At a news conference, Lingamfelter said he would focus his campaign on jobs, education, government reform, public safety and support for veterans and sportsmen.

“It will also be a campaign that reminds everyone that government must be fiscally conservative and never forget that the tax money that comes to Richmond belongs to the people, not the politicians,’’ he said.  “We must insist on fiscal responsibility, keeping taxes low and spending focused on the right priorities.”   

Lingamfelter will face Prince William County Board Chairman Corey A. Stewart (R) and Sen. Stephen H. Martin (R-Chesterfield) for the GOP nomination.

Pete Snyder, chairman of the GOP’s VA Victory 2012, the Republicans’ coordinated campaign, is considering a bid.

On the Democrats’ side, Aneesh Chopra, the former White House chief technology officer, is widely expected to run.

Other Democrats being mentioned: former House minority leader Ward L. Armstrong (Martinsville), Del. Kenneth Cooper Alexander (Norfolk) and former delegate Paula Miller of Hampton Roads.

The incumbent, Lieutenant Gov. Bill Bolling (R), is running for governor.