Rep. Denver Riggleman takes 5th District seat, defeats Leslie Cockburn

Rep. Denver Riggleman takes 5th District seat, defeats Leslie Cockburn
Denver Riggleman (Source: NBC12)

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Republican Denver Riggleman took the 5th District Congressional seat, winning over hopeful Leslie Cockburn.

Riggleman’s victory means the traditionally Republican district will remain red. The Air Force veteran and business owner, who ran for governor in 2017, wants to cut spending and waste, and increase transparency.

Riggleman is an Air Force veteran and business owner who ran briefly for governor in 2017. If elected to Congress, he wants to cut spending and waste, and increase transparency. He wants to secure the border but streamline immigration to resolve the farming labor shortage.

The 5th Congressional district runs through the middle of the state and includes Fluvanna and Cumberland counties. Republican Congressman Tom Garrett announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election while he battles alcoholism.

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