May 31, 2018
Boneta, Webert seeking GOP congressional nod
Two of the four announced candidates for the Republican 5th District congressional nomination — Del. Michael Webert and Martha Boneta — are from Fauquier.
Republican leaders Saturday will pick their nominee to run in November for the congressional seat that Rep. Tom Garrett (R-Va./5th) will abandon after disclosing Monday that he struggles with alcoholism.
Four candidates — including two from Fauquier — have announced their intentions to seek the nomination.
The 5th District Republican Committee voted, 19-14, by conference call Tuesday to pick the nominee June 2. The candidates will compete for the district committee’s 37 votes.
The Republican selected will face Democratic nominee Leslie Cockburn of Rappahannock County in the Nov. 6 election.
The 5th Congressional District, which includes 16 of 20 Fauquier precincts, stretches to the North Carolina border.
Those seeking the nomination must notify their local party chairman by 8 p.m. Thursday, but the committee also can consider others. Those who have declared their interest are:
• Del. Michael Webert (R-18th/Marshall).
• Martha Boneta, who owns a farm at Paris.
• Jim McKelvey, a Bedford County real estate developer.
• Denver Riggleman, a Nelson County distillery owner.
• State Sen. Bill Stanley of Franklin County.
The Republican committee will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday at Nelson County High School in Lovingston to pick its new congressional candidate. The meeting will be open to the public.
To be considered, a candidate must get a motion to nominate and a second from the committee. Each candidate will get five minutes to make his or her case.
The committee will vote by secret ballot, eliminating at least one candidate in each round until one emerges with at least 19 votes.
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RGLJA · June 1, 2018 at 8:18 am
JG--- Michael Webert is a fine man and he is doing a great job for Fauquier County but he has no real shot at this nomination. There are several others that have a much stronger position, including Martha Boneta, and Bill Stanley. It will all be decided tomorrow when the winner is selected. But I'm still glad Webert threw his hat in the ring anyway, to position himself as contender for the future.
Jim Griffin · May 31, 2018 at 12:37 pm
Webert is a solid choice. He stands up for the community when we ask. The others? Not so much, but whiskey and real estate development both play well in Richmond. Dems looking for the flip will hope for Boneta.
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