From the Women's Strike Force:
(Richmond, VA) The Women's Strike Force is pleased to announce the first round of endorsed candidates for the 2013 Virginia House of Delegates races. The thirteen challengers and one candidate for an open seat are all pro-choice and adamantly opposed to the mandatory ultrasound and personhood bills supported by the current or previous incumbents.
Each candidate was interviewed individually by Women's Strike Force Board Members over a period of several weeks this spring. Each was vetted on their campaign message, organization and their commitment to support for women's access to their own reproductive healthcare decisions.
Former Richmond Delegate and Women's Strike Force President Katherine Waddell said “How fortunate we are to have so many capable and qualified pro-choice Virginians willing to run for public office. This is a critical time in Virginia politics and we thank you for offering your service to the Commonwealth.”
Former McLean Delegate and Candidate Recruitment Co-Chair Margi Vanderhye added: “My co-chair Jan Schar and I are encouraged to see the level of energy and dedication these candidates bring to their campaigns and to the protection of women's rights. The current pervasive culture of intolerance in Virginia hurts everyone; it is unwelcoming and bad for business too”.
John Bell (87th) bellforvirginia.com
Freeda Cathcart (17th) cathcartfordelegate.com
Ed Deitsch (42nd) eddeitsch4va42.com
Traci Dippert (30th) dippertfordelegate.com
Rob Farinholt (94th) robfarinholt.com
Bill Fleming (82nd) billflemingforva.com
Reed Heddleston (51st) heddlestonforthehouse.com
Susan Hippen (21st) hippenfordelegate.com
Monte Johnson (10th) monteforvirginia.com
Monty Mason (93rd) masonforvirginia.com
Brent McKenzie (84th) brentmckenzie.com
Jeremy McPike (31st) voteforjeremy.com
Gary Miller (14th) millerfordelegate.com
Kathleen Murphy (34th) kathleenmurphyfordelegate.com
The Women's Strike Force, LLC is a bipartisan PAC founded in 2012 by women leaders from across Virginia to recruit and support challengers to legislators who voted in favor of personhood and mandatory ultrasound bills. The group has a national profile and continues to raise awareness and funds for its mission. For more information or to learn how to get involved, see www.womensstrikeforce.org.