Voters will get the chance to meet Taysha DeVaughan, a Democratic candidate for the 9th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in the November election at a picnic on Saturday.
The event, sponsored by the Patrick County Democrats, will be held at 1 p.m. in the large picnic shelter at DeHart Park.
Participants are welcome to bring a dish to share, or just stop by to meet Devaughan and learn more about her campaign and local Democratic activities. Everyone is encouraged to share their ideas and concerns about current issues and problems facing communities locally and across the 9th district.
A resident of Big Stone Gap, DeVaughan works as a Donor Engagement Coordinator of the Appalachian Community Fund. After moving from Oklahoma and making Virginia her home in 2011, she has been an active member of her community, an activist and organizer.
DeVaughan is the president of Southern Appalachian Stewards, is active in Lonesome Pine Mutual Aid, and is a gubernatorial appointee to the Virginia Council on Environmental Justice. She also is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma.
DeVaughan centers her campaign on family, faith and future. She said she believes “that true success requires generational thinking and looking ahead beyond ourselves because what we do today, good or bad, is the next generation’s inheritance. As we look to the future, we must not only preserve our traditional values in the Ninth, but we must also embrace the youth of our communities and what they want and need.”