With approximately 745,000 residents, Virginia’s fifth congressional district covers all or part of Greene, Campbell, Bedford, Albemarle, Nelson, Fluvanna, Buckingham, Cumberland, Appomattox, Prince Edward, Charlotte, Lunenburg, Franklin, Henry, Pittsylvania, Halifax, Mecklenburg, Brunswick, Fauquier, Rappahannock and Madison Counties, as well as the independent cities of Bedford, Charlottesville (main site of the University of Virginia) and Danville, making it Virginia’s largest district with an area of 10,181.03 square miles, larger than New Jersey and Vermont.

One-on-one with Jane Dittmar

Jane Dittmar, Democratic candidate for the United States House of Representatives 5th Congressional District, said job creation and cooperation are her top priorities during a live interview on Good Day Virginia Friday morning.

Job expansion requires a multi-faceted approach and is highly dependent on business expansion. Creating an economic climate in the 5th District that will be attractive to larger businesses and corporations, and wherein small businesses can also thrive, will bring many employment opportunities to local families. A healthy economic climate starts with having a well-trained workforce throughout the 5th district. This, in turn, will make our communities more appealing to corporations and larger businesses that are seeking to relocate where there is a properly trained applicant pool. http://janeforcongress.com/issues/jobs

One-on-one with Jane Dittmar

Published 09/23 2016 09:33AM Updated 09/23 2016 09:39AM Both candidates running for the United States House of Representatives 5th Congressional District stopped by the WFXR News studio to talk about the issues and their priorities. Democratic candidate Jane Dittmar said job creation and cooperation are her top priorities during a live interview on Good Day Virginia Friday morning.

Dittmar Declared Winner in 5th District Debate

Attendees saw a stark contrast between Dittmar and her opponent. Additionally, attendees once again saw the strong similarities between Garrett and Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump. Dittmar offered her pragmatic, solutions-oriented approach to important issues to the voters of the 5th district: job creation and infrastructure—both key components of her economically driven platform. Garrett, however, responded to questions with platitudes and misdirection, rarely answering questions directly.

Garrett, as seen in previous debates, is known to respond combatively to questions he doesn’t like or negative audience reactions to his answers.

For the complete schedule of Debates/Forums, please visit http://janeforcongress.com/news/jane-dittmar-campaign-releases-debate-schedule

Dittmar Declared Winner of 5th District Debate in Appomattox – Jane for Congress

(Appomattox, VA)-At this evening’s debate, hosted by Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance (LRBA), Democrat Jane Dittmar emerged with a clear victory over her Republican opponent. The candidates answered questions based on the LRBA federal priorities. Topics included education, healthcare, infrastructure, labor, and more. Attendees saw a stark contrast between Dittmar and her opponent.

Jane Dittmar Added to DCCC Red to Blue Program

September 23, 2016

(Charlottesville, VA – September 23, 2016) Jane Dittmar’s congressional campaign today was designated as a “Red-to-Blue” race by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).

The Dittmar campaign is now one of only 43 nationally targeted House of Representatives races.

“House Democrats are on offense and will pick up seats in November, and these talented and diverse candidates are the foundation of our success,” said DCCC Chair Ben Ray Luján.

“My team and I are thrilled to receive this Red-to-Blue designation from the DCCC,” Jane Dittmar said. “We have known all along that this race was winnable, and it is inspiring to see national groups agree that we can take back the 5th in November. I’m honored to represent the people of our district as the Democratic candidate, and I look forward to working hard for our families when I am in Congress.”

Luján commended the candidates for their campaign teams, their field game, and their strong engagement with supporters and voters in their districts.

“The American people deserve a House of Representatives that fights for progress and prosperity, not obstruction,” he said.

Jane Dittmar Added to DCCC Red to Blue Program – DCCC

DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján today announced the addition of Jane Dittmar (VA-05) to the Red to Blue program. “Jane Dittmar is one of a rare breed, whose background encompasses public service, business success, and an unyielding commitment to moving her community forward. Jane has worked hard every day to earn the trust of voters in …

What the Frack, Tom?

“Tom Garrett took Dominion Power’s money then protected their bottom line, putting our communities and our water at risk.” “To protect both our planet and our national security, we must move as expeditiously as possible to become a country that increasingly relies on clean, renewable energy–solar, wind, and wave. We must evaluate the subsidies and incentives in each of our energy sectors to make sure they are helpful to our long term energy goals.”

The air we breathe, the water we drink, and the earth upon which we build our homes must be preserved and protected for the health and safety of our children and generations to come.” -Jane Dittmar

Dominion is an important power partner to the Commonwealth. That said, Jane refuses to take campaign contributions from Dominion to avoid the appearance of impropriety. “Recently, I toured a new 1.2 billion dollar investment in Mecklenburg by Dominion in the 5th District that will help our Southside economy. I also applaud their efforts at solar energy generation and biomass production and I believe they can and should do more in these areas.”

