CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 News) -- A newly elected state legislator has set her sights on Confederate monuments in Virginia. She wants to make it legal to remove them, and she kicked off a campaign to support a bill she's sponsoring in downtown Charlottesville on Monday.

"Our city council voted long ago to take down our Confederate memorials, and it's because of the laws that are currently on the books in Richmond that we don't have that right," said Delegate-elect Sally Hudson (D-57th District). "So this is really about us gaining the legislative authority that we need to exercise control over our own parks and for our community to decide what we celebrate."

At the Monday event at the Free Speech Wall on the Downtown Mall, Hudson was joined by outgoing City Councilor Wes Bellamy and former City Councilor Kristin Szakos.

Hudson also announced the larger Monumental Justice rally in Richmond on Jan. 8, the day she'll be sworn in. 

Earlier this year, Charlottesville lost a lawsuit over its efforts to remove the monuments. But Hudson says the issue is hardly unique to the Charlottesville community, and she says she has heard from other Virginia elected officials who are interested in co-sponsoring the bill.