Illinois Rep. Lauren UnderwoodLauren UnderwoodLobbying world Each state's population center, visualized Maternal and child health legislation must be prioritized now MORE (D) endorsed former Virginia Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy (D) in Virginia's gubernatorial race on Thursday amid a slew of high-profile endorsements in the Democratic primary.
“Jennifer knows what it’s like to face a healthcare system that diminishes the concerns of Black women, and shoulder the cost of childcare, which is why she has been and will continue to be a steadfast fighter for working families across the Commonwealth as the next Governor of Virginia," Underwood, the youngest Black woman serving in Congress, said in a statement released exclusively to The Hill.
Underwood and Foy have both expressed the need to combat the Black maternal mortality crisis in the U.S., which Foy has talked about in personal terms.
“I remember nearly losing my life after giving birth to my two boys because my pain was diminished and dismissed," Foy said the same statement. "Rep. Underwood understands the urgency that we must bring to this fight for all working families — families like mine. I will never stop fighting to ensure that all Virginians have access to the quality, affordable health care, child care, paid family and medical leave, and more, that they deserve.”
The news comes hours after Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) formally threw his support behind former Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) in the race.
Foy and McAuliffe have both racked up notable endorsements throughout the course of the primary race. Last month the progressive youth climate organization Sunrise Movement endorsed Foy in the race. She has also been endorsed by Sunrise Movement Virginia, Democracy for America and Virginia Justice Democrats.
Meanwhile, McAuliffe has received endorsements from Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse leaders unveil bill to boost chip industry, science competitiveness with China Pelosi says she will run for reelection in 2022 Hoyer says 'significant' version of Build Back Better will pass this year MORE (D-Calif.), as well as Virginia House Majority Leader Charniele Herring (D), Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney (D) and state Sen. L. Louise Lucas (D), who are serving as his campaign co-chairs.
Late last month, Rep. Elaine LuriaElaine Goodman LuriaVulnerable House Democrat announces reelection bid on anniversary of Jan. 6 Virginia Supreme Court approves new lines for key swing districts Proposed Virginia maps put rising-star House Democrats at risk MORE (D-Va.) endorsed McAuliffe, becoming the first member of the commonwealth’s congressional delegation to back him.
The latest polling out of the race shows McAuliffe leading the crowded Democratic primary pack, which also includes Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, state Sen. Jennifer McClellan and Del. Lee Carter.