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Locals Evaluate Equal Rights Amendment: Pros and Cons

February 13, 2019
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Sarah Jackson, The Lynchburg Torch

The ERA is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution which guarantees equal rights under the law regardless of sex.

“It just brings the standard of scrutiny up to the same level as race, national origin, and religion,” said Jennifer Woofter, a Lynchburg business owner. “At the end of the day, that’s what it is.”

Woofter, who is running for the 22nd district nomination for the House of Delegates, said the amendment will continue to move forward if Virginia ratifies it, even though other states have tried to take back their votes.

“The constitution gives states the right to ratify but not the right to revoke,” Woofter said. “There’s been three other of our amendments that have gone through even though states have tried to revoke, and the courts have ruled that you can’t revoke.”

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Mentioned: Several dozen turn out for event offering glimpse into day-to-day life in poverty in Lynchburg

January 26, 2019
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Carrie Dungan, News and Advance

“Poverty Speaks, Lynchburg Listens” was facilitated through a $2,500 grant city council awarded last June to the Poverty 101 subcommittee of the city initiative then called Poverty to Progress. Group facilitator Jennifer Woofter said the goal of the event was to raise awareness of what poverty looks like in Lynchburg.

“I think we all make assumptions about what poverty looks like, not really understanding the choices that they have to make and the way that poverty really plays out in terms of everyday impact,” she said.

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Lynchburg business owner announces run for House of Delegates 22nd District

January 19, 2019
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Rachel Langlitz, WSET ABC 13

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- A Lynchburg consultant has announced this week that she will be running for the House of Delegates 22nd District on the Democratic ticket.

Jennifer Woofter will be running against Republican Kathy Byron who has held the seat since 1998.

According to Woofter's campaign website, she has run a local business that works with companies to reduce their pollution and eliminate abusive labor in the supply chain.

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Lynchburg activist running for 22nd district House of Delegates seat

January 18, 2019
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Richard Chumney, The News & Advance

A local sustainability consultant and activist is seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge longtime Republican Del. Kathy Byron in the 22nd House of Delegates district.

Jennifer Woofter, of Lynchburg, made her entry into the race official this week. Among Woofter’s top priorities are encouraging local economic development through investment in education and infrastructure, reforming the state’s “gerrymandered” districts and lowering health care costs and improving access for rural residents.

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Jennifer Woofter announces candidacy for Virginia House of Delegates, District 22

January 17, 2019
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Stacey Spivey, WFXR News

LYNCHBURG, VA (WFXR News) - Jennifer Woofter has announced her candidacy for the Virginia House of Delegates, District 22 for the upcoming November 2019 election.

Woofter has the intention to seek the Democratic nomination.

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Jennifer Woofter Announces Her Candidacy for the Virginia House of Delegates, District 22

January 15, 2019
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Press Release

Lynchburg, VA --- Sustainability consultant Jennifer Woofter announced today her intention to seek the Democratic nomination for the 22nd District House of Delegates seat in the upcoming November 2019 election.

“As a business owner and sustainability leader, I’ve spent the last two decades fighting to find win-win solutions that drive economic growth and protect local communities,” said Woofter. “With extensive experience in business, government and advocacy, I know how to work with opposing sides to find common ground for pragmatic, effective solutions to challenging problems.”

As your delegate, Jennifer will focus on bringing the benefits of Virginia's booming economy to Lynchburg and Bedford, Campbell and Franklin counties.

“The future looks bright across the commonwealth, but as the General Assembly makes long-term investments in infrastructure, education and innovation, our elected officials must make strategic decisions so all Virginia families reap the benefits," Woofter said. "We need a representative who will fight for our communities, not just vote for laws that benefit corporate donors."

Jennifer will kick off her campaign with a listening tour that features meetings with businesses, advocacy groups, economic development agencies and 22nd District residents. She encourages anyone interested in participating, regardless of political affiliation, to contact the campaign for a meeting to share their perspective on current political issues facing our region.

Jennifer Woofter is the president of Strategic Sustainability Consulting, an environmental and social strategy firm. She serves on the boards of the James River Council for the Arts and Humanities and Grassroots Local Market, and is the Co-Chair of ROSEL’s List, a nonprofit dedicated to identifying, mentoring and electing women to positions of leadership in Central Virginia. Jennifer is a member of the Lynchburg City Schools Equity Task Force and a facilitator for Bridges to Progress, a regional effort to combat poverty. She is a former foster parent and currently serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in the foster care system. She resides with her husband and three children in Lynchburg.

For more information, please visit www.jenniferwoofterfordelegate.com.