Jennifer B. Boysko

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Jennifer Boysko
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Candidate for
Virginia House of Delegates, District 86
PartyDemocratic
Education
Bachelor'sHollins College, in Roanoke, VA
Personal
ReligionEpiscopalian
Websites
Campaign website
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Jennifer Boysko was a 2013 Democratic candidate for District 86 of the Virginia House of Delegates.[1]

Biography

Boysko graduated from Hollins College, in Roanoke, VA. She worked as a legislative aide for U.S. Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama and Dranesville Supervisor John Foust.

Issues

Campaign themes

2013

Boysko’s website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

  • Transportation
Excerpt: "Creating new Transit Oriented Development regions, with multi-modal access will help get cars off the road and allow residents to live, work and play closer to home. In my capacity as aide to Supervisor Foust I worked to ensure that surrounding business leaders and residents have also been a part of the conversation. ...I oppose any legislation that would require transfer of secondary road maintenance to the counties, especially if it is not accompanied with adequate revenue enhancements. ...VDOT has failed because there is not adequate funding. The state has to fulfill its responsibility to its citizens."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Teachers have lost autonomy in the classroom and students are learning how to take standardized multiple-choice tests instead of being able to focus on critical thinking and problem solving. Lawmakers in Richmond continue to block legislation that would allow localities to set start times before Labor Day. This significantly limits the time students have to prepare for their Advanced Placement exams, which handicaps them as tests are scheduled nationwide."
  • Health & Human Services
Excerpt: "I am a strong supporter of the expansion of Medicaid and recognize individuals who need extended services beyond the standard benefits. I support increasing the Medicaid eligibility in Virginia to 133 percent of the federal poverty level as envisioned by the federal health care reform law. Physical and mental health services, as well as dental services, should be included in the Medicaid expansion. Virginia’s eligibility requirements are so strict that although we are eleventh in the nation for population and seventh in per capita income, we rank forty-third in Medicaid enrollment in proportion of our population and forty-seventh in per capita Medicaid spending"
  • Women’s Rights
Excerpt: "I support Roe vs. Wade and the right to a safe, legal abortion and access to contraception. I believe it should be a settled issue. Contraception should be available to all who need it."
  • Immigration
Excerpt: "...I would work towards comprehensive immigration reform that includes the DREAM Act. Young people who have lived here for years and were brought here through no fault of their own should be able to earn citizenship through military service or the pursuit of higher education."

Elections

2013

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013

Boysko ran in the 2013 election for Virginia House of Delegates District 86. Boysko defeated Herbert C. Kemp in the June 11 Democratic primary. She was defeated by incumbent Tom Rust (R) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[3][4]

Race snapshot

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

This suburban Washington, DC, district awarded Governor Bob McDonnell (R) with 53 percent of the vote in 2009 before swinging heavily to grant President Barack Obama (D) 60 percent of the vote in 2012. Tom Rust, the Republican incumbent since 2002, ran unopposed in 2011 but faced Democracy for America-supported challenger Boysko during the 2013 campaign. Rust is a moderate, but a spirited campaign by Boysko and her Democratic supporters had the potential to put this seat in the Democrat's column on election night 2013. Based on the 2012 presidential vote, this seat was the most Democratic seat held by a Republican officeholder heading into the 2013 House of Delegates elections.[5][6][7]

Endorsements

In 2013, Boysko's endorsements include the following:[8]

  • Democracy for America
  • EMILY's List
  • Farm Team
  • LUNA! Mid-Atlantic
  • Gerry Connolly

Personal

Boysko and her husband, Glenn, have two children, Hannah and Sophie Claire. They currently reside in Herndon, Virginia. Boysko has been involved with the Council for the Arts of Herndon and the Safe Community Coalition.

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