Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy officially announces run for Virginia governor in 2021

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RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY/WFXR) — Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy officially announced Wednesday morning that she’s running what could be a history-making campaign for Virginia governor in 2021.

A Democrat, Carroll Foy represents Woodbridge and parts of Prince William County and North Stafford in northern Virginia. She would be the first black woman elected to a governorship in U.S. history and the first female governor in Virginia history.

The public defender and foster mother grew up in Petersburg and was one of the first women to graduate from Virginia Military Institute (VMI). She’s served in the House of Delegates since 2017, flipping a long-held Republican district with 63% of the vote.

While Carroll Foy registered a gubernatorial campaign committee with the Virginia Department of Elections in early April, she did not formally announce her run for governor until Wednesday, May 27.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life for all Virginians,” Carroll Foy said at top of the news release announcing her bid. “This crisis has exposed what was just beneath the surface: in the wealthiest and most powerful nation in the world, in one of the wealthiest states in the country, working families don’t have what they need to thrive. The status quo has left us with a deeply broken system where too many Virginians are working too hard for too little and can’t catch a break.”

Carroll Foy pointed to affordable health care, infrastructure and criminal justice reform as some of her key issues, along with paid sick leave and more support for public schools.

She touted her work in the House of Delegates to expand Medicaid coverage to 400,000 Virginians; pass “commonsense” gun safety law; increase salaries for teachers and law enforcement; expand broadband access; and, during the COVID-19 crisis, call for investigations into racial disparities, expand vote-by-mail, and call for paid sick leave for workers.

“We can’t wait for problems to be solved — the time for action is now. It’s time we listened to those who haven’t been listened to before, and it’s time for fresh leadership. I’m ready to be the leader Virginia needs,” Carroll Foy said in Wednesday’s news release.

Carroll Foy will likely face off against both Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring in the Democratic primary. Both have said they plan to run, but have yet to officially announce a bid. Virginia governors cannot serve consecutive terms, so current Gov. Ralph Northam will not be on the ballot.

On the Republican side, Sen. Amanda Chase has also announced a run for governor in 2021.

To learn more about Carroll Foy, visit her campaign website.

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