CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Democrat Gloria Witt, born and raised in Amherst County, worked on her small family farm throughout her childhood. She says her campaign for the Fifth District seat is focused around what she calls the "butterfly effect."

"If you put a group of butterflies together they start flapping their wings. There is an energy that happens. And so that energy to me, is going to be every person who hears my story," Witt said.

Witt says her campaign is focused on going back to the basics.

"I am fighting for our rights and freedoms. I strongly believe democracy is on the ballot. Our rights are being rolled back as proven by the overturning of Roe v. Wade," Witt said.

And while she says she believes in the right to bear arms, she says more needs to be done.

"We have got to protect our children and grandchildren and that means we have to tighten up our gun laws. I believe in a Second Amendment but I don't believe in assault weapons, they need to be banned," Witt said.

And with her experience of putting herself through school at Randolph College, she says education is vital.

"To me, education is the foundation of economic growth," Witt said.

Witt will be running against Gary Terry and Paul Riley in the Democratic primary set for June 18.