House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong (D-Henry) announced Thursday that he is moving so that he can run for reelection, challenging Del. Charles Poindexter (R-Franklin).

During the recent legislative redistricting, Republicans eliminated Armstrong’s 10th District and merged it with a neighboring district held by fellow Democrat Del. Don Merricks (R-Pittsylvania).

That allowed them to create a new district in Loudoun County to accommodate the outer suburb’s rapid growth. For Republicans, it had the side benefit of potentially pushing the combative Democratic leader out of the House of Delegates.

But Armstrong isn’t going down without a fight. In prepared remarks for his announcement at a manufacturing plant that his father once managed, he said he wanted to be a voice for the economically depressed region.

“We’ve taken some knocks the last few years--with a bad economy made worse by greedy special interests who prey on us when we’re down,” he said. “Which is why it’s so important for folks here to have a forceful voice in Richmond.”

He noted that a large part of his old district is now contained in the 9th District seat he is seeking, and he has family ties in the area.

Armstrong is also weighing a run for statewide office in 2013.