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AFC Congratulates Virginia’s School Choice Winners

The American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice, congratulates all the candidates supported by the Virginia Federation for Children PAC during Tuesday’s primary election. The VFC PAC invested more than $300,000 in state races to support school choice proponents during the 2023 primary.

Education freedom and parental rights have been a top priority for Virginia voters in recent election cycles, leading to historic victories for champions of school choice. Of the eight candidates supported by the VFC PAC, seven won their primaries Tuesday night.

Statement from Ryan Cantrell, National Director of Government Affairs, American Federation for Children: 

“The education establishment in Virginia has fought the ability for parents to select the best education options for their children, but parents made their wishes clear again at the ballot box this week. The Virginia General Assembly must listen to parents across the Commonwealth who are asking for greater access to education freedom. The victories tonight are just the first step in bringing true school choice to Virginia, and parents are well-positioned to elect a school choice majority in both chambers in November’s general election.”


The Virginia Federation for Children PAC supported the following successful candidates:

  • Emily Brewer – SD 17
  • Tara Durant – SD 27
  • John Stirrup – HD 21
  • Wren Williams – HD 47
  • Lee Peters – HD 65
  • Mark Earley Jr. – HD 73
  • Mike Dillender – HD 84


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