5th district congressional candidate Lawrence Gaughan spent Thursday afternoon touring the downtown mall introducing himself to voters.
He won the democratic nomination by a big margin. But now Gaughan has bigger things on his agenda. Unseat the man that has held the fifth district congressional seat since 2010.
He's making it known early there are clear differences between him and congressman Robert Hurt.
"My opponent has voted against raising the minimum wage, he's voted for trade bill after trade bill that allows corporate tax loopholes that are shipping jobs overseas and it all just kills the economy."
So where does he stand on Iraq?
"We need to get back to the constitution on the issue of war and i will never authorize the executive to use force when there is no direct or imminent threat to our national security here on our soil."
Gaughan says Congress has a low approval rating through their own doing.
“The President has an important job, but its Congress job to fix things in Washington and to run our government and not to shut it down. My opponent did the one thing that really annoyed a lot of people in our district which was voted to shut down the government for sixteen days. That will not happen; I will not cast a vote like that."
Gaughan feels like he's on the right side of the issues, if he can only inspire people to come out and vote.
"We stand on the same side of all the issues with the majority, the vast majority of this district. We stand side by side with them on all the issues that really matter. So if they come out and vote, and stop being silent in these elections, things will change."
The Charlottesville native is an actor and founder of a nonprofit that tries to improve voter turnout.
He was chosen to be the nominee at the fifth district convention in Fluvanna.