When the Washington Post editorial board interviewed me to consider an endorsement of my candidacy, I came ready to talk about the issues facing our Fairfax community and my plans to make our county more equitable and inclusive.
The last question I was asked, however, shocked me. “How will you be Chairman with two young children?”
Yep, I’m a mom. And if you think that means I don’t have what it takes to be in public office, maybe you need to spend more time around moms. Fairfax County needs leaders from all walks of life – including working moms.
The Post offered endorsements in four races in Fairfax. In those races, nine women and seven men are candidates. Despite the majority of candidates being women in these races, the Post’s endorsement list is 100% men.
The same Washington Post editorial board told Larysa Kautz, who is running for Lee District Supervisor, that the reason there aren’t any women with young children on the Board is because, “there are late night meetings, and it’s hard work.”
Moms know what hard work is all about. If we’re running, we’re ready and we’re winning.
Larysa Kautz and I both went to Yale Law School and have successful careers. But this is the first time it’s ever been implied that I can’t do a job because I’m a mother.
Women are running for office in unprecedented numbers across the country. In addition to supporting my campaign, I hope you’ll also support Larysa Kautz and Kelly Hebron in Lee, Shyamali Hauth and Laurie Tyler Dodd in Hunter Mill; Erika Yalowitz, Edythe Kelleher, and Dalia Palchik in Providence, and Irma Corado in Braddock.
Together we’re turning our outrage into action.