JAN. 11, 2017 ... Terry Garrett was one of six special guests of Virginia's Governor and First Lady at Jan. 11's State of the Commonwealth Address. Enumerating the year's accomplishments, Gov. Terry McAuliffe stated he was "proud to announce that … we have given more than 127,000 Virginians a second chance at citizenship since I took office. I want you to meet one of them tonight," he continued, introducing Terry Garrett, a graduate of Guest House who has fought long and hard as a community activist for restoration of rights for ex-offenders.
"Terry made mistakes," the governor noted. "She served her time. She became a productive member of her community. But our policy of disenfranchisement made her a second-class citizen. Until last year. After Terry’s rights were restored in August, she walked into a voting booth for the first time in her life this past November, regaining her place in our society and showing all of us how powerful a second chance can be.
"Terry is with us tonight on behalf of so many Virginians who are proud to have a voice in their Commonwealth’s future again. I hope you will join me in welcoming her to the Capitol." With that, Terry stood and was greeted by a standing ovation!
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