Full Name: Missy Cotter Smasal


Nick Names: 

 

Office Sought: House of Representatives, 2nd Congressional District of Virginia

 

Party Affiliation: Democrat

 

 

Campaign Website: https://missy4congress.com/

Campaign POC: Unavailable

Phone Number: Unavailable

Campaign Email:
info@missy4congress.com

Structured Interview Request Sent: Refused 2024.

Structured Interview Response and Date: Refused.

Vetting Panel Selected: Refused

Structured Interview Completed: Refused

Biography: Veteran, former small business owner, and mother running for Congress for a brighter future in Coastal Virginia.

After serving as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy and deploying aboard the U.S.S. Trenton during Operation Enduring Freedom, Missy chose to build her home in Hampton Roads. She opened a small business, a local Rita’s Italian Ice, which she owned and operated for more than a decade. She is now the Executive Director of a nonprofit organization that honors service women through running events, and is an adjunct professor. (Source: https://missy4congress.com/)

Missy also serves as the Virginia Citizen representative on the Chesapeake Bay Commission, a bipartisan, multi-state commission focused on Bay restoration and the health of those who live in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. She and her husband, Bryan, who served as an Army Officer, have lived in Virginia Beach for more than 20 years, and are the proud parents of two great kids who attend Virginia Beach Public Schools. She takes pride in volunteering in her community, from coaching youth sports, to leading Girl Scouts, to Clean the Bay Day cleanups. Missy was proud to lead a charge for school safety in Virginia Beach, and to advocate for the city’s ERA resolution. Missy is running to ensure that kids and families across coastal Virginia have the opportunities they need to succeed. Missy is a steadfast champion for families, military families, and our veterans, and she will stand up for Hampton Roads’ values. (Source: https://missy4congress.com/)

Why you? Refused to answer.

What are your priorities? 

Supporting Veterans and Military Families
I joined the Navy because I wanted to serve my country, not myself. Our veterans and military families deserve someone who will stand up for them. (Source: https://missy4congress.com/)

Missy knows that those who have risked their lives for our country have earned, not only our respect, but the benefits they were promised. While national politicians clamor to say they care about our veterans, all too often veterans and military families are treated like pawns in some political game. Our veterans need elected officials who will honor our promises to them, their earned benefits should never be used as political leverage. Missy understands the challenges military families face and will be a champion for veterans and military families in Congress. (Source: https://missy4congress.com/)

Stronger, Safer Communities

Public Service is about delivering results for your community.

As a mother, veteran, and former small business owner, she will focus on strengthening our local economy, veterans services, and public schools. She’s not interested in political fights; Missy is focused on substantial solutions for Coastal Virginians. And, as a private citizen, she’s already achieved results. She created a “locked doors” petition that produced a concrete plan to make our public schools safer. And now, schools across Virginia Beach have locked doors with cameras and buzzers. She also serves on the bipartisan, multi-state Chesapeake Bay Commission, where the focus is on legislation to improve outcomes for the people who live along the Chesapeake Bay. Missy will continue to work for a stronger, safer, and more resilient Coastal Virginia. (Source: https://missy4congress.com/)

Protecting the Right to Choose

I fought for our freedoms – that includes the right to choose. (Source: https://missy4congress.com/)

You have an innate right to control your own body. You should not lose that right depending on where you live, who controls your state legislature, or where your military orders station you and your family. Extreme politicians are determined to take away our personal freedoms, like the right to make decisions about our bodies and reproductive health care. Missy will steadfastly advocate for your personal freedom. (Source: https://missy4congress.com/)

Revitalizing Hampton Road’s Economy

Coastal Virginians know that our local economy thrives when government and military services are stable and reliable. (Source: https://missy4congress.com/)

As a former small business owner, Missy saw in real time how chaos and fighting in Washington can impact businesses in Hampton Roads. She knows that our local economy needs reliability and stability in Washington’s policies. Local businesses cannot thrive when politicians threaten government shutdowns, or play politics with military promotions and funding for veterans services. Missy will always advocate for policies that focus on economic growth in Coastal Virginia. (Source: https://missy4congress.com/)

Endorsements:

VoteVets
voteMama PAC
Planned Parenthood Action Find
National Womans Political Caucus
National Organization for Women PAC
Tomorrow’s Jobs
Everytown Gun Safety
Emily’s List
Democrats Serve (Source: https://missy4congress.com/)

Education: No mention on website.

Relevant Employment History: See biography above.


Military Experience / Branch / Years of Service / Rank / Type of Discharge:
Served as a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy and deploying aboard the U.S.S. Trenton during Operation Enduring Freedom. (Source: https://missy4congress.com/)

Past Offices Held and Tenure: No mention on website.

Community Service: See biography above.

Leadership Experience: See biography above.

Personal Strengths: Refused to answer. 

What is the most important thing Virginians need to know about you? Refused to answer.

How would your friends and family describe you? Refused to answer.
 

What are your thoughts on the Constitution as the Law of the Land? Refused to answer. No mention of the Constitution on website. (Source: https://missy4congress.com/)

    

What are your thoughts on religious liberty? Refused to answer. No mention of the protection of faith or religious liberty on website. (Source: https://missy4congress.com/)

    

What are your thoughts on the preservation of our history? Refused to answer. No mention of the preservation of history on website. (Source: https://missy4congress.com/)

   

What are your thought on government transparency? Refused to answer. No mention of government transparency on website. (Source: https://missy4congress.com/)

   

What are your thoughts on national defense? Refused to answer. Professes support for veterans and veteran issues. No mention of national defense on website. (Source: https://missy4congress.com/)

   

What are your thoughts on the free enterprise system? Refused to answer. No mention of the free enterprise system on website. (Source: https://missy4congress.com/)

   

What are your thoughts on the protection of the unborn? Refused to answer. Professes values contrary to values and beliefs of Chasing Freedom – Virginia. (Source: https://missy4congress.com/)

   

What are your thoughts on the role the family plays in America? Refused to answer. No mention of protection of the family on website. (Source: https://missy4congress.com/)

   

What are your thoughts on equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity, as opposed to equal outcomes? Refused to answer. No mention of equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity, as opposed to equal outcomes on website. (Source: https://missy4congress.com/)

   

What are your thoughts on the 2nd Amendment? Refused to answer. Professes values contrary to values and beliefs of Chasing Freedom – Virginia. (Source: https://missy4congress.com/)

  

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