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VaNews for 2018 US Representative - District 5 - Regular General and 2018 US Representative - District 5 - Regular Primary

Cockburn fields questions at 5th District candidate forum

By TYLER HAMMEL, Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

A forum for Virginia’s 5th District congressional candidates hosted by the Senior Statesmen of Virginia was a nominee short on Wednesday. Denver Riggleman, the Republican candidate, was unable to attend, something his opponent, Democratic nominee Leslie Cockburn, pointed out throughout the event.

VaNews August 9, 2018

Leslie Cockburn visits Bedford in quest of 5th District congressional seat

By TOM WILMOTH, Bedford Bulletin (Paywall for all articles)

Leslie Cockburn is making her rounds of the 5th District—and those have included numerous stops in the Bedford area.

VaNews August 2, 2018

Bigfoot erotica? Fur flies in Virginia congressional race

By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press

Here’s a political attack you don’t hear every day — or ever: A Virginia congressional candidate says her opponent is unfit for office because he is a “devotee of Bigfoot erotica.” Democrat Leslie Cockburn said on Twitter that Republican opponent Denver Riggleman fetishizes the mythical ape-like giant, sparking viral online interest in what’s surely the most out-there line of attack in this election cycle.

VaNews July 31, 2018

Cockburn calls out Riggleman’s Bigfoot posts

By TYLER HAMMEL, Daily Progress (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

Bigfoot has become a hot topic in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District race. Leslie Cockburn, the Democratic nominee, tweeted screenshots from an Instagram account of Denver Riggleman, the Republican nominee, depicting images of Bigfoot naked but censored.

VaNews July 30, 2018

5th District Hopeful Leslie Cockburn Hears from Community at Meet-And-Greet


Democratic 5th District congressional candidate Leslie Cockburn was on the campaign trail in Charlottesville on Friday. She hosted a meet-and-greet and community conversation at CitySpace, and was accompanied by Gold Star father Khizr Khan.

VaNews July 23, 2018

Riggleman Visits Town

By EMILY HOLLINGSWORTH, Farmville Herald (Paywall)

Denver Riggleman, candidate for the 5th Congressional District, visited the town of Farmville Saturday, first attending a meeting at Riverside Cafe and then taking a tour of downtown Farmville where he met with area small business owners.

VaNews July 20, 2018

GOP candidate for Congress touts agenda on local swing

By SUSAN KYTE, South Boston News & Record

Denver Riggleman, the Republican candidate for Congress in the 5th District, visited Clarksville on Thursday to meet with members of the local Republican party to discuss pressing issues that face Southside Virginia.

VaNews July 20, 2018

Republicans lead fundraising in 6th and 9th District races; Democrat ahead in 5th District

By AMY FRIEDENBERGER, Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 5 articles a month)

The Republicans running in the 6th and 9th Congressional Districts have both raised more than their Democratic opponents during the spring and early summer, according to Federal Election Commission reports.

VaNews July 17, 2018

Riggleman meets with dairy farmers

By MARY KATE WHITE, Franklin News-Post

Denver Riggleman, Republican candidate for Virginia’s 5th Congressional District, didn’t know much about dairy farming, so he came to the professionals in Franklin County to see how it’s done. “My grandfather raised hogs and cattle, but not for milk,” Riggleman said during a visit to Blackwater Bend Dairy in Rocky Mount on Saturday.

VaNews July 13, 2018

Kaine, Cockburn 'market' issues in South Boston stop

By DOUG FORD, Gazette Virginian

Senator Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) and Fifth District Democratic Congressional candidate Leslie Cockburn joined forces for a tour of farmers markets in Halifax and South Boston on Saturday, and in speaking with constituents they found out the issues on the minds of rural Virginians mirror those in the nation as a whole including health care, immigration, trade issues and the environment.

VaNews July 9, 2018