Sally Hudson and Kathy Galvin in candidate forum

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Sally Hudson and Kathy Galvin, the two candidates running to represent the 57th district in the Virginia House of Delegates, answered the public's questions in a forum at Monticello High School on Thursday.

The forum was hosted by the League of Women Voters.

The 57th district covers Charlottesville and surrounding parts of Albemarle County. Both candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination that would replace Delegate David Toscano.

Galvin and Hudson both consider themselves progressive, but Galvin's experience in local government and Hudson's experience as an economist shape their priorities.

Hudson said one of her priorities is affordable health care.

"We lived through the nightmare scenario here in Central Virginia of getting down to one health insurance provider last year," said Hudson. "We had families paying $3,000 a month to cover two parents and two kids. That doesn't work for any families that I know and so I would like to take my skills as an economist to Richmond and help us produce practical solutions that can bring those prices down."

Galvin said affordable housing in the area will remain one of her priorities.

"I've actually become a local resident expert on affordable housing issues," said Galvin. "And one of the big things that I'm going to be championing when I get into the House of Delegates is getting local government the tools they need to solve their own problems. Namely, let us have the kind of zoning tool that will require developers to build affordable housing on site."

Micahel Klepinger, who attended the forum in support of Galvin, said he believes the work Galvin has put in locally shows she is fit for the position.

"I know from many many meetings and my friendship with Kathy that she's totally dedicated, really hard-working," said Klepinger. "Overworked is what she is. And that's the kind of person I'm looking for to move us forward in Richmond."

Tim Wilson, who showed his support for Hudson, said he believes Hudson is more progressive than Galvin, which is one of the traits he is looking for in a delegate.

"Someone who is really knowledgable and someone who is a genuine progressive," said Wilson. "Who has the bonified ability to push this district and be a representative for the whole state of progressive issues and I personally think Sally Hudson is that person."

The primary election will be held on June 11.



 
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