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Ben Cullop Withdraws from 5th CD Democratic Nominating Process, Pledges to Help Retire Rep. Tom Garrett This November


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Cullop Statement On 5th District Nominating Process

EARLYSVILLE, VA – Today, Democrat Ben Cullop from Virginia’s 5th District issued the following statement:

Today, I am ending my campaign for Congress. It has been a privilege to travel across the 5th District over the last eight months to hear from a diverse group of people and try to give voice to their concerns. While my campaign comes to a close, I remain fully committed to working on behalf of my hometown, my community, and to ensuring that a Democrat is sworn into the 116th Congress as the representative from Virginia’s Fifth District.

Let us remain committed to the kind of politics that rises above the fray and the special interests, that focuses on good governance for the people that build it, and that ensures all people have an equal opportunity to succeed. Tom Garrett has proven he is in politics for himself and his donors, and remains committed to an extreme ideology – not his constituents.

Thank you to my supporters and the volunteers who made this campaign possible, and thank you to my family and friends for having my back through the highs and lows. It means the world to me.

I have enjoyed getting to know my fellow candidates. I believe they are all committed to serving the people of the Fifth District. I look forward to working hard for whomever the nominee is, and a Democratic victory in November.


  • Leslie Cockburn: “It was a pleasure campaigning with Ben Cullop throughout the 5th District of Virginia. I know he remains committed to the people of the 5th District and will continue working to ensure a Democratic victory in November. He is one of Virginia’s brightest leaders and I look forward to all the contributions he’ll make for our district and our Commonwealth in the future.”

    Andrew Sneathern: “I would have been proud to have you as my Congressman, Ben Cullop. I would also like to thank your wife, Ashley, for her sacrifices throughout your campaign. This community is lucky to have you both.”

    RD Huffstetler: “It has been a pleasure getting to know @Cullop4Congress. Not only did he run positive campaign focused on economic opportunity, he and his wife have been incredibly kind to Emily and me as we’ve become new parents. Much to learn from his principled, hard-working example.”