NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Endorses Jennifer McClellan for Governor

NARAL: ‘Senator McClellan is the right person to meet this important moment in our Commonwealth’s and nation’s history’

RICHMOND, Va. — Today, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia PAC endorsed Senator Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond) to become the next governor of Virginia, in an event at the Virginia Women’s Monument in Richmond. NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia PAC is the political action arm of NARAL, the Virginia chapter of the oldest abortion rights advocacy group in the United States. 

McClellan and NARAL have worked together to safeguard Virginians’ access to reproductive health and abortion throughout McClellan’s 15 years in the General Assembly. In 2020, McClellan was awarded NARAL Virginia’s Legislator of the Year Award for her work passing the Reproductive Health Protection Act, making Virginia the first state in the South to proactively protect access to abortion care and reproductive health. 

McClellan made history as the first pregnant delegate in Virginia history and has been a leader fighting for women’s health care and reproductive rights in the Virginia General Assembly for 16 sessions. A fierce advocate for reproductive rights and access under Democratic control and Republican, McClellan chief-patroned the newly passed law to allow abortion coverage to be offered on the state health care exchange. McClellan also fought to expand worker protections for pregnant women, passing the Pregnant Worker Fairness Act.

“NARAL’s endorsement is a huge sign of the momentum that will help our campaign make history this November,” Sen. McClellan said. “NARAL is one of the most significant progressive organizations in Virginia politics, and this endorsement sends a clear message to voters ahead of the June primary. I have the strongest record of expanding reproductive rights in the race for governor, and I will stand with NARAL to lead on reproductive health care as governor.

“As governor, I will make safeguarding reproductive health a top priority by enshrining reproductive freedom into the Virginia constitution to protect the right to choose for generations to come. We need more than a brick wall to protect reproductive freedom, we must remove barriers to access for too many women. I started that work 15 years ago in the legislature, and I’ll keep going as governor. ”  

“NARAL Virginia is thrilled to throw our support behind a proven reproductive freedom

champion and partner – Senator Jennifer McClellan. She is a champion among a crowded field of champions. But what sets her apart is her deep commitment and narrow focus to ensuring reproductive freedom is a true reality for each and every Virginian. Senator McClellan is the right person to meet this important moment in our Commonwealth’s and nation’s history and we look forward to helping her win the Democratic nomination for governor,” said NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Executive Director Tarina Keene.

WATCH: NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Endorsement Announcement with McClellan

In 2017, NARAL endorsed Gov. Ralph Northam in the contested Democratic gubernatorial primary, citing his record as “one of their most reliable allies in the Virginia statehouse.” 

Last month, the McClellan campaign rolled out a new Women for McClellan action group with more than 75 endorsers, including Virginia’s first congresswoman – former U.S. Representative Leslie Byrne (D-Fairfax); Senators Mamie Locke (D-Hampton), Jennifer Boysko (D-Fairfax), and Ghazala Hashmi (D-Chesterfield); and Delegates Betsy Carr (D-Richmond) and Kathy Tran (D-Fairfax).

See the full list of Women For McClellan endorsers below: 

  • Former U.S. Representative Leslie Byrne (D-Fairfax)

  • Senator Mamie Locke (D-Hampton)

  • Senator Jennifer Boysko (D-Fairfax)

  • Senator Ghazala Hashmi (D-Chesterfield)

  • Delegate Betsy Carr (D-Richmond)

  • Delegate Kathy Tran (D-Fairfax)

  • The Honorable Viola Baskerville, Former Delegate and Secretary of Administration

  • Karen Darner, Former Delegate and Former Arlington Education Association President

  • Harrisonburg Mayor Deanna Reed

  • Former Charlottesville Mayor Virginia Daugherty

  • Chair Phyllis Randall, Chairwoman of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors

  • Katie Cristol, Member of the Arlington County Board of Supervisors

  • Faye Prichard, Member of the Hanover County Board of Supervisors

  • Connie Brennan, Former Member of the Nelson County Board of Supervisors

  • The Honorable Daun Hester, City Treasurer and Former Delegate from Norfolk

  • Alisa Gregory, Sheriff of Henrico County

  • Tiffany Boyle, Newport News Commissioner of Revenue

  • Jenefer Hughes, Chesterfield County Commissioner of Revenue

  • Katherine Jordan, Richmond City Councilmember

  • Treney Tweedy, Lynchburg City Councilmember

  • Patricia White-Boyd, Roanoke City Councilmember

  • Marylin Alexander, Lexington City Councilmember

  • Laurie Buchwald, former Radford City Council Member and founder of Elect Women SWVA

