Gar­rett files for sec­ond term; Cock­burn out­per­forms op­po­nents in cam­paign con­tri­bu­tions

Rappahannock News - - FRONT PAGE - By John Mc­caslin Rap­pa­han­nock News staff

Rep. Tom Gar­rett has of­fi­cially filed his re­elec­tion pa­per­work with the 5th Dis­trict Repub­li­can Com­mit­tee and the Vir­ginia State Board of Elec­tions, mak­ing him the first and thus far only can­di­date for the GOP nom­i­na­tion for his seat.

“It has been an in­cred­i­ble honor to serve the peo­ple of the 5th con­gres­sional dis­trict in Washington, sit­ting in the same seat as such great Vir­gini­ans as James Madi­son and John Ran­dolph,” Gar­rett stated this week. “I will con­tinue to work ev­ery day to bring more jobs and op­por­tu­nity to the 5th dis­trict and lower taxes for hard­work­ing Vir­gini­ans.”

Mean­while, one of sev­eral Democrats who hopes to get a shot at

the freshman Repub­li­can con­gress­man — 5th dis­trict can­di­date Leslie Cock­burn, who re­sides in Rap­pa­han­nock County — has out­raised her fel­low Demo­cratic com­peti­tors for the 4th quar­ter elec­tion cy­cle (Oct. 1- Dec. 31, 2017).

Cock­burn said she re­ceived more than four times the con­tri­bu­tions as Democrats An­drew Sneath­ern and more than three times Ben Cul­lop’s to­tal in a pri­mary race that will be de­cided in May.

“I’m thrilled with these num­bers,” she said, point­ing out they’ve helped her hire a strong cam­paign team and pur­chase plenty of cam­paign but­tons. “We are in a strong po­si­tion for the up­com­ing con­ven­tion and we have raised many more dol­lars since Jan­uary 1.”

Ac­cord­ing to FEC records, Cock­burn’s “to­tal con­tri­bu­tions” for the fi­nal quar­ter of 2017 amounted to $195,709 — with $510,285 raised since she launched her cam­paign. Cock­burn’s cam­paign ex­pen­di­tures through the close of 2017 to­taled $127,588, and her cash on hand amounted to $382,696.

Ben Cul­lop’s to­tal con­tri­bu­tions at the end of 2017 stood at $197,405, FEC records show, while An­drew Sneath­ern raised $171,244.

As for the Repub­li­can Gar­rett, he had raised $304,250 through the end of De­cem­ber, al­ready spent $210,526, with $107,731 cash on hand.

Gar­rett was first elected in 2016, win­ning with 58 per­cent of the vote. Be­fore serv­ing in Congress, he was a state sen­a­tor, com­mon­wealth’s at­tor­ney in Louisa County, and also served for six years as an ar­tillery­man in the U.S. Army.

“I am run­ning for re-elec­tion be­cause there is more work to be done,” Gar­rett said this week. “We have passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which has started to bring jobs back to South­side Vir­ginia. Amthor In­ter­na­tional an­nounced a $7 mil­lion ex­pan­sion in Pitt­syl­va­nia just a cou­ple weeks ago.

“I will con­tinue to de­fend our Con­sti­tu­tional rights and work to se­cure our bor­ders. I will con­tinue to fight to lower taxes and bring greater pros­per­ity to the peo­ple of the 5th dis­trict. I wel­come any op­po­nents to join me as gla­di­a­tors in the arena of ideas [and] ask again for the votes and sup­port that pre­vi­ously re­sulted in the high­est con­tested vote to­tal in the his­tory of the 5th dis­trict.”

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