Endorsements

 

Yasmine Taeb

Democratic National Committee, Virginia

"Chairman Tom Perez has said again and again that Democrats "can compete and win everywhere."

Virginia's 6th Congressional District offers a unique opportunity for Democrats this year because there's no Republican incumbent. We need to take advantage of Bob Goodlatte's retirement and run a bold candidate who speaks to the values of the people.

I believe Jennifer Lewis is that candidate and am proud to endorse her. Jennifer has spent the past decade serving her local community, and many of you know her as an outspoken opponent of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. She refuses to accept money from corporate PACs or fossil-fuel interests and supports Congressman Keith Ellison's Expanded & Improved Medicare for All Act. Jennifer was also the first candidate in Virginia's 6th to sign the No NRA Money pledge, and like a majority of Americans, supports banning bump stocks, expanding and strengthening background checks, and reinstating the assault weapons ban.

So, Virginia Democrats, keep your eyes on the 6th, and I wish Jennifer the best of luck with her campaign!"

 

Linda Perriello

Community Leader & mother of Former Congressman tom perriello (VA-05)

"2018 is a special year in the Shenandoah Valley, a year when candidates need to drive a stake in the ground and stand for something. Who knew that the values of land and home that we stand for as Virginians, the morality and commonsense that are so much a part of the Virginia tradition, would be so compromised?

Tough times demand a tough candidate, and Jennifer Lewis is that candidate for Virginia's Sixth District. Her issues are the People’s issues: affordable healthcare within the reach of all, great public schools that put success within the reach of anyone (from any zip code) who works hard, and a belief that no corporation should be able to separate a citizen from their land - or compromise our precious water resources - in the name of corporate profit.  

The good people of the Sixth District have stepped up to fight in every American conflict since before the American Revolution. They returned home asking only that they be free to live on their land and protect it for future generations. For many citizens of the Sixth, that promise has been endangered in the name of eminent domain for corporate gain.

I fully and enthusiastically endorse Jennifer Lewis for Congress because the Valley deserves to be represented by a fighter who has and will continue to stand up against powerful corporations. Jenn Lewis has been doing just that for her fellow citizens. She will never back down. She will never let you down. Send her to Congress to be your voice and your champion.

I urge you to vote for Jennifer Lewis for Congress!"

 

Brent Finnegan

2017 Candidate, House of Delegates District 26

"Many Virginians these days are working harder and earning less. We need people in elected office who will fight for middle-income working families. That’s why I am so pleased today to endorse Jennifer Lewis for Congress here in the 6th District.

I first met Jennifer at an event she organized in opposition to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. She has been on the front lines fighting Dominion's pipelines for the past four years, and has stood up to leaders in both parties who have put the interest of private corporations over the needs and safety of the people. She has the courage and the conviction to do what's right, no matter who is pressuring her to do otherwise.

For the first time in more than a quarter century, Bob Goodlatte will not be on our ballot. I believe Jennifer has a very good chance at pulling off an upset this November, and restoring true representation to the people of our district. Jennifer is committed to fighting our rigged system, to create a fair economy where all of us can succeed."

 

Councilman Erik Curren

Staunton city council

"We occupy a moment in history that demands bold action to protect our environment and kickstart a clean energy revolution. With this is mind, I'm excited to endorse Jennifer Lewis for the Democratic nomination for Congress in the 6th District.

Jennifer serves on the board of Wild Virginia and is an elected member of the Headwaters Soil and Water Board of Directors. As founder and president of Friends Of Augusta, Jennifer has fought relentlessly against the dangerous and unnecessary proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Her steadfast dedication to protecting our land, water, and air - and her commitment to moving the nation to 100% clean and renewable energy by 2050 - makes me proud to support her campaign for Congress."

 
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Michele Edwards

2017 Candidate, house of delegates district 20

"I'm endorsing Jennifer Lewis for the Democratic nomination in the Sixth District because she's a coalition builder, as I've seen with her work fighting the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline and standing up for property rights. I know she can put together a coalition across the district, and we can finally send a representative of the people - not corporations - to Congress.

When I ran for the House of Delegates last year, I heard again and again on the campaign trail that people are deeply concerned about affordable healthcare, public education, and a living wage. Jennifer - who volunteered for my campaign - takes these concerns seriously. Her aspirational platform that includes Medicare for All, tuition-free public university, and a $15/hr. federal minimum wage, directly tackles the problems of everyday people. I can't wait to help her spread this message and win over hearts and minds across the Sixth."

 

 

Kellen Squire

2017 Candidate, House of Delegates District 58

"Jennifer is well known for her work standing up against the two major pipelines that are threatening to criss-cross Virginia, helping to organize against their unprecedented attack on private property rights, the environment, and working Virginia families. But where I know Jennifer from the best is her work on the frontlines of the mental health crisis here in Virginia. As an emergency department nurse, I see every single day how broken and frayed our social safety net is for people struggling with mental health issues. Jennifer is one of the few people that devote their heart and soul to taking the pressure off of those of us in the ER.

Jennifer works with folks to make sure they have the support and resources they need to succeed once they're discharged from a mental health hospital. I've seen her go from Western State in Staunton, to Virginia's Maximum Security facility in Petersburg, to work personally with hospital treatment teams. I’ve seen panic-inducing situations where she wouldn’t bat an eye or raise an eyebrow at. She’s been the first on the scene of crisis situations. She’s even spontaneously broken into song just to make her patients more at east, to diffuse a tense situation. Her ability to care and do whatever it takes to help her patients is unparalleled.

