August 16, 2011 – The Virginia NOW PAC – the political action committee of the Virginia chapter of the National Organization FOR Women –today announced its endorsements in the August 23 Democratic primary in the 30th Senate and 49th Delegate districts and for the Braddock Magisterial District of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.
“We are delighted to endorse Adam Ebbin and Libby Garvey in the 30th Senate District and Stephanie Dix Clifford and Alfonso Lopez in the 49th Delegate district. They are strong supporters of women’s rights and we are confident each of them will be champions for women and women’s reproductive rights in the hostile environment fostered by the McDonnell administration,” said Diana Egozcue and Marj Signer, co-chairs of the VA NOW PAC.
“In the Braddock Magisterial District, we enthusiastically endorse Janet Oleszek, a long-time ally of Virginia NOW. We are impressed by her energy, progressive values and understanding of the issues.”
Candidates in the 30th Senate District – Adam Ebbin has been an effective delegate and a leader on combating human trafficking in Virginia, a NOW priority. His expertise on issues and his solid working relationships with other legislators are valuable to progressive politics in the Commonwealth. He has been endorsed by Delegate Charniele Herring, a NOW member. Libby Garvey is a member of the Arlington County School Board and would bring important experience in education as well as in many aspects of women’s lives – including being a breast cancer survivor and rebuilding a life after losing a spouse – to the Senate. The incumbent, Patsy Ticer, a NOW member, has endorsed Garvey.
Candidates in the 49th House of Delegates District – NOW member Stephanie Clifford has won our support – and respect — for moving forward vigorously with an issues-oriented campaign. She has set an excellent example for other younger women who are interested in entering politics. Alfonso Lopez is a veteran of Virginia politics who will be an ally of Virginia NOW on choice, violence against women, rape on campus, and many other issues.
In the Braddock Magisterial District, we enthusiastically endorse Janet Oleszek, a long-time ally of Virginia NOW. We are impressed by her energy, progressive values and understanding of the issues and are convinced she is the best candidate to defeat Republican John Cook in the general election.
The issues covered for the VA NOW PAC endorsement for General Assembly seats were: reproductive rights, the Equal Rights Amendment, LGBT equality, combating violence against women and specifically violence and rape on campus, sexuality education, voting rights, and uranium mining in Virginia.
Virginia NOW is the statewide chapter of the National Organization FOR Women, the largest feminist activist organization in the country. Virginia NOW has chapters in Arlington, Alexandria, Northern Virginia (including Fairfax), Fredericksburg, Richmond, Charlottesville, Montgomery County (Blacksburg), Rockingham County, Lexington, and Tidewater and activists throughout the state.