Waynesboro Democrat joins crowded field to succeed Goodlatte

"Lewis, who works in the mental health field, has lived in Waynesboro for 10 years. She is married, and holds a degree in sociology from the State University of New York at Oneonta. Her activism is well known in Waynesboro and Augusta County.

In addition to her work opposing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, she serves as vice chair of the Waynesboro Democratic Committee and is a board member of the Headwaters Soil and Water Conservation District.

While Lewis had pondered a run for office for some time, she said the fight over the pipeline bolstered her desire to run.

“The pipeline issue opened a Pandora’s box,” she said.

Now, Lewis said, she must get in her car and work the 6th District, a swath of western Virginia that more or less straddles Interstate 81 from Roanoke to Front Royal, over the next four months. She said she hopes for a wide tent of potential voters.

“I want to meet Democrats and Republicans,” she said.

Josh Stanfield