• Dedicated to our country, our commonwealth, our community.

    Missy Cotter Smasal served in the United States Navy, opened a small business, and is a passionate advocate for safety and equality in Virginia Beach. She’s always been committed to building a safe, resilient, and strong Virginia Beach. And today, she’s running to serve in Virginia’s Senate to represent the 8th district.

     

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  • Military Service

    As a US Navy vet, service and leadership play a central part of Missy’s life and mission.

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    Small Business

    Missy owned and operated the successful Rita's Italian Ice on Shore Drive for over 10 years.

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    Community Involvement

    An active volunteer, youth coach, and Girl Scout Troop leader, Missy has always given back to the community she loves.

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    Advocate for Safety and Equality

    In 2017, Missy led a movement to lock and protect doors in local elementary schools.

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    Endorsements

    Senator Tim Kaine

    Senator Tim Kaine

    “I'm proud to support Missy Cotter Smasal's candidacy for Virginia's 8th Senate District. As a Naval veteran, small business owner, PTA member, Girl Scout leader, and mom of two, Missy truly understands what it means to serve her community. She's committed to working towards a clean environment, a strong economy, and a safe and welcoming Commonwealth. The 8th Senate District is home to one of our most competitive seats, and I know that Missy is ready to lead us to victory in November and help flip the General Assembly for Democrats.”

    Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02)

    Congresswoman Elaine Luria (VA-02)

    "I am proud to endorse Missy Cotter Smasal’s run for Virginia’s 8th Senate district. Missy’s leadership as a Navy officer and experience as a small business owner give her a unique understanding of the district and equips her to be a qualified advocate for the families of Virginia Beach. I trust her to be a powerful voice in the General Assembly to address sea-level rise and recurrent flooding as well as to protect the Chesapeake Bay."

    Senator Mark Warner

    Senator Mark Warner

    "Missy Cotter Smasal is a Navy veteran, small business owner, and advocate in her community and I am proud to endorse her to be the next Senator in the 8th district in Virginia Beach. Missy's experience proves she will be an advocate for growing our economy, funding our education system, and preserving our environment for future generations. This is one of the most competitive seats in Virginia to flip the Senate and I am ready to support Missy in the fight this November."

    EveryDistrict

    EveryDistrict

    "EveryDistrict is proud to support Missy Cotter Smasal's campaign for Virginia State Senate District 8. Missy is a veteran, a small business owner, and an active member of the Virginia Beach community. She's already demonstrated her commitment to public service, and we're excited to support her as she takes the next step to serve her community in Richmond."

    EMILY's List

    EMILY's List

    "Missy Cotter Smasal is a Navy veteran, entrepreneur, and fierce advocate for making Virginia Beach’s schools safer. She has served her country and is ready to continue serving her community in the state Senate. EMILY's List is proud to endorse her campaign. "

    VoteVets.org

    VoteVets.org

    "[VoteVets.org] is honored to support you in your campaign to serve your fellow citizens of the 8th District in the Virginia State Senate. We at VoteVets are always so proud to see veterans like you committed to continuing their service after the uniform."

    Giffords PAC

    Giffords PAC

    “We’re only 154 days into 2019 and we’ve suffered through 156 mass shootings. Just a few days ago, Virginia Beach became the latest community where the peace of the workday was shattered by gunfire. We must remind ourselves so much daily heartbreak and horror should never be normal. In Richmond, there are politicians who repeatedly take the gun lobby’s money and vote against our safety. But we have the power to change this status quo. Today, we are backing a new generation of Virginia leaders. Champions who will fight for us at the state capitol and work relentlessly to pass life-saving legislation. We are proud to support their campaigns and stand with these candidates who have the courage to finally address the gun violence crisis and protect us.” -former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords

    Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee

    Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee

    Spotlight Candidate

    "We are proud to stand with Missy Cotter Smasal and include her in our growing list of amazing candidates stepping up to run and make a difference in their communities. Last year, the DLCC and state Democrats flipped more than 400 state legislative seats from red to blue, elected strong candidates from all across the country, and put eight more legislative chambers under Democratic leadership. The DLCC is fired up and ready to win more seats like Virginia’s 8th Senate seat throughout the year and in November."

    Carpenters Union

    Carpenters Union

    Ian Heinz - Political Director

    “The Carpenters Union is proud to endorse Missy Cotter Smasal for the Virginia Senate. Raised in a Union Household, Missy has never forgotten her roots in the community of Organized Labor. Missy will be a strong voice for the working families of Virginia Beach, fighting to eradicate construction industry tax fraud, promote climate change mitigation infrastructure, and to protect and elevate area wages and standards.”