The 5th District Republican Committee of Virginia is already taking action to replace retiring freshman Rep. Tom Garrett (R-Scottsville/Charlottesville). The 37-member committee decided that individuals wanting to be considered as a candidate before the panel should make his or her intention known today. The Committee plans to already meet and choose a nominee this Saturday, thus making the June 12th primary a non-event.
Moving quickly limits the number of serious candidates coming forward and makes a campaign for the position virtually non-existent, but allows the chosen candidate to hit the ground running. Democrat Leslie Cockburn, a former CBS News “60 Minutes” producer and mother of actress Olivia Wilde, is unopposed for her party’s nomination. Therefore, the new 5th District general election will begin in earnest during the first of next week.
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