Warrenton, VA – Today, The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) announced that Leslie Cockburn, VA-05 Democratic nominee for the U.S. House of Representatives, has received the Red to Blue candidate distinction. This highly competitive distinction is given to campaigns that surpass aggressive goals for grassroots engagement, organizational structure, and fundraising.

Red to Blue is a highly competitive and battle-tested program at the DCCC that arms top-tier candidates with organizational and fundraising support to help them continue to run strong campaigns. Additionally, the DCCC provides strategic guidance, staff resources, candidate trainings, and more.

“As a journalist, Leslie Cockburn made a career of standing up for those without a voice. She will continue that fight in Congress to increase access to affordable health care, to protect Social Security, and to defend the environment and natural resources that are so important to her community. Leslie has put together a strong grassroots coalition because she understands the issues that are important to communities in her district, and that is why she is ready to compete to flip this open seat.” – DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján.

“I am deeply honored to receive the DCCC’s Red to Blue distinction and join an impressive and inspiring group of candidates seeking to flip the U.S. House of Representatives,” Cockburn said. “This invitation to join Red to Blue is an acknowledgement of our campaign team’s tireless work and the unprecedented grassroots network built by our incredible volunteers who are organizing substantial Get Out the Vote (GOTV) operations in each and every corner of our vast district. I am grateful for the DCCC’s continued partnership as we charge ahead to the finish line in these final 20 days. I look forward to working with them to deliver affordable and accessible healthcare, protect working families, invest in our students, stand up for veterans, and stand against corporate special interests."

About Leslie Cockburn: 

Leslie Cockburn spent 35 years as a distinguished journalist covering the major issues of our time, from the financial crisis and nuclear weapons to jihadists and drug cartels. She broke stories in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia. For nearly 20 years, she has owned a farm in Rappahannock County, where she has served on the boards of local organizations including the Piedmont Environmental Council. She sees the desperate need in her district for affordable healthcare and mental health services. She knows how important it is to fight tariffs on agriculture, oppose the proposed cuts on the Farm Bill, and protect the environment. She will champion social justice, a living wage, and tuition-free community college. She will achieve this agenda without taking a single penny from corporate special interests.




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