With the election two years away, State Senator Creigh Deeds of Bath County announced Thursday he's running for governor.
The Democrat lost a race for attorney general two years ago in an election so close its outcome wasn't decided until December, after a recount.
The announcement came in a video posted on Deeds' new campaign Web site and e-mailed to supporters and journalists.
Deeds political adviser Peter Jackson says Deeds wanted to wait until after Mark Warner made his decision on whether to run for governor or the Senate, and after last month's legislative elections.
Also likely to seek the Democratic nomination is House Democratic Caucus Leader Brian Moran of Alexandria.
On the Republican side, Attorney General Bob McDonnell is planning a run for governor, and Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling and former U.S. Senator George Allen are also considering it.