Phil M. Hernandez

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Challenger


Hernandez was the first of his family to attend college and graduated from the College of William and Mary with a BA in government and jazz music in 2010. Hernandez also studied abroad at the University of Oxford in 2008 and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Law with a JD in 2016. Hernandez worked primarily in environmental policy, serving as a research assistant in US Environmental Policy with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 2009 and as a Senior Policy Analyst in President Obama’s White House Domestic Policy Council, during which time he supported the expansion of affordable clean energy, greater environmental concern and assisting in coordinating a response to the BP Oil Spill. Hernandez also worked as a civil rights attorney and currently serves as Senior Vice President of Policy and Advocacy for The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis [1, 2, 6].

Hernandez previously ran for election as the Democratic Nominee for Virginia’s 100th District in the House of Delegates in 2019 [6].


Hernandez is pro-choice and wants to maintain the current Virginia laws allowing abortions up to 26 weeks, while also limiting circumstances under which third trimester abortions are permitted.  Hernandez supports Roe v. Wade and believes the rights outlined in the case should be enshrined in the Constitution [2, 3].


Hernandez wants to fully fund the Virginia Board of Education’s Standards of Quality, while also increasing pay for teachers and support staff and promoting the safety of both educators and students in public school facilities [1].


Planned Parent Advocates of Virginia, Sierra Club, Virginia LCV, Vote Pro Choice, Norfolk Federation of Teachers, Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 822, Freedom Virginia, Run for Something, The Next 50, Latino Victory Fund, US Senator Mark Warner, US Senator Tim Kaine, Former Governor Ralph Northam, Representative Jennifer McClellan


1 Phil Hernandez for Delegate
3 Virginian Pilot
5 Ballotpedia
6 LinkedIn