VA-05 is a tough district, definitely “red”-leaning, but on the other hand, Rep. Denver “Bigfoot” Riggleman (R) so far has not been at all impressive. So…who knows, but maybe in a Democratic “wave” election next year, we could possibly take this seat? If not, then hopefully after redistricting in 2021. With that, we now have not one but two Democrats running to defeat Riggleman next year — Kim Daugherty, who announced a couple weeks ago (see tweet by Activate VA, below), and RD Huffstetler (see press release, below), who ran for the nomination in 2018 and lost to Leslie Cockburn. Still not sure what’s up with Cockburn, by the way, but stay tuned…
Roger Dean Huffstetler Announces Run for Congress Against DenverRiggleman in Virginia’s 5th District
Today, entrepreneur and Marine veteran, Roger Dean Huffstetler, officially launched his campaign for Congress in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District, currently held by Denver Riggleman.
Huffstetler issued the following statement:
“I’m running for Congress because the problems facing our country require a new generation of leadership. Partisan-bickering and special-interest politics have no place in government. We all want the same thing: a chance to provide our children with a better life than our own. This campaign is about everyone, which is why I’ll fight for every family in the 5th District to have a place in a more prosperous, inclusive future.”
The son of parents who struggled with addiction, Roger Dean was the first in his family to graduate from college and used the HOPE Scholarship to graduate from the University of West Georgia. After college, Roger Dean enlisted in the Marine Corps, serving his country in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
After using the GI Bill to graduate from the Harvard Business School, Roger Dean went on to work for a high-growth startup and later on co-founded his own technology startup.
Roger Dean lives in Charlottesville with his wife Emily, who works as an OB-GYN at Martha Jefferson Hospital, and his daughter, Alice Sue.