Eric Wayne Stamps was born and raised in Danville, VA, Eric graduated from George Washington High School. A gifted athlete, he played baseball, basketball, soccer, and ran cross country, as well as coaching soccer within the local community. When he attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, he continued to volunteer as a soccer coach for children. He also created and coached an intramural soccer team at the University.
It was during his time at the University that Eric developed Spasmodic Dysphonia, a disorder affecting the voice muscles. Despite being told he could not speak as part of his treatment, Eric learned to navigate the health care system. He discovered, even without a voice, that his need to advocate for others who needed health care was key to recovery.
After graduating with a degree in Web Design and New Media, Eric returned to Danville with a new voice and a calling to help his hometown. He continued his education and received his Master’s Degree in Media Design from Full Sail University. Although he worked in print shops after graduating, Eric spent most of his time volunteering for numerous political campaigns, including most recently Leslie Cockburn and Jennifer Lewis. He founded Indivisible Southside to focus on voter registration and engagement, and managed Dr. Gary Miller’s successful campaign for City Council.
Eric ran for Virginia's House of Delegates in the 14th District in 2019 and received 40% of the overall vote. He is a member of Virginia Organizing, Peoples Action Virginia, The Pittsylvania County NAACP, and The Dan River Blair’s Civic League. He is the proud son of Wayne Stamps, a Food Service Manager and Linda Stamps, a Caretaker. Eric and Shonta are the proud parents of Liam and Autumn.