From Family Friendly Virginia:
FAMILY FRIENDLY VIRGINIA ISSUES FAMILY FRIENDLY SEAL OF APPROVAL AHEAD OF JANUARY 10 SPECIAL ELECTIONS IN SD07 & HD35
RICHMOND – Today, Family Friendly Virginia awarded its “Family Friendly Seal of Approval” to two candidates ahead of the January 10, 2023 special elections – Aaron Rouse in Senate District 7 and Holly Seibold in House District 35 – based on their support of critical family-friendly workplace policies.
Candidates who are being awarded the “Family Friendly Seal of Approval” are certified by Family Friendly Virginia to be champions of family friendly economic policy, notably:
- Paid family and medical leave;
- Quality child care;
- Affordable long-term care; and
- Paid sick days.
“Working Virginians should not have to choose between care and career,” said Kristina Hagen, director of Family Friendly Virginia. “The Family Friendly Seal of Approval highlights candidates who have our backs, who have lived through the same decisions we are having to make day in and day out as we balance caring for our families and earning a paycheck.”
“Growing up with a single mother and three siblings, I saw what it was like to live paycheck to paycheck,” said Aaron Rouse, Democratic nominee for Virginia’s 7th Senate District. “I know how difficult it was for her when one of us got sick. I am so thankful for my mother and the sacrifices she made for us, but it shouldn’t have to be this way. Every family should have access to and be able to afford child care so they can work and put food on their tables. We should be ensuring hardworking Virginians have access to paid sick, family and medical leave. As a Senator, I look forward to working with Family Friendly Virginia to achieve these goals and deliver for families in the 7th District and across the commonwealth.”
“As a working mother to two children, I have experienced a loss of income due to unpaid leave and also have had to invest a significant amount of my income into child care for 10 years,” said Holly Seibold, Democratic nominee for Virginia’s 35th House District. “I understand the burden that is on families, and look forward to working towards policies that better reflect the needs of working families for years to come.”