Anthony Flaccavento hits campaign trail ahead of June primary

Anthony Flaccavento is an Abingdon farmer and businessman seeking the Democratic nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives in Virginia's 9th District. (L. Owens, WCYB)

Tuesday marks Virginia's June primaries, and one candidate is hitting the road in hopes of being the region's next representative in Congress.

Abingdon farmer and businessman Anthony Flaccavento is running for the Democratic nomination against Blacksburg native Justin Santopietro for Virginia's 9th District U.S. House of Representatives Seat.

Flaccavento pledged to host 100 town halls before the November election. So far, he has held 60 and he said residents want three things: better jobs, better health care, and better public education.

He said he has the experience to handle these issues if elected.

"It just gives me a connection to the real needs and opportunities of the region. It allows me a place to build on. When I get to Congress, I'll have lots of folks I've been working with for the last 30 years who I can then turn to as a Congressperson and build out those relationships even more," Flaccavento said.

Santopietro has worked as a policy analyst for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and currently works for a national advocacy association for America's credit unions.

The winner of the Democratic primary will face unopposed Republican incumbent Morgan Griffith and Independent Scott Blankenship in the general election in November.

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