The district: Virginia’s 5th congressional district (VA-05) is a large central Virginia district including Charlottesville represented by Republican Rep. Tom Garrett. Rep. Garrett announced in May 2018 that he would retire at the end of his current term to seek treatment for alcoholism and not seek reelection. Despite being a traditionally Republican district, former Rep. Tom Perriello defeated a six-term Republican incumbent to win the seat in 2008.
Our Candidate: Leslie Cockburn is an esteemed journalist who has reported on geopolitics around the world for CBS, PBS, and Princeton University. Cockburn is mounting a strong campaign, and her solid fundraising advantage and a favorable environment could help her win here in November.
The district: This district has historically been represented by Republicans, and in the 2016 election, President Trump carried the district by a 6-point margin. The district has a PVI of R+5 and the Cook Political Report lists this race as Lean Republican.
Our Candidate: Abigail Spanberger is a former CIA operative who has a passion for public service. Following her time in the CIA, she worked in the private sector to help colleges and universities diversify their student bodies. Now, she is running against Republican incumbent Rep. Dave Brat to represent VA-07 in Congress. Spanberger has been endorsed by a broad coalition of progressive organizations including EMILY’s List, NARAL Pro-Choice, and the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.
The district: VA-10: Virginia’s 10th Congressional District is a wealthy and highly-educated northern Virginia district that is considered the most competitive in the DC/MD/VA region this cycle after Secretary Clinton carried the district by a whopping 10-points in 2016
Our candidate: State Senator Jennifer Wexton has been serving the people of Northern Virginia for almost two decades, as a prosecutor, an advocate for children, and as a legislator focusing on issues of concern to families. From 2001 to 2005, Jennifer served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for Loudoun County, and in 2010, Jennifer was selected by the Chief Judge of the Loudoun Circuit Court to serve as a Substitute Judge in the District Court. In 2014, Jennifer was elected to the Virginia Senate, earning 53% of the vote in a three-way race. She won re-election in 2015.