Just as hundreds of Republican activists head to the tony Homestead resort for their annual retreat this weekend, state party chairman Pat Mullins has announced he would like to stay on for another term.

In an e-mail to supporters Friday, Mullins said he will run for re-election next year to serve a full four-year term.

“While the past three years have been some of the most successful our party has had, we cannot rest on our laurels,’’ Mullins said. “The elections of 2012, 2013, 2014 and beyond are critical for our party and our nation.”

 About 750 activists will attend the GOP Advance this weekend in the mountains of western Virginia. That’s the highest attendance in a decade.

The weekend will include speeches by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, Gov. Bob McDonnell and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who just announced he will run for governor in 2013, will not attend because he is in New York to question presidential candidates in Saturday’s forum.

There will be breakout sessions on everything from women in politics to occupiers, and of course, many receptions.