August 17, 2011 – The Virginia NOW PAC – the political action committee of the Virginia chapter of the National Organization FOR Women –today announced its endorsement of NOW member and State Senate candidate Barbara Favola in the August 23 Democratic primary in the 31th Senate District.
The VA NOW PAC commends Ms. Favola for her commitment to put her progressive values into action. Ms. Favola told the Virginia NOW PAC that she would vote for a pro-choice candidate for chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus. Ms. Favola said that she was not in favor of having anyone become caucus chair who “doesn’t represent the progressive values I stand for.”
“We are confident that Barbara Favola will be an effective, thoughtful legislator and a champion for women, which is critical in the hostile environment fostered by the McDonnell administration,” said Diana Egozcue and Marj Signer, co-chairs of the VA NOW PAC.
Ms. Favola has been on the Arlington County Board for 14 years and has substantial experience in the issues with which the General Assembly deals. She is an advocate for families and children in the community and helped to establish mental health services in the public schools. She was appointed to the Virginia State Health Board by former Gov. Tim Kaine, is President-Elect of the Virginia Association of Counties, and was a policy advisor for the Department of Health and Human Services under the Clinton administration.
Issues covered in the VA NOW PAC endorsement process 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. ##