CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- It was a crowded field in the Seventh District GOP primary race on Tuesday with six Republican candidates running. 

Yesli Vega has clinched the GOP nomination, capturing nearly 29 percent of the votes in the primary, and will run against incumbent Abigail Spanberger in November.

The former police officer says her focus will be issues like guns and school safety.

"The number one thing that folks want is safe and secure communities. You can't do that by defunding the police," Vega said. "If people are serious, especially politicians, if they are serious about securing our schools and providing a safe learning environment for our teachers and our children, you have to start taking the steps necessary to put things in place to be able to handle that threat.”

Vega, who was endorsed by Senator Ted Cruz and Ginni Thomas, the wife of Justice Clarence Thomas, says she doesn’t think the committee hearings on the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at the Capitol will have any impact on the outcome in the Seventh District race.

"I have yet to meet somebody in the Seventh District that has even brought up this conversation," she said. "Yesli Vega is the one that’s running. Yesli Vega is the one that’s going to be on the ballot and I am incredibly proud with the work that I’ve done as county supervisor and all of the success that we’ve had, and that’s going to be my main focus, not national issues or talking points of the like.” 

As far as taking on Spanberger, Vega says she's been talking to everyday people to hear how they've been feeling the squeeze that she thinks is a result of failed Democrat policies.

"At the end of the day when it is all said and done, it is because of failed Democrat leadership and failed Democrat policies," Vega said. "Abigail Spanberger has had the opportunity to stand up for people of the Seventh District and she hasn't done that. And so I think voters are ready for that change and I am ready to make that change in November."
 
"Virginians will have a clear choice this fall. I look forward to debating the issues with my opponent and winning re-election," wrote Spanberger in a statement on Tuesday.

The University of Virginia Center for Politics says the Seventh District seat is currently rated as "leans Democrat" for now.