Freeda Cathcart

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Freeda Cathcart
Freeda Cathcart.jpg
Candidate for
Virginia House District 17
Bachelor'sRoanoke College
Campaign website
Freeda Cathcart was a Democratic candidate for District 17 of the Virginia House of Delegates.[1]


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.


Campaign Themes


Cathcart's campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

  • Education

"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."



See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Cathcart ran in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 17. Cathcart ran unopposed in the June 11 Democratic primary. She was defeated by incumbent Chris Head (R) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[3]

Race snapshot

See also: 2013 Elections Preview: Some seats may switch parties in the Virginia House of Delegates

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 believed this race is worth an investment of resources.[4][5][6][7]


See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

Cathcart ran in the 2011 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 17. She won the Democratic caucus and was defeated by Chris Head in the November 8 general election.[8]

Virginia House of Delegates, District 17 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Head 65.6% 11,852
     Democratic Freeda Cathcart 34.4% 6,207
Total Votes 18,059


Freeda Cathcart announces her bid for the House of Delegates

Cathcart has three children. She currently resides in Roanoke, Virginia.

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