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Former Virginia House speaker Kirk Cox eyes gubernatorial run

House Speaker Kirk Cox wins race for House District 66
Posted at 8:12 AM, Aug 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-04 08:25:29-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- The former GOP speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates is eyeing a run for governor next year.

Del. Kirk Cox (R - Colonial Heights) said in a statement Monday that he is “seriously looking” at running for the Republican nomination in 2021.

Cox said he hadn’t previously considered running for a statewide office but added that the Democrats’ “vacuum of leadership” in recent months has led him to reconsider.

Firebrand conservative state Sen. Amanda Chase has announced she’s running for governor.

Other candidates who have announced their intention to run for governor include Democrats State Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy and State Senator Jennifer McClellan.
Northern Virginia businessman Pete Snyder may also run. Cox said he won’t make a formal decision until later.

Virginia will elect a new governor in November 2021.