Press Release 10/01/21

Press Release, 8/30/21

Martinsville Bulletin, 8/24/21

LTE: Supporting Craighead in District 9

As a small-business owner, job creator, parent, and community-minded individual, Bridgette has shown the type of leadership needed in Patrick County. Years of misrepresentation have devastated our health care system and downtown businesses. The old school, wealthy businessman model we have been sending to Richmond for decades has only resulted in making us underfunded and underserved. It's time for the rest of us to have a voice. We deserve a change, and Bridgette Craighead is that change.

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Press Release, 8/16/21

Washington Post, 3/29/21

A Black Lives Matter activist exposed the role two local police officers played in the Capitol insurrection. Their small town rapidly took sides.

“Craighead led the town’s first Black Lives Matter protest last June, a week after the video went viral of Chauvin hunched over Floyd’s body… Craighead is not slowing down, not going silent. She has her eye on much more for herself and her young son, whose safety she worries about if Rocky Mount does not change… She’s announced a run for a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates.”

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The New York Times, 3/08/21

The Officers Danced at a Black Lives Matter Rally. Then They Stormed the Capitol

“One sunny day last spring, Bridgette Craighead was dancing the Electric Slide with three police officers in the grass next to the farmers’ market. It was the first Black Lives Matter protest this rural Virginia county had ever had, and Ms. Craighead, a 29-year-old hairdresser, had organized it… She believes that the country is at the beginning of something. The old order is starting to crack. Demographics are shifting. Young people are marching. Franklin County has made progress too: In December, it got its first Black school superintendent. In February, a departing member of the Town Council was replaced by an African-American man. This month, Ms. Craighead, now 30, announced a run for a seat in Virginia’s Statehouse.”

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The Roanoke Times, 3/2/2021

Rocky Mount activist Bridgette Craighead seeks Democratic nod to take on Del. Charles Poindexter

“A Rocky Mount cosmetologist and activist has announced that she intends to be the Democratic candidate who will challenge incumbent Charles Poindexter, R-Franklin County, in the 9th District House of Delegates race in November… Craighead has helped organize community efforts, including assisting residents with registering to vote and giving voters rides to polling places, and promoting a series of outdoor movie screenings at the Pigg River Community Center for Black History Month.”

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ABC 13 News, 2/28/21

Rocky Mount native hoping to bring change to District 9 announces candidacy

“Bridgette Craighead announced her candidacy for District 9. The 30-year-old was raised in Rocky Mount and is currently a business owner… Craighead is active in the Rocky Mount community. She started the Black Lives Matter movement there and said that she hopes to bring change to the district.”

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ABC 13 News, 12/01/20

Etched in Stone:
A look at the legacy of Confederate monuments

AJ+, 10/04/20

Meet the Black Southerners Confronting Their Racist Town