Flaccavento’s focus remains on people and conversations

Flaccavento's focus remains on people and conversations

Anthony Flaccavento, candidate for Virginia’s 9th District congressional seat, discusses the issues facing voters. Abingdon native Anthony Flaccavento likes meeting people face-to-face. That’s his primary strategy for expanding his campaign for Virginia’s 9th District U.S. House seat, which is ramping up for Flaccavento after winning the Democratic primary. It’s not the first time Flaccavento, a 60-year-old Abingdon farmer and consultant, has tried to unseat Republican incumbent Morgan Griffith; in 2012, Flaccavento reached 38.6 percent of the vote, with Griffith carrying a 61.3 percent majority. “I realized from the first experience, when you’re the underdog, which I am in a number of respects … your best chance of winning people over is as much face-to-face as you can get,” he told the Bristol Herald Courier during a meeting with the paper’s editorial board last week. Flaccavento has spoken at more than 60 public gatherings in an attempt to reach out to Democrats, independents and dissatisfied Republicans. “I feel like when I can engage directly with people, I learn a lot, but it’s also the best way for them to get a feel for me,” he said. “It’s hard to imagine being faster and more furious, but that is the plan.” Flaccavento launched his campaign in October in St. Paul, where two local Republican officials — St. Paul Mayor Hubert Fletcher and Russell County Supervisor Lou Ann Wallace —introduced him. He prides himself on being able to reach out and get to know people across the aisle and forming connections “because […]

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