Roger Dean Huffstetler, a Charlottesville entrepreneur, announced an early challenge to U.S. Rep. Denver Riggleman, R-Nelson.

Huffstetler also ran for the district’s Democratic nomination in 2018, losing out to candidate Leslie Cockburn. He led the Democratic field in donations before the caucuses in April 2018, but trailed in delegates.

On his campaign website, Huffstetler said his priority would be fostering economic opportunities for residents of the Fifth District.

“I’m running for Congress because the problems facing our country require a new generation of leadership,” he said in a statement Tuesday. “Partisan-bickering and special-interest politics have no place in government. We all want the same thing: a chance to provide our children with a better life than our own.

“This campaign is about everyone, which is why I’ll fight for every family in the 5th District to have a place in a more prosperous, inclusive future.”

Huffstetler was the first in his family to go to college, and later enlisted in the Marine Corps and served in Afghanistan and Iraq. He received an MBA from the Harvard School of Business in 2010, and is currently an advisor to the Tom Tom Founders Festival, according to his LinkedIn account.

Riggleman won his seat in November with 54 percent of the vote in the sprawling district, which stretches from the North Carolina border to Rappahannock County.

Locally, it includes Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Nelson, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene and Madison.

The previous representative, Tom Garrett, had not sought reelection.

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