|Virginia House District 17|
Cathcart graduated with her Bachelors degree from Roanoke College in 1983. She has been a public school teacher and family educator. Cathcart also founded Mothers United Against Uranium Mining.
Cathcart's campaign website listed the following issues:
"Every parent should have access to the technology that will let them know how their children are doing in school at every grade level. A major factor in the success of a child’s education, whether they attend public, private or are home schooled, is the parent’s involvement in making sure that their child is doing well and finding their child help when needed."
- Protecting Women's Lives
"Women deserve to be treated with respect and to have access to quality health care. The current Virginia administration wants to impose new regulations to women’s health centers under the pretense of protecting women. Legislators who passed a new regulation law last General Assembly did so saying that they cared about women’s health, but when these new regulations go into effect, almost all the women’s health centers in Virginia might cease to exist."
Cathcart chose to run a second time against incumbent Chris Head (R) after losing to him 66 percent to 34 percent in the 2011 election. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney (R) won 59 percent of the vote in this district that wraps around Roanoke in 2012, and Governor Bob McDonnell (R) won with 67 percent of the vote in 2009. Given this uphill climb, Democrats entered the race with little chance of winning this seat, but Cathcart was endorsed by Democracy for America, which indicated that some on the political left believe this race is worth an investment of resources.
|Virginia House of Delegates, District 17 General Election, 2011|
Freeda Cathcart announces her bid for the House of Delegates
Cathcart has three children. She currently resides in Roanoke, Virginia.
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- Campaign website
- Video of campaign announcement
- Virginia Public Access Project profile
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Facebook page
- Campaign Facebook page
- Twitter page
- Campaign announcement from nominating committee
- Democracy for America profile
- The Roanoke Times, "Cathcart to try 2nd run for House of Delegates," March 7, 2013
- Virginia State Board of Elections, "2013 Official Candidates List for House of Delegates by District", Accessed July 11, 2013
- Issues, Freeda Cathcart for Delegate, Accessed May 17, 2013
- University of Virginia Center for Politics, Sabato's Crystal Ball, "Republicans Certain to Retain Control of Virginia House of Delegates," August 8, 2013
- Daily Kos, "A look at the 2013 Virginia House of Delegates Elections," April 11, 2013
- VPAP, "House of Delegates District 17," accessed October 3, 2013
- Democracy for America, "Freeda for the House of Delegates," accessed October 3, 2013
- Virginia State Board of Elections - November 2011 General Election Official Results
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