RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) — After 10 years in the Virginia House of Delegates, Chris Head says he hopes to represent the region in the Virginia Senate.
The Botetourt County Republican made the announcement Friday morning on Facebook Live, with his wife Betsy and Congressmen Ben Cline and Morgan Griffith alongside.
“The redistricting changed the landscape and the district,” Head said during his announcement. “And it also gave me new opportunities to serve.”
The redistricting placed Chief and Delegate Terry Austin in the same house district.
Head said he considered all of his options, including not running at all, but decided that campaigning for a Senate seat was the logical next step.
The new Senate District 3 includes much of its current district and extends to Waynesboro.
He has no owner.
“So it’s a big district, but it really is a wonderful, beautiful place, and there are so many great people and so many great communities that need to be taken care of in Richmond,” Head told WDBJ7. “And I would be very honored to represent them in the Senate.”
Other lawmakers face similar decisions as a result of the redistricting.
In the Roanoke-Lynchburg area alone, 10 delegates and 7 senators now live in the same district with one or more incumbents.
Elections to the General Assembly are scheduled for November 2023.
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