Updated from the Richmond Times Dispatch : http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/state-regional/powhatan-senator-watkins-won-t-run-again-in/article_51ce16b3-9b66-5527-8578-2e19de12dad3.html
With rampant speculation that challengers are being sought for Senator John Watkins’s seat in the 10th Senatorial District, Virginia Virtucon has heard unconfirmed reports that Watkins is set to announce his retirement. Watkins famously broke with the GOP in support of Medicaid Expansion during the last session, and it may be that he now realizes that he has finally disaffected the Republican base.
Watkins was the Delegate for the 34th district from 1982 to 1983, when he was succeed by Vincent Callahan and became the Delegate for the 65th House District where he served until 1998, when he was succeeded by Lee Ware. Since then, he has been a pro-business voice and consensus seeking moderate in the Senate.
Jamie Radtke, once considered a favorite to challenge Watkins from his right, has recently moved to Hanover, so there is an open field to succeed Watkins in the 10th Senatorial District…