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Garrett hopes to lead push for business growth, student debt fix

By TREVOR METCALFE, Danville Register & Bee

Congressman-elect for the 5th District Tom Garrett says he’s excited to help both businesses in the Dan River Region and students saddled by massive loan debts. Garrett — who will replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Robert Hurt after winning in November against Democrat Jane Dittmar — said he had spent the past two weeks attending Congressional orientation meetings in Washington. During that time, Garrett said he presented a plan to revamp both student loans and Social Security to Republican Policy Committee Chairman and Indiana Congressman Luke Messer.

VaNews December 7, 2016

McAuliffe sets Jan. 10 special election for McEachin, Garrett, Taylor seats

By ANDREW CAIN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has set Jan. 10 — the day before the General Assembly session starts — as the special election date for the seats of three lawmakers who were elected to Congress on Nov. 8. The elections will fill the voids left by Congressmen-elect A. Donald McEachin, D-4th; Thomas A. Garrett Jr., R-5th; and Scott W. Taylor, R-2nd.

VaNews November 30, 2016

GOP's Garrett takes 5th District race

By ALEX ROHR, News & Advance (Metered Paywall - 18 articles a month)

State Sen. Tom Garrett, R-Buckingham, will succeed Republican Rep. Robert Hurt as representative of the 5th Congressional District, winning in a competitive race with Albemarle County supervisor Jane Dittmar by a comfortable margin. With 98 percent of the precincts reporting at 11 p.m. Tuesday, Garrett had 59 percent of the vote compared to Dittmar’s 41 percent, ...

VaNews November 9, 2016

Garrett campaign questions voting record of Republican supporting Dittmar


A former Downtown Mall business owner who made headlines this summer after a dramatic but brief departure from the Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville is facing scrutiny once again, this time from the 5th Congressional District Republican nominee Tom Garrett Jr. George Benford, the former owner of the now-closed Siips Wine and Champagne Bar, is being accused by Garrett ... In a news release Monday, Garrett’s campaign questioned whether Benford is actually a Republican, a claim he makes in a new television ad supporting Dittmar.

VaNews November 1, 2016

Election 2016: Dittmar, Garrett spar for 5th District seat

By JAMES IVANCIC , Fauquier Times

The race for the 5th District congressional seat has been lively, to say the least, with efforts by the campaign of Democrat Jane Dittmar to drag Republican Tom Garrett Jr. down by associating him with Donald Trump. Garrett meanwhile has tried to knock holes in Dittmar's record as a former Albermarle County supervisor. He's also frequently charged that his opponent fails to offer specifics.

VaNews November 1, 2016

Dittmar, Garrett vie for open seat in 5th Congressional District

By JIM NOLAN, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 7 articles a month)

The race for Virginia’s open 5th U.S. House District seat pits a state senator and former prosecutor from Buckingham against a Charlottesville-area businesswoman who is a former chairwoman of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. State Sen. Thomas A. Garrett Jr., R-Buckingham, and Democrat Jane Dittmar are seeking to fill the seat of retiring Rep. Robert Hurt, R-5th, in the GOP-leaning district.

VaNews October 24, 2016

Garrett, Dittmar both see biggest fundraising quarters yet

By MICHAEL BRAGG, Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

The latest quarterly campaign finance numbers from the Federal Election Commission show Democrat Jane Dittmar continued to out-fundraise state Sen. Tom Garrett Jr., R-Buckingham, in the race for Virginia’s 5th Congressional District seat, although he appears to be favored to win. Dittmar’s campaign raised $475,339 between July 1 and Sept. 30. Her total fundraising for the congressional campaign reached seven figures after the last quarter, bringing it to $1,032,460.

VaNews October 24, 2016

Central Virginia congressional race takes nasty turn

By JENNA PORTNOY, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

A Democratic congressional candidate in central Virginia temporarily shut down her Facebook page this week after receiving what she said were thousands of negative messages, some obscene and threatening, from Donald Trump supporters. Jane Dittmar is running against state Sen. Tom Garrett (R-Buckingham) for an open seat currently held by retiring Rep. Robert Hurt (R) in the 5th District, which spans a large section of the state from the northern Virginia exurbs through the Shenandoah Valley and down to the North Carolina border.

VaNews October 20, 2016

Dittmar campaign details social media attacks in push for civility

By MICHAEL BRAGG, Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives Jane Dittmar held a news conference in downtown Charlottesville on Wednesday to address the aggressive and negative social media attacks directed toward her campaign in recent days. Standing in front of the Free Speech Wall on the Downtown Mall, Dittmar spoke to a group of more than 30 supporters to discuss the current tone and behavior of the campaign, calling for civility and respect for differences in politics while acknowledging the freedom to speak and freely exchange ideas.

VaNews October 20, 2016

Dittmar to address 'language, behavior and tone' of 5th District race

By MICHAEL BRAGG, Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

Jane Dittmar, the Democratic candidate for Virginia’s 5th Congressional District, will deliver a statement at the Free Speech Wall on the Downtown Mall on Wednesday to address the recent “language, behavior and tone” of the campaign. The announcement comes less than 24 hours after Dittmar temporarily shut down her campaign’s Facebook page over a series of “threats and aggressive language” directed toward the campaign and persons involved, according to campaign spokeswoman Genni Cox.

VaNews October 19, 2016