CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Incumbent Delegate David Toscano will have some competition in next year's primary election.

Toscano has held his 57th District seat for more than a decade, but now a University of Virginia professor has announced her candidacy to challenge him.

On Wednesday, December 5, Sally Hudson hosted her campaign launch party at Champion Brewing Company in Charlottesville and says she’s running to bring a fresh take and more progressive values to Virginia's 57th District.

"I think it’s always great when voters have a choice, and that's really been a key core issue for me in a lot of the election reform work that I've done,” Hudson said.

Hudson announced she would challenge incumbent Toscano via social media Tuesday night.

"I think it’s great that people have energy and want to get involved in the political process,” Toscano said. “The 57th District is not my district, and so anybody can run."

Toscano has served as House minority leader since 2011.

The lawyer and former Charlottesville mayor has represented the 57th District since 2005.

"She is a smart, energetic person and I look forward to discussions we'll have about policy,” Toscano said. “I've got a record I can defend as a progressive and I'm pleased to have her involved in the race."

Hudson, an Iowa native, has her sights set on addressing rising healthcare costs and climate change issues as top priorities.

"I think we're at a time where there’s an appetite for concrete changes to our democracy,” Hudson said. “A lot of people are upset with the state of politics – it’s too bitter, it’s too broken."

If elected, she hopes to bring progressive change to Richmond.

"I think that one of the most important roles of being a delegate is to make sure that the citizens understand what’s going on in Richmond so that we can empower them to be advocates for themselves,” Hudson said.

Hudson plans on holding several meetings and town halls to get to know the people she hopes become her constituents.

Every members of Virginia's House of Delegates is up for re-election in 2019.