Virginia Beach, VA – April 9th, 2019

Yesterday, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) named Missy Cotter Smasal’s campaign for Virginia’s 8th Senate seat a must-watch race of 2019. The DLCC selects critical races with strong candidates from across the country to highlight on its Spotlight Races page in an effort to raise awareness and resources for critical races like Missy’s. 

“As a first-time candidate, having the extra resources from the DLCC has given our campaign an early advantage. Working together through November, we’re going to win this seat and bring real change to Richmond,” said Missy Cotter Smasal, the Democratic nominee for the 8th district Senate seat in Virginia Beach.

“We’re thrilled to announce a new slate of outstanding Spotlight Race candidates as we head into the 2019-2020 electoral cycle,” said DLCC Executive Director Jessica Post. “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.”

You can check out Missy’s Spotlight page here to learn more about Missy Cotter Smasal and her platform, why the race is critical to flipping the Virginia Legislature blue this November.

For more information or to schedule an interview with Missy, please email her campaign manager, Brenna Crombie, at For more information on the DLCC Spotlight Races, or to schedule an interview with DLCC Executive Director Jessica Post, please email