VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Today, Missy Cotter Smasal – a Navy veteran, former small business owner, and mom – announced U.S. Representatives Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07) and Jennifer Wexton (D-VA-10) endorsed her campaign for Virginia’s Second Congressional District.
U.S. Representatives Abigail Spanberger and Jennifer Wexton join Jennifer McClellan (D-VA-04) and more than 20 federal and local elected officials in Virginia to support Missy.
“As a U.S. Navy Veteran, Missy Cotter Smasal knows what it means to serve her community and her country,” said U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07). “She understands the incredible sacrifices of Virginia’s military families, the challenges facing Coastal Virginia’s small businesses, and the importance of putting the mission — not political games — first. That’s why I’m proud to endorse Missy, who will be a champion for the people of Virginia in the U.S. House.”
“Missy Cotter Smasal is an accomplished advocate for her community, for our Commonwealth, and for our nation,” said U.S. Representative Jennifer Wexton (D-VA-10). “A Navy Veteran, Missy will be a trusted partner in our work to grow Virginia’s middle-class, defend our fundamental rights and freedoms, and deliver for Virginia veterans and military families. I strongly endorse Missy and her future representation for Virginia’s Second Congressional District.”
“Coastal Virginians deserve a representative focused on the issues that matter most: strengthening our local economy, protecting our rights, and keeping our communities safe,” said Missy Cotter Smasal, candidate for Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. “It is a great honor to earn the endorsement of all three Democratic women representing our great Commonwealth in Congress. They have exemplified unparalleled leadership and delivered substantive results for Virginia.”
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. She is the Executive Director for Valor Run, a local non-profit that produces running events to honor the U.S. military women who have served our nation since 9/11. She is also an adjunct professor at Old Dominion University.
She and her husband, Bryan, who served as an Army Officer, are the proud parents of two great kids in Virginia Beach Public Schools. 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.