Atif Qarni Statement on Manassas Zoning Laws


    The following statement is from Democratic State Senate candidate Atif Qarni, who is showing strong leadership on this important issue. For more on what’s going on, see the speech by Brian Devine of Progress Virginia to the Manassas City Council a few weeks ago, as well as the video I’ve embedded here, in which anti-choice extremist Del. Bob Marshall speaks, followed by Atif Qarni supporting a woman’s right to choose.

    Qarni Questions Parrish Vote, Calls For Greater Protection Of Women’s Health Services

    MANASSAS, VA – Atif Qarni released the following statement in response to Mayor Hal Parrish’s vote to implement new zoning laws that restrict the creation of new health centers in Manassas:

    “Attacks on women’s health should have no place in our community,” said Atif Qarni, candidate for Senate in the 29th District. “These ideologically-motivated zoning updates will place excessive burdens on local health centers, preventing residents from getting the medical care they need. Zoning laws should help drive economic growth and development, and should not be a platform for ideological grandstanding. This district deserves a representative that prioritizes education, transportation, and jobs, not a radical anti-woman agenda. I will continue to fight for access to crucial health services for all Virginians.”

    Qarni has a long record of supporting women’s health institutions, and opposing radical agendas that seek to limit a woman’s ability to make her own health choices. He was an outspoken champion against radical conservatism in his 2013 campaign, and he will continue to be a strong voice against hyper-conservative agendas intended on taking Virginia backwards.

    Atif Qarni was a Marine for eight years, including a tour in Iraq in which he served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and was among the first American troops to enter Baghdad. He is currently an eighth grade math teacher at nearby Beville Middle School, as well as a member of Governor McAuliffe’s Small Business Commission. He lives in Manassas with his wife and two young sons.

    Atif Qarni is running for the Senate of Virginia because he believes our district needs a committed leader to continue the legacy of Senator Colgan- one who will fight for important issues like improving our schools by reducing class sizes, bringing more jobs to Manassas and Prince William County, and reducing the burden of traffic and congestion. He will be a strong voice for the values of the 29th District. The Democratic primary will be held on Tuesday, June 9th. For more information, please visit