CHANTILLY, Va. -- Community leader Karrie Delaney yesterday earned the endorsement of Virginia's List, an organization dedicated to electing strong female candidates who will fight for important economic and social issues affecting women and families.
Julie Jakopic, board chair for Virginia's List, stated, "Karrie Delaney is a proven leader who has dedicated her life to public service and standing up for those who need to be heard, and as Delegate will serve as a champion for paid family leave, paycheck fairness, affordable health care for all, and legal equality for all women. That's why Virginia's List is proud to endorse Karrie's campaign for Virginia's 67th House District."
"I'm honored to earn the endorsement of Virginia's List" said Delaney. "I'm dedicated to working with Virginia's List to fight for economic, educational and social equality for all women."
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VIRGINIA’S LIST ANNOUNCES 11 ENDORSEMENTS FOR HOUSE OF DELEGATES, LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
Virginia’s List is pleased to announce its endorsement of 11 progressive Democratic women candidates running for the Virginia House of Delegates and lieutenant governor in 2017.
Women represent only 17 percent of the members of the Virginia House, and Virginia’s List aims to increase this number. This year, a record 58 Democratic Virginia women stepped up to run. To win, they need our financial support.
“We’re taking the critical step of investing in these women now before the primary,” said Virginia’s List Chair Julie Jakopic. “For those with primary challenges, we hope early support will help them win and move on to the general election. For all the women we have endorsed, we hope our early support will help set them up for success in the general election.”
Eight of the women we endorse face primary challenges on June 13. First, we support the outstanding work of incumbent Delegates Lashrecse Aird (District 63), Delores McQuinn (District 70), and Jeion Ward (District 92).
We also endorse four women who we know will bring fresh ideas and leadership to the House: Hala Ayala (District 51), Karrie Delaney (District 67), Kelly Fowler (District 21), and Danica Roem (District 13).
Additionally, we endorse three Democratic women in their general election races, incumbents Delegate Betsy Carr (District 69), Delegate Kathleen Murphy (District 34), and newcomer Cheryl Turpin (District 85).
In Virginia’s history, only one woman has served in statewide office, Attorney General Mary Sue Terry (1986–1993), and this year we have the opportunity to change that. Virginia’s List also endorses Susan Platt for lieutenant governor.
Each of the women endorsed has an impressive record of service. Karrie Delaney is an excellent example of the caliber of women we have endorsed. “Karrie Delaney has dedicated her life to public service,” said Jakopic. “From working with abused youth and juvenile offenders to fighting for families, she is a proven leader who stands up for those in need. She has a strong track record of working with stakeholders to create effective solutions. As Delegate, Karrie will champion paid family leave, paycheck fairness, and affordable healthcare for all. That's why Virginia's List is proud to endorse Karrie's campaign for Virginia's 67th House District.”
This is our first round of endorsements, and we look forward to endorsing additional candidates for the general election.
Virginia’s List is a state political action committee supporting Democratic pro-choice, progressive women candidates. We envision a Commonwealth where women have an equal voice as decision makers at the policy-making table—in the General Assembly and statewide elected offices.
Find out more about these women and Virginia’s List here: virginiaslist.com.
Learn more about Karrie’s grassroots campaign on the website
Karrie started working at a group home for foster children - an experience that opened her eyes in many ways, including a lesson in how policy decisions can either serve or fail our most vulnerable. Later, as a crisis counselor, Karrie stood by women who were assaulted and employed community engagement to raise awareness of the abuse of women around the world. When Karrie became a mother, she turned her focus towards local issues as Gov. McAuliffe's appointee to the Virginia Commission on Youth, as well as former Chair of Fairfax County Citizens Corps Council and the current Chair of Fairfax County Library Board of Trustees. She lives in Chantilly with her husband, Patrick, and their two children.