STAUNTON, Va. (WDBJ7) Jennifer Lewis delivered the news to her parents by phone, while supporters cheered her victory in Staunton.
A mental health professional, a Democratic party activist and a leader of the fight against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, Lewis built a big lead in areas near her home in Waynesboro, And she held her own in the southern end of the district.
"I've set the reputation for myself over the last ten years as being an advocate on a bunch of different issues," Lewis said in an interview, "that people in the community know when I take on an issue, I fight and fight and I will continue to advocate."
In Roanoke, Lewis stickers were in high demand, and Democrats were looking ahead to the November election.
"Congratulations to Jennifer," said fellow candidate Charlotte Moore. "She worked a very hard campaign. Everybody worked hard, and so I'm glad a Democrat is ready to make Virginia blue."
Lewis said she will reach out to her opponents, as she tries to unify Democrats behind her campaign.
"I'm feeling really excited, and really motivated to hit the streets starting tomorrow to push through to November, she said."
Jennifer Lewis has won the U.S. House Democratic nomination for the 6th District seat in Congress.
According to her campaign website, Lewis has been an active member of her community in Augusta County and Waynesboro.
Lewis has served as Chair of the Waynesboro Parks and Recreation Board for eight years and currently serves as Chair of the Office on Youth Commission.
Her campaign website says Lewis is "a mental health worker, community advocate, and leader in the fight against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline." She has founded Friends of Augusta, a local pipeline opposition group.