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Update: Delegates Chosen to Represent 5th District Democratic Candidates

Posted: Updated: Apr 16, 2018 09:12 PM
Four Democratic candidates are vying for a chance at the seat Four Democratic candidates are vying for a chance at the seat
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

People living in Virginia’s 5th district will find out on Monday, April 16, which delegates will be representing them at the convention in May to determine which Democratic candidate will square off against Republican incumbent Tom Garrett.

The four candidates – Leslie Cockburn, Ben Cullop, Roger Dean Huffstetler, and Andrew Sneathern - who are seeking the nomination for the 5th District Congressional seat appeared at Monticello High School Monday night.

All Albemarle County registered voters who sign a pledge to vote for the Democratic ticket in November are invited to participate in this caucus.

"We're really facing a choice in November whether or not we want to continue the policies of the last year and a half of Donald Trump, or whether or not we want to make progressive change," says Nicholas Rogers, the vice chair of communications for Virginia's Democratic party. "Participating in this process in Albemarle County allows our local activists, our local members, to really make their voice heard."

There are 250 total delegates in the 5th District who will go to the convention in Farmville on May 5.

The caucus kicked off at 6:30 p.m. at Monticello High School. Registration took place beforehand, and you had to be registered in order to participate.

On Monday, 39 total delegates were chosen to represent the four candidates in May. Cullop received zero delegates, Huffstetler received eight, Sneathern ended up with 13, and Cockburn with 18.

Update on Tuesday, April 17:

Around 3 p.m.Tuesday, Ben Cullop announced he's ending his bid for Congress. "It has been a privilege to travel across the 5th District over the last eight months to hear from a diverse group of people and try to give voice to their concerns," Cullop said in a press release. Cullop says he believes that his fellow candidates are committed to serving the people living in the 5th District, and that he's hoping for a Democratic victory this fall.

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