For Immediate Release
April 11, 2022
EMILYs List Endorses Valerie Foushee for Congress
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Valerie Foushee for election to represent North Carolina’s 4th Congressional District. Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“EMILYs List is excited to give our support to state Sen. Valerie Foushee as she runs to represent the people of North Carolina’s 4th Congressional District. Foushee has a long and distinguished history fighting for the people of North Carolina, whether it was in the state legislature or in her own hometown of Chapel Hill. Along with her history of protecting the right to abortion, Foushee’s commitment to improving the education system, increasing access to affordable health care, and protecting voting rights make her the best choice for the 4th Congressional District.”
State Sen. Valerie Foushee is a lifelong North Carolinian and distinguished leader running to represent North Carolina’s 4th Congressional District. Foushee was born the oldest of six children in a family working to make ends meet. She credits her parents with instilling in her the importance of hard work and service to the community. Foushee was enrolled in segregated schooling until the sixth grade, and volunteering in her own children’s classrooms after long night shifts made her realize that kids, especially Black and brown kids in her community, needed an advocate. She ran for school board and won, and has since dedicated her career to public service. Over the next 24 years, she became the first African American woman elected to the Orange County Board of Commissioners, and went on to serve in the North Carolina General Assembly. Foushee is married to her high school sweetheart, Stan, with whom she has two sons and one grandson.
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