptions. Virginia law also exempts people who get paid on the basis of the amount of work done.

Senator Janet Howell of Reston is introducing a bill to get rid of that exemption in honor of her mother, who was a union organizer who help organize piecework laborers.
“My mother would be very proud to have Virginia join every other state in guaranteeing that pieceworkers got the minimum wage.”
Several lawmakers are introducing bills that would increase the minimum wage, although Republicans say those efforts have little chance of making it out of the GOP-controlled General Assembly.
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Wednesday, January 9, 2019 7:00 PM

From 1619 to 2019: Virginia lawmakers back in session, 4 centuries after first meeting

Four hundred years after Virginia lawmakers first met in Jamestown, the state’s General Assembly gaveled in Wednesday, kicking off a time-pressed, 46-day session testing lawmakers’ abilities to agree on what to do with a $1.2 billion federal tax windfall.our hundred years after Virginia lawmakers first met in Jamestown, the state’s General Assembly gaveled in Wednesday, kicking off a time-pressed, 46-day session testing lawmakers’ abilities to agree on what to do with a $1.2 billion federal tax windfall.

(Click for more coverage and photos from the day)

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 11:30 AM

Del. Price's Legislative Rollout

At noon today, the 2019 Legislative Session begins. We will have 45 days to complete our legislative activity and it will go by fast. So please stay tuned and make sure you are letting us know your feedback throughout the process.  I have included my legislative package of 14 bills and a House Joint Resolution that I will be focused on for the 2019 Session.

If you want to help support any of my proposed measures, please reply to this email! It's easy to stay abreast of what's happening here. You can start by finishing this Legislative Survey so I can see what's important to you. Then, look at the links below to help you navigate the happenings of the General Assembly. You can even click below to watch Session from wherever you are.

We represent you, make sure you're at the table.

Here's to a productive session focused on issues of justice, equity, and opportunity, and our work to improve the lives of all Virginians.

Saturday, December 29, 2018 4:21 PM

Del. Price Seeks Constituent Input

Del. Price continuously creates opportunities for her constituents to offer feedback and participate in the legislative process.  She invites you to participate in the 2019 Pre-Session Legislative Survey.  To complete, please click here!

Saturday, December 29, 2018 2:20 PM

Del. Price to Host 2019 Town Hall

Delegate Marcia "Cia" Price will host the 95th District Pre-Session Town Hall on January 6, 2019 at 3:00pm. The event will be held at the South Morrison Family Education Center in Newport News.

Del. Price and special guests will discuss four major issues facing the 95th District including economic justice, voting rights and access, women's health, and student loan reform.  She and her team will also discuss major legislation heading into the 2019 Legislative Session and ways for residents to stay engaged in the process.

To register for this free event, please visit

For more information, please email and for press inquiries, please email


Wednesday, October 17, 2018 4:40 PM

Gerrymandering runs deep in Virginia's roots, CNU professor says

At a Newport News town hall event focused on redistricting Sunday, Del. Marcia “Cia” Price, D-Newport News, invited experts on the subject to explain how redistricting works, why it happens and the far-reaching impacts.
Virginia lawmakers are drafting new court-ordered maps for six majority African-American districts in Hampton Roads, which could bring major changes in the makeup of the House of Delegates. Price said the current maps pack in black voters, diminishing their voice on statewide issues.

Sunday, October 14, 2018 7:00 PM

Newport News town hall emphasizes impact of redistricting

Del. Marcia “Cia” Price, D-Newport News, reaffirmed her belief that several House of Delegates districts, including her own, needed to be redrawn to undo the packing in of black voters, a practice she said has diminished their voices.
Speaking at a town hall Sunday in Newport News, she also implored people to start thinking about the 2020 census and subsequent congressional redistricting and how they could get involved in that process.  

Price also provided insight on the court-ordered redistricting of six majority African-American districts in Hampton Roads, which could bring major changes in the makeup of the House of Delegates.

Monday, October 1, 2018 11:00 AM

Virginia Politics #22: Why people don't register to vote (ft Del. Price)

On this episode of Virginia Politics, we look at the reasons people aren't registering to vote.  With a little more than a month until the Nov. 6 elections, we hear from organizers -- including Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News -- on their efforts to sign people up ahead of the Oct. 15 registration deadline.

Thursday, September 27, 2018 5:15 PM

Redistricting debate continues as GOP map moves to full House floor

On the Peninsula, Del. Cia Price, D-Newport News, said thousands of black voters were moved from her Democratic district to another Democratic district – the 93rd, held by Del. Mike Mullin – while bypassing the 94th district, held by Del. David Yancey, a Republican.
Yancey’s Newport News district, which was so competitive the race came down to pulling the winner’s name out of a bowl, remains unchanged under Jones’ map.

“It’s implying that you repacked (black voters) into Democratic districts,” Price said after the meeting.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 12:47 PM

Join the call at 1pm TODAY

Join us for a public conference call so that you can learn updated projections, resources available, the plans in place, and how you can protect yourself and your loved ones as we take this storm seriously.

We will hear from Mayor McKinley Price, Taylor Dillon with the VA Dept of Emergency Management, NN Emergency Preparedness Lead Interim Fire Chief Liebold, Hampton Communications rep Robin McCormick, NNPD Chief Drew, and Sheriff Gabe Morgan on important information you need to know.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 6:15 AM

Public Conference Call for Hurricane Updates

Hurricane Florence is still a threat to the Commonwealth of Virginia, including parts of Newport News and Hampton. We want you to have the most up-to-date information and hear directly from the emergency officials themselves.

Join us for a public conference call so that you can learn updated projections, resources available, the plans in place, and how you can protect yourself and your loved ones as we take this storm seriously.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 12:00 AM

In harm’s way: mandatory evacuations under way ahead of Hurricane Florence

As Virginia and the Carolinas prepare for Florence, others around the country are sending their best wishes. They understand the difficulties some face in choosing to stay or leave.  Thank you for thinking of us OxFam!

"Del. Marcia S. "Cia" Price talked to us about the challenges facing her constituents in Virginia. Some areas have poor public transport and shuttered shelters. Many families have no cash on hand (they can’t afford transportation, hotels or restaurant meals), or have family members who can’t be easily moved (elderly, disabled, ill). In some areas, people are maintaining farms, with animals and people in their care.
While the coastline features several wealthy beach communities, it also holds pockets of poverty and vulnerability. For example, the Sea Islands of South Carolina feature high poverty indicators, high percentages of elderly, and poor infrastructure. Tyrell and Hyde Counties in North Carolina are among the poorest counties in the state (98th and 100th out of 100) with elevations so low that high tides turn land into water. It’s terrifying to consider what Hurricane Florence will do to the thousands of residents in these counties."

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 1:47 PM


Shelter Information:
Hampton Public Shelter Info - If you have no other alternative, the city shelters will open at 11 a.m. The first shelters to open will be atPhenix School, 1061 Big Bethel Rd, 23666. That will be designed for those with medical needs, as well as general population. Residents with pets can go to adjacent Bethel High School at 1067 Big Bethel Rd. (bring bedding, crates, food, etc.). If a resident needs transportation or assistance, call 311.

Newport News Public Shelter Info - The following shelters will open at noon tomorrow (Wednesday) for those who have no alternative. Residents without transportation to a shelter can call the 311 Center at (757) 933-2311 for options.

Denbigh High School – 259 Denbigh Boulevard – General Population
Menchville High School – 275 Menchville Road – Medically Dependent and General Population
Warwick High School – 51 Copeland Lane – General Population and Residents with Pets – Owners must remain at the shelter with their pets (no drop-offs). Animals must be in cages. Owners will be required to need to provide food, water are required for all pets.
Those without transportation to a shelter can call the 311 Center at (757) 933-2311 for options.

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Monday, September 10, 2018 10:35 PM

Preparing for Florence: Evacuations and Tips

On Saturday, Governor Northam declared a state of emergency for then Tropical Storm Florence. Since then, the storm has gained strength and is now upgraded to a Category 4 Hurricane. <<Click here to find out more about hurricane categories.>>

Earlier this afternoon, the Governor and his staff held a press conference to update the Commonwealth on projections, possibilities, and plans. At that time, he announced a MANDATORY EVACUATION for Zone A effective 8:00am on Tuesday, September 11th. This affects around 4500 people in Newport News and 19,000 households in Hampton. You can find your zone at to see if your address is affected. Please note that in Virginia, "mandatory evacuations" are more than just suggestions.

Click to read the full update.

Sunday, September 2, 2018 12:00 AM

Del. Price OpEd: Create a state that's great for workers

Virginia frequently is rated as one of the best states for business, which is great news for employers. But unfortunately, being one of the best states for business does not translate into being one of the best states for workers.

Recently, Oxfam America released its Best States to Work Index and Virginia ranked last in the nation. The report is clear: Virginia must do better not just for the business community, but also for the hardworking people who work at those businesses every day. (Click for the full editorial)


Read OxFam's full report by clicking here.

Thursday, August 30, 2018 7:20 PM

DP Article on Special Session II

"It's easier to criticize than it is to construct and the court offered the General Assembly the opportunity to remedy these unconstitutional, racially gerrymandered districts months ago,” Northam said in a statement. “If Republicans are going to criticize the constitutional map offered by Democrats today, they should produce their own."
Bell said leadership and the Republican caucus have to decide the next best steps. Republicans had hoped for a stay on the federal court’s order, but in its ruling, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia said delaying the 11-district redrawing until a possible ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court would mean the 2019 elections would likely be held under the current, unconstitutional map.

Thursday, August 30, 2018 9:00 AM

Newsletter: Special Session II, Back to School, Traffic Laws, and More!

Read more about Special Session II called by Gov. Northam regarding redistricting, back to school information for Newport News and Hampton, new traffic laws, and more!

If you haven't already, be sure to click "Subscribe" to receive our updates directly.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 7:20 PM

House Democrats propose new map affecting 29 districts

House Democrats proposed on Wednesday boundary changes for 29 House of Delegates districts as a federal court order hangs over Virginia to address racial gerrymandering.
The plan will be the main topic of discussion Thursday when delegates meet in Richmond for a special session to address the court’s order. In June, a three-judge panel ruled that state lawmakers must draw new lines for 11 House districts — six of them in Hampton Roads — by Oct. 30.

Under Bagby’s proposal, 18 of the 29 districts will lose between 8 and 8,625 black voters to other districts, according to an analysis from the Virginia Public Access Project. Eight Hampton Roads districts — the 77th, 80th, 81st, 82nd, 89th, 90th, 92nd and 95th — will lose black voters to surrounding districts. Six — the 76th, 79th, 83rd, 85th, 91st and 94th — will gain black voters, the analysis shows.

Del. Cliff Hayes, D-Chesapeake, would lose 8,625 black voters, the most of the affected 29 districts. Del. Marcia “Cia” Price, D-Newport News, represents the 95th District, which was also one of the 11 districts the court ordered to be redrawn. It’s 63 percent black and would lose 6,225 black voters under Bagby’s proposal.

“Any discomfort I may have in dealing with change is very minimal and minuscule to them getting a more just district and voters having more of a say,” Price said.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 1:29 PM

Governor Northam Announces Partnership to Promote Hiring at Newport News Shipbuilding

NEWPORT NEWS—Governor Ralph Northam today announced that the Commonwealth of Virginia is initiating a unique partnership with Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE:HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division to support a major hiring initiative. Newport News Shipbuilding anticipates hiring almost 7,000 people, including the creation of 2,000 new jobs, in the City of Newport News over the next five years. “Newport News Shipbuilding’s success is important not just for Hampton Roads, but for the entire Commonwealth. Therefore, it is critical that we support growth of this magnitude with an innovative partnership between state agencies that will address the company’s workforce and training needs and supply a pipeline of skilled talent,” said Governor Northam. “We have a responsibility as a Commonwealth to ensure that every single one of these jobs gets filled with a skilled and trained Virginian who is ready to succeed. One of my highest priorities as Governor is to provide workforce solutions that connect Virginians to the skills, training, and opportunities required to meet companies’ needs in high-demand sectors. I thank Huntington Ingalls Industries and Newport News Shipbuilding for its long-term commitment to the Commonwealth, and applaud all the state partners involved in this groundbreaking initiative.” “Newport News Shipbuilding is an asset to the 95th District, the Commonwealth, and the nation,” said Delegate Marcia Price. “I welcome this growth and this type of innovative approach to fill the positions, as the collaborative partnership will help find and build talent that will continue the legacy of excellence at the shipyard. Virginia is open for business and Newport News is a great location to live and work.”

Friday, June 22, 2018 11:29 PM

New Virginia student loan Bill signed by Governor Northam

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC) -- Student loans can be hard to navigate, but Friday Governor Northam signed House Bill 1138 into law which will make it easier for students to understand the repayment process.
Delegate Marcia Price originally introduced the bill.
“Virginia borrowers from Virginia student loans can go get information, get an education, and refreshed on the rules of repayment, and also be able to get some help if there are any complaints or disputes,” said Price.

Price said the bill establishes the Office of the Qualified Education Loan Ombudsman, where counselors won’t have an agenda. Borrowers can talk with counselors about what the best repayment plan is for them.

“Not making money off of you, so it is really unbiased information, and kind of help you weigh out which repayment option is best for you, and your financial security,” said Price. (Click for full story)



Friday, June 22, 2018 7:00 PM

Northam Signs Price's Student Loan Legislation

NEWPORT NEWS, VA - Today, Delegate Marcia Price (D-95th) joined Governor Ralph Northam for the ceremonial bill signing of House Bill 1138, which creates the Office of the Qualified Education Loan Ombudsman within the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). The ceremony was held at the Boys and Girls Club on Thorncliff Drive in the 95th District. In attendance were student loan reform advocates, stakeholders, other elected officials, and youth enrolled in the Summer program at the center. (Click for full release.)


Friday, June 22, 2018 4:30 PM

Gov. Northam visits Newport News to sign bill aiding student loan borrowers

Price’s bill creates an office that will help Virginia student-loan borrowers understand their rights and responsibilities and help resolve complaints they might have against loan providers.
The Office of the Qualified Education Loan Ombudsman, which will be established after the new fiscal year begins on July 1, will also create an educational portal online to help people understand the loan process. That will be created closer to December 2019.
Before Northam signed the bill into law, he told the small audience that there are about 1 million student loan borrowers in the state who are paying back a total $30 billion. He said a strong economy depends on people who can get the skills they need.
“So we just want to make sure we can continue to encourage individuals to go to our colleges … the less debt people have, the better,” Northam said.
There is someone on the federal level who can help federal loan borrowers understand the process, Price said. The problem is when students mix and match loan structures — which happens often, she said.
“Problem is, when you have to piece together private loans, subsidized, unsubsidized, and you have this patchwork of loans,” Price said. “You are supposed to go to individual loan services, which might be four to five companies, in order to get answers.”
The office would serve as an independent helper that has no vested interest in a student’s loan, she said. It would analyze data on the number and types of complaints it receives from student loan borrowers and could make policy recommendations that address borrowers’ concerns, according to the bill. (Click for full article)

Saturday, June 16, 2018 4:00 PM

Transmitted diseases and first responders: Failed bill sought to eliminate 'fear of the unknown'

Read about 2018's HB 1033 carried by Del. Price to help First Responders who have been potentially exposed to diseases while on the job.  

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 9:18 PM

Del. Price's Statement on the Passing of Budget/Medicaid Expansion

Just now, the Virginia General Assembly finally passed a budget. After six years, we were able to pass a fiscally and morally responsible budget that includes the expansion of Medicaid. Closing this coverage gap means a more healthy and productive Commonwealth, with about 400,000 more Virginians obtaining healthcare coverage, potentially 30,000 new jobs created, and millions of federal dollars coming into Virginia that we can use for our priorities like teacher raises, state employee raises, funding for higher education, support for local police departments, resources to fight substance abuse and addiction, mental health resources, funding to help expand the Port’s capacity, and more. Knowing that 13,000 of the newly eligible Virginians that may receive Medicaid coverage live in Hampton and Newport News, 4,800 of which live in the 95th District, this is a great day for the Peninsula and the Commonwealth. (Click for full statement)


Monday, May 28, 2018 6:05 PM

Newport News councilman wants state to enforce 'red flag' gun law

In one of his last actions as a city official, Bateman asked his colleagues to endorse a resolution urging the General Assembly to consider “extreme risk protection orders,” which have gained some national attention after a Florida High School shooting in February left 17 people dead.
Members of Newport News’ delegation had mixed thoughts — between this being a good start and perhaps going too far.

