FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Diana Williams, Clean Virginia Communications Lead
Sharon Yang, Communications Director, Jennifer Carroll Foy for Governor
April 5, 2021
BREAKING: Clean Virginia Endorses Jennifer Carroll Foy for Governor
Advocacy organization’s PAC boosts campaign with $500,000 donation
Charlottesville — Clean Virginia endorsed Jennifer Carroll Foy’s candidacy for Governor today. The clean energy and good governance advocacy group pledged a contribution of $500,000 from Clean Virginia Fund, the Political Action Committee associated with Clean Virginia.
“I’m honored to receive Clean Virginia’s endorsement. While politicians of the past have cozied up to corporate special interests, I have committed to lead the Commonwealth forward. Clean Virginia and I both believe that the children of Virginia should inherit a clean, safe Commonwealth that puts the interests of the people first before the special interests that have harmed too many Virginians. As Governor, I look forward to our continued partnership in this fight,” said Carroll Foy.
Carroll Foy, a former delegate, announced her run in May of 2020, becoming the first Democrat to announce a gubernatorial bid. Clean Virginia donated $100,000 to Carroll Foy’s campaign in July.
“We are honored and thrilled to endorse Jennifer Carroll Foy and contribute to her historic campaign for governor. Carroll Foy’s ability to build a truly people-powered campaign and to engage people across the Commonwealth will keep Virginia moving forward,” said Clean Virginia Executive Director Brennan Gilmore. “Her sweeping anti-corruption and climate plans and track record align with Clean Virginia’s goals and mission. We believe she is the best candidate in this critical race to determine the Commonwealth’s future and are ready to fight hard for her to be our next governor.”
Carroll Foy is a Petersburg native and was among the first women to graduate from Virginia Military Institute. If elected, Carroll Foy will be the first woman to be Governor of Virginia and the first Black woman to become governor in U.S. history.
During her time as Delegate, Carroll Foy championed legislation that advanced clean energy, lowered energy bills, and promoted good governance. She sponsored bipartisan legislation that successfully pressured Dominion Energy to clean up toxic coal ash from its Virginia facilities and pay for a clean water supply for residents whose well water may have been contaminated. Del. Carroll Foy also successfully led a legislative effort to encourage more public utility contracts with small, women-owned, and minority-owned businesses.
Carroll Foy is a lifelong public servant who has fought for those who cannot fight for themselves as a foster mom, public defender, and member of the legislature. To date, she has earned endorsements from U.S. Representative Katie Porter (CA-45), Sunrise Movement, Justice Democrats Virginia, more unions than any other candidate, and dozens of Virginia leaders.
Clean Virginia is an independent advocacy organization with an associated Political Action Committee, Clean Virginia Fund. Clean Virginia works to fight corruption in Virginia politics in order to promote clean energy and community control over our energy policy. Clean Virginia’s funding is provided by founder Michael Bills. For details on Clean Virginia’s financial reports and political giving, please visit our listing at Virginia’s Public Access Project.