RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democrat B. Cameron Webb won a primary election Tuesday and will face Republican Bob Good this fall to represent Virginia’s 5th Congressional District.
Webb tells NBC29 he looks forward to addressing the disparities in the criminal justice system and fixing the nation’s healthcare system. He also discussed the significance of potentially being the first black person to represent the fifth district, given the black lives matter movement sweeping across the nation.
The 5th district has not been represented by a democrat since Tom Perriello lost to republican Robert Hurt in 2010, but Webb believes he will win in November because people are hungry for unity.
“It’s all humbling, it’s all powerful and one thing I will say is that the voices in our community are resounding and are powerful and I think that’s part of what we saw tonight, and I’m excited to be kind of able to carry this banner forward,” said Webb.
Webb defeated three other Democrats for the nomination. The mostly rural district stretches along the western part of the state from northern Virginia to the North Carolina border and went heavily for President Donald Trump four years ago.
But Democrats are bullish on their chances this year after Good defeated sitting incumbent U.S. Rep. Denver Riggleman in a convention earlier this month.
Riggleman lost despite having the backing of Trump and evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University. Riggleman angered social conservatives in his district when he officiated a gay wedding last summer.
Good has pledged to restore “Judeo-Christian” values to Congress. He’s also a hardliner on immigration and wants English to be the official language of the U.S.
Webb is a Charlottesville physician who also holds a law degree.