VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- With the 2016 election in the rear-view mirror, politicians are now looking ahead to the next round of elections.

Among the first coming up will be next year's governor's race for the state of Virginia. Republican State Senator Frank Wagner first announced his gubernatorial bid back in August, but on Wednesday he officially kicked off his campaign.

Wagner, who represents the 7th District in the State Senate, will face off against the former chairman of the Republican National Committee Ed Gillespie, as well as Congressman Rob Wittman.

Wagner says his priorities as governor would be for job creation and diversifying Virginia's economy. Wagner also said part of his plan to diversify would be to grow the transportation network.

With that in mind, we asked him what his thoughts were on Virginia Beach voting down the expansion of light rail. He replied that he did cast a vote on the referendum, but that his choice was between him and the ballot box.