Yesli Vega is the 2022 Republican candidate for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District Seat. She is running against Democrat candidate Abigail Spanberger.
This article will cover Yesli Vega’s biography, personal information, polls, and more.
Who is Yesli Vega?
Yesli Vega is a U.S. politician on the ballot for the general election on November 8, 2022, representing Virginia’s 7th Congressional District. She was promoted from the Republican primary on June 21, 2022.
Yesli Vega Biography
Yesli possesses a graduation degree in Criminal Justice from American Military University. She received the degree from the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy.
She was brought up in Virginia, where she was taught the valuable lessons of hard work, belief in God, and love for the country. Yesli and her family strongly believe in the passage from Luke, which mentions, “to whom much is given, much is required.”
Therefore, she has devoted herself to serving people. She has served in local law enforcement as a patrol officer, field training officer, hostage arbitrator, and crisis intervention team member.
Yesli Vega met Rene (a member of the U.S. army) on her high school journey in Virginia. Since then, they have been in a relationship and tied the knot with each other.
The fifteen-year-old couple has two children together. However, we do not know much about her life except for her husband’s name, profession, and career.
Yesli decided to make a career in law enforcement when her family suffered a tragedy by a local gang. In that accident, she lost one of her dearest friends, and her brother got severely injured.
Yesli was saddened by the professionalism of the local law enforcement body, which dealt with the whole situation. This incident inspired her to enter law enforcement to help people in need.
She began her journey as a street police officer of the City of Alexandria’s Police Department. There she encountered split-second, life-or-death situations. Yesli, for a short time, left the world of law enforcement when her family was called to South Korea to join her husband’s deployment as a United States Army member. Coming close, she could sense the threat of Communist North Korea.
It was then that she felt highly motivated by America’s commitment to freedom and human rights. Yesli Vega returned to Virginia to join law enforcement with the Manassas Park Police Department as a certified hostage negotiator.
Later, she entered the Prince William County Sheriff’s Office to work as a Crisis Intervention Team member under legendary Sheriff Glenn Hill.
After years of serving in law enforcement departments, Yesli gradually developed an interest in government policies and politics. As a homemaker in Prince William County, she and her husband were not satisfied with the services provided by the local government. They noticed that the services and facilities the citizens were given did not match the high real estate tax bills they were paying.
The belief that law enforcement is vanishing away from the system caused Yesli Vega to consider entering the political world to serve the nation differently.
She declared her run for an open seat on the Prince William County Board of Supervisors. Her commitment to endorse and fight for conservative principles led her to win the Republican nomination with 80% of the vote.
Later, she successfully won the general election in her Democrat-leaning District by thirteen points in a blue-wave year. However, she never abandoned her conservative principles.
Abigail Spanberger vs. Yesli Vega
Incumbent Abigail Spanberger and Yesli Vega face each other in the general election for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District on November 8, 2022.
Abigail Anne Spanberger is an American Democratic politician serving as the U.S. representative from Virginia’s 7th congressional District since 2019. Her District comprises most of the northern suburbs of Richmond and some exurban territory near Fredericksburg.
Spanberger was first elected in 2018 against the incumbent David Brat who belonged to the Republican Party by 50.3% to 48.4%.
As per estimates, the District became more Democratic due to redistricting. The past data from Daily Kos provided that the redrawn 7th District endorsed President Joe Biden (D) more than former President Donald Trump (R) by 52.6% to 45.8% in the 2020 presidential election.
Spanberger earlier served in federal law enforcement and was a CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) case officer. She presently serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and House Agriculture Committee.
In June 2022, Spanberger declared, “My strength and what I try to do every day is to hear to voters and to be responsive to the needs of people.”
She added that she didn’t talk about problems like inflation, the expense of prescription drugs, or the challenges the communities face. She highlighted her bipartisan record illustrating that she has been constantly ranked among the top bipartisan members of Congress. Spanberger remained unopposed in this year’s Democratic primary. She gained a victory by 51% of the vote in 2020.
Yesli, being a conservative candidate, is supported by E-PAC, the women-centric recruiting effort by House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik. She indirectly received Mr. Trump’s endorsement and direct support from the wife of the U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Ginni Thomas. Ginni is a conservative activist who was allegedly involved in an attempt to overturn the 2020 election.
Yesli’s campaign website conveys, “Yesli looks forward to fulfilling Congress’s duty of being a check and balance on the woefully incompetent Biden administration. She will be a powerful supporter of the American ideals of freedom, liberty, limited government, and restoration of the rule of law.”
Yesli said that voters in the District are talking about the economy. They are talking about inflation. They need somebody going down to Washington to fight for their best interests and needs.
Sources reported that Spanberger has raised roughly $7.7 million and spent $7.4 million. She has $851,851 cash on hand, while her opponent Yesli Vega has generated $2.4 million and spent $1.9 million, having $425,886 of cash left to spend.
The election result will affect the partisan balance of the United States House of Representatives in the 118th Congress. Currently, Democrats hold a majority in the U.S. House. Republicans need to win five districts to have a majority in the House.
If Yesli Vega wins in November, this would be a major rise for the Republican Party.
Yesli Vega Polls
Yesli has criticized President Joe Biden for the inflation. She blames Spanberger and other U.S. House Democrats.
Spanberger, on the other hand, praised her role in bipartisan discussions for the Inflation Reduction Act.
In her speech, she marked that she focuses on responding to the concerns of Virginians. That is why she is working to reduce inflation, enhance public safety, invest in treatment and recovery, protect the right to choose, and ensure the future generation of Virginia has the aid to succeed.
Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade, which secured abortion rights for women, abortion has become the major topic for discussion between the candidates.
A national organization that analyzes American political campaigns described a Virginia congressional race as a basic toss-up.
According to many polls, the battle between Spanberger and Yesli still bends slightly towards Democratic.
However, many other polls say that an infamous president and inflation will define the midterm election results.
The race between Yesli and Spanberger has begun, and it is more interesting to see who wins over another.
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