Del. Marcia “Cia” Price said she has heard concerns about enacting such a law, so she wants to create a workgroup to create a consensus.
“I’m generally supportive of measures that would help keep guns away from dangerous people and dangerous situations,” Price said. “How we go about creating the legislation, I think, would take the work of convening the stakeholders.”

(Click for full article)

Thursday, May 24, 2018 11:20 AM

Episode 7: Newport News delegate discusses politics, race

This week, we give you a quick update on how the Senate has again delayed a vote over its budget — and the prospect of Medicaid expansion. The move drew frustration from the governor, the House of Delegates and Democratic senators.
But we'll spend most of the podcast talking to Del. Marcia 'Cia' Price, D-Newport News, about her entry into politics, the challenge of being a woman of color in the General Assembly and the phone call she made to Gov. Terry McAuliffe — a strong Hillary Clinton supporter — when she decided to back Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination for president.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 8:29 PM

Update on Budget Process & Medicaid Expansion

My newsletter updating you on the budget process after the Senate failed to pass a budget.

Monday, May 21, 2018 6:25 PM

Study: Hampton, Newport News in nation's top 5 for worst rental eviction rates

Marra was joined in Newport News by 15 others — local lawmakers, housing authority officials and representatives from Realtor associations — to discuss the issue of evictions during a roundtable hosted by U.S. Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, D-Newport News. Missing from the table were the smaller private landlords who came up a lot as the group discussed what is causing evictions in the area.

For Scott, the most practical solution is to get more funding for local housing authorities through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to create more affordable places to live for low-income families...

State Del. Marcia ‘Cia’ Price, D-Newport News, said that she would welcome this discussion on the state level to see what can be addressed.

Saturday, May 19, 2018 12:00 AM

Legislative Convo w/ Del. Price - June 12th 6:30pm


Hear an update from me on the 2018 Legislative Session, Reconvened Session, and Special Session and offer your feedback as we begin to prepare for the 2019 Legislative Session! Are you interested in the budget, medicaid expansion, education, workforce development, crime prevention, and more? Get your questions answered and share your ideas.
Be a part of the legislative process.
All are welcomed, first-timers and old pros!
We will provide snacks, beverages, and important information! Be sure to click to register for this free event.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 9:00 PM

Daily Press Video: Woodside High School Safety

House of Delegates member, Marcia Price, of the 95th District speaks to Woodside High students about school security in the auditorium on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Price was there with Delegate Mike Mullin to look at how Woodside High handles security.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 5:50 PM

Local delegates talk school security with Newport News students

Click for 13 News Now coverage

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 1:35 PM

Virginia delegates talk school safety with Newport News students

There was a big, important lesson about civics when Woodside High School government teacher Janet Costello’s students gathered to meet Delegates Mike Mullin and Marcia Price on Wednesday: All about listening.
So when senior Charles Penwright spoke up with a question about why there couldn’t be classes in school about guns and about their impact, Mullin and Price were listening...

Price is a leader of the House Democratic caucus’s Safe Virginia Initiative, a group formed to focus on gun violence. She said it was important for young people to know they have a voice.
“Adults have dropped the ball. Kids have got us here today,” she said, talking about the intensifying discussion about safety in schools and gun violence.
When she asked how many knew people, or were themselves affected by shootings, roughly two dozen students raised their hands.
About the same number did when she asked if they worried guns could come into school.

(Click for full article)

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 12:59 PM

Newport News students write letters to state delegate to call for action on school safety

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - An anonymous letter from a student at Woodside High School to Del. Mike Mullin doesn't hold back.
"I feel as a student here at Woodside High School we need more security to prevent anything from happening. Our lives are depending on it," the letter reads.
More than 130 students from Ms. Costello's government classes at the school wrote to Mullin following the school shooting earlier this year in Florida. Mullin and Del. Marcia Price toured the school and met with students on Wednesday morning...
Through their meetings with the students, Mullin and Price say they already have some ideas to bring back to Richmond, like more funding for school counselors. "The students don't hold back," Price said. "They're very engaged on their surroundings and what is going on. It's now up to the adults to listen and do something about it."

(Click for full article and video)

Friday, May 11, 2018 11:40 AM

Del. Price Hosts 2018 Amazing Math Teacher Awards

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, Del. Marcia “Cia” Price (95th District) hosted the 2018 Amazing Math Teachers Awards, the second year of the contest. It was kicked off on Pi Day (March 14th), as other teachers, students, and parents were asked to submit names of their favorite teachers. The contest was open for any math teachers that teach students mostly from the 95th District or at schools located in the district. The awards were based on the number of submissions but also the quality of the answers to four questions about the teacher’s impact on the students’ lives.

On Wednesday, Del. Price delivered surprise prizes to the award winners to express appreciation for the teachers’ hard work and dedication and to reassure the teachers of the difference they were making in the lives of others.

*First Place: Ms. Allison McNew, Booker T. Washington Middle School
*Second Place: Ms. Kimberly Horton, Heritage High School (has won 2 award)
*Third Place: Ms. Rachel Burdette, Booker T. Washington Middle School

(Click for full release and pictures from the surprises)

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 11:20 AM

Today's the Day for Reconvened Session

The Virginia General Assembly's Reconvened Session gavels in at noon today! All 100 Delegates and 40 Senators will take action on the Governor's vetoes and amendments. We will vote to override or sustain the vetoes and to accept or reject the proposed amendments. 

Yesterday, the House of Delegates passed HB5001 and HB5002, our budget bills, which does include Medicaid Expansion. If you missed it, you can watch yesterday's Special Session.

The Senate must now act. Click to read more information on how to contact your Senator to tell them you support Medicaid Expansion. If the House and Senate pass different versions of the budget, they will go into conference and then we will come back to Richmond to vote on the final bill. Stay tuned for more updates on that. It is anticipated this vote may occur in May but must occur by June 31st.

Click to read below for more information and the link to watch live and be sure to tune in at noon TODAY. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 5:20 PM

I'm back in Richmond... again

On Friday, the Appropriations Committee passed HB5001 and HB5002, our budget bills. Today, we are about to gavel in to take action on the proposed budgets from the entire House of Delegates. We gavel in at 4pm TODAY, so tune in now to see what we are proposing to do with YOUR hard earned tax dollars! Watch live here! Below, I have included my previous email about the budget process, Special Session and Reconvened Session.
Ok, we're about to gavel in soon, so click on the link to watch!
Don't forget tomorrow is the regularly scheduled Reconvened Session where we will be responding to the Governor's Actions: vetoes and amendments. Read more about that below.
It is important that you stay engaged all the way through this process. As always, if you have any questions, please let me know!

(Click for the full latest email update)

Thursday, April 12, 2018 9:30 AM

Medicaid, budget talk brings tension to General Assembly special session

The first steps on a path to end Virginia’s budget impasse started with procedural niceties and a long closed-door meeting of Senate Republicansupset by one senior colleague’s break with the caucus stand against Medicaid expansion... Meanwhile, Speaker of the House Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights, said the House’s budget bill will likely have stronger work requirements for those who want to become eligible for Medicaid expansion. He would not specify how the requirements would be stronger, and said that lawmakers will “work through that” in a House Appropriations Committee meeting on Friday.
Del. Marcia “Cia” Price, D-Newport News, said she, too, had no idea until she saw a tweet from a Daily Press reporter. She was optimistic about passing a House budget next week, but she will “definitely have questions” about what stricter work requirements mean. Price, too, would not elaborate on what kind of requirement would be too strong for her.
“I think it’s premature to draw any lines in the sand,” Price said. “Especially, there may be tougher requirements on one population but several carve-outs for those who physically can’t work or caretakers and things. I’d be really interested in having the conversation.” (Click for full article)

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 3:00 PM

I'm Headed Back to Richmond

During our Legislative Session earlier this year, we did not complete our work before we adjourned. We were not able to pass a budget because the House and Senate versions were so different. What was the main difference? Medicaid Expansion. I supported the House Budget bills because with Medicaid Expansion, about 13,000 citizens in Hampton and Newport News and about 400,000 across the Commonwealth could get life-saving healthcare coverage. Not to mention, without expanding Medicaid, YOUR hard earned tax dollars are being sent back to the Federal government to the tune of about $5M per day.

It's the right thing to do. Read more below on the upcoming sessions and what you can do.

(Click for full update)

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 12:00 PM

To Help Strapped Borrowers, States Turn to Student Loan Ombudsmen

Marcia “Cia” Price is 37 years old and has more than $90,000 in outstanding student loan debt — more than what she originally owed. Like many indebted former students, Price has had her share of frustrations in trying to navigate the loan repayment thicket, especially during earlier days when she didn’t make a lot of money and needed help restructuring her loan.
She’s not alone. The U.S. government says a combined 43 million people owe more than $1.3 trillion in student loans. About 4.6 million people were in default at the end of last year.
But Price is unusual in one respect: As a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, she’s in a position to help.

(Click for full article)


Tuesday, April 3, 2018 12:00 AM

Virginia Democrats organize task force to probe gun violence, school safety

During the public meetings between May and October, the task force plans to garner public input. The group will have four regional chairs — Del. Delores McQuinn, D-Richmond, for Richmond; Del. Marcia Price, D-Newport News, for Hampton Roads; Del. John Bell, D-Loudoun, for Northern Virginia; and Del. Chris Hurst, D-Montgomery, for Southwest Virginia.

Friday, March 30, 2018 3:54 PM

Upcoming Events!

Check out our latest email update which highlights upcoming events.  Delegate Price will be hosting YOUTH office hours for Spring Break, for ages 5-24.  Click here for more!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 7:50 PM

Peninsula-area students participate in National School Walkout

Farther south, Heritage High School’s student activity and group leaders invited Del. Marcia “Cia” Price, D-Newport News, to take part in their events.
They read aloud the 17 names of the victims, held a moment of silence and three spoken word student performers talked about how the Parkland shooting made them feel.
“They were just really talking about how it effects them personally,” Price said. “With Heritage, (the) 23607 (ZIP code), gun violence means something different than a lot of students across the country. It was about the everyday gun violence that they see. I really think that their ability to add that to the national conversation was really powerful. It was student-led, student implemented, and then they were back in their seats.”

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 2:25 PM

How to counter mass shootings: mental-health care or gun control?

Whether the preventions that lawmakers do propose are too invasive or too simplistic becomes yet another part of the debate.
Opinions are as varied as the number of people you ask.
Democratic Sen. Mark Warner said he’s “committed to figuring out a way to put an end to mass shootings, and that means looking at all options. Frankly, we shouldn’t have to choose.”
Del. Marcia S. “Cia” Price, D-Newport News, said it’s “shortsighted” not to acknowledge that both mental illness and lax gun controls contribute to gun violence or mass shootings. But she warned against conflating the two. “Every time we have gun violence, it’s blamed on mental health,” said Price. “I think that is over-simplified and very shortsighted.” 


Wright chairs a subcommittee of the Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee, where most gun bills go to die.
Among them this year were two measures introduced by Del. Price that would have required a parent’s permission before a minor could keep a gun in the home and allowed localities to regulate gun possession inside government buildings.
Other failed bills would have required licensed day cares to keep guns locked up when children were around, banned carrying firearms or ammunition at major public events and forbade organized groups from marching and brandishing weapons in a threatening manner.
In all, about 70 gun-related bills never made it out of committees this session, said Price.
“We can do our jobs by presenting them,” Price said. “But if a subcommittee of six to seven people can prevent us from having a larger conversation with the full floor, then that’s not productive. That does not help us move the ball.”

Monday, March 12, 2018 3:25 PM

Upcoming Events w/ Del. Price




Saturday, March 10, 2018 3:00 PM

The Democratic “Muscular Minority Brings Change to Virginia

Student Loan Reform
House Democrats are fighting to ensure that all Virginians have access to affordable, high-quality education.
Delegate Cia Price passed legislation to help borrowers navigate student loansby establishing a student loan ombudsman. In addition to helping Virginians understand their financial commitments, the ombudsman will also help resolve complaints from borrowers against companies that engage in predatory practices.
Delegate Schuyler VanValkenburg passed a bill to protect people who struggle to make their student loan payments from losing their professional licenses. The New York Times recently published a story on states that suspend the professional licenses of people with unpaid loans and the policy’s devastating effects on working people.

Thursday, March 8, 2018 12:00 AM

Del. Price Speaks on Septima Clark for Women's History Month

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 12:00 AM

Updates from Session: 4th Edition - Upcoming Events

Greetings from Richmond!
I hope to see you at these upcoming events in the 95th District!

- Legislative Update: A Conversation

-Ladies Laugh & Learn: Paint Party

-Office Hours in the District

Click for more info!

Thursday, March 1, 2018 12:00 AM

Del. Price Introduces Rev. Dr. Oretha Cross

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 12:00 AM

Dels. Aird & Price on Medicaid Expansion

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 10:50 PM

General Assembly splits over Medicaid expansion

The House of Delegates and state Senate set themselves up Thursday for a multibillion-dollar budget battle over health insurance for low-income Virginians and hundreds of millions of dollars of other state spending.
The House of Delegates broke with four years of strong opposition to Medicaid expansion in a budget that includes a version. The vote split the once-overwhelming and unified Republican caucus into two, while Democrats united, despite some members’ earlier reservations about imposing conditions on Medicaid recipients.

The Peninsula delegation split. Supporting Medicaid expansion were state Sens. Mamie Locke, D-Hampton, and Monty Mason, D-Williamsburg, and House members Gordon Helsel, R-Poquoson, Mike Mullin, D-Newport News, Cia Price, D-Newport News, Jeion Ward, D-Hampton, and David Yancey, R-Newport News. Middle Peninsula Del. Keith Hodges, R-Urbanna, also supported the House budget with its Medicaid expansion plan.
Opposing expansion were state Sen. Thomas K. “Tommy” Norment Jr., R-James City County, and House members Emily Brewer, R-Suffolk, and Brenda Pogge, R-Norge.


Monday, February 19, 2018 12:00 AM

Del. Price Introduces the AKAs

Del. Price introduced members of the Mid-Atlantic Region of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated visiting Richmond for their Legislative Day at the Capitol. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated was founded on January 15, 1908 and has a legacy of 110 years of service in communities around the world. Did you know that the 95th District has been represented by an AKA for the last 25 years? Watch the introduction Del. Price gave from the House floor on Monday.

Thursday, February 15, 2018 11:00 AM

Del. Price Introduces the Girl Scouts

Del. Price welcomed and introduced the Girl Scouts at the Capitol during Session. They were in town for their Legislative Day talking to legislators about what they do and all that they learn in their programs.

Thursday, February 15, 2018 12:00 AM

Bipartisanship in Virginia does not extend to gun legislation

RICHMOND — Virginia’s legislature prides itself on moderation and civility, but there’s at least one issue where one side would rather fight than give an inch of compromise: guns.
Even in a year when Republicans have shown a willingness to consider the long-taboo topic of Medicaid expansion. Even as leadership has welcomed the first transgender delegate, the first Latinas, the first open lesbian.
Even amid compromise on criminal justice reform, and as lawmakers pose once-unthinkable challenges to the state’s most powerful corporation, Dominion Energy, guns appear to be untouchable.
Even after another school shooting in Florida on Valentine’s Day. (Click for full article)

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 10:00 PM

House Passes Democratic Bill to Create Student Loan Ombudsman

RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia House of Delegates today passed legislationsponsored by Delegate Marcia “Cia” Price of Newport News that will create a student loan ombudsman to help Virginia borrowers navigate their repayment options.
In addition to helping to educate borrowers as to their rights and responsibilities, the Ombudsman will also develop an education course for borrowers by December of 2019.
“Too many student borrowers sign their names on the dotted line at only 18 or 19 years old without fully comprehending their rights and responsibilities associated with that debt, but also knowing that without those loans they would not be able to earn their degrees,” said Delegate Price. “We want college to be accessible to any Virginian with the dream and the drive. This bill will help Virginia borrowers stay current with their loans while protecting their financial security.”

