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.