Filmmaker Leslie Cockburn, mother of film and television performer Olivia Wilde, joined the growing group of Democrats vying to challenge freshman Rep. Tom Garrett (R-Scottsville/Charlottesville). This is another example of a race where a GOP incumbent from a reliably Republican district is drawing multiple opponents, none of whom is an elected official of any kind. Now seeing five contenders in the Democratic field, it remains to be seen whether Virginia party leaders choose a 2018 congressional primary or convention to choose the eventual nominee. Rep. Garrett will be favored for re-election irrespective of who becomes the Democratic nominee.
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