Who am I?
Jennifer Boysko has always focused on public and community service. Upon graduating from Hollins College, in Roanoke, VA, Jennifer's first job was in the US Senate office of Richard Shelby, from her home state of Alabama, who was a Democrat at the time. She covered federal legislative and regulatory issues at a government affairs firm as the legislative assistant in the early 1990’s in Washington, DC. Ms. Boysko took several years off to raise her two daughters as a stay-at-home mom and they moved to Herndon in 1996. Jennifer spent her time volunteering in the community for a wide variety of groups and organizations. She has given her time and talent on every Democratic campaign since 2003 in the Herndon area, several statewide in the Commonwealth of VA and at the national level, including serving as the Virginia State Director for Governor Howard Dean’s presidential campaign. She has been a part of the state leaders group with Democracy for America since 2005 and co-founded the grassroots organization Dulles Area Democrats following one of DFA's first training sessions in 2005. Since 2008, Jennifer has served as the Herndon aide to Dranesville Board of Supervisors, representing him in the westernmost part of Dranesville District of Fairfax County, VA encompassing most of the 86th district. She works with residents, community leaders, business owners and non-profit groups serving as liaison between the greater community and Fairfax County Government. Jennifer is married to Glenn Boysko, a software engineer. Their two daughters are Hannah, a first year student at Barnard College of Columbia University and Sophie Claire, a tenth grader at Herndon High School.
Why am I running?
Through my extensive community outreach, I have developed strong connections with residents from all walks of life in our community. Now, I want to take that experience, work-ethic, and commitment to the Virginia House of Delegates. I want to go to Richmond to serve the interests of your family and the thousands of others who call our community home because the current incumbent has not voted to support his constituents wishes. Instead, he has chosen to let his Republican leadership control his actions. The Virginia General Assembly has gotten off track – the divisive and unproductive tactics dictated by the Republican Party keep us from addressing this most important issues at hand. I am compelled to stand up and challenge these action. I know the community and the problems we all face - funding for transportation and infrastructure, education and human service. We need a delegate who will advocate for us in the 86th district who is unencumbered by political games. Please join me if you believe as I:
• That our daughters deserve to have control over their own bodies;
• That we need to solve the transportation gridlock that is damaging our quality of life and economy;
• That NOVA should receive its fair share of education, transportation and human service funding from Richmond; and
• That affordable housing and adequate human services are crucial to the economy and well-being of our Commonwealth.
I will work to secure increased funding for our most vulnerable residents- our children to increase resources to address early education, as well as mental health and developmental disability treatments.
I will work to secure increased funding to pay for transportation funding to help pay for our transportation needs in Northern Virginia.
I will work to overturn or at least stop the heinous anti-choice agenda that has taken over the attention of the General Assembly in Virginia.
My DFA Values
I believe that a strong system of human services, public education and access to physical and mental health are crucial to building a vibrant economy and community. I believe that diversity and inclusivity are hallmarks of a healthy community. Whether racial, socioeconomic, sexual orientation or cultural, a diverse community has the capacity make us all richer as we learn from one another. Every person should have the fundamental right to clean air, water, and to the right to make decisions for ourselves about our most personal and private family issues.
My Campaign is People Powered!
The campaign is just beginning, but already I've been endorsed by over 80+ grassroots activists and 21 current and former elected leaders in Northern Virginia. I have more than 200 donors and raised $35,000+ in my first month of fundraising. Small dollar donors make up the majority of my givers, some as small as $10. With my strong grassroots background I am committed to a people powered campaign. We are working out of my house, I plan to begin canvassing in the early winter of 2013 and have numerous offers from friends and colleagues to join me as we hit the pavement to speak to our neighbors to open the dialogue about how we can improve the community and move Virginia forward.