Carroll Foy: “Virginians are hungry for a leader who understands the challenges they face, who inspires them.”
(Woodbridge, VA) — Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy joined Zelina Maxwell on “The Choice” to speak about the importance of electing Black women to office so that we pass “not policies for Black women, but policies written by Black women” who understand the everyday struggles Virginians face. If elected, Carroll Foy would be the first Black woman governor in the history of the United States.
Carroll Foy also discussed the importance of fighting for justice, from her career as a public defender being a voice for the voiceless, to promising to appoint an entirely pro-choice Cabinet as Governor, and her steadfast support for abolishing the death penalty. Yesterday, Virginia passed legislation to become the first Southern state to ban the death penalty.
Key highlights of her remarks are below:
- “We need to have a seat at the table, but not just a seat – we need to shake it up. It’s not enough to have policies written for Black women, we need to have policies written by Black women…There are a lot of congratulations going around for Black women helping to save our democracy, for standing up for so many years and agitating and making forward progress, but our work is yet to be done.”
- “We’re ready to change that. It’s not enough to ask us for our support and our vote, but you need to be there when we are ready to lead. We are ready to shake up the status quo and change politics as usual. We are moving forward, and not back. And that’s why this campaign is so important.”
- “As the first public defender ever elected to the Virginia General Assembly, I am in the courtroom almost every single day fighting for people’s Constitutional rights to ensure fairness and equity happens in the courtroom, and unfortunately it doesn’t always happen that way.”
“As a former public defender, foster mom, and one of the first women to ever graduate from Virginia Military Institute, one of the top military colleges in this country, Virginians are hungry for a leader who understands the challenges they face, who inspire them, and someone who they see themselves in, and that’s why we will be successful, and they’ll vote for a Jennifer Carroll Foy administration.”