2019 Testimonials


What our community and Virginia leaders have to say about Senator Favola

Senator Barbara Favola is a dedicated public servant who is committed to fighting for our most vulnerable Virginians. From her time on the Arlington County Board through her two terms in the Virginia Senate, I’ve seen Barbara lead on the issues that matter most to families in the Commonwealth, like strengthening public education. I am particularly proud of the work she has done to help foster children achieve the education and training they need to succeed. Because I know she will serve with our shared values of fairness and justice in mind, I’m proud to endorse Senator Favola’s candidacy for a third term in the Virginia Senate.”
— U.S. Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia
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Senator Favola is an invaluable member of our Caucus. She has provided leadership in Richmond to help protect survivors of sexual assault, support vulnerable families and making sure that all issues pertaining to local government are heard.”
— Senator Mamie Locke, Chair, Democratic Senate Caucus
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I enthusiastically support Senator Favola in her bid to seek a third term in the Virginia Senate. We work collaboratively to find solutions to regional issues. She is an effective and creative leader and can guide the region through challenging times.”
— Gerry Connolly, U.S. House of Representatives, Virginia's 11th District
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Senator Favola is an effective lawmaker and a passionate advocate for gun safety issues. She succeeded in securing bi-partisan support and passage of a bill to remove firearms from those who violate protective orders.”
— Delegate Kathleen Murphy, Virginia House of Delegates, 34th District
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I enthusiastically support Senator Favola’s re-election campaign. She is a champion of our region and a great mentor. I truly look forward to working with her in the State Senate.”
— Delegate John J. Bell, Virginia House of Delegates, 87th District
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I serve with Senator Favola on the Sexual Assault Advisory Committee, a legislatively created committee which she chairs. Under Senator Favola’s leadership, state agencies responsible for criminal justice interventions and those responsible for survivors’ services are better coordinating their roles and helping communities provide a more seamless response to sexual assault and domestic violence. I enthusiastically support her re-election.”
— Mark Levine, Virginia House of Delegates, 45th District
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Senator Favola is a knowledgeable lawmaker on healthcare issues and mental health services. She played a critical role in the Senate debate in favor of Medicaid expansion. I consider her a strong ally in the Senate and am proud to support her candidacy for a third term.”
— Delegate Patrick A. Hope, Virginia House of Delegates, 47th District
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For over twenty years, Senator Favola has been a tireless leader on issues Virginians care about, especially when it comes to protecting the environment and advocating for life-saving gun safety laws. We need her expertise now more than ever and I enthusiastically endorse her campaign for a greener, healthier, and safer Commonwealth.”
— Delegate Rip Sullivan, Virginia House of Delegates, 48th District
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Senator Favola hit the ground running when she arrived in the state senate. She is a very effective lawmaker and respected by colleagues on both sides of the aisle. I am particularly proud of the work she has done in helping foster youth and reforming the juvenile justice system. Because of her leadership, juveniles must now receive mental health evaluations before they are sentenced in JDR court.”
— Senator Janet Howell, 32nd District, Virginia
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Senator Favola is a strong ally and leader on issues that are critical to creating a more welcoming and tolerant Virginia. I can always count on her to stand up and fight for equality.”
— Senator Adam Ebbin, 30th District, Virginia
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Barbara Favola is the kind of public service we all want. She served on the Arlington County Board and chaired that body and is now an important leader in the Virginia Senate. Senator Favola is hard working and effective. We are privileged to have her represent us. I wholeheartedly endorse Senator Favola’s candidacy.”
— Jim Moran, Former U.S. Representative, 8th Congressional District, Virginia
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When it comes to criminal justice reform, there is no better leader in Richmond than State Senator Barbara Favola. She has worked diligently to stop the school to prison pipeline, fought for comprehensive re-entry programs and has continually advocated for the decriminalization of marijuana. Senator Favola stood with Governor McAuliffe in his efforts to restore the voting rights of ex-felons. She is the pragmatic progressive voice in Virginia that we so desperately need. I am proud to endorse her re-election bid.”
— Steve Descano, Candidate, Fairfax County Commonwealth Attorney
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There is no one in Richmond who understands local government better than Senator Barbara Favola. Whether from her years of service on the Arlington County Board or now the General Assembly, she’s a champion of human services needs and someone who’s always fighting for what’s best for Fairfax County and Northern Virginia. I’m proud to endorse her for reelection to the Virginia State Senate.”
— Jeff McKay, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
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Senator Favola is very knowledgeable about local issues and an expert on state transportation funding. She has been incredibly helpful in assisting me and others navigate the politics and policy challenges associated with increasing capacity on Route 7. She has done a great job representing our constituents and I look forward to helping her win re-election.”
— John Foust, Dranesville District Supervisor
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Barbara is a tireless advocate for our community, especially our children and those in need. She is a good listener and collaborator, as well as a skilled legislator. I hope you will join me in strongly supporting Barbara so that she can continue to bring her thoughtful, caring leadership to benefit our schools, community and the Commonwealth.”
— Barbara Kanninen, Arlington School Board Member
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Barbara has been an effective leader on educational issues in Richmond. She understands that school systems need flexibility and resources to ensure that every child receives a quality education. We need her expertise and I wholeheartedly endorse her for a third term in the State Senate.”
— Janie Strauss, Fairfax County School Board Member
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State Senator Barbara Favola has been a passionate champion and extremely effective legislator throughout her tenure, and we’re thrilled to see that she is running to represent VA’s 31st again — thank you, Senator Favola, you sure have our support!”
— The Northern Virginia Chapter of the Brady Campaign

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Senator Favola has a proven record of standing up for working families. She has sponsored prevailing wage bills and legislation to increase access to affordable healthcare and to provide debt free community college opportunities. We also greatly appreciate her efforts promoting a construction workforce agreement between Amazon and the building trades to preempt wage theft and tax evasion on the prestigious Amazon HQ2 construction site. The men and women of the IBEW are proud to stand with Senator Favola because she has always stood with us.”
— George Hogan, Business Manager, IBEW Local Union 26

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Senator Barbara Favola has been a long-time friend to organized labor, and a champion for bringing equity and opportunity to all Virginians.”
— David Allison, Baltimore/Washington Laborers District Council Business Manager

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The men and women who help keep our airports clean and running smoothly are grateful for Senator Favola’s support during their two-year campaign to achieve a more livable wage. She also understands that immigrant workers strengthen our communities and help strengthen Virginia’s economy.”
— Jaime Contreras, Vice President, 32BJ
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