*Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy will formally kick off her bid for Virginia governor today, becoming the first Democrat to launch a bid to unseat fellow Democrat Ralph Northam (of blackface yearbook photo fame) ahead of the 2021 election.
According to The Washington Post, Carroll Foy plans a purely digital launch due to the coronavirus pandemic. It started this morning with the below campaign video.
A defense lawyer who first ran for office while pregnant with twins, Carroll Foy has been one of the most prominent members of the House’s Class of 2017 — 15 Democrats who unseated GOP incumbents and nearly flipped the chamber blue.
Carroll Foy was raised by her grandmother in Petersburg and was among the first group of women to graduate from the Virginia Military Institute. She met her husband, a fellow VMI cadet, on her second day on campus.
While the COVID-19 crisis both delayed her announcement by two months, it also brought new salience to issues she plans to champion in her campaign. She told WaPo last week: “I never imagined that I’d be running for governor in the midst of a global pandemic, but COVID-19 has exposed what was already beneath the surface — that there are families who can’t earn a decent paycheck, afford their medical bills or just get ahead. And while many Virginians are finally being called what they’ve always been — essential — when they look at their paycheck, they [find out] that they’re actually expendable. I’ve been fighting for these groups and organizations, and for the families and workers since day one.”
Watch her campaign launch below or click here to watch at washingtonpost.com: