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ALEXANDRIA, VA – Lavern Chatman’s campaign for U.S. House continues to build momentum ahead of the June 10 democratic primary election, showing total contributions of $298,697.29, for the most recent period ending March 31.

On Saturday, Chatman returned to Mount Vernon High School, her alma mater, to participate in the 8th Congressional District’s first candidate forum of the democratic primary. Throughout the event, Chatman highlighted her work as a community leader, mentor of young men and women, and champion for small business and women’s rights. A first-time candidate, Chatman finished a strong second in the Mount Vernon District Democratic Committee’s recent straw poll.

The Chatman campaign celebrated the opening of their campaign office – located at Congressman Moran’s former campaign headquarters in Old Town Alexandria – with a canvass kickoff on Sunday.

“In just a few months, our campaign continues to grow in momentum and strength,” said Chatman. “I look forward to meeting and connecting with more voters across the 8th District in the coming weeks.”

Earlier this month, Chatman held a fundraising event at the Crystal Gateway Marriot in Arlington, VA with special guest Ms. Oprah Winfrey.

“Stedman and I came here tonight to support Lavern Chatman,”” said Ms. Winfrey.

More than 400 supporters were present at the event which focused on empowering women and girls for leadership. Chatman’s 15 young professional mentees and twenty-five students representing schools throughout Virginia’s 8th District – Arlington Public Schools, Francis C. Hammond Middle School, T.C. Williams High School and Mount Vernon High School – were also in attendance.

Speakers included: motivational speaker Gloria Mayfield Banks, N Street Village Executive Director Shroeder Stribling and Mpumi Noviba, a 2011 graduate of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, who attends college in the United States. Chatman serves as Noviba’s host parent.