By Sarah Hogg, Advocacy & Communications Intern. Contact her @SarahLovely or e-mail her here.
In July, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia proudly endorsed Rip Sullivan, a Democratic candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates’s 48th District. Rip Sullivan is running in a special election on Tuesday, August 19th to fill the seat of former Delegate Bob Brink, who announced his retirement in June after accepting a position with Governor Terry McAuliffe’s administration. The 48th House District represents parts of Arlington, McLean, and Falls Church.
This election is about much, much more than simply filling a seat. It is more important now than ever to continue to elect pro-choice, pro-women, and pro-family politicians into the Virginia General Assembly. With the sudden resignation of Phillip Puckett and the retirement of Henry Marsh, the Virginia State Senate is down two Democrats, and, effectively, two votes for women’s health. Virginia voters cannot afford for the House to slip any further into archaic conservatism, especially while the previously Democratically-controlled Senate is also in turmoil.
Rip Sullivan is the right choice for the 48th House District — and the right choice for Virginia. With this special election, Virginians have a chance to keep the 48th district seat in the House in the hands of a fair, progressive candidate who will fight for abortion access, affordable birth control, and women’s health clinics across the Commonwealth. Sullivan believes that a woman’s decisions about her healthcare should be between her and her doctor, not between her and government. He has pledged to oppose any measures that would limit reproductive freedom, and also wants to expand Medicaid across Virginia, thereby helping thousands of women get affordable and accessible healthcare coverage.
Between Sullivan and his opponent, Republican Dave Foster, it is quite obvious which man will fight for women and which man will try to legislate against them. Foster has said that he opposes abortion and called Roe v. Wade a case of “judges imposing their will.”
If you are a Virginia resident living in the 48th, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia strongly urges you to vote for Rip Sullivan on August 19th. If you are unsure what district you live in, visit the Virginia General Assembly legislator finder and plug in your information to see your elected officials and district number. To find out where your polling place is located, visit the Virginia State Board of Elections. Finally, to read more about Rip, his background, and his stance on other issues, visit his website.
If you don’t live in the 48th House District but would still like to work to elect Rip Sullivan, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia and Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington Action Fund would love to have you phone bank with us on Monday, August 18th at 6pm. Please RSVP here (dinner and drinks provided!).