Cockburn, Riggleman Hit Campaign Trail in Fluvanna County
With just a few days before midterm elections, congressional candidates are making final pushes in their district to reach voters.
FLUVANNA COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - With just a few days before midterm elections, congressional candidates are making final pushes in their district to reach voters.
Both candidates for the 5th District seat spent time in Fluvanna County on Friday. Democrat Leslie Cockburn and Republican Denver Riggleman made the stop on their way to visiting all 21 localities in the district before Election Day.
The candidates talked on Friday about issues concerning rural and urban areas on the district. Riggleman and Cockburn said they are both running on momentum going into the final days of the race.
Both candidates listed healthcare as one of their top priorities in the district as they talked to voters. Both are trying to balance rural and urban issues in a district that runs from Fauquier County to the North Carolina state line.
“I not only deal with agriculture, but advanced manufacturing and I think that my business background, military background, and what I’ve done, I am the 5th [District] and I think that’s why we’re doing so well right now,” Riggleman said.
Cockburn also addresses the issues that schools in rural areas face and the importance of expanding educational funding.
“The education issues are the same, although we see in some rural areas we’ve got serious education issues we need to pay close attention to, making sure that the money for our public schools stay in our public schools and is expanded,” Cockburn said.
Currently, some polls show both candidates in a tie. The 5th District has been a Republican stronghold, with the exception of Tom Perrielo’s run in office.
Saturday is the last day to absentee vote in person at your registrar’s office. Election Day is Tuesday, November 6.