Dan Cohen AUTHOR Rep. Rob Wittman (R), who has opposed a new BRAC round since taking over the House Armed Services’ Readiness Subcommittee in 2013, will run for governor of Virginia in 2017, he announced over the weekend.He first plans to run to retain his congressional seat next year, though. “Obviously our focus is on winning in 2016, but I am preparing for 2017,” Wittman said.The decision does not reflect any threat to his congressional seat, reported CQ. Wittman, though, will face stiff competition in the gubernatorial race. Ed Gillespie, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, also has entered the race and former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is considering a run.At a hearing earlier this year, Wittman raised numerous concerns about the rationale for conducting a new round of base closures, including uncertainty about future budget cuts and rising threats around the globe, along with the costs associated with carrying out a BRAC round. He also cited the irreversibility of base closure decisions.His district cuts a swath from northern Virginia to Hampton Roads and is home to Marine Corps Base Quantico, Naval Support Facility Dahlgren, Fort A.P. Hill and Naval Weapons Station Yorktown. The district borders Joint Base Langley-Eustis.The boundaries of Wittman’s district could change, though, due to an ongoing lawsuit over the state’s current configuration, reported the Daily Press. He was first elected to Congress in December 2007.