• 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 one of the most successful and high-earning small businesses in the area.

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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

    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. "

    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."

    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."

    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."

    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."

    LEAP Foward

    LEAP Foward

    "I am proud to include Missy Cotter Smasal among LEAP Forward's endorsed candidates, and am excited for her to take her advocacy on behalf of Virginia's children to the General Assembly. Virginia is on the verge of electing a state Senate that will finally address gun violence in a meaningful way, and Missy's voice will be an indispensable one."

    Vote Mama

    Vote Mama

    We are thrilled to endorse 19 mamas running for office in 2019! Missy is a Navy veteran, small business owner, and mama of two running for Virginia State Senate 8th District. Missy is running to protect the environment, ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, and make Virginia's schools safer.

    dave belote

    Former Candidate in Virginia 8th Senate District

    Dave Belote

    "I'm honored and excited to endorse Missy Cotter Smasal for Virginia State Senate District 8 -- there's no one in Virginia Beach I'd rather have representing me and my family in Richmond. Let's put her focus, energy, and dedication to service in the State Senate!"

    susan loesberg

    Co-founder, Together We Will – Hampton Roads

    Susan Loesberg

    "I am excited to support Missy Cotter Smasal for state Senate in my district. Missy has helped locally to get Democrats elected and has been an advocate for local issues such as school safety, to get locks on Virginia Beach schools. I have no doubt she will stand up for us in Richmond!"