NATIONAL AND VIRGINIA NOW PACs ENDORSE:

For information on VA NOW PAC priorities, click here.
For consideration by the PAC, candidates must request endorsement.

The National Organization for Women and Virginia NOW endorse the following the candidates for the US House of Representatives:

Suzanne Patrick,  for Virginia’s Second District:  suzannepatrickforcongress.com

Number 1 on her priorities list, Jobs and the Economy: To me, standing up for the middle class means fighting to create and protect high paying jobs here in Virginia. I’ll do that by fighting for our port, military facilities, and the small businesses that keep our local economy thriving. My business and military background fuel my commitment to growing our local economy to strengthen opportunities for middle class families.”

One violence against women: “I agree with Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth’s approach of giving victims two options: (1) stay within the chain of command, or (2) give victims and alternative option outside the chain of command but still within the military to bring perpetrators to justice.”

Lawrence Gaughan, for Virginia’s Fifth District: gaughanforcongress.com

Gaughan hopes to represent a large and diverse district, and one of Virginia’s most conservative. Jobs and education are his top two issues, but he clearly states his support for women’s and LBGTQ equality, for reproductive justice, for protecting voting rights, and for background checks for weapon purchases.

John Foust, for Virginia’s Tenth District: foustforvirginia.com 

Foust is challenging Rep. Barbara Comstock, one of our more notable anti-feminist female politicians. Vienna Area NOW is running phone banks supporting Foust. Of the effort, Val Dutton, president of the chapter writes:

“Dial it up for a Woman-to-Woman phone bank for John Foust, candidate for the 10th District, from 3 to 5 pm on Oct. 12th at the Foust McLean headquarters, 6888 Elm St. Even if you’re not in the 10th District, we need your help in this race against the formidable and well-funded extremist Barbara Comstock. I’ll provide snacks and beverages. Phone banking can seem intimidating, but this is a process that really works and is fun once you get your groove! Additionally, we’ll speak only to the women of the household, telling them why we think John is a pro-woman kind of guy!”

Also, he’s got a sharp sense of humor (click here).

 Elliot Fausz, Virginia’s Fourth District, for the US Congress:  www.fausz4congress.com.

Fousz is particularly keen to bring better infrastructure, student loan debt relief, and economic stimulus to Virginia’s 4th. We can’t tell you what candidates say on our questionaires, but we can tell you this: Fousz was detailed, original, and energetic in describing his positions on our issues. He has a dedicated Twitter hashtag: #FouszintheHouse.

In the election for Manassas City Council, Virginia NOW has endorsed:

Patricia Richie-Folks, for City Council: pat4citycouncil.com.

Richie-Folks is deeply interested in economic development in Manassas such as developing heavier use of the local airport, promoting the area to the technology industry, and working to improve commuter infrastructure — especially the Route 28 corridor. She will look to protect and enhance Manassas public school system, and deepen the city’s support of its police department by bringing the number of officers more fully inline with the city’s population.

The council is, at present, well populated with male representatives of the city. A woman with good ideas is running, Manassas, we do hope you will welcome and vote for her energy and forward thinking agenda!

The National Organization for Women (NOW) PAC Endorses Delegate Charniele Herring for Virginia’s 8th Congressional District

VA NOW PAC endorsed Delegate Herring, and now National NOW seconds that motion!

February 4, 2014

The National NOW PAC announces its endorsement of Delegate Charniele Herring of Alexandria for the Democratic nomination in the 8th Congressional District.

NOW congratulates Delegate Herring for her legislative achievements and her leadership in advancing an inclusive society. As a Virginia NOW member, Delegate Herring exemplifies the values we fight for – equality and justice for all. Her historic victory in her first delegate race – in which she was shamefully sidelined while an unnecessary recount went on – demonstrated her determination to overcome racism and sexism. Delegate Herring will be a United States congresswoman we can all be proud of.

NOW – the National Organization for Women  – is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. Since its founding in 1966, NOW has taken action to bring about equality for all women. NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society.

Virginia NOW PACMarjorie Signer, Diana Egozcue, and Lee Perkins.

Contact: Marj Signer, marj.signer@gmail.com

Virginia NOW Endorses Candidates Who Support Women’s Rights

The Virginia NOW (National Organization for Women) PAC is proud to endorse the following highly qualified candidates in the Nov. 5th, 2013, election. These candidates will uphold and promote the Virginia NOW values of equality and justice.

The Virginia NOW PAC was established in 1978 and endorses candidates at the state and local level who support our positions on a wide range of social justice issues affecting women and families. Virginia NOW is a membership organization with chapters in Alexandria, Arlington, Charlottesville, Fairfax County (NoVA), Fredericksburg, Montgomery County, Richmond, Rockbridge County, the Vienna-McLean area, and Williamsburg.

Virginia NOW fights for women’s rights and social justice, including access to comprehensive reproductive health services, equal pay, strong laws to protect women from sexual violence and all forms of harassment, health care for all, protection of voting rights and an end to voter suppression, and ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to ensure that women are – at long last – part of the Constitution.

Statewide Office

County Office

House of Delegates

Shine on,
Paradise Kendra
Vice President of Communications

Many thanks to Virginia NOW PAC Members,  Diana Egozcue & Lee Perkins!

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