Who am I?

Since she was a teenager, Virginia Conlon’s life has been hallmarked by public service. As a young volunteer at an after-school program for exceptional kids, she acquired a lifelong practice of commitment to the community. Conlon has lived in the Raleigh area since 1993 where she has paired her public service with raising a family that has proudly supported her work for causes such as Meals-on-Wheels, the Triangle Red Cross, and the North Carolina Museum of Art. She has worked at the Food Bank for Central and Eastern North Carolina.

Conlon has also spent time as a small business-owner, starting-up and managing a successful clothing shop for children. She worked with nearly 400 of her fellow homemakers to make the merchandise she sold; many of them started their own businesses with Conlon’s help and encouragement.

The experience she has garnered through these pursuits means that Virginia Conlon knows the difficulties facing small businesses in turbulent times. She knows the struggles parents and educators undertake daily to make the lives of others healthy and complete with only moderate or even inadequate resources. She has seen the marks of poverty and hunger on North Carolina’s children.

Growing up in a working-class family taught her a frugality that all who know Conlon recognize as a main tenet of her common sense approach to both her personal life and public policy. Conlon’s kind of fiscal responsibility—one tempered with compassion--is what she seeks to take to Washington as your Congresswoman from the 13th District. Her determination to make a difference in people’s lives is what will mark her service there.

Virginia Conlon’s determination and desire to improve the lives of those around her and strengthen the community make her the ideal choice to represent North Carolina. Those whose lives she has already touched know well how her hard work, commitment and perseverance enable her to overcome obstacles and reach her goals. It’s time all the people of North Carolina’s 13th District got to know Virginia Conlon.

Why am I running?

I am sick and tired of not seeing someone who represents people like me. I have worked hard all of my life, tired to raise two decent sons, and take care of people in my community. I am not a millionaire, and I have always tried to do the right thing. I see the way these politicians act when they get to DC. They become these petty princelings with no regard for the people that put them there back home, all the while their constituents continue to suffer with a weak economy. There are a very few politicians, like Bernie Sanders, who understand what is happening outside of the Beltway Bubble.

I want to go to Congress to help everyday Americans reclaim their government and make it work for them. The One Percent is over represented and that needs to change. So that is why I am running for Congress, to be a voice in DC for the person who has to punch the clock in the morning.

My Goals

Since I have never held political office, I can only tell about what I have done out of office. My priorities will be Good Jobs, Education, and Retirement Security. As a small business owner, I worked with over four hundred of my fellow stay-at-home moms to make merchandise that I sold at the store that I owned. This served as a bridge for many of these women to start their own businesses and continue this cycle of job creation. As a parent, I was heavily involved in volunteering in my children’s schools and was supportive of teachers when they were dealing with the increasing bureaucratization of education. I have taught more children how to tie shoes, use multiplication tables, and how to read than I can keep count of. And for retirement security, I have volunteered for such worthy, senior-supporting causes as Meals on Wheels.

My community has always been the centerpiece of my life. If someone told me they needed help, I was there. As a Congresswoman, this would remain my philosophy and focus.

My DFA Values

My campaign started as a discussion between a small group of volunteers at the North Carolina Museum of Art. They have encouraged me every step of the way, and now are actively involved in running my campaign and are adding to this circle of volunteers. I believe in the civil rights of all people. This especially includes voting rights. We cannot have a free society without a functioning democracy. I have marched many times on Moral Mondays and this only the most recent chapter of my support for people’s rights. Throughout my life, I have been involved with campaigning for the Equal Rights Amendment, protecting a woman’s right to choose, and I have been a member of the League of Women Voters. In my campaign, I would make preserving and protecting Social Security a centerpiece. Security should, in the words of Franklin Roosevelt, mean freedom from fear and freedom from want, and the only way to ensure these freedoms is to make sure everyone has a good job and safe retirement.

My Campaign is People Powered!

The first and second meeting I arranged when I decided to run were with James Miller of the LGBT Center of North Carolina and James Andrews, president of the North Carolina AFL-CIO. In addition, I participated in the HKonJ Moral March in Raleigh, NC in early February. These actions are reflective of my desire to be a voice for everyday people in this district and for people who have been ignored and mistreated by our current Congressman, George Holding. I plan to build my campaign around engaging small groups that have been called to action, such as PoliticsNC, Moms Rising, and union locals in my district, who support progressive candidates like David Price.

Voice support

Supporters:

  • Mina Lloyd
  • Ross Trevor
  • Joanne Morrison
  • Susie Henriksen
  • Ellen Cabral
  • Gene Henriksen
  • Carissa Morrison


About the Endorsement Process

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• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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