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Leslie Cockburn

VA-5 (D)
Current office holder: Thomas Garrett (R)
Leslie is running for Congress because the 5th district of Virginia needs someone in Congress with proven experience in holding Washington’s feet to the fire. She wants to bring her integrity, courage and grit to Congress. She has 35 years of award-winning investigative journalism experience, having exposed wrongs in Washington and on Wall Street. She has also covered six wars, including Iraq and Afghanistan. She has been a farm owner in Rappahannock County for more than two decades.
How does Leslie align with Project 100's values?
  • Economic Opportunity: Leslie wants to create jobs by investing in clean energy, tourism and small business industries. She believes it is time for women to be treated as full citizens and to receive equal pay.
  • Equal Treatment Under the Law: Leslie supports criminal justice reforms that reduce unnecessary incarceration and keep families and communities safe and intact.
  • Healthy People & Communities: Leslie wants to preserve the best of the Affordable Care Act, ensuring that people with pre-existing conditions get care and that those low- income families who can now afford coverage will continue to receive that coverage. She supports single payer health care. She also fully supports women's reproductive rights.
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