Dave Brat Hits Campaign Trail in Orange County

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Dave Brat, who beat out House Majority Leader Eric Cantor for the Republican nomination in Virginia's Seventh District back in June, is hitting the campaign trail hard in an effort to drum up voter support before November.

A few months ago, Brat was just an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College. Now he's the Republican nominee vying for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is taking his campaign very seriously and reaching out to the locals in his district to help him win that seat.

Brat kicked off a two-day business tour in Orange County Friday starting at Waugh Harley Davidson, getting familiar with the local bike shop that's been family-owned and -operated for 75 years.

The goal of the walk-around tour is to hear business owners take on the economy, jobs and issues they face from the federal government.

"When you talk with the local folks, they tell you exactly the impact it's having on them, their small shop, their employees, and helps you do a better job representing. That's my job, is to represent the people if I'm lucky enough to be elected,” Brat said.

Friday night, Brat is sitting down with local supporters and businesses owners at the Silk Mill Grille in Orange to meet the locals. He will continue his tour into Saturday at Edible Food Fest in Orange County and later attend the Gordonsville Rodeo.

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