As Virginia works to recover from the COVID-19 crisis that robbed us of loved ones, shuttered businesses, and hurt countless Virginian families across our Commonwealth, we face two distinct choices: do we look forward, or do we look back?
To me the choice is obvious: we need to reject the politics and policies of the past. In the Democratic primary for governor, Terry McAuliffe wants to be Governor for a second time, but let’s be clear: he had his opportunity to bring change to Virginia, but could not close the deal. Why should we give him a second shot, when other leaders have a proven track record of getting things done?
Since McAuliffe left office, we’ve turned Virginia into a model for progressive politics. We passed Medicaid expansion, expanded voting rights, made progress on criminal justice reform, and improved our education system. Now, I’m looking forward to the brighter future when we can build on our progress by electing a visionary, inspirational leader in Jennifer Carroll Foy.
In the General Assembly, she successfully fought for legislation to improve the lives of working families, from raising the minimum wage to securing a pay raise for our teachers. Jennifer Carrol Foy voted to deliver $25 million to Alexandria to update its sewer system. As Governor, she’ll fight every day for a more equitable and just Virginia for us all because she has walked in our shoes. She’ll stand shoulder to shoulder with working families because she has known what it is like to not be able to afford healthcare, and the pain of going hungry. It’s time to leave those challenges in the past. With Jennifer Carroll Foy as Governor, let’s build a better, brighter, and more just future where every Virginia has the opportunity to truly thrive.