Photo Essay: Barbecue and politics


John Wittman puts the “smoke” in Smoke ’n Roast (above). Clare Phillips (left), Membership Chairman Kendy Taylor and Doug Taylor enjoy barbecue.

Rain clouds were low but spirits high, as the Springfield District Democratic Committee held its 18th Annual Smoke n’ Roast on Saturday evening, May 19, in Clifton, Va.  A sizable crowd enjoyed burgers and ribs, while hearing from elected county and state officials.

Four of the six Democratic candidates for the Virginia’s 10th Congressional District seat spoke at the roast. The 2018 VA-10 District race is a key target for Democrats as the Republican incumbent, Barbara Comstock, is viewed as vulnerable. The primary election is June 12th to decide which of the six hopefuls will represent Democrats in the general election in November.











VA-10 candidates Jennifer Wexton (in blue) Lindsey Davis Stover and Dan Helmer



Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova cuts the cake as State Sen. Jennifer Wexton (left), State Sen. David Marsden, Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn and State Sen. George Barker watch.

VA-10 candidate Julia Biggins




Photo above story is of Debbie Kilpatrick (left), Dante Tanner, Hannah Arrghi, Larry Mills and VA-10 candidate Lindsey Davis-Stover. / Photo Essay is by Susan Laume.



Susan Laume is a member of the Springfield District Democratic Committee and a director of the NoVA Coalition for Animals. With her dog, she works as a therapy dog team.