Janelle Noble for VA
7th Congressional District
I am first and foremost a mother and a wife. I have been blessed with three wonderful children who are my world. I met my husband, Jim, when I was attending Syracuse University. We got married, bought our first house and welcomed our oldest daughter, Grace, into the world, followed by our other daughter, Abigale 13 months later. In 2006, we moved to Virginia, as my husband, who was a software engineer and federal contractor was working on a contract for U.S. Army Intelligence at the National Ground Intelligence Center in Charlottesville. In spring of 2007 we welcomed our youngest into the world, our son Carson. In 2009, we started our family business of software consulting, where we have both worked for several area businesses designing and building software and providing support.
I am also a lover of all furry animals, sharing my home with two dogs and three cats. I am an avid supporter of the local SPCA and animal rescue groups. Three of our pets are from local rescue groups, including our dog Bear (pictured), who was so scared the day we rescued him, that we had to carry him to the car. While I have long since given up the dream of ever having a clean house, they have all taught me the true meaning of unconditional love.
I was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA to a hard working father, who worked in healthcare management, and a dedicated mother who made the choice to stay at home and raise my brother and me. My mother was the descendent of immigrants who fled from Poland during World War I in search of a better life. My great grandfather worked in the coal mines of Pennsylvania until his untimely death on the job, after which his employer left his body on the front doorstep of their house, told my great grandmother to get a job and give the kids up for adoption. With no money, and mouths to feed, my great grandmother turned to the church and raised my grandmother and her siblings.
I believe that the number one qualification for public office is a commitment to the service of others. I am an active volunteer at our children’s school, where I spend time each year raising funds for the school’s annual fund to support teacher enrichment and after school programs, and I occasionally teach a class whose mission is to make clothing for underprivileged children in Africa. I regularly donate and volunteer with my oldest daughter for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, sorting and distributing food, helping with outreach programs, and asking for money and food donations. In the past, I have volunteered for other local and national organizations including the SPCA, where I helped to walk dogs, and the Special Olympics, where I coached figure skating for several seasons.
As a younger resident of the 7th district, I understand many of the issues that have affected and continue to affect the younger generations of voters, who watched their parents lose their life savings in the dot com bubble just as they were starting college, who saw their friends sent off to war after September 11, who struggled to buy their first home during the housing bubble only to lose their home, their savings, their jobs, and their hopes of someday achieving a dignified retirement when the housing bubble burst and the country fell into the Great Recession. I understand what it is like to live under crushing student loan payments, the majority of which go to unreasonable interest rates charged by our own Department of Education. As a mother of three very active children, I have made many trips to the emergency room or urgent care for stitches, broken bones, surgery, and various illnesses, only to later spend hours on the phone fighting with insurance companies over coverage that was denied for arbitrary reasons.
I believe that in 2018, in addition to working to appeal to younger voters who feel overlooked, Democrats have a rare opportunity to reintroduce themselves to independents and moderate Republicans who are dissatisfied with the direction in which our country is headed under the current administration. I believe that in order to make the Democratic Party more attractive to those voters, Democrats need to reassess their priorities, be more welcoming to new progressive ideas, and focus on the issues that affect all residents of the Virginia 7th district, not just issues that appeal to party members.