All candidates for Virginia State Senate District 37 complete Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey

Both candidates running in the Nov. 7, 2023, general election for Virginia State Senate District 37 — Ken Reid (R) and Saddam Salim (D) — completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. These survey responses allow voters to hear directly from candidates about what motivates them to run for office.

Here are the candidates’ responses to the question: What are the main points you want voters to remember about your goals for your time in office?


  • “We need solutions, not symbolism in Richmond. And accountability
  • We need more bipartisan cooperation and focus on results, vs. rhetoric
  • We need a pro jobs, pro people agenda and cannot adopt the policies that have failed “Blue” states like NY, NJ, Maryland and California, which are losing jobs and people.”


  • “Gun Violence Prevention: Virginia should have an assault weapons ban, more regulations on gun sales, and other common sense gun control solutions to improve public safety.
  • Affordable Housing: Saddam Salim will fight for the expansion of affordable housing options in our region. He will work to create more financial incentives and a more streamlined process for localities to construct affordable housing.
  • The Future of Virginia: We need to ensure full reproductive rights, rights for LGBTQIA+ people, a clean energy plan, economic sustainability and diversity equity and inclusion – in sort, a focus on the future and not the failed policies of the past.”

Click on the candidates’ profile pages below to read their full responses to this and other questions.

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