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CASA in Action Announces 2023 Virginia General Election Endorsements
WOODBRIDGE, VA – The board of CASA in Action has voted to endorse this cycle’s inspiring slate of candidates who will champion the priorities of immigrant and working families. This people-powered movement organization launches in mid-August an assertive, multilayered voter contact program that combines integrated field operations and dynamic communications outreach to empower, inspire, and turn out Black and Latino voters in the general elections.
The board of CASA in Action has endorsed:
VA State Senate, District 27 – Joel Griffin
A seasoned community leader, and small business owner for over a decade, Joel Griffin is thrilled to take immediate action for workers and employers in District 27. With extensive experience in economic and workforce development initiatives, his commitment to community equity is evident. Employing hundreds of individuals through his small business, he has pledged to be an advocate for paid family and medical leave legislation, providing up to 12 weeks per year. Ensuring a dignified employment market for all, CASA in Action is proud to endorse Joel Griffin.
VA State Senate, District 29 – Jeremy McPike
Jeremy McPike, a Prince William County native, now runs for State Senate in Virginia’s 29th district. Proudly serving his community – volunteering as a firefighter for 20 years, which has equipped him to know the issues that Virginians face because he lives them. Jeremy’s policy issues are centered around uplifting working-class families, passing legislation to prevent wage theft, the creation of crisis response teams, and ensuring Virginia’s education system is equitable. Because of his commitment to putting forth efforts to tackle these issues, immigrant and working families elections mobilization powerhouse CASA in Action proudly endorses this candidate.
VA State Senate, District 30 – Danica Roem
Danica Roem is ready to take on State Senate District 30. During her tenure as Delegate, Danica fought for key issues like transportation and education. One of Danica’s inspiring policies is ensuring no child goes without being fed, regardless of their family’s income, which plays a key role in children excelling in education. CASA in Action proudly endorses Danica Roem.
VA Senate, District 22, District 7 – Aaron Rouse
CASA in Action endorses Aaron Rouse, a Virgina Beach native. During his first year in the Virginia Senate, Aaron was a brick wall in defending vital priorities in education, affordable housing, environmental justice, and healthcare that were in danger of being repealed. CASA in Action backs Aaron on his journey to continue serving his community!
VA State Senate, District 34 – Scott Surovell
Scott Surovell has been a strong leader in the Virginia Senate defending community priorities: education, healthcare, affordable housing,expanding driving privileges for all and ensuring that crucial programs are not being cut. Scott has been an exceptional advocate for working class families and as a community leader, serving as the voice communities need. CASA in Action proudly endorses Scott Surovell!
House of Delegates
VA House of Delegates, District 65 – Joshua Cole
CASA in Action endorses Joshua Cole, a pastor, father, and avid community leader. Ready to serve in the General Assembly for House District 65. During his time as delegate he voted to cap out of pocket health care costs on prescription drugs for Virginians with pre-existing conditions, raise the minimum wage, expand voting rights and make community college tuition free. He is not done fighting for District 65 as he seeks to continue advocating for affordable housing, jobs, public education, and transportation access.
VA House of Delegates, District 97 – Michael Feggans
Michael Feggans has championed core community values for decades, advocating for strong education systems, a robust economy, environmental protections, and an equitable society. Michael brings valuable experience as a lifelong Virginia resident and 20-year Air Force member. Now, he is ready to step into public policy to continue serving the community he loves. Election mobilizer powerhouse CASA in Action is proud to endorse this progressive visionary.
VA House of Delegates, District 94 – Phil Hernandez
As an avid leader in the immigrant community, Phil is knowledgeable on immigrant and working-class issues for House District 94. Phil looks forward to ensuring quality public education for every child in Virginia, protecting our environment, accelerating a clean energy future, and expanding access to quality, affordable health care.
VA House of Delegates, District 23 – Candi King
Candi Mundon King has been a committed advocate for the immigrant, Latino, and working-class community. Since her election in 2021, she has passed legislation to improve special education, fund transportation and expand paid sick leave. She is running to ensure Virginia works towards lowering the cost of living, increasing teacher pay and investing in young people. When re-elected, she will continue being the voice Virginia needs and advocate for her constituents. CASA in Action proudly endorses Candi King for District 23!
VA House of Delegates, District 20 – Michelle Maldonado
Michelle is a strong advocate for education and affordable housing. Ensuring every child and student has the sufficient amount of resources to be successful, believing every child in Virginia deserves access to high quality public education. Michelle champions affordable housing initiatives by developing cohesive strategies that will guarantee a year-over-year increase in affordable housing supply. She has been a champion for the immigrant community. CASA in Action is proud to endorse Michelle Maldonado.
VA House of Delegates, District 22 – Travis Nembhard
Travis Nembhard is an attorney and former administrative law judge that stands for community equity and success. He seeks to create a working economy for working families, strengthen the education system – for educators and students, and protect the fundamental rights of all Virginians. He is a strong advocate for expanded access to health care – irrespective of race, ethnicity, income level, or insurance provider, and promoting high-functioning local infrastructure. Progressive election mobilizer CASA in Action is proud to endorse Travis.
VA House of Delegates, District 25 – Briana Sewell
Briana Sewell, born and raised in Prince William County, earns the endorsement of CASA in Action. Briana has lived a life of service, she is a strong advocate when it comes to listening and advocating for immigrant families on important issues in education, healthcare, and affordable housing. She worked as Congressman Connolly’s Prince William District Director, helped lead a nonprofit organization where she advocated for paid family and medical leave for all, worked to address the needs of Prince William County residents and businesses in local government, and will continue her service to the residents of the 25th District.
VA House of Delegates, District 21 – Josh Thomas
Josh will work to ensure that our schools have the resources they need to provide a quality education to all students, and that teachers are treated with the respect they deserve. He recognizes that affordable housing should not be a partisan issue, and that it will take a collaborative effort to find solutions that work for everyone. He is committed to standing up for women’s rights and making sure that every woman in Virginia’s 21st District is able to live a life free from discrimination and oppression. Josh served our nation as a Marine, and he is now ready for his second service. Casa in Action is proud to support Josh Thomas!
VA House of Delegates, District 24 – Luke Torian
During his time as a minister and pastor, Luke has devoted many years of service in his community, representing and advocating for those in need. As a leader of the House of Appropriations Committee, Luke Torian’s representation is critical due to his continued advocacy for working-class communities, such as those that he represents in Prince William County. CASA in Action endorses Luke Torian!
Chair-at-Large of Prince William County Board of Supervisors – Deshundra Jefferson
Deshundra Jefferson is ready to bring progressive change to the Prince William County Board of Supervisors as the next chair. Deshundra has advocated for Prince William County residents so that it is a safer, and more affordable place to live. Deshundra will continue to move Prince William County in the right direction by being a voice and listening to her constituents.
CASA in Action will mobilize a powerful 9-week program, rallying recently activated, newly registered, infrequent Black and Latino voters in Fairfax and Prince William Counties. Through canvassing, impactful mailers, and compelling phone calls for in-person outreach, and innovative digital retargeting for virtual outreach, this comprehensive program will engage and empower voters to seize the opportunity to cast their ballots for these remarkable candidates.
“Mark your calendars – Election Day is November 7th, 2023,” said Marvin Hernandez, CASA in Action Deputy Director. “We will knock on doors, run digital ads, send mailers – everything we need to talk to voters and make sure they turn out for this exciting slate of candidates.”
By mobilizing Black and brown voters, CASA in Action, and its 150,000+ members, play a powerful role in electing progressive change leaders who can produce the justice our members seek. For more information, please visit CASAinAction.org. Follow us at @CASAinAction.