From the Blue Dominion PAC of Del. Rip Sullivan:
Flip-A-District Friday: Volume XV
Welcome to 15 number of our series Flip (and Hold) a District 2021
We spend a lot of time in Virginia talking about history. The great story that Virginia made. The horrible story Virginia made.
The story is online this November 2. The story of the Democratic majority in the General Assembly over the past two years.
And the story we made on day one, when we elected the first female president and the first black female to be majority leader.
It has been an honor to serve with these historic women.
The most important vote a member of the House of Delegates votes is on the first day: who will be the president?
Let’s send our Democratic majority back to Richmond to make sure the first vote next January goes the right way. Because if it doesn’t, none of the votes after that will.
In this penultimate installment of Flip (or Defend) for this cycle, have fun learning a little more about our two beloved historic leaders of the House of Delegates.
Vote for them. Give them. Work hard for them.
District 41 House
Meet the candidate: Eileen Filler-Corn
President Eileen Filler-Corn is the first woman in the 400-year history of the Virginia legislature to be elected Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates.
Representing the 41st House District, which includes parts of Fairfax County, Speaker Filler-Corn’s passion for service shines through his tireless work to make the Commonwealth of Virginia a better place to live, work, and raise a family. Her commitment to improving the lives of her neighbors is what prompted her to run for the House of Delegates.
In her more than a decade of service in the House of Delegates, President Filler-Corn has been a good listener and problem-solver, producing results that move her community forward and stand up for everyone equally, regardless of l origin, circumstances or ideology. She introduced, championed and passed legislation that made Virginia a safer, stronger and more equal Commonwealth.
Under the leadership of President Filler-Corn, the House of Delegates passed a record number of revolutionary and progressive laws to implement the necessary measures to prevent gun violence, significantly expand voting rights, support small businesses, improve the lives of working families in the Commonwealth, fight climate change, make our criminal justice system fairer, end discrimination and make Virginia the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. The House’s daring actions to move the Commonwealth forward have led Virginia to win back-to-back record titles as Best State for CNBC Businesses and rise to 23rd nationally for Workers – from last place.
President Filler-Corn also oversaw the House of Delegates during the COVID-19 health and economic crisis, passing essential legislation to keep Virginians safe and put the Commonwealth economy on track for a strong recovery. Thanks to her leadership, Virginia leads the country in immunization and fighting the spread of the virus, and the Commonwealth’s unemployment rate is well below the national average.
In the House of Delegates, President Filler-Corn is the Chairman of the House Rules Committee as well as the Chairman of the Joint Rules Committee. She also sits on the District Courts Committee, the Virginia Growth and Opportunity Board, the Joint Commission on Transportation Accountability, the Commission on Intergouvernemental Cooperation, the Public Private Partnership Advisory Commission, the Online Virginia Network Authority, the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission. , the Legislative Support Commission, the MEI Project Approval Commission, the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, the Memorial Commission to Honor the Contributions of Women of Virginia, the Commission on Retirement Security of employees and pension reform, the Governor’s Advisory Council on Income Estimates, the Board of Trustees of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, the Board of Directors of VMFA, and the Judicial Council of Virginia.
Outside of the Virginia General Assembly, President Filler-Corn serves as Chairman of the Virginia Graduate Employment Board. She is also a board member of the following organizations: American Jewish Committee (AJC), Center for Public Policy Innovation (CPPI), Fairfax County Arts Council and Jewish Foundation for Group Homes (JFGH).
The President’s career has been devoted to public service. She was an early organizer of the Million Mom March, serving as vice president and president of the Northern Virginia Chapter in 2001. Prior to her election to the House, she also served in the governors’ offices. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine.
The President and her husband Bob live in Springfield and remain active members of the same community in which they raised their two children, Jeremy and Alana.
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House District 46
Meet the candidate: Charniele Herring
Charniele Herring has spent her life standing up for people others can’t see.
Born into a military family, Charniele moved often as a child before landing permanently in Northern Virginia. When she was a teenager, Charniele’s mother lost her job and despite their best efforts, they were left homeless. For a while, Charniele and her mother stayed in a homeless shelter overnight while Charniele attended West Springfield High School during the day and her mother looked for work. The experience of being homeless shaped Charniele’s character and taught her the values of hard work, resilience, and protection of people that society often overlooks.
