ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - An Albemarle County native is starting up a campaign to represent the county's Rivanna District.

Jerrod Smith announced on Friday, January 18, that he’s running for a seat on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors.

Smith says that growing up in Albemarle gives him a unique perspective of what people in the area need.

One of his major priorities is making broadband internet available to those living in more rural areas.

He says access to the internet can allow people to take economic freedom into their own hands.

To encourage more students to become financially independent, Smith says he wants to encourage all kinds of education - like the classes offered at Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center.

“The kids that go to CATEC, sometimes it's looked at as a 'you're not on a college preparedness track,' issues like that," Smith said. "And I think we just have to focus on putting a positive spin on it in the minds of our youth."

That plan for education and better internet access is part of his "Dream Initiative."

Smith says he’s working on getting an official website for his campaign up and running.

He’s running for just one of three open seats on the board of supervisors that will be up for grabs on November 5.

Anne Mallek announced earlier in the week she will be running for her seat again.