Robert Hurt, the incumbent Republican from the 5th Congressional District, will remain in office, having fended off three challengers in a landslide victory.
“I’m always very, very thankful to have the endorsement of the people I have represented,” Hurt said. “And the charge to go back to Washington for another two years.”
Incumbent Congressman Robert Hurt will face former television actor Lawrence Gaughan on Tuesday to represent Virginia’s 5th District in the U.S. House of Representatives as contenders from the two major political parties.
Libertarian Paul F. Jones and Independent Green Party candidate Kenneth Hildebrandt are also on the ballot.
Although he believes developing pipeline infrastructure in general is “vital” to the country, U.S. Rep. Robert Hurt, R-5th has not yet taken a stance specifically on the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, he told the Nelson County Times in an editorial board meeting last week.
“I just haven’t taken a position one way or the other,” Hurt said, “other than to say this: Whatever the rules and laws as it relates to the pre-application process before it even becomes a federal project — which it’s not right now — until that process, the laws that are implicated need to be followed, and the rights of property owners need to be taken into account.”
Three of the four candidates for the 5th Congressional District visited Charlottesville on Wednesday night to promote and defend their party and personal political platforms.
Democratic candidate Lawrence Gaughan, Libertarian Paul F. Jones and Independent Green Party candidate Kenneth Hildebrandt attended a forum organized by the Charlottesville Area League of Women Voters.
Lawrence Gaughan was sitting in the kitchen with his brother watching the election results for the 2010 5th District race roll in when he made a crucial decision.
“My brother kind of threw up his arms in defeat, and I said, ‘You know what, Ben, I’m not going to give up. I’m going to find a way to get Robert Hurt out of office, even if I have to do it myself.’”
Incumbent 5th District Rep. Robert Hurt’s absence from candidate forums in this election cycle is unfortunate, but unavoidable, the two-term congressman said last week from the road.
On Wednesday, when his three challengers square off at a League of Women Voters forum in Charlottesville, Hurt will be traveling in the southern part of the district, he said.
Incumbent Republican Rep. Robert Hurt is facing a smattering of challengers hoping to capitalize on the public sentiment emerging against two pipeline projects in the district.
Democrat Lawrence Gaughan, Libertarian Paul Jones and independent candidate Ken Hildebrandt are opposing Hurt, who first took office 2011 after defeating Democrat Tom Perriello during the Republican wave that also saw Rick Boucher lose his 9th District seat to Morgan Griffith.
In an effort to inform voters about the Republican and Democratic candidates for the 5th District seat in the House of Representatives in the Nov. 4 election, the Altavista Journal asked incumbent Robert Hurt and challenger W. Lawrence Gaughan to answer questions about their backgrounds and the issues facing the area and the nation.
U.S. Rep. Robert Hurt, R-5th, called for less government regulation and more free enterprise Thursday during a campaign stop in Campbell County.
Hurt, seeking a third term in office, visited one of Boxley’s rock quarries and highlighted the operation as an example of a business valuing both safety and environmental stewardship.
The candidates vying for the 5th District U.S. House of Representatives seat outlined their views on transportation policy, marijuana and D.C.’s legislative priorities Monday during an election forum in Brookneal.
Incumbent Rep. Robert Hurt, a Republican, did not attend, citing a scheduling conflict. He sent campaign manager Josh Puccio in his place.