The Fifth District is tough for any Democrat. Charlottesville and Albemarle account for of votes cast, while the rest are cast in predominantly blue collar, rural areas. Trump won the district . We won’t defeat Garrett on Democratic turnout alone. We need a candidate who can bring a progressive message to all parts of the district.
R.D. Huffstetler is that candidate. R.D. understands the struggles and dignity of our rural communities. He grew up in rural Georgia where his dad worked a union job for Ford. R.D. was the first in his family to graduate college. After 9/11, he dropped out of graduate school at Harvard and . Afterwards, he used the G.I. Bill to attend Harvard Business School which led him to cutting edge work in Silicon Valley.
His experience growing up and education in business has informed R.D.’s robust that will create an inclusive economy and take inequality head on. This is a crucial issue in a district that has fallen behind the rest of Virginia since 2000. His background will also allow him to connect and communicate progressive messages on and to people in rural communities.
R.D. Huffstetler can be our — the Democrat who just won in a . Lamb was a marine, who connected with his voters because he grew up just like them. R.D. can do the same for us. If Conor Lamb can flip a district blue, so can we, but we need to nominate the right person for the job. That person is R.D. Huffstetler.
Austin Hall is a fourth-year College student.