Ben Cullop (see press release and video below) joins fellow Democrats Roger Dean Huffstetler, Adam Slate and Andrew Sneathern in the race for the nomination to challenge far-right Rep. Tom Garrett, in a district that was represented in 2009-2010 by Tom Perriello, and that can be won next November in a Democratic “wave” election. I look forward to hearing more about all these candidates, and any others who throw their hats in the ring.
Ben Cullop Launches 5th District Campaign to Ensure All Virginians Have an Equal Opportunity to Succeed
Cullop’s Launch Includes Video Outlining His Deep Roots in the District
EARLYSVILLE, VA – Today, Albemarle County Democrat and 4th generation Virginian Ben Cullop officially launched his campaign for Virginia’s 5th Congressional District. His announcement included a biographical video that showed Cullop and citizens discussing the issues facing their community.
“I’ve spoken to friends, family, and people across the district, and they have the same fears and frustrations I do about Washington,” Cullop said. “Special interests have stood in the way of progress on expanding job opportunities, providing better, more affordable healthcare, and ensuring every American has access to a high-quality education.”
“Folks here feel are being left behind while Tom Garrett plays politics in Washington. It doesn’t have to be this way. I’ll use my leadership experience to get results in Congress and ensure every Virginian has the same chance to succeed that I did, no matter their race, gender or creed,” Cullop added. “After the terrorism in Charlottesville, the 5th district needs someone who is focused on unifying our community.”
Cullop built a successful career and worked to bring community and business leaders together to create high paying jobs for Virginians. Currently, he serves on the UVA Children’s Hospital advisory board, the Albemarle County Police Foundation Board, and the Charlottesville Retirement Commission.
Cullop’s announcement included a biographical video, called “Our Story,” which can be found here.
Cullop travelled the district to discuss residents and neighbors’ needs and concerns, as well as their visions for the future.
“It’s very disheartening when we don’t feel like we’re being listened to or represented,” said Ronnie Haney of Appomattox County. “I know that’s not going to be you, Ben, because you’re from here and you will represent us and you’ll listen to us.”
“The people of the 5th District of Virginia work hard and they love their family,” Cullop says in the video. “My story is their story.”
Before making the announcement, Cullop spoke with Democratic Party leaders, activists, and citizens across the district. The video has been posted on Cullop’s campaign website, as well as the campaign’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Ben Cullop lives in Earlysville with his wife, Ashley, and their two young children. He received both his undergraduate and business degree from the University of Virginia.
For more information, please visit www.CullopForCongress.com.