by Kristi Higgins
Last Saturday, I attended a campaign fundraiser for Elliott Fausz who is challenging incumbent Randy Forbes for Virginia’s 4th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
It’s pretty cool having a friend running for Congress! The backyard gathering held in the Chester Fieldstone neighborhood was hosted by Scott and Beth Kimbriel.
When I stepped out of my car, I heard a lady yelling, “Come back here!” I was hoping it wasn’t a vicious dog. I was thankful it was a tiny Yorkie. The dog followed me up the driveway alerting the hosts to my arrival. The dog’s owner had to retrieve the territorial canine.
The hosts greeted me as well as the neighbor’s cat, Misty. She was very affectionate and vocal the entire evening. She may have been begging for some salmon, but Lyndsay Fausz, Elliott’s wife, substituted the craving with some much appreciated petting.
Before Elliott and Lyndsay arrived, Beth told me that “chica” should be arriving, soon. I thought she was referring to Lyndsay, but it turns out Elliott’s Campaign Manager’s name is Chika Anyadike. All three of them had been hot on the campaign trail attending the Chesapeake Crab Festival earlier in the day. Chika is from Gloucester County, Va.
After I was introduced to one of the guests, I was going crazy trying to remember how I knew her. We finally figured it out after chatting with each other for a while. Sitha Wenberg was my oldest daughter’s Biology teacher at Thomas Dale.
Beth had a variety of cheeses, meats, crackers, breads, nuts and other tasty treats to enjoy. I tried tapenade for the first time which is a dish consisting of puréed or finely chopped olives, capers, anchovies and olive oil. Her basil butter was scrumptious.
Elliott gave a short, informative presentation on why he chose to run for Congress. He said he learned a lot from watching his resilient, hard-working, creative and resourceful parents when they started the paper, which is now called the Village News. Elliott was 11 years old when he delivered the papers every Tuesday and Thursday until his parents moved the business into an office.
A circle-chair discussion took place on various issues such as interest and college tuition rates, affordable health care, job creation and infrastructure. Guest, Christine Petri asked Elliott how he plans to fix the issues. Elliott replied, “Best thing we can do is chip away at every issue, inform the constituents and demand change.” Elliott added, “I will be the leader we need to break the obstructionism in Congress, and I’m ready to step up and get the job done!”