Bennett Holds Lunch with Local Leading Women

Democratic challenger to the 10th District seat LuAnn Bennett held a lunch today in Leesburg with some of Loudoun’s leading women.

The conversation, at Tuscarora Mill, focused on issues and challenges facing women with some of the women who have tackled them. Also in attendance were Del. Jennifer B. Boysko (D-86), Boysko’s legislative assistant and former EPA Superfund enforcement attorney Karen Harrison, Leesburg Town Council candidate Gwen Pangle, Ready for Hillary founder and George Washington University professor Allida Black, Supervisor Kristen C. Umstattd (D-Leesburg), Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large), Leesburg vice mayor and mayoral candidate Kelly Burk, and Purcellville Vice Mayor Karen Jimmerson, along with an array of press.

Bennett used the opportunity to point out inequality in the 10th District—which she says has the largest gender pay gap of all of Virginia’s congressional districts—and to draw a distinction between herself and her opponent, incumbent Republican Barbara Comstock.

“My decision to get into this race really was to, as best as possible, present an alternative to our current representative, on not just women’s issues,” Bennett said. “And one thing I want to say about women’s issues—women care about all issues. Economic justice impacts women just as much as choice.”

Attendees to the lunch told stories of the prejudices they have faced in their own professional and political careers. Randall referred to her State of the County address in May.

“I had six people all men, all white, ask me: who wrote that for you?” said Randall, who wrote the speech herself. “And as a women and a black women, I thought, ‘keep it together’… A man would not be asked that.”

Bennett, Pangle, and Burk all face elections on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

rgreene@loudounnow.com
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3 thoughts on “Bennett Holds Lunch with Local Leading Women

  • 2016-11-04 at 11:02 am
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    Since SPG took this off topic, lets continue down that path. SO, a federal judge said SPG did something wrong, and threw out a chuck of that case. I guess we know now that SPG is filing unfounded lawsuits. Keep telling us, SPG all about you loses in federal court. I find It very entertaining.

  • 2016-11-03 at 7:59 pm
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    So Bennett wants to hobnob with politicians who violate civil rights. How nice.

    Chairwoman Randall, I would ask if you wrote the legal briefings here and here you and the BOS are submitting to the federal court down in Alexandria in your civil rights case. It’s not because I think you are incapable of writing them. I ask because they are complete nonsense that should embarrass the author. Even if you didn’t write them, you are supposed to read and approve them. You and Umstattd should be ashamed of that drivel. Here is what the judge thought. (denied motion to dismiss the main counts)

    I would respectfully ask Bennett to take some basic math classes if she wants to understand “inequality” in the 10th district. Men are more inclined to enter STEM careers. STEM careers pay much more because it requires rigorous skills. The 10th district is heavily weighted to STEM careers. As my college profs would say, it’s intuitively obvious (to everyone but Bennett).

    Can women pursue STEM careers? Of course and hopefully more will. But Bennett is either not capable of understanding basic math/logic or is pandering to her more ignorant liberal constituents. Neither should be praised.

  • 2016-11-03 at 6:51 pm
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    What a sexist event. Only a Dem can get away with a stunt like this!

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