Thank you

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June 11, 2015 | Posted in News |

Thank you.

From the doors you knocked, to the people you called, to the vision we shared for a better Virginia, this was an incredible campaign – because of you.

Although we did not win, our message of a better Virginia was heard – loud and clear. Congratulations to Dan Gecker on a successful campaign. Now we all must come together to win this race in the fall. Winning control of the State Senate in Virginia rides on this district. There is too much at stake in November to sit this race out – expanding access to affordable healthcare, protecting our natural resources, ensuring strong public schools for our children and many other critical issues will be determined by who wins this seat.

Stand with me today to ensure that Democrats win this seat in November. Visit Dan's website today to make a contribution or sign up to volunteer.

Again, from the bottom of my heart – thank you.

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Vote!

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June 9, 2015 | Posted in News |

Today is Primary Election Day in Virginia! Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Click here to find your polling location.

It’s been an action packed weekend, thank you so much! We’ve had scores of volunteers knocking on thousands of doors all across the district talking with voters about what’s at stake in this election and making sure everyone knows where to vote.

Your hard work and support has led us to this big day – and I want to say thank you in person. Join us for the Election Night party tonight in Richmond, starting at 7:30 p.m. Please bring friends and family too, to celebrate the work we’ve done together.

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NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Announces 100% Pro-Choice Candidates in Primary Nomination Contests

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June 3, 2015 | Posted in News |

Today NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia PAC, the Commonwealth’s leading political action arm of the pro-choice movement, announced 100% pro-choice candidates currently running in primary nomination contests for the Virginia House and Senate.

Tarina Keene, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, stated that the announcement of these outstanding pro-choice candidates are part of her organization’s plan to protect and elect pro-choice leaders in the state’s General Assembly this fall. All candidates listed received a perfect score on NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia’s rigorous candidate questionnaire, and are vying for their party’s nomination in next week’s June 9th primary election.

“I am confident that each of these 100% pro-choice candidates can be counted on to stand up to attacks on women’s health and help protect and expand access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare,” said Keene. “With the onslaught of attacks against women’s reproductive freedom in recent years, voters know that it is more important than ever to elect leaders to the Virginia General Assembly who will fight on behalf of Virginia’s women and families. Virginians can rest assured that, if selected as their party’s nominee next week and elected to the General Assembly this fall, each of these candidates will be a strong voice for women’s health and rights in Richmond.”

NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia PAC is pleased to announce the following primary candidates that received 100% pro-choice scores:

Senate District 10:

  • Emily Francis
  • Daniel Gecker

Senate District 29:

  • Michael Futrell
  • Jeremy McPike
  • Atif Qarni

House District 45:

  • Larry Altenburg
  • Craig Fifer
  • Julie Jakopic
  • Mark Levine
  • Clarence Tong

House District 63:

  • Lashrecse Aird
  • Atiba Muse

House District 79:

  • Steve Heretick

Candidates not listed above either did not complete or did not pass NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia’s candidate questionnaire. NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia and its PAC support candidates who are dedicated to family planning, preventing unintended pregnancy, and increasing access to reproductive healthcare, including safe legal abortion, for women and families. The organization’s powerful statewide network of activists will mobilize pro-choice voters throughout Virginia to help elect pro-choice candidates in November.

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Blue Virginia Endorses Emily

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June 3, 2015 | Posted in News |

Today Lowell Feld of Blue Virginia announced their endorsement in the 10th State Senate Democratic primary: Emily Francis

This one’s an easy choice: if you’re a Democrat living in the 10th State Senate district (Chesterfield, Richmond, Powhatan), you should most definitely vote for Emily Francis in Tuesday’s Democratic primary. First, on the issues, Emily Francis by FAR the strongest progressive and environmentalist in the field; it’s not even remotely a close call. Second, on electability, I’ve argued many times that the key to Democrats doing well in this year’s low-low-turnout, off/odd-year Virginia elections for General Assembly is turning out the Democratic “base.” That means nominating candidates who can appeal to said base, which Emily Francis clearly can do. In stark contrast, Dan Gecker played a key role in trying to impeach President Bill Clinton, has stated that his political hero is arch-Republican Ronald Reagan, identified himself for years as an “independent” not a Democrat, and even mused that he might vote Republican for President in 2012 rather than voting to reelect President Obama! Other than Democrats pouring huge sums of money into the district, which presumably they’ll do regardless of who wins the nomination on June 9, why on earth would the Democratic “base” get excited about someone like that? Got me. Fortunately, there’s a much better choice: vote Emily Francis in the June 9 Democratic primary!

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Sierra Club Endorses Emily

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May 28, 2015 | Posted in News |

Sierra Club announced today that it was endorsing Emily Francis for Senate in the hotly contested 10th Senate district which represents portions of the City of Richmond and Chesterfield County and all of Powhatan County. The 10th District Senate seat, currently held by retiring Senator John Watkins, is one of a handful of Senate districts that could determine control of the Senate in the November election. Three Democrats are vying for the nomination in a June 9th Primary.

“Sierra Club believes that Emily will put the interests of people and the environment ahead of special interest lobbyists,” said Glen Besa, Director of the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club. “That’s what she’s done as a non-profit professional, and we are confident she will continue to do that in the Senate.”

“The Sierra Club does not typically endorse in primaries,” said Besa, “but Emily is an exceptional candidate who we felt deserved our support.”

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Virginia NOW Endorses Emily

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May 7, 2015 | Posted in News |

Today, the Virginia National Organization for Women (VA NOW) – a leading women’s rights organization in Virginia – announced its endorsement of Emily Francis for State Senate in the 10th District. The 10th District includes portions of Richmond and Chesterfield County along with Powhatan County.