Charniele was fortunate enough to attend university as part of the STEP program which allowed students from disadvantaged backgrounds to prove that they were capable of working at the university level. She commuted to George Mason for four years and graduated with a degree in economics, and while in school she gave back as a volunteer crisis intervention counselor and trainer in mental health services d ‘Alexandria and has worked with nonprofit advocates on issues surrounding homelessness prevention. Charniele’s first job out of college was as a VISTA volunteer providing low-income housing for at-risk families before attending law school at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law. After law school, Charniele worked in the oldest African-American-owned firm in Greater Washington before opening his practice here in Northern Virginia. She is currently working as General Counsel for Admin & Logistics, Inc, a government contracting company.
Charniele has lived in the Northern Virginia area for over 30 years, most of them in the West End of Alexandria. Charniele has a rich history of community involvement as a volunteer, member of Rotary and past president of the West End Business Association. She served on the Alexandria Commission for Women, including chairing the organization. She was also appointed by Governor Tim Kaine to the State Council on the Status of Women. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Parent Teacher Leadership Institute in Alexandria and as a Trustee of Hopkins House, advocating for strong preschool education.
As a participant in Social Action Linking Together (SALT), she received the Monsignor Geno Baroni Award for Social Justice for her work in securing full funding for the Homeless Intervention Act. She founded and co-chaired the Virginia Privileged Communication Task Force, which was made up of advisers and advocates from across the state. She worked with a bipartisan delegation to sponsor a bill to protect communications between victims and defenders.
Charniele was elected to the General Assembly in January 2009 in a special election to fill the vacant seat for the 46th house district. Her election is historic as she is the first African-American woman from Northern Virginia to be elected to the more than 400-year-old Virginia legislature. Since her election, Delegate Herring has served on the Joint Subcommittee on Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Strategies and Models, Governor McDonnell’s Internal Voting Rights Restoration Working Group, Virginia State Crime Commission and Governor McAuliffe’s Task Force on Heroin and Prescription Drugs. In the legislature, the herring sits on the courts of law and committees of counties, towns and cities.
When Charniele arrived in Richmond, there was no organized caucus on the issue of women’s health care. So she founded the Virginia Legislative Reproductive Health Caucus to educate lawmakers about women’s health care, birth control, and attacks on women’s right to choose. When Gov. Bob McDonnell introduced his bill requiring women seeking abortions to have a forced ultrasound, Charniele convinced her party leaders to fight back and officially take a stand against McDonnell. Herring’s fight against McDonnell’s ultrasound bill and other attacks on women’s health care has been called “heroic” by the National Organization for Women.
During her time in the House, Charniele quickly rose to the top of the Democratic caucus, while also becoming a national leader in the fight to protect women’s health care. She accomplished much during her few years in the legislature, including her successful struggle to restore funding for homeless services in Virginia’s 2010-2011 biennial budget, passing her bill to give small businesses a competitive advantage in the state’s procurement process, and its working to make the Commonwealth a safer place. Its environmental stewardship has been recognized by the Virginia League of Conservation Voters with the Legislative Hero Award. She was also recognized in 2009 by the Virginia Education Association for her commitment to a good education for all children of Virginia with the Rookie of the Year award and in 2013 and 2015 with the “Solid as a Rock” award.
A former president of the Virginia Democratic Party, helping sweep offices across the state in 2013, Herring was elected chair of the House Democratic caucus in 2015. In 2019, she was elected the first black woman to be leader of the House. majority in the House of Delegates.
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That’s it for Volume XV of our Flip-a-District Friday series. Over the past few months, we’ve introduced you to the more than 90 Democratic candidates – titular and challengers – vying for the House of Delegates. You can find them all here. There is a little over a week left. Find a candidate or candidates that you would like to support with your time or financial resources.
Project Blue Dominion is committed to supporting Democratic candidates in all corners of the Commonwealth. Join us. The is fighting to defend and expand our majority is on the march.