Rep. Perriello is reportedly making a surprise run for Va Governor

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Former U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello is reportedly making a surprise bid for the Virginia governor’s office.

The New York Times ( reports that sources familiar with the conversation say Perriello called Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday to let him know he was entering the race.

The Times reports that Perriello is expected to announce his intention Thursday.

Northam is the only candidate on the Democrat side and had been assumed to be his party’s nominee. Three candidates are running on the Republican side.

Perriello was elected to the House in 2008 and served one term for Virginia’s 5th Congressional District.

Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe cannot run again because Virginia governors are barred from serving consecutive terms.

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