ABINGDON — A Southwest Virginia native whose family has a lengthy history in the region’s politics plans to run for the 4th House District seat in the General Assembly.

William C. Wampler III — who goes by “Will” — announced Wednesday he intends to run for the seat being vacated by Del. Todd Pillion, who is seeking the Republican nomination to replace retiring Sen. Bill Carrico, R-Grayson. The district includes the town of Abingdon and parts of Washington, Dickenson, Russell and Wise counties.

His father, William Wampler Jr., served as a Republican state senator from Bristol from 1988 to 2012, and his grandfather, William Wampler Sr., served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1967 to 1983 before being unseated by former Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Abingdon.

“I left Richmond this past fall and recently settled back into Southwest Virginia to start my law practice just before the tectonic plates of Virginia politics began to shift,” Wampler said in a statement. “With the recent news from Sen. Carrico announcing his retirement from state politics and with Del. Pillion and Ken Heath announcing their intent to run for the state Senate, things have gotten even more interesting.”

Wampler, 27, said he wants to “drive positivity and forward thinking” to reach new opportunities for Southwest Virginia.

His goals include building communities, attracting new investment and industries that bring high-paying jobs and aiming “Virginia towards something better.”

He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and in 2016 graduated from Liberty University School of Law, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Wampler is the second candidate to announce he is seeking the Republican nomination in the 4th House District, after David Eaton, a member of the Russell County Board of Supervisors.

Republican candidates have until March 25 to file for the nomination, which will be decided in an open primary.

The Roanoke Times contributed to this report.

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