VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Missy Cotter Smasal – a Navy veteran, former small business owner, and mom – joined “The Julie Mason Show” on SiriusXM to discuss her campaign to take back Virginia’s 2nd Congressional district, the tragic mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine, and Virginia’s 2023 elections.
On Missy’s campaign for Congress: “I love my home. I love Coastal Virginia. I came here over 20 years ago, as a Surface Warfare Officer in the Navy, stationed here in Hampton Roads, and then was able to open and own a small business here for over a decade. My husband and I chose to raise our family here, our kids are in the public schools. We made a home here. And all of those experiences really made me acutely aware of how essential it is that we have serious people leading us in our government. For a strong military, for a prosperous local economy, good schools […] we need a resilient home so that we can pass these down to our kids. We need serious people in Congress, but so far, Congress is full of people who are not acting in a serious way. They’d rather fight about power than improve conditions for voters. So, I’m really running to put an end to that chaos and get to work for Coastal Virginia.”
On the tragic mass shooting in Lewiston, ME: “It’s just a horrific tragedy and Congress has failed us for too long. We need serious action for making our neighborhoods safer, our schools safer. I served as an officer in the Navy, I’ve handled weapons, I understand the need for safe storage and for good training. But most of all, I know that weapons of war do not belong in our communities. Back in 2019, we had a terrible mass shooting here at Virginia Beach, it really was just devastating for our whole community. But in Virginia, at the state level, we really did take some strong action. We enacted some red flag laws, we had universal background checks, but unfortunately Congresswoman Kiggans was opposed to all of it, when she was in the State Senate. Which is another real reason why she needs to be replaced in Congress, because we do need to take meaningful steps to make our neighborhoods and schools, communities, all of them safer. Be committed to public safety.”
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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 started a small business in Virginia Beach, Rita’s Shore Drive, which she owned and operated for more than 10 years.
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.
Missy is running for Congress to fight for coastal Virginians, military families, and veterans. She will stand up for our local values and priorities, and push back against extreme politicians in DC.