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5th District Congressional Candidate Gaughan stops in Charlottesville

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Lawrence Gaughan checks out LOOK3 exhibit on the downtown mall Lawrence Gaughan checks out LOOK3 exhibit on the downtown mall
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -

A former Hollywood actor is now the Fifth District's Democratic challenger to Congressman Robert Hurt. Thursday, Lawrence Gaughan stopped in Charlottesville to speak out on why he feels constituents need a change of leadership come November.

Gaughan spent most of his evening along the downtown mall to get himself on the political map. The candidate says the people of central Virginia deserve better representation in Washington than what they've been getting.

Gaughan, a Charlottesville-native, got his start in the entertainment industry soon after graduating from Albemarle High School in 1985.

“I got in touch with somebody who was working with the chamber of commerce and a big film company came into town with Jon Cryer, who's on ‘Two and a Half Men,’” said Gaughan.

But he's now back at home pursuing a different role - working to take Virginia’s Fifth Congressional District seat.

“I'm running for office to change business as usual in Washington,” said Gaughan.

As part of his campaign stop in Charlottesville, Gaughan strolled along the downtown mall to check out the outdoor display of LOOK3 photography exhibit "Trees 2014". He also attended the Better Business Challenge Awards Night at the Paramount Theater.

“I'm honored to participate because I really want to support small business with my campaign. Right now it's no secret that politics are broken in Washington, and the folks that get elected including my opponent are not really supporting small businesses,” said Gaughan.

Gaughan says he wants to give constituents a new voice for change.

“The problem is people don't come out and participate in these elections often and we've got to get the point across that I stand on the same side of the issues as the vast majority of folks in my district. If they all come out and vote, I'll win easily in November,” said Gaughan.

Gaughan also stressed the importance of raising wages and providing people opportunity for living wages.

He will continue his campaign into Danville Friday.

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