CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - A fifth person is entering the race to represent central Virginia in Washington, D.C.

Monday, Republican Michael Del Rosso announced his candidacy for the state’s 5th District seat on Charlottesville's Downtown Mall.

Del Rosso says he spent the better part of the last 20 years working to address broken issues in government agencies. He says he wants to restore America's founding principles back into government.

“I want you, me, her, everybody else here to have the economic prosperity, the sovereignty that our decision matters. And to have the happiness that the American political philosophy sought to guarantee to people, to let you pursue happiness," Del Rosso said.

Incumbent Congressman Robert Hurt (R) recently announced that he would not be running for re-election.

Del Rosso will be making appearances all across the district. He wants to spend the next couple of months campaigning in the southern part of Virginia.

The four other candidates in the race are 22nd District Senator Tom Garrett (R), Albemarle County Supervisor Jane Dittmar (D), Jim McKelvey (R),Ericke Cage (D).

Press Release from Michael Del Rosso:

Charlottesville, VA – In a statement released today, Michael Del Rosso, a technology executive and fellow at both the Claremont Institute and the Center for Security Policy, announced his candidacy to represent the 5th District of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives:

“For years, Americans have watched a Ruling Class of bipartisan political elites defy the clear will of the people and ignore their oath to uphold the Constitution. Across the board, citizens have been betrayed. They have been conned by a Republican Leadership that has put the agenda of big donors, Wall Street, crony capitalists, the well-connected, and globalists ahead of the people they represent. The result—an $18 trillion debt, a Middle Class threatened and in decline, ObamaCare, and rampant illegal immigration despite 94 million Americans out of work, including debt-strapped college graduates who can’t find a job. But the most dangerous and imminent failure has been the criminal betrayal of our national security.

In 2010, 2012, and 2014 millions of Americans elected ever increasing majorities of Republicans to control both houses of Congress. None of this matters because we have been sold out. The Republicans stand by – gutless, ignorant, indifferent, and complicit while the Administration has distorted the very meaning of America and destabilized the world.

Most members of Congress don’t understand the threats facing America. And yet out of 320 million Americans, just these 435 are the only Americans with the constitutional power to see that the President defends us from enemies foreign and domestic. America can ill afford to add one more Congressman who does not understand our enemies, their tactics, and how to defeat them. We cannot waste this seat.

Like you, I love my country, this beautiful Commonwealth, and God. I have spent the better part of the last twenty years fighting the Ruling Class and the corrupt bureaucracies in Washington. Our nation cannot survive unless we change course now. I know exactly how to start fixing this mess on day one. Join me in restoring prosperity, security, and sovereignty to the people of the United States.”