(Woodbridge, VA) – Today, Petersburg Mayor Sam Parham and Vice Mayor Annette Smith-Lee joined Jennifer Carroll Foy in Petersburg to announce their support of her candidacy for Governor. They join a long list of unions, elected officials, and grassroots activists in their support of Jennifer Carroll Foy. Mayor Sam Parham and Vice Mayor Annette Smith-Lee cited her commitment to equity and justice in the face of adversity in their endorsement of her candidacy.
“Del. Carroll Foy is a once in a lifetime candidate and local hero from our town,” said Mayor Sam Parham. “She’s been fighting ‘no’ since she was a teenager, and time and time again has proven herself through challenges by succeeding. She was one of the first women to graduate from VMI, became a lawyer, then a public defender to represent the voiceless in our society. We need a fearless leader who knows what it’s like to advocate for everyday people as Governor of Virginia and I could not be prouder to endorse her candidacy.”
“I am enthusiastically supporting Jennifer because she has constantly shown up for her community,” said Vice Mayor Annette Smith-Lee. “Not only does Jennifer Carroll Foy show up when it counts, but also proves herself by advocating for policies that will positively impact people’s lives like expanding medicaid, and eliminating racial and gender prejudice in our schools. She knows what it’s like to face these barriers and tackle them head on, and can’t wait to work alongside her to fight for a more equal Virginia.”
“Petersburg has made me who I am: a fighter. Growing up here, I was raised with a lot of support from members of the community, my family, and my church. But I also knew what it was like to struggle, making hard decisions solely based on lack of resources,” said Del. Carroll Foy. “As Governor, I’ll make sure that people have access to healthcare, affordable housing, a quality education and more. I am honored to have the support of my hometown’s leaders and look forward to working with Mayor Parham and Vice Mayor Smith-Lee on fighting for working families and ensuring people have a fighting chance to succeed.”
Jennifer Carroll Foy has dedicated her life to service. As one of the first women to graduate from Virginia Military Institute, a former foster mom, a magistrate judge, and public defender, Jennifer has embodied the ideals of community, honor and commitment in every facet of her life. During her time in the legislature, Jennifer led the way on the Equal Rights Amendment, proudly supported the successful fight to expand Medicaid to over 500,000 Virginians, and passed a budget that includes a 3% salary increase for teachers. She is a proud mother to twin three year olds, and wife to her husband Jeff, who she met her first week at VMI.