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Dems Tap Gaughan to challenge Hurt
Sunday, June 1, 2014
By FROM BULLETIN AND AP REPORTS -
PALMYRA (AP) — Virginia Democrats in the 5th Congressional District have selected Lawrence Gaughan to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Robert Hurt.
Democrats hosted a convention Saturday at Fluvanna County High School in Palmyra to pick between Gaughan and Ben Hudson.
Gaughan said earlier this week that the convention was “merely a formality,” and his campaign was confident he would secure the nomination, according to Josh Norris, Gaughan’s campaign manager.
“Our internal numbers showed that we were in a really good place, and it was good to through that, but we’re really excited to go into the general election,” Norris said Saturday.
Gaughan in an actor who said he recently had a role playing a Secret Service agent in the HBO series “VEEP.” Hudson is a middle school teacher.
Gaughan will face Hurt, a Republican who was first elected in 2010 and easily won re-election in 2012. He did not face a primary challenger.
Gaughan, 47, a Charlottesville native, said he decided to seek the post because “Hurt, like many in Washington, (is) out of touch with the concerns of hard-working Virginians.”
The 5th District stretches through central Virginia nearly the entire length of the state, into eastern Henry County.
This is Gaughan’s first bid for public office. However, he worked with John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign and raised money for the Democrats in the 2006 mid-term elections, according to previous Bulletin reports.
Norris said Gaughan’s message will resonate with the majority of the voters in the district. “I think they’re ready for a fresh vote,” he said, adding that the campaign believes Hurt offers “business as usual.”
The focus of the campaign will continue to be increasing the number of local voters, Norris said, adding that Gaughan believes “getting more people to get out and vote will make the difference,” Norris said.