Qasim Rashid wins Democratic nomination in 1st Congressional District, will take on U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman

Source: Daily Press

By Dave Ress, who covers state and regional issues. He’s reported on Virginia since 1990 and came back to the Daily Press in 2013. He is the author of “Municipal Accountability in the American Age of Reform,” “The Half Breed Tracts in Early National America” and other works. Dave has a B.A. in economics and a Ph.D. in history.

Rashid, a lawyer whose practice focuses on preventing domestic abuse and criminal justice reform, said help for working families, including paid family leave and a minimum wage increase are at the top of his list, as well as cleaning up the bay. Williams, a strategic planner for a government contractor from King George County, said tackling the region’s congested infrastructure and police reform are also top priorities.

The district stretches north from Jamestown, to York County, the Middle Peninsula, Northern Neck and on to parts of Prince William County in the Northern Virginia suburbs.

Wittman has represented the district since 2007. The district is strongly Republican, giving 55% of its votes to Donald Trump in 2016. It hasn’t elected a Democrat since 1976.

Williams challenged Wittman in 2018, an election he won 55% to 45%.

Rashid’s first venture into running for office was to challenge state Sen. Richard Stuart, R-King George, last year, seeking to represent a mixture of outlying Northern Virginia suburbs and the rural Northern Neck, in the northern reaches of the 1st District. The Senate district does not include the Congressional district’s heavily Republican Middle Peninsula, York and James City County voters.

Rashid lagged Stuart in all five of the Senate district’s counties, losing the race by a 42% to 57% margin.

In other races Tuesday night, unofficial results from across the state showed Daniel Gade gaining the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Warner in November.

In Hampton Roads, Scott Taylor, a familiar name to voters of the 2nd Congressional District, became the Republican nominee to take on U.S. Rep. Elaine Luria, the Democrat who narrowly defeated Taylor in 2018 after his one term in Congress.

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From facebook: Qasim Rashid

I’m angry because in the wealthiest country on Earth, a friend, a Veteran, sent me a GoFundMe link to help pay for his cancer treatment.

I’m angry because we’re learning that COVID19 may have infected 22M Americans.

I’m angry because 126K Americans are dead—and counting.

I’m angry that 40M Americans have lost their jobs, meaning now a total of roughly 70M Americans have insufficient or no healthcare.

And I’m angry because in response to all these atrocities, Trump is asking SCOTUS to repeal the ACA, throwing 23M MORE Americans off healthcare, denying coverage to the elderly, and denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions—& my GOP opponent supports the cruelty. He supports it with his complicit silence and his dozens of votes to repeal the ACA without any form of a replacement.

I’m angry—but I’m not hopeless. I’m fired up. And I’m running for US Congress to stop these atrocities. We WILL stop these atrocities to protect our neighbors, our Veterans, and our human dignity. Be angry. Give a damn. And channel that rage to serve all humanity.

I‘m asking you, join our fight for justice supreme and compassion through action. Let’s get to work.

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