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Four Democrats compete for VA 7th District seat

Posted on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 5:00 am

Democratic Party leaders in the 7th Congressional District plan to decide by the end of January how they will pick their nominee to challenge Rep. Dave Brat in November.

The party is weighing using a caucus as an alternative to the more traditional primary. Unlike a primary, in which all polling stations would be open, a caucus could involve as little as one voting site in Louisa County.

The candidates for nomination, including front-runners Abigail Spanberger and Dan Ward as well as Helen Alli and Diane Fraser, have had different reactions to the possible use of a caucus.

Ward, Alli and Fraser are strongly in favor of a primary, while Spanberger said she is not taking a stance one way or the other.

“I’m just focused on defeating Brat, which requires engaging as many voters as possible,” she said last week. “I think a candidate should be strong enough to win any of the processes.”

“I understand the need to have a caucus if you’ve got a candidate that’s extreme, but that does not present itself here,” Ward said. “We should let the people decide.”

To read the entire story, see the Jan. 4 edition of The Central Virginian.

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