  • Liz Altieri, Vice Chair of the Radford School Board 

  • Dr. Shonda M. Harris-Mohammad, Richmond School Board Member

  • Tannia Talento, Latino Community Leader and Former Chair of the Arlington County School Board 

  • Mary Jo Sheeley, Attorney and Former Candidate for House of Delegates

  • Jacinta Greene, Alexandria School Board Member

  • Atoosa Reaser, Loudoun County School Board Member

  • Carol Ao Wolf , Former Richmond School Board Member and Education Advocate

  • Cydny Neville, Dumfries Town Councilmember

  • Dr. Kitty Boitnott, Former Virginia Education Association President

  • Monica Hutchinson, Henrico County Community Leader

  • Natasha McKeller-Crosby, LGBTQ+ Advocate and Business Leader

  • Megan Gruber, Former Virginia Education Association President

  • Dr. Cathy Bacote, Education Leader and Administrator

  • Janine Bell, Community Leader from Richmond

  • Sindy Benavides, Advocate

  • Anita Coleman-Wynn, Community Volunteer

  • Jewel Jordan, Community Activist

  • Allida Black, Human Rights Activist from Arlington

  • Liz Bryant, Business Leader from Richmond

  • Sidra Butt, Community Leader from Chesterfield

  • Annie Campbell, Educator from Richmond

  • Lakshmi Challa, Immigration Attorney from Henrico

  • Megan Clark, Commonwealth Attorney from Prince Edward County

  • Leslie Cockburn, Investigative Journalist and Former Candidate for U.S. Representative from Virginia

  • Rita Davis, Attorney from Richmond

  • Dr. Andrea Douglas, Community Leader from Charlottesville

  • Jennifer Eason, Teacher from Virginia Beach

  • Deanna Fierro, Education Advocate from Richmond

  • Debra Gardner, Community Leader from Chesterfield

  • Dawnee Giammittorio , Gun Violence Prevention Advocate from Fairfax County

  • Leni Gonzalez, Latino Community Leader from Arlington

  • Morgan Goodman, Environmental Scientist and Former Candidate for Delegate from Mechanicsville

  • Brandi Harrin, Educator from Richmond

  • Katina Harris, Richmond Public Schools Educator and Parent

  • Kati Hornung, Equality Advocate from Chesterfield

  • Holly Jackson-Conrad, Retired Richmond Educator

  • Barbara Klear, Norfolk Community Leader

  • Wendy Klein, Physician and Health Equity Advocate from Richmond

  • Thomasine Lawrence, Retired Richmond Public Schools Educator

  • Judy Le, Albemarle County School Board Member

  • Kelli Lemon, Co-Founder of Black Richmond Restaurant Experience and Virginia Corporation Tourism Boardmember

  • Yvonne Lewis, Community Leader from Virginia Beach

  • Dr. Doris Mallory Bey, Retired Richmond Public Schools Administrator

  • Rev. Dr. Melissa Mason, Faith Leader and Vice Chair of the Matthews County Board of Supervisors

  • Erin Matson, Women’s Rights Advocate and Former VP of National Organization for Women

  • Christine McBee, Teacher from Williamsburg

  • Brenda Mead, Staunton City Council Member

  • Faith “Liza” Mickens, Community Leader

  • Pam Mines, Disability and Child Care Advocate from Richmond

  • Rupa Murthy, Richmond Community Leader

  • Missy Neff, Civic Leader, Richmond

  • Tram Nguyen, Co-Director of New Virginia Majority

  • Jamie Nolan, Richmond Community Leader

  • Christy Burton Omarzai, Chesterfield Business Owner

  • Susan Platt, Founder of EmergeVA and Former Chief of Staff to President Joe Biden

  • Amanda Pohl, Former Democratic Nominee for Virginia Senate District 11

  • Rev. Jean Pupke, Pastor and Faith Leader from Richmond

  • Toni Radler, Former Chair of the Hanover Democratic Committee

  • Alexis Rodgers, Virginia Director of Care In Action and Former Candidate for Richmond Mayor 

  • Antoinette Rogers, Education Leader from Richmond

  • Leslie Rubio, Richmond Business Leader

  • Glenda Scales, Community Leader from Blacksburg

  • Ann Taylor, Educator from Petersburg

  • Pastor Michelle Thomas, Faith and Community Leader from Loudoun County

  • Linda Thomas, Community Activist from Caroline County

  • Kerri Treadway, Teacher from Richmond

  • Ruth Twiggs, Richmond Community Leader

  • Patsy Watson, Grassroots Community Advocate

  • Amy Wentz, Community Leader and Founder of Black RVA

  • Adrienne Whitaker, Chief Strategist of 4VABlue – Richmond

  • Stephanie Wilkinson, Business Leader from Lexington

  • Dr. Omega Wilson, Education Leader from Richmond