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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This week’s pre-election events

Canvassing: Meet on Saturday at 9:30 am and 1 pm and on Sunday at 11 am and 3 pm at the Democratic Office, 1047 Zachary Taylor Hwy, Huntly VA. Bring a cellphone if possible. Questions? Contact Bob Burney at burneyrg@me.com or ‭(202) 342-0134‬; or Cathy Zimmerman at cpzimmerman@verizon.net.

Candidates forums this week:  Wednesday 10/9 at 6:30pm. April Moore will appear at the Charterhouse School, 508 Piccadilly St, Edinburg VA 22824. Carpooling available, MS Willis 540/987-8912 or maryswillis@me.com
RCDC General meeting:

The RAPPAHANNOCK COUNTY DEMOCRATIC COMMITTEE monthly meeting will be on Saturday, October 12 at the Washington Town Hall, 485 Gay Street, Washington VA. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for coffee and conversation. Meeting starts at 10 a.m. Amissville BoS candidate Ron Makella will be there. All are welcome!

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