ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - The two women hoping to win the Democratic nomination for Virginia's 57th District met on stage for the first time on Thursday, April 18.

Dozens came out to watch Kathy Galvin and Sally Hudson take part in the first candidate forum of the year where they weighed in on what the most important issues are in the district.

The race to clinch the Democratic primary in Virginia's 57th District is heating up.

"In this primary, the person who emerges is likely going to be going to the House of Delegates," David Toscano, who currently represents the 57th District, said.

Galvin and Hudson faced off on stage for the first time Thursday night at Monticello High School.

Both are fighting to potentially fill the seat that’s currently held by David Toscano, who announced in February that he wouldn’t seek re-election.

“We need to have someone who can govern in both the world where Republicans hold the majority, and where Democrats do as well,” Hudson said.

“We are two very progressive candidates,” Galvin said. “We need to create opportunities for choice."

Galvin, who currently serves on Charlottesville City Council, discussed policy changes to address the ongoing need for affordable housing.

“One of the first things I'm going to do is work toward inclusionary zoning so that we local government in partnership with your state government are going to grow the affordable housing we need so that we stay an inclusive community,” Galvin said.

Hudson, a professor at the University of Virginia, spoke on measures toward education reform in the commonwealth.

“We need to be raising teacher salaries,” Hudson said. “Our teacher salaries are about 20% below the national average, and that means we have a pervasive teacher shortage here in Virginia."

Both candidates say they will not accept donations from Dominion Energy and agreed that Virginia needs reform when it comes to campaign finance.

“We're really kind of behind the times when we think that we don't need to put caps on your contributions received by state legislators,” Galvin said.

“I think it’s important that we tackle campaign finance reform in a comprehensive fashion," Hudson said.

Hudson and Galvin will face off in another candidate forum on Monday, April 22, at UVA.

The Democratic primary will be held on June 11.