Lawrence Gaughan has dropped out of the 5th District Democratic nominating contest.

Gaughan, who received the Democratic nomination for the U.S. House seat in 2014, said an increase in the filing fee for candidates was the main reason he dropped out.

The filing fee is now $5,000, but was $500 when he last ran, said Gaughan.

Gaughan said he has no plans to run as an independent candidate.

Meanwhile, Indivisible Charlottesville will host a debate between the remaining four Democratic candidates — Leslie Cockburn, Ben Cullop, R.D. Huffstetler and Andrew Sneathern — at 2 p.m. Saturday at Buford Middle School in Charlottesville.

The Democratic nominee will be decided by a convention May 5 in Farmville. The winner will face incumbent Rep. Tom Garrett, R-Buckingham.

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