Washington Post: The Boys’ Club of Virginia politics

Washington Post
Virginia ballot includes no women
By Ben Pershing, Washington Post
June 15, 2013

The statewide slate for Virginia’s November elections includes lawyers, a doctor, a businessman and a minister. But the six Republican and Democratic candidates do have one thing in common: They’re all men…..

Redistricting could help explain why there aren’t more women in the General Assembly. Stephen Farnsworth, a professor at the University of Mary Washington, noted that gerrymandered district maps mean “incumbent officeholders in some cases stay in office for decades,” leaving few open seats to target.

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