Virginia National Organization for Women Endorses Janet Oleszek; Co-Endorses in 2 Other Races

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    The Virginia Chapter of the National Organization for Women has announced its primary endorsements in a number of races:

    *”In the Braddock Magisterial District, we enthusiastically endorse Janet Oleszek, a long-time ally of Virginia NOW. We are impressed by her energy, progressive values and understanding of the issues and are convinced she is the best candidate to defeat Republican John Cook in the general election.”  Go Janet!!!

    *”Candidates in the 49th House of Delegates District – NOW member Stephanie Clifford has won our support – and respect – for moving forward vigorously with an issues-oriented campaign. She has set an excellent example for other younger women who are interested in entering politics. Alfonso Lopez is a veteran of Virginia politics who will be an ally of Virginia NOW on choice, violence against women, rape on campus, and many other issues.”

    *”Candidates in the 30th Senate District – Adam Ebbin has been an effective delegate and a leader on combating human trafficking in Virginia, a NOW priority. His expertise on issues and his solid working relationships with other legislators are valuable to progressive politics in the Commonwealth. He has been endorsed by Delegate Charniele Herring, a NOW member. Libby Garvey is a member of the Arlington County School Board and would bring important experience in education as well as in many aspects of women’s lives – including being a breast cancer survivor and rebuilding a life after losing a spouse – to the Senate. The incumbent, Patsy Ticer, a NOW member, has endorsed Garvey.”

    P.S. Wait a minute, what happened to Barbara Favola? No endorsement there, even though she’s a prominent woman running for elective office this year? Could it be because Favola refuses to pledge, as Jaime Areizaga-Soto has done, that she’d oppose virulently anti-choice Senator Phil Puckett as Democratic Senate caucus chair? Fascinating….  

    • mlawson

      The VA NOW PAC commends Ms. Favola for her commitment to put her progressive values into action. Ms. Favola told the Virginia NOW PAC that she would vote for a pro-choice candidate for chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus. Ms. Favola said that she was not in favor of having anyone become caucus chair who “doesn’t represent the progressive values I stand for.”

      “We are confident that Barbara Favola will be an effective, thoughtful legislator and a champion for women, which is critical in the hostile environment fostered by the McDonnell administration,” said Diana Egozcue and Marj Signer, co-chairs of the VA NOW PAC.

      Ms. Favola has been on the Arlington County Board for 14 years and has substantial experience in the issues with which the General Assembly deals. She is an advocate for families and children in the community and helped to establish mental health services in the public schools. She was appointed to the Virginia State Health Board by former Gov. Tim Kaine, is President-Elect of the Virginia Association of Counties, and was a policy advisor for the Department of Health and Human Services under the Clinton administration.

      Issues covered in the VA NOW PAC endorsement process were: reproductive rights, the Equal Rights Amendment, LGBT equality, combating violence against women and specifically violence and rape on campus, sexuality education, voting rights, and uranium mining in Virginia. On August 16, the VA NOW PAC announced it had endorsed Delegate Adam Ebbin and Arlington School Board member Libby Garvey in the 30th Senate District primary, NOW member Stephanie Dix Clifford and Alfonso Lopez in the 49th Delegate District primary, and Janet Oleszek in the Democratic primary for the Braddock Magisterial District of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.

      Virginia NOW is the statewide chapter of the National Organization FOR Women, the largest feminist activist organization in the country. Virginia NOW has chapters in Arlington, Alexandria, Northern Virginia (including Fairfax), Fredericksburg, Richmond, Charlottesville, Montgomery County (Blacksburg),  Rockingham County, Lexington, and Tidewater and activists throughout the state.  

    • NewVirginia

      The NOW endorsement was split in HD 49 and in SD 30. Unless VA NOW can give a valid reason for choosing only one candidate in SD 31, Latinas can only conclude than NOW believes that a highly qualified, feminist Latino male is inferior to Ms. Favola because they buy into the arguments of the Democratic leadership. So, they believe that a 20 year Army officer JAG, Obama USAID legal counsel, Appointee was Senator Whipple’s “intern?” Or did they spend time talking with Ms. Favola about all the Puerto Rican money in the race and the low number of Latinos in the district?

      Either way, it is an insult to all Latinos in Virginia. Latinas abandoned the National Organization for Women in the early 1980’s because of cultural insensitivity about our families and our men — but now that our men are becoming outspoken feminists, it appears, NOW’s racial politics haven’t gotten any better.