State Senators Ralph Smith and Bill Stanley are running for reelection, and the two Republicans confirm they are moving into new districts.
Smith announced his reelection campaign Thursday evening in Roanoke County, with Congressmen Bob Goodlatte and Morgan Griffith among his supporters.
During redistricting, Senate Democrats placed Smith and Lynchburg Senator Steve Newman in the same district, so Smith plans to run in the 19th District that Stanley now represents, and Stanley will run in the 20th.
"Most of my district's down here now," Stanley told News 7. "Most of the people that I represented are here more than 40 percent, so I feel comfortable representing southside. I want to represent southside. I want to put us back to work here."
Smith said he believes Republicans can pick up seats in the November election. "And i think we're all three, like I promised, Stanley, Newman and Smith are going back to the Senate come January."
Stanley will face opposition within his own party. Jeff Evans and Doug Dunlap are also seeking the Republican nomination in the 20th.
Democratic Senator Roscoe Reynolds is the incumbent. Once Republicans choose their candidate, Reynolds says he will look forward to a vigorous campaign and debate on the issues.
Franklin County State Senator Bill Stanley announced his reelection campaign Thursday afternoon, confirming he will move into the 20th Senate District. Stanley made the announcement at a Danville rally attended by Botetourt County Senator Ralph Smith. Smith is expected to announce Thursday evening that he will run in the 19th, the district that Stanley now represents.
Both men say the reconfigured districts they hope to represent include many of the same voters they count as their constituents today. Their moves were prompted by redistricting, which placed Smith and Lynchburg Senator Steve Newman in the same district.
Stanley faces opposition within his own party. Both Jeff Evans and Doug Dunlap are seeking the Republican nomination in the 20th district. The winner will face Democrat Roscoe Reynolds in the General election. Thursday afternoon, Reynolds said that once the GOP nomination is decided, he looks forward to a vigorous campaign and debate on the issues.