Former Governor George Allen won't be a candidate for the same office next year. He announced that Tuesday in a statement to The Associated Press.
Allen was governor from 1994 to 1998 and U.S. senator from 2001 until last year.
He said he made his plans public to end speculation about the 2009 governor's race for which two candidates have already announced their intentions.
Allen said in his statement that there are other "significant ways" he can serve outside of elected office. But he was not specific about his plans outside politics.
Two Democrats, state Senator Creigh Deeds of Bath County and Delegate Brian Moran of Alexandria, have already announced their plans to run for governor next year.
Among the Republicans queuing for a gubernatorial bid next year are Attorney General Bob McDonnell and Lt. Governor Bill Bolling.
McDonnell told The AP in an interview that with Allen out of the running, he believes he has "a reasonable shot at the nomination."
McDonnell said he wouldn't make any announcements until November.