A local physician and an Abingdon attorney will contend for the House of Delegates District Four seat in the November election.
In Tuesday’s Republican primary vote, William C. “Will” Wampler III took nearly 64.5 percent of the vote, defeating David “Peanut” Eaton.
Wampler, an attorney with a family political legacy, received 2,319 votes. Eaton, a Russell County supervisor, business owner and self-described “Trump Republican,” received 1,278 votes, or about 35.5 percent of the total.
In Wise County’s West Pound, North Coeburn, South Coeburn and St. Paul precincts, Wampler got 184 votes to 40 for Eaton.
Wampler took 292 votes in Dickenson County to 122 for Eaton.
Eaton prevailed in Russell County with 782 votes to 365 for Wampler. But in the district’s handful of Washington County precincts, Wampler got 1,479 votes to Eaton’s 334.
Wampler, a Bristol native, announced his candidacy in March. At that time, he said he left the Richmond area in fall 2018 and returned to Southwest Virginia to start his law practice. His law degree was earned at Liberty University.
Wampler is the son of former state Sen. William Wampler Jr. and grandson of Bill Wampler, who served in Congress for decades up to the early 1980s.
The Democratic candidate is Wise-area physician Dr. Starla Kiser.
A Dante native, Kiser moved back to Southwest Virginia in 2017 to launch Healios Health Center in Esserville. Instead of billing insurance plans, the practice takes on patients as “members” who pay a monthly fee for service.
Kiser earned her medical degree at Harvard University, along with a master’s degree in public administration.
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.