Majority of Democrats running for Congress in Va. pledge not to take money from Dominion, ApCo

"Jennifer Lewis, vice chairwoman of the Waynesboro Democratic Party, will formally announce Friday that she’s running in the 6th Congressional District — the seat being vacated by retiring GOP Rep. Bob Goodlatte.

She is among the candidates who will not take money from the regulated energy utilities and who will decline all corporate campaign money. Lewis founded Friends of Augusta, a group that opposes the two natural gas pipelines whose planned paths include Virginia.

Lewis said she decided to run for office because volunteering and activism do not get results when leadership beholden to corporate money remains in place. She brought up former Gov. Terry McAuliffe as an example.

“The perception of how it looks to an outside person when you have a governor and he’s taking money from Dominion and then he’s pro-pipeline,” she said. “When you take people’s money, it gives people the perception that that’s going to change your view — that’s going to change your vote on things.”"

Josh Stanfield