Joined by her husband Frank Squillace and a godchild, and surrounded by supporters, Albemarle County Board of Supervisors chairwoman Jane Dittmar announced her candidacy as a Democrat for the Virginia Fifth District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives on the front steps of the County Office Building in Charlottesville Sept. 17. She said she chose that date because it was Constitution Day.
“It’s about creating a more perfect union,” she said. “There are a lot of people fed up with Washington and that we’re mired in conflict. We need to change it up and come up with collaborative solutions.”
Dittmar said her priorities are job expansion, workforce training and Internet infrastucture in rural areas.
Dittmar, who represents the Scottsville District, is a past president of the Charlottesville Albemarle Chamber of Commerce and is also a trained mediator.
“I really get business. I’ve started them. They were successful.”
With her background in mediation, she said, “I can find solutions people didn’t know existed.
“I intend to light up this district,” she vowed.