Virginia will have a Democratic primary for U.S. Senate next year.

Courtney Lynch announced Wednesday that she is running against former Gov. Tim Kaine (D) for the seat being vacated by Sen. Jim Webb (D).

“Citizens of our great state and nation are frustrated with the direction the country is heading in,’’ Lynch said in a statement. “More of the same is not an option for voters. ... Being a political insider is not high on the list of requirements to serve this nation.’’

Lynch, founding partner of the consulting firm Lead Star and co-author of the book “Leading from the Front” served as an officer in the Marine Corps and holds a law degree from William & Mary. She said she plans a campaign focused on jobs creation and fiscal responsibility.

“I bring diversity of perspective and a renewed focus on solutions to the race,’’ she said. “It’s time for true leadership, not petty partisan politics.”

U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott (Va.) said last month that he was postponing announcing whether he would run for U.S. Senate.

Republicans have a crowded field that includes former governor and senator George Allen.

Lynch said that most of the attention in the race has been “focused on the frenzy of two political heavyweights slugging it out in the battleground state of Virginia.”

“The race is ripe for a Democratic challenger with proven leadership experience to earn the respect of voters who want a new direction and a new kind of leader,’’ she said.

Kaine’s campaign did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.