The field vying for the 1st Congressional US House District got a little smaller yesterday. On the Republican side incumbent Congressman Rob Wittman appears to be on the road to avoiding any primary challenges this year and securing his position on the November ballot under the Republican column. Things are a little less clear on the Democrat side.
Smelling blood in the water from recent Democrat success in elections across the country and the low popularity polls for President Donald Trump, Democrats are hoping to find success even in deep red districts like the 1st District in Virginia (America’s 1st District). There were as many as 5 candidates once seeking the Democrat nomination to take on Wittman, however that number has now dropped to just three. The latest candidate to pull his hat out of the ring is controversial Prince William County School Board Chairman Ryan Sawyers.
Sawyers appeared to the Democrats best chance of making any sort of dent in the 1st Congressional District. He was elected in 2015 county-wide in trending-blue Prince William County. He was leading the field of Democrat candidates in fundraising, having out raised his nearest competitor by more than a 2-1 margin. His fundraising reached over $111,000 as of the last reporting cycle, which closed December 31, 2017. Other candidates have raised between $9,000 and $25,000 which is far behind incumbent Wittman’s $626,274 in fundraising.
- Withdrew from the primary
The Democrats will face off in a Primary election on June 12. All registered voters are eligible to vote in the election, however there will also be a Republican primary on the same day for U.S. Senate and in the George Washington Supervisor District there will likely be a Republican primary in that race on the same day. Voters can only request the ballot of one of the two parties in primary and may only vote for candidates on that ballot.
The Stafford County Democratic Committee recently held a candidate forum. You can watch it here to learn more about the candidates seeking the Democrat nomination.