As of 2017, about 1 million Virginians collectively owed more than $30 billion in student loan debt. Delegate Price also introduced legislation this session to help borrowers refinance their student loans. That bill died on party lines.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 9:00 PM

After lifetime of achievement, former VCU provost Grace Harris dies

During her nearly 50 years with VCU, she served as a professor, provost, dean and acting president. In addition to the leadership institute, the school has named for Dr. Harris a scholarship for incoming freshmen to the School of Social Work and a building on its Monroe Park Campus.
“Dr. Harris used her lifetime of groundbreaking service to help cultivate and elevate emerging leaders,” Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., said in a statement. “Her contributions have benefited VCU and Richmond as well as schools and communities throughout the commonwealth.”
On the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday, Del. Marcia Price, D-Newport News, called Dr. Harris a “giant in education and social work” and noted that many lawmakers might know her as the sister of former Del. Mamye BaCote.
“She was a force to be reckoned with and was always so full of energy,” Price said as she asked that the House adjourn in Dr. Harris’ honor.


Wednesday, February 7, 2018 12:00 AM

An in-state tuition cap? House bill advances saying colleges can't raise rates

Two days after a part of Gov. Ralph Northam’s higher education agenda made it out of subcommittee, a Republican-led committee overwhelmingly approved it. House Bill 1138 from Del. Marcia Price, D-Newport News, would create the Office of the Qualified Education Loan Ombudsman in an effort to help student loan borrowers.
The House Education Committee voted 17-4 on Wednesday to report and refer it to the Appropriations Committee.
The Senate version of the bill was approved by the chamber’s Education and Health Committee last week.
The office would be housed within the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.
The office’s job, according to the bill, would include helping student loan borrowers “understand their rights and responsibilities” and helping with complaints from those borrowers.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 9:00 AM

Breaking logjam, Virginia House panel advances bill to establish redistricting criteria

The GOP-led committee voted 4-2 on party lines to kill a handful of other redistricting bills sponsored by Democrats, prompting some of the activists who filled the room to capacity to hiss and mutter “shame.”
The bill doesn’t explicitly ban the use of political data in the redistricting process, language several Democratic lawmakers argued should be a part of any reform effort.
"I sincerely applaud you on your bold action this morning. I simply ask you to be a little bolder,” Del. Marcia Price, D-Newport News, told the committee as she unsuccessfully pitched her bill to outlaw political or racial gerrymandering.

Monday, February 5, 2018 12:41 PM

Del. Price Highlights Civil Rights Hidden Figure

For today's Black History Month moment, Del. Price highlighted Dorothy Roles Watkins, an educator-turned-plaintiff in Newport News who fought for pay equity in the 1940's for Black educators.  Her law suit cost her her job but helped progress the movement for pay equity across the entire South.  Click here for Del. Price's full remarks from the House floor.


Monday, February 5, 2018 12:00 AM

Senate approves bill to give Richmond businesses tax credits for employing city students

The House version of a part of Gov. Ralph Northam’s higher education agenda has made it out of subcommittee.
House Bill 1138 from Del. Marcia Price, D-Newport News, would create the Office of the Qualified Education Loan Ombudsman in an effort to help student loan borrowers. A House education subcommittee voted 8-0 on Monday to report and refer the bill to the chamber’s Appropriations Committee.
The Senate version of the bill was approved by the chamber’s Education and Health Committee last week.
The office would be housed within the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. The office’s job, according to the bill, includes helping student loan borrowers “understand their rights and responsibilities” and helping with complaints from those borrowers.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 12:00 AM

Women Call for Action to Help Black Community in Virginia

McClellan said lack of access affects whether people seek treatment for health problems.“You should not make a decision on whether or not to receive quality care based on whether or not you can afford it,” McClellan said.
Aird said lack of funding for schools also is a problem. She is sponsoring a budget amendment that seeks an additional $64.2 million to help at-risk children.
“If we do not provide our students with the resources that they need in the classroom,” Aird said, “we will not be able to move the dial on getting more credentials, more degrees and more training in the hands of our children.”
Del. Marcia Price, D-Newport News, called for sisterhood and solidarity in fighting racial disparities and injustices.
“We cannot continue to allow certain populations to be deprived the rights and privileges freely offered to others,” Price said. “Oppressive systems targeting black and brown Virginians must end.”
Members of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and the NAACP attended the news conference. They encouraged people to speak out about these issues.
“When you are silent, folks in the community think you are complicit and that all is well,” said Roslyn Brock, chairman emeritus of the NAACP national board of directors. “And we know that all is not well in our communities.”

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 3:45 PM

Updates from Richmond: 2nd Edition

Greetings from Richmond! I'm sorry that it has been a while since my last update. Things are moving pretty quickly as the first weeks of Session came to an end and as we quickly approach Crossover. I have had some pretty awesome visits with constituents from the 95th District. It is so important that I hear from my constituents during Session so that I can represent you to the best of my ability. Coming to Richmond is one of the best ways to make sure your voice is heard and that you are a part of the process. If you're interested in visiting, reply to this email and we can walk you through the planning process.

As a Delegate, I can offer bills that I want to become law, support other legislation that would benefit the citizens of the 95th District, and offer Budget Amendments that would help the 95th and citizens across the Commonwealth. I have been busy these past few weeks doing all of the above! In this newsletter, you will see pictures and stories from Session so far. (Click for full newsletter)

Monday, January 29, 2018 8:01 AM

Va. domestic terrorism bill sparks hope, concern

WASHINGTON — A new Virginia bill that would define domestic terrorism and terror organizations, in an attempt to prevent tragedies such as the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, is garnering both support and opposition.

The bill, introduced by Del. Marcia Price (D-Newport News) with guidance from Attorney General Mark Herring, defines domestic terrorism as a violent or criminal act that aims to intimidate or instill fear in someone because of their race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability, or to stop a person from pursuing their constitutional rights.

In addition, the bill would empower the Superintendent of the Virginia State Police to designate three or more people, with an identifiable name or symbol, as a domestic terrorist organization.
Kofi Annan, president of the Fairfax County NAACP told WTOP that had the new bill been law, the Charlottesville tinderbox could have been avoided.
“These groups went there, armed, with the intention of terrorizing the neighborhood,” Annan said.

Friday, January 26, 2018 11:30 AM

Bills aimed at preventing officers from job-hopping after they've been disciplined fail

And Del. Marcia “Cia” Price, D-Newport News, will ask the House Militia and Police Committee not to act on her proposals requiring police chiefs and sheriffs to disclose information about former officers to potential law enforcement employers, involving arrests for offenses, lawsuits filed against them and internal investigations of alleged misconduct or criminal offenses.

Price said she is joining with several other legislators with measures addressing police conduct in asking the Militia and Police Committee to set aside her bill because of a pending criminal justice services department effort to draft new training protocols.
The department asked for a hold on such legislation until it completes that work, she said.
“I’ll be talking with them about this issue,” she said. “I’m going to keep on this.”
Price is also asking the committee to put a hold on her proposal requiring commonwealth’s attorneys to report on their investigations of police-involved shootings, even if they decide not to press charges.
Her bill also called on the criminal justice services department to develop a model policy detailing how to investigate police-involved shootings.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 11:40 AM

Price Introduces HB1581 Calling for Special Elections in Recount Ties

RICHMOND, VA – At a press conference today, Del. Marcia “Cia” Price (95th District) joined by members of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, rolled out HB1581 which calls for a Special Election in the case of a tie in a recount. Del. Lamont Bagby, Chair of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, today stated, “Our caucus has a legacy and history of fighting against disenfranchisement, to include in our Commonwealth’s elections process. We all watched as the events of the 94th District House Race unfolded. After the announcement of the drawing, we received complaints of disenfranchisement from citizens of the 94th District. We take this seriously and we are about providing solutions to issues Virginians face that would quiet or silence their voices.”

Price then discussed what led to her introducing this legislation, hearing feedback from citizens across the Commonwealth, including citizens of the 94th House District, that the current process is unfair. Price stated, “This special election would allow for the decision to lie not with luck, not with elected leaders, but with the people. This is about more than this past election and this is not about the outcome of the last election. This is about the voting process, moving forward, for all elections. It is about respecting the voices and votes of citizens and their ability to choose their representative.”

(Click for full release)

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 12:00 AM

Virginia lawmakers propose runoff elections, not bowls and film canisters, as new way to break ties

Wallace joined Del. Marcia S. Price, D-Newport News, Wednesday at the Capitol as Price announced she’ll push to change state law so that elections are decided via the political equivalent of overtime: runoff elections.
Price’s legislation, House Bill 1581, would call for a judge to “promptly” order a special election if a recount ends in a tie.
“This special election would allow for the decision to lie, not with luck and not with elected leaders, but with the people,” Price said at a news conference where she was joined by several other Democratic lawmakers and members of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 12:00 AM

Push to change method of breaking ties in Va. elections

The process of determining elections “by lot” dates back to the 1700s.  On Wednesday, a lawmaker from the neighboring 95th District called for that process to be changed.
Del. Marcia Price (D-Newport News) rolled out a bill that would require a new election when a recount results in a tie, like it did in HD94. She believes this method would give the power back to the voters instead of leaving it up to chance.
“We were drafting the bill prior to finding out the winner because no matter who the winner was, the process just felt icky,” said Price.

Monday, January 22, 2018 6:03 PM

Lawmaker: No more name drawings to break a tie

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia lawmaker says drawing names from a bowl is not the best way to determine the outcome of an election recount.
The Daily Press reported Monday that Del. Marcia Price has introduced a proposal to hold a special election the next time a recount vote results in a tie.
(Click for full article)

Monday, January 22, 2018 3:40 PM

Price, attorney general propose law aimed at domestic terrorism

temming from a violent rally in Charlottesville last August, SNewport News Del. Marcia “Cia” Price and the Virginia Attorney General’s office want the state to add domestic terrorism to its list of criminal charges and make it illegal in certain cases for people associated with domestic terrorist groups to have a meeting.
A bill that Price, D-Newport News, has proposed would also require the superintendent of Virginia State Police to identify active domestic terrorist organizations and list them in a guiding document for state agencies, which is published annually. The bill’s focus is more on groups than individuals.

Price introduced House Bill 1601 on Jan. 19, the last day to file bills. It defines what domestic terrorism is — partially mirroring the state’s definition of a hate crime — and what constitutes a domestic terrorist organization.

(Click for full article)

Monday, January 22, 2018 9:00 AM

Price calls for special election after recount ties

The best way to give a voice to voters when a recount yields a tie, as happened in the last election for Newport News’ 94th House district, is to call a special election, says Del. Marcia Price, D-Newport News.
That’s what she heard when she was doing her holiday shopping in the days before a drawing of lots declared Del. David Yancey, R-Newport News, the winner of that tie vote.
So she’s introduced legislation calling for special elections after a tie in a recount, requiring the panel of judges overseeing a recount to “promptly” issue a writ for a special election.
“The only way to give the choice back to the people it belongs to is to call a special election,” Price said.
She said she started working on the idea before the lot drawing earlier this month that Yancey won, finally filing it late last week.

(Click for full story)

Thursday, January 18, 2018 8:00 PM

On the budget wish list for the Peninsula

Dredging the silted-up channels that bay watermen and rural boating businesses rely on, turning Newport News’ summer program for at-risk youth into a year-round effort and helping the Fort Monroe Authority with its ballooning maintenance expenses are all on Peninsula legislators’ budget wish list this year.
None were in outgoing Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s final proposed budget, but all will be points of contention over the next several weeks as House of Delegates and state Senate money committees tear up McAuliffe’s plan and come up with their own spending priorities for the next two years.

...Del. Marcia “Cia” Price, D-Newport News, is asking for a total of nearly $4.5 million over the next two years as a grant to turn the city’s 10-week Summer Training and Enrichment Program (STEP) for at-risk youth into a year-round employment training program.

(Click for full article)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 8:20 PM

Va. House Democrats highlight bills aimed at ‘supporting working people’

Del. Marcia Price (D-Newport News) helped introduce legislation that would help Virginians re-finance their student loans.  It’s something she knows a lot about. At 37 years old, she still owes more than $90,000 for her education. “I am not alone. There are over one million borrowers in Virginia and HB 615 could help at least 630,000 of them,” said Price.

Price went to Spelman College in Atlanta and completed two graduate programs at Howard University in D.C.  She said the trade-off was stunted personal economic growth.  “I can personally attest to feeling the pressure of not holding up to my family’s legacy of generational wealth. By the time my mother and grandmother and grandfather were my age, they had houses, they had property they owned that could be passed on to the next generation,” she said. Price said money that would normally go to a mortgage instead goes to student loan payments.

(Click for full article and video from the interview)

By Evanne Armour

Photo Cred WRIC

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 3:08 PM

House Democrats roll out legislation to support working people

Delegates Marcia Price and Delegate Debra Rodman discussed their bill to set up a Virginia Student Loan Refinance Authority, this will ease the economic insecurity that faces many Virginians.
“When we talk about the New Virginia Economy, there is a segment of Virginians that find it hard to fully participate in this economy because of the crushing burden of student loan debt,” said Delegate Price. “As of 2017, over one million Virginia borrowers owed over $30 billion on student loans, an amount that is growing each day”.
Delegate Debra Rodman, a college professor, spoke passionately about her students, “I see the burden of debt in the eyes of my students as they strive to achieve the American Dream…This is not a partisan issue this is an American issue. The future of our commonwealth depends on how accessible and affordable education is for all of us.” (Click for the full article)

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 10:45 AM

Price Offers Remarks on Student Loan Reform

January 16, 2018
Press Release
Media Contact: Tempestt Boone, 757-266-5935

RICHMOND, VA – Del. Marcia “Cia” Price (95th District) joined her Democratic colleagues today to discuss their “Priorities for Working People” at a press conference today. Alongside Del. Debra Rodman (73rd District), Price talked about HB615 that would establish the Virginia Student Loan Refinancing Authority to facilitate Virginia borrowers refinancing their student loans.

With over 1 million Virginia borrowers carrying over $30 Billion in student loan debt, making it easier to refinance the loans and receive lower interest rates is a priority for bettering the New Virginia Economy. Approximately 630,000 Virginia borrowers who would benefit from this opportunity.

(Click for full release and full remarks)

Friday, January 12, 2018 6:00 PM

What a week it has been in Richmond!

Greetings from Richmond!
It has been quite the week here at our State Capitol! With the start of the 2018 Legislative Session, we begin the important task of representing our districts as we craft, promote, and vote on legislation to positively impact the lives of the citizens in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
I've included a few pictures from the week to show some of the happenings here in Richmond with links for more information. There's a ton of stuff in this one, so be sure to scroll all the way through!

(Click for full Newsletter)

Friday, January 12, 2018 4:10 PM

Price Submits Budget Amendments

RICHMOND, VA – Del. Marcia “Cia” Price (95th District) today submitted three proposed budget amendments for the 2018 Legislative Session. Budget amendments are how legislators can ask for additional funding for initiatives important to them. Price’s first would add funding for the City of Newport News to help convert the Summer Training and Enrichment Program to run all year and potentially become a model program for the Commonwealth. Over the last four years, Newport News has funded STEP to match 16-24 year olds with local businesses and organizations for summer on-the-job workforce training. This employment opportunity has been invaluable in improving the quality of life of the participant and preventing youth gang and gun violence. Expanding the program to run all year would be an even bigger impact on economic development and public safety.

(Click for full release)

Friday, January 12, 2018 9:25 AM

Price Assigned to Committees for Session

RICHMOND, VA – Del. Marcia “Cia” Price (95th District) and her 99 colleagues in the Virginia House of Delegates received their committee assignments during Thursday’s Session. For the 2018 General Assembly Legislative Session, Price was selected to serve on the General Laws Committee, and continue to serve on the Privileges and Elections Committee and the Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee. In her work on these committees, she will seek to make the Commonwealth an even better and healthier place to live, work, play, and raise a family.

(Click for full statement)

Friday, January 12, 2018 12:00 AM

Trump Ends Bogus Commission But Not Voter Suppression Efforts

Virginia State Delegate Marcia Price, who represents Hampton and Newport News in the 95th District, is also a leaders of the Black Leadership Organizing Collaborative (BLOC): A Project of New Virginia Majority.
Price said the groups organized a voter education and mobilization effort last year prior to the 2017 General Election where the Democrats gained seats in the House.
She said the same strategy the Trump White House is applying to suppress the vote nationally is being done in Virginia. She said that she and other Democratic lawmakers applaud abolition of the Commission; yet, suppression efforts will continue.

