Mary Jo Sheeley is competing with the Girl Scouts.
Outside a Kroger in Chesterfield County, she stands opposite stacks of cookies, holding a clipboard with 13 signatures. She needs 200.
“Hi, I’m Mary Jo Sheeley and I’m running for the House of Delegates,” she says to one of the Saturday shoppers. “Do you live around here?”
After retiring from her environmental law career, Mary Jo Sheeley spent much of her newfound free time volunteering for the Hillary Clinton campaign. Upset by President Donald Trump’s victory and shaken by the feeling that the things she believes in could no longer be taken for granted, she vowed to stay active.
She marched with hundreds of thousands of other women in D.C., then got together with small groups of other activists to talk about what to do next.
“It’s so clear what we need to do,” Sheeley said. “We need to look at what is going on locally. And we need to change the balance of power in the General Assembly.”