31st Senate District candidates unite behind gun control legislation

The Connection Newspapers: Wednesday, October 14th, 2015


By Vernon Miles.


While Republicans and Democrats disagree on virtually everything, gun control still stands out above the rest as one of the more divisive issues. But in Arlington’s 31st Senate District, it’s one of the few issues that has found support from both the Democratic and Republican candidates.


Alongside education and preventing sexual assaults on campuses, state Sen. Barbara Favola (D-31) has made gun control a key platform in her campaign.


“I think that gun violence has reached unacceptable levels,” said Favola. “I have put in bills to take firearms away from folks who have demonstrated violent behavior.”


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For Immediate Release: Monday, October 5, 2015

Washington, DC  - State Senator Barbara Favola (D-Arlington) received the endorsement of Emily’s List, which advocates for more female pro-choice representatives at all levels of public office. Sen. Favola is running for re-election in the 31st Senate District of Virginia, which extends from Arlington County through Fairfax and Loudoun Counties, along the Potomac River.


“Barbara Favola has been a tireless champion of women’s rights, and we are proud to support her reelection campaign to the state Senate,” said Senior Director at EMILY’s List, Jessica Post. “Senator Favola embodies why we need more women public servants. She continually fights against attempts to limit women’s health care options, and her legislation works to prevent domestic violence and campus sexual assaults.”


Sen. Favola on the endorsement: “Emily’s List is a highly respected and effective political organization and I am honored to have earned this endorsement. Rest assured, I will continue to fight to protect women’s rights in the General Assembly and I will always stand up to protect women’s reproductive freedom and a woman’s right to privacy in making these decisions.”


Sen. Favola serves as Senate Chair of the Women’s Reproductive Health Caucus. Since her election in 2011, she has patroned bills removing medically unnecessary  requirements prior to receiving abortions, combatting sexual assault on college campuses, and removing firearms from offenders convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors.




Senator Barbara A. Favola represents Virginia’s 31st district, which includes parts of Arlington and Fairfax counties, and a portion of Loudoun County. For the 2015 session, Senator Favola served on the Local Government, Rehabilitation and Social Services, and Transportation Committees. She chairs the Sexual Assault Advisory Committee.

Press Statement: Fairfax Representatives Oppose Gun Shop Near School

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, September 29, 2015

CONTACT: Abigail Fox    Cell: 703-850-4057


"The recent location of a gun shop on Chain Bridge Road in McLean, near the back door of Franklin Elementary School, is the wrong location for such a retail activity. As the members of the General Assembly and local representatives representing McLean, we will work to ensure that local governments have the authority to grant or deny permits for gun shop sales based on certain conditions, such as proximity to a school. Citizens expect their leaders to create safe and healthy communities, especially when the well-being of our children is at stake."


State Senator Barbara Favola, 31st District


State Delegate Kathleen Murphy, 34th District


State Delegate Rip Sullivan, 48th District

State Delegate Marcus Simon, 53rd District


Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust, Dranesville District


Fairfax County School Board Member Jane Strauss, Dranesville District

Fairfax County School Board Member Ryan McElveen, At Large




Senator Barbara A. Favola represents Virginia’s 31st district, which includes parts of Arlington and Fairfax Counties, and a portion of Loudoun County. For the 2015 session, Senator Favola served on the Local Government, Rehabilitation and Social Services, and Transportation Committees. 

Hundreds Protest as Gun Shop Opens Next to McLean Elementary School

The Connection Newspapers: Tuesday September 29, 2015 


Hundreds of people protested in McLean outside the gun shop NOVA Firearms on its opening day, Saturday, Sept. 26. Protesters were upset because the gun shop is on property that borders Franklin Sherman Elementary School.


Other elected officials at the protest included Del. Kathleen Murphy (D-34), State Sen. Barbara Favola (D-31), Del. Rip Sullivan (D-48), Del. Marcus Simon (D-53) and Supervisor John Foust, (D-Dranesville).


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VA Sierra Club Endorses Sen. Favola

Inside NOVA: 


Posted: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 12:00 pm


Sen. Favola Wins nod of Sierra Club

State Sen. Barbara Favola has been endorsed by the Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club.

Favola (D-31st) “has proven herself to be a tireless advocate for environmental protections over the course of her first term,” said Tyla Matteson, political chair of the Virginia chapter.

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Fairfax Chamber Endorses Barbara Favola

Leesburg Today:


Posted: Friday, September 18, 2015 1:51 pm

The PAC, the political arm of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, announced 43 endorsements Wednesday.


They included Democratic state Sens. Barbara A. Favola and Jennifer T. Wexton; Republican Dels. J. Randall Minchew, Thomas A. “Tag” Greason and James M. LeMunyon; Del. Kathleen J. Murphy, a Democrat; and Republican Raul “Danny” Vargas, who faces Democrat Jennifer Boysko and independent Paul Brubaker in the 86th House District.


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Barbara Favola Receives Planned Parenthood Endorsement

Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington Action Fund Endorses Women’s Health Champions in Virginia

Dear Supporter,

Thank you for standing with Planned Parenthood and reproductive freedom in Virginia. By volunteering and voting for the candidates Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington Action Fund has endorsed below, you have the opportunity to ensure that you, your family, friends and neighbors have elected officials in our state who will protect our values.

Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington Action Fund is proud to announce our endorsements for State Senate and House of Delegate candidates in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We are grateful to have these leaders on the front lines, fighting to ensure all Virginians have access to affordable, nonjudgmental, comprehensive health care services.

