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Monday, June 26, 2017

Del. Kory launches re-election campaign

Tina Trapnell (left) introduces Del. Kaye Kory at a campaign event.
A large crowd of supporters gathered in Lake Barcroft June 25 for the launch of Del. Kaye Kory’s re-election campaign.

Kory has represented the 38th District in the Virginia House of Delegates since 2010 and before that represented Mason District on the Fairfax County School Board for 10 years. With regard to her long career as an elected official, Kory told the crowd, “I’m lucky to have your trust and confidence.”

Kory ran unopposed in the last election; this time she will face Republican Paul Haring of Annandale on the Nov. 7 ballot. Haring is an antiabortion activist and former member of the Texas legislature.  

There were Republicans and independents at the Kory launch party, as well Democrats – including many elected leaders. In fact, the event was held at the home of former Fairfax County supervisor Tina Trapnell, a former Republican who now refers to herself as an independent. What counts, Trapnell said, is: “we’re all Virginians.”

Kory urged the crowd to oppose the attempt in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act, noting the legislation under consideration would cost Virginia $708 million over the next 10 years. If the bill is passed, it would have a devastating effect on Virginia: People will lose access to healthcare, Medicaid benefits will be reduced, and hospital and clinics will close, resulting in people losing jobs.

Among her recent legislative accomplishments, Kory cited laws to ensure all schools have epi-pens on hand for treating children with severe asthma or allergic attacks and to strengthen nutrition and inoculations for children. A current priority is eliminating lead from drinking water.

In the General Assembly, Kory chairs the caucuses on women’s healthcare and new Americans.

She urged supporters to work on electing Democrats. In the House, Democrats hold just 34 of the 100 seats, and because it’s unusual for Republicans and Democrats to work together, “every issue is usually a slam dunk for the majority.”  

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