Today – Tuesday, Nov. 8 – is Election Day. The polls are open from 6 am to 7 pm.
A lot is at stake for the women and families of Virginia in this election. Several legislators who have been solid supporters of our issues and values are in tight races. There are also close races for open seats and seats in redistricted areas. Candidates who have been endorsed by VA NOW PAC will work to protect reproductive rights and LGBT rights, pass the Equal Rights Amendment, improve safety on campuses, fund comprehensive sexuality education, and restore voting rights to ex-felons. They deserve our support.
VA NOW PAC-Endorsed Candidates in Competitive House of Delegates Races
Connie Brennan in District 59 (Buckingham, Appomattox Counties, parts of Albemarle, Nelson and Campbell Counties. A Nelson County Supervisor, she is the first woman elected to that board. She is a retired nurse-practitioner with 28 years at the University of Virginia, where co-founded the Women’s Health Center in Charlottesville, a non-profit health center that provided affordable and accessible health care to women and their families throughout the region.
Robin Abbott (D), District 93 (Newport News, etc.).
Abbott is a consumer advocate who is excellent on issues of concern to families. She deserves our support.
Adrienne Bennett (D), District 21 (Virginia Beach, Chesapeake City) Bennett is in a tough race. She is good on our issues and deserves support.
VA NOW PAC-Endorsed Candidates in Competitive Races for State Senate
Barbara Favola (D), Senate District 31 (Arlington, McLean, Loudon). Favola is a long-time NOW member and a strong supporter of women’s rights and reproductive rights.
Edd Houck (D), incumbent Senator in the 17th District (Spotsylvania County, City of Fredericksburg, Orange County, parts of Albemarle County, Culpeper County, Louisa County). Houck is chair of the Senate Education and Health Committee, where harmful legislation affecting reproductive health is often stopped. He has strong ties to our Fredericksburg/Spottsylvania members.
Shawn Mitchell (D), Senate District 13 (Loudon, Prince William). A veteran, small business owner, and father of young children. His opponent – Dick Black – is known for his extreme anti-choice views, including distributing plastic fetus dolls.
Ralph Northam, MD (D), incumbent Senator in the 6th District (Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Matthews County, etc.). His record on our issues is excellent. He has sponsored sex education legislation and has been on the Senate Education and Health Committee.
John Miller (D), incumbent senator in the 1st District (Newport News, Williamsburg, etc). Miller has been supportive of NOW’s issues and deserves re-election.
Toddy Puller (D), three-term Senator in District 36 (Prince William, Fairfax, Stafford). She is excellent on our issues. Her opponent, Jeff Frederick, was ousted as state Republican Party chairman in April 2009.
John Edwards (D), four-term Senator in the 21st district (Roanoke, Montgomery County). Edwards has been supportive of NOW issues and is a member of the Senate Health and Education Committee.
George Barker (D), Senator in the 39th District (Prince William, Fairfax, Alexandria City). Barker is in a close race. He is exellent on NOW issues and an expert on health care.