Way To Win Celebrates Primary Wins For Progressive Women Of Color In Virginia


Austin, Texas - Way to Win—the women-led homebase for people, money, and ideas upending politics as usual—invests in key organizations, candidates, and initiatives at the national, state, and local level that are critical to building a reflective democracy that improves people’s lives. Virginia is a top focus for Way to Win. All 140 seats in the state legislature are up for election in November. Currently, Republicans hold slim majorities in the House (51-49) and the Senate (21-19).

On Tuesday, Way to Win celebrated the primary victories of Parisa Dehghani-Tafti and Ghazala Hashmi in Virginia. Dehghani-Tafti—a former District of Columbia public defender and director of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project—won the highly-contested primary for the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Arlington and the City of Falls Church on a message of reforming Arlington’s outdated and excessively punitive approach to criminal justice.

Hashmi, an English Ph.D. who immigrated to the United State 50 years ago from India, won the Virginia Senate District 10 primary and will run in November to be the first Muslim-American woman in the Senate of Virginia. She is a fierce advocate for increasing access to quality, affordable public education and health care, and she continuously shows up for students and working families. Tory Gavito, President and Co-Founder of Way to Win, issued the following statement today applauding these primary victories:

“Virginia just showed the way to win is through supporting leaders reflective of the communities they’re running to represent, who offer bold and progressive policy agendas, who campaign hard, and who have the backing of community leaders. Women of color in Virginia have long been a powerful force for the state’s progress. Yesterday, Virginians committed to backing new leadership to build a more just and reflective government.

These gains wouldn’t have been possible without the leadership of groups like New Virginia Majority and Black Voters Matter, two organizations building power among communities of color in the Commonwealth, who helped voters get what they needed to go vote. Way to Win is proud to support the women who won last night and looks forward to continuing our work in Virginia in the run-up to November.

We’re seeing time and time again that it’s not just about electing any Democrat. It’s about elevating people to power who truly represent their communities and who care deeply about improving people’s lives.”


About Way to Win:

Way To Win is a progressive strategy hub co-founded by Tory Gavito, Jenifer Fernandez Ancona, Leah Hunt-Hendrix, in 2017, comprised of donors and community organizers partnering with candidates and local grassroots organizations creating a new approach to politics as we know it. Way To Win supports representation reflective of the values and diversity of the United States. They seek to facilitate lasting progressive change that will transform our government for the better, and bring equanimity to all facets of U.S. government. For more information on Way To Win, visit: waytowin.us.

StatementDailey Dexter