Editor: I am one of those people who will leave a note on a car if it has interesting bumper stickers. Last September, I saw a Blue 2005 Toyota Sienna with a few political bumper stickers. I decided to leave a note with my contact information in case they wanted to get involved in the Loudoun Democrats or Moms Demand Action.
A few days later, I was at a roundtable on education with The First Ladies of Virginia. Senator Wexton was also in attendance. Jennifer came up to me and handed me the card I had left on the 2005 Sienna. Turns out, it was her car on which I left the note.
In 2017, I attended many political events. I saw Jennifer at so many of these events, I told her that I was not stalking her. That May I attended an NAACP NOBLE event. Jennifer was also in attendance. Later that day, I went to a campaign event for Ralph Northam. Jennifer was also in attendance. After that event, I went to the Loudoun Democrats Gala and guess who was there? That’s right, Jennifer was also in attendance.
I am supporting Jennifer Wexton in the Democratic primary for Virginia’s 10th Congressional District because Jennifer shows up. She has been showing up for years. She has been fighting for Democratic values as a Senator and during her time as a prosecutor.
Jennifer worked hard to get Koran Saines elected Sterling’s Supervisor. Koran ousted a homophobic incumbent who was in office for 15 years. Jennifer also worked hard to elect our 2017 Democratic candidates. She has been working hard in Richmond where Republicans have been in control of the House of Delegates and Senate.
Jennifer has been fighting to protect our LGBT community. In 2017 she introduced SB822 which would have added “discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity as prohibited practices under Virginia’s Fair Housing Law”. She also introduced SB 828 to protect our children from abuse, exploitation, and sexual abuse.
Jennifer understands what it takes to pass bipartisan legislation in Virginia. She knows how to work with people across the political spectrum. We need this now more than ever at the Federal level. Jennifer is still working in Richmond to expand Medicaid. This special session has greatly cut into her campaign time. But she put her duty to represent the 33rd before her desire to win the Democratic primary.
It will be hard to beat Comstock this November. I think Wexton is the only candidate who can win this fall. She has great name recognition for her years of public service, she has a great voting record, she has been showing up for years, and she is connected to her Loudoun community. I still can’t believe that my state senator drives a minivan from 2005.