December 6, 2023

 Within the northern Virginia sub/exurbs, state Senate District 30 sees Democrat and present Del. Danica Roem going through Republican political newcomer Invoice Woolf.

Roem has championed numerous bipartisan efforts as a lawmaker, together with offering free faculty lunches for college students in her district, in addition to enhancements to the area’s transportation infrastructure. If elected to the state Senate, she’s going to make historical past as the primary transgender lawmaker to serve within the chamber. She plans to push for an modification to the state’s structure defending reproductive rights and has been endorsed by Deliberate Parenthood Advocates of Virginia and Repro Rising Virginia.

Woolf has spent most of his profession in regulation enforcement and, whereas publicly showing to assist Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s proposed 15-week abortion ban “consensus,” he was lately caught on tape confessing that he believes Republicans ought to “discuss” proscribing it even additional.

SD-30 went for Terry McAuliffe 51.5%-47.8% in 2021.

Dogwood lately linked with Roem about what motivates her on and off the marketing campaign path and what’s on her thoughts within the last days of the 2023 election.

What’s your closing pitch as to why of us ought to vote for you?

The folks of western Prince William and better Manassas ought to vote for me as a result of, as a lifelong resident of the area, I’ve delivered on taking good care of the folks I’ve known as my neighbors my complete life by passing 41 bipartisan payments into regulation. These embody 12 to feed hungry youngsters, securing 33 million {dollars} to repair our roads, and main the battle in Richmond in opposition to information heart sprawl at house. 

What’s been your favourite a part of working for workplace this 12 months? Least favourite?

My favourite half about working for workplace this 12 months is youngsters on the door telling me whereas standing subsequent to their mother and father telling me “thanks” for passing my invoice into regulation to feed them free breakfast and lunch in school. My least favourite half about this marketing campaign has been watching the opposite facet reprise my predecessor’s transphobic marketing campaign of 2017, simply with extra money this time, whereas anticipating a special final result. You possibly can’t serve the very folks you’re working to characterize by singling them out and stigmatizing them. 

What’s one thing most people don’t find out about you?

Most individuals don’t know that I’m the 1995-1996 All Saints Catholic Faculty sixth grade Geography Bee Champion!

In the event you might change one factor about Virginia, what would it not be?

If I might change one factor, I’d have revolutionary intersection designs alongside the Route 28 hall between Manassas Park and Yorkshire… which we’ve now funded! Coming quickly!

What’s your favourite factor to do/place to go in Virginia whenever you want a break from the marketing campaign path?

My favourite place to go in Virginia once I want a break from the marketing campaign path is the Jiffy Lube Dwell in Bristow, the identical venue the place I noticed my first live performance in 1999 and nonetheless go to this present day! (It should *at all times* be Nissan Pavilion to me!)

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