GOP candidate sees opportunity in 4th

Originally posted on the Chesterfield Observer:

Born in Brooklyn and raised by a single mother who immigrated from the South American country Guyana, Shion Fenty knows her political beliefs can surprise people.

“Don’t assume that you know who I am, or my politics,” she says.

The 37-year-old Republican says she’s a solid believer in her party’s platform. She voted for Trump, opposes the Affordable Care Act and believes the free market is the best way to achieve economic opportunity, stating, “That’s the only way that an individual can reach financial independence.”

Fenty announced in December that she would seek to run as a Republican in the 4th Congressional District against incumbent U.S. Rep. Donald McEachin, a Democrat. In taking on an established lawyer with a career in politics that goes back to 1995, Fenty believes she can represent the district – which includes parts of central Virginia and Hampton Roads – better than McEachin can.

An administrative assistant and fashion designer, Fenty moved to Chesterfield at the age of 8. She began working at the McDonald’s at Route 60 and Woolridge Road when she was just 14 to help support her family. Fenty says the lessons of entrepreneurship and hard work she learned through working there were formative. “No matter where I am economically,” she says, “my [future] kids are going to work at McDonald’s.”

After graduating from Monacan High in 1999, Fenty worked while attending John Tyler Community College and Strayer University to work toward her bachelor’s degree, which she’s two classes away from completing. Today, she’s an administrative assistant for an independent claims company, Capstone ISG, and runs her own company, Fenty By Fenty, which specializes in custom suits and evening wear. She also volunteers as a mentor for socioeconomically disadvantaged young people...

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