Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy stepping down to focus on race for Virginia governor


Gov. Northam has set a special election for Carroll Foy's House seat for Jan. 5, 2021.

FILE This Monday Jan. 27, 2020 shows Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy, D-Prince William, as she holds her son, Alex Foy, while she points out the vote tally board for the vote on the Equal Rights Amendment in the House chambers at the Capitol, in Richmond, Va. Foy, a two-term member of the House of Delegates, announced she was kicking off what could be a history-making bid to become Virginia’s first woman governor and the first African-American woman governor in the United States. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy (D-Prince William) intends to resign from her seat in the House of Delegates to focus on her run for Virginia governor.

A source familiar with the decision told 8News that Carroll Foy had been sharing her decision in the legislature on Monday, telling colleagues that she planned to make the announcement Tuesday.

“Today I’m announcing my plans to step down from the House of Delegates so that I can focus exclusively on building a people-powered, grassroots movement to lead Virginia into the future,” Carroll Foy said on Twitter on Tuesday morning. “I’m putting everything I have into this campaign, because our Commonwealth demands it.”

If elected, Carroll Foy would be the first female governor of Virginia and the first Black woman to serve as governor in the entire United States. She is one of three Democratic candidates who have officially entered the primary race, including Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax and state Sen. Jennifer L. McClellan (D-Richmond).

The source told 8News that Carroll Foy’s announcement could have been scheduled to overshadow one from former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, who is expected to announce his bid in the race soon. One source has told 8News that McAuliffe plans an official announcement on Wednesday.

A special election for Carroll Foy’s House seat has been set for Jan. 5, 2021, Gov. Ralph Northam announced Tuesday.


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