The gender of politics is changing and nowhere is that more evident than in the women running in the most flippable districts in Virginia.

The magic number in Virginia in 2017 is 17. There are 17 districts that voted for Clinton in 2016 and we need just 17 seats to win back the majority in the House of Delegates. In these key flippable districts, we have 11 incredible women candidates.

What’s inspiring these women to run? For some, it’s a culmination of a lifetime of volunteering and advocacy. For others, it’s a need to work on issues they can no longer ignore. And for still others, it was a wakeup call after the election.

For Jennifer Foy (HD 2) and Karrie Delaney (HD 67) running for office is a natural extension of their lifetime of volunteering and public service. Jennifer is a public defender representing some of the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable citizens. Karrie has spent her carrier working to protect women and children.

Educators Debra Rodman (HD 73) and Shelly Simonds (HD 94) felt called to be the force of change. Debra is not only an Anthropology professor, but regularly serves as an expert witness for U.S. Federal immigration courts for families seeking political asylum, mostly women and children, and LGBT individuals. Shelly is a former teacher who knows all too well the important role of public education.

Haya Ayala (HD 51) and Kelly Fowler (HD 21) both recognize the Women’s March as one of the defining moments inspiring them to run. Kelly took her daughter, who felt demoralized after the election, to the march to show her the power of women and decided she had to run for office. Haya Ayala, single mother of two, felt the march was a rally cry for doing more and moving forward.

Kathy Tran (HD 42) and Elizabeth Guzman (HD 31) are both immigrants who couldn’t stand by and watch the ideals of this great nation destroyed. Kathy came to America as a child with her family as boat refugees from Vietnam and Elizabeth Guzman (HD 31) immigrated to America from Peru as a single mother.

As the only health care professional running, Dawn Adams (HD 68) is running to be the voice for public health concerns that are being discounted and ignored.

For Danica Roem (HD 13), a lifetime resident of the district, the time was right to bring her key understanding of local issues from being a local journalist for 10 years to solving the district’s problems. Danica is also transgender and a stepmother.

Wendy Gooditis (HD 10) found herself riding the elevator up to Senator Warner’s district office on that first Tuesday after the march with other resisters. After meeting with Warner, the elevator group started talking. Before long they were riding the elevator up together to Senator Warner’s office every Resistance Tuesday. When the group encouraged Wendy to run, she argued that she wasn’t qualified.  Their response of “Said no man EVER,” was all she needed to hear. Wendy filed her candidacy papers shortly thereafter.

These women have stepped up to represent Virginia, because what happens in Virginia in 2017 matters. Now it's our turn to step up and support them. 

Your donation will be spilt evenly among all 11 women in the top flippable districts.


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