FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 13, 2020
WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Community leader, education advocate, and former small business owner Candi King tonight issued the following statement after winning the Democratic nomination to fill the vacancy left by Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy in HD-02:
“I am grateful for and humbled by the confidence placed in me by Democrats in the Second House District, and I will work every day until the Jan. 5 special election to earn the confidence of the community at large. Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy leaves big shoes to fill, but between my real-world and General Assembly experience, I am ready to hit the ground running on Day One to be an effective advocate as we forge a path of recovery from this pandemic.
Our schools, small businesses, and working families are struggling. Our children deserve to be safe AND educated, and no family should ever have to make a choice between the two. Our family has balanced work and virtual learning with three children, including one with special needs. As we work to safely re-open schools, teachers deserve more than just thanks and praise. They are experts who need to be a part of the solution with a meaningful seat at the table. That means collective bargaining rights.
Our working families deserve to have good jobs right here in District 2, and workers that have to commute deserve convenient and affordable transportation options This pandemic has also showcased the need to explore common-sense policies like paid sick leave that make sense for workers and for their employers. This area has been hit hard by the pandemic, but I believe we can emerge better than before, with no one left behind.
I don’t have any illusions that this will be easy, or that there won’t be obstacles in my way. But I’ve never been afraid of hard work, and I pledge to fight for the people of this district every day. I live here, my children go to school here, and my husband commutes to Fairfax to protect and serve as a Deputy Sheriff. I know this is a community worth fighting for.
I want to thank my fellow Democrats — Pamela Montgomery, Keisha Francis, Rozia Henson, and Nyesha Wilson — for answering the call of service at such a dark moment in our history. It was clear from last night’s candidate forum that we all hold the same values, and I hope to collaborate with all of you as we work to build a stronger and more inclusive Virginia.”
DUMFRIES, Va. Candi King — a community leader, former small business owner, and community relations liaison for a leading non-profit organization — today announced she would file the paperwork to see the Democratic nomination for the 2nd District House of Delegates seat:
“I thank Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy for her service. After speaking with my family and supporters, I am humbled to share that I will seek to represent the 2nd District in the House of Delegates. Now more than ever, we need bold, progressive leadership to help us rebuild our communities and economy as we recover from this pandemic. This district is very diverse, and we must name that our Black and Brown communities have been hit disproportionately hard by COVID-19. With more than a decade of experience in government relations, I will use my experience in the General Assembly to hit the ground running on COVID-19 recovery, racial justice, and education. I am proud of the work I have done both as a former small business owner and advocate for education to make our world better, and I hope to continue that service in the House of Delegates.”
Candi King is a community leader and community relations professional. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Norfolk State University and serves as a special needs parent advocate, volunteer at Freedom High School, and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She and her husband Josh King, an Iraq War Veteran and Fairfax County Deputy Sheriff, live in Dumfries with their children, including a non-verbal teenage daughter with autism.
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