Calling for a thoughtful and even-handed approach to leadership, Charlotte Moore joined the crowded field Tuesday racing to replace Bob Goodlatte in the 6th Congressional District.
Moore, a former Roanoke County supervisor who served the Cave Spring District from 2008 to 2016, announced she’s seeking the Democratic nomination for the U.S. House seat.
“I pledge to work on your behalf with others to find reasonable solutions to the complex, but truly solvable, issues that face our state and our nation,” she said during a kickoff attended by about a dozen supporters.
“I’ve lived in Virginia my entire life. It’s hard to express the passion that I have for this incredible land,” she said. “I would like to be your voice in Congress.”
To date, Moore, 66, is the third Democrat to announce a bid for the seat that represents a wide swath of Western Virginia stretching from Roanoke to north of Harrisonburg.
Contenders Sergio Coppola, of Harrisonburg, and Peter Volosin, of Roanoke, are also vying for the party’s nomination. District Democrats are convening a June primary to pick their candidate.
With Goodlatte, a Republican, electing to retire after 25 years in office, a long roster of candidates is forming to replace him. In addition to the Democratic field, two independents have entered the ring and eight hopefuls are seeking the Republican nomination.
The 6th District leans heavily red with Goodlatte never polling less than 60 percent of the vote.
But Moore, a real estate agent and owner of Dream Scapes Landscaping, said she felt the time was ripe for change.
The rancor in Washington, which she feels has been heightened since President Donald Trump’s election, underscores the need for more representatives who are willing to reach across the aisle and engage in civil debate, she said.
“There’s just so much disrespect,” she said of the current climate in D.C. “I would love to see more bipartisanship. We need that in order to get things accomplished.”
During her campaign kickoff, held at the South County Library that she voted to fund in 2010, Moore advocated for mental health reform, a stronger focus on environmental preservation and more investments in education including vocational training.
She highlighted her experience on the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors and as a board member of the Virginia Association of Counties, which works with local governments across the state.
While those communities had many shared priorities, Moore said, they also had diverging interests, making it essential to find common ground.
This is Moore’s first bid for federal office. She was first elected to the county board as a Democrat then switched to independent status on the belief that local government benefits more from shedding party labels.
She was unseated by Republican George Assaid in 2015 after a notably amicable campaign that included the opponents co-hosting meet-and-greets.
More contenders could still emerge. Democrats have until March 29 to file for the party primary.
Republicans are holding a convention in May to pick their nominee. Their filing deadline passed last month.