Back in March, Virginia delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy was preparing to announce her campaign to be the next governor of the commonwealth in a history-making bid that could see her as the first African-American female governor in the United States, as well as Virginia’s first female and Black female governor, if she wins. She would also be the first Black woman ever elected to statewide office in the commonwealth.
However, the novel coronavirus pandemic hit the nation, prompting the delegate to focus on her legislative duties. Foy placed her campaign on hold for two months to focus on what Virginians needed at the moment, including better health care and better pay.
The pandemic convinced Foy that now more than ever is her time to step up and serve in a higher office.