Missy Cotter Smasal Launches First Campaign Video

Virginia Beach, VA – Missy Cotter Smasal is running in Virginia’s 8th Senate district. The campaign released the first campaign video called This Door highlighting her community advocacy, military background, and her small business. The video includes Missy’s family, her Girl Scout troop, local parents, community activists, former Rita’s employees, and other supporters of the campaign.

Here are some highlights from the video:

“Behind this door, my nine-year-old daughter and hundreds of other kids are doing all the things kids do in school.  Math, gym class, lunch.  Of course, this door is locked.

But two years ago, it wasn’t.  Virginia Beach public schools were not locking their doors. A dangerous person could just walk right in.  I was told it didn’t matter.

Well, I’m Missy Cotter Smasal and it mattered to me.  And turns out, it mattered to thousands of other parents who signed my petition.  Most couldn’t believe the doors were unlocked.

It took thirteen months but now, this door is locked with a camera and a buzzer.  Along with every door on every elementary school in Virginia Beach. We got something done.

I like getting things done.  In college I joined the ROTC, then joined the Navy, became a surface warfare officer and drove a ship in the Persian Gulf during Operation Enduring Freedom.

We need to grow Virginia Beach’s economy, make it easier to start a business here.  We need to invest in our schools and keep them safe.  We need to protect our coastline and get serious about sea level rise and flooding.

Most of all, I think we need a Senator who cares about this community and knows how to get something done.” 

You can learn more about Missy’s activism in this Virginia Pilot article: Virginia Beach mom starts petition to lock city schools' front doors. Due in part to Missy’s role in this issue, every public Elementary school door is locked throughout Virginia Beach.


Missy Cotter Smasal earns VoteVets.org Endorsement

Virginia Beach, VA -- Missy Cotter Smasal is proud to accept the endorsement of VoteVets.org, an organization dedicated to electing veterans to public offices across the country.

"I am grateful for VoteVets support in my campaign and I am excited to work with this fantastic organization that prioritizes service and leadership." Missy Cotter Smasal said.

Missy served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy and deployed aboard the USS Trenton (LPD-14) during Operation Enduring Freedom. Missy graduated from Villanova University’s Naval ROTC program in 2000 after having earned a scholarship in the Navy. Missy also completed the Distance Education Command and Staff Program with the Naval War College.

Watch the campaigns official endorsement video here.


Missy Cotter Smasal Launches a Campaign for Virginia Senate in 8th District

Virginia Beach, VA -- Today, Missy Cotter Smasal, a small business owner and Navy Veteran, will announce her candidacy for Virginia's 8th State Senate seat at the Virginia Beach Democrats Monthly Meeting. She is running as a Democrat against Republican incumbent, Senator Bill DeSteph. Missy is a Navy veteran, small business owner, mother, and active member of the Virginia Beach community. 

"I am excited and honored to launch my campaign for the Virginia Senate. I am running for a safer and more resilient Virginia Beach and hope to stand up for better school safety, more education funding, protecting our environment, and a strong economy for the future." Missy Cotter Smasal said. "I am looking forward to knocking on doors and talking to voters about their vision for a future Virginia Beach."

Last year, Missy became a school safety advocate when she collected over 2,500 signatures from local parents to help change the rules about locking the doors at Virginia Beach schools. You can learn more about her action on school safety here