Middleburg Teacher to Challenge Vogel for Senate Seat

An English teacher living near Middleburg wants to unseat one of the GOP’s top leaders in the 2019 state Senate race.

Ronnie Ross will seek the Democratic nomination to challenge two-term incumbent Jill Vogel in the 27th Senate District, which includes southwestern Loudoun.

The teacher and coach at the Highland School in Fauquier County said that he is running because he believes General Assembly is too heavily comprised of lawyers and wealthy members. He grew up in Appalachia, the son of two public school teachers, said he and his wife struggle with student loans and car payments. In his campaign, Ross will advocate spending more on education, the environment, the economy, and health care.

“In this part of Virginia, families care about seeing their paychecks increase at the same rate as corporate profits, about creating an economy that works for them and not just large corporations,” Ross said. “They care about not going bankrupt because of an illness or accident, about having access to the basic human right that is health care. Families care about maintaining the beautiful landscapes that surround them so that their children and their children’s children can still farm the Piedmont and canoe down the Shenandoah. Perhaps most of all, they care about having access to schools that prepare their children to be citizens in the world of tomorrow. As State Senator, I will go to Richmond and fight for these things. But, I will never forget that I am elected by you, and the best way to fight for you is to listen to you.”

At Highland School, Ross is the English department chair and freshman dean. He has coached 24 different athletic seasons at the school. He holds a master’s degree in education with a focus in public and private school leadership from the University of Pennsylvania.

His campaign website is ronnieross.com.

Vogel was elected to the seat in a close race against Democrat Karen K. Schultz in 2007, handily won re-election in 2011, and ran unopposed in 2015. Last fall, she was the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, losing to Democrat Justin Fairfax.

On the November 2019 ballot, all 140 seats in the Virginia General Assembly will be on the ballot.

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