Tom Perriello announces run for Virginia governor

WASHINGTON – Former congressman Tom Perriello has officially announced his plans to run for Governor of Virginia.

Perriello tweeted the news early Thursday, along with a video with the announcement.

The  New York Times reported that Perriello called Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam Wednesday to tell him that he was going to enter the race.

Democrat Ralph Northam announced he was running in November 2015.

Republicans Frank Wagner, Ed Gillespie and Corey Stewart are also running for the seat.

Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) is not eligible to run for reelection due to Virginia’s law prohibiting consecutive terms.

A primary election will be held on June 13 and the gubernatorial election will take place on November 7.