And she does it all - from her hero's work in mental health care, to fighting for the families, farms, and forests of the Shenandoah Valley - day in and day out, simply because it's the right thing to do. That's why she's standing up now for Virginians from Front Royal to Roanoke; from Luray to Warm Springs, Elkton to Lexington, and Lynchburg to Waynesboro. Because in the only district in Virginia with no incumbent, we need someone like Jennifer to stand up."

 

Jeff Thomas

Author, Virginia Politics & Government in a New Century: The Price of Power 

"Jennifer Lewis has tremendous personal integrity, a wealth of experience, and the right moral values to fight for all Virginians and stop Dominion from taking what rightfully belongs to you. Her dedication to providing health care to American veterans stands in sharp contrast to others' efforts to take it away, and speaks to Jennifer's moral compass and vision.

The long arc of Virginia's history shows that the dreams and desires of normal Virginians - from the poorest through the middle and even the upper class - have always been controlled by a tiny, corrupt elite. Now is the first time since Reconstruction when we have a chance to elect one of us to actually represent ordinary people's interests in the halls of power. Don't let this opportunity pass you by.

Vote for Jennifer Lewis for Congress and send someone to Washington who actually gives a damn about helping people."

 

Michael Frend

Former 2018 independent candidate for congress, Sixth District

"Now that I have stepped aside in the 6th Congressional seat race I am announcing that I fully support and endorse Jennifer Lewis as our next congresswoman for Virginia's 6th Congressional district seat.

I have carefully looked at all candidates and find the Jennifer is the only candidate who has the experience as an advocate for people of the 6th. I know Jennifer will stand strong and not be bought by special interests or corporate interests. She will stand firm against the NRA as she has against the pipeline. Jennifer is the one truly peoples choice candidate. I strongly urge all of my supporters to stand with Jennifer and vote for Jennifer Lewis for Congress in the June primary election.

She is the only democratic candidate that holds the credibility and credentials as a reliable advocate for the people. Take the time to look at Jennifer's background and you will see she is easily the right choice for the valley. No bells no whistles just true representation of the people and for the people. Jennifer just doesnt talk she does what she says."

 
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Senator Mark Warner

United states senator, former governor, virginia

"Jennifer Lewis understands the need to invest in tomorrow's workforce by expanding affordable health care, ensuring that a college education is affordable for all, and growing the economy so that no one has to leave the Shenandoah Valley just to find a good-paying job. 

I endorse Jennifer because she is focused on bettering the lives of working families and I know she will always put the people of the 6th Congressional District first."

 

 

Moms Demand Action Gun Sense Candidate

National Grassroots movement

"Thank you again for standing up for gun violence prevention and recognizing gun safety.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes. Since its inception after the tragedy at Sandy Hook School, Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and, along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns and the Everytown Survivor Network, is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than four million supporters."

 
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Food & Water Action Fund

Advocacy arm of Food & Water watch

"Are you happy with the job our elected officials are doing? We try to elect lawmakers who will represent our interests, but we all know that many of them are in the pockets of companies like Monsanto and Halliburton. We need to make democracy work for people, not corporations, in order to assure that everyone has access to safe food and clean water.

Food & Water Watch combines research, advocacy and education to mobilize the public and call for solutions to protect everyone's right to safe food and clean water— but the other crucial half of the equation is holding our elected officials accountable.

We launched Food & Water Action to allow us to ramp up our direct lobbying and election efforts in order to make our advocacy more effective."

 
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Our Revolution

National organization

"Our Revolution will reclaim democracy for the working people of our country by harnessing the transformative energy of the “political revolution.” Through supporting a new generation of progressive leaders, empowering millions to fight for progressive change and elevating the political consciousness, Our Revolution will transform American politics to make our political and economic systems once again responsive to the needs of working families.

Our Revolution has three intertwined goals: to revitalize American democracy, empower progressive leaders and elevate the political consciousness."

 

NOW PAC

advocacy arm of the national organization for women

"We are pleased to inform you that because of your dedication to feminist issues, the National Organization for Women Political Action Committee has endorsed your candidacy for your election. We look forward to working with you to achieve full equality for women and girls. We wish you the best of luck in the election."

 
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Our Revolution in the Blue Ridge

organization Based in roanoke, va

"Over one hundred and sixty people from across the 5th, 6th and 9th districts met with Democratic Congressional candidates at the Ramada Inn on a rainy Monday evening to learn about the candidates' positions affecting the region and their support of the values of Our Revolution in the Blue Ridge.

The candidates were given an opportunity to introduce themselves and answer questions regarding their support of single-payer healthcare, and how they would end the influence of money in the politics.  The Roanoke City Council Democratic Ticket also had an opportunity to present their case with the assembled body.

The crowd was enthusiastic about the need for an affordable health care system for all Americans and the desire of the candidates to seek campaign finance reform -- including eliminating the influence of special interest PACs and corporate money in our politics.

Many also expressed strong opinions on halting the construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

After hearing the candidates speak, the caucus voted on which candidate in each district to endorse in the upcoming nomination elections."
 

 
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American Federation of Government Employees Local 448

labor union

"On behalf of the Executive Board and the members of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 448, I am pleased to convey our endorsement for your candidacy of Virginia’s 6th district of the US House of Representatives. Our Local represents the Transportation Security Officers employed by the Transportation Security Administration throughout the Commonwealth."