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Lavern Chatman kicked off her congressional campaign tonight in Arlington, Virginia.

“The challenges we face demand a new type of leadership and a fresh perspective in Washington. I have spent my entire life working in our community to get things done for the people of Northern Virginia.  Now I want to go to Congress to do even more for the 8th District,” said Chatman.

“The 8th District has been fortunate to be represented by Congressman Jim Moran, a man I am proud to call my friend.  I want to build on his strong progressive leadership.  In Congress, I will fight to protect federal workers from budget cuts. I will fight for continued improvements in education, for women to make their own health care decisions without government intrusion, for pay equity for women and for economic fairness for working families,” Chatman continued.

Chatman is a Northern Virginia native from a working class family, where her mother spent thirty years as a U.S. Postal employee and her father was an automobile mechanic. She is a community leader, mentor of young men and women, and a champion for small business.  She was a volunteer with America’s Promise and served as President and CEO of the Northern Virginia Urban League where she led efforts to eliminate the educational achievement gap and delivered transformational programs to underserved communities.