There are five Democratic candidates running in the 5th District congressional race. One candidate will be selected to run against the incumbent (R) Rep Tom Garrett. The following will be the process by which Democrats will select our candidate.
Each of the candidates listed at the bottom of this page is highly qualified and have begun visiting localities and securing support from Democrats all over the 5th District. The candidates will be looking for supporters willing to become a delegate or alternate and attend the District Convention on May 5.
A Democrat from Bedford County chooses a candidate to support either through visiting websites, meeting and talking to the candidates, or by word of mouth from friends. This Democrat decides to run for a delegate or alternate position to the Convention from Bedford County. To get elected, the Democrat needs to bring as many supporters to Bedford’s Caucus who will agree to back the chosen candidate and elect the Democrat as delegate. The more the chosen candidate can produce supporters and potential delegates to the caucus, the more delegates are allocated to the chosen candidate. Neither delegates nor those that attend the caucus on their behalf have to be members of the committee. However, they do have to be registered voters in the 5th District and willing to sign the Democratic statement of support.
If you decide not to be a delegate but want to support one of the candidates, you can attend your local caucus and vote for those running as your candidate’s delegates.
This is in accordance with the CD5 committee’s intention to hold the 2018 convention at the earliest date possible in the nominating cycle.
Leslie Cockburn, lesliecockburnforcongress.com
Roger Dean Huffstetler, rdforva.com
Ben Cullop, cullopforcongress.com
Andrew Sneathern, sneathernforcongress.com
Lawrence Gaughan, Facebook page