Missy Cotter Smasal’s life has always been guided by her passion for service and leadership. She served as an officer in the United States Navy, and owned and operated a successful small business in Virginia Beach for 10 years.

She’s a dedicated parent, coach, and volunteer, and has advocated for safety in Virginia Beach schools. And today, she’s running to be your state senator.

school locks

Take Action, Get Results

When her daughter started elementary school in 2017, Missy discovered that Virginia Beach Elementary Schools did not lock their front doors during the day. She expressed concern but was met with disinterest and opposition, so she took matters into her own hands.

She started a petition and collected over 2,500 signatures to present to the school board. A year later, schools across the city and now locked, with cameras and buzzers installed to help better protect our kids.

missy with ritas kids

Community Member and Business Owner

When the Navy brought Missy to Virginia Beach, she quickly became an active member of the community. From coaching youth programs in basketball and soccer to serving on the executive board of the PTA, Missy took action and worked hard to help strengthen her community.

She also owned and operated a Rita’s Italian Ice and Custard franchise that not only became one of the most successful in the area but also employed hundreds of high school and college students from local schools. 

Missy with group at community meeting

Reject Complacency, Create Change

Missy has held many types of roles throughout her career, but she doesn’t come from a political background. She’s running for office to take action: the kind of real,  practical, concrete change that improves the day-to-day lives of families, workers, students, and everyone who lives in our community. Missy will bring her work ethic and leadership skills to the Senate to represent you.

Representing You

Missy Cotter Smasal will work within the community to build a safe, environmentally resilient, and economically strong Virginia Beach.

What’s important to Missy? Integrity, perseverance, family, friends, and community. 

But what does that mean for you? Here are the issues she’s most passionate about for our district: 

  • Community Safety
  • Education Funding
  • Gun Violence Prevention
  • Affordable Healthcare
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Equal Rights
  • Fair Redistricting
  • Protecting Women’s Reproductive Rights

Read more about her platform here.