starla kiser

Dr. Starla Kiser

A local physician is the Democratic candidate to seek the Virginia House of Delegates District 4 seat in November elections.

According to a May 28 press release, District 4 Democrats nominated Dr. Starla Kiser.

Kiser will face the winner of a Republican nomination battle between attorney William C. “Will” Wampler III and David Eaton, a Russell County supervisor and business owner.

Kiser, a Dickenson County native, moved back to Southwest Virginia in 2017 to open her own business, Healios Health, located in Esserville. Healios was designed to provide primary medical care for patients without health insurance.

According to the release, Kiser also has treated patients with opioid addiction at the Dickenson County Behavioral Health Center.

Further, it states, she has worked with female entrepreneurs to create the Appalachian Women Entrepreneurs, an organization that supports young females to become entrepreneurs in the region.

Kiser stated that her goals if elected include “improving the health of the economy in our region, supporting current industries such as coal, agriculture, technology and developing educational strategies for all students.”

The release notes that Kiser “seeks to remove the stereotypes about our area by empowering the people of Southwest Virginia to be the voices that change the narrative of the region.”

The winner of the November election will replace Del. Todd Pillion, R-Abingdon, who is running for the Virginia Senate seat that will be vacated by the retirement of Sen. Bill Carrico.

House District Four includes the west Pound, Coeburn and St. Paul areas, along with Dickenson County and parts of Russell and Washington counties.