Walbridge Out-Raises Incumbent By A Whopping 500 Percent
After two periods being out-fundraised 3:1, Buffington’s viability comes into question as Election Day approaches
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 16, 2019
Round Hill —Today, Tia Walbridge, Democratic nominee for Blue Ridge Supervisor, announced that her campaign had raised over $175,000 by the last filing deadline, $40,000 more than incumbent Tony Buffington. Walbridge brought in $25,000 in September alone, with an average contribution well under $150. Buffington raised just $5,040. His average contribution in September rounds out to nearly $300, doubling Walbridge’s.
“When we got into this race, everyone warned us we would have a tough climb,” Walbridge said. “But we were confident in our message that Blue Ridge needs, and deserves, a leader with boots-on-the-ground experience and in-depth policy knowledge to protect Loudoun’s unique rural and suburban balance. A leader with a long-term vision for our county and an ability to build coalitions to bring Loudoun into the 21st Century and onto the national stage. These numbers reflect the support of an enormous grassroots coalition that has heard our message and been inspired to join our fight.”
“It’s incredibly unusual to see an incumbent work so hard in the beginning and then taper off so dramatically in the most pivotal months of the cycle,” Wellesley Daniels, Campaign Manager, said. “It makes you wonder: Does Tony Buffington care enough about the job to put in the work when the going gets tough?”
Overall, Walbridge has over 1,000 individual donors, compared to Tony’s 229. She maintains a growing cash-on-hand advantage of $23,000. Walbridge’s total raised to date tops $190,000.
Tia is a sheep farmer, small business owner, and mom to two young girls in Loudoun County Public Schools. She was appointed to sit on the Virginia Agricultural Council, is a board member of Loudoun County Farm Bureau, and a founding member of Save Rural Loudoun. She also serves on the board of Dandelion Meadow, a nonprofit that provides facilities for women battling addiction in Loudoun County. She’s endorsed by EMILY’s List, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton, Loudoun Education Association PAC, and many more.