“These are strategies, purposely used to oppress the votes of African-Americans and Hispanics,” said Price. “These people tend to vote for Democrats. We should be making it easier to vote and not create barriers. Instead of purging people from the rolls, we should be getting more people to the polls.”

(Click for full article)

Thursday, January 4, 2018 6:47 PM

Some legislative ideas from the Peninsula delegation

Del. Marcia Price, D-Newport News, wants to address gun violence by allowing local governments to regulate possession of firearms in local government buildings (HB261) and by saying minors must have their parents’ or guardians’ permission to possess handguns or assault firearms. (HB 281) (Click for full article)

Thursday, January 4, 2018 6:15 PM

UPDATED: Sooooo.... About this snow?

Email Newsletter Updated: I hope this email finds you warm and getting ready for our possible snow storm. The impending winter weather has postponed our webinar this evening and changed our Thursday event to a webinar. See below for more info.
I have also included resources on how to best prepare for the weather and how to stay safe during snow storms.
Make a plan, get ready, check on your neighbors, and be safe.

(Click for full Newsletter)

Thursday, January 4, 2018 12:00 AM

Webinars for Advocacy and Legislative Action

We're having webinars to make sure you're ready for the 2018 Legislative Session that begins on January 10, 2018.  Join us to learn more about the process, have your voice be heard during the process, and help spread the word about the importance of the session.



Wednesday, January 3, 2018 5:15 PM

An uncertain run-up to an uncertain General Assembly session

So Price has drafts of bills that do everything she wants, others “where I’m looking at two of the three things I want.” One folder is full of bills she needs Democratic majorities on key committees to get through, one is for bills and versions of bills she figured an evenly divided House might like, and one is for ideas where she thinks she has a chance to swing enough GOP votes.
All three folders included two bills she’s particularly passionate about: one giving local governments authority to ban firearms from their own buildings, the other saying minors need parents’ permission to have handguns and assault firearms.

(Click for full article)

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 12:00 AM

Legislative Send Off Town Hall - Now a Webinar

UPDATE: Because of the projected winter snow storm and extremely low temperatures, we are changing our town hall event to an online webinar. Register here and we will send you the log on information for Thursday's session.
Hear more about my legislative priorities and proposed legislation for the 2018 Virginia General Assembly Legislative Session in Richmond. Get your questions answered, share your input, and learn more about the process of session. Registration for this event is free at the link.

For more information, please email or call Tempestt at 757-266-5935.




Saturday, December 16, 2017 7:00 PM

Our Greatest Expectations - Daily Press Editorial

Usually, graduation speeches are innocuous affairs. Sometimes, the effort is philosophical. Sometimes, comical. Generally, of course, celebratory.
It’s fair to say that many of those who heard Del. Marcia Price’s remarks to the latest Newport News police academy graduates did not read her comments that way.
There’s been grumbling on social media that it was not the time or place to talk about the tensions and ill feelings that can emerge — and have, more often than any of us would like — between the police and some members of our community.
But graduation was the exactly the right place to make the real point that underlies Del. Price’s remarks.

(Click for full story)

Thursday, December 14, 2017 12:00 AM

Take Delegate Price's Pre-Session Legislative Survey

Please take a few moments and fill out my 2018 Pre-Session Legislative Survey. I need your input as we continue to prepare for Session in Richmond in January. All voices are welcome, but I'm interested especially in hearing from the residents of the 95th District!

Link for the survey -->

If you have any questions or want to offer further feedback, please email us at

Not sure what District is yours? No problem! You can check here:
Type in your address and you'll find out your State and Federal representatives and the district numbers.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 4:30 PM

It's an exciting time!

Take a look at these upcoming events and opportunities, to include community meetings, job opportunities, information on the upcoming Inauguration, an art contest, and more! Click on the link and scroll all the way through.  To receive these updates directly, click on "subscribe".

Monday, December 11, 2017 12:00 AM

Updates from the 95th District!

Hello!  It's been a busy few weeks here in the area! You can see some of my updates below. From transportation to celebration, we are on the move! Also, as we set our sights on the Holiday Season and as the end of the year approaches, we wanted to make sure you knew about some of the remaining opportunities and events this year. Also included are some tips for a safe winter. Click on the link and scroll all the way through! 

Monday, December 4, 2017 12:00 AM

December Events: Youth Paint Party and More!

We are so excited about the YOUTH PAINT PARTY tomorrow!
Chanda Epps, the VA BLOC team, and I will be hosting a Youth Paint Party tomorrow, Tuesday, December 5, 2017 from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Chanda is the owner of New Art by C.J. Epps and will lead the youth on a painting experience. The VA BLOC team and I will lead the youth on a discussion of self discovery. They won't want to miss this!  We have a few open spaces!
$5 per youth includes their painting and dinner! Please share this opportunity with any youth you know ages 11-17!
Click here for your tickets!

Thursday, November 30, 2017 9:00 PM

Del. Price & Mayor Price support Stuff the Bus

Del. Price and Mayor Price stopped by to support Z104's Stuff the Bus at Patrick Henry Mall on November 30, 2017.  Listen to their interview to help kick off your holiday season!

Thursday, November 30, 2017 12:00 AM

Winter 2017 Events: Office Hours, Advocacy Workshop, and More!

Our Advocacy Workshop has been postponed from today to December 13th!  Help me prepare as I'll be headed to Richmond soon to start the 2018 Legislative Session. It's important to me that you remain engaged and involved, so I want to invite you to our free Advocacy Workshop on December 13th at 6:30pm at Bethel High School. We will teach you how you can make an impact on the upcoming policies that will affect our daily lives. See the flyer below! Be sure to come out and learn how you can continue to make sure YOUR voice is heard.  Light refreshments will be served.  There will be free youth activities for ages 5-15!

(Click for more info and announcements)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 8:21 PM

Ralph Northam announces bipartisan transition committee

Gov.-elect Ralph Northam announced his bipartisan Transition Committee, consisting of Virginians from across the Commonwealth who will join him over the course of the next two months to lay the groundwork for a successful administration.
“This bipartisan group of community leaders reflects the diversity that makes our Commonwealth a wonderful and inclusive place to live,” said Governor-elect Northam. (Click for full article)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 4:45 PM

Big Peninsula voices on Northam Transition team

Transition heads of newly elected officials — Gov.-elect Ralph Northam say — can offer some important clues about priorities, including some that might not have been heavily emphasized during a political campaign that
One that emerges from Northam’s list — a big voice for the Peninsula. As in: State Sen. Mamie Locke, D-Hampton, who has become a key leader of the Senate Democratic caucus; Del. Marcia “Cia” Price, D-Newport News, a co-chair of his campaign; Molly Ward, outgoing Secretary of Natural Resources and Hampton’s Treasurer-elect; Ross Mugler, Hampton’s Commissioner of the Revenue; Arnold Outlaw, president of United Steelworkers Local 8888 and Jeff Rowe, president of the Virginia Association of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. (Click for full story)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 12:00 AM

Upcoming Events!

Newsletter: The election is over and I wanted to say thank you to everyone who helped in any way during the campaign season. With high energy and huge numbers, citizens all over the Peninsula showed up to cast their vote.
Now, we move to the important task of governing. I'll be headed to Richmond soon to start the 2018 Legislative Session. It's important to me that you remain engaged and involved, so I want to invite you to our free Advocacy Workshop on November 30th at 6:30pm at Bethel High School. We will teach you how you can make an impact on the upcoming policies that will affect our daily lives. See the flyer below! Be sure to come out and learn how you can continue to make sure YOUR voice is heard.

I've also included some other upcoming events, announcements, and information. Be sure to scroll all the way through and share the information with your email circles.

Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you soon!

(Click for events, announcements, opportunities)

Monday, November 13, 2017 12:00 AM

Law, undergrad students use GIS tools to redraw 11 Virginia House districts

She said she gained a deeper appreciation of the complexity and consequences of the legislative districting process when Del. Marcia Price of the 95th District visited the class and spoke to the students about her district's demographics.
"The difficulty of our task became even more evident when we took into account the various socioeconomic factors that came into play when creating districts," Hudenburg said. "[Price] made it apparent that changing a single block could have an impact on her district, and she wanted us to realize that these lines really can make a difference in the elections." Other guest speakers included former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Marc Elias, partner at Perkins Coie and the attorney who argued Bethune-Hill before the Supreme Court and Walter Olson, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute.

Monday, November 6, 2017 10:00 AM

Make a Voting Plan!

What's in a voting plan? How can you get prepared for tomorrow's election?  Click here for more information on how to make sure your voice is heard!

Saturday, November 4, 2017 11:45 PM

Candidates for top offices campaigning throughout Hampton Roads

Attorney General Mark R. Herring is campaigning in Hampton Roads and around the state for his reelection. Here is where he will be:
Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Temple with Delegate Jeion Ward at 7 a.m.
3100 Butternut Drive
Hampton, Va. 23666
Ivy Baptist Church with Delegate Cia Price at 8 a.m.
50 Maple Avenue,
Newport News, Va. 23607
Miracle Temple Baptist Church with Delegate Cia Price at 9:30 a.m.
617 32nd Street,
Newport News, Va. 23607
First Baptist Church East End with Delegate Cia Price at 10 a.m.
3000 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, Va. 23607
Zion Baptist Church Hampton with Delegate Cia Price at 11 a.m.
125 W. County Street
Hampton, Va. 23663
Lunch at The Comfort Zone with Lt. Gov. Northam, Justin Fairfax at 1 p.m.
2163 Cunningham Drive
Hampton, Va. 23666
Get Out The Vote Rally with Lt. Gov. Northam, Justin Fairfax at 2:30 p.m.
Boo Williams Sportsplex, 5 Armistead Pointe Parkway
Hampton, Va. 23666

Saturday, November 4, 2017 7:00 PM

Del. Price Says Vote!

Tuesday, November 7th, polls are open from 6a-7pm.  Need more info? Don't think your vote counts? Listen here!

Every vote counts, but only if you cast it. Don't forget to vote!

Paid for & Authorized by Friends of Marcia Price

Friday, November 3, 2017 4:33 PM

42,000 Ex-Felons Could Decide Virginia’s Governor’s Race

“We’ve been helping them get registered to vote,” Virginia delegate and campaign co-chair for Lt. Governor Ralph Northam, Marcia Price, told Observer. “What we’ve been finding is that their sentences were done decades ago and they could get their rights back. Because people are exercising their vote for the first time, that excitement is going to have them show up to the polls.” (Click for full story)

Friday, November 3, 2017 12:00 AM

**Ramp Closures For I-64 Widening Project**

Full ramp closures have been scheduled overnight for the I-64 Widening Project.  Detours will be in place during overnight closures on November 5th-11th.  This effects travelers in Newport News.  Click here to see the full press release from VDOT!

Thursday, November 2, 2017 7:00 PM

Del. Price Shares Info on Absentee Voting

In-Person Absentee voting is available until Saturday November 4th at 5pm. If you're eligible, you can vote before Election Day. For more info, go to

If you're voting Tuesday, November 7th, polls are open from 6a-7pm. Listen for more info!

Every vote counts, but only if you cast it. Don't forget to vote!
Paid for & Authorized by Friends of Marcia Price

Thursday, November 2, 2017 6:00 AM

Ex-Felons Voting for the First Time Could Shake Virginia’s Governor’s Race

Virginia is one of four states that permanently disenfranchise people with felonies, even after they’ve served their sentences. While the state’s governor is allowed to restore individuals’ right to vote, last year Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe shocked conservatives by signing an order restoring rights to more than 200,000 people who had completed their sentences and parole. Republican lawmakers successfully sued to block the move, arguing that he lacked authority to restore rights en masse. So McAuliffe’s administration started handing out the orders one by one; more than 168,000 ex-offenders have since had their voting rights returned. About 42,000 of them have registered to vote.

That’s a large chunk of people we’ve added back to the electorate,” says Marcia Price, a member of Virginia’s House of Delegates and a campaign co-chair for Lt. Governor Ralph Northam, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate.
Of the former felons who have recently had their rights restored, nearly half are black. Before McAuliffe’s historic announcement last year, about 1 in 5 African Americans in the state could not vote because of their criminal records. (Click for full story)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 12:00 AM

Del. Price in Spelman Women to Watch Highlight

"Marcia is wearing at least three hats these days. First, she is the director Virginia Black Leadership Organizing Collaborative (VA BLOC), a nonprofit that builds empowered communities. Second, she is an elected member of the Virginia House of Delegates, honored to serve the 95th District. Third, she serves as the Statewide Chair of the Ralph Northam for Governor campaign in Virginia. “There are 83,000 people counting on me to be successful at my job.” We can all agree that this #Spelmanalumna is doing WORK.
Visit to read more about Marcia's commitment “to the Resistance and Opposition, while preaching the gospels of love, equity, activism, and empowerment to help spark change in her Virginia community.” (Click for full feature)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 1:19 PM

Vote Ralph Northam for Governor!


We have been out fighting for our values, our communities, and for translating our energy into votes. We are fighting for better jobs and an economy that works for us all. We are fighting for safer neighborhoods. We are fighting for access to affordable healthcare. We are fighting for justice. We are fighting for equality and equity. We are taking a stand for inclusion. We are fighting for the future our children deserve.

We are fighting for candidates we believe in because we care about the trajectory of the future of our Commonwealth. We need Ralph Northam as Virginia's next Governor to keep us moving forward and to send a message that we will NOT go back.

We are better than hate. But y'all, love will only win if we do the work.

We have one week until Election Day on November 7th. Grab a friend and volunteer for the campaign. Text Virginia to 21333 or DM me for info.

We can all do something to make sure Ralph, Justin, Mark, and our HOD candidates finish strong. Let's go!!

#GameOnVA #FutureIsNow
#BeTheChange #DoTheWork #ElectionsMatter #EveryVoteCounts#ReElectDelPrice

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 12:00 PM

Del. Price on The Pastor's Study Radio Show

Delegate Price joined The Pastor's Study Radio Show on WHOV 88.1FM on October 24, 2017 to discuss the importance of voting in the upcoming election.  Click to listen to some great information to prepare for November 7th.

Monday, October 23, 2017 1:15 PM

Del. Price will join The Pastor's Study Radio Show

Del. Price will join The Pastor's Study Radio Show with Revs. Swann, Johnson, and Young on Tuesday, October 24, 2017.  The show starts at noon and can be heard on WHOV 88.1FM or iHeart Radio.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017 12:00 AM

Obama Returns to Campaign Trail to Rally Black Voters

Elected Democrats in Virginia suggest the anger toward Mr. Trump will ultimately translate into votes. “The national circus is overshadowing it, but if you’re on the doors like I am, you’re hearing that excitement and you’re hearing the people excited to vote,” said Marcia Price, a delegate. (Click for full article)

Monday, October 16, 2017 3:00 PM

Send Texts & IM's to Friends for Voter Registration!

Online Voter Registration Deadline is TODAY by 11:59pm.  There's so much at stake, like SO much. There are EIGHT positions on the ballot in cities like Newport News and Hampton. Every vote matters. Help spread the word by copying and pasting to send any of these messages by text/email/IM/DM to your family/friends! This is a quick and easy way you can make a HUGE impact! (Click for the messages!)

Monday, October 16, 2017 2:45 PM

Voter Registration Deadline

Hello beautiful and courageous people!! TODAY is the voter registration deadline for the November 7th General Elections in VA. There's so much at stake, like SO much. There are EIGHT positions on the ballot. Every vote matters. Help spread the word by sending any of these messages by text/email to your family/friends!

(click for more!)

Friday, October 13, 2017 3:18 PM

Campaigning when there's no contest

Newport News - What do you do if you’re a member of the House of Delegates but don’t have an opponent? Del. Marcia Price, D-Newport News, has been putting in several hours a week campaigning for Ralph Northam. (Click for full blog post)

Del, Marcia Price, D-Newport News, is unopposed, but still hitting the campaign trail -- as co chair of Ralph Northam's gubernatorial campaign. Both worked the crowd at Rep. Bobby Scott's annual Labor Day picnic, shown here. (Aileen Devlin/Daily Press / Daily Press

Friday, September 29, 2017 12:00 AM

Today is Ask A Stupid Question Day! Ask yours!

