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Virginia’s 5th Congressional District is the state’s largest geographically. Resembling the shape of a dragon that is rising out of North Carolina and up towards Fauquier County, it is also one of the state’s most diverse — featuring a mix of urban and rural localities, various business sectors and agriculture, as well as a solid blend of Democratic and Republican constituents. The 5th District also touches many of the others within the state, offering whoever holds the seat in the House of Representatives a chance to collaborate and bridge the concerns that overlap. It also means whoever holds the seat has to work diligently to connect with and represent its wide variety of constituents to address their concerns.
At the start of 2020, Charlottesville Tomorrow began to sit down with candidates at a place in the district that was special to them for an hour of conversation. Varied and overlapping policy ideas and solutions to issues surfaced over cups of warm tea, on park benches, during chilly mountain hikes and sunny-day phone calls while working-from-home per the governor’s executive orders.
In the months since this profile series began, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected many aspects of our lives, healthcare systems and the economy. As state and local governments continue their day-to-day work and contributions to public safety and COVID-related relief, Congress has worked to roll out ongoing financial aid packages. Now the district must decide to reelect its incumbent or replace them with one of five challengers.
Meanwhile, democratic Virginian senator Mark Warner is facing challengers. While the longtime senator’s name will not appear on a primary ballot this June, three Republican challengers will face off among each other to appear on the ballot in November.
The primaries for VA-05 is June 23.
The Republican convention for VA-05 is June 13.
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s recommended to vote via absentee ballot, with the deadline to apply June 16. Click here to learn more.
*Candidates are listed in the order they were interviewed in over the course of Jan. through May 2020.
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