State Officials, National Women’s Organization Endorse Clifford for Delegate
June 27, 2011
Virginia Senator, Delegate and national women’s organization back Clifford for 49th District Delegate
Arlington, Va.Two high-profile Va. Democrats and a national women’s organization have announced their support of progressive Democrat Stephanie Clifford, and say she is the best offense against an increasingly radical conservative legislature.
Va. Senator Patsy Ticer (D-30) and Delegate Kaye Kory (D-38) have endorsed Clifford. Both women have celebrated public service careers focused on protecting Virginia families and expanding education opportunities.
Like Clifford, Ticer and Kory began their public service through local-level activism which eventually led to running for state-wide office. The Women’s Campaign Forum, a national non-partisan organization that promotes female candidates who support reproductive health choices and options, has also endorsed Clifford.
Ticer, former mayor of Alexandria and Virginia Senator since 1996, said Clifford was a force to be reckoned with and that she would represent Northern Virginia’s progressive values.
“Stephanie will be a delegate we can count on,” said Ticer. “The short legislative session means that you need qualified, determined people working with you in the House of Delegates–Stephanie will be an incredible ally for Democrats across the Commonwealth.”
Delegate Kaye Kory, a Fairfax, Va., resident for over 30 years, who has a strong public service record in education said Clifford’s commitment to education would ensure a better future for students and Virginia’s education system.
“We need Stephanie in Richmond to be an advocate for our children,” said Kory. “She will make sure they receive the best education Virginia can provide so that they can succeed beyond their school careers.”
Kory said as a former Fairfax County School board member, she has a unique perspective on who would be an effective education advocate in Richmond. Kory has also served on the Fairfax County Action Advisory Board, the Fairfax County Boys and Girls club and as the founding president of the J.E.B. Stuart Educations Foundation.
Clifford has also been endorsed by the Women’s Campaign Forum, a non-partisan national network that supports candidates who advance reproductive health choices and options. In a press release on its website, WCF President/CEO Siobhan “Sam” Bennett said that attacks on women’s health at the state level require strong women leaders who support reproductive choice and options.
Earlier this month, Leslie Byrne, a former Delegate and the first female U.S. House of Representatives member from Virginia, endorsed Clifford for Delegate. Byrne said that Clifford embodied the progressive values of Northern Virginia residents and was connected to the issues that affect them on a daily basis.
Other elected officials who have endorsed Clifford include Ingrid Morroy, Arlington County Commissioner of Revenue; Frank O’Leary, Arlington County Treasurer; and, Peter Rousselot, Arlington County Committee Immediate Past Chair, and former VA Senator Emilie Miller.
The Democratic Primary is on Aug. 23.
[CAPTION: Retiring Va. Senator Patsy Ticer (L) has endorsed Stephanie Clifford for 49th District Delegate.]
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