Today is #AskAStupidQuestionDay! Back in the 80's, educators were realizing that students weren't asking questions because they were afraid of being judged or sounding "stupid". The teachers created a day just for them to ask the questions they were most afraid of asking. By making a safe space for their questions, it encouraged their curiosity and lessened their fear of judgement.
To celebrate the day, I'm doing a slightly different take and opening up to answer all of your questions about politics, government, policy, civics, community, and more! Ask your question below. The only "stupid" question is the one that goes unasked!
I'll be answering the questions on Facebook and Twitter today, September 29th 1pm-6pm!
Click to submit your question!

Thursday, September 28, 2017 12:00 AM

Del. Price's Summer 2017 Recap in Pictures

We had a busy but amazing summer in the district! From working with youth, to hearing constituent concerns, to attending many events around the area - we had a great summer. Here is our summer in pictures for our #TBT
Keep scrolling!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 6:18 PM

New Email Update: Opportunities & Upcoming Events

I hope you're having a great week! I wanted to share with you some upcoming events and opportunities in the area. Continue to stay involved and engaged because your voice, your input, and your perspective are important!

I've also included some important information about Hurricane Preparedness and Relief efforts. We want to keep all of those effected by the recent storms in our thoughts and also work to help!

And bonus! Take a listen to a radio show I was on recently.

Be sure to scroll all the way through.

Monday, July 17, 2017 12:00 AM

Summer In The 95th

It's Summer in the 95th! See you at one of these events! These events were created so I could stay in touch with you! We aren't taking the summer off because there's still work to be done. Don't see anything that interests you, let us know! Tell us what kind of events you'd like to see and what kind of things you'd like to learn!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017 2:20 PM

Summer 2017 Events with Delegate Price

Here are 5 events you don't want to miss this summer, from town halls to webinars to paint parties to birthday parties and more.  Don't forget to register! Click the link for more info. See you soon!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 12:00 AM

Today: You Choose Our Future.

Today, we have a Democratic primary for Governor here in Virginia. I am proud to have voted for Ralph Northam—here’s why: Ralph Northam is one of the kindest men I know. But do not take his kindness for weakness - HE IS A FIGHTER. He has been here in Virginia for the past decade fighting to build a commonwealth that works for everyone—no matter who you are, no matter where you are from, no matter who you love. (Click to read more)

Sunday, June 11, 2017 1:25 AM

I'm supporting Ralph Northam for Governor!

I'm supporting Ralph Northam for Governor and I'm not alone. Congressmen Bobby Scott and Don McEachin, Governor McAuliffe, Senators Warner and Kaine, and the entire Democratic House and Senate Caucus all support Ralph! Don't forget to vote on Tuesday, June 13th! Polls are open from 6am-7pm!



Tuesday, May 30, 2017 12:00 AM

To shake up the Democratic Party, progressives turn to a primary race in Virginia

Virginia lawmaker Marcia Price has her lefty political idols. She broke with every other Democrat in the state legislature last year to endorse Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race.  But when it comes to her state’s June gubernatorial primary, Price wants her liberal heroes to butt out. (Click for more!)

Friday, May 26, 2017 12:00 AM

Black Women Leaders Demand Representation in the DNC

More than 20 Black female elected officials, activists and community leaders came together in solidarity to voice their concern that Black women are being overlooked in regard to leadership within the Democratic Party.

In the letter to Perez, the women stated, “Like civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, who testified at the 1964 Democratic convention demanding Blacks have a seat and voice within the Party, we are ‘sick and tired of being sick and tired.'”

(Click to read more about the letter in which Del. Price participated)


Thursday, May 18, 2017 9:55 PM

A new level of excitement for state primary elections

Northam has endorsements from every Democrat elected to statewide office in Virginia and every Democrat in the General Assembly. Del. Marcia Price, D-Hampton, is his campaign chairwoman, despite also being the only Virginia legislator to endorse U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders in last year's presidential race. (Click for full article)

Thursday, April 13, 2017 5:15 PM

Ralph Northam for Governor - Fighting Since Day One

Lt. Governor Dr. Ralph Northam has been fighting for Progressive Values since Day ONE! The primary elections are being held on Tuesday, June 13th. To join Team Northam, visit


Wednesday, April 5, 2017 8:27 AM

Peninsula Community Champions Participate in Meals on Wheels March for Meals Campaign

PAA held a "Meet and Greet" for their invited "Community Champions" who came to help raise awareness for the growing number of seniors facing hunger and isolation, both serious problems currently impacting our community and the nation at large.  PAA was honored to have Virginia Delegate Marcia Price, Tempestt Boone (Legislative Assistant to Delegate Price), Thomas Cross - Legislative Aide to Virginia Senator Monty Mason, Major Steven Rich with the Hampton Sheriff's Department, Patricia Green - member of the PAA Board of Directors, Ted Juraschek - member of the PAA Board of Directors, and Rick Jackson - member of the PAA Board of Directors... 
Several of the Community Champions delivered a meal route after the meeting and got to meet and talk with many of the PAA MOW seniors. Delegate Price and Tempestt Boone delivered meals in the mid-town area of Newport News... (Click for article)

Saturday, March 25, 2017 2:30 PM

Women's History Month: Leaders in government and military

Born and raised in Newport News, Marcia Price is the voice of more than 83,000 people in parts of her hometown and Hampton as the representative for the 95th District in the Virginia House of Delegates....In honor of Women's History Month, Bunting, Price, Mangum, Miller and Woodbury share their inspirations and advice.

What advice would you pass on?

Price: "Know what you're getting into and do the research. Know that it's not glitz and glamour. It's hard, intense, grimy work. But if you're called to do it, you have to answer the call.
"Stick together as much as possible, because when we are unified in our fight, it's even more impactful."

(Click for full article)

Friday, March 24, 2017 12:00 AM

Progressive Emerging Leaders and LGBT Activists Backs Ralph Northam for Governor

Progressive Emerging Leaders and LGBT Activists Backs Ralph Northam for Governor

Richmond, VA – Today, a progressive coalition of leaders across Virginia endorsed Ralph Northam’s candidacy for governor.
Earlier this year, Delegate Marcia Price, the only member of the General Assembly to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders, joined Northam for Governor as campaign chair. Senator Warner, Senator Kaine, Governor McAuliffe, Attorney General Herring, Congressman Scott, Congressman Beyer, and Congressman McEachin each affirmed their endorsements of Dr. Northam. The House and Senate Democratic caucuses also announced their unanimous endorsement. In addition, he received support from community activists and leaders from around Charlottesville.

(Click for the list of the endorsers!)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 7:44 AM

Virginia Young Democrats host convention in Harrisonburg

Delegate Marcia Price (D-Newport News) will be the keynote speaker at the VAYD Awards Banquet on Saturday evening. Delegate Price was elected as a young democrat in 2015 and is a progressive leader in the General Assembly on a range of issues including access to healthcare, college affordability, and civil rights. She was the highest ranking Virginia elected official to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders in the presidential primary and has since worked to unify our communities as we push for progressive policies

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 8:58 AM

2017 Amazing Math Teachers

In honor of #PiDay we want to celebrate our local math teachers! Submit your favorite math teacher for our "2017 Amazing Math Teachers" awards! Click for more information (some restrictions apply). Submissions are due by March 21st and the winners will be announced on March 28th! 

Monday, March 6, 2017 10:46 PM

Editorial: Ranking jobs in a grab bag

The House committee also let die a proposal from Del. Jeion Ward, D-Hampton, to protect workers from being forced to accept wages by a credit to a prepaid debit card, a practice that means they can be forced to pay a fee to get access to their money. The House Appropriations committee rejected an effort by Del. Marcia Price, D-Newport News, to help young Virginians refinance high-rate student loan debt. And the Senate Courts committee said no the proposal by state Sen. Monty Mason, D-Williamsburg, to expand protection against financial exploitation of incapacitated adults.
There is a common theme here: Virginia state government spends too much time telling local government what to do but is much less diligent following up on responsibilities it has assumed for itself. (Click for full editorial)

Thursday, March 2, 2017 12:00 AM

Who Gets To Legislate Heritage In Virginia

Del. Marcia Price (D-Newport News), a fourth-generation Episcopalian with African American and Pamunkey ancestry and an M.A. in Christian theology from Howard University, voted no on Virginia’s Christian Heritage resolution. She found H.R. 297’s jump from Pocahontas to Oliver Hill jarring and “irresponsible.”
As Del. Price explained by phone, “Celebrating our history means embracing and being completely honest about the full historical record, including the not-so glamorous parts. African slavery, the exclusion of the enslaved from Christianity, the mistreatment of Native peoples, and Jim Crow—these are critical aspects of Virginia’s history and too important to pass over.”

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 9:43 AM

A majority of Va. legislators call for recording committee meetings

A healthy majority – 85 -- of our 140 state Senators and members of the House of Delegates say the General Assembly should insist that its new office building (and the temporary facility it will move to before the 2018 session) should have facilities for full full audio and visual recording of committee and subcommittee meetings.

Among those signing were Del. Gordon Helsel, R-Poquoson; Del. Keith Hodges, R-Urbanna; state Sen. Mamie Locke, D-Hampton; state Sen. Monty Mason, D-Williamsburg; Del. Mike Mullin, D-Newport News; state Sen. Tommy Norment, R-James City County; Del. Brenda Pogge, R-Norge; Del. Marcia Price, D-Newport News and Del. Jeion Ward, D-Hampton. (Click for full article)

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 12:00 AM

Price named Northam for Governor campaign chair

Ralph has spent his entire career fighting for progressive causes—and he will continue doing that as Governor. I am proud to help lead a campaign that wants to build a Commonwealth that works for everyone—no matter who they are, no matter where they live, no matter who they love.  (Click for full announcement)

Sunday, February 26, 2017 12:00 AM

Virginia General Assembly session wrap: A look at what happened

Forty-six days after it gavelled in, the Virginia General Assembly gavelled out Saturday.
In between, it passed a budget with raises for teachers and state employees, bigger raises meant to address nursing shortages at state mental hospitals and even bigger raises for state police.
Speaker of the House William Howell announced his retirement and will be succeeded, assuming Republicans hold their House majority in the November elections, by current Majority Leader Kirk Cox, R-Colonial Heights.
The governor's race and other elections gear up now in full. The in-session fundraising ban on state officials ended with the session. (Click for more)

Thursday, February 23, 2017 10:23 PM

Bill for capping school suspension lengths dies

Votes on the four measures focused on the issue were bipartisan, with the state Senate backing reform by a wide margin while the House was nearly evenly divided.
Teacher, administrator and school board lobbying groups opposed the bills. As the session went on enough support eroded in the House that tight victories became narrow losses. On Thursday afternoon, Stanley and Del. Dickie Bell, R-Staunton, threw in the towel.
At one point their bills would have capped suspensions at 45 days, though that was moved to 90 days with a review after 45 days. Other legislation from the pair would have ended suspensions for children in pre-K through fifth grade, though exceptions were built in for drug offenses, firearm offenses and other serious crimes.
That eventually became a five-day cap for students from pre-K to 3rd grade, then a 10-day cap.

The House voted down this final proposal Monday on a 46-50 vote... (Delegate) Marcia "Cia" Price, D-Newport News, voted for the bill. (Click for full article)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 9:24 PM

In abortion bill veto, an issue for 2017 campaigns

McAuliffe held Tuesday's veto ceremony outside of the governor's mansion, and he said the symbolism should be clear.
"The governor's mansion is the brick wall," he said.  House Bill 2264 dealt with relatively little state money: Less than $30,000 destined for Planned Parenthood's five centers around the state. But the defunding also could have affected federal eligibility, which would have been "unspeakably devastating," Virginia League for Planned Parenthood President and CEO Paulette McElwain said.

Eighteen Democratic legislators joined the governor for the ceremony, including Del. Marcia "Cia" Price, D-Newport News.

"It's important that the governor be someone who's willing to stand up and protect women's access to health care," she said. (Click for full article)

Sunday, February 19, 2017 12:44 PM

Del. Price to Host Post-Session Townhall

NEWPORT NEWS, VA-  On Monday, March 6, 2017, Delegate Marcia "Cia" Price (95th District) will host a "Post-Session Townhall" to offer updates from the 2017 Virginia General Assembly Legislative Session.  The event will be from 6:30pm-8:00pm at the Downing Gross Cultural Arts Center (2410 Wickham Ave, Newport News, VA  23607).  She will discuss pending legislation that will impact your life and the next steps toward Reconvene Session in April.

Del. Price knows it is important to hear from constituents of the 95th District, as well as for her to help them stay engaged during this important process.  The evening will be fun and informative. "A lot has transpired during this Session.  It's important for people to know the laws that will impact the way they live their lives and the back story to how they came to be.  It's equally important for them to have their voice be heard during this process. I look forward to the discussion," stated Del. Price.

Del. Price represents the 95th House District, parts of Newport News and parts of Hampton.  To see if you are in her district, click here:

The townhall is free but please RSVP at:



Sunday, February 19, 2017 12:00 AM

Peninsula legislators, students talk STEM careers

The students in the room came from different middle and high schools in Newport News and Hampton, including Heritage and Denbigh high schools and Spratley Middle School, and all have dreams of entering STEM fields. Dream jobs throughout the room ranged from neurosurgeon, to veterinarian, to ob-gyn......

A cornerstone of the conversation was the book and now movie "Hidden Figures," and the struggles the women overcame to pursue science.  "These were four African-American women in Hampton that changed the world," Del. Marcia "Cia" Price, D-Newport News, said. "And know that you have that power, too." (Click for full article)

Saturday, February 18, 2017 12:00 AM

House Votes Against Senate Redistricting Reform

RICHMOND, Va. – As Virginians demanding redistricting reform descended on the Capitol, House Democrats yesterday forced two votes of the full House Privileges and Elections Committee on Senate redistricting reform measures – both of which were killed by the committee’s Republicans in a party-line vote.  Del. Marcia “Cia” Price moved to report SJ 231 and SJ 290 to the floor of the House for a full floor vote. Both measures were killed in the Republican-controlled Elections Subcommittee on Tuesday. However, legislation can be revived in the rare event that a member of the full committee moves to report.
“It’s time for us to do the right thing,” said Price during the committee meeting. “The citizens have told us that more than seventy percent of them are for redistricting reform, and we on this committee do not represent seventy percent of constituents. It is time for it to be heard on the House floor, for all of the House members to have a vote.” (Click for full release)

Monday, February 13, 2017 5:15 PM

Del. Price Speaks on Rev. Pauli Murray for Black History Month

During the month of February, each day a Delegate presents a moment in Black History.  Del. Price delivered today's Black History Month speech on Rev. Pauli Murray. She was a Civil Rights attorney and was the first Black woman to be ordained by the Episcopal Church.  Click to listen and learn more about Rev. Murray!

Thursday, February 9, 2017 9:03 PM

Del. Price's Statement on House Budget

Del. Price is pleased to announce that the House Budget (HB1500) that passed today included $200,000 for the Newport News Public Schools’ Summer Program for Arts, Recreation, and Knowledge (SPARK) to help supplement the NNPS funding of the program.  Del. Price submitted and fought for the Budget Amendment for SPARK because she believes it is an integral part of the educational opportunities offered for students in the summer.  “Education is key to the success and safety of our youth. We must continue to support programs that work, especially those programs that prevent achievement gaps over the summer months,” said Del. Price. The Budget also includes funding for the Denbigh Aviation Academy.  Even with the tough year’s budget shortfall and impending cuts, no cuts were made to K-12 education. (Click for full press release)

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 8:35 PM

Del. Price to Host Day at the Capitol for local fraternities and sororities

On February 20, 2017, Del. Price will host members of local Black Greek Letter Organizations, known as the Divine Nine organizations.  Members from Newport News, Hampton, and Williamsburg have been invited to attend.  (Click for more info!)

Monday, February 6, 2017 4:30 PM

Officials Highlight Past Achievements, Future Discoveries at NASA AeroSpace Days

Virginia Del. Marcia Price knows NASA is about more than space, but she is admittedly fascinated with rocket launches.
Price recalled how she and her boyfriend tried to witness a recent rocket launch at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia, but failed to make it on time. They ended up viewing the launch from a nearby bridge and were amazed by the sight.  “That inspiration happens when you guys didn’t even realize it,” she said.  Price was among the many Virginia legislators who were visited by officials from Wallops and NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, during NASA AeroSpace Days — now in its 12th year — Feb. 1 and 2 in Richmond, Virginia. The annual event allows leaders from NASA and the aerospace industry to speak with Virginia policymakers about the benefits that the aerospace sector brings to the state, as well as opportunities for growth and improvement. (Click for photo and full article!)

