Garrett headed to Congress
Surrounded by family, friends and media outlets from across Virginia, 5th District Republican nominee Tom Garrett took the stage at Random Row Brewery in Charlottesville to formally accept the election results.
In the race to replace retiring Rep. Robert Hurt, Garrett defeated Democratic nominee Jane Dittmar with more than 58 percent of the vote, garnering 205,781 votes across the district to Dittmar’s 147,068.
“First and foremost, I want to thank God and my family for their steadfast support,” he said. “Similarly, I could not be more appreciative for the outpouring of support by volunteers, donors and GOP units who have given so much during this election — it is truly humbling.
This campaign has always been about jobs and the equality of opportunity. I look forward to working on rolling back the destructive regulatory burdens on our job creators and pursuing creative solutions to replace Obamacare with a more affordable, market-based system. Further our legislators need to focus on pushing resources and decision making away from Washington and back to our localities. I will also make it a priority to fight to secure our borders and protect our nation from threats at home and abroad.”
Garrett won Mecklenburg County with more than 60 percent of the vote, garnering 8,656 votes to Dittmar’s 5,727.
Dittmar won Brunswick County with more than 55 percent of the vote, 4,109 to 3,273, but Garrett carried the rest of the region. The Buckingham state senator won Lunenburg County with more than 61 percent of the vote, 3,171 to 2,016, won Halifax County with nearly 60 percent of the vote, 9,601 to 6,396, and won Charlotte County with more than 64 percent of the vote, 3,546 to 1,992.
Dittmar said she spoke to Garrett and congratulated him “on becoming our congressman and to thank him for our spirited and vigorous contest.”
“I wished him Godspeed I urge all those who supported me to join me in not just congratulating Tom, but offering him our good will and support in the important work ahead,” she said. “I promised to him and requested that he promise me in return that we now abandon partisan feeling and yield to patriotism in generous service to the 5th district and to our nation.”
The 115th Congress is slated to begin on Jan. 3, 2017.