Elaine Luria, Small Business Owner and 20-Year Navy Veteran, Launches Run for Congress

January 8, 2017

VIRGINIA BEACH – Today, surrounded by friends and supporters at her Virginia Beach family business, retired Navy Commander Elaine Luria announced her campaign for Virginia’s Second Congressional District.

Elaine retired from the Navy last year following a 20-year career that included six deployments to the Middle East and the Western Pacific and command of an assault craft unit. Elaine built Mermaid Factory from a block of clay into a successful local business that has two locations in Hampton Roads.

Today, Elaine spoke about bringing her record of military leadership and her experience as a small business owner to Congress to ensure security, equality, and prosperity for people in Hampton Roads.

“I led my Navy command and run my small business on the simple philosophy of ‘Be good. Do good work,’” said Elaine Luria. “That’s what most Americans wake up in the morning and try to do. Because in America if you work hard and play by the rules, you expect that you and your family will have an opportunity to succeed. But today, too many Americans are working hard and getting less. That’s because politicians in Washington aren’t looking out for them.”

Elaine continued, “I am running for Congress because we desperately need leaders in Washington who will ‘Be Good. Do Good Work’ to create solutions that serve all Americans, instead of partisan politicians whose bickering yields little for the hardworking families of our Commonwealth.”

Elaine was introduced at her launch by State Senator Lynnwood Lewis, local leader and veteran Dave Belote, and Arielle Griffin, a former Naval officer, who served under Elaine on a guided missile cruiser.

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