Thursday, February 2, 2017 10:30 PM

Virginia police department looking for clarification about ‘loophole’ in juvenile gun rights

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- The Newport News police department is looking for clarification about the rights juveniles have when it comes to possessing a gun.
Currently under Virginia law, anyone under 18 cannot have a gun, except in two cases: hunting and when a juvenile is in their home, their parents', grandparents' or guardian's.
Police said this causes an issue for them. “If we go on scene and the juvenile has a weapon and the parent isn’t aware of it, we have no legal ground to take the weapon at that point because of the way the code is written," Capt. Jason Bollhorst told affiliate WTKR.
That's why police are working with Delegate Marcia Price to add verbiage to the bill that would say a juvenile needs to have parent consent to have that gun. Capt. Bollhorst added if the police department is investigating a case and have probable cause when it comes to the gun in question, they can take it. (Click for Video and full article)

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 11:23 PM

Newport News Police looking for clarification about juvenile gun rights

That's why police are working with Delegate Marcia Price to add verbiage to the bill that would say a juvenile needs to have parent consent to have that gun. Capt. Bollhorst added if the police department is investigating a case and have probable cause when it comes to the gun in question, they can take it.

(Click for more on the story and video from the news cast)

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 6:00 AM

Democrats call for vote on redistricting reforms

At its meeting Monday morning, the Constitutional Subcommittee of the House Privileges and Elections Committee ignored a request from a Democratic member to vote on the proposed constitutional amendments individually. The panel then tabled the redistricting measures on a single 4-3 vote.

Republican Dels. Randy Minchew of Leesburg, Mark Cole of Fredericksburg, Tim Hugo of Centreville and Jackson Miller of Manassas all voted to table the resolutions. Opposing the motion were Republican Del. Jason Miyares of Virginia Beach and Democratic Dels. Joseph Lindsey of Norfolk and Marcia Price of Newport News.
Democrats in the House of Delegates on Tuesday blasted the subcommittee’s action. (click for full article)

Monday, January 30, 2017 4:41 PM

Republican-Led House Panel Throws Out 20 Proposed Bills

A slew of proposed amendments to Virginia's Constitution were all shut down in a Monday morning meeting in Richmond.
With a single vote, the Republican-led House panel moved to throw out more than 20 bills. Some measures would have revised Virginia law dealing with re-instating ex-felons' ability to vote. Other efforts looked at changing the way voting districts are drawn in the commonwealth. (Click for Video and Article)

Monday, January 30, 2017 12:00 PM

With single vote, House subcommittee kills more than 20 proposed Va. constitutional amendments

“When you have someone say that you can only take four forward and then you basically base it on the chronology of the vote as opposed to voting on each one and its merit, then that’s an interesting message to be sent to voters,” said Del. Marcia S. “Cia” Price, D-Newport News.
Ahead of what would have been a voice vote, Price moved that the vote on the group of bills be recorded. She voted against laying the resolutions on the table with Del. Jason S. Miyares, R-Virginia Beach, and Del. Joseph C. Lindsey, D-Norfolk.
Price carried a resolution that would have banned redistricting for political purposes. The amendment also would have made legislators’ communications regarding redistricting available to the public. It received a 5-to-2 vote because Price made a motion to report it to the committee before the group of bills was formed. Miyares joined the other Republicans in voting against it. (Click for the full story)

Thursday, January 19, 2017 10:13 PM

Newport News Police seeks clarity: Juvenile gun rights vs. parent permission

The Newport News Police Department's take on a small section of state law brought a tricky question before the legislature Thursday: Can a 16-year-old have a gun in the house without his parents' permission?  The city was seeking clarity on the issue via House Bill 2098, sponsored by Del. Marcia "Cia" Price, D-Newport News. The bill would have tweaked state code to make certain that minors must have permission to bring a gun into the home of their parent, grandparent or guardian. (Click for full story)

Thursday, January 19, 2017 10:13 PM

Police shooting, body camera bills go down

A local effort to establish standard protocols for investigating officer-involved shootings died in subcommittee Thursday.
So did bills to require body camera usage policies for law enforcement departments across the state.
Del. Marcia "Cia" Price's bill on police shootings would have had the state develop a model policy for investigations and required more disclosures from commonwealth's attorneys involved in those investigations. (Click for more.)

Thursday, January 19, 2017 7:12 PM

Del. Price Gives Obama Farewell Speech

On Thursday, January 19, 2017, Del. Price gave a farewell speech for President Obama on his last day in office.  You can find the speech here: Price's Obama Farewell Speech

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 1:59 PM

'30 pieces of silver' day care fingerprint bill draws church criticism

Griffey said parents likely assume all day cares are treated equally by the state. A measure that would have required day cares to inform parents of their level of oversight has failed to clear the legislature.
Pogge, R-Norge, is a member of the House Health, Welfare and Institutions Committee, which will vote on the house fingerprint bill Thursday. Del. Marcia "Cia" Price, D-Hampton, and Del. Gordon Helsel, R-Poquoson, also are on the committee, and both said they plan to vote for the bill.
"To forego funding ... for a philosophical conversation, I think, is irresponsible," Price said. "Especially on this issue. We need to make sure everyone gets a background check."

Monday, January 16, 2017 11:52 PM

House Democrats welcome Ward, Price to leadership team

Virginia House Democrats today elected two new members to fill vacancies on their leadership team.
Delegate Jeion Joyner Ward will serve as Vice Chair of Operations and Delegate Marcia “Cia” Price will serve as Secretary.
Both women hail from the Hampton Roads area. Ward represents the 92nd District, which encompasses a portion of Hampton. Price represents the 95th House District, which includes parts of Newport News and Hampton.

Monday, January 16, 2017 7:17 PM

Del. Price Joins Leadership Team

RICHMOND, VA - Today, the Virginia House Democratic Caucus elected Delegate Marcia "Cia" Price as Secretary of the Caucus.  About the election, Del. Price stated, "This is a tremendous honor to be elected to a leadership position in my first term.  I do not take this lightly and I am looking forward to working with the Caucus in this new role."  

Thursday, January 12, 2017 8:54 PM

Follow Delegate Price's Social Media Updates!

To see updates, pictures, and videos from events at the 2017 Legislative Session in Richmond, follow Delegate Price on her social media pages!





Thursday, January 12, 2017 2:26 PM

Hampton Roads lawmakers say they plan to address law enforcement salaries

Lawmakers from Hampton Roads say they're planning to address law enforcement salaries across the Commonwealth. In some cases, the salaries are leading to high turnover rates and staffing shortages.  "It  is important that we retain our best and also have them have fair wages, so they can continue to do the best job they can," said Del. Marcia Price, a democrat from the Peninsula.

(Click for full story and Video of Del. Price's comments)

Thursday, January 12, 2017 12:00 AM

Democratic Delegate Cia Price speaks during the Virginia General Assembly first day in session

Democratic Delegate Cia Price speaks during the Virginia General Assembly first day in session at the State Capitol in Richmond on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.
Aileen Devlin / Daily Press
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Thursday, January 12, 2017 12:00 AM

Dem Delegates Murphy & Price leave the Virginia General Assembly Building

Democratic Delegates Kathleen Murphy, left, and Cia Price, right, leave the Virginia General Assembly Building for the first day in session at the State Capitol in Richmond on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.
Aileen Devlin / Daily Press
Copyright © 2017, Daily Press

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 11:23 PM

Black legislators seek to protect education funding

As Virginia faces an estimated $1.26 billion budget shortfall, the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus announced that its top priority during the General Assembly’s session this year is to protect funding for K-12 education.  Additionally, the VLBC will focus on criminal justice reform, job creation, increasing the minimum wage and public safety.  “These are the issues we will continue to fight for because there must be a change,” Del. Roslyn Tyler, a Democrat from Jarratt and president of the caucus, said at a news conference Wednesday. 


Del. Price currently serves as Chaplain for the VA Legislative Black Caucus.  She proudly stands with the Caucus as they fight for education, jobs, and justice!

Click for full article

Monday, January 9, 2017 8:30 PM

Virginia Democratic delegates to seek new student loan authority

The state House Democratic Caucus is backing a plan to get the state back into the business of making student loans.  Dels. Marcus B. Simon of Fairfax and Marcia S. Price of Newport News said Monday that they will propose legislation to revive the Virginia Education Loan Authority, which was shut down in the mid-1990s after providing student loans for two decades.

Monday, January 9, 2017 2:39 PM

Virginia Democrats Seek to Help Ease Student Loan Debt

RICHMOND, Va. (WVIR) - Virginia Democrats are rolling out a plan to tackle the heavy burden of student loan debt. Lawmakers are introducing bills aimed at lowering interest rates, and having the commonwealth play a role in issuing new loans.
Democrats argue Virginia's economy is being held back because graduates are unable to invest much in the economy. Legislators believe they are delaying buying homes, as well as starting their own families or business because of their debt.
"We cannot move forward with a new Virginia economy when our next generation of leaders come out of school crippled with debt," said 95th District Delegate Marcia Price (D).

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 12:00 AM

Elected Officials Encourage Day Of Service To Honor Dr. King

Join Mayor McKinley L. Price, Delegate Marcia "Cia" Price, and SheriffGabriel Morgan Sr for a regional Food Drive in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day! Start collecting non-perishable food items now! You can collect at your school, job, church, organization, etc! Then come to the VA Peninsula Foodbank to drop off the items on MLK Day, Monday, January 16th between 9am-1pm!   Let's restock the foodbank to start off 2017 and honor the heart and work of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.! Need collection containers and flyers? Call 757-926-8403 or email for more information! Or click here for more info:

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 5:28 PM

Locke and Price to Host Legislative Rollout & Send-Off

Locke and Price to Host Legislative Rollout & Send-Off
December 30, 2016
Press Release
Media Contact: Tempestt Boone, 757-266-5935

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Sen. Mamie Locke (SD2) and Del. Marcia “Cia” Price (HD95) will host a Legislative Rollout and Send-off on Wednesday, January 4, 2017.  They will both discuss updates from the General Assembly and talk about the upcoming 2017 Legislative Session.  "It is important for both Sen. Locke and me to hear from our constituents as we prepare for Session.  This is a perfect opportunity for citizens to interface with their representatives as we continue to work toward progress," said Del. Price. 

The meeting will take place at the Downing Gross Cultural Arts Center and will begin at 6:30pm. The event is free and open to the public.  To attend, please register at


Tuesday, December 13, 2016 12:09 PM

Del. Price Will Seek Re-Election

Delegate Price said, “The advances that we have made to make quality educational opportunities available to all of our youth are significant.  Progress made toward the New Virginia Economy has been tremendous as we invest in job creation and innovation.  Community policing efforts in decreasing youth crime over the summer were successful.  Honoring the value of our veterans entering the civilian workforce was a priority.  Protecting victims of domestic violence was a bipartisan effort.  Restoring the rights of thousands of Virginians to participate in the governmental process is huge.  There have been gains. But often they are tempered by the amount of work we still have yet to accomplish. For instance, we have to continue to make our neighborhoods safer. We can’t settle. We have to keep going.”

Price wants to continue the progress that has been made in her district and the Commonwealth in a second term.  “What we do and say must send authentic messages that we want everyone to have an opportunity for wholeness and wellness and that we want everyone to have the opportunity to have their voice be heard,” she said.

(Click for the full release)

Friday, December 9, 2016 3:17 PM

Del. Price Seeks Names of Super Star Youth

I need your help! I would like to know about 50 youth living in the 95th District that you feel have gone above and beyond in their school or community. Maybe they stood up for their classmate, maybe they started a club to help others, maybe they are an academic superstar, maybe they collected items to donate to others --- whatever the reason, I want to know about them!  Please email and tell me their name, school, grade level, and why you think they are an amazing youth!

(Click for more info)

Wednesday, December 7, 2016 2:32 PM

Airline to bring nonstop flights from Newport News to Newark and Long Island

Maine-based Elite Airways, backed with up to $900,000 in direct economic incentives, announced Wednesday that it will start flying nonstop from Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport to Islip, N.Y. and Newark, N.J., in March...

State Del. Marcia Price, D-Newport News, who was at the announcement Wednesday, stood in front of a large window at gate B1, through which an Elite Airways jet was visible, she said she was hoping for New York to be a destination. (Click for more)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 12:29 AM

Community Leaders Attend Summit on Gun Violence

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – On Monday evening, more than 30 community leaders met to discuss the alarming recent uptick in gun violence in the city.  As of that evening, Newport News had had 23 murders and more than 100 incidents involving guns.  The group was called together by Delegate Marcia “Cia” Price (95th District) in an effort to receive updates from law enforcement and City Officials to clarify some misconceptions about the situation.  The goals were also to collaborate as a group on short and long term solutions, and assess current resources and strategies and some of the voids needing to be addressed...... 

Delegate Price summarized the meeting by saying, “We as leaders needed to commit to solutions that will focus on prevention, intervention, enforcement, and reentry.  Our city is more than our violence.  We care about each of our citizens and want them to feel safe and have a great quality of life.  We want each of our children to be able to live out their dreams.  We want our city to thrive, together.  In order for that to happen, we must reclaim our communities from the reality of gun violence.”

(Click for full release)

Sunday, November 13, 2016 1:12 PM

Price to Host Townhall 11/15/16

Today! Townhall: What Now?  -- The election is over. What now? What next? Let's talk this out, come together, and ORGANIZE. The work doesn't stop! We will hear from each other and also learn strategies on how you can use your resources and talent to help your community. We need each of your voices present.  It will take each of us, coming together, to stand strong and impact our community.  We will be in the Cafeteria at Heritage High School, 5800 Marshall Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607.  This is a safe space for us to discuss and plan.  It will be interactive and productive.  All who want to be a part of this conversation are welcome, and this event is family-friendly.  See you this evening.

Sunday, November 6, 2016 7:30 PM

Scott, Warner urge locals to head to the polls

A Clinton presidency would also mean solutions for mounting student debt, Scott said. It's an issue he brought up a second time after saying that State Del. Marcia Price asked him to reach out to the millennial voters.
The millennial voice is important in this election, said State Del. Marcia Price, before the event started. Despite mixed stuff she's heard from polls and surveys, Price said she's seeing excitement from both younger and black voters.
"I think people know how important this election is, and we can't sit out," she said. 

Saturday, November 5, 2016 12:00 AM

Raise Your Voice - Letter to the Editor by Del. Price

Raise your voice
The presidential candidates have made the case for their visions of our country's future. We know their platforms, perspectives and personalities. On Tuesday, we will choose our next president.
Elections have consequences that reverberate for generations, and this may be the most consequential election in our lifetime. On day one of our next president's administration, she or he will fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. That decision alone will determine if the right to vote will be protected for millions of Americans, if a woman has the right to make her own health care decisions, and if every American can enjoy the same equality and freedom no matter who they are and who they love.
This is not a question of just temperament and experience, although those are hugely important. What is essentially on the ballot in this election are two different visions for America. Donald Trump and Mike Pence's divisive vision that would tear our country apart and Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine's inclusive vision that says we are stronger together.
At any given time, there are at least 15 elected officials that represent you, making decisions about your life. Your vote is how you have a voice in who is chosen. In this election, we are choosing the leader of our nation and the Congress that will help get things done. They will be chosen whether you show up or not!
Don't wake up on Wednesday and regret that you chose not to participate in this historic moment.
Let's make history, together.
Del. Marcia S. "Cia" Price
95th District
Newport News

Thursday, October 13, 2016 6:08 PM

Del Price Responds to Hearing on Election Readiness

RICHMOND, VA - Today, both the Senate and House Privileges and Elections committees met jointly in a last minute meeting, called less than 30 days before the election.  With such a short timeline before elections and a subsequent lack of feasible short term solutions offered (ones that don’t involve shutting down tools that help the voter), it is unclear as to what we accomplished as far as solutions. The meeting occurred on the same day that the Republican Presidential Nominee paired down his campaign efforts in Virginia. I am hoping that this meeting was not an attempt to cast undue doubt on the integrity of Virginia’s elections system because of declining polling numbers for a particular candidate. 