“Virginia NOW enthusiastically endorses Emily Francis – she is the next generation of Virginia leadership and a champion for equality and justice. We face big challenges – fair pay for women and good paying jobs for all, health care for the most vulnerable, a clean and safe environment, among them. Emily has the vision and passion we need in Richmond,” said Marj Signer, VA NOW PAC Co-Chair.

As a proven progressive, Emily Francis has built her career fighting for what’s right. For more than sixteen years, Emily has been a force for change through her career and service to our community. Her work with organizations across the country most recently has included the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Virginia League of Conservation Voters. Emily has spent the last eight years in and around public policy in Virginia, as such she has worked on both sides of the aisle, and knows what it takes to get things done at the Capitol. She currently advises non-profit organizations in Virginia to advance public policy solutions that are good for all Virginians.

Virginia NOW (Virginia chapter, National Organization for Women) is a statewide membership organization advocating for women’s rights and social justice for all people. The Virginia NOW Political Action Committee endorses candidates who support their core principles: increasing economic equality, ensuring women’s access to health care and safety, and expanding civil and human rights.

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EMILY’s List Endorses Emily Francis

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April 27, 2015 | Posted in News |

Today, EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Emily Francis for State Senate in the 10th District. The 10th District includes portions of Richmond and Chesterfield County along with Powhatan County.

“Emily Francis is a progressive champion who has tirelessly fought for women and families in Virginia,” said Muthoni Wambu Kraal, Senior Director of State and Local Campaigns at EMILY’s List. “An experienced nonprofit executive and community leader, Emily will be an advocate for accessible health care, stronger consumer rights, and work to preserve Virginia’s treasured landscapes. The EMILY’s List community – now three million members strong – is proud to support Emily for Virginia State Senate.”

As a proven progressive, Emily Francis has built her career fighting for what’s right. For more than sixteen years, Emily has been a force for change through her career and service to our community. Her work with organizations across the country most recently has included the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Virginia League of Conservation Voters. Emily has spent the last eight years in and around public policy in Virginia, as such she has worked on both sides of the aisle, and knows what it takes to get things done at the Capitol. She currently advises non-profit organizations in Virginia to advance public policy solutions that are good for all Virginians.

EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $400 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making it one of the most successful political action committees in the country. Throughout its 29 year history, the organization has recruited and trained over 9,000 women to run, worked to elect over 100 pro-choice Democratic women to the House, 19 to the Senate, 11 governors, and over five hundred women to state and local office. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY’s List helped elect 97% of the Democratic women of color in Congress, including every single Latina, African American, and Asian American Democratic woman currently serving.

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WUFPAC Says Emily Will Be “An Effective Voice”

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April 16, 2015 | Posted in News |

Women Under Forty PAC (WUFPAC) just announced their support of my campaign earlier this week.

In the words of Kate Farrar, WUFPAC President. “We are confident Emily Francis has the experience, drive and passion to be an effective voice for the Richmond region. Virginia’s legislature has only 17% women in office, which ranks them 42nd in the nation for women’s representation. We need candidates like Emily leading the way to improve women’s voices in policymaking.”

WUFPAC’s work is so important for helping women’s voices to be heard at all levels of state and local government. I would be proud to carry all of our voices to the Capitol in Richmond.

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Equal Pay Day

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April 14, 2015 | Posted in News |

What would my election mean to Virginia? I want to bring equal opportunities to everybody, and today I’d like to talk specifically about equal pay for Virginia women.

Did you know today is Equal Pay Day? More than 50 years after the Equal Pay Act was signed, and 6 years after Lilly Ledbetter, American women make just 78 cents for every dollar a man makes for the same work. This date, Tuesday April 14, symbolizes how much farther into 2015 women must work to earn what men earned in 2014.

I want to go to the legislature to help pass laws to ensure equal treatment for Women, to fix this problem. If you work hard, you deserve a fair shake. Gender discrimination in pay has existed for decades, but what we have lacked is the will to enforce a level playing field for all. Together, we can make a difference, and ensure that people are treated fairly regardless of their gender.

Thank you for your continued support. You are amazing.

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Update from the Campaign

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March 31, 2015 | Posted in News |

As you may have heard, I’m the only progressive Democrat running for the Virginia State Senate in the 10th District, which includes parts of the City of Richmond and Chesterfield County and all of Powhatan County. This is an open seat, and we’re looking to flip it from the Republicans this fall.

Since I got into the race in January, a lot has happened. I want to report back and update you on where I’m at today.

We have been knocking doors and making phone calls, talking to concerned Virginians every week. Be sure to check out the campaign on social media for some great pictures of our people-powered campaign!

Word is beginning to spread about our campaign. The Chesterfield Observer and Richmond Times-Dispatch have both covered the news, and I look forward to the upcoming candidate debate next month. Stay tuned for more on that!

In February I was thrilled to learn that I had Democracy for America’s endorsement. Jim Dean, the Chair of Democracy for America, had this to say:

“Emily Francis isn’t just a progressive when it’s convenient, she’s spent her life fighting for public health, the environment, and consumer rights. Democracy for America members in the Old Dominion are excited to knock on the doors, make the phone calls, and raise the money it will take to get Emily into the State Senate, because we know she’ll be a relentless advocate for Virginia working families.”

As I mentioned before, this will be a tough race. I’m facing a crowded primary in June — and we have a lot of work to do to get voters to the polls in November as well, to flip this seat.

Will you help us get over the top? We can’t win without the help of supporters like you.

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