If you’ve been thinking about this November’s Congressional elections to kick out Tom Garrett and take back the U.S. Congress, you’ve probably been hearing about the 5th District’s Caucus and Convention to pick our Democratic nominee.

Instead of holding a primary election, Virginia’s 5th Congressional District, of which Rappahannock County is a part, will hold a two-phased process.

First comes the local Rappahannock Caucus on April 14, 2018, at the Washington Schoolhouse (567 Mount Salem Avenue, Washington, VA 22747), in which we pick delegates to represent the four candidates for the nomination, Leslie Cockburn, Ben Cullop, RD Huffstetler, or Andrew Sneathern. Doors will open at 9:30 am and close for caucus at 10:30 am.

Next, those delegates assemble at the 5th District Nominating Convention on May 5, 2018, at the The Firemen’s Sports Arena, 1328 Zion Hill Road, Farmville VA 23910 (Prince Edward County) at 11 a.m. to pick our nominee.

We’ll be issuing a Call to Caucus in the next week. Meanwhile, the excellent video posted above will get you started.


5th District Congressional Candidates Forum, February 3

On February 3, Virginia Indivisible Groups and Democratic Committees are sponsoring a Candidates Forum for the 5th District Congressional elections.

Come meet the four Democratic candidates for the run against Tom Garrett this November: Leslie Cockburn, Ben Cullop, Roger Dean Huffstetler, and Andrew Sneathern.

Warrenton Community Center
430 East Shirley Avenue, Warrenton VA 20186
10 am to 12 pm.


New Year, New RCDC Officers!

The Rappahannock County Democratic Committee started off the new year with the election of new officers.

Chosen by unanimous vote were, left-to-right, Bruce Sloane, treasurer, Mary-Sherman Willis, chair, Ross O’Donoghue vice chair, and Jed Duvall, secretary. Congratulations!


Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance, Jan. 21, 4 p.m., Little Washington Theatre


Notice of Rappahannock County Democratic Caucus

The Rappahannock County Democratic Committee hereby announces that it will hold an assembled caucus beginning at 10:00 am on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at the Town Hall in Washington, Virginia. The purpose is to elect members to the Rappahannock County Democratic Committee for the 2018-2019 Biennium.

Any Democrat wishing to be a member of the Committee must file an application for Membership which may be mailed to RCDC, P.O. Box 277, Washington, VA 22747 or filed at the Caucus. Filing forms will be available from 9:00 am to 10 am at the Town Hall on the day of the Caucus. It is not necessary to be present at the Caucus to be elected as a member of the Committee; however, it is necessary that all Applications for Membership be in the possession of the Reorganization Caucus by 10:00 am on January 13, 2018.

Doors to the caucus will open at 9:00 for breakfast and check-in. At 10:00 am the doors to the Caucus will be closed, and no person may complete a form and participate after that time with the exception of those persons in line at 10:00 am. Once the Committee is reformed, the Committee will convene and may choose to elect officers for the 2018-2019 Biennium.

For more information or application forms, contact Barbara Dennis at 540-364-2569.


Election Night Watch Party!

Election Night Watch Party, November 7

7:30 pm until…

Headmastser’s Pub (12018 Lee Highway, Sperryville, Virginia)

$15.00 per person; cash bar.

Plenty of food and good camaraderie. Come one, come all.

If you know ahead of time that you’ll be attending, please call Judy DeSarno at 540-675-9913 or answer by e-mail to judydesarno(at)


Tristan Shields’ latest campaign video – “Politics: The Loudest, The Angriest, the Extremist”

Click here to go to Tristan Shields’ website


What’s On Your Ballot?

Click the following link to find information about who’s running and where to vote!



Tristan Shields – Candidate for Virginia’s Delegate District 18


Graduating with a BA degree in Theater from the College of Charleston, I did a stint as a professional stage actor in Memphis, TN where I honed my singing voice on Beale Street.  Returning to Virginia, I founded the Shields Brothers, a rock harmony singing duo with my younger brother, Rory.  We started playing locally in the Charlottesville, Warrenton and Culpeper areas, eventually getting selected by Ceelo Green as Finalists on NBC’s the Voice, Season 2. From there we raised funds on Kickstarter from our fans to produce music and videos. Spending time in Los Angeles on a variety of acting and music projects, we ended up singing backup for 80s Poison star, Bret Michaels. Along the way, we built a significant YouTube and podcasting presence, garnering over 1.2 million views and 150,000 downloads on our Who Stole What podcast.

My Virginia roots go deep. I can trace my lineage back to Richmond 1838. Presently, I live on my family’s (small) horse farm in Rixeyville, Virginia.


Justin Fairfax for Lieutenant Governor

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