Two Republicans are competing for the chance to run against U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D), above, in Virginia’s 8th Congressional District in November. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

Two little-known Republicans are vying for their party’s nomination to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) in this year’s general election, both facing an uphill climb for name recognition and campaign cash.

Beyer is completing his first term representing Virginia’s 8th Congressional District and has no opponents in the Democratic primary in June.

Charles Hernick, 34, an economist, environmental consultant and five-year resident of Arlington, and Michael Webb, 50, a former Army officer who moved to Northern Virginia in 2008, hope to get the GOP’s nomination May 7 at the party’s district convention.

Hernick, who has raised about $18,000 to Beyer’s $1.3 million, acknowledged that he is an underdog in a district that is heavily Democratic. But he is counting on the unsettled 2016 electorate that, in presidential politics at least, has been willing to consider candidates previously thought not viable.

“The only thing clear to me about politics this year is that people are hungry for a change,” Hernick said.

He defines himself as a moderate Republican who thinks government must take action on climate change and says he recognizes the importance of free trade, supporting small businesses, government efficiency and a strong national defense. It’s his first try at electoral politics.

Webb a pro-life, pro-gun and anti-debt conservative who is the son of a Christian minister, asserted that Beyer won his 2014 election with 63 percent of the vote because Republicans ignored the importance of African Americans, churchgoers and the business community.

Webb, who is African American, said he is confident that he can put together a coalition that will surpass the typical Republican share of 34 percent of the vote in the 8th District, which includes all of Arlington County, parts of Fairfax and the cities of Alexandria and Falls Church.

But first, Webb has to file an updated campaign finance report with the Federal Elections Commission, a failure first noted by the local news site Arlnow.com. Webb said in an interview that the computer on which he keeps his financial numbers was hacked and is being repaired.

His previous report, through the end of 2015, showed his campaign to be primarily self-funded. He has had difficulty getting donors because the local Republican establishment is unwilling to support him, he said.