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.