Lewis faces Cline for Goodlatte’s seat

Democrat Jennifer Lynn Lewis of Waynesboro is squaring off against state Del. Benjamin L. Cline, R-Amherst, for the U.S. House District 6 seat in November.

Lewis handily won the Democratic Party primary Tuesday against her three opponents. Republican delegates voted for Cline in a May 19 convention from a roster of about a half-dozen candidates seeking the party nomination.

Cline and Lewis will seek election to the House of Representatives seat held by U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke. Goodlatte announced late last year he would not seek re-election for another term after representing the district for more than 20 years. The 6th District stretches along the Shenandoah Valley from Shenandoah County through Roanoke.

In the Democratic primary Tuesday, Lewis received 47.3 percent of the vote. Peter J. Volosin came in second with 27.39 percent. Charlotte Ann Moore took 18.61 percent while Sergio A. Coppola II received 6.7 percent. Lewis won most voting precincts across the district. Volosin won about a half dozen precincts in Shenandoah County while Moore showed strong support in many precincts to the south of the district in Roanoke and Botetourt counties. Coppola and Lewis tied to win a precinct in Augusta County.

Lewis, 36,  has lived in the 6th District for 11 years. Lewis works as a hospital liaison case manager at the Region 10 Community Services Board.

Cline, 46,  represents the 24th District in the state House of Delegates that covers Bath and Rockbridge counties, parts of Amherst and Augusta counties, and the cities of Buena Vista and Lexington. Cline is serving his eighth term and operates a private law firm in Lexington.