Meet the Women Inspired to Run for Office After the 2016 Election

Jennifer Carroll Foy, a 35-year-old public defender who was admitted to the Virginia Military Institute during one of the first years women were legally allowed to attend the school, did an Emerge training for her run for Virginia state legislature this fall. "There are Republicans in a lot of these [local] offices who are taking hold of Trumpism, which is very dangerous, so we need a counterbalance to that," she says. "We need progressive Democrats to go to the General Assembly to ensure that people's civil rights are not trampled upon, to make it known that Virginia is not a place for intolerance and bigotry and discrimination."

After going through what she describes as "the stages of grief" after Election Day, she says, "I thought to myself, if not me, then who? And if not now, then when?

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    Sara CookRolling Stone
    Women in the running: Number of female candidates for Va. House has jumped

    With primary elections coming on June 13, 61 women are seeking a seat in the Virginia legislature — about 30 percent of the field. The overall crop of 206 candidates is far bigger than usual, and the number of women may be a record. The 50 women running as Democrats are the most for that party in at least a decade and probably ever — up from 27 who filed in 2015, according to the state party. Republicans are fielding 10 female candidates, and one woman is running as an independent.

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    Blue Virginia Q&A: Jennifer Carroll Foy for House of Delegates

    1. Tell us a bit about yourself, and specifically, what in your background and/or temperament makes you the best qualified of the Democratic candidates to represent the 2nd House of Delegates district in Richmond. 
    I have dedicated my life to public service. As a public defender, I represent some of the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable citizens including children, the indigent and the mentally ill.

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    Sara CookBlue Virginia