Updated October 14, 2009
The Virginia NOW PAC – Political Action Committee – has endorsed candidates for delegate who will work for significant improvements on issues of concern to women, including health care, pay equity, and reducing violence. The election is November 3.
Endorsed candidates include Virginia NOW member and 46th District Delegate Charniele Herring, who is running for re-election, and two candidates who are vying to oust obstructionist, outdated incumbents – John Bell in the 13th District, running against the most anti-choice individual in the House of Delegates, Robert Marshall, and Greg Werkheiser in the 42nd District, making a second attempt to defeat Dave Albo. Volunteers to make calls and canvass in their districts are needed.
The PAC also gave its strongest endorsement to Delegate Margaret Vanderhye, a champion for women’s health, who patroned legislation to establish a fund for breast cancer and cervical cancer prevention and treatment. Her opponent, Barbara Comstock, is known for her staunch anti-choice views.
In addition, a number of newcomers earned the VA NOW PAC endorsement: Mark Keam in the 35th District, Kaye Kory in the 38th District, Scott Surovell in the 44th District, Patrick Hope in the 47th District, Cynthia Neff in the 58th District, and Betsy Carr in the 69th District.
The VA NOW PAC awards its endorsement based on candidates’ responses to questions about a wide range of issues of concern to Virginia women, including constitutional rights for women, pay equity, improvements in women’s and family health care, and reducing violence against women. All endorsed candidates support maintaining access to reproductive health care. They also support full equality for gays, lesbians and persons who are bisexual and transgender in employment , housing, custody decisions, adoptions, and military service. Endorsed candidates are:
Endorsed candidates (listed alphabetically) are:
John Bell – 13th District
Robert Brink – 48th District
David Bulova – 37th District
Betsy Carr – 69th District
Chuck Caputo – 67th District
Adam Ebbin – 49th District
David Englin – 45th District
Charniele Herring – 46th District
Patrick Hope – 47th District
Mark Keam – 35th District
Kaye Kory – 38th District
Dave Marsden – 41st District
Jennifer McClellan – 71st District
Delores McQuinn – 70th District
Stevens Miller – 86th District
Cynthia Neff – 58th District
Jeanette Rishell – 50th District
Scott Surovell – 44th District
David Toscano – 57th District
Margaret Vanderhye – 34th District
Vivian Watts – 39th District
Greg Werkheiser – 42nd District