Jane Dittmar talks about the world in terms of connections — connections that link people to jobs, to technology, to government.
“We need to have partners,” she said this week as she outlined an economic development platform with a heavy emphasis on job training, broadband expansion and public-private collaboration.
Dittmar, a professional mediator and former Albemarle County Board of Supervisors member, just formally secured the Democratic Party nomination in the 5th Congressional District race, a seat for which she launched her candidacy last September.
Jane Dittmar officially received the Democratic nod for the 5th Congressional District nomination Saturday at the district convention in Nelson County.
Jane Dittmar plans to use her experience and business background to bring jobs and increased internet access to the 5th Congressional District.
Dittmar, who is based in Albemarle County, is the Democratic candidate for the House of Representatives for the commonwealth’s 5th District. Republican Rep. Robert Hurt currently is the 5th District Representative, though Hurt has announced he will not seek another term.
The 5th District is massive, Dittmar said, bigger than the state of New Jersey and many foreign countries.
According to officials with the 5th District Democratic Committee, Jane Dittmar, former chairwoman of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, will be the only Democratic candidate running for the congressional seat.
Five of the six candidates running for Republican Rep. Robert Hurt's vacated seat talked about why they decided to run for the 5th District House of Representatives seat at a candidate forum in Brookneal on Friday night.
A sixth candidate, Democrat Jane Dittmar, did not attend the forum, organized by Conner Francis, a student at William Campbell High School.
Ericke Cage, a Democratic candidate for the state’s 5th Congressional District seat, has suspended his campaign due to financial constraints.
In a news release and a recorded voice-over that was published on the audio file-sharing website Soundcloud, Cage on Monday thanked campaign supporters and vowed to advocate for equal access to education and economic development in the state’s rural areas.