Democratic candidates for Virginia’s 5th congressional district were warmly received by the nearly 100 attendees at the second annual Blue State Bluegrass Brunch, an event put on last Saturday (March 24) at the Washington fire hall by the Rappahannock County Democrats.
Both Peyton R. Williams Jr., a retired Special Forces lieutenant colonel from Charlottesville, and retired Brig. Gen. John W. Douglass, of Hume, spoke of emerging from humble beginnings to achieve successful careers in the military and beyond. Both are men of proven leadership and the 5th district, redistricted this year to include Rappahannock County, is lucky to have two fine choices to oppose Republican incumbent Rep. Robert Hurt.
That choice is to be made, party officials say, at a May 19 Democratic convention in Nelson County.
Williams, an ecologist and engineer, said he wants to solve problems by getting people together. He will make decisions based on “the needs of constituents, [his] conscience and the needs of the nation.” Douglass, an expert in terrorism and national security issues and former president and CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association, a trade group representing the nation’s aerospace and defense manufacturers, sees the country at a tipping point of deciding whether to support the interests of working families – or greed at many levels. He said he wants to emphasize “what unites us as a nation.”
Both candidates strongly support reelection of President Barack Obama and the election of former governor Tim Kaine to the U.S. Senate now held by Sen. Jim Webb, who is not seeking a second term.
Entertainment at the brunch was provided by the Gold Top County Ramblers, and everyone enjoyed the gourmet breakfast provided by members of the Democratic committee.