Dems se­lect April 28 for 5th Dis­trict nom­i­nat­ing con­ven­tion

Gar­rett wel­comes Northam as Vir­ginia’s gover­nor

Rappahannock News - - FROM PAGE ONE - BY JOHN MCCASLIN Rap­pa­han­nock News staff

Rap­pa­han­nock County’s Les­lie Cock­burn, one of four Demo­cratic can­di­dates vy­ing for the nom­i­na­tion to un­seat fresh­man Repub­li­can Rep. Tom Gar­rett in Novem­ber’s midterm elec­tion, has re­ceived no­ti­fi­ca­tion that the 5th Con­gres­sional Dis­trict Demo­cratic Com­mit­tee will hold its nom­i­nat­ing con­ven­tion on Satur­day, April 28.

The ex­act lo­ca­tion of the con­ven­tion, dur­ing which the Demo­cratic Party will se­lect its nom­i­nee to the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives race, has yet to be determined.

“In ad­vance of the con­ven­tion, each county, Danville, and Char­lottesville will hold cau­cuses to elect del­e­gates to go to the con­ven­tion,” Cock­burn ex­plains to her sup­port­ers. “All reg­is­tered vot­ers are en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate in their lo­cal cau­cus. The dates and lo­ca­tions for these cau­cuses will be de­cided by

the end of the month.”

Mean­while, Repub­li­can Rep. Tom Gar­rett, who rep­re­sents the sprawl­ing 5th Dis­trict that in­cludes Rap­pa­han­nock County, had some kind words for incoming Vir­ginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a Demo­crat, who takes the oath of of­fice this Satur­day, Jan. 13.

In a tele­phone in­ter­view Tues­day evening from Capi­tol Hill, Gar­rett, a for­mer state se­na­tor and as­sis­tant at­tor­ney gen­eral, told the Rap­pa­han­nock News: “It’s hard not to like Ralph Northam even if you don’t agree with him.”

“Northam, ide­o­log­i­cally, is a lot like [out­go­ing Gov. Terry] McAuliffe, and I like both of them,” Gar­rett said.

Com­pared to Capi­tol Hill, he ex­plained, it is more common for Rich­mond law­mak­ers to work across party lines.

“That’s one thing I miss about Rich­mond,” said the GOP con­gress­man, who rep­re­sented south­ern Vir­ginia’s 22nd Dis­trict in the state Se­nate.

Gar­rett re­called one time last year in the U.S. House when he re­fused to sup­port sev­eral Repub­li­can re­vi­sions to a higher ed bill and “it was like I some­how crossed some sa­cred line.”

In Rich­mond, com­pa­ra­bly, it’s not un­com­mon for there to be “Demo­crat and Repub­li­can de­fec­tors, and that is what peo­ple ex­pect from gov­ern­ment. You sit down and fig­ure out, ‘OK, what are the ar­eas that I agree . . . what com­mon­al­ity do we have . . . and what can we ac­com­plish here . . . to get on the same page.’”


Gov.-elect Ralph Northam and out­go­ing Gov. Terry McAuliffe dis­cussed their leg­isla­tive pri­or­i­ties Monday.

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