Cotter Smasal’s campaign for Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District named a top-tier prospect in the key battleground district
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA — The DCCC announced Missy Cotter Smasal has been added to its highly competitive Red to Blue program for the 2024 cycle. Candidates are added to the Red to Blue program after hitting significant benchmarks related to overall campaign infrastructure, fundraising, and on the ground engagement. This selection marks their candidacy as key to the path to Democratic majority.
Candidate for Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District Missy Cotter Smasal is challenging vulnerable Republican freshman incumbent Jen Kiggans who now has a devastating record of voting against the veterans, servicemembers, and Coastal Virginia families she was elected to represent. Jen Kiggans has embraced the far-right chaos dominating her caucus, making this Biden district one of the most competitive races in the country.
“Missy Cotter Smasal has the experience, background, and momentum to take on Jen Kiggans and give Coastal Virginians the advocate in Congress that they deserve. Kiggans repeatedly voted to cut resources for veterans and is actively working to restrict abortion access across the Commonwealth. Voters want sensible leadership that will work for them, not a representative beholden to an extreme MAGA agenda. That’s why Missy will flip this district and deliver results for Coastal Virginians,” said DCCC Chair Rep. Suzan DelBene.
“Coastal Virginians are energized and excited about my campaign to be the results-driven and sensible advocate they deserve in Congress – and I’m glad the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has taken notice,” said Missy Cotter Smasal, Democratic Candidate for Virginia’s Second Congressional District. “Our Red to Blue selection is a reflection of the strong, people-powered campaign we’ve built with the resources, support, and enthusiasm to take on Jen Kiggans. Coastal Virginians are fed up with her failed leadership in Congress. With today’s Red to Blue news, we are well on our way to winning this race and building towards a Democratic House majority that will fight for veterans, fund the government, and protect abortion rights.”
Missy Cotter Smasal served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy and deployed aboard the U.S.S. Trenton during Operation Enduring Freedom. After her active duty service, Missy owned and operated a small business in Virginia Beach for over a decade.
Missy currently serves as the Virginia Citizen Representative on the Chesapeake Bay
Commission, a bipartisan commission that has achieved consistently strong and effective results in pursuit of Bay restoration goals. She is the Executive Director for Valor Run, a local non-profit that honors the U.S. military women who have served our nation since 9/11. She is also an adjunct professor at Old Dominion University.
Missy Cotter Smasal, Democratic candidate for VA-02, has already been endorsed by U.S. Whip Katherine Clark (MA-05), Representatives Jennifer McClellan (VA-04), Abigail Spanberger (VA-07), Jennifer Wexton (VA-10), Gerry Connolly (VA-11), and more than 30 state and local elected officials in Virginia.