March 13, 2015 | Posted in News |
Yesterday, Democracy for America, a national progressive political organization with over 22,000 members in Virginia and 1 million members nationwide, endorsed my campaign for Virginia’s 10 Senate District. When I started this journey in January, I knew I wanted to run a grassroots campaign powered by people, not special interests. I am honored to have the support of DFA, an organization grounded in the belief that progressive change starts from the bottom up.
Here’s what Jim Dean, the chair of Democracy for America, said yesterday in his endorsement:
“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.”
March 8, 2015 | Posted in News |
Thanks for your time. I’m 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. As an engaged and concerned citizen, I wanted you to know more. This is an open seat-held since 1997 by Republican John Watkins who announced his retirement last fall. I’m running for State Senate because the Senate’s actions are out of step with the day-to-day needs of Virginians…and that has to change.
Hundreds of thousands of Virginians are losing access to medical care for no better reason than political posturing. In the meantime, as the politicians jockey for power, they’re still managing to spend millions of our hard-earned tax dollars subsidizing big coal companies, threatening women’s access to basic health care, and letting our beloved James River suffer. That’s not the Virginia I know and love. We need to get our priorities straight, and we need to do it fast… so that we can come together and tackle these (and other) challenges head on.
I am a non-profit advocate, not a career politician. For the last 16 years, I have worked extensively with organizations advocating on the environment, public health and consumer rights. My career has been dedicated to supporting policies that improve our communities, protect our way of life and expand economic opportunities. I had never planned to run for office before, but I am so concerned about the future of Virginia and our families’ futures that I am stepping forward now.
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. I never expected this to be easy-but we can win it with your help. I hope you will join with me to create a better future for Virginia.