This is a request for your help in carrying out the door to door Countywide canvassing campaign in Rappahannock County for our Democratic candidates: Leslie Cockburn, who is running against her Republican challenger, Denver Riggleman, in the Virginia 5th District Congressional Race; and Tim Kaine, our incumbent Democratic Senator, against his Republican opponent, Corey Stewart.

This mid-term election is crucial to a Blue Wave to take back the House and Senate. Democrats need to win 23 seats in the US House of Representatives to take back the House. We need to preserve our two Senate seats to take back the Senate. And we need to turn Rappahannock Blue!

The RCDC is recruiting volunteers to knock on doors throughout Rappahannock’s six precincts (Amissville, Flint Hill, Chester Gap, Sperryville Scrabble-Castleton and Washington). The greater number of volunteers, the less work it is for everybody. And it’s fun and informative! You get to meet your neighbors face to face and find out what they think. As several studies have shown (and from my own personal experience), it’s a more effective and personalized way of getting out the vote.

This year we are working closely with the Cockburn and Kaine campaigns to knock on doors. If you are interested in canvassing, please contact Leslie Cockburn’s Rappahannock County Campaign Coordinator, Nick Steele, ( Please give him your contact information (e-mail; phone #; address) and preferred Canvassing Precinct as listed above.

We now have a new Rappahannock campaign office at 1047 Zachary Taylor Hwy. Huntley, VA, just past Flint Hill, and next to the Wakefield School. For the rest of the year, we’ll be meeting and coordinating there, starting this Sunday, June 24, with a canvassing launch at 9 am. There will be coffee and snacks, we’ll brainstorm a little, and then hit the streets. Come join us!

Thank you for your kind consideration of the above request. If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Nick Steele.

Greg Ludlow, Rappahannock County Democratic Committee, June 19, 2018


Join us for a canvassing launch, June 24

The Rappahannock County Democrats are partnering with the Leslie Cockburn campaign for canvassing for the 2018 election. There’s an upcoming canvassing launch on June 24, 9 a.m. starting at the Rappahannock County campaign office located at 1047 Zachary Taylor Hwy, Huntly, VA . Please plan to join Nick Steele, Cockburn campaign coordinator, and other area Democrats for this launch. For more information contact Nick Steele at or Mary-Sherman Willis at


The Rapp Dems are marching again!

Come join Leslie Cockburn and the Rappahannock Dems in the big parade on Thursday June 28 at 6 p.m.

We’ll start to assemble at 5 pm at the Amissville Firehouse (14711 Lee Hwy, Amissville, VA), where you can park your car. There will be a carnival set up right next door, so you can’t miss it.

Once you get there, just walk down the parade line until you find our float—a truck pulling a haywagon, with balloons and signs for Leslie and Tim Kaine and the RCDC. There will be lots of people wearing blue polo shirts.

If you can’t or prefer not to walk, there will be a shuttle from the parking place to our spot. You can also ride on the wagon. The parade takes off at 6 pm and will last about an hour.

We’ll have a blue shirt for you. Kids are warmly welcome. For more information email RCDC Chair Mary-Sherman Willis or call 540/987-8912.


State GOP Smears Leslie Cockburn

Moments after Leslie was named the 5th District nominee, the Virginia Republican Party started  in on some GOP name-calling.

Based on a review (!) of Dangerous Liaison, her 1991 book investigating the Israeli lobby’s outsized influence on American foreign policy, they’ve tagged her “a virulent anti-Semite.”

Not so, say two experts, Lowell Feld and David T.S. Jonas. They write, “… we can say in full confidence—having been the apparently rare people in Virginia politics to have actually read the whole book—that not a single passage attributable to Andrew or Leslie Cockburn in “Dangerous Liaison” is even remotely anti-Semitic.

Read their comments here.



On May 5, the Rappahannock delegation traveled to Farmville to attend the Nominating Convention. Delegation chair Ron Goodman and delegates Kit Goldfarb, Steph Ridder, Betsy Dietel, with alternates Heidi Lesinski and Cliff Miller, were joined by RCDC committee members to vote local candidate LESLIE COCKBURN the nominee! It was inspiring!

In her acceptance speech, Cockburn remembered what civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis had said to her about running for office: “You are a leader. Now go home and lead!”

“You are all leaders,” she said to the crowd. “Now go home and lead!”

And so, off we go to defeat Tom Garrett in November!





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An exciting week of caucuses with record-breaking participation resulted last Saturday in 140 pledged delegates and a win for Leslie Cockburn’s campaign!

Congratulations to all!

The caucus process took the concerted effort of local committees in the 23 towns and counties in the 5th District, including Rappahannock. The turnout was unprecedented. We now have a network of over 4,000 caucus participants throughout the district to build on in a campaign to unseat Republican Tom Garrett. Let’s pull together and make it happen!

Hope to see you at the Convention on May 5 in Farmville!