The national advocacy group Food & Water Action has endorsed Karishma Mehta, who is challenging Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington-Fairfax) in the June 8 Democratic primary.
Mehta “is the climate champion Virginia needs,” the organization said in a statement, adding that she “has the vision to end the commonwealth’s destructive reliance on fossil fuels, and the power to stand up to corporate monopolies like Dominion. Her commitment to ban fossil fuel infrastructure, move rapidly to 100-percent renewable energy statewide and ensure a just transition represent the bold leadership that Virginia sorely needs.”
The organization also said Mehta’s personal story was emblematic of a new Virginia.
“The daughter of immigrants, Mehta grew up in a working-class family, with a childhood fraught with xenophobia and racism. Having experienced firsthand the intersectionality of these issues and environmental injustice, Mehta is well poised to serve as a climate champion in the Virginia House of Delegates,” the organization noted in its endorsement.
The 49th House District includes much of South Arlington centered on the Columbia Pike corridor, as well as adjoining areas of Fairfax County.