March 16, 2014
A Charlottesville teacher says he wants to improve the school system in the congressional Fifth District.
Ben Hudson, a teacher at Buford Middle School, is seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican incumbent Robert Hurt for the Fifth District seat. In addition to schools, he said he'd advocate for environment and wildlife issues.
Hudson will face activist Lawrence Gaughan in the Democratic primary.
Hudson said he doesn't believe Hurt is doing what's best for the district and wants to see some change.
"One of the things right now, our unemployment across the district is too high. Right now, we have coal ash leaking into our rivers, we have some schools that don't have certified teachers in the classrooms, and I think we can change those things with the right policies and the right energy in Congress."
Hudson was in the military for 24 years and retired as a lieutenant colonel before his career in education.