Across the country, Democrats are energized to fight back and defeat President Trump's agenda at the ballot box.
Our next big test is Virginia — a state with off-year elections and where both the state Senate and state House are controlled by Republicans. Only Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe has stood between them and their anti-choice agenda. But we have a chance to change that with primaries on June 13th and the general election on November 7th.
That's why I'm thrilled to let you know we just endorsed SEVEN women running for the Virginia state House.
Help turn the Virginia House blue. Donate to EMILY's List to make sure we can send our seven women there this year.
Let me tell you a little bit more about each of our newly endorsed women:
Hala Ayala (HD-51) knows what it's like to work your tail off for something worth fighting for, no matter how challenging. Hala is a single mother of two children and a cybersecurity specialist. She also helped organize Virginia for the Women's March on Washington — so you know she can get things done.
Jennifer Carroll Foy (HD-02) is a public defender and a local community college professor in her district. She broke barriers as one of the first women to graduate from the Virginia Military Institute, created a nonprofit for foster children, and has been a foster parent for several years.
Kelly Fowler (HD-21) has made her home district her life's commitment. Kelly is a former Virginia Beach public school teacher who now leads an all-woman team of real estate agents. Inspired by the Women's March on Washington, she's ready to fight for her hometown in the Virginia House.
Wendy Gooditis (HD-10) is an educator, a parent, and a community leader in her district where she's lived for over 20 years. Wendy is doing her part to fuel the resistance in Virginia by organizing an Indivisible group and women's rallies after Election Day last year.
Kathleen Murphy (HD-34) is the top incumbent seat Virginia Democrats need to protect. She won her previous election by less than 200 votes. Before pursuing a career in public service, Kathleen helped found Salute Our Services, an organization to connect deployed service members to their families, and Kids Serve Too, an organization to honor children in military families.
Danica Roem (HD-13) is a lifelong resident of Prince William County who spent the last nine years as a reporter for the local newspaper. Danica is openly transgender and will bring a voice that is so important to have at the state legislative decision-making table.
Finally, Cheryl Turpin (HD-85) is facing a rematch with the Republican opponent who won by less than 400 votes in the previous special election for this seat. Cheryl has spent most of her career as a teacher focused on at-risk students. She is dedicated to closing the achievement gap and making sure every child is prepared for college.
Each of these seven women represents the place that Virginia could be, and have the deep roots in their communities that we know candidates need to win at the local level.
Donate to EMILY's List and help these seven women win their June primaries:
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