AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Democrats in the Shenandoah Valley rallied together for the annual Paint the Valley Blue fundraiser to support 6th District Democratic candidate Jennifer Lewis Sunday. Joining the supporters with less than 30 days until state elections was U.S. Senator Tim Kaine.

Lewis was out motivating valley voters and emphasized the importance of a single vote.

“The only way to get true democracy and return the power to the people is everyone showing up to vote,” Lewis said.

The fundraiser for Democratic committees serving Augusta, Staunton, and Waynesboro will help the party’s headquarters in the valley to remain open year-long, which is something Lewis said would help engage voters.

“We want to work year-round in reaching out to voters, providing voter education and not just because we’re a Democratic part and we want people to become Democrats, but our main goal is to increase voter turnout,” Lewis said.

Those attending the fundraiser participated in a silent auction and enjoyed food donated from various valley vendors. 

Senator Kaine joined with supporters and said fundraisers like this are another way to pump up voters with less than a month until the elections.

“Shenandoah Valley is pretty Republican so sometimes they don’t feel like Democratic candidates come out a lot,” Kaine said. “I’ve been out here a bunch.”

Both Kaine and Lewis emphasized the importance of healthcare to voters, adding they are hopeful for a better turnout for this year’s election.

“There are so many voters out there that are not engaged,” Lewis said. “54 percent of our district did not vote in the presidential election.”

Kaine said he is hopeful that valley voters will come out to vote in the next few weeks.

“I did an event in Staunton the first Sunday of the year and we had 300 people in the Staunton Public Library so we’ve been seeing really big turnout,” Kaine said.

Funds raised during the Paint the Valley Blue event will go towards the Democratic committees in the valley as well as to support Kaine’s and Lewis’s campaign over the next few weeks.