Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will visit Virginia next week for his first public events in the swing state this election cycle.

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

Romney, considered the national frontrunner, has been in Virginia several times this year for fundraisers, including Northern Virginia and Virginia Beach .

Gov. Bob McDonnell, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, said last month that he invited Romney to come to Virginia after presidential hopeful Rick Perry (R) addressed an event for the state party in Richmond.

In August, Romney named Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling chairman of his campaign in Virginia. Dels. Barbara Comstock (R-Fairfax) and Chris Peace (R-Hanover) serve as as co-chairs.

Romney was a frequent visitor to Virginia in 2008 when he ran for president and in 2009 to help McDonnell and Bolling with their races.