CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Eugene Vindman has never run for office, but people may know his name from the first impeachment of former President Donald Trump.

Vindman is one of seven Democrats are competing for their party's nomination in Virginia's 7th District before the June 18 primary.

"My most important issue is protecting and preserving our democracy," said Vindman.

He is also focused on addressing issues reproductive rights.

"I have a 13-year-old daughter. She'll be 14 this month, and I can't imagine her growing up in a commonwealth with less rights than her mother and women I have fought for for generations," said Vindman, who intends to introduce legislation to codify a woman's right to an abortion as the national law of the land.

Vindman, who served as a JAG officer, never envisioned getting into politics.

"After a 25-year career in the military, my resolve was tested when I reported up the chain the corrupt actions of the former president," he said.

When his brother Alex was listening on a call in his role as a National Security Council official assigned to the White House, he became alarmed at what he heard. In a 2019 call, former President Donald Trump spoke to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and sought an investigation of Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. Alex told Eugene what he heard.

Both Vindmans reported their concerns to superiors, ultimately contributing to Trump's impeachment.

"Make no mistake, this decision I made regardless of political affiliation, and I have always and will always put country over party," said Vindman.

Whoever wins the seat in November will replace Democratic Representative Abigail Spanberger, who is currently running to be Virginia's first female governor. While Vindman says he's spoken with her, he remains focused on his race.

"I will focus on delivering for my constituents, advocating for farmers, and building on infrastructure investments already benefiting Virginians here locally," he said.