House of Delegates: Elizabeth Miller, District 32; Del. Kathleen Murphy, District 34; Del. Mark Keam, District 35; Del. Kaye Kory, District 38; Del. Vivian Watts, District 39; Jerry FoltzDistrict 40; Del. Eileen Filler-Corn, District 41; Joana Garcia, District 42; Del. Mark Sickles, District 43; Paul E. Krizek, District 44;  Mark Levine, District 45; Del. Charniele Herring, District 46; Del. Patrick Hope, District 47; Del. Rip Sullivan, District 48; Del. Alfonso Lopez, District 49; Del. Marcus Simon, District 53; Jennifer Boysko, District 86; and John Bell, District 87.

State SenateState Sen. Adam Ebbin, District 30; State Sen. Barbara Favola, District 31; State Sen. Jennifer Wexton, District 33;  State Sen. Dick Saslaw, District 35;  Del. Scott Surovell, District 36; State Sen. Dave Marsden, District 37; and State Sen. George Barker, District 39.  

Planned Parenthood is the most trusted women’s health care provider in the country. We have provided birth control, lifesaving cancer screenings, safe abortion, and other high-quality health care for 99 years.  One in five women will rely on Planned Parenthood for health care in her lifetime.  Last year, Planned Parenthood provided these services to 2.7 million patients, as well as sex education to 1.5 million people. In 2013, in Virginia alone, Planned Parenthood saw more than 25,784 patients, helped 17,954 women access contraceptives, and completed 3,128 pap tests, 3,105 breast exams, and 3,016 STD testing and treatment.

Unfortunately, our opponents here in the Commonwealth have a different agenda than allowing all Virginians the right to access affordable, comprehensive reproductive health care. We stand behind these candidates because they understand and embody our mission: Act No Matter What. To act, in order to ensure that the women and men who count on Planned Parenthood can continue to get the care they need, no matter where and no matter what.

Over the next few months that lead up to the election, you can help these candidates win their elections by signing up for grassroots efforts in Northern Virginia.

Planned Parenthood's work is only possible because of people like you, who make this team effort a reality for so many. Thank you for standing with us to keep the Commonwealth of Virginia the great home it is.


Laura Meyers                                                                                            
President and CEO      
Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington Action Fund

Local Autism Group Honors Lawmakers


Leesburg, VA - The Autism Society of Northern Virginia (ASNV) honored state Senators Barbara Favola (D-31) and Jennifer Wexton (D-33) with its annual Community Builder of the Year Award for co-sponsoring Conner's Law, legislation recently passed that requires continued support of severely disabled and special needs children over 18.  Shown here are Senators Wexton and Favola with their awards flanking the legislation’s namesake Conner Cummings, along with (left-right) ASNV president Barbara Wagner, executive director Sarah Peterson, state Senate candidate Dr. Jill McCabe (D-13), and Conner’s mom Sharon Cummings.  The presentation took place at Wine and Dine for Autism, a fundraising event for ASNV on Tuesday, August 18 at the Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg.




Senator Barbara A. Favola represents Virginia’s 31st district, which includes parts of Arlington and Fairfax Counties, and a portion of Loudoun County. For the 2015 session, Senator Favola served on the Local Government, Rehabilitation and Social Services, and Transportation Committees. 

Virginia NOW Endorses Barbara Favola

Dear Barbara,



Virginia NOW (the Virginia Chapter of the National Organization for Women) thanks you for your outstanding leadership on behalf of women's concerns and is pleased to endorse your re-election to the Senate.



While we agree that “all issues are women’s issues,” there are - as you know - numerous issues that directly impact women’s lives, including reproductive health, health care services, safe and accessible childcare, economic equality, and reduction of domestic, sexual and gun violence directed at women. It is critical to have active advocacy on behalf of these and other issues and we thank you for all you have done to heighten awareness of these issues.



In the 2016 session of the General Assembly, we will continue to press for reform of testing of rape kits (PERKs, physical evidence recovery kits). We will support redistricting reform. We will continue working for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment in Virginia.



We look forward to continuing to work with you. 


Marjorie Signer, Virginia NOW PAC Co-Chair

Diana Egozcue, Virginia NOW President and Virginia NOW PAC Co-Chair



Virginia NOW is a leading multi-issue, membership organization advocating for women’s rights and social justice for all people. Virginia NOW's legislative agenda is based on three core principles: increasing economic equality, ensuring women's access to health care and safety, and expanding civil and human rights. We have chapters throughout Virginia, including in Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax County (NoVA), Fredericksburg, Charlottesville, Montgomery County, Prince William County, Richmond, Vienna-McLean, and Tidewater.



 Arlington, VA – The Virginia Education Association (VEA) Fund for Children and Public Education endorsed state Senator Barbara Favola (D – Arlington) for her upcoming election in the 31st District. The VEA cited Favola’s “commitment to public education and children” as a reason for their support. The VEA issued the endorsement after local affiliates recommended Sen. Favola.


Kimberly Adams, Fairfax Education Association: “Senator Favola has demonstrated her commitment to Virginia’s schools by working to protect children in public schools, limit class size, and provide support for early childhood programs. I strongly support her reelection campaign. ”


Senator Favola responded to the support: “Funding education is the best investment the Commonwealth can make. We have an obligation to provide affordable, high quality and accessible educational opportunities to all Virginians. I am grateful for the endorsement of the VEA and will continue to fight for Virginia’s future by working to improve its education system.”


This year, Senator Favola patroned several education-related bills: limiting the use of seclusion and restraint in public schools, addressing sexual assault on college campuses, and studying the importance of early childhood education.




Senator Barbara A. Favola represents Virginia’s 31st district, which includes parts of Arlington and Fairfax counties, and a portion of Loudoun County. For the 2015 session, Senator Favola served on the Local Government, Rehabilitation and Social Services, and Transportation Committees.