Political newcomer Keith Wheaton has suspended his short-lived campaign for the House of Delegates seat that will be vacated by retiring Roanoke Democrat Onzlee Ware.
In a statement issued late this afternoon, Wheaton attributed his decision to family obligations and business opportunities, but didn’t rule out a future run for office. In a Sunday story reported by Matt Chittum, Wheaton acknowledged interest in running for a seat on the Roanoke City Council. Three council seats will be up for election in May.
Here’s the statement Wheaton released this afternoon:
“Today I am suspending my campaign for the 11th District House of Delegates race. My decision is not due to a desire to finish the race, but to family obligations, the emergence of unexpected business opportunities which need my immediate attention, and a shorter than normal time frame to fully construct a more effective campaign operation.
”I appreciate the public’s interest in my campaign. I also would like to thank those who volunteered their time and efforts to help me promote my vision for the 11th District. I am sure that this is not the last political campaign that I will enter, and I look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of the Roanoke Valley in other capacities in the interim. It is my hope that the remaining candidates will vigorously discuss and debate the issues essential to the marginalized and underrepresented members of our community, and that whoever wins the election will not forget why they were sent to Richmond.”