RELEASE: Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy Launches June Storybook — Candidate Edition

RELEASE: Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy Launches June Storybook — Candidate Edition

~ Special edition features candidate stories from across Virginia ~

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 17, 2021

RICHMOND — Today, the Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy launched our June Storybook. Every month, Va-CFFE publishes stories of working Virginians, small business owners, healthcare providers and patient advocates from every corner of the Commonwealth to highlight the need for a statewide paid family and medical leave program in Virginia.

This month’s special edition features candidate stories from across Virginia. As we look ahead to the November elections, leaders from across the Commonwealth are running for office, hoping for the opportunity to represent their community. This month’s storybook highlights how every Virginian has a paid leave story – an example from their lives and careers that highlights just how critical access to paid leave and caregiving infrastructure is for Virginia families.

“This month, we are showcasing the lived experiences of Virginia candidates and their families, and how those experiences inspired them to run for office and become the change they want to see,” said Virginia Campaign Director Kristina Hagen. “There are a record number of good, hardworking folks across our great Commonwealth who are running for office this year to make a difference for their communities and who share our vision of a Virginia economy that lifts up all families.”

Each of the stories in the June storybook highlights the consequences working Virginians and families face because of the absence of a statewide paid family and medical leave policy. These powerful stories illustrate the struggles many face today and the positive difference a paid leave program could make for families across the Commonwealth. This month’s stories include:

  • Terry McAuliffe, candidate for Governor

  • Del. Hala Ayala, candidate for LG

  • AG Mark Herring, candidate for AG

  • Derek Kitts, HD07

  • Del. Kelly Fowler, HD21

  • Debra Gardner, HD27

  • Del. Kathleen Murphy, HD34

  • Del. Dan Helmer. HD40

  • Elizabeth Bennett-Parker, HD45

  • Del. Alfonso Lopez, HD49

  • Briana Sewell, HD51

  • Rachel Levy, HD55

  • Blakely Lockhart, HD56

  • Dr Ben Moses, HD59

  • Caitlin Coakley, HD65

  • Katie Sponsler, HD66

  • Irene Shin, HD86

  • Del. Suhas Subramanyam, HD87

  • Del. Mike Mullin, HD93

  • Del, Shelly Simonds, HD94

  • Del. Marcia “Cia” Price, HD95

For more information about the Virginia Campaign for a Family Friendly Economy, please visit http://www.familyfriendlyeconomyva.org.