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Debra Rodman is running to represent District 73 in the House of Delegates to make sure every Virginian has access to affordable healthcare, top quality public education and good jobs in growing industries.

Debra with her familyDebra is an educator and advocate who has committed her life to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to achieve the American Dream. For the last 13 years, Debra has served an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women’s Studies and Director of Women’s Studies at Randolph-Macon College, teaching anthropology and women’s studies, and eventually becoming Director of Women’s Studies

Debra has also put her scholarship to work in the community. Propelled by her passion for strengthening communities and making policies work for people, Debra advocates for families fleeing violence and persecution in Central America. In this role, she regularly serves as an expert witness for U.S. Federal immigration courts, helping women, children, and LGBT refugees seeking political asylum.

After 8 years of advocating for vulnerable people in Federal Court, Debra decided the time was right to put her skills to work for her neighbors. Seeking to expand access to affordable healthcare, fully fund public education and create good jobs in growing industries, like renewable energy and STEM, Debra is running to return the voice of real people to Virginia’s House of Delegates.

Debra is a graduate of the University of Miami and the University of Florida. She is also a Fulbright Scholar, a fluent Spanish speaker and was named one of Richmond Style Weekly’s Top 40 Under 40. Debra is a mom to two beautiful boys and the wife to Darryl Lowery, a Richmond native and member of the Lumbee tribe of North Carolina. Debra and her family are active in the JCC and attend Temple Beth-El.