Virginia’s List is pleased to congratulate the 41 Democratic women candidates who will advance to the general election in November for an opportunity to serve in the Virginia General Assembly. Virginia’s List was proud to endorse seven of the nominees: Incumbent Delegates Lashrecse Aird (District 63), Delores McQuinn (District 70), and Jeion Ward (District 92), along with challengers Hala Ayala (District 51), Karrie Delaney (District 67), Kelly Fowler (District 21), and Danica Roem (District 13),
Women represent only 19 percent of the members of the Virginia House, and Virginia’s List aims to increase this number. This year, a record number of Virginia women are running, and to win, they need our financial support.
“The women who are running for the General Assembly are poised to make a real difference throughout the state. For example, Hala Ayala is one of our endorsees, and she has been a life long activist,” said Julie Jakopic, Virginia’s List chair. “Hala was founder and past president of the Prince William County chapter of the National Organization for Women and serves on Governor McAuliffe’s Council on Women. She has advocated for Medicaid expansion, protecting a woman’s right to choose and equal pay for equal work. She is just an example of the experience and energy that women can bring to the political table.”
Three other Democratic women, who had no primary but face serious general election challenges earned a Virginia’s List endorsement: Incumbents Delegate Betsy Carr (District 69), Delegate Kathleen Murphy (District 34), and newcomer Cheryl Turpin (District 85).
“This is a critical time for Virginia,” said Jakopic. “There are so many issues on the line — threats to health care, restrictions on voting rights, pay and workplace injustices, transportation, and infrastructure challenges — just to name a few. We need the fresh voices of women leaders at the table who can ensure all of our issues an
d concerns are heard, and who will work together to develop the best policies for all Virginians. Virginia’s List is committed to giving women the support they need to win.”
Virginia’s List will be endorsing additional candidates for the general election.
Virginia’s List is a state political action committee supporting Democratic pro-choice, progressive women candidates. We envision a Commonwealth where women have an equal voice as decision makers at the policy-making table — in the General Assembly and statewide elected offices.