By Jasmin Caldwell
NELSON COUNTY, Va (NEWSPLEX) — Virginia State Senator Tom Garrett has won the 5th District GOP Convention in Nelson County Saturday night and is now the Republican nominee for the 5th Congressional District.
Garrett won by 58 percent in a third ballot vote over finalist Michael Del Rosso. Other candidates Joseph Whited and Jim Mckelvey were knocked out in the first and second rounds. CBS19 spoke to Garrett after his victory speech, he says the win isn’t about him.Garrett will face off against Democrat Jane Dittmar in the November Election.
“We’re proud of the team we put together,” said Tom Garrett. “We’re proud of what we’ve done but there is so much more going on here than one person. I want to tip my hat to the gentleman we ran against, they were good men. What we have here is an ideological debate over whether people make better decisions for themselves or whether the government makes better decisions for them.”
Garrett says there’s a lot of work to be done economically with infrastructure and development, as well as bringing jobs back part the state.
Garrett was elected to the Virginia Senate in 2011 to represent the 22nd District, which covers Fluvanna, Buckingham, Amherst, Cumberland, Goochland, Appomattox and Prince Edward counties as well as Lynchburg. The district also includes part of Louisa County.