The Democratic Party opened a field office in Leesburg on Wednesday evening with brief speeches from several local Democrats and 10th Congressional District challenger Luann Bennett.
Bennett and elected officials spoke in a crowded, stuffy, quickly warming room on the corner of Church and Loudoun streets filled with an enthusiastic crowd that spilled out onto the lawn.
Supervisor Kristen C. Umstattd (D-Leesburg) contrasted Clinton and Bennett to Republican rivals Donald Trump and Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA-10).
“We cannot afford to fail, because on the other side looms a never-ending attack on the brave and generous America we love,” Umstattd said, adding the Republican Party had been “hijacked by a greed-driven, tantrum-throwing opportunist.”
“What we don’t need to do is build walls or label our immigrants,” Bennett said. “What Hillary knows, and what we all know, is that we are in fact stronger together.”
The event was also attended by Virginia Sen. Jennifer T. Wexton (D-33), County Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large), Leesburg Vice Mayor Kelly Burk, and Leesburg council member and Loudoun Democratic party chairman Marty Martinez.
“What I want you all to do right now is do a 360 and look who’s here,” Martinez said. “Look at all the different people we have: young, old, different colors.”
Leesburg-area Clinton campaign organizer Michael Abucewicz declined to take questions.