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Kaine, Cockburn to stump at local farmers markets

SoVaNow.com / July 05, 2018


Democratic ticket mates Tim Kaine and Leslie Cockburn will be visiting town Saturday to check out farmers markets in Halifax and South Boston and talk with voters about the November general election.

Kaine and Cockburn are scheduled to visit the Halifax Farmer’s Market on Saturday at 9:45 a.m. and the South Boston Farmer’s Market from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Cockburn, a former journalist, filmmaker and producer for 60 Minutes, is running for Congress in the 5th District, hoping to capture the seat being vacated by GOP congressman Tom Garrett, who pulled out of the race citing his struggles with alcoholism. After Garrett’s abrupt withdrawal, 5th District Republicans chose distillery owner Denver Riggleman of Nelson County to run in his stead.

Cockburn, a Rappahannock County resident, is campaigning on a platform of environmental protection, Medicare for All, increased broadband for rural areas and access to reproductive and health services for women.

Kaine is running for a third term in the Senate against controversial GOP challenger Corey Stewart, whose ties to alt-right and white nationalist groups has drawn criticism even within his own party. Stewart is chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors and nearly won the Republican nomination for governor in 2017 against eventual GOP candidate Ed Gillespie. Gillespie went on to lose in the fall general election by nine points to Democrat Ralph Northam, current governor of Virginia.

Kaine is a former governor and served as Hillary Clinton’s vice-presidential ticket mate in the 2016 presidential election. Recent polling in the Senate race gave Kaine an 18-point lead over Stewart statewide. The survey was conducted by Quinnipiac University from June 21 to June 25.

Cockburn and Kaine plan to hear from constituents — current and potential —about issues in Halifax County that they can address in Congress.

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