Jane Dittmar officially received the Democratic nod for the 5th Congressional District nomination Saturday at the district convention in Nelson County.
Dittmar, a former Albemarle County supervisor and professional mediator, plans to build her campaign on an economic message, including introducing a jobs plan.
“If we get to work now, we can realize our district’s capacity for a strong economic future,” Dittmar said in a prepared speech at Nelson County High School.
In her speech, Dittmar said she plans to coordinate with organizations and representatives at the local, state and federal levels to bring back jobs lost in the recession.
Dittmar was born in Illinois and moved to Virginia at age six when her father began working with the John F. Kennedy administration, according to a campaign press release. She has lived in the Charlottesville area since attending the University of Virginia, where she earned an economics degree, the release said.
While Dittmar has been able to gear up way ahead of the general election Nov. 8, her four Republican opponents have had to fight it out at mass meetings throughout the district’s expansive territory, hoping to draw delegates their way.
The Fifth Congressional District, shaped like a skinny and tall Virginia, stretches from Pittsylvania and Brunswick counties on the state’s southern border up to Fauquier County.
The Republican nominee is scheduled to be picked at a convention May 14 at Nelson County High School. Sen. Tom Garrett, R-Buckingham, former congressional security advisor Joseph Whited, Bedford-area developer Jim McKelvey, and technology executive Michael Del Rosso seek the nomination.