Where the candidates stand: Virginia’s 4th Congressional District race

4th District candidates

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — The race for Virginia’s 4th Congressional District is between incumbent Democrat Donald McEachin, Republican Ryan McAdams and Libertarian Peter Wells.

McEachin is an attorney who served as a state legislator for years.  He won the 4th District seat two years ago. 

McAdams is pastor at Agape Mission Church in Williamsburg. Wells lives in Richmond and works in retail.    

On the issue of health care: McEachin would strengthen the Affordable Care Act, including new incentives for states to expand Medicaid and reduce costs for families.  

McAdams wants to repeal and de-fund the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a free-market solution. 

Wells wants more transparency in health care and would create more competition by fast tracking new drugs already approved in other trusted nations.

On immigration, McAdams believes open borders are a national security threat and economic drain. He supports building a wall and enforcing our current laws.

Wells told WAVY.com that Dreamers and asylum seekers should be allowed to stay in the country.  He advocates for a guest worker program that would allow immigrants to work seasonally on our farms, for instance, and go back home. 

McEachin supports comprehensive reforms that would lead law-abiding, contributing members of our communities to earn citizenship.

On the military, McEachin and McAdams do agree on supporting a 355 ship Navy and building a strong national defense. On everything else, from guns to abortion to taxes, the two disagree, falling mostly along party lines.

Wells says he falls somewhere in the middle.  “Having a third voice in politics is going to force both sides to come back toward the center where 80 percent of Americans are,” Wells said.

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