The Senate Race

Let’s not forget that Senator Mark Warner is up for re-lection! Keep in touch with his campaign HERE. Get on his mailing list and check him out on Facebook, where he holds regular virtual town halls. And of course, donate what you can.

As the weeks progress, we’ll get a clearer idea of what each of us Democrats can do to win in November and restore sanity and justice to our government. We don’t have to tell you that these are hard times. Americans are suffering. Our focus now should be on supporting our candidates and ensuring a fair vote. We’ll let you know how!

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The Congressional Race

We have four terrific candidates to run against Republican Denver Riggleman (or Bob Goode) in the 5th District in November. Due to the coronavirus, the CD5 Congressional Primary has been moved to June 23.

Apply for your absentee mail-in ballots now! Happily, you no longer have to have a witness sign your ballot in Virginia. Click HERE for your application form.

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Our four primary candidates—RD Huffstetler, John Lesinski, Claire Russo and Cameron Webb—are adjusting their campaigns to reach out to voters online. Look for them on Facebook for events announcements.

And mark your calendars for a series of live streamed virtual forums through May and June until the June 23 primary. View them from the comfort of home.

Please, send me your questions for the candidates! What do you want to know about their positions on voting rights, jobs, the COVID19 crisis, the economy, healthcare, criminal justice…This is the chance to hear their answers.

  • Saturday, May 9, 1:30PM, moderated by Delegate Elizabeth Guzman, 31st District. Sponsored by the Fauquier Democrats and Fauquier Indivisible. See www.FauquierDemocrats.org.
  • Tuesday, May 12, 6PM, moderated by Leslie Cockburn, former CD5 candidate. Sponsored by the Rappahannock County Democratic Committee.
  • Thursday, May 14, 6:30PM, sponsored by Charlottesville Democratic Committees. Please email for the Zoom link:  charlottesvillenow@gmail.com
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Save the Date for Our Virtual Candidates Forum on May 12!

The Rappahannock Democratic Committee invites you to a virtual forum for 5th District’s candidates for U.S. Congress.

Click the following link for the official press release with photos: https://www.rappdems.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/RCDC-CD5-Forum-Press-Release.pdf

When: Tuesday, May 12th, at 6 pm.

Where: Live Streaming on Facebook and YouTube

The forum will be moderated by Leslie Cockburn, former Democratic 5th District candidate.

RD Huffstetler grew up in North Carolina and served as a sergeant in the U. S. Marine Corp in both Iraq and Afghanistan. With a Harvard MBA, he went to work in Silicon Valley. He now lives in Charlottesville with his wife, an OB-GYN, and daughter. Looks forward to “solving the challenges of the future” and pledges to improve the economy of “every community” in the 5th District.

John Lesinski of Rappahannock County. A Marine Corps colonel and one-time president of the county school board, he served as a member of the county Board of Supervisors. Successful in commercial real estate, John lives with his wife Heidi in Washington, VA. He promises better access to health care and broadband in the many rural communities of the 5th District.

 Claire Russo is a veteran of the U. S. Marine Corps who served in Iraq, and later as a civilian employee of the U. S. Army in Afghanistan. “I was trained,” says Claire, “to run toward the fight” and she plans to put that same determination to work for her constituents especially when it comes to affordable health care. Claire lives in Earlysville with her husband and their three children.

Cameron Webb, a UVA grad with degrees in law and medicine, Dr Webb is Director of Health Policy and Equity at UVA’s School of Medicine. He pledges that “Common sense and fairness” come first. Then promises to put health care front and center when he is in Congress. Webb lives in Charlottesville with his wife Leigh-Ann, an ER doctor, and their children.

Participate in the discussion.

Submit your questions for candidates at Chair@RappDems.org

For more information contact: Mary-Sherman Willis at 540/987-8912 or send her an email.

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