Richmond, VA -  Today, Anne Holton attended the “Step Up for Kids” Rally at the Children’s Museum of Richmond. Hosted by the Voices for Virginia’s Families organization, the event gave child welfare advocates a chance to encourage candidates to discuss policy issues that affect children. Throughout the event, Holton discussed her work to reform Virginia’s foster care system and shared her husband’s strategies to improve K-12 education.

Holton has dedicated much of her career to children’s issues, serving first as a juvenile and domestic relations district court judge before serving as Virginia’s First Lady. Her signature initiative, “For Keeps: Families for All Virginia Teens,” worked to develop permanent family connections for older children in foster care and helped thousands of children move from foster care to homes with adoptive families or relatives.

“During Tim’s term as governor, I had the opportunity and the privilege to work with his administration to bring attention to Virginia’s foster care system and to help connect Virginia children with permanent homes. Tim’s remarkable ability to work across the aisle helped us achieve our goal.” said Holton. “As governor during the worst recession since the Great Depression, Tim was also able to make important progress in education—expanding pre-k enrollment by 40 percent and working to pass a record higher education bond package. And as our next senator, I am confident that Tim will continue to work with members of both parties to achieve results for Virginia families.”

As governor, Kaine worked across the aisle to make important investments in key areas like education, health care, and infrastructure. During his term, Virginia earned recognition as Education Week’s best state to raise a child, Governing magazine’s Best Managed State, and Forbes’ “Best State for Business” four years in a row.

Since the beginning of the year, Holton has traveled across the Commonwealth to talk to voters and share Kaine’s strategies to break through the Washington gridlock and move Virginia forward.