UPDATE: Press Release from Roanoke County Democratic Chair, Brian Lang:
The Democratic Nominating Committee of Virginia’s 17th House of Delegates District announces that Freeda Cathcart of Roanoke is the Democratic nominee.
Ms. Cathcart graduated from Roanoke College in 1983 and has deep, long-standing ties to our region. Her background includes a strong combination of private- and public-sector experience which prepares her well for doing an outstanding job of representing us as our Delegate in Richmond.
As an appointee of Governor Tim Kaine, Freeda served as a Consumer Representative on the Advisory Board for Midwifery. Prior to that, she founded Mothers United for Midwifery, a network for pro-choice and pro-life activists to work together that changed the laws in Virginia to legalize Certified Professional Midwives. Ms. Cathcart has been a public school social studies teacher and has worked as a Reinsurance Specialist for Shenandoah Life Insurance Company. She and her husband currently home-school their children. Ms. Cathcart also has worked for the Child Health Investment Partnership where she helped families with newborn babies throughout the Roanoke Valley from different socio-economic backgrounds. Ms. Cathcart is currently President of the Grandin Court Neighborhood Association.
We look forward to supporting Freeda in her campaign.
WEDNESDAY August 24: According to a phone call from a campaign volunteer Freeda Cathcart filed her paperwork late Tuesday, August 23. The last day a candidate could file.
As a Democrat Cathcart will face Republican Chris Head for the 17th House of Delegates in November.
Cathcart moved to the Roanoke Valley in 1979 from Tuxedo Park, New York. Cathcart and her husband Clinton have four sons.
Cathcart has homeschooled her children for 15 years .
She and her family have a farm in Floyd County and a home in the Grandin Court area.
Cathcart is an activist and has been associated with Organizing for America for many years. She fundraises for the Southwest Virginia Harvest Food Bank and is one of the founding members of the Southwest Virginia Star City Team.
Cathcart is President of the Grandin Court Civic League. She is working on having the Equal Rights Amendment ratified in Virginia.
Cathcart will make a formal announcement soon.