Sierra Club Endorses Jane Dittmar – Jane for Congress

Grassroots Group Praises Work to Protect Virginia’s Environment CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia – Today, the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club endorsed Jane Dittmar in the 5th Congressional District race. “We are very pleased to announce today that the Sierra Club officially endorses Dittmar for election,” Tyla Matteson, Virginia Chapter Political Chair, said.

Powerful photos from Tim Kaine’s visit to the historic 16th Baptist Church

“You see the pain of division and hatred, but you also see the resilience of people.”

“There’s rhetoric that’s out in the campaign and in the political ether today that I find shocking and troubling. But when you come to a place like 16th Street Baptist Church, you see the pain of division and hatred, but you also see the resilience of people … .”

“The odds that this church—when it was founded by a few families [in 1873] who had just come out of slavery and had just come out of the tumult of the South—the odds that this church would be here in 2016 were very, very low. You think about the fact that the map of the world has changed and countries that existed don’t exist anymore. And languages that were spoken don’t get spoken anymore. We travel differently and communicate differently and so much has changed, but this church is still here.”

Powerful photos from Tim Kaine’s visit to the historic 16th Baptist Church

Tim Kaine recently visited the historic 16th Baptist Church, where the Ku Klux Klan tragically killed four young girls and injured 22 others in September 1963. The landmark still stands more than 140 years since it was founded, and 53 years since hatred tried to tear it apart.

Request Your Virginia Absentee Ballot Application Here!

Request Your Virginia Absentee Ballot Application Here!To vote absentee you must be a registered voter of the city/county where you are applying. The deadline for receipt of your application to vote absentee by mail is 5:00 PM Tuesday, November 1, 2016.

Virginia Absentee Ballot Application

You can apply to vote absentee as early as one year before the election. Ballots are available 45 days before most elections. The deadline for receipt of your application to vote absentee by mail is 5:00 PM the Tuesday before the election. You can contact the State Board of Elections at 800-552-9745 or info@sbe.virginia.gov.

NBC News Forum: A Complete Disgrace to Journalism

via Alternet

Social media users eviscerated host Matt Lauer Wednesday night during NBC’s “Commander-in-Chief Forum,” targeting the Today host for his disparate questioning of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump.

Lauer, who hosted the first discussion of its kind this election cycle, was widely mocked for the hour-long forum at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in Manhattan. Critics accused Lauer of poor journalistic integrity and sexism, even launching the hashtags #LauerFail and #LaueringtheBar.

As the New York Times points out, Lauer spent over a third of his discussion with Clinton asking about her use of a private email server while rushing through questions about the Islamic State and similar national security issues. This, despite NBC’s billing of the event as a forum on veterans’ issues.

Trump, on the other hand, was lobbed softballs, and Lauer declined to challenge the candidate on his flat-out lies, including when he boasted that he was against the Iraq war in 2003 (he wasn’t).

Political observers and journalists took to Twitter to target Lauer for his line of questioning.

Tom Garrett: Donald Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Mini Me

minimeLast week, Donald Trump delivered a speech that demonized immigrants and reaffirmed the same divisive policies that would tear apart families, undo the President’s executive actions to protect DREAMers, and build a wall that Mexico will not finance.

While the criticism pours in against Donald Trump, Virginians will continue to hear the worst of Trump’s rhetoric via his ideological mini-me: Tom Garrett, who is running for Congress in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District. Tom Garrett and Donald Trump have a history of reprehensible remarks and policies on immigration that rival each other. Take a look for yourself:

  • Garrett said that Trump “deserves a medal” on his anti-immigrant policies.
  • Garrett fully supports Trump’s wall and agrees with his proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the United States.
  • Garrett sponsored a bill in 2016 that would prevent Virginia from establishing sanctuary cities and supported other states terminating their amnesty programs.
  • Garrett voted against a bill in the Virginia Senate that would have permitted in-state tuition for students with visas, saying it would open up a “Pandora’s Box.”
  • Garrett called the DREAM Act “unconstitutional” and “stupid”.
  • Garrett advocated for Virginia to adopt the same restrictive and racist policies as Arizona, which caused national outrage.

“Tom Garrett is more interested in carrying out the poisonous agenda of Donald Trump than fighting for people in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District,” said Emily Bolton, Communications Director for the Democratic Party of Virginia. “The 5th District deserves a representative with the political courage to condemn Trump’s hostilities, not a loyal foot soldier who mirrors and celebrates them.”

VP Debate in Farmville 10/4


PEDCAs you know, the ONLY Vice Presidential Debate of 2016 is in Farmville, VA. That’s right, Longwood University will host the Vice Presidential candidates on October 4, 2016! And to make it even more exciting, Senator Kaine is our nominee!

We’re thrilled to announce an official Democratic Debate Watch Party to enjoy this historic event with fellow progressives. The Prince Edward Democratic Committee and the Democratic Party of Virginia have united to host this Watch Party and see the VEEP picks debate in our backyard!

Get your tickets now and join Democrats across the Commonwealth as we cheer on our Vice Presidential candidate.

Sponsors will have a reserved table for up to eight guests and will have an opportunity to speak.

Taikein M. Cooper