Qasim Rashid


Qasim Rashid


In 2020, Qasim Rashid is running for Congress in VA-1. He ran in 2019 for State Senate in SD-28.

Qasim believes in service, leadership, and compassion. He is an immigrant, a proud American Muslim, and above all a devoted father and husband. Qasim is a Virginian, where he and his wife Ayesha are raising their three beautiful children.

Qasim earned his law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law and has a long track record of serving diverse communities in Virginia. This includes his work to combat domestic and sexual violence against women, uplift the incarcerated through prison chaplaincy, serve his neighbors through blood drives and highway cleanups, and advocate for children's education.

Qasim works as a consultant to help major organizations, small businesses, and non-profits improve their corporate strategies, messaging, and innovation.

Qasim will fight for:

➔ Healthcare +

"Qasim Rashid believes healthcare is a human right. Qasim is the only candidate in the 28th Senate District race who has always advocated for Medicaid expansion and has never voted against or opposed Medicaid or healthcare expansion."

➔ Education +

"Qasim is committed to ensuring every child in Virginia regardless of race, gender, or economic background has a fair, safe, and promising path to success."

➔ Human Rights +

"Qasim Rashid believes in the inherent dignity and equality of all human beings —regardless of faith, color, creed, sexual orientation or gender identity. ..."

➔ Gun Violence Prevention +

"Qasim Rashid's experience with guns began in his childhood when his parents taught him responsible gun ownership. He believes in protecting the Second Amendment but ensuring violent felons, domestic abusers, and otherwise dangerous individuals do not have easy access to guns. ..."

➔ VA Workers & Economy +

"Qasim Rashid believes in the rights of workers to unionize and collectively bargain. ... He believes it is appropriate to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour, to protect workers with the prevailing wage requirement on government contracts, and to remove bad actors who undermine the integrity of Union and non-Union contractors. ..."

➔ Environment/Energy +

"Qasim Rashid believes in the crucial need to recognize that harmful climate change is real, it is due to human activity, and to invest in protecting our environment, our air, water, and land. ..."

➔ Criminal Justice Reform +

"Qasim Rashid believes that criminal justice should be built on rehabilitation, not revenge. He has invested much of his career as a lawyer towards this goal. ..."

➔ Infastructure +

"Qasim Rashid believes in making extensive transportation investments to upgrade Virginia's crumbling infrastructure, improve public transportation, and in responding to the specific transportation needs of Virginia's residents. ..."


Republican Opponent


Richard Stuart*

Republican Richard Stuart has represented SD-28 since 2008.

* = Incumbent

 SD-28 District Profile 
Stafford County, Prince William County,King George County, Spotsylvania County, Westmoreland County

SD-28 Voting Trend

2018: Kaine received 48% of the vote.
2017: Northam received 45% of the vote.
2016: Clinton received 39% of the vote.
2015 (SD election): No Dem candidate.

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Statistics from VPAP, January 2019/May 2019.