The Blue Wave at the Amissville Parade

Come to our tent at Rappahannock’s annual 4th of July Celebration

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It’s almost time for Rappahannock County’s annual 4th of July celebration with fireworks! This year the festivities are at Ben Venue Farm, 98 Ben Venue Rd in Flint Hill. Please join us for this family-friendly event that brings together neighbors, friends and local businesses.

Gates open at 1 p.m.

The RCDC will have a tent and be campaigning for our Democratic candidates, LESLIE COCKBURN for the 5th Congressional District, and TIM KAINE to return to the Senate.

LESLIE WILL BE THERE AT 6 P.M.!

Come visit us for fun and games—and a free raffle for artworks by local artist CAROLYN ROTH.

Amazing fireworks at dark! You won’t want to miss it!

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REQUEST FOR CANVASSERS FOR DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES IN THE FALL 2018 ELECTIONS

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, (nsteele@lesliecockburnforcongress.com). 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

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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.

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Read about the Caucus in the Rappahannock News

Election 2018

Q&A | April 14 Democratic Caucus in Rappahannock

Instead of holding a primary to select the Democratic candidate for Congress, the Virginia 5th Democratic Congressional District — including Rappahannock County — has decided to hold a caucus-convention. In April, delegates will be elected at caucuses held in each of the 23 districts (21 counties and two cities) to go to the convention in May. There are four Democratic candidates seeking the nomination: Leslie Cockburn, Ben Cullop, Roger Dean Huffstetler, and Andrew Sneathern. As caucuses are not common in Virginia, we decided to ask Mary-Sherman Willis, the chair of the Rappahannock County Democratic Committee, to explain how it will work and why the Virginia 5th District Democratic Committee decided to select the nominee by caucus-convention instead of by a primary.

Q: Can you explain to us what a caucus is and how it works?

A: There are a couple of different types of caucus; the one we are holding is a meeting to select delegates who will then go to a district convention to select the Democratic nominee to run against Tom Garrett in the congressional election on November 6th.

Each participant in the caucus will decide which of the four candidates he or she wants to support, and the delegates they select will then go on to the 5th District Convention in Farmville on May 5th.

Q: When is the caucus?

A: The caucus takes place on April 14th at the Washington School House, 567 Mount Salem Avenue, Washington, Va. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. to allow people to sign the necessary form and socialize. There will be ample parking and the site is handicapped accessible. Doors will close at 10:30 a.m. and the caucus will begin. You must arrive on time — if you are late you will lose your chance to participate.

Q: Who is eligible to participate?

A: Any Democrat can participate in this caucus, as long as they’re registered to vote in Rappahannock County. Before entering, participants will be asked to sign a declaration form pledging to support the Democratic candidate in November, whoever that will be. We’ll check their names against a voter’s roll, in the same way as if they were voting at the polls in a primary or election. Anyone who wants to be a delegate for a particular candidate should fill out a Delegate Pre-filing Form and submit it to the Rappahannock Democratic Committee before 5 p.m. on April 7th. You can find that form and information on how to submit it online at www.RappDems.org, and at the Library.

Q: Why is the 5th District having a caucus instead of a primary?

A: The 5th District Democrats decided that the strongest candidate would emerge through a caucus and convention process rather than a primary election. They considered several factors in making their decision: the high voter enthusiasm and turnout in Virginia last November, the extremely large size of the 5th District (larger than the state of New Jersey!), and the fact that there are four candidates running. This gives each of the 23 counties and cities in the 5th District a strong voice in picking a candidate. It also means that each of our four candidates have been working hard to build support in the farthest corners of the District, especially in the rural areas that have sometimes felt overlooked in past elections.

Q: What can participants expect?

A: Generally, the assembly will divide into groups according to which candidate they support. Heads will be counted and delegates will be picked. Rappahannock gets to send four delegates and two alternates to the convention in May. We’ll determine the number of delegates representing each candidate by the size of their group in the caucus.

Q: How will the number of delegates for each candidate be determined?

A: Delegates will be allocated proportionally based on how many supporters each candidate receives. Any candidate receiving fewer than 15 percent of the caucus attendees will get no delegates and his or her supporters will be released and can support another candidate or leave. Then each candidate group casts ballots to pick which of its pre-filed delegates they want to send to the convention. The alternates (who are backup delegates in case an elected delegate can’t attend) are picked according to the next highest number of votes.

Q: When will the results of the convention be known?

A: Results should be announced a few days after the May 5th convention. Then it’s on to the general election, and sending a Democrat to D.C. to represent Virginia’s 5th Congressional District.

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