Exciting news in from Virginia:
In Tuesday's primary, five of our women running in state legislative races won their competitive primaries: Jennifer Carroll Foy (HD-02), Danica Roem (HD-13), Kelly Fowler (HD-21), Hala Ayala (HD-51), and Delores McQuinn (HD-70).
Our other three women are already in general election mode: Wendy Gooditis (HD-10) and Cheryl Turpin (HD-85), who will be taking on Republican incumbents, and Kathleen Murphy (HD-34), a first-term incumbent in a high-priority seat we must protect.
Now that these women have won Virginia Democrats' support, their next big test will be winning over voters in the general election in November. Let's get them off to the strongest start possible.
Donate $3 now to help pro-choice Democratic women make inroads in the Virginia General Assembly and across the country.
There is no such thing as an off-year in Virginia! The upper house of the state legislature is elected in even years, and the lower house in odd. This year, the country will be watching for signs of Democrats' strength coming out of Virginia.
Democrats need 17 seats to gain the majority in the Virginia House, the same number of Republican-controlled districts that Hillary Clinton carried during the presidential election. That means Democrats could make major strides toward flipping the Virginia House of Delegates in November.
These are the EMILY's List candidates who are going to help do it:
Jennifer Carroll Foy (HD-02), a public defender and a local community college professor who broke barriers as one of the first women to graduate from the Virginia Military Institute.
Wendy Gooditis (HD-10) has lived in her district for over 20 years and is putting her expertise to good use by organizing a local Indivisible group that has grown to over 300 members.
Danica Roem (HD-13), a former journalist and now the first transgender candidate to win a major party's nomination to the Virginia General Assembly. If she wins in November, she'll bring an important voice to the decision-making table.
Kelly Fowler (HD-21), who leads an all-woman team of real estate agents and was so inspired by the Women's March on Washington that she put her name on the ballot.
Kathleen Murphy (HD-34), who's competing in the top incumbent seat Virginia Democrats need to protect. Before winning her first election, she 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.
Hala Ayala (HD-51), a single mother of two children and cybersecurity specialist who helped organize Virginia for the Women's March on Washington.
Delores McQuinn (HD-70), a two-term incumbent with a proven history as an advocate for women's reproductive rights, equal pay for equal work, and economic development in the distressed areas of her community.
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 and is dedicated to closing the achievement gap.
With the numbers in our favor and more Democratic women running for House of Delegates seats than ever before, we can give the country a preview of what Democrats can do in 2018.
Donate $3 right now to help support our candidates in key races in Virginia and elect more pro-choice Democratic women across the country:
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