(Click for full statement)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 10:30 PM

RTD Coverage of Williamsburg

Del. Marcia S. Price, D-Newport News, spoke at a news conference in Williamsburg ahead of Pence’s speech. She criticized Trump for spending years stoking false rumors that President Barack Obama was born outside the United States.
On Friday, Trump finally acknowledged that Obama was born in the U.S.
“Trump has refused to apologize or take any accountability for his years of divisive rhetoric, peddling a bigoted attack against our country’s first black president,” Price said, according to the Clinton campaign. “Instead, he stood up and told more lies about the origin of the conspiracy theory.”

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 10:05 PM

Trump ‘temperamentally unfit’ to serve as commander-in-chief

Virginia leaders, veterans and military family members highlighted how Donald Trump and Mike Pence are temperamentally unfit and unqualified to lead the nation.  At a press conference, Virginia Legislative Black Caucus Chair and State Senator Mamie Locke, Delegate Marcia Price and Councilman Cliff Hayes rejected the Trump-Pence campaign’s bigotry and divisiveness and local veterans and military families spoke out against Trump’s record of disrespecting veterans and his dangerous proposals that would threaten our national security. (Click for More)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 9:15 PM

Del. Price's Full Comments from Williamsburg

Del. Price's full comments, as prepared: 

Last week, Donald Trump showed us again that he is unfit to serve as President of the United States. As Sen. Locke alluded to, the Republican Presidential Nominee has been playing dangerous games, but we are not fooled.
Trump and his new fancy advisers seem to think that by stating fact - that President Obama is an American - the issue is now done, but that is NOT TRUE.  This is not just about political strategy but about the larger issue of character and track records of the candidates.  For starters, Trump has refused to apologize or take accountability for his years of divisive rhetoric, peddling a bigoted attack against our country’s first black president. Instead, he stood up and told more lies about the origins of this hateful conspiracy theory and his role in perpetuating it. (Click for more)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 9:08 PM

Del. Price denounces hate in Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG, VA – Today, Delegate Marcia S. “Cia” Price participated in a press conference to denounce the racist and divisive rhetoric of the Trump campaign.  In the rain, Price joined Sen. Mamie Locke (2nd District) and Cliff Hayes, the Democratic Nominee for the 77th House District in speaking to the racially charged birther comments the Republican Presidential Nominee has espoused for years. Behind the speakers were several members of the Williamsburg community and students from William & Mary who joined the press conference to show their support for Hillary Clinton for President. (Click for more info)

Thursday, September 15, 2016 5:00 PM

Full Comments from Board of Health Meeting

Delegate Price's Full Comments, Board of Health Meeting 9/15/16, Richmond, VA  --- "Good morning.  I am Delegate Marcia Price of the 95th District.  The oath that we take as Virginia legislators defines our role.  I am a legislator that believes in the three branches of government with checks and balances.  I am a legislator that represents a population that statistically has less access to healthcare and the most need. I am a legislator that believes in doing the right thing.  I am a legislator who is concerned with how Virginia will move forward in light of Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt where the Supreme Court ruled that the sham restrictions in Texas are unconstitutional." (click for full comments)

Thursday, September 15, 2016 4:00 PM

Price Speaks Out at Board of Health Meeting

RICHMOND, VA- .... In her remarks, Delegate Price asked, “What message does it send to the public if the Commonwealth of Virginia chooses to knowingly enforce restrictions that have been deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of the United States? What message does it send?” She continued, “The legislature should trust women and their doctors and the Board of Health should trust the Supreme Court of the United States.” (Click here for full press release)

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 6:03 PM

Bobby Scott: The congressman who could make history. Again.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — In a tradition he has kept for 40 years, Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott threw open his family’s sprawling back yard for a Labor Day cookout, a ritual that marks the real start of the political season in this state.  But this year, an undercurrent of intrigue pulsed through the gathering: As he welcomed several hundred guests, Scott (D-Va.) was also launching his unofficial bid for a U.S. Senate seat that is not yet open.  “This is a big year for our potential United States senator, Bobby Scott!” Scott’s niece, state Del. Marcia “Cia” Price (D-Newport News), shouted to the crowd. “The nation is watching Virginia. . . . We have to show that we have his back.” (Click to Read More)

Sunday, September 4, 2016 3:30 PM

Anne Holton to attend Labor Day breakfast in Hampton

The state's former secretary of education, Anne Holton, will visit downtown Hampton Monday morning for a Hampton Democratic Committee breakfast and will represent her husband, vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine... 
The breakfast, called "Stronger Together," is co-hosted with the Eastern Virginia Labor Federation and will be held to honor labor unions and community leaders, according to the flier for the event. Other attendees include Virginia Lt. Governor Ralph Northam, U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Newport News, and State Del. Marcia Price, D-Newport News, according to the email. 

Saturday, August 20, 2016 10:30 PM

Del. Price Speaks in Williamsburg

Del. Marcia S. Price, D-Newport News, spoke at a news conference in Williamsburg ahead of Pence’s speech. She criticized Trump for spending years stoking false rumors that President Barack Obama was born outside the United States.
On Friday, Trump finally acknowledged that Obama was born in the U.S.
“Trump has refused to apologize or take any accountability for his years of divisive rhetoric, peddling a bigoted attack against our country’s first black president,” Price said, according to the Clinton campaign. “Instead, he stood up and told more lies about the origin of the conspiracy theory.”

Sunday, August 14, 2016 10:15 PM

Peninsula officials say they need constituents to show support in Richmond

Lawmakers from the local, state and federal levels told their constituents on Sunday that if they want change, they need to show up.  Del. Marcia "Cia" Price, D-Newport News, hosted a community fair at Heritage High School which was opened up with a town hall featuring U.S. Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, D-Newport News, State Sen. Mamie Locke, D-Hampton, and Newport News Mayor McKinley Price. The central message from the elected officials was that people need to do more than just vote if they want to show how much certain issues matter to them. (Click for full story)

Thursday, August 11, 2016 4:25 PM

Del. Price to Host Townhall and Fair

Del. Price to Host Community Townhall and Fair in Newport News
August 10, 2016
Press Release
Contact: Tempestt Boone, 757-266-5935

NEWPORT NEWS, VA -  On Sunday, August 14, 2016 Delegate Marcia S. “Cia” Price of the 95th District will host a Community Townhall and Fair at Heritage High School (5800 Marshall Ave, Newport News, VA 23605) from 3:00pm-6:00pm.  The Townhall will begin with a legislative update from Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-3), State Senator Mamie Locke (2nd District), Newport News Mayor McKinley Price, and Delegate Price. 

After the Townhall, families will participate in a Community Fair with over 45 exhibitors with information on resources in the community, face-painting, games, and free school supplies.

“It was really important to me, now more than ever, that our constituents have the opportunity to hear what is being done, what needs to be done, and how they can help,” said Price about the event.  She continued, “With all three levels of government at the table, this event is a chance for you to hear from us and for us to hear from you.”

For more information, please visit:


Saturday, July 30, 2016 4:04 PM

Price's Full Statement on Clinton Endorsement

"... The future we create for them is much bigger than any one person. The future we build for them will be bright because so many of us worked together for change.  Like many of you, I still will be “feeling the Bern” because Bernie invigorated in me something bold and wonderful -- confidence and courage to stand up for what I believe.  And I’ll take that with me as we move on to the next steps in our journey to electing the first woman President of the United States of America, Hillary Clinton." - Click here for full statement

Friday, July 29, 2016 10:30 AM

Price Announces Town Hall & Community Fair

Please joins us for an important Legislative Update & Town Hall AND a Community Fair! Hear from elected officials and our youth on the status of our community! Also, we will have a community fair with resources, food, fun, and school supplies! Sunday, August 14th 3p,-6pm - Invited guests include Congressman Bobby Scott, VA Senator Mamie Locke, NN Mayor McKinley L. Price, and student representatives from Heritage High School, Acheiveable Dream High School, Denbigh High School, Woodside High School, Bethel High School! Most importantly, we want to hear from YOU! (Click for more details)

Thursday, July 28, 2016 4:21 PM

Bernie Backer Cia Price Endorses Clinton

“Like many of you, I still will be ‘feeling the Bern’ because Bernie invigorated in me something bold and wonderful -- confidence and courage to stand up for what I believe,” she writes.
“I’ll take that with me as we move on to the next steps in our journey to electing the first woman President of the United States of America, Hillary Clinton,” she adds. “This endorsement is expressing my faith in Hillary Clinton’s abilities to make positive changes. But this is not a blind or inactive faith. It is an active faith that each of us will commit to working with her.” (Click for more.  Full Statement to follow soon)

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 12:00 AM

Del. Price's Remarks from Hampton NAACP Prayer Vigil

On Monday, July 11, 2016, the Hampton NAACP held a Prayer Vigil for Peace after the murders of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and Officers Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Lorne Ahrens, and Michael Smith. After opening with prayer, Elected Officials and Community Leaders offered remarks, then we held a public comment portion and closed in prayer. This event was a dynamic intergenerational opportunity where we recommitted ourselves to ACTION! Click to see the video of Delegate Price's comments.  She has Facebook Live footage of other speakers on our page.

Monday, July 11, 2016 10:30 PM

Local vigil offers prayer, empowerment after violence across country

A prayer vigil Monday night offered more than collective intentions. It offered the people who filled Bethel AME Church empowerment and hope after violent incidents involving police officers in other parts of the country. (click for more)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 9:22 PM

Governor signs bill establishing program to help military medics transition into healthcare

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Governor Terry McAuliffe signed a bill Monday that establishes the Virginia Military Medics and Corpsmen (MMAC) Pilot Program in Virginia.  The program is the first of its kind in the nation and it will make it easier for military medics and corpsmen to transition into hospital healthcare after they leave the service....

Click the link to see video of this important Ceremonial Bill-Signing that Delegate Price was able to attend. 

Monday, June 27, 2016 10:30 AM

Support for VA Families - OpEd by Del. Price

"The current state of economic insecurity in so many families across the nation and our great commonwealth shows that our current policies are not cutting it. This is the time for new policies that give more families a shot at economic security, especially black and Hispanic families who now are paying the biggest price.
It is up to us to make our priorities clear, in Virginia and across the nation. We cannot lose at this important juncture.
Fortunately, what is right for working families and women of color in Virginia is also part of a winning strategy." Click to read more!

Saturday, June 18, 2016 8:30 PM

VA Dems Gear Up to Stop Tr*mp

Del. Marcia "Cia" Price, D-Newport News and a Sanders supporter, said she wanted to see "true unity" in the party, "not the sit-down-and-shut-up unity." One change she'd like to see: An end to the superdelegate system, which allows party leaders a greater say in the presidential nominee.
With or without that sort of change, though, Price said the party must "come together to stop Trump."

Sunday, June 12, 2016 10:00 PM

Love Unites: Hampton Roads Pride holds vigil for Orlando

Marcia Price, a representative of the House of Delegates for the 95th District, also attended Sunday night’s vigil. She said that she already has started thinking about what legislation can be written to prevent these types of attacks in the future...

Price said she still will participate in local pride celebrations.
“I will be there, with a heightened eye and a heightened ear, but with a stronger heart for why I’m there,” Price said. 

Sunday, June 12, 2016 1:05 AM

Hampton Roads Pride Honors Orlando Massacre Victims

State Del. Marcia Price (D-Newport News) told the crowd as she spoke from the stage that she was among the members of the Virginia House of Delegates who voted against House Bill 773, a religious freedom bill that critics said would have allowed anti-LGBT discrimination in the commonwealth. The measure — which was also known as the Government Nondiscrimination Act — also defined “the male sex and the term ‘man’ and the female sex and the term ‘woman’ refer to an individual’s immutable biological sex as objectively determined by anatomy and genetics of the individual at the time of birth.”
Click link for more!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 9:00 PM

Hampton Rally Calls for Support of Restoration of Rights

Watch the video to hear comments from Del. Price on her support of Restoration of Rights!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 12:00 AM

McAuliffe touts 'Healthy Kids' bills

Gov. Terry McAuliffe held a bill signing event at McIntosh Elementary in Newport News.  Click the link to view the video from the event. Delegate Price was able to attend.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 5:55 PM

Price Announces Teen Leadership Academy in July

Del. Price and Ivy Baptist Church announced their partnership for the 2016 Teen Summer Leadership Academy!  This opportunity is open to Newport News and Hampton teens ages 12-17.  It will run Monday-Friday 9:00am-2:00pm for the month of July.  Click for more details and please help us spread the word!


Saturday, April 30, 2016 5:40 AM

Summer Interns!

Delegate Price is accepting applications for summer interns!  There are paid and unpaid internship opportunities.  Click for more information!

Monday, April 11, 2016 9:00 AM

Today is the deadline for voter registration for 5/3/16 Elections!

Today is the last day for new registrations or to update your voter file for the May 3rd elections.  You have until 11:59pm for online updates and registration submissions!


Here are some other important dates!

Next General Election or Primary:  Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration, for the May 3, 2016 General Election is 5:00 p.m. Monday, April 11, 2016

Deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Your request must be received by your Registrar by 5:00 p.m.

Deadline to request an absentee ballot by appearing in-person is 5:00 p.m. Saturday, April 30, 2016

Click for more information!

Monday, April 4, 2016 2:00 PM

NN Sen. Miller dies at 68

We have lost a gentle giant who spent his years in public service fighting for our children to have the best education possible. He freely offered his wisdom and guidance to me in Richmond and always found something positive to say. He had a great sense of humor and I definitely will miss him.  It was a beautiful and emotional service for Sen. Miller today at First Baptist Church Denbigh. A lot of elected officials and staff were present and both Gov. McAuliffe and Lt. Gov. Northam gave touching reflections. Please keep in prayer Mrs. Miller, the entire family, his staff, and those 139 of us in the General Assembly that will surely miss him. We will carry on the torch in his honor. - Del. Price

 Click here for the article from Daily Press on Sen. Miller.

Thursday, March 24, 2016 12:00 AM

HRT Operators Assaults

"Please seek more information on this issue from HRT staff, including representatives from its Safety and Security Department and in-house counsel," Del. Marcia S. "Cia" Price, D-Newport News, wrote in her own letter to the Commonwealth's Attorneys. "I am confident that you all together can create a process to facilitate efficient and successful prosecutions, utilizing available resources while supporting victims."  (click for more)

Sunday, March 6, 2016 12:00 AM

14th VA Class Sub Christened at Newport News

NEWPORT NEWS -- With the second swing of the ceremonial bottle and resulting shower of sparkling wine, Elisabeth Mabus officially christened the submarine SSN 787 as the Washington during a ceremony Saturday afternoon at the shipyard.
Mabus is the sponsor of the 14th Virginia-class submarine being built by Newport News Shipbuilding and Connecticut-based General Dynamics Electric Boat. (click for more!)

Sunday, February 28, 2016 6:07 PM

Del. Marcia Price backs Sanders, only Virginia legislator to do so

Freshman Del. Marcia "Cia" Price endorsed U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders for president Sunday afternoon, making her the first member of the Virginia legislature to publicly back the Sanders campaign... 

In her statement, Price said criminal justice reform is the most important plank in Sander's platform.  "His stances on the prison industrial complex, eliminating mandatory minimums, working on mental health issues in meaningful ways, all while dismantling the 'Cradle to Prison Pipeline' are the type of forward-thinking and solutions-oriented initiatives we need," she said in her statement.

Click the link for more!

Sunday, February 28, 2016 2:00 PM

Price Endorses Sanders For President

Delegate Marcia S. "Cia" Price has endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for President!  Price stated, “I take very seriously the needs of my district, the issues that my constituents have voiced, and my personal commitment to fighting for them.  It is this reason that I endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders for President.  I encourage you to vote for him on Tuesday."

Click to read the full release.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 1:00 PM

Two Polling Locations Changed

Please note changes to 2 precincts for the March 1st Presidential Primary Election Day!  

According to the Newport News Voter Registrar, Denbigh Precinct has been moved to the Courthouse Way Community Center and Downtown Precinct has been relocated to City Council Chambers Lobby.

Click here for details


Friday, February 19, 2016 11:59 AM

Price & Mason Team Up for Townhall

UPDATE:  Delegate Monty Mason will join Delegate Price for Saturday's Townhall!

Updates from Richmond & Input from YOU!
As your Delegate, I will give you updates from the 2016 Legislative Session of the Virginia House of Delegates but more importantly, I look to hear from you! Join us as we discuss the issues and continue collaborative brain-storming toward solutions! (click for more info)

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 7:01 PM

Price to host 1st Townhall

95th House District Townhall w/ Delegate Price:
Updates from Richmond & Input from YOU!

As your Delegate, I will give you updates from the 2016 Legislative Session of the Virginia House of Delegates but more importantly, I look to hear from you! Join us as we discuss the issues and continue collaborative brain-storming toward solutions! (click for more info)

Thursday, January 14, 2016 5:00 PM

Price's Reaction to Morris Floor Speech

House Democrats, fronted by black female legislators, responded via press release a few hours after the speech.
New Del. Marcia Price, D-Newport News, gave a less formal response, via the now gif'd look on her face as Morris dove into his comments. (Click for more)

Thursday, January 14, 2016 3:00 PM

Price on P&E and HWI Committees

Also in the House of Delegates, the new member from Newport News, Marcia Price, takes a seat on the Privileges and Elections committee and on Health Welfare and Institutions. The first handles all election law matters, the second deals with health care, mental health and social services. BaCote, who Price succeeded, was on the health and welfare committee.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 8:51 AM

2016 Session Starts Today, 12noon! Watch Online

The 2016 session of the Virginia General Assembly begins today at 12pm.  You can watch Marcia get sworn in with the 99 other Delegates serving. Click here!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 12:00 AM

Price Takes Her Oath

Marcia Price takes the oath of office as delegate for the 95th District Wednesday in the House of Delegates as the General Assembly gets under year for 2016. Delegate Price is the daughter of Newport News Mayor McKinley Price.Rob Ostermaier / Daily Press

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 11:05 AM

Let's Send Marcia to Richmond!

Join us as we send Delegate-Elect Marcia Price off to Richmond for her first Legislative Session!

Hear from Marcia on her plans for session, meet her LA Tempestt, and network with other great Virginians!

1/7/16 6:00pm-8:00pm

Remarks @ 7:00pm

Cyprus Grille @ Hampton Embassy Suites

Thursday, December 17, 2015 12:00 AM

Gov. McAuliffe Unveils Budget

"Today, I present to you a budget that provides more than $1 billion dollars in new investment for public schools, colleges and universities. We are directing new resources into the classroom to make sure our children are proficient in the skills necessary to compete in a global workforce.
When I was elected, I made it clear that our administration would work with schools to help them succeed, and I am proud of the gains that we have seen over the past two years. 200 Virginia public schools that were accredited with warning last year are now fully accredited."
- See more at:

Friday, November 20, 2015 12:00 AM

2016 House Freshman Class

Meet the members of the 2016 House Freshman Class!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 12:00 AM

VA Lawmakers Divided on whether to welcome or refuse Syrian Refugees

The resettlement of Syrian refugees continued to spark passion in Virginia Wednesday as the White House sought to assure people the nation's vetting process is thorough...

Friday, November 13, 2015 12:00 AM

Law, undergrad students use GIS tools to redraw 11 Virginia House districts

She said she gained a deeper appreciation of the complexity and consequences of the legislative districting process when Del. Marcia Price of the 95th District visited the class and spoke to the students about her district's demographics.
"The difficulty of our task became even more evident when we took into account the various socioeconomic factors that came into play when creating districts," Hudenburg said. "[Price] made it apparent that changing a single block could have an impact on her district, and she wanted us to realize that these lines really can make a difference in the elections." Other guest speakers included former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Marc Elias, partner at Perkins Coie and the attorney who argued Bethune-Hill before the Supreme Court and Walter Olson, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute.


Tuesday, November 3, 2015 9:00 PM

Price Takes 95th District Seat

Democrat Marcia "Cia" Price will be the next 95th District delegate, easily defeating Independent Pricillia Burnett, with nearly 76 percent of the vote to succeed retiring Del. Mamye BaCote, D-Newport News.

Monday, November 2, 2015 10:23 AM

Ready to Vote?

Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 3rd is Election Day!

Are you ready to vote?  Check out these resources to make sure.  Here's a video on VA Photo ID required for voting:

Do you know where to vote? Do you know what's on your ballot?  Check out the VA Dept of Elections' site for great information! VA Dept of Elections Citizen Portal

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 9:41 AM

Marcia on HearSay TODAY @ 12n

Marcia and the other House of Delegates candidates in this area will be featured on today's HearSay with Cathy Lewis. Tune in at 12noon to WHRV 89.5 FM to hear more about Marcia and her vision for the 95th District!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 7:00 AM

The Daily Press Endorses Price

"Ms. Price is familiar with the demands of public service, though this is her first bid for office. Her father, Newport News Mayor McKinley Price, and uncle, U.S. Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, have both enjoyed long careers in politics. She also worked in the office of U.S. Sen. Mark Warner.
This depth of exposure helps inform her opinion about issues such as the need for criminal justice reform, the demand for after-school education programs and her desire to serve as a conduit for cooperation between state and local governments to help her constituents."  {Click for more}

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 3:52 PM

6 out of 7 NN School Board Members Endorse Price

Six out of Seven Current Newport News Public Schools School Board Members Endorse Marcia! Click to read more!

Monday, October 26, 2015 4:58 PM

Sheriffs Endorse Price

Both Hampton & Newport News Sheriffs Endorse Marcia Price for the House of Delegates 
October 26, 2015
Press Release
NEWPORT NEWS, VA -  Hampton Sheriff B.J. Roberts and Newport News Sheriff Gabe Morgan have endorsed Marcia Price, candidate for the House of Delegates - 95th district.   

"Marcia Price has made education, jobs and justice her priorities.  I am convinced she will be a champion for these issues that are most important to the people of the 95th District. She was raised in the 95th District and she continues to live in and fight for the 95th District. I wholeheartedly support her and I am asking you to join me in sending her to Richmond to represent the 95th District,” stated Sheriff Gabe Morgan.

Click for more details

Sunday, October 25, 2015 12:00 AM

Newcomers to Face Off In 95th District

NEWPORT NEWS, VA - Democrat Marcia "Cia" Price will face Independent Pricillia Burnett in the race to succeed retiring Del. Mamye BaCote, D-Newport News, in the 95th District seat.

Thursday, October 22, 2015 8:00 PM

City Leaders Endorse Price

Local leaders, past and present, stand with Marcia Price for Delegate! Hampton Mayor George Wallace, Newport News Mayor McKinley L. Price, Newport News Vice Mayor Rob Coleman, Newport News City Councilperson Saundra Cherry, Hampton City Councilperson Will Moffett, Hampton City Councilperson Chris Snead, Newport News Commissioner of the Revenue Priscilla Bele, Hampton Commissioner of the Revenue Ross Mugler, Former Newport News Mayor Joe Frank, Former Hampton Mayor Molly Ward, Former Newport News City Councilperson Charles Allen, Former Newport News City Councilperson Vincent Joseph, Former Newport News City Councilperson Margaret Keator, and Former Hampton City Councilperson Dr. Turner Spencer.  Click for more info!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 11:39 AM

Warner Endorses Price

Today, US Senator Mark Warner endorsed Marcia Price, candidate for the House of Delegates - 95th House district.   
Sen. Warner said, “Marcia is passionate and inspiring.  She generates excitement about the issues we face and brings people together toward solutions.  We need that kind of leader in Richmond to help us continue to move Virginia forward.  Join me in supporting Marcia Price for the House of Delegates.”

Click for more details!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 4:00 PM

Bobby Scott Endorses Price

In a statement released today, Congressman Robert C. “Bobby” Scott endorsed Marcia Price, candidate for the House of Delegates, running to represent the 95th House district.   Scott’s statement reads, “There is a reason why the Virginia Education Association and the Virginia AFL-CIO have endorsed Marcia Price.  It's because she will fight for equal access to quality education and the concerns of working people in the 95th district.  I know she will work hard for all of the people she seeks to represent in Newport News and Hampton.  Marcia has my support.”

Click for more details.

Monday, October 19, 2015 7:00 AM

Northam Endorses Price

Lt. Governor Ralph Northam’s statement of support for Marcia Price, candidate for the House of Delegates - 95th district was released today.  “I know Marcia will fight for quality education, well-funded schools, and the health and wellness of the hard working people in the 95th district.  Marcia will make an outstanding delegate and a thoughtful leader.  It's exciting to see her as the new generation of leadership for the community she has contributed to her entire life.  We need her to work with us in Richmond to continue to make Virginia even better. Marcia has my support,” stated Lt. Governor Northam.
Click for more details!

Friday, October 16, 2015 3:59 PM

Kaine Endorses Price

Today, Senator Tim Kaine has endorsed Marcia Price, candidate for the House of Delegates - 95th district.   “We need thoughtful energetic leaders who are focused on the concerns of the community they serve. The people of the 95th District work hard every day and deserve nothing less than a Delegate who will fight for their needs and concerns in Richmond.  I am confident Marcia Price is that person and that's why she has my full support,” stated Senator Kaine. Click for more information.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 12:08 PM

McAuliffe Endorses Price

In today’s released statement, Governor Terry McAuliffe endorsed Marcia Price, candidate for the House of Delegates for the 95th district.   Gov. McAuliffe stated, “I need Delegates like Marcia Price who will work with me to grow the middle class and help create a new Virginia economy. Marcia is a fighter. She'll be a champion for education and public safety and in Richmond ensure all of our children have opportunities to succeed in our Commonwealth. I support Marcia because she'll be invaluable to the fight to make Virginia a better place to raise a family and start a business.”

Click for more information.

Monday, October 12, 2015 4:23 PM

BaCote Endorses Price

In a statement released today, Delegate Mamye BaCote has announced her support for Marcia Price to serve in the House of Delegates and represent the people of Virginia's 95th District.  Click for more details.


Monday, October 5, 2015 9:00 AM

Equality Virginia PAC Endorsement

Exciting News: Equality Virginia PAC has endorsed Marcia Price for Delegate! We are proud to have their endorsement and support and thank them for their hard work and advocacy seeking equality for LGBT Virginians. A more inclusive Virginia is a better Virginia for us all!


Monday, October 5, 2015 12:34 AM

NARAL Pro-Choice VA Endorses Price!

"As a passionate advocate and leader within the Newport News and Hampton community, Marcia understands first-hand the importance of defending reproductive rights and ensuring equality for Virginia's women and girls. You can rest assured that as Delegate, she will continue to focus on commonsense policy solutions instead of extreme attacks on women’s basic rights.  Marcia is ready to be an advocate for women’s health in the Virginia House. "

NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia


Wednesday, September 30, 2015 12:03 AM

Important Voter Registration Dates!

Please don't forget to register to vote and make sure your family and friends are registered!  Here are some important October 2015 Dates.

Last day to register to vote in November General Election October 13, 2015

Deadline to apply for absentee ballot by mail for November General Election October 27, 2015

Deadline to apply for absentee ballot in person for November General Election October 31, 2015


For more information, please visit: VA Dept of Elections

Monday, September 7, 2015 10:02 AM

Price Endorsed by VA AFL-CIO

Marcia Price for Delegate was endorsed by the VA AFL-CIO!

Click to read more.

Saturday, September 5, 2015 11:00 AM

VDWC Endorses Price

Price picks up the endorsement of the Virginia Democratic Women's Caucus! Click to read more.

Thursday, September 3, 2015 10:00 AM

VEA Endorses Price

The VEA Endorses Marcia Price for the House of Delegates! Click to read more!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 2:07 AM

Phone Banking Party!

Team Cia, let's have a phonebanking party to help spread the word about Marcia's run for the House of Delegates!  We will meet up on Thursday, 9/3/15 from 5pm-8pm.  Please RSVP to if you can help.  Thank you!

Monday, August 17, 2015 12:41 AM

Join Team Cia!

Calling all volunteers!  Join Team Cia as we work hard to take Marcia's message across the 95th District.  All are welcome and there's something for everyone to do to help.  Also, we are accepting applications for our High School and College Intership program!

For more information, please call 757-251-0787 or email us at

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 1:00 AM

Celebrate Marcia's Birthday!

Sunday, June 21, 2015 10:52 PM


Let's Celebrate Marcia's Birthday and her Campaign for the House of Delegates!  Save the Date: July 18th, 7:00pm.  More information to follow!  You won't want to miss this!


Saturday, May 16, 2015 5:00 PM

Call to Action Summit

We hope to see you at this important event!  We want to hear your ideas as we work together toward solutions and actions!

New Beech Grove Community Development Corp. & The Community ACTION Network are hosting a


Friday, June 5, 2015

Organizational Fair 5pm-6pm and Summit to begin at 6pm

To be held at New Beech Grove Baptist Church, 326 Tabbs Lane, Newport News, VA  23602

Come hear more on how we can each help prevent violence in our communities!  More importantly, come share your ideas on how we can all work together for change!

This event is FREE and open to the public!

For more information, please email:


Sunday, May 10, 2015 2:19 PM

Weekend Canvass & Phonebanking!

Join us on May 16th for a day of action!  We will be canvassing in the Denbigh area and we will also be making calls.  For more information on how you can help, please call 757-251-0787 or email

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 11:30 PM

Weekend Canvass

Join Marcia and Team Cia for a weekend canvass in Denbigh, this Saturday, May 9th from 2pm-4pm! For more information, please email or call 757-251-0787. We hope you can join us!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 12:33 AM

Young Professionals For Price Mixer - April 9th

SAVE THE DATE!  Young Professionals for Price is hosting its first Mixer on April 9th from 6p-8p.  Stay tuned for more details!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 9:00 PM

DP: Peninsula races shaping up for Virginia Senate, House seats; Price unopposed

Friday, March 27, 2015 3:19 PM

DP: Couple of surprises as Peninsula House, Senate races shape up

Thursday, March 26, 2015 5:30 PM

Democratic Nominee

Marcia Price is the Democratic Nominee for the House of Delegates - 95th District!!!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 8:29 PM

Meet & Greet

A group of supporters is hosting this event so you can hear more about Marcia's run for the House of Delegates to represent the 95th District. Invite your friends and family! It's free but contributions and sponsorships are welcomed! See you on Saturday, March 14th, from 5:00pm-7:00pm at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, 2515 Marshall Ave, Newport News, VA  23607!  Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Sunday, February 15, 2015 10:21 AM

Campaign Kickoff!

Marcia Price for Delegate - Campaign Kickoff 2/22/15 @ 2:00pm - American Legion Post 368

Please join Marcia, some of her endorsers, and other supporters to hear more about her run for the House of Delegates to represent the 95th District!  This event is free, open to the public, and family-friendly.  For more information, please click HERE!

Friday, January 16, 2015 9:00 AM

Marcia's Run Was On the Radio!

Marcia's run was announced in the news segment on 95.7 R&B FM this morning.

Thursday, January 15, 2015 8:00 PM

Newport News Delegate BaCote likely to retire post-session

[...] BaCote said she hasn't made a final decision, but that she "probably won't" run again...

Marcia Price, the daughter of Newport News Mayor McKinley Price, has said she'll run for BaCote's seat. She praised BaCote Thursday for "great service" to the 95th district.

Monday, January 12, 2015 9:00 PM

Marcia Pictured in The Korean Dureh Journal

Marcia spent time on Christmas Eve with the Peninsula Korean Women's Association at the Menchville House, helping to serve dinner and give gifts.  She's pictured below in the Korean Dureh Journal with Vice Mayor Rob Coleman and members of the association.

Friday, January 9, 2015 9:00 PM

Marcia was featured in the most recent issue of the New Journal and Guide! 


Click here to read on uber flip: Marcia's Article in NJG

Saturday, December 27, 2014 3:00 PM

Marcia Announces Her Intent to Run for Delegate

[....] Price mentioned that she is a third generation resident of Newport News and that she embraces her family's legacy of service. Price stated, "I strive to make a positive impact in the Peninsula community that has given so much to me. And because of that, I want to give back in a new way. That is why today, I am announcing my intention to run for Delegate of the 95th District."

Price over the coming months will communicate her vision to both celebrate the awesome aspects of the 95th district and to improve upon those aspects that don’t accurately reflect the greatness of this district and state.

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