Delegate—37th District

Delegate—37th District

Republican Patrice Winter is challenging Democratic incumbent David Bulova in the 37th district.

The House of Delegates has legislative power, with the Senate, to enact laws. Delegates serve a 2-year term and are eligible for re-election. The salary is $17,640 per year. A delegate must be at least 21 years old at the time of election and be a resident of the district he/she seeks to represent.

Patrice M. Winter

Candidate: Fairfax resident Patrice M. Winter, 59 (Republican)

Education: Bachelor of Science, physical therapy, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU); Master of Science, physical therapy, University of St. Augustine; MS, executive health management, George Mason University (GMU); DPT, Shenandoah University

Occupation: term assistant faculty at George Mason University and licensed physical therapist

Website: http://www.electpat…">www.electpatricewin….

Q: What is your legislative priority this session?

Winter: As a health care provider, I have seen how Affordable Care Act has affected patients and even how companies are doing business. Seeing Virginians have access to high-quality and affordable health care is a top priority.

Bulova: My focus will continue to be on our economy and quality of life, which are integrally linked with transportation and providing our children with a world-class education. I will also fight for meaningful ethics reform.


Del. David Bulova (D-37) prepares to present legislation during the 2012 General Assembly session in the Virginia Capitol in Richmond. Bulova faces challenger Patrice Winter this November.

Del. David L. Bulova

Candidate: Fairfax Station resident David L. Bulova, 44, is the Democratic incumbent

Education: Bachelor of Arts, government, College of William and Mary; Master of Public Administration and Policy, Virginia Tech

Occupation: senior environmental planner

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Q: What makes you the better candidate?

Winter: Issues in education, healthcare, small businesses are important to many in the 37th District. I have significant experience in these areas as a health care provider who owned a practice for 17 years and an educator at George Mason University.

Bulova: I am a problem solver and have successfully worked in a bi-partisan manner to pass legislation on transportation, education, identity theft and human trafficking. I work hard to be open and accountable to district residents.

Q: In your role as a state legislator, how would you impact the lives of your constituents?

Winter: We are more effective as statesmen, not politicians. A statesman listens to constituents, responds and acts. Engaging constituents in the legislative process is a key component in the actions of an effective state legislator.

Bulova: My most important job is to empower constituents to have a voice in our government. In Richmond, I serve on committees and commissions that make key decisions surrounding education, health care, housing and water supply.

Q: Tell us something about yourself that you think people would find surprising—a hobby, a talent, or an interesting fact.

Winter: I was the student representative to my town council my senior year in high school. Also, as the American Physical Therapist Association spokesperson, I was interviewed by "O" Magazine.

Bulova: I love history and believe in its importance in education. I can often be found volunteering at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, hanging out in colonial costume with re-enactors playing Washington, Jefferson and Madison.