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Robert Hurt Visits Charlottesville Historical Attractions

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Fifth District Representative Robert Hurt (R) paid a visit to Charlottesville Thursday. He is getting ready for election season, as he prepares to be challenged this November if he wants to keep his congressional seat.

Hurt came to Charlottesville to visit new exhibits at the Charlottesville Albemarle Historical Society and the University of Virginia. But he also took some time to open up about what he believes will be the biggest issues when the debates get underway.

Hurt will be running for his third term holding the Fifth District seat come November. He says the issue that's always been number one on his list is job growth.

"When I first ran in 2010, jobs was the number one issue. 2012 when I ran for re-election, jobs continues to be the number one issue, and then finally as we head into November I think when you look at the economy, it's still not where it needs to be,” Hurt said.

Hurt spent some time getting in touch with his constituents in Charlottesville Thursday by visiting the new World War I memorial at the city's historical society, where he says it was surprising to learn how many people from central Virginia fought in the conflict.

Collections manager Keri Matthew said, "A lot of what inspired the exhibit were the objects that we had in our museum collection. A lot of them were donated by locals who actually served in World War I."

Hurt then made a trip to UVA to see a piece of the Berlin Wall on display there. He says he hopes the exhibit makes the past a little more real for students there.

"I think it's a perfect expression of really the starkness between the west side of the wall that has the art, freedom, and the east side of the wall which is stark, blank,” Hurt said.

Going forward, Hurt will be preparing for debates with his newly nominated opponent, Lawrence Gaughan. He plans to continue his push for limiting government regulations on businesses to stimulate job growth statewide.

"We need good paying jobs and so that's something that comes with sound policy in Washington that encourages job growth,” Hurt said.

Gaughn has also made job growth his priority, but both candidates have different ideas about how to get there. Hurt proposes limiting government regulations on businesses, while Gaughan wants to raise the minimum wage and strengthen unions.

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