Christie New Craig

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Challenger

Background

Christie New Craig has lived in Chesapeake, Virginia her entire life, graduating from Western Branch High School. She began a career as a Senior Law Enforcement Officer with the Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office, serving for over 15 years, ultimately graduating from the Chesapeake Police Academy in 1995. In 2005, she opened a small catering business in Chesapeake, Virginia, in addition to opening a tree farming business in Buckingham, Virginia in 2014 [1,3,6].

In 2002, New Criag became the Chief of Staff to State Senator John Cosgrove. She worked with him in Richmond to pass and draft legislation, as well as to help run his office. New Craig also has prior political experience, being elected to the Chesapeake School Board from 2010 to 2022. New Craig is married, has three children, eleven grandchildren, and still resides in Chesapeake, Virginia [1,3,6].

Key Issues

Economy

New Craig wants to help boost the economy through more vocational training opportunities for high schoolers. She describes tax reform for working families as a top priority. She also wants to cut regulations for small businesses. [1,3,6]

Education

New Craig wants parents to be more involved in their children’s education. She wants students to be able to go to school in-person. [1,3,6]

Public Safety

New Craig supports fully funding law enforcement officers. In addition, she wants to support first responders the same way. She wants to use her own experience as a law enforcement officer to help guide her in Richmond. [1,3,6]

Reproductive Rights

New Craig supports a 15 week limit on abortion as laid out by Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin with exceptions for rape, incest, and when the life of the mother is at risk.

Endorsements

Congresswoman Jen Kiggans – Virginia’s 2nd District; State Senator Bill DeSteph; State Senator John Cosgrove; Virginia Beach Mayor Bobby Dyer; Chesapeake Mayor Rick West; Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell; Former Congressman Randy Forbes; Former Congresswoman Thelma Drake

Sources

1 Christie New Craig for Senate
2 VPAP
3 WAVY
4 Facebook
5 Ballotpedia
6 Virginian-Pilot