Carroll Foy Laid Out Positive Vision, Proven Ability to Inspire Coalition Needed to Win Against Out-Of-Touch Politicians in June and in November
(Woodbridge, VA) – During tonight’s third televised Democratic gubernatorial debate, Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy highlighted her positive vision to move Virginia forward in order to build a Commonwealth where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. During the debate, she clearly made the case for her proven ability to fire up the diverse coalition necessary to win against out-of-touch politicians, first in June against Terry McAuliffe and again in November against Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin, saying that she is the most electable candidate in the race because she will “out-inspire and outwork the Republicans in November.”
Watch five highlights from the third televised Democratic gubernatorial debate below:
WATCH: In her opening statement, Jennifer Carroll Foy laid out the choice in this election: the same policies and politicians of the past, or a new leader with a clear vision who has been one of the most effective legislators in the House of Delegates, fighting to uplift working people.
“I became a foster mom, a Virginia Military Institute graduate, a public defender, and a legislator who passed bills and budgets to uplift working families, and to fight for our communities. And I’m proud to say I was one of the most effective legislators in the House of Delegates, expanding Medicaid over 500,000 Virginians, and leading the fight to pass the Equal Rights Amendment…Republicans are hoping we recycle the same old policies and politicians of the past. That’s why we need to nominate a new leader, with a clear vision and bold ideas to move Virginia forward.”
WATCH: Jennifer Carroll Foy responded to a question about her experience and electability — a question all too familiar to women candidates — sharing her proven ability to win tough races by outworking and out-inspiring her opponents:
“The Republican Governors Association is attacking me because they are worried, and they should be. They know that I am the most electable in this race because I will out-inspire and outwork the Republicans in November. I flipped a Republican district, pregnant with twins…So many people have told me all of my life that it’s not my time and not my turn. Millions of women out there know exactly what that feels like, having our experience undermined and our credentials questioned. But I’m not here to ask the patriarchy for permission. I’m here to get things done for the people of Virginia. And I’ve been one of the most effective legislators in Virginia’s history, passing the Equal Rights Amendment, Medicaid expansion, and so much more. So we have an opportunity to build back Virginia in a way that leaves no one behind. And that’s what this campaign is about.”
WATCH: Jennifer Carroll Foy laid out her experience as a Delegate to uplift Virginia’s economy and her plans to fight for paid leave, a true $15 minimum wage, and bring investment to Virginia to build a successful post-COVID economy.
“How are we going to make Virginia the best place to live, work, and raise a family?…I’m excited and proud to have been a Delegate working in the General Assembly and with the governor when we were named the number one place to do business, when we put millions of dollars to our rainy day fund, preserved our AAA bond rating, had one of the lowest unemployment rates in recent history, and I’ve been honored by the Virginia Chamber for my work. But I also have to say I have more union endorsements than any other candidate who’s running because the people who are building our roads, bridges, painting our schools, or federal government workers, stand with me, because they know I will stand with them.”
WATCH: Jennifer Carroll Foy shared how her experience at Virginia Military Institute and commitment to getting “the job done” has led her to be one of “the most effective legislators in Virginia’s history.”
“As one of the first women to ever graduate from Virginia Military Institute, it taught me to not care if people have a D, I, or R beside their name. My job is to get the job done. And that’s what I’ve done, being one of the most effective legislators in Virginia’s history. And so I can tell you that voters are tired of voting for wealthy out of touch politicians…We need a new leader with a clear vision and bold ideas and a record of getting things done for the people of Virginia.”
WATCH: As the first public defender ever elected to the legislature, Jennifer Carroll Foy has fought for criminal justice reform, including police reform, from the courthouse to the statehouse.
“Don’t listen to the rhetoric, check the record. And I have a record of carrying a bill as a legislator to prohibit the use of chokeholds by law enforcement officers, so we don’t have an Eric Garner situation here in Virginia. Helping to pass a bill to have a ban on no-knock warrants, so we don’t have a Breonna Taylor situation here in Virginia…As governor, I’ll go bigger and bolder.”
Carroll Foy’s grassroots, people-powered movement continues to gain momentum as it organizes communities in every corner of the Commonwealth. Her campaign has mobilized over a thousand volunteers to engage voters and share Carroll Foy’s positive vision for Virginia. To date, community leaders, more unions than any other candidate in the race, and organizations representing millions of working people have endorsed her candidacy, She has already been recognized as the “most formidable” challenger to McAuliffe and the “favorite in the race” of everyday Virginians and the organizations that represent them.
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 three percent 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.