Former Virginia state senator considering run for governor

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MARION, Va. (WJHL) – A former Virginia state senator from Southwest Virginia is considering a run to be the Republican candidate for governor in 2021.

Marion native Bill Carrico announced in 2019 he would not run for reelection in the Virginia State Senate, endorsing then-Delegate Todd Pillion.

Pillion would go on to win the election.

Thursday, Carrico told News Channel 11 that he is considering a run to lead the Commonwealth.

He said he first started entertaining the idea after seeing some of the legislation that came out of Richmond during the 2020 General Assembly session. He also said that he wants to help create a Virginia where all can prosper.

Carrico is giving himself time to fully consider taking up the commitment that any candidacy would require.

“I am trying to be as careful as I can to make sure I understand all of the rules and process before any official decision is made,” Carrico said.

He is also waiting because the Virginia GOP won’t make a decision on its candidate for about a year.

“I’m trying to see what the field’s going to look like,” Carrico said. “I’m trying to see how the party organizes and is it going to be a primary, is it going to be a convention. Those are important things when you start making decisions like this.”

Carrico said he hopes to make a decision by September or October.

“I have loved representing people, the 40th district, the 5th district that I represented in the House. We have some of the best constituents we can have. I guess I’ve been humbled by their call for me to do something like this and I feel, you know, honored that they would even consider me as someone that would be a good governor.”

During his time as state senator, Carrico represented the city of Bristol and Lee, Scott, Washington and Grayson Counties. He also represented parts of Smyth, Wise and Wythe Counties.

Carrico is also a retired Virginia State Trooper.

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