Vangie Williams, behind in the 1st District, gets a mention in “Ebony” magazine

Vangie Williams, the Democrat running against Republican Rob Wittman in Virginia’s 1st Congressional District, was featured in a national magazine last week.

It’s some wider publicity for Williams in a race that’s seen as a longshot for her to win. The contest, along with three other races seen as favoring the incumbent, has been overshadowed by more competitive districts, including a a fraud controversy, political attacks about Bigfoot erotica and leaked security documents.

Williams was one of 18 black female candidates from around the country listed on “Ebony” magazine’s website.

“Some are labeling the 2018 election cycle the “Year of the Woman” thanks to historic runs such as gubernatorial candidate Stacy Abrams in Georgia,” the brief story in “Ebony” reads. “On a smaller stage, but equally as powerful, the U.S. House of Representatives has 18 black women on the ballot who seek to push America forward.”

Williams faces an uphill battle against Wittman, who has served since 2007 representing the area that stretches from Manassas, across the Northern Neck, the Middle Peninsula and into the Peninsula.

He’s raised $1.1 million while Williams has collected $97,000.

There are other Congressional races that have stayed mostly out of national headlines:

  • Bobby Scott, a Democrat, is running unopposed in Hampton Roads’ 3rd District. He’s served the area since 1993, after several decades at the statehouse.
  • Democratic incumbent Donald McEachin has two opponents to represent the 4th District, which includes part of Richmond and the eastern outskirts of the city. Republican Ryan Adams has raised $63,108 and Libertarian Pete Wells has no money on hand. McEachin, who has served in Congress since 2016, has $643,512 to run in the comfortable Democratic district (61 percent of voters picked Gov. Ralph Northam in last year’s gubernatorial election).
  • Political newcomer Thomas Oh is taking on Democratic U.S. Rep. Don Beyer for the 8th District around Alexandria and Woodbridge. Beyer has served since 2015 and has raised $1.8 million in the strongly Democratic district. Oh has raised $17,355.
  • Republican incumbent Morgan Griffith is behind in fundraising compared to his opponent, Democrat Anthony Flaccavento. Both have raised less than a million dollars: Griffith has $783,976 while Flaccavento has $819,485. But the 9th District, from the Tennessee border to Roanoke, favors Republicans: Ed Gillespie took 68 percent of the vote in last year’s governor’s race, and Griffith has represented the area since 2011.