Bonita Grace Anthony is a Democratic candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates District 92. Her name will appear on the ballot on November 7, 2023.

She is running against Republican candidate Michael L. Durig.

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Name: Bonita Grace Anthony

Age: 55

Race: Virginia House of Delegates, District 92

Party: Democratic


Biography: Bonita Anthony was born and raised in Norfolk with deep ancestral roots in Chesapeake and throughout the 92nd District. She has educated children from pre-K through
university and is a trusted leader in education policy and student success. Bonita is an
engineer and built aviation infrastructure up and down the East Coast. She hails from a
proud union family. She pioneered innovative civic engagement programs through her
church and STEM education programs in many Hampton Roads school districts to
encourage students from our community to engage with these professions. Bonita
understood that we needed someone to stand up against regressive legislation and fight
for our fundamental human rights. After the SCOTUS opinion leak on Dobbs, she filed
to run for the open seat in the new 92nd House District. Bonita has spent a lifetime of
service to and in her community and is running to continue serving the community that
raised her.

Why are you running for this office?

I am running for House of Delegates because I am deeply concerned about efforts to
restrict abortion access, the General Assembly’s inability to fully fund public education,
environmental justice initiatives, and our community’s need for infrastructure to ensure
better transportation, affordable housing, and food security. I have been actively
involved in community-level efforts to create a better life for all our district residents and
look forward to taking what I have learned to the House of Delegates.

What is the most important issue facing Virginia, and what is your position on it?

Virginia is the last state in the South where abortion is legal, and it is critical for
comprehensive healthcare that we keep Virginia pro-choice. Many people have
abortions – some for personal and others for medical reasons – and the governor’s
proposed ban would harm people. For instance, if a person had a “silent miscarriage”
where their pregnancy is no longer viable, usually because there is no heartbeat, but a
person’s body holds onto the pregnancy, under the governor’s ban, that person would
not be able to access an abortion until it became a health emergency. This is not an
issue that should be legislated, but one that should be between a person and their

What is the top challenge facing your district, and how would you address it?

The 92nd House District is a diverse and growing community. One of our biggest
challenges is a need for access to essential resources, including comprehensive
healthcare, caregiver resources, fully funded schools, healthy food, safe homes, and
more. We need a comprehensive plan in Virginia to ensure that these needs are met
across the Commonwealth, and we can address some of these issues through budget

What is your view on Governor Glen Youngkin’s proposal for a 15-week abortion ban with restrictions?

The governor’s proposed ban on abortion in Virginia is a ban, and voters recognize this.
I am firmly against the government regulating healthcare decisions that should be
between a person and their doctor.

How do you feel about the politicization of public education?

I am outraged that a Republican-controlled Virginia Board of Education proposed
educational standards that failed to discuss even the contributions of Martin Luther
King, Jr., and other civil rights leaders. Republican efforts to ban books using faux
outrage at books not found in elementary or even middle school libraries or embedded
in the curriculum at those levels are appalling. Public education is for all people – it is a
civil right – and we need to get these “Florida-style” agenda items out of Virginia’s
education system.

What legislation would you plan to sponsor in your first year?

I will support comprehensive healthcare with protections for abortion access, voting
rights, caregiver funding and resources, and infrastructure improvements in my first
year. I passionately believe that constituents’ voices should be heard, and constituents
will drive my legislative agenda.

What is your view on unlimited campaign contributions? Should that change?

Virginia needs campaign finance reform to limit campaign contributions and review who
can donate to campaigns.

How will you still value constituents with whom you disagree with?

I have always respected everyone and worked hard to find common ground, even when
disagreeing. I will extend the same respect and value to all constituents, as they are not
just the people I represent but also my neighbors.

Last session, legislation to help develop an arena in Norfolk was killed, with blame behind placed on the untransparent nature of Norfolk Government. How will you interact with Norfolk City Government to make sure more opportunities aren’t lost?

All government operations should be as transparent as possible without violating
individual privacy. I am already conversing with local elected officials in Norfolk and
Chesapeake to ensure a strong working relationship. I look forward to working together
to make our community the best place to live for all residents!