We are disappointed to report that Kevin Washington has announced his withdrawal from the Democratic Party’s race for Congress from Virginia’s First Congressional District.
We received the following announcement from Mr. Washington.
Dear Chairs (First District Democratic Party chairs),
We have, with much deliberation, decided to suspend our campaign. I truly appreciate all of the support and consulting you have provided. Without the financial backing required to run a strong campaign, we cannot proceed. I look forward to working with you in the future. The fight for change and equality is not easy. I plan to be on the front lines of that fight until our ultimate goal is achieved. Please, feel free to contact me anytime.
We all should be concerned at Mr. Washington’s reason for withdrawing: Money. Running for office has become almost prohibitively expensive, leaving our elections open only to those with deep pockets or wealthy donors who can afford to run for office. This fact is a threat to our Republic.
Mr. Washington’s withdrawal still leaves three excellent candidates who are competing for the Congressional seat held by Republican Rob Wittman.
Vangie Williams – Strategic Planner, Program Manager, & 2018 CD1 Nominee
Phil Cox – Home Builder & Businessman
Qasim Rashid – Attorney, Human Rights Activist, & 2019 SD28 Nominee
Here is the schedule of candidate appearances as of February 8:
- February 20: Northumberland County Democratic Party meeting
- April 27: Lancaster County Democratic Party meeting
- March 23: Lancaster County Democratic Party meeting
- To be scheduled
All four candidates will be at a Candidate Forum jointly sponsored by the Lancaster and Northumberland County Democrats: Monday, May 18, 6:00 PM, Lancaster Community Library, 16 Town Centre Drive, Kilmarnock.
Northumberland County Democratic Party meetings are held: Third Thursday of each month; 6:30 social; 7:00 PM meeting; Northumberland Public Library; 7204 Northumberland Hwy (Hwy 360), Heathsville
Lancaster County Democratic Party meetings are held: Fourth Monday of each month; 6:30 PM social; 7:00 PM meeting; Lancaster Community Library, 16 Town Centre Drive, Kilmarnock.
Anyone who wants to meet these candidates is welcome to attend any of the meetings listed above — Democrat, Republican, Independent, whatever — come, join us and meet the candidates.