Jennifer’s Story: Jennifer, a public defender and adjunct professor at Northern Virginia Community College, worked hard, earned a full scholarship and enrolled in the third class of female cadets to attend Virginia Military Institute, a historically all-male college. One of the reasons she attended was because she believes women should receive the same educational opportunities as men. How is this still a question in modern America?
Later in life, Jennifer was a foster parent. Because she believes so strongly that no child should be without a nurturing home, she started the Foundation for Foster and Orphan Children, a nonprofit committed to building better futures for orphans and foster children.
Bio: Public defender and adjunct professor at Northern Virginia Community College. Born and raised in Petersburg, Virginia. Virginia Military Institute. First African-American women to graduate from VMI. Master’s, with honors, from Virginia State University; graduated law school cum laude. Litigation associate with a law firm in Los Angeles, California. Returned to VA; served as a Magistrate in Richmond. Created the Foundation for Foster and Orphan Children to help build a better future for foster and orphan children. Enjoyed being a foster parent for a number of years. Lives in Woodbridge with husband Jeffrey Foy.
Issues: Jennifer will work to promote investment in small businesses, protect women’s access to reproductive health care, support equal pay for equal work, promote criminal justice reform, expand pre-K education, support teachers and first responders through better pay, alleviate transportation issues in Prince William and Stafford Counties, and fix the Medicaid coverage gap. She would like to see a strong renewable energy standard that mandates a large increase in Virginia’s use of renewable energy. As an educator and criminal justice expert, Jennifer is far better informed to handle our schools and public safety issues than her opponent.
Opponent: after Jennifer’s first opponent left the race following revelations that he’d misrepresented his educational credentials, Ohioan Mike Makee stepped in. This local Republican Party Treasurer, who moved to Stafford only two years ago after retiring from the Navy, has an Aq rating (pro-gun candidate) from the NRA. He says he “believes in the ideas and values that House Republicans have championed over the last 15 years.” The Republicans in the House of Delegates have repeatedly tried to pass legislation that paves the way for taking public school funds for private schools.
Recent elections: This District voted for Hillary Clinton by a margin of 20.42% over Trump, and for Obama by 19.16% over Romney.