by Megan Schiffres
The midterm election is two weeks away and residents of Virginia’s First District will soon have to choose either Republican incumbent Congressman Rob Wittman or Democratic nominee Vangie Williams.
Wittman has represented the First District since 2007. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Natural Resources. Before he was elected to Congress, Wittman represented District 99 in the Virginia House of Delegates from 2006-07. He served more than a decade on the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors.
Wittman has a doctorate in public policy and administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, and spent 26 years working in state government as an environmental health specialist before entering politics.
Williams, as the first woman of color to have her name on the ballot in the First District, has already made history with her campaign. This is Williams’ first attempt running for public office and if she wins, she will become the fifth woman and first woman of color to represent Virginia in the House of Representatives.
Williams is a strategic planner with over 30 years of experience working for government agencies, contractors and private businesses. She has a master’s in project management from Ashford University and is working towards earning a doctorate in business administration and project management from Walden University.
For both Wittman and Williams, bringing broadband connectivity to everyone in the First District is a priority…