David Eaton, a member of the Russell County Board of Supervisors, will seek the Republican nomination for the 4th District House of Delegates seat being vacated by Del. Todd Pillion.
Eaton, 55, of Honaker, announced his candidacy on Thursday in a written statement.
Pillion, R-Abingdon, announced Monday he will run for the 40th District Senate seat that will be open due to the announcement earlier this week by state Sen. Bill Carrico, R-Galax, that he won’t seek re-election.
Eaton will face opposition from at least one other candidate. Attorney Will Wampler, 27, of Abingdon, announced on Wednesday he is also running for the 4th District seat.
Eaton is vice chairman of the county board and owner of Cable Plus Inc., which provides internet, cable TV and phone service in Russell, Dickenson, Buchanan and Tazewell counties. He is a former coal miner and farmer.
“I have received a tremendous amount of support to run from family, friends and residents across the 4th District. After considerable prayer and discussion with my family, I have decided to seek the Republican nomination,” Eaton said in the statement. “I have spent the past several years working hard for the people of Southwest Virginia and I want the opportunity to continue the progress we have achieved. I would consider it an honor to fight for Southwest Virginia in Richmond.”
The announcement included endorsements from state Del. Will Morefield, R-North Tazewell, and Russell County Board of Supervisors Chairman Steve Breeding.
“I have known David for several years. David has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life for the people of Russell County and I am confident he will do the same for the 4th District. David is true to his word and the kind of person that we need fighting for us in Richmond. I strongly support him,” Morefield said in the statement.
Breeding also praised Eaton’s work ethic. If Eaton fails to secure the nomination, he plans to again run for his county board seat.
The candidate is a graduate of Honaker High School. He attended Southwest Virginia Community College. He is married with three sons.