More and Better Women in Politics
I am adding a few new names to my endorsement list today, and their common theme is that they are strong, passionate voices in politics today, and they strengthen the representation of women at the various levels of power.
Leslie Byrne is running for Congress in Virginia’s 11th District as a progressive Democrat. While she might be more liberal than her district, she is a tough fighter and is unafraid to champion those voices who need to be heard. She is running in the congressional primary on Tuesday, June 10th. Gerry Connolly, her opponent, is little more than a Democrat in Tom Davis clothing – a faux moderate with too many ties to corporate and particularly military industrial interests. Connolly was asleep at the wheel as other Democrats advanced the cause in Fairfax County, and did little to keep the Tysons Tunnel project going. He would be another Lieberman style Democrat – something we need less of, not more of. And fortunately the former Congresswoman Leslie Byrne is a suitable and credible alternative.
Eileen Roy, my former English teacher, is running for re-election on the Alachua County School Board down in Florida. While I’d support her anyway because I knew her for 2 years in high school, I wanted to mention her on here too because she has been a powerful voice, an often dissenting voice, on the School Board that has been forcing the SBAC to actually think through its ideas before implementing them. That kind of leadership is sorely needed not just on the local level but across the country.
I’ll continue to add more to this list as I find